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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 Applesauce1
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Appearance: copper-orange color with a 1/2" head
Smell: hops; slight citrus; pine
Taste: hops; oranges; some type of saltiness and steak seasoning flavor; a tad watered down though
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a cloudy bright bronze,a creamy tightly bubbled finger of head that maintains well and deposits bits of lace on the glass.

Aroma - bready, lightly sweet on the malts, standard graininess. Fairly unassuming.

Taste - softly toasted grain with a faint caramel butterscotch bend.An equally light hop balance on the swallow. gets a tad bolder on the aftertaste as the mouth dries out. Finishes with a decent roasty quality. Flavors are all tasty but come across diluted, except for the hops at the very end.

Mouthfeel - a tad light. Smooth though, which carries the medium body well. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - a good session beer or good crossover beer, but kind of middling.

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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 Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Jan 16, 2007. Brilliant clear amber color, with a thick off-white head. Lots of bubbles rising to the top from the bottom of the glass. Very good head retention, and a nice amount of patchy lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

Bready, biscuity malty aroma, along with some floral and earthy hop notes.

Very pleasant bready malt character, with just a touch of caramel. Some fruity flavors follow, and it all finishes with some soft floral hops.

Soft carbonation, and ample body. This is very well balanced, and very easy to drinbk. I enjoyed this one because of the simplicity.

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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 nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and amber with a frothy white head.

Not much aroma, some salty resin notes.

Sweet caramel hoppiness up front becomes a crisp hoppiness midtongue. Fairly balanced.

Kind of thin mouthfeel, but definitely sessionable. This beer won't blow you away, but its an easy drinker and very clean.

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Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. Bottle with love on: 10/17/06.
Created a moderate white head. Body was clear and honey colored. Appealing.

Smell was slightly of B.O. and metallic hints. Rose-like characteristics. Floral. Tobacco leaf? Interesting.

Taste was mild and balanced. Grassy bitterness and a drying finish.

Mouthfeel was mildly zesty with a thin to medium body. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A solid oranged copper colored beerdepartsthe bottle. A finger of stark white head sits atop the beer, falling quickly to a patchy island. A few stray bubbles are seen boiling up to the top, and clarity is moderate. The aroma is lightly earthy, with a strong toasty English malt character that is really the dominant character of the smell. The flavor is big in toasted maltyness, with a more mild earthy and lighly peppery and spicey hop character that adds a nice balance. A distant caramel sweetness is present as well, that really rounds the flavor out. It is mild, but still flavorful. I like it. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation in there that breaks things up nicely. This is a nice session beer. It has a lot of flavor from both malt and hop, but does not hit me too strong either way. This is one that I would definately keep around if I could find it.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head. Smell of carmel and floral hops. Taste is initially malty followed by some nice hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is ok, I would like a little more carbonation. This is a very drinkable ale from Schlafly. It was always a go to beer before the APA came easlily available. Good Effort though.

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, solid pale ale with some English leanings, but nothing stodgy. Poured an attractive amber, some moderate sweetness up front with a bit of carmel malt. Hops bittering didn't have a lot of depth, but was nicely flavorful, nonetheless. This is a pale ale at home at the table with dinner.

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Photo of pmcadamis
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 this....it 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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Photo of flexabull
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I'll be honest in saying that I wasn't expecting much from the local beer offerings in St. Louis. This was certainly one of the pleasant surprises.

Appearance was nice when it was sent in front of me, amber color, with a very nice head that retained well.

Aromas were subtle, not much going on there.

Taste was good. Reminded me a lot of an excellent British Pale. This beer is pretty mellow, yet quite drinkable. Has a great malty backbone, with just a hint of hops to make it interesting.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My good friend went to St. Louis and brought me back a variety six pack. Neat rustic labeling with "Bottled With Love on "AUG012006".

Poured clear & coppery with a nice white head and chunky lacing. Smelled and tasted of sweet and nutty malts with a smallest hint of hops on the nose - but not in my mouth. This is a relatively simple, medium-bodied English Pale - with no real thrills, in my opinion.

I would consider this a decent session beer to enjoy if I lived in St. Louis...

Looking forward to trying the remainder of my sixer...

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid amber color with a thin, off-white head and doesn't persist long. Spotty lacing in the pint. Nose is caramel malts and flowery hops. Smells well-balanced. Palate is malty and slightly sweet. The hops assert themselves and save this from being overly malty for the style. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium and there seems to be barely enough carbonation to keep it "lively." A decent English style Pale Ale.

