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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hckyfn9999 on 05-10-2007

Our English Style Export IPA features 100% English hops and a big malt backbone built upon pale and caramel malted barley. The hop varietals, Pilgrim and East Kent Goldings, lend a quality of lemon and spice, which play off of the fruity flavors contributed by the London ale yeast.

India Pale Ales (IPAs) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemispheres.

65 IBU
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Ratings: 422 | Reviews: 164
Reviews by bbkd3b:
Photo of bbkd3b
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Foggy body with a good-looking sunset color. Thin, off-white head that disappears rather quickly. Fairly flat looking beer.

S - Faint nose, but it has a great balance to it. Piny hop notes, orange peel, with a good malty backbone. I only wish I could break it down any even more.

T - The hops bite hard all of the way through. Sprucy flavors, almost strong enough to have a sawdust-like character. Some fruity undertones show up along the way. Tangerines and the sort. Can't pick up on any real maltiness, here.

M - Thick, full body with a low carbonation. Maybe the thickest English IPA I've ever encountered. Finish is clean and and sort of droops down the throat. It's different, but not bad.

O - Hm... It's really hard to judge this beer. It's certainly worth a try. Schlafly definitely brewed it well, but I can't say I've had anything quite like it before. Maybe it will grow on me in the future, as the second one certainly seemed more inviting than the first. Either way, it was a good way to end the night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the label on this one. Bottle pours a hazy, golden amber body with a two finger, offwhite hued head. Lavish lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is floral and herbal hops. A hint of toffee lurks underneath.

Medium body and carbonation is accented by an earthy and leafy, dry hopped feel.

Taste has a dominant floral and grassy hop bitterness. Never would have thought this was 8% abv. Understated malt presence lends some caramel sweetness that is just enough for balance. Some herbal tea character midway through adds interest. Finishes dry and leafy, with a lasting bitterness.

Another excellent Schlafly ale. I'm really starting to trust these folks to turn out high quality potables.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, "Bottled with love on 05 06 2009" on the bottom of the front label. Pours darker amber, burnt orange, the head is light tan, frothy, leaves a thick collar, and ample sheeting down low and strands of stick. Mild hop nose, with some dough in the rear. Full bodied and coating on the tongue. Nice depth of flavors, plenty of sweet and then a soft yet quite drying finish. Full bodied and nicely flavorful. Almost tastes like an old ale or a lite Barley wine. Which I suppose is a compliment and means that this is a flavorful and moderatly complex Brit style ale. Well done, enjoyable night capper for me.

Photo of Soonami
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly Export IPA is a big beer. I didn't realize this beer was bottled on 3-24-10 when I bought it a couple weeks back, but this IPA has held up surprisingly well.

It pours an orange tinted gold that is just about the haziest beer I've ever poured. I don't think it's yeast, just precipitated proteins from the high alcohol and hopping. The aroma is like a very malt like a toasted cracker with floral and tropical fruit perfume that hit hard in the end. The beer is smoothly bitter with a lot of toasted malt flavor, yeasty fruitiness, and a honeyed sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice, but the alcohol presence makes does numb and dry the tongue a bit.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely not on the American-style IPA. It has a more timid and earthy hop profile and says "English Style: IPA right on the label.

12 oz bottle, bottled on 20 May 2013, served in a snifter.

This English-style IPA pours hazy, medium amber in color, with a head that dies down to a partial coat rather quickly but, nonetheless, leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. Particularly nice mouthfeel for style.

Aroma: reflects a mix of lemon, generic citrus, and spicy/earthy qualitites from the hops. Wet-bread aroma from the malts in the background.

Taste: The English hops dominate: they are spicy and bitter, with a touch of lemon. Mildly bitter and earthy aftertaste.

Photo of degerbah
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale color with three fingers of head. Huge hop aroma that kinda knocks you on your ass. The taste doesn't stand up to the hop aroma. Very smooth and thick flavor. This beer hides it's alcohol extremely well, it doesn't taste nearly as alcoholic as it is.

The beer feels a little thick on the tongue. I've never had an IPA that had this little hop character.

Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean and light amber, with superb off-white head (2 fingers). Wonderful and intricate lace.

Nose is mild. I get pine hops and some spice.

Taste is thick and sticky on the palate, notably with the pine resiny hops character. Finishes with a malty sweet spiciness. Smooth and easy to drink, and a pleasing IPA!

Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color. A bit clearer than I expected. The head is bright white and hugely thick. Major retention and that classic IPA look where it falls in on itself.

Good balance smell with enough malty notes to work in conjuction with the floral, slightly fruity, and earthy hops.

