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 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 wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type -Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange/tan with a nice 1 nice head, and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Mild hop presence, a little citric, some orange and pine. Slight aroma of bready malts also. A sweetness of yeasty sugars rounds this out.

Taste - First sip you get the dry hops mixed in with some bready malts. Nice light bitter citrus flavor comes in next, along with a little sugar note. Some lemon and a little bite of spices also. No alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue, and bitter it a little. Palate gets more hops with a bready malt flavor mixed with some sugars. Aftertaste is a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Not bad, has decent amount of hop flavor for being a low alcohol beer. This is a nice lighter beer to enjoy, especially summertime weather. Worth a drink but nothing to actively to seek out.

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Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I make it a habit to only review beers that are worth my time, this is certainly one of them.

This is one of the best pale ale's I have tasted. It is just a dry hop bonanza and it is neither to bitter nor too sweet, and has adequate malt but not enough to detract from the hop flavor.

I went through a phase where I would not drink a beer below 7% abv because I didn't think that they could have enough flavor. This is one of the beers that proved me wrong and I love it for it.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The body is a hazy honey-amber in color that turns more golden-orange when backlit. Small off-white head on top. No real lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - some mild citrusy hops (think clementine oranges) over bready malt.

T: More or less follows the nose: bready malt foundation, then citrusy hops. Some grapefruit, some orange peel, finishes with a touch of lemon zest that sticks around as a lingering bitterness. As it warms, the malt becomes more caramelly, but the hops still dominate on the finish and in the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is fine and slightly prickly.

O: This is a solid take on what has become a ho-hum, ubiquitous style. It doesn't shine, but neither does it disappoint.

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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 DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Typical 1/4 inch of head that settles back to a lace ring. Color is a bright orange yellow, clear with some bubbles.
S - Dry hopped for sure with clean malts, and a moderate level of sweetness.
T - Pretty tasty its borderline bittering but manages to balance it out with pale and crystal malts, somewhat sweet but leaves some hops on the tongue. Pretty tasty.
M - Light to medium ABV is creeping on IPA territory but still very drinkable.

Overall I would drink this again if I ever came across it. Quite a drinkable dry hopped pale ale.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Paired with pretzels @ the tap room

The beer pours a coppery amber with 1/2 an inch of fluffy white head that laces. The nose is mild, hoppy with a touch of sweetness. Predominantly floral hops. The taste is quite hoppy, floral/citrusy, with a touch of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a mild, typical pale ale sweetness upfront, light bodied, effervescet, and hoppy, but not too bitter. The bitterness lingers, but is quite mild. I'd try this again, sessionable and tasty.

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

Pours a toasted straw color with a tight creamy head that left a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with a hint of a grassy hop. Light metallic and fruit note. Not overly aromatic for a dry hopped APA.

The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma. The hop profile is grassy with an earthy bitterness. The malt is lightly bready with some biscuit notes. A bit of a lemon rind bitterness. Not much hop flavor more bitterness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate and finishes with a twangy bitterness. A tad dry and aspirin like.

Standard APA nothing exciting. A bit disappointing considering the dry hopping but no off flavors.

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Photo of dar482
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is pretty fresh. A month old brewed on 5/9/13 at the bottom of the label.

The beer comes with a rocky white head. It comes in a clear orange with some amber and yellow in there.

The aroma has citrus as in some orange and lemon. There’s a bit of biscuit malt in there. Not very aromatic, but reminiscent of many other hoppy pale ales. It’s still a bit of a disappointment with the beer being called “Dry Hopped APA.”

The flavor hits you with some caramel sweetness, which then turns into a grapefruit bitterness. The flavors at first are mild, but the bittering finish is a highlight of this beer.

Nothing very exciting, but still a good hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of sommersb
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-26-2013
Freshness: Bottled 01-28-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Bright and clear copper-colored brew with an off-white head of a finger or two. The head goes down quickly but still has some lingering retention and a little lace. Aromas seem fairly muted of citrus hops.

The taste is pretty strong in the hops department as you'd expect and has a sharp bittering factor. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a finish that's both dry and bitter.

Overall a well-made hop-forward beer with no frills.

Thanks to Kirk for this one!

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Photo of migwell
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trying to remember the various great beers I had while bicycling cross-country last year. This one, seems not too well known outside it's local area, is a damn good beer. I hadn't been in the States for some years and was quite impressed with the improvements and availability of good craft beers (you are excused, Utah) and I recall going into a bottle shop somewhere in Middle America, land of Bud Light, and asking for something 'dry hopped'. The knowledgeable guy in the shop sold me this. Full flavored, well hopped, it is a fine one!

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Photo of rangerred
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Really good head retention along with some decent splotches of lacing. Plenty of carbonation is evident with as long as the head stays there.

Aroma is a good balance of citrus and pine leaning more towards the citrus in the form of orange zest and a little bit of lemon. Some light aromatic pine notes along with a hint of caramel.

The flavor seems a little bit unbalanced and too bitter, almost astringent. A little metallic up front but that quickly fades then an orange peel flavor that lends a very orange peel-like bitterness. A farily hefty dose of pine resin along with some light caramel and bread.

Overall, I'm a little torn by this one. It is fairly easy drinking but the astringent bitterness can be a little much after awhile. Probably not something i will pick up very often.