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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 bort11
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Very nice bright white head, 2 fingers or more. Receded to a medium lace, moderate stickiness. Color is a standard golden-amber. Smell seems off for a Pale Ale, almost lager-y. It's little sour and yeasty. Taste is a very, very mild hops, more sour than bitter. There is also a bready malt notes. Mouthfeel is light in body, almost to the point of being watery. Moderate carbonation. Despite this not working very well as a pale ale, I can see this as a great hot weather beer. Good for working in the yard. I may grab some after mowing.

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

Solid golden color with a nice beige head that sticks for a bit and nice carbonation. Solid earthy hop character on the nose and in flaovr with a decent malt balance all around. Definitely English in style. Medium bodied with a dry bitter hop finish.

A solid English Pale Ale but not my favorite style.

Label States: "British Style Ale"

Bottled: 01/17/06
Tasted: 02/27/06

($6.69 / 6-pack)

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Photo of drewseslu
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorites, yes it is a bit inconsistent, but when they nail it, Schlafly really nails it. This is hoppy, yet balanced and I could drink every day (if I could afford it). Absolutely delicious, especially when on tap, it is a wonder to enjoy. RERATE: After having this many times, and many, many other beers I've come to the conclusion that this is a good training wheels beer, and still a solid session ale, but not as great as I'd remembered it.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Autumnal harvest orange. Microscopic head and lace.

Nose is a weird - and not so enticing - combination of cardboardy malt and plastic yeast esters. Rotting leaves. Copper. Toast.

Nice if generic malt flavors reign on the taster, and nothing more than a kiss of the most modest noble hops. Very pedestrian.

They say every brewer makes a pale ale...this example goes to show that even good brewers can - and do - make mediocre pale ales from time to time.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bronze to orange sunset color is nice.
My bottle poured a full 1 inch head with a fine steam of bubbles.

Found some malt and grain in the noise but struggled, honestly, to pick up hop character even as I let this warm up.

The taste, honestly, was somewhere in that nowhere land as well.
I had a hard time calling this a pale ale; perhaps my own confusion between English and American? It doesn't match up to cross state brother Boulevard pale or certainly to SNPA et al.

This is drinkable but not distinctive- continuing my love and confusion relationship with Schlafly that might only be resolved when I travel cross state to visit her family!

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-delivered from St. Louis to Moscow (thanks, Jeremy), this brown 12 oz bottle has a brown and beige label featuring just the name printed on what looks like parchment. No ingredient information. Bottled 8/2/05, I opened it on 1/4/06.

Pours clear copper under a one finger off-white head that fades slowly but surely to thick film and collar, leaving a few decent strands of lace. Nice grain and spice nose, with a rye bread note to it. The mouth is reasonably heavy but very well carbonated. Mild flavors here - nothing jumps out - with a good smooth mix of semi-sweet malt and espresso bitter hops. The hops particularly emerge as it warms. There's a bite in the finish, but it is very quick, fading immediately to a shadow of coffee dryness. I didn't like the first couple of sips, but grew to enjoy it immensely.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Orange tone with a great pale top. Good hints of citrus and a floral aroma.
Taste is very good and not like the tapped selection. Mellow hop bite with a side of malt. Clean fresh mouthfeel that left a good citrus taste. I'm going to get another six of this before I leave.

On a side not I have converted a BudMilCoors drinker with this beer. He used to be a non-believer until I gave him one of these.

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

This beer pours a dark amber and has a sudsy head. It has more hops presence than a lager but less than a regular ale ale-type ale. In fact it's a good midstep to the austere British ales that non-beer-drinkers usually shy away from. My theory is that a person needs to learn to enjoy a brew such as this and then the leap to Strong Ale won't be so great. I didn't have a problem with that type of jump, but I'm an an oddball... the drinkability is superb for a brew that has a relatively heavy mouthfeel. Aparently Schlafly is the only brew to be served in Busch Stadium aside from Anheiser-Busch beers (St. Louis, MO). This brew really made me a believer in the midwest brew selection. Hopefully I can get this stuff in Jersey. It's about this same price as Yuengling, but at many times the quality.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6-21-2005 bottling date. This pale ale has a clear amber color with a tight, off white head. Mild smell of floral hops and caramel malts. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Has a mildly sweet caramel flavor with a subtle hop taste and bitterness to finish.
Nothing to rave about here, just a decent drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of Tang07
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yum, yum, yum!

This Pale Ale is much better than their American Pale Ale.

It was nice and hoppy (could have been more hoppy) but it had crispness. body, and ballance.

Nice body. Great color. Nice Hop bight with a nice crisp finish. It went well with the St. Louis BBQ I was eating.

These guys need to go to the big brewery downtown and teach them a few things.

I'll be looking for this on the shelf of my home town beer store.

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Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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