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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2007

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: half finger head on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: toasted malts, candied citrus and pungent earthy hops.

T: again, a malt forward brew but nicely balanced with hops providing herbal, tart citrus notes. Candy sugar notes throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. 

Overall: even though malty this one is well balanced with nice hop variability. A memorable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a more than good session american pale ale. pours a light and bright golden color, with a tiny bit of yeast remaining, and a two inch head, white and dense, lasting and sticky, sexy. the smell is pretty bitter, with english hops on the lighter side and a citrus hop profile, tangerines and lemon zest. the flavor is more mild, almost dull or mellow, not as jivey as the nose, but lots of hop bitter on both ends, and enough malt in the middle. dry hops add flavor, but i think this isnt as hoppy as a lot of american pale ales. feel is solid, perfect medium body and great carbonation. infinitely sessionable and really satisfying as a morning beer. malty and hoppy at the same time, without being overwhelming. a worthy quaff for sure, but not the best choice at the taproom

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that slowly faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of pale malts stand out in the taste, which also has some notes of citrus from the hops. There is a slight amount of bitterness, which persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is rather sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The common and reliable Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA exhibits all of what's good with Pale Ales but without overstating its presence. Although the language is its review might seem mundane and redundant, its flavor is anything but.

The standard glowing copper hue shows ample carbonation, releasing an airy and froathy off-white head, retains very well, and laces just the same.

Citrus hops dominate the nose, but not with a quick rebuttal from graham cracker flavored malts. Still, grapefruit and orange zest command attention along with a spicy note that you just know leads to bitterness in taste. Low on fruit and with no phenolics, the yeast has minimal impact on the aroma.

Flavors are a very direct reflection of aroma, which speaks to the beers consistency. Malt sweetness in caramel and fresh baked cookies combine with light spice (maybe hops, maybe yeast) is short lived. Hop flavor of ruby red's and tangerines build in intensity and soon enough become the prevailant flavor of the beer. Allowing the bitterness of citrus rinds and pine resins to come into play, the beer takes on a gingery, snappy flavor that is both refreshing and attention-grabbing. Simple and pure, the beer makes quick work of a malty-caramelly start and finishing with a hoppy-citrusy finish.

Creamy and moderate early on, after the carbonation disipates and the citrus bitterness takes hold, the beer finishes decidedly dry, fleeting, and very refreshing.

Classic and true, there's not much that separates Schlafly's Pale Ale from many others who are doing this style very well. But this one seems less processed and has a bright and vibrant freshness to it, similar to a few great homebrewed versions.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy white head that leaves a few dancing shards of lace behind

Smell: Ah...hop perfume; floral tangerine aroma

Taste: Opens with a touch of the biscuit and then charges forward with a tangerine juice flavor; after the swallow, the juiciness mellows out a bit (after all, this is an APA, not an IPA) but persists, leaving also some complementary sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better APAs I have encountered lately; presses all the right buttons

Thanks, rsyberg01, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: OCT17 2007 Drink within 3 months for freshest hop taste, after that it seems to drop off a bit.

Standout aroma of fresh, clean hops. There's a good deal of citrus fruit, and bready pale malt. From the first pour, there was a sturdy, 3-finger head of compact foam. Surface was pitted, but had an even meringue-like sheen to it.

Pale malt backbone, with a tingle of hoppy bitterness. Some grapefruit pith and rind comes out in the middle. Finish is dry and a little bready. Very clean feeling, and a true sessionable pale ale.

Schlafly gives Alpha King a run for it's money...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hoppy notes with light citrus undertones. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and floral hoppy notes with a dry malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Good beer but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with three fingers of fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt with some pine and citrus hops as well.

Taste: The dominant flavor is from the hops. There is a citrus peel bitterness with a mild pine flavor as well. The malty flavor isn't very sweet but gives a hint of bread. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This was a good pale ale. Crisp enough with a solid hop profile. Not a ton going on, but tastes quite nice.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear orange/amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops. Also, some citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of bitter Cascade hops. There was a burnt toast maltiness. But for the most part, it was a great hoppy flavor.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great APA. It has the powerful hoppiness of a DIPA but it much lighter and very refreshing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. Nose brings some orange, grapefruit, and hints of pine. There is some moderate malt in the background that works its way into the taste. The taste is mainly comprised of citrus hops. The dry hopping has done this quite well. Nice mouthfeel with good bitterness levels and a really high drinkability factor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/8/11 so not super fresh but should be fresh enough.