Clean, biscuity flavor. It's mostly a hop bomb so you get a hit of malt early on, then it's all hops.

The hoppy bitter is aggressive, but not offensive. It's there from beginning to end, but you can still feel your teeth after each sip. Medium to full bodied. As opposed to an American IPA, it's got an English IPA's wet finish. No resiny coating of the tongue.

I really prefer American IPA and don't care much for their English counterpart, but this was pretty appropriate for the style. Not sure what the IBU count was, but it's up there, though it's still very drinkable.

Photo of mikey711
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color. Very nice clarity and a nice fluffy off white head.

S: mostly caramel malt with some notes of floral hoppiness and some grassy notes.

T: Slightly bitter with some pine notes followed by a slight hint of grassiness. Also therre is a heavy caramel presence

M Smooth with a really nice body

D: A pint at a time is plenty but a nice IPA (all be it an english IPA)

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, sampled about 3 weeks ago. Bottled on date of 3-24-10

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing, some floaties

S: Leafy hops that do not linger for long

T: Apricot & pear, followed by honey, leafy hops & breadyness up front. Plenty of floral hops & fruittyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with leafy & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation with great balance & nice creamyness once warm

Drinks very easy, nails the EIPA style. Would love to try this fresher & or on cask for what I bet would be even more enjoyment. Well done Schafly!

Photo of cubbyswans
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into a New Belgum snifter type glass. Didn't pour too aggressive, pours a nice copper color, got about 1 finger of head which lingered around for most of the beer, leaving a bit of lacing behind with each sip. I smelled pine needles and a bit of hop initially, but I should have let it warm a bit before pouring. It was bitter tasting at first, with a touch of caramel, but it opened up quite a bit as it as the drink went on. I could taste the hop and a touch of citrus. It seemed to get smoother as it warmed in the glass. I was surprised at how smooth it went down from beginning to end at %8 ABV. This could be a dangerous beer for me.

Photo of alleykatking
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Long webs of lace are all over my glass.

S- Some light citrus hops in the front. When I say light I mean light as it seems to die out rather quickly. There is a nice bready caramel underbody to the aroma. Some bittering hops used in the end show up for a second before a light alcohol scent finishes things up.

T- Light citrus hops and lemongrass in the front part of the flavor profile. This dies by the middle and a semi-sweet bready caramel malt creeps in for dominate flavor. This rides towards the ending of the beer in which there is a light earthy bitterness from the hops. Alcohol creeps in the very ending and this plays everything out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light citrus hops and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, bittering hops, and that same caramel malts base. A little underbalanced I thought for the style with the malts being a little more dominate than they should have been. No off flavors at all in the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer was good but could have been better coming from this brewery. With this being an English IPA I still expected the hops to come out a little more than what they did. It wasn't bad at all just a little above lackluster. The ABV was well hidden enough that it crept only around in the ending which I liked.

Photo of KYGunner
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This English Style IPA has a cloudy copper hue that is capped by a soapy thin head. The nose is very subtle in bitterness with some herbal notes but it has more barley and bran grain notes. The flavor is very barleyesque, heavy on dry grain malt, bran flakes and a bitter herb tone. The feel is very dry, crisp, and a bit heavy on carbonation. I understand the style and like heavy malts but this seemed to rely heavily on a dry bran like flavor that just wasn't my favorite.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (5/30/14)

A: Copper-tinged straw color that is quite hazy with a swirl of bubbles and the tiniest of collars.

S: Mostly malts with a nice pine hop forest presence in there.

T: This IPA is very malt-forward. The hops in here are quite light, but this is a month old. Even with the hop flavor, it is mostly that of pine which blends in with the malts a lot and tends to disappear flavor-wise.

M: Smooth with just a bit of coarseness to the carbonation.

O: Decent enough but when they put out stuff like their Tasmanian IPA, it is hard to compete.

Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a medium white lasting head, some lacing. Aroma and taste of floral citrus hops, biscuit malt, yeast and some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes. A medium bodied palate with good carbonation. Finishes with a floral citrus hops, biscuit malt, yeast and some light citrus fruity flavor. Overall a good ipa for the style.

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a highlight regional beer on a recent trip to downstate IL.

The pint pours with a few inches of foam, billowing to a craggy, gravity-defying head. Casading orange rivulets seep through the foam as it settles. Fun to watch.

Aroma is pretty subdued. Chalky and herbal with a vague notion of pale malt.

