Thursday, September 13, 2007
Something else from St. Louis
I recently had the opportunity to try a new beer from St. Louis (no, it's not made by Budweiser). The beer is Schlafly Pale Ale. Thanks go to my friend Ryan for picking up a the bottles on his way to Kansas City. As you can see, the Schlafly Pale Ale (pictured to the right) is a light amber pale ale with incredible head retention. It is definitely more of an English-style pale ale, with a robust malt character and fairly thick, silky mouthfeel. Spicy hops up front on the palate increase the enjoyment of this ale. An English cookie-like maltiness is very pleasant and the right amount of slightly citric hop bitterness puts the hops and malts pretty much perfectly in balance. About halfway through this serving of ale, a fairly thick Brussels lace has coated one side of the glass. Schlafly has a very pretty, pleasant tasting pale ale here.
In the coming days I'll be sipping my way through an assortment from the Boulevard Brewing Co., very appreciatively brought back by Ryan to northeastern Illinois (where Boulevard was once distributed) from its source in Kansas City.