Pours a creamy 2 finger head that fades semi quickly at first but then slows, with some pot-marked lacing, over hazy golden nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings sweet malts at first, juicy sweet pale malts and a bit juicy malt then some light hops, hints of floral hops and slight fruity hops, but very light on the hops.

Taste starts with some pale malts again, light reddish malts, semi sweet and even slightly creamy. Hops come on with some bitterness, bit earthy and light spicy, hints of fruity hops. Seems more bittering hops than aroma/flavor and even still its not super bitter. Finishes a bit creamy malt with some sweetness and bitterness, hints of fruity and floral hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall kinda meg, a bit bland for an APA IMO. this is more like a bitter ale than anything, not much for hop flavor/aroma.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Schlafly "Dry Hopped APA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled With Love on 11/10/2014 13:12"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

For being 5 months old this beer is still packed with hop flavor and aroma! It's citrusy, piney, and surprisingly floral. A fairly strong malt component and a solid bitterness balance the hops. It has a bit more body than you might expect of an American Pale Ale, but only .3% more alcohol than Sierra Nevada; despite that the sweetish malt you find upfront is tamed by the hops and it finishes fairly dry. Quite nice. Easy to drink and satiating.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)

Clear amber body with excellent clarity; decent white head leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: about as much sweet malts as hops. Fruity

Flavor: Some complexity from the hop mix. Biscuity malts in the background.

Feel: rather light bodied; near medium carbonation; smooth.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to monkeyknife for a bottle of this in a trade.

Pours a clear gold with a big poofy head of off-white foam. Retains with a layer that stays fairly frothy and thick, leaving decent looking lace back. The aroma smells of floral hops and citrus with some underlying pale malt character.

The taste starts out with a nice firm hop bitterness up front that then works into an undercurrent of lemon zest and pale malt sweetness. The finishes comes off as a little more sweet and tangy than bitter to me. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a sharper carbonation in the front that then spreads out into a softer feel on the palette.

Not bad. I guess I was expecting a bit more from the profiles considering that this was dry hopped but this ended up being a solid drinker, especially when you factor in that this is nearly 6%.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-washed apricot with butternut trim. Multiple streams of bubbles plink and plonk into the underside of a golden ecru crown that is filling at least half the glass after a zealous pour. Scattered shards of (eventually crusty) lace don't look nearly as good as beer and head, alone and in combination.

Whenever the words 'Dry-Hopped' appear on the label, my expectations rise. Unfortunately, this one doesn't come through like it should. Citric hops are noticeable, but no more so than in any other APA that doesn't receive special treatment. Edit: a few sniffs just before the beer was gone prompted a deserving score increase.

I wanted more hoppiness, but then I always do. Since the brewery claims 50 IBUs, that isn't an unreasonable expectation. The (primarily) pale malt backbone is acceptable for the style. This isn't a big APA by any stretch of the imagination. The hop flavor and bitterness is pretty close to mid-range as well.

The flavors include lemon and grapefruit with a hint of pine sap and a subtle cheesiness that makes me think that Cascade is in the house. It isn't grapefruity enough to be Centennial and it isn't spicy enough to be Chinook. Columbus is a possibility as well. Despite my misgivings, this really is a good APA that is becoming more hoppy as the ounces pass. Yeah, sure, now that I'm almost out of beer.

The mouthfeel is style appropriate. Wanting it to be IPA-like is probably unreasonable. It's as smooth as glass and is expertly bubbled, which makes drinking a summer breeze. I know because the bottle is empty and I'm not even done with my review.

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale is one of those beers that should be consumed uber fresh for maximum enjoyment. It's still pretty good months after bottling and is a beer that I'd love to see locally.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Eric for bringing these back from Mizzou!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head.Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight breadyness

T: Slight breadyness & peppery hops up front, along with a bit of piney hops. I get a bit of boozeyness as this warms. Finishes breadt with slight citric hops. Would like to try fresh

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks too easy, nice APA

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one as an extra recently. I got a ton of Midwest brews I need to try and this was one of the first to tackle. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/14/2009.

The pour was all over the place for me. Lots of foam here, and it took a double pour to get everything straight. Lots of coating up and down the sides of the glass led to a rich coating of suds all over the sides. The aroma was very light, Touches of light hops, piney with a note of grapefruit mixed in, but mostly dominated by a light grain like aroma. As it warmed a bit buttery brought into the mix as well. The flavor was light, nice pale ale here and very well balanced. Initial rush of hops was quickly overtaken by a very smooth and very well balanced mid palate malt profile. I was really impressed here with how nicely that came together. Smooth, light carbonation kept it from feeling too overdone and made for a very session able little ale.