Big grapefruity taste, slightly bracing bitter finish. Very drying in warmer temperatures. Round maltiness, with the tart grapefruit very upfront. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Six-pack was gone pretty fast...an easy drinker to be sure.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/20/2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like herbal hops, bready malt, and some caramel. It tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some apricots, caramel and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy a 6 pack of this the next time I come across it. It's a nice English IPA that I enjoyed. I either picked this up at Party Town or Liquor Barn, I can't remember which place for sure.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. English IPA's are always interesting. Color is enticing golden yellow with a slightly off white one finger head. Pale malts lead the charge on the nose with a sweet aroma. Some bitter hops follow with a slight grassy, piney flair. Taste is sweet and malty. Hops are noticeable on the finish with some pine flavor. Smooth feel with some alcohol warming, along with a slight hop oiliness. Overall a very tasty India Pale Ale. Definitely a good example of the style from Schlafly.

Photo of SpecialK088
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Pretty standard hazy amber color about a 1 finger head lingers over the top after its poured

Nose is very subtle and the malt comes out more than the hops. Sweeter malt with some earthy hops. Alchol notes as well

Very strange flavor almost like the malt and hops are working aginst one another rather than with each other. They almost seem to cancel each other out to just make a very bland flavor with a slightly hoppy/boozy finish

Mouth is slightly watery feeling light to barely medium body

Easy enough to drink but probably something ill never reach for again with many options availble

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice gold orange amber body hits with a good white cap the forms very slowly. Good retention. Body color is quite crystal clear as well, and there is some real solid lacing on this glass while drinking, and leaves a real solid thick puck and collar while drinking.

Mild brisk lemon, faint woody ash and herbal black tea, hints of apricot. Faint toasty malt backbone.. yup just as interesting as how I remember it on tap, great.

Palate is just a giant rush of senses on the taste. Hop blasting tea herbal bitters, a great graham cracker crust on the finish. Mouthfeel hits with a nice toasty brown sugar, crisp and baked all over. A good thick sense without a syrupy content. Wonderful lingering hop aroma on this, of black tea mixed with piping hot spice (not alcohol).

Overall, still wins for me, probably one of my favorite English IPAs even still.

Photo of peabody
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like Murky Ice Tea. Has a slight green hue to go along with the amber murkyness. Lots of white suds.
Smell is very strong lemony/orange peel with slight yeast and alcohol. Grapefruit and hops abound here.
Taste is very dark blackness. The hops are the star here.Finishes dry with just a hint of caramel sweetness.
Dry mouthfeel with on oil or alcohol in the mouth. It waits to hit you in the stomach.
High drinkability except for the fact you can only get this near or in St. Louis.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a pint, pale-to-medium amber body, hazy with a bit of visible particles in suspension; moderately aggressive pour produced a finger of ivory foam that was reduced to a slim cap that persisted throughout. sparse lacing left behind.

S: suggestive of flowers and washed out citrus; herbal with strong hay-like aromas with a hint of currant or berry in the background

T: aromas from the nose carried right onto the palate... semi-sweet and savory, floral and mild lemon-like citrus hops, almost butterscotch-like sweetness; earthy and spicy; made me think of biscuits with honey and savory herbs, hearty grains and dry sage

M: clean-finishing mild bitterness, medium-light body, modest carbonation, smooth

O: I wasn't sure what to make of this at first as it is an unfamiliar style to me, and distinct from Belgian and American IPAs I've had - it had a textural and pastoral flavor and aroma that I warmed to quickly.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 8% abv, bottled on 3/28/2011. Hazy, golden orange color with lots of sediment. White rocky head looks good and holds for a while. Some nice patches of lace.

Earthy and floral hops in the nose. Some soft fruity notes, with honey and orange blossom. Bready malt in the nose.

A great load of malt up front, but not overly sweet. Fruity notes include stone fruit, and some other slightly ripe notes. Hop bitterness balances things well, with more earthy and slightly floral notes. Bitterness lingers, but not very harsh.

Medium body, with a slightly lower feel in carbonation. Not much alcohol felt here, making it pretty drinkable. A nice beer.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Soft fluffy white head and coloring is a light orange.

S: Sweet slightly citrusy hops. Has a bit of a cereal/corn lager tone to it as well. On second thought, maybe more than a bit. Still smells pretty good but not great.

T: Hell of a lot more malty upfront than I expected. The hop bitterness lingers in background. More sweet than bitter. And the bitterness is more of an aftertaste. Despite this I really like the flavor.

M: Perhaps just a little too light and oily for my tastes.

D: Very easy drinking IPA for sure. Only had one of the English style so I don't have much to compare it to. Drinks like a IPA/Lager hybrid.

Overall I am glad I took a chance with this beer. I think most of the lower scores, such as mine, are attributed to the English style IPA as most of us are used to the American style. It is something I can get used to and would buy this again especially at the price I got it for.

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Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.