Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale AleSchlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.

In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.

50 IBU

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: The beer has a murky, gold body. It does not look the greatest. There is a good amount of carbonation. The pillowy, white head is two fingers deep. There is just a little bit of wispy lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: There are some musty hop profiles here. They are not really all that appetizing. A heavy grain smell near the end, making the beer almost skunky. The hops are more grassy. It is a strange adjunct hop flavor.

Taste: The slight hop bitterness has absolutely no other flavors to compliment it. There is rice, grain, and a slight funk. The hops are there, but they are bland. This is not very good.

Mouth feel: A very light and crisp mouth feel due to the high carbonation. It is okay, it could be a little creamier.

Overall: I was quite excited to try Schlafly as they just started distributing in my area, but this was a real let down. This is pretty much an adjunct with more hop bitterness. I will not give up on Schlafly, but our first meeting was certainly awkward.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up on a recent trip through Missouri. Bottled 28 November 2012. Tasted 29 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clean clear bright orange with a little gold. Half-finger of white head, okay retention, pretty good lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Smells... not dry-hopped. Which is, um, surprising, seeing as "dry-hopped" is in the beer's name. Where are those hops? I can't find them. I also can't find much that appeals to me. Very grainy, lightly sweet and corny. Smells like a slightly juiced up adjunct lager. Weird.

Taste is in the same vein. Very grainy, a little sweet, and nothing that really says hops or APA. Shoot, I've brewed APAs that I liked way better than this, and I haven't done much brewing. It tastes like a mildly sweetened macro. Only a half-touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, buoyant, with enough carbonation. Not really good, but fine.

A very grainy, otherwise dull pale ale. I can drink this, but it's not what it says it is, and it's disappointing. I don't plan on drinking this again, that's for sure. This surprises me, as the other Schlafly beer I've had was stellar and very hop-forward.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/27/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant golden. A nice pour yields a 1.25 finger head. Not a lot of lacing on this one.

S: Weird. I'm getting some really off-putting cereal filler and adjunct (which I'm aware aren't being used here). The hops are hard to find, though when really getting my nose in there, I do get a touch of bitterness.

T: It tastes cheap. Blasé bitterness from what seems to be a mere touch of hops and a big ol' pile of low-grade oat bran. It never seems to mature in the mouth. One note and exceedingly boring.

M: Thin and over carbed. It's sharp and unrefined.

O: Schlafly's Dry-Hopped APA is a rare miss from a very solid brewery. I won't hold this one against them, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most dissapointing dry-hopped brews I've ever quaffed. You're best bet is avoding this one entirely.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Date: 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a bright straw hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell -- The aroma is musky: lots of earthy hops, some floral notes as well as grassiness, but mostly an earthy, basement-like musk. Husky grain also in the mix.

Taste -- Husky grain and corn tortillas make up the flavors from the grist. Lingering flavor of pine resin and husky grain.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with gentler carbonation. Feels a bit like soda from a 2L going flat.

Drinkability -- To be honest, I didn't care much for this one. The hopping was a bit off and the weird tortilla taste was distracting. This falls short of expectations, especially considering how many great APA's come from the Midwest. Given this beer was bottled eleven days ago, I will assume that this hasn't passed it's freshness threshold.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Keep in mind, APA's aren't my favorite style, but this my least favorite of all the APA's I've tried.

A - Hazy light brown, with orange and yellow tones. The head popped up right away, but quickly fell.

S - Orange peel, flowers, and heavily of grapefuit.

T - The initial taste is good. It's hoppy, citric, and piny. On the way down the grapefruit citrus flavor is overpowering.

M - The heavy hop bitterness not hitting until swallowed kind of throws of the mouthfeel. The initial sip is cool, refreshing, and crisp though.

D - I won't be drinking this again. If I want grapefruit, I'll drink grapefruit juice. If I want hops, there are other American Ales that are plenty hoppy, strong and still taste like beer.

I'm glad that I tried it, but it's not a do-over.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Standard pour creates a 2.5 finger fine, fluffy, white head with moderate retention. Brew itself is a semi-clear orange tangerine color. Lacing is ample, web-like and almost creates a waterfall effect with massive outlines of bubbles. A real pretty beer.

