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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 johnkale
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A - Clear amber, one finger of quickly dissipating head

S - sweet malts, apricot, a little grapefruit zest

T - follows nose pretty closely, rounded sweetness, low bitterness and a little diacetyl in the finish

M - light-moderate body, could stand a bit more carbonation

O - solid session beer, enjoyed the fruitiness of the hops

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Photo of Carrico
4.67/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Schlafly Pale Ale is my go to beer when I am at a bar and the choices on craft beer is limited. The taste is slightly bitter but at the same time is very refreshing. he color is a medium dark amber with a pale head. Easily one of my favorite beers and is definitely a great place for someone to start, who hasn't dabbled in ales much.

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Photo of TCMike
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produce a dense 2 finger white head. The beer color is a translucent medium honey.

The aroma is of biscuit, and honey. Not very strong.

The taste is similar, but with a light citrus hop taste, and bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, and low-medium carbonation.

Very nice beer. Easy drinking, and the low alcohol makes it an all night drinker.

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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 gpogo
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper lively carbonation . White head that left a lacing.

A- Caramel malt mainly, some bready biscuity smells.

T- Light initial bitterness with lots of sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry and biscuit/bready. The sweetness does not overdo it though.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation.

D- I remember not being as fond and finding this beer too hoppy years ago. I find this beer enjoyable, but perhaps a bit boring. I'd recommend drinking it though.

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

Side poured with standard vigor into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours an off copper color with a little, one finger head that leaves fairly quickly. Leaves decent lacing, nothing to get excited about. Some carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell - Very subdued, do not expect the same from this as you get from an APA. A little malts, a little hops, some breads and biscuity scents in there, but overall very low-key...like the Brits themselves.

Taste - Much of the same as the nose. Nothing too overwhelming or pronounced. A biscuit/earthiness coincides with a mild hop balance of spices and floral.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and easy, probably one of the better aspects of the beer. Very sessionable, clean finishing. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall - Remarkably forgettable. If I had not drank this an hour ago, I would have forgot about it completely. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but would drink it again. This style as a whole just isn't very aggressive, and this brew is no different.

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Photo of bigolbeerbelly
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap into a pint glass at St Louis airport Hilton
Served very cold appx 35 F

A: very pale crystally yellow. Small white with outstanding lacing

S: not muc. Cold could have muted it. Kind of adjuncty like corn.

T: crisp and dry. Very refreshing and lageresque. Citrus notes.

M: moderate carbonation. Light body. Nice

O: Not a bad beer but I never would have guessed it was an ale if I was doing a blind taste test. This would be a good beer for your American lager drinking friends to transition over to crafts with.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled into a pint glass.

Typical pale amber colored body. There isn't to much head showing.

Slightly sweet smell. There is a bit of biscuit malt and herbacious hops.

A decent and dry body, that accommodates a rounded malt body and a bit of the hops from the nose. There is decent amount to carbonation to round it out.

Overall is makes a decent session beer, but its not something that I would seek out.

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Photo of wages
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5/5 - copper straw color with two finger head. Nice and clear

smell - 4.5/5 - sweet and malty aroma

Taste - 4.5/5 - mostly dry with a slight sweetness and floral from hops

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - medium/light body. Fairly strong carbonation keeps it fresh tasting

Overall - 4.5/5 - nice easy drinking refreshing brew

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Photo of WhistlingBird
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the largest American owned brewery in St.Louis. My first Schlafly Pale Ale was at the brewery.

It pours a nice golden with a good pinkie sized head. The aroma is everything you would expect from a pale ale.

It's bitterness is perfect. It is not over the top yet much more previlent than a pale ale. It is refreshing in the summer or winter, nice for dinner or chilling.

Overall a nice product can come from a city with a huge history in the beer insudtry, and without the AB on the label.

