Saint Louis Brewery Schafly Pale Ale

Tasting: February 8, 2013
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.9%

Schafly Pale Ale

Schlafly APA (c)2013 popsonhops

The Weather Channel inventing the names of winter storms is like Hallmark inventing their own holidays – it’s good for business. While Nemo is raging outside and panic is rising, ratings must be giving Jim Cantore a tingle. As Nemo (too funny) rages outside, I’m hunkered down for a cabin fever weekend. Yesterday, while everyone was doing the obligatory supermarket raid on the milk and bread aisle, my panic sent me to the Wine & Beverage Depot for a couple of new subjects in case they never make beer again.

This one from St. Louis brewer – Schafly and is described as an American Pale Ale that has been dry-hopped. Dry-hopped? or wet-hopped? It’s a common phrase on beer labels these days and it’s worth noting the difference. Dry hops have been dried or processed into concentrated hop pellets. Wet hops are straight from the vine so to say and their usage is most visible following the fall harvest in Washington. In either wet-hopping or dry-hopping, hops are temporarily added to fermented beer allowing an additional punch of hop bittering. As a home brewer, this is achieved by filling a hop bag and submerging it in the fermented beer — like a big tea bag.

Pour on Schafly Pale Ale is a hazy orange. The aroma reminds me of the air outside the Budweiser brewery in Newark — rich with pungent malt and some candy sweetness. The aroma teaser doesn’t necessarily carry over to the flavor. Has earthy qualities like lemongrass, crackers, wood, some pepper. Moderately bitter and finishes on the clunky side. Carbonation steps all over the flavor. A little disjointed for my liking. I’ll put it at 80 points.

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