S: Moderately skunky and faintly sour... uh-oh... at this point, I think this might've been "aged" too long. Faint citrus that is barely detectable confirms my initial reaction. There's also a bit of pine in there.

T: Opens with a stringent, deep hoppiness. There's a faint sourness towards the middle, woody, piney for a second, then bitter, bitter, bitter with a background of sourness. This is really past its prime. Finish is not clean at all, very messy. There's also a weird mintiness from the middle to the end that is really out of place.

M: Light bodied, messy, coarse, carbonated, with a finish that is messy and really lingers.

D: I'm really trying to give this beer the benefit of the doubt because I know its a bit past its prime. However... its hard... the flavor is not there. There is no crispness, no fresh hop flavor. The profile is messy and the carbonated mouth just makes all the lack of qualities stand out even more. I don't think I'm gonna have this one again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a very clear light brown body, with a big creamy white head that is very lasting. Dark grapey aroma, dusty, malty. Fruity taste, some sweet maltiness, a little nutty. Dark grape taste. Soft mouthfeel. Some hoppiness, but mostly a malty taste.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Jan 2009 (bottled 20 Nov 2008).

Poured in 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large lacy white head. Slightly cloudy golden honey color. Floral hoppy aroma, soapy with a touch of sulfur (not good, very off putting). Flavor is light and malty sweet. Finshes with a lingering hop bite. Aftertaste is somewhat tart and cidery. Taste is better than the smell. Medium light body. Ethanol only noticeable in finish.

Not sure where the sulfurous smell came from but was very detrimental.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 11/4/09.

3.5 A: Cloudy golden yellow in color. One and a half fingers of creamy head with average retention and some lacing.

3.0 S: In the over 5 months since this has been bottled, all aroma molecules have committed suicide. There's a very small touch of herbal hops and nothing on the malt side. Maybe this would have been okay 5 months ago.

3.0 T: Not a big fan of the taste either. Hop bitterness is there, but it's taken over by an unpleasant yeastiness and a bready maltiness that I don't care for. There's a touch of citrusy hop flavor, but it's just about gone.

3.5 M: Mouthfeel is okay. Medium body, good carbonation, and reasonably creamy.

2.5 D: Not a big fan of this one. I'd be happy to try it fresh, as many people seem to have liked this.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy with yeast. This brew is a vibrant tangerine color with a smallish head of eggshell-hued foam. Good lace.

S - Lemon juice, white pepper, and sea salt. Odd... especially for the style. Lemongrass.

T - Astringent grassy hops really assert themselves. Freshly mowed lawns, bitter arugula-type greens.

M - Medium bodied, sharp and astringent.

Odd as heck, but not at all bad. This would cut right through a spicy dish. Given the fact that this stuff is ubiquitous in my neck of the woods (90 miles from St. Louis) this could be a go-to beer for Thai or Indian nights.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes, because internet outage.

A: Pours a mildly hazy gold color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head. It's bubbly texture has decent retention, and also leaves behind rings of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The malts here are quite nutty, backed by some piny hops, and even some indistinct spice notes. There are touches of citrus, but I wished this was stronger. All in all, a mild and unimpressive aroma.

T: It starts off with some mild nut flavors along with caramel touches. The pepper I picked up from the nose is fairly prevalent here, also. Hops only really show up as a piny flavor near the back end. Not bad, but a classic example of a beer that's balanced to a fault.

M: Very crisp and light, even over other pale ales. Even better, it isn't particularly watery in feel, boasting decent body without overdone residual sweetness. Carbonation is at a good level, not too fizzy nor too flat.

O: The feel was great, but everything else was rather lacking. Luckily, it's great drinkability helps (somewhat) to mask its less-than-amazing flavor profile. Still, this isn't going to be on my "repeat purchase" list anytime soon.

