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 JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice linear IPA approach. Not a huge abundance of different flavors or layers, just pure hoppiness. Nice hop forward presence without much malt to overshadow. Not my favorite version of an IPA, but a good go to. Would like to taste fresh as this one was bottled about a month and a half before tasting. I am curious as to how much the flavor would change in a fresh setting.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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

Nothing super special, but it does have a nice fresh hop taste to it. Certainly not a bad beer to order a glass of, and a good solid choice if you just want some hops.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Copper gold with lots of suspended floaties,mother wise clear with a slim head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, not as intense as expected. Fresh flavor....bitter, dryish, and enjoyable.

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Photo of slusk
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short lived white head, although a thin head persists.

S: Grapefruit and a bit of pine are in the forefront with a bright apple background. A little bit of spice in the hop adds a layer of interest to the aroma. slight breadiness, finishes semi-dry.

F: Bright grapefruit and apricot with a semi-sweet fruitiness underlying. Good balance of bitterness and aroma hops. A bit of a spicy, earthy background.

M: medium body brew with a medium low carbonation.

O: I like this beer. It as a pleasant complexity in the hop bill. The sweet malt profile supports the bitterness. It drinks like an IPA with training wheels. Good job as usual from Schlafly.

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Photo of ddgsrock
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More herbal than hoppy. I would not buy again. What else can I say to meet the 250 character requirement, as I am an engineer and not an English major? While I like hoppy beers, this beer had a taste that I would call herbal and bitter, and not in a good way.

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Photo of scotorum
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/29/13. So over a year old, should probably not review this, but it was surprisingly good! Purchased as part of a mixed six at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton New Jersey on June 25th 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Slightly hazy amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Bready malt and slight fruit.

t: Moderate bready malt under a medium hop bite. Bitterness lingers at first but mellows later. Sweet to dry finish

m; Medium with very good body and smoothness. Some carbonation tingle.

o: A surprisingly tasty Pale, well balanced and satisfying. Very sippable. One of the best American style pale ales I have had. Perhaps aging this actually helps it.

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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 u2carew
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. White, tight and settles slowly. Clear bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) The dry hops add a pleasant aroma. Orange. Subtle hints of pine.
T) Hop bite from the beginning. Peppery. Slightly nutty.
M) Creamy. Medium-light body. Clear finish.
O) A tasty APA. I'd drink another one.

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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 kindacold
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a touch of haze, no head. Smells of pine and citrus. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, caramel, touch of salt, bit of metal, a touch of bell pepper. Finishes really clean with very little linger, the bell pepper taste most present here. Very drinkable, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours a bright orange amber, nearly translucent, light lacing

Smell - really nice nose of citrus, light pine and breast malt with light Carmel

Taste - very balanced flavors of light citrus, orange peel, light malts, slight bread crust dryness and citrus pith

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, very crisp carb, very drinkable

Overall - a very nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing apa, recommend.

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Photo of FLima
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with apparent carbonation and one finger thick head with low retention but keeping a constant plate and leaving lots of laces.
Light aroma (I thought this was dry hopped as stated, and this is just 4 months old...) of pine, grapefruit and bready malt.
Flavor improved, notes of oranges, mild grapefruit and pine, a mild booze and caramels. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation
An okay APA, which is a hard territory to be with such fierce competition with great representatives of the style in the US.

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Photo of NickHalden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells mildly of hops, fruit, malt, some pepper. The beer has a light aroma but it works well. The taste is of citrus and hop with a hint of green pepper. The malt is light but in the background. Has a pine taste as well. Very smooth but not overpowering in flavor. Finish is of hop and mild pepper.

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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 Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with bronze tint. I can see the microscopic bits of evidence from dry hopping churning within this unfiltered beer. A third of an inch of creamy off white head. The aroma reveals some pale malt,a sweetness of hops that with this blend almost deliver a honey like sweetness that is more of a cereal grain aroma. You do get pale malt blending fairly well with citrus and pine like hops that seem to illicit that sweetness hinted at with the aroma. The mouth is dry,slightly warm,and then prickly from the hop bitterness. In the end there's a fading bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

09/19/13 bottle date, perhaps a bit old for a proper tasting/review, but here goes.

Sort of a fluid and bubbly white head, half finger, dissipates rapidly leaving a minimal layer of bubbles and even less lacing, just a few small clumps here and there. Very orange in color and mostly translucent.

