Schlafly Pale Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Pale AleSchlafly Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops. The bready, lightly caramel malt complements the hint of fruitiness contributed by the London Ale yeast, making it satisfying and authentic; the perfect flagship beer for Schlafly.

Sixteenth century brewers created amber beers by using a form of coal called coke to roast their grains. Coke burns hotter and more steadily than wood without imparting the foul odors from coal. It allowed brewers to produce caramel malts that were paler alternatives to the common brown porters. At about the same time, Flemish migrants introduced hops to English beers and soon this ale became the chosen style of England from the mid-16th century until the end of the 20th century. Today, brewers outside England have adopted the Pale Ale and made it one of the leading styles of the American craft beer movement.

25 IBU

Added by maxpower on 09-09-2002

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of 2Tinypt1
1.92/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very weak pale ale, not Schlafly's best by any means.

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.08/5  rDev -41.9%

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2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden brew with a small white head that readily recedes to a bubbly dishwater collar leaving tiny spots of wet lace on thte glass.

Smells mild, honeyed, and a bit funky. Has a bit of an unpleasant dankness or moldy smell to it.

Tastes mild, but spicy and bitter. Pleasant and gentle on the palate, and pretty unique tasting. I detect a bit aof a soapy flavor that is really throwing me off. I don't really like tastes like when my parents put soap in my mouth for saying [email protected]! As the beer warms, this soapy note seems to become less obvious and the beer really gets much better.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and drinkability is ruined for me due to the strange soapy flavors and the off-balance bitterness.

Upon reading other reviews, I fear that I may have gotten a stinker. It states on the bottle that it was "Brewed with love on Sept 6 2006, and it is now October 20th so age isn't an issue. I got his off of a mix-a-six rack....maybe a bad batch?

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.27/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with stale hops is not very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes and stale hops. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure what happened here but it ended in the drain.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a nice golden brown color body, with a foamy white cloudy head, somewhat lasting. Has a malty aroma, some nuttiness. Some graininess too. Has a malty nutty taste. Somewhat creamy, dusty. A taste of light fruit. An English malty taste. Better on tap, fresher tasting. Soft mouthfeel. More hoppy.

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Photo of Garys1
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is ok. There are pale ales I like better

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2.6/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.63/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, some floral hops and faint caramel. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready malts, slight floral hops, some grassiness and very faint caramel. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavors and aromas.

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2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this beer. It seems to have a slight cracker taste that is off putting. much better pale ales on the market. it is better than most of the "American Lagers" but i am not sure it is worth the premium price that most bars sell it at.

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2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even considering that the style is supposed to be a lighter English pale ale compared to the overhopped American version, this beer has a very light mouthfeel which is forecasted in the barely darker than straw gold. Little head that disappeared quickly. For me the least appealing part is the smell is a non appealing cream corn smell with little malt and no noticable hops character. Drinks like a slight beefed up macro that's for an audience that I don't believe I'm a part of.

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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
Bottled on Jan 25 2005

Grainy/Straw malt, and light flowery/perfumey hops in the nose. Doughy.

Average creamy off white head. Faded slowly to and ring with some lacing. hazy amber.

Bitter all the way through. A tough a sweetness. Could use more.

Medium bodied. Pretty dry with livly carbonation. Kind of puckering.

Not a fan

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