HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My wife brought this back from St. Louis for me (gotta love the enabling!)
thin yellow color bright white head -- not exciting. sharp hop aroma -- citrusy and full. The flavor was as anticipated -- nothing exciting or challenging but nothing to complain about. Mouthfeel was very full and pleasing.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a light cloudy golden color with a large frothy white head. Citrus aroma. Hops and malt flavor. Descent APA. Thanks Kevin42!
Kevin (1976) - Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. dark yellowish orange with a thick creamy cratered head. light citrus hop aroma. sweet malt flavor with an earthy dough flavor that has a nice hop finish. leaves a pleasant thick clingy mouthfeel
DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, at Soulard Ale House, St. Louis (as Schlafly Expedition). My server didn’t know what style this was, so I guessed, and guessed wrong. I thought its taste tended toward the Belgian side, with dense malt flavor under a milk-foam head. I did catch the American Pale Ale hops, which put on a good spice show against the strong malts. Well done, everyone! Take five!
Braudog (5026) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Solid copper with rocky and sticky head. Light cascade-like aroma. Full-on hop flourish, citric and tart. Ultra-sweet but grassy finish.
smoosh (529) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - deep, dark golden in color with an off-white head. Big citrus hop nose! Nice, big malt and hop flavor - a bit of spice, but mostly citrusy hop. Very nice mouthfeel - soft. This is an excellent Pale Ale!
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber, nice lasting white head. Lots of hop aroma, citrus grapefruity. Hop bitterness and again the citrius fruitness are also there to stand up to the malt backbone which never quite makes it through. Bought at the brewpub.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours golden, single fingered frothy white head, good carbonation, with fine pieces of sediment suspended throughout. Hops and citrus on the nose. Up front it is slightly malty, but moreso grainy, followed up by a nice hop bitterness. All flavors seem to disappear as soon as they show up. Finishes slightly bitter, with a grainy aftertaste. Decent body, so-so mouthfeel, but the flavor could stand to last longer. Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!
thegreenrooster (2807) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice cloudy amber. Aroma is hops. Flavor is very malty and very hoppy. Nice bitterness as this one goes down. Comparable to SNPA for those hopheads out there. Recommended.
roacheater (42) - USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 Middle of the road rating is indicative of the quality control problems with the bottled version of this brew (labelled American Pale Ale "Expedition Reserve"). Hmmm... cheesy marketing aside, when this brew is on -- everything is good. Lacing, palate, appeareance, and flavor (especially aftertaste) are solid... even a little addictive if you’re acclimated to Schlafly’s numerous near-miss beers. But when it’s off it’s really off. Flat, bland, and worth returning. That said, buy this beer. It’s the first bottled release that effectively reigns in the dominant yeast flavor of the "Schlafly" line of brew-hays without eliminating the rawness.