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Photo of Risser09
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip - Bottled with love on Sept. 26, 2007 - Big ups to xmarcnolanx who sent this to me in trade as a bonus

Appearance: A rough pour yields a 2" head that is off white and slowly goes away. the beer itself is golden orange in color with a very slight haze to it. Plenty of lacing it on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Swirling gives up a minor hops smell and there is also some traces of malt to balance it out. Overall, there is very little aroma to pick out of this one. I suppose grapefruit is the aroma that sticks out the most. Kind of disappointing.

Taste: Piney at first and then some grapefruit flavors. The taste is very fresh in nature and is therefore, refreshing. Crushed green peppercorns and maybe a peppercorn medley are other flavors. Balanced pretty well with some malt undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with steady bitterness through the beginning, middle and end. Alcohol is evident but not cloying.

Drinkability: Well, it is a good drinking APA but is not very strong with its aroma. I find this strange buecause the bottle claims this is dry hopped. What's up with that? Anyway, this is a very medial pale ale that is drinkable but not worth seeking out specifically.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

sent as an extra in a trade. i believe by cosmohophead, but someone feel free to correct me.

12oz brown bottle, with bottling date of 05 01 2009. tasted in mid-late may 2009.

classic pale amber with orange yellow tones. faint haze (some sediment in the glass). 1.5-finger off-white rocky head fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: fruity aroma of hops, citrus and pine underneath, plus maltiness... but... uh oh... seems like this could be skunked.

taste: some potentially beautiful hops underneath, but there's that skunk and off-flavors again. acidity comes through now too. toasted malt and moderate bitterness, but skunkiness aggravates the bitterness too.

medium body, with astringent resins in the finish. fluffy carbonation.

a real shame about the skunking, and surprising, given the freshness of the date and the brown bottle. i vaguely remember chatting with the trader, and he said he got it in a newly arrive mix-pack at the store.

first time ever non-deliberately experiencing skunkiness in a brown bottle...

seems like potentially a lovely brew. will hopefully come across a better sample in the future.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale is very weak but not unpleasant. The bottle I had was drinkable. Oh, just checked the date and it's about 10 months old. Why was this still at total wine? I'll try to re-review this.

A: Orange colour and a decent head that lasts pretty well. 3.5

S: Malty and only a weak hint of citrus hops. 3

T: Malty with some taste of chlorine and woodiness. Not particularly hoppy. Not unpleasant. Not particularly flavourful though. 3

M: Lowish carbonation level. 3.5

O: 3

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A deep golden color, with a thin white head immediately catches your eye, inviting you to enjoy.

Heavily hopped to the nose, but seeming a bit "green" from the outset - similar to the palette, piney, fruity, and mildly floral - just a guess, but being an APA, are those Cascade hops?

After those first few seconds of hops rush, the beer quickly dies down, echoing around the mouth until it becomes mildly resiny.

It's okay, but good only for a brief blast of hops, and little else.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Nate for the ST.Louis hookup.

Pours a pretty clear copper color with a quick head and a little residual foam. Maybe two columns of bubbling.

Some dirty hop aromas, as in hops coated with Earth. Some thin orange peel aromas ith a medium toasted bill of moderate richness.

The taste starts with a light resny palate with some earthy hops and a little citric bitterness. The malts add some toast with few biscuity flavors. his is a simple bittr beer with a musty hop fiish that lingers.

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Photo of CHickman
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color with a big 2 finger foamy off white head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good lacing with rings as it went down.

For a dry hopped beer this sure smells malty; perhaps the hops were too dry as it does have floral hop and herbal notes, but the biscuit, caramel and malt base seem to dominate. It smells alright, just not as hoppy as I expected with only hints of citrus that make it somewhat hoppy.

Tastes of floral hops, herbs, light spices, caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, wheat bread, malt or grains and a hint of pepper or cinnamon in the finish. Again, not as hoppy as the name would indicate and only average tasting.

Pretty easy to dink, the mouthfeel is smooth, with mild carbonation that’s a little fizzy, a medium body and a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste that shows off more malt than hops. It was average to me and bordered on a let-down since it’s called a dry hopped APA. Should have just been called APA.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz beer.

