Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a quickly disapating head. Nose is lightly fragranced with malt and florality. Flavor continues the light profile and beer is fairly watery. Not much going on here. Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Sept 06. Beer is clear, medium orange-brown. Head is initially small. white, frothy. Diminshes quickly into a mist.<P>
Aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine, light notes of dried apricot, grapefruit zest; Yeasty with a trace note of dough.<P>
The flavor is moderately bitter, lightly sweet, lightly acidic with a shorter, lightly-to-moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average, but seems fragile. Ernest (7717) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016 Bottle (Nov 2015 bottling). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow to light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit), trace yeast (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A bit ordinary, but ok. GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Mostly just average. Not much in the hops department for an APA, but a decent beer overall. psauer (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
Bottle. Poured a golden amber with a one-finger head. Malt base immedietly evident along with a strong hop flavor. Good pale ale.
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Come on everyone, this is a pretty good pale ale! One of the best brews to come out of Schlafly in my opinion. Pours nice dark golden yellow with great carbonation. Mild flavor to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. This brew is some on here call a "session" beer...meaning easy to down a sixer without a second thought! jbeerz (1) - USA - JAN 11, 2007 does not count
Dead ringer for Mirror Pond Pale Ale. For all you flatlanders, MPPA is the benchmark of American Pale Ales. And murawski (138), it is not the same beer, can’t you taste the cascade hopps and the malt differences? Too used to Budwieser, huh. This is the best beer I could find in the Midwest since I moved here, next to the Bridgeport IPA imported from Portland OR. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Amber in color with a one finger head, obviously filtered. Nice citrusy hop aroma, not too strong. Flavor had some decent hop bitterness to it. I was a bit disappointed with the malt base though; not very much too it. A simple APA, nothing spectacular. Tmoney99 (14601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate cour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer. murawski (160) - USA - OCT 29, 2006
Well, I was tricked into thinking that my "Expedition Reserve" was some sort of special limited release by Schlafly -- but no, come to find that it’s just their standard boring American Pale Ale is a different bottle with a fancy label. I loath when breweries do this -- shameless marketing. When you sell a Reserve, it had better actually be that. OK, about the ale. I was fooled by the aroma (which actually has nice hoppy nose). The color isn’t bad either. But the flavor lets me down every time. Very dull on the hoppy flavor. For Schlafly beers overall, I just don’t like their palate or mouthfeel. A bit too fizzy for me, and it’s the same with every beer.
Now that you know my opinions about Schlafly, you should also know that I drink their beer quite frequently (Reason: I’m in St. Louis, and I refuse to drink Budweiser unless I’m watching a Cards game). By the way, GO CARDS! WORLD CHAMPS 2006!