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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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a clear golden amber body.

S: candy sugar and light generic citrus.

T: malt forward pale ale. Hops providing slightly bitter, earthy and tart citrus notes. Hops are light as expected for the style.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am noticing a trend of malt forward brews, even in the styles which are usually not as malt forward. It's ok for this brew but walking through the flight there is little variability in malt content.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a curious orangeish color not dissimilar to its label. this beer has a fairly complex aromatic profile for the style, with notes of candied sugars and a german sort of maltiness. the flavor is a bit more hoppy, with a crisp bitter finish and lots of resonant aftertastes. the body is quite heavy for a pale ale, but not necessarily in a bad way. medium carbonation which dies down soon after the pour. all up a pretty good pale ale if you are in the st louis area, but certainly not world class. could stand a better balance between the nose and the palate, ones says malty, the other says hoppy, and there is some sort of disconnect there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last night's Pint Night offering at Pazzo's. A deliciously balanced Pale Ale with medium proportions across the board. Opens with a richly malty, sweet character reminescent of Oktoberfest maltiness. Countered with a moderate hop (orange rinds and pine), but does not dominate the beer like many Pale Ales can. The appearance is a bright hue stuck between copper and amber. A froathy head rose above the beverage and settled nicely at 1/2" tall, then steadied for the duration with some lacing. Flavors are very malty, maybe too much so, giving up a lot of toasted breads and raw dough, with an underlying caramel sweetness. The hops shows much pine character, but with spicy undertones of lemon-grass, oranges, and herbal (tea-like) flavors. Moderate body prevails, at times giving too much thickness, and others thinning just enough to increase the drinkability. Finishes more malty than hoppy, but the herbal notes linger as well. A solid beer, with less agressiveness than normally expected.

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with firm head that retains well and leaves the occasional splash of lace

Smell: Toasty and grainy with an unpleasant touch of DMS

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt flavor that is joined by a grainy aspect; after the swallow, some mild, earthy hops arrive to add balance to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: You have to hold your nose a bit but it drinks reasonably well; somewhat undistinguished (and by this I don't mean it needs to be hoppier)

Purchased from beergeek.biz

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 02 14 2011

It's been a few years, time to re-review. Picked up a sixer and it's almost gone, which says a lot for this Pale Ale's drinkability.

It pours with a billowing rocky head into a large mug, creating uneven peaks on its surface, and webs of lacing in the glass. Later on the foam dissipates into a wispy skim on the surface.

Light biscuity aroma, all bready malt and little else, though it's pleasant enough.

Apple, biscuits, lightly earthy, clover honey sweetness, faintly bitter hop expression in the aftertaste. Almost English style, very mild with low to medium carbonation, and a reserved malt profile. Extremely drinkable, and very sessionable. Simplicity is vastly underrated...

10-24-2007 B+ / 4 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently tried this after some friends returned with it from St. Louis. Bottled in September 2007.

Golden amber body with sticky, puffy lacing. Pale malt aromas, light toasted grain with a very mild hop element. Could use more, but maybe i'm too conditioned to the uber-hoppy Pale Ales. Taste is pleasant, some honeyish malt with mild hops again. Light feeling, but with plenty of carbonation. Good for a session, get a six-pack for yourself.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to big white head covers a clear caramel golden colored beer, the head settles into a nice lacing a top this medium bodied ale.

The aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and citrus hops.

More of the same sweet caramel malts mixed with citrus hops taste makes this a pleasant beer to drink.

A mildly dry aftertaste is all that remains within minutes of pouring this beer into my glass, a worthy few minutes of my life.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/orange color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, nut, grass and pine.

T - It tasted very malty. It was certainly the dominant flavor. It had subtle hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty descent pale ale. Nothing special but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper color with a white head and not too much lacing. The nose is really light with a bit of citrus and floral aspects, but really just some light bread and grain. The taste is the same, with generic malt revealing only a tad bit of hoppy character in the background. Mild feel with ever-so-slight bitterness. Drinks nice and easy, but is nowhere near the level of their dry-hopped APA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly bronzed tangerine with honeyed highlights. The good-sized crown is the color of barely toasted marshmallows and is no slacker when it comes to glass coverage. Sticky blankets of buckshot-riddled lace are a treat for the eyes.

The nose could be bolder. What smells like a mixture of American and English hops rides along on a faintly toasted barley base. Here's hoping the lack of sufficient 'oomph' does not translate to the taste buds. Warming helps to some extent.

This brewery's Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale is the better beer by far. This offering is both malt-deficient and (especially) hop-deficient, with an earthy nuttiness that means Munich is in the house. Who likes their pale ales to taste like Oktoberfests?

Even most English APAs have more hoppiness than Pale Ale. To my palate, it's somewhere between an EPA and an English mild. Tough call on the herbal, marginally fruity hops. I'll take East Kent Goldings for $100, Alex. Even though these ingredients don't work wonderfully well together, this isn't bad beer in the end.

The mouthfeel, while on the light end of light-medium, is acceptable for the style. If I was in a less generous mood, it would have gotten the next lowest score.

Schlafly Pale Ale is probably a decent seller, but I don't taste a whole lot to get excited about. I hope Dry-Hopped American APA is brewed year-round because I'd choose that one over this one ten times out of ten. It doesn't matter, though, until these guys finally get around to distributing their beer up this way.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color on this,Ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, with a small amount of side glass lace around the edge. The head was not too impressive, maybe an inch

very grainy, almost musty in smell. Lots of malt bread, and a lot of caramel as well. Had a definite roasted nuts kind of back to it. lots of caramel and malt tones that were littered in the back with a tiny bit of English bittering hops. Nice sweetness balancing It all out very very well. I was quite impressed with this one. It was a very full bodied flavor with lots of earthen grain and malt tones.