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Photo of match1112
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on tap at a pizza joint. looked really good outta the tap with a two finger head on top of a hazy copper body. unfortunatly the smell and taste were underwelming. it didnt smell bad, it just didnt have any aromas or flavors that made it stick out from any other beer. mouthfeel was medium body with decent carbonation and a very small bitter finish. unfortunatly with all the other pale ales out there this one is just average. it will be good for fishing or yard work, but dont expect it to blow your socks off.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled With Love on” date printed on the label is “11 22 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy, light honey with maybe a hint of amber. Two fingers of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly.

Smell: The aromas are rather subdued, but musky grain dominates. There are flashes of caramel, toffee, and lemon zest. Much more English than American. However, grassy malts, honey, and a nuttiness also emerge after the beer has warmed.

Taste: Smooth and easy drinking; the beer goes down so well it is almost difficult to savor. It offers a tame, herbal bite along with a little orange and lemon zest. Caramel provides a little maltiness but it is really window dressing. As the pint continues to warm, honey creeps in along with the nuttiness from the smell. The sides and back of the tongue are left tingling and after a couple sips I thought I tasted a little freshly ground black pepper.

Drinkability: This is as fickle little creature. I like it. It is smooth drinking and offers an adequate amount of flavor and complexity to satisfy.

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

I thought this was an American Pale Ale.

Poured a dark goldish brown. Nice head and lacing.

Nose is hops and malt.

Taste is malty with hops and a citrus twist. It does not come across as overly dry. Finish is pleasant with malt. I haven't had that many English beers since I am not that fond of them but this one seems to be well done. I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of beagle75
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild caramel, earth, and aromatic flowers are balanced in the presence of slightly funky butter. Carbon dioxide inserts an airy gap between qualities, driving them apart somewhat.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasty Maris Otter-style malt and hop aromatics that are earthy yet freshly herbaceous. Mild acidity stays restrained into the middle, where flavors are of soft and refined, but bready, malt. Yeast esters dance appealingly across the palate during the latter half. Dryness becomes fairly well established by the finish, culminating in flavors that are mildly herbaceous but clean.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and soft on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This approachable American-brewed ale packs a fair amount of traditional English character without being obnoxiously so to the unaccustomed palate. It finds a pleasant versatility that is enhanced by its low abv.

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Photo of tronester
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color, with a creamy, light tan head. Aromas of ripe fruit and fresh cracked grain abound. Taste is biscuity, toffee flavors up front, followed by a minerally, earthy hop middle, and a tart, fruit like clean finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding for the gravity, low carbonation. Overall an exceptional beer. Lower in alcohol than many Pale Ales, but with just as much or more flavor. Tastes like a true English Pale Ale, which many American interpretations fall flat trying to do.

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

100th review! Drinking this one in a hotel room in Kansas City.

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale amber color with one finger off-white head.

Smells of honey malt, slight graininess, and caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel-like, and finishes with a peppery and slightly vegetal hop zing. Moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nothing special, but a solid example of the style.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Two fingers of coarse off-white foam. Decent retention. Body is deep amber honey in color and crystal clear. Small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - crisp bready malt, spicy herbal hops, and a distinct earthy mineral aroma.

T - leads off sweet and mild. A bit of sourness and mineral flavor through the middle. Toasted malt and medium hop bitterness in the finish.

M - thin body with decent carbonation. Sticky in the finish.

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

Had this served to me in a standard pint, and came out with a finger thick head of off white, and has a clear copper colored body.

Aroma is of floral qualities with a hint of toffee. The taste is toffee upfront, but some lemon and arid traits kick in.

Feels well carbonated and light to medium in body. Pretty refreshing altogether.

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

Served in a 12 oz bottle and poured into a frosted pint glass. Initially produced a good two finger head and left plenty of lacing. The appearance is a golden amber color with moderate carbonation that lasted until the end. This was actually pretty good for a bottled Pale Ale. It had a slightly bitter taste but went down smooth and crisp.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in pint glass: very light aroma is caramel, bread, musty, grass; amber color, slightly hazy, minimal head; light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, not a bad session beer but nothing really great. I think the other Schlafly beers are much better.

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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 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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Schlafly Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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