Schlafly Pale Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Pale AleSchlafly Pale Ale

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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 yemenmocha
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color. Generous head.

Whiffs of fresh baked bread and lime citrus in the nose. Very appetizing.

On the palate this ale offers a sweet, bready taste that mingles well with the hop fruitiness. Serve this one at room temp or slightly chilled. Colder temps suppress the fresh bready notes an focus the hops.

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Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely an English Style Pale Ale...yellowish gold in colo...rleans on the malt more than the hops...very drinkable....a tich thin...a bready maltiness with more or a very soft herbal hop flavor....a good session beer, but not a remarkable beer....solid...not great,,,,

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Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber/copper color with great clarity. What little head it starts out with is gone quickly, leaving a small ring of lace around the top of the liquid.

Smell: Has a strong malt aroma which is somewhat balanced by English hops. There's a not-so-slight bready aroma in there too.

Taste: Hmmm...this is interesting. There's a nice balance between the malt character and the hops, which are somewhat laid back. This is definitely an English-style pale ale. There's that same bready flavor that showed up in the smell, only it's too much here. Overall, the flavors aren't intergrated and balanced very well.

Mouthfeel: Has a somewhat medium thickness, with a semi-dry, crisp finish.

Drinkability: While it's an easy drinking brew, the balance problems really throw the flavor profile off. This beer is far better on draft...and is fantastic from the hand-pump...

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a deep copper color, the slight head stays and even leaves a bit of festive lace. nice light malty aromas of caramel paired with some spicy aromatic hops. very inviting. medium body, a bit buttery with the light biscuity malts dominating the flavor profile, with a bit of light, gentle hop bitterness. an easy drinking, nice tasting english pale ale. a bit thin and unassuming for my tastes, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting pale. Orange gold color with a persisting thin head and light hop spice aroma. An admirable malt base is balanced by an aggressive spicy hop presence. The finish in increasingly spicy with a mellow flush. Not bad.

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Photo of Realale
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-copper in color, with a thick foamy head that dissipates almost completely in a hurry. Nose is caramel malt, perhaps a hint of diacetyl (butter aroma), with some English hop aroma (again, it seems like Fuggle to me). Palate is too carbonated which strips some of the flavor. There is a good maltiness, but it lists a bit too much to the caramel side of the spectrum for my. The hop bitterness is present, but not overt. Decent length and fine with food. My least favorite expression of this beer (cask-conditioned wins for me, followed by keg), but a very welcome sight at a wedding this weekend!

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