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Photo of estlinska
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap on 3/11/13 (Fire Sale at the Saucer)

Poured into a shaker with almost no head, though it appeared to be poured correctly. Pale orange like an under-ripe pumpkin with a little bit of haze to it. Very minimal lacing throughout the glass. The nose was very clean and seemed like a lot of crystal malt and very mild bitter nose. Definitely not the usual "west coast" hope smell, but more of a mild, slightly resinous nose. The taste was very much like the nose with a good, balanced malt backbone, slightly bready with a stinging bitterness and a spring of citrus at the end. Good mouthfeel, very smooth with nice carbonation. Very solid offering in a pale ale.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a somewhat hazy copper color, produced a thick, creamy white head, very nice retention and leaves an above average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and citric hops. Medium in body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel- There is a foundation of sweet malted grain, piney hops, and a touch of fruity apple.- Overall, it is a nice example of the style, great session beer and an excellent "entry level" APA. Another very solid offering from Schlafly.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and hoppy, herbal and spicy. Raw hop leaf. Just enough malt body to carry all the flavor over. Nice bitterness but balance is good as well. Faint sweet bread up front, followed by the raw piney hop. Not a lot of fruity hop flavor but still has that American crispness, brightness and mouthfeel. Medium bodies, nice.

Good but a little pricey.

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Photo of CaptMaelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank 1 1/2 months after bottling. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A: Medium gold hue to bright red-orange depending on the light. Beer poured a big 3-finger, foamy head which left some lacing around the glass as it resided.

S: When I first poured it I got a big whiff of all kinds of hoppy goodness, but mid-way through the beer it's mostly just a think corn smell.

T: Corn flakiness up front but a strong citrusy/floral hop hit to back it up.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, which I like in a pale ale. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but very refreshing. The carbonation elevates the hops nicely.

O: Good APA. Maybe it would have a nicer aroma on tap or from a fresher bottle? But that's the only lacking characteristic of this APA.

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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 claspada
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark honey color with a frothy white head that recedes slowly to leave some sticky lacing behind.

Aromas begin with some dank grapefuit, light pine, floral and lightly tropical hops. Some malt/honey sweetness soon joins in to counteract the greenery. Not the most potent dry-hopped beer I've come across but still quality.

The tastes follow the nose with the slight honey-ed malt sweetness up front that is soon overtaken by the hop flavors. There is also a solid but not overwhelming bitterness from the hops as well which almost take this to an IPA level.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is mainly dank citrus hops that linger ever-so-slightly.

Overall this is a nice take on a dry-hopped pale ale but the bitterness seems a bit high and the dry-hopping comes across a little resiny which could be from prolonged exposure to the beer. While I like this I don't love it and would probably not revisit it again in a 6pack format.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy pumpkin copper color. A frothy cream colored head recedes to a thick film, leaving decent lines of lacing.

The beer smells of floral hops, faint malts, and faint grapefruit rinds.

The taste starts out slightly malty before the hops kick in. The body is really hoppy and dry, with a nice floral, sweet note on the back end. The finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but also quite smooth.

Overall, this is a really delicious hoppy brew that I was glad to try.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very thin bubbly head with noticeable carbonation and a pale golden color. It did not hold the color or structure of many a heartier Pale Ale.

The scents were the best part of this APA. Very evident was the fruitiness and hoppiness of a quality APA. Notes of pine, sweet barley and even a hint of clove were detected. The fruity aroma was the best part.

The taste was smooth and light; a bit of grainy malt and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Didn't detect the fruitiness that I caught on the aroma and that was missed. The end is a touch metallic with a tinny feel.

I was very impressed with the complexity of the scent so the taste was a bit disappointing but still good enough to drink regularly.

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

Produced a two finger white head. The beer color is a barely translucent honey.

The aroma is of citrus, hops, bread.

The taste is similar, but with a light honey sweetness. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation. Hops are definitely there, but the bitterness isn't too much.

Nice beer. Will have my bro bootleg it up to me again, when he gets the chance.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Mostly clear orange body with some carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Bubbly white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Sweet malt with some citrus hops coming through. Not as hoppy in the nose as I was expecting. Smells more malty with some grassy aromas.

T- Pretty similar to the nose. The hops are there, but more complementary, with the malt coming through a lot. Some citrus, fresh grass and biscuity malts. Has a slight lager taste to it.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very balanced.

O- A very drinkable beer, but not a great example of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow-orange, nice carbonation, two finger head

S-Caramel malt, some citrus hop but not much else.

T-Starts malty, some grass and citrus hops. Ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, velvety.

O-At the end of the day too much malt. Even for an APA the hops needed to be there a little more.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

An amber body with orange highlights throughout. A huge bone white cap rose quickly and receded in raindrop fashion. Spider web lacing covering the glass.

Bready malt with citrus and some pine resin. Balanced aroma that tips a little more towards the malt.

Some bready malt sweetness up front before some floral and grassy hops move in. Mid-palate, grapefruit and orange poke through before malt comes back into focus. The finish is more of the hop/malt back and forth. Balanced through and through. The finish is some lingering bitterness and grainy sweetness.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry finish.

A solid APA with tremendous balance. A nice easy drinker.

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