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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 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 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 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 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 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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 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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