Imperceptible aroma, mostly. Light fruit, perhaps pear or apple, light citrus notes, malt in there, hop profile not terribly intense. OK smell, nothing spectacular.

Taste is similar but does build on the intensity of each facet introduced by aroma. In other words, a bit more of everything I smell. It's quite dry, and the age on this "light" APA has not ruined it by any stretch. It's not a malt bomb and does not taste bad, per se. Fresh, probably refreshing and a bit crisper.

Feels surprising very smooth; minimal carbonation, yet still dry.

Overall decent, try fresher next time. Cheers.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours golden with white big bubble head leaving lace along the glass. Smells of musty pine, slight rust, earthy notes. Taste hop pine upfront, not too aggressive on flavor, bitter, complexity. Feel is a bit watery but not terrible. Overall an easy drinker, wouldn't seek it out and buy but enjoyable to try once or if it was a goto for locals for a summer party that would appeal to the masses.

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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 delta490
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- a hazy medium gold. A big foamy white head has long lasting retention, aided by the steady stream of visible carbonation.

S- not much of anything, really. It's a little odd to my nose and I can't describe it

T- a pleasant blend of malt and hops but again nothing really stands out, especially given the dry hopping

M-not unpleasant. A little thinner.

O- not a terruble beer by any stretch but definitely underwhelming

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a decent foamy head that is white and bubbly. The beer itself is a clear orange amber.

A bready and malty smell with a hint of resin from the hops. The malt smell is stronger than the hops.

The slight grapefruit and pine hops dominate the taste with the malts providing a small bit of bread like backbone and a bit of sweetness to counteract the hops. However, the hops still dominate the taste. Bitter finish and slightly breadlike aftertaste.

Lots of biting carbonation and smooth feel to the beer. Slightly dry and refreshing finish.

An okay APA and maybe one that I will go back and get again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold color 1 finger of soapy white head, light lacing/
S - Lots of bready malt in the aroma, some mild pine and citrus hop aroma, a little grassy.
T - Fresh bread, citrus, pine, grass, some caramel.
M - Chewy and sweet
O - Not really outstanding, but an average pale

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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 Act25
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAME BACK. TASTED VS LEFT HAND STRANGER, CARTON HOPPUN, Dales Pale Ale, and I stick by my review for Schlafly. Excellent!

Like this brewer. Poured from 6-1-13 dated bottle into a .5l

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy requisite copper (not as bright or burning as Dales) with a frothy white head that lasts and laces very well. Great looker, but slightly dull next to Dales. (I have them poured right next to each other).

Smell: I get a malt biscuit first, followed by sweet, grassy, piney...hop perfume; floral, wine-like, subtle.

Taste: Follows aroma. Opens with malty biscuit and then shifts with a citrus and pine style hops; after the swallow, finishes with bitter tingle, dry, appetizing. Good with food - in this case garden grown peppers, tomatoes, garlic, with white beans, sausage and pirogis, in an orange colored (due to cherry tomatoes and cumin) sauce.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, good feel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: A great APA (my favorite style, hoppy, tingly, great sea-saw of flavors, and gets more interesting as it warms. Great craft, must try!

Tasted side by side with Dales Pale Ale, my gold standard for APA. Not quite as bright or piney, or as bitter in the finish, a little sweety and much more malty. All good, and many would prefer the Schlafly.

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Photo of Pyramid_Head
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Schlafly's APA is one of my go-to beers when i want a drink but don't have the money or am just not in the mood to try something new. While not life changing, it's a great aromatic ale that has a very potent pine and citrus flavor somewhat akin to an IPA. The aroma is one of the best qualities of the beer, though it is a little fleeting. The mouthfeel is somewhat soft, and the head leaves significant lacing for a pale ale.

As i said, it's one of my go-to ales, and one i highly recommend to anyone wanting to try a nice and hoppy beer but who isn't quite ready for something like bitters or a powerful IPA.

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Photo of roger617
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 3.75 Light golden with 1 finger of head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves a little bit of lacing.
S: 4.0 When it was first served there was a strong hop aroma, however this quickly was subdued as I began to drink.
T: 3.75 Citrus and fruity, with a surprisingly strong pine presence as well. Quite bitter for an APA, surprised this isn't classified as an IPA.
M: 3.75 Smooth, leaves a faint dry after taste.
O: 3.75 This is a solid APA, I love the addition of the dry hop. I wish the aroma endured through the glass as strong as up front, but what can you do.

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