A- Pours a light pale golden yellow color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a ton of earthy tones in the aroma. Light piney hops mix with a floral hop to balance out the bitter smell. Lots of grassy notes as well with some grainy off aroma. I should say off aroma but more of a light balance to the grassy smell.

T- Light muted citrus hops in the front mix with a bready malt base. The middle of the beer is more caramel malt driven. Ending of this beer is muted hints of piney hops and some light grassy tones. Nothing really else in this beer except for some light grain tones in the middle and ending of the beer. Alcohol is very faint in the end. Muted flavors should be a quick summary of this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and grassy hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is more bitter pine hops with some light alcohol and a hint of muted malts. Balanced from what I could tell with the flavors being muted. No real off flavors..just needed more flavors that's all. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This has easy drinkability but mostly because it has a muted overall flavor. ABV was low enoguh that drinking many pints would be in the future. A easy drinking pale ale but I couldn't really get any dry hopping flavors like I thought I would be able.

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Photo of jaz58
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As of late, I have been enjoying a few dry hopped IPA's and APA's. I enjoy the great aromas and citrus notes that are displayed.

Schlafly APA is a decent effort.

A nice orange hue in the glass with a little effervescence and a thin head.

No hints of pine in the nose, which I'm accustom to yet a nice hint of orange and orange blossom.

Subtle and sweet malt with lemon and orange flavours when tasted. A very nice bitters finish completes the draw.

Round mouthfeel.

I was expecting more from this brew.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-light brown body with an off white head

S-citrusy, grapefruit

T-firm malt front, hoppy but not overwhelming

M-light-medium mouthfeel

D-not very assertive for this style but all styles have a range and this is on the weak end of the assertive flavor scale

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a large, fluffy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, straw, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malts, sweet, grapefruit, citrus and resin hops. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and bitter at the end. Good beer, refreshing.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't much a fan of this one. Flavors and hop aroma seemed far too muted and it seemed oxidized at less than a month old - not good. Light pine and citrus with a touch of grassiness, but also clear cardboard oxidation flavors which shouldn't be present at 3 1/2 weeks. At least it had a drinkable, crisp mouthfeel, so that's one thing it has going for it.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden color with a huge 3+ finger foamy, slightly off-white head. Bubbles stream constantly from the bottom of the glass, giving it almost infinite retention. Lots of lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S: Dominant smell is the hops. Pine and grapefruit overlying the aroma of malts. Not a whole lot to say about the smell, it's almost solely the smell of hops.

T: Taste really just falls flat for me. Some slight malts up front and then the hit of hops. Not too strong on either account, and nothing to set the taste apart from dozens of other beers that I tried. The taste is just kind of there, not balanced, nothing really asserting itself strongly. The whole thing just comes across as disjointed.

M: light body, actually quite light on the carbonation.

O; My basic impression of this beer is that as soon as my glass is empty I'll have forgotten what it tastes like. It's just nothing special, and not even a good simple beer. It just IS.

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Photo of omahawk
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A good look for an APA - light orange - gold, a little murky (hop resins?), nice level of apparent carbonation, small lingering head.
S: Slight hop smell - not as much as I would expect from an American Pale Ale advertising dry hops.
T: Honestly, the overall taste is a little "murky". The malt level seems fine, able to support some decent hopping. This seems to lean towards the hop bitterness, rather than the hop aroma and taste, and something in here conflicts. This is a pretty average American Pale Ale in taste, and the late hopping seems to be overwhelmed.
M: Mouthfeel is fine - slightly tart and bitter. Perhaps a little more residual maltiness would help carry the mouthfeel better.
D: This is a pretty average APA.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at the world famous something or other in fredericksburg, VA. renowned for jacking up prices to obscene levels. anyway, a 12 ozer..
pretty golden color with a decent head that sticks around for most of the glass. aromas of faint barley and a bit of grassy and piney hops. nothing too substantial. the flavor is good, but not very bright. in the flavor, nothing really stands out, a bit of malt, not too much body, small hop bite and a little bit of grassy hop flavor.
overall, a pretty mediocre pale ale for being a dryhopped one. It's certainly not bad, very drinkable. But this could pass for a blond in the NW.

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