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Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled om Apr 10 2007

Thanks to BARLEYWINEO for this one:

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready

T: Slight metallic hops taste & some grainyness up front. Slight breadyness, caramel, & citric hops surface as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops & a touch of toasted bread

MF: Medium-bodied,with low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, nothing really stands out here, but I could drink a few in a pinch

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well....its a true English Style Pale Ale...BORING. Seems to be very bland not real hops...almost along the lines as Bass....but not nearly as tasty....at least I don't think. Easy enough on the palate that it is a session for sure!!!! Good in a pinch, but not when there are other beers available.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local beer bar served in a tiny snifter. Beer is orange and mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles. some lacing, decent retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is like orange candy, the mixture of malt and lightly hopped citrus.

Beer is medium to light in body and way too sweet, candy sweet, sweet finish, sweet beginning, minimal hops. It is OK I guess but not a repeat for m.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of English hops, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, tea, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is crisp and sharp, with an average carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt, tea, English hops, hint of wheat, and slight caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a dull, light copper. While the body looked a bit dreary...just kind of...dull, the head was very nice. Uniform 2 finger foam, a bit slick in the lacing.

Aroma was sweet bread, darker bread, but not quite rye. I didn't get a light biscuit. Hops were dull as well. Maybe some green pear or light blood orange.

Flavors here are light caramel and sweet nutty something. Malt is more pronounced than the hops, as expected...a bit. But the hops never quite get off the ground, nor mesh well with the yeast to give either fruity or floral characteristics. Pine? Nah.

Still, a nice beer. A bit too malty and nutty for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Vancer.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, nice littles islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of hops, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy with a nice touch of citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, another nice brew from Schlafly.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, a touch of fruitiness. Taste is malts, bready, nutty, lightly hopped, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a cool extra in a recent trade with Tilley4. Poured into my new Sam Adams glass.

Nice 2 finger head.. descent lacing atop a sorta burnished copper color.. slightly hazy lite amber brew.

Aroma is pale malts with touches of caramel and just hints of spicy hops.. they show more as it warms... also a little toasty notes show as it hits room temp.

Flavor is bready malts.. just hints of toast.. A little fruity hoppy element mixes well with yeasty notes. Sorta black tea begins to show as it warms.. everything is pretty light on this one.. but that makes it very approachable... touches of caramel.. and more background grassy hops. Body is probably great for the style.. but I would appreciate just a little bit more oooomph. That said, it is very very drinkable.. pretty much a perfect lawnmower beer.. or a good gateway beer for someone who is making to make the "ale passage" from American Lagers.

Big Props go out to Jason.. great trader.. and probably one of the easiest I've ever had a chance to deal with. Cheers, and I hope you enjoy the tasty PNW treats.

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild chill hazed red colored beer with a minor head formation.

Smell is sweet with a lot of burnt sugar and toffee candy malt aroma. Fairly yeasty beer hops is mostly herbal.

Taste starts out malty with lots of toffee flavor. Little bit sweet with a slight bitter finish, this is very much a malt beer. Nice yeasty beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is where this beer shines. Super user friendly taste not one thing harsh about this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe my palate has been ruined by drinking so many big and tasty AIPA's this year but this beer was a bit disappointing and one dimensional to me. I don't need everything to be a hop bomb or a super flavorful monster but I found the Schlafly PA to be basically one-note: moderate, dry bitterness, without much hop character or maltiness..not much to bring me back here again in truth. It's a clear amber beer with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top as you drink, decent head and lace. Very mildly aromatic, faintly citric and malty. The taste is dominated by that dry bitterness, and not in a super high IBU kinda way..just blandly bitter. Very faint malt sweetness.

The finish is drying. The mouthfeel is nice enough, with good carbonation. Somewhat quenching.

This is much less of the IPA-light style of APA than many on the market now, much more of a traditional English pale. Unfortunately it doesn't rise to the level of the best of those examples either. Meh.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden body that is clear with a nice spongy off-white head and a slow gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of pale malt was pretty clean with a faint toasted note in the background. There was a light hop hint that was almost lemony mostly a green hop smell.

T- The light taste of pale malt was very smooth with a faint caramel sweetness in the background. The finish was a nice smooth hop with hints of pine and a tangy grapefruit note. It had a light flavor but good flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture in the finish. This gave the hops a more mild finish.

D- This was an interesting beer and I would not have described this as a Pale Ale if I didn't say it on the menu. Smooth and interesting but it would be nice to have a bit more flavor.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's got some age on it.

Aroma is slightly skunky and floral, with a toasted malt backbone. Fruity specialty malt character emerges.

Flavor reveals a diacetyl note initially. Fruity specialty malt and toasted bread dominate, finishing floral and lightly dry. Carbonation is almost effervescent.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, "bottled with love" on 10/22/2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half-inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is bready/biscuity malt, butter and some mild hoppiness. It's nice, but a bit light. Taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), with the addition of some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has good carbonation and it's nice and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good, it's real easy to drink and would be a good choice as a session beer. I think it's another solid offering from Schlafly, I'd pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Sweet much more head than the Kölsch a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring. Color is a rather red orange.
S - Mild hops, English malts, sweet tea leaves.
T - A pretty good balance of citrus sweet hops, mild herbal tea leaves and a semi sweet finish that dare I say its very session able.
M - As said it's light to medium closer to light but not watery.

Overall quite a good English pale ale, possibly the best English Pale ale I have had lately and just enough flavor and low ABV to make even a light beer drinker happy.

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