Overall while not mind blowing in anyway it was very nicely done. I would have no issue at all with try thing this one again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending me this bottle.

A: An extremely clear light golden color with a fluffy (but short lived) white head.

S: The nose was a bit disappointing, especially for a beer that is dry-hopped. The hop aromas are an interesting (but mild) mix of spicy, pine, and citrus.

T: This is more of what I was looking for. A solid but not overwhelming bitterness to go along with a fairly good citrus flavor and a touch of caramel malt.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate to high.

D: Another good example of an APA. A mild bitterness and an overall refreshing quality make this a nice sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

At this point in my beer-drinking life, I have to wonder how many pale ales I've tried... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam and populated by some random floaties. The nose comprises dry grapefruit peel, mild biscuit, light toffee, and a touch of pine resin. The taste focuses on the resin, though some grapefruit rind, dried caramel, and mild grass contribute as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent pale ale, but not one that can stand up to the heavy hitters of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly is also in DC (although depending how far back you may want to go with Aunt Phyllis lobbying here)! I am visiting my aunt & uncle and scored this bottle as a single, which is not as easy to do as I had hoped.

From the bottle: "Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is an American Pale Ale with a hearty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma."; "We add hops directly into the finished beer to boost the fresh, fruity flavor and aroma of American hops."

My pour resulted in a finger of French Vanilla head with excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was at once piney and citrusy in terms of its hops and my mouth began to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was abrasive, between the hops and the intense carbonation. The taste on the tongue continued to allow the hops to intermingle, making for a wonderfully bitter beer. It was grapefruit, initially, on the tongue followed by pine, but the finish was the opposite with the citrus flavor really lingering.

Happy 20th Anniversary!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful copper amber hue with a bright slightly off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing is left down the sides of my tulip chalice. Aroma has earthy, citric, and resinous based hops very aromatic very nice subtle malt biscuit sweetness going on not too complex but a nice lighter hoppy ale. Flavor ample hop bitterness a bit of hop pellet concentrated hop action with some hop flavors layered in I would go with mild dank cannabis and citric earthy hops actually quite nice...enough sweetness to keep things rolling but really the hops shine here. A bit of biscuit malt just enough to make the beer balanced. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils from the dry hopping process medium bodied crisp carbonation feels good going down. Overall the type of beer that every brewery should offer flavorful not overkill with alcohol or hops, really nice warm weather hoppy brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Monkeyknife, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange with a creamy white head that stick around forever. Aroma is hops, floral grapefruity resinous hops. Taste follows the smell, adds a little caramel malt, and leaves a bitter citrus on your palate. Crisp carbonation, medium body, again great head retention. Nice highly flavorful apa.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Schlafly APA on a raining Monday after work. Just read the forum...regarding a post I put about Zombie Dust from Three Floyds. Apparently several people felt the Schlafly APA rivals the Dust....I say "ney ney"! The appearance of this beer is a good copper color, clear with great carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The aroma is hoppy and can smell the bitterness with touches of grapefruit. The taste is a decent hop taste mostly of bitter citrus (grapefruit). Hardly any pine or floral notes that I could pick up. The beer lingers on the pallet but overall a decent taste. The mouthfeel is smooth....not overly bitter. Worth a try....but I do not like it more than Z'Dust.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hwwty4 for this one.

Pours a very slightly foggy amber with a decent crème head. Nose is almost like a musty minor citrus thing. Flavor is sweet. And there is a fairly thick amount of citrus in there. As it warms it gets smoother and the sweet tone really becomes nice. Feel has a slight bite to the carbonation and the liquid is just a slight bit sticky but overall smooth. This is smooth and nice to drink. However. I say put this in a cask and treat it right. Then we'll have something reeeally nice.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great large off white head, nice and foamy that settles slowly. Body color is a great looking pale amber orange and nicely just clear. Great retention on the head with a big cap, and speckled lacing. Some little rising carbonation, great looking!

Nose is a mushy faint kind of apricot, and some cereal grain. Hop angle seems a mish mash of tea and some nice bitter.

Great simple hop angle and malt balance. First taste is a mellow hop, juicy, a little arid, then a sweet malt balance that follows. Apricot mild and malt dominates later on the palate. Great mild sting on the palate, perfect in that it gives just a hint without trying to be a Pale Ale hop bomb.

Overall just great, Loving this, it goes down like nothing and is so easy to drink. Beer was gone in less than 2 minutes it was so good, glad I got more!

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