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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: hckyfn9999 on 05-10-2007)
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3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the beer was a copper color with a white head. A slight lacing was apparent. The aroma was a faint grapefruit aroma, leaning more toward earthy notes. The initial taste was a sour, unrippened grapefruit. Big hops were present, but the hops were more tongue bruising than tasty. In some ways, the hops were almost medicine-like. Did somebody put Nyquil in my IPA? There was no real sense of sweetness or citrus as part of the hops, making the taste one-sided. On close observation, one might detect the malts and a certain biscuity quality that allow the taste to linger. In the aftertaste, the acidity of the hops becomes more harsh. While this has the texture of an IPA, it hardly has any of the taste characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

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08-20-2012 21:57:57 | More by jpmajors
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-18-2012 13:26:00 | More by captainbearcat
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:21:56 | More by RickS95
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-04-2012 15:56:46 | More by DonDeDieulicious
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been impressed by the Schlafly brews I've tried in the past so I picked up this sixer for IPA day. It looks nice enough on the pour, a nice deep amber color with a good head that dissipated over the first few minutes of drinking. Smell was off on this beer for an IPA. It reminded more of macro domestic beers than any IPA I've ever smelled. It had a stronger malt character than I would expect from an IPA. The taste was off too. Strong malt and baked bread. Boozy with a not enjoyable bitterness to it. Overall, I can't say this will be a beer I purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:07:44 | More by robboyd
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07-13-2012 01:58:21 | More by djrn2
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a tulip glass

Picked up on a trip to Kansas.

Beer is a slightly cloudy amber with little or no white head.

Smell is a malty sweet IPA with a hint of the oily hops smell.

Taste is malty and carmel witha hint of a biscuit flavor. Slight hops bite on the finish.

A good English IPA, not really where I lean to in the IPA world. Neat to try something out of my region.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:53:19 | More by jsulko
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to pick this up from Totowa not too long ago. I hadn't had a ber from Schlafly in ages and seeing that this had "Export" written on it, I expected it to be a bit heavier in the hops and alcohol departments. It was, but anyone expecting this to be like the West Coast incarnations of this style will end up pleasantly surprised instead.

This had a light almond hue to it with a good amount of head and a haze to it that made this less than clear by quite a bit. The aroma was quite earthy with a bit of elderflower in it and this was repeated in the taste as well. There were some grapefruit and pine notes too but the leathery, English-like overtones dominated here. No burn or metallic aftertaste and this was pretty heavy for an IPA. True to form, this tasted quite English and was even a bit dry in the aftertaste. No water needed to wash this down but this was not a beer to be enjoyed quickly either.

The alcohol is here but not noticeable to the taste. This reminded me of a strong English Bitter with just a bit more hops and kick to it. Fans of that style or English IPA's will enjoy this take by Schlafly. It warmed me up nicely without being too overpowering and served as a welcome refresher from domestic versions that are seemingly involved in the hop "arms race".

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 20:09:07 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Serving type: bottle

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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy golden amber pour with a slight amount of head. smells of caramel, banana, walnuts. earthy/spicy bitterness up front followed bya very malty sweet backbone.. hints of banana still appear in taste as it did in smell. dirt, tree sap, burnt caramel, bread.
rich and creamy, medium body, with mild carbonation, hardly any lacing.

pretty good ENGLISH ipa... if you were expecting a traditional american ipa, you might be disappointed. i happened to think it was more of an esb than an english ipa, but the color is too light for that style i believe. anywho, this is a pretty good demonstration of the style. slightly bitter, slightly sweet, slightly burnt characters. overall a bit average tasting for me, but the style leaves a lot to be desired in general.

Serving type: bottle

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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a snifter.

A: SRM is amber. Translucent with noticable particles floating in the liquid. Poured with restraint, approximately 50% of particles remained in the bottle. Off white head is semi-frothy, 1 in, and dissipates to cover the top of the beer. Head looks like it was poured from a tap. Medium carbonation. Medium/light lacing.

S: Big bready malt notes hit first, followed by a floral and pineapple hop scent.

T: Medium hoppiness with a bitterness to match is the first impression on the palate. Medium bready malt notes follow with caramel undertones. Aftertaste is medium hop bitteness and some pine notes, with a light caramel malt sweetness finishing things out.

M: Medium body. Heavier malt base gives a big feel to this beer. Hops brighten up the overall feel and hop bitterness adds a nice bite. Wet finish.

O: A nice EIPA, which would be an original style IPA as the English invented the IPA. Ok, so there is ONE good thing that came from war. Alcohol is nicely masked for 7.2%. Flavors are in line with what I would think the original IPA's were. English pales tend to have a bigger malt base, but the IPA was hopped up for preservation puropses during transport. Negative points for the heavy amount of sediment present. I would have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 12:26:31 | More by tsauce2
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3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some biscuit and clove and sour lager yeast.
T: It tasted like rusty copper and lemon rind and grass, with some sour lager yeast and earthy wheat. It had a bitter and sour aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was more like a strong Heineken than a good IPA. I wasn't a fan of the scent or taste. The body was ok, and the finish was ok. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 19:00:35 | More by Pencible
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:04:23 | More by bluejacket74
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/20/2012

A - Slightly hazy deep orange color with a vanishing dry white head that leaves ok lacing. Just a hint of visible carbonation forming on the side of the glass.

S - The style brings about a much more malty character in the aroma with a touch of fresh baked bread, light orange scent and just a hint of sweetness.

T - Not as complex as the aroma and the taste has more of a cloying/blood orange flavor than a strong malt backbone. Light biscuit flavors and ends with a leafy and Earth like aftertaste.

M/O - Medium body with good carbonation. Neutral on the palate but maybe leaves it a touch dry. Finishes semi-sweet and the aftertaste doesn't linger. It's an okay beer and it almost tastes like it is past freshness which is odd since it's only 2 months past bottling date. Not bad for the style but there are better options out there IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:54:59 | More by VaTechHopHead
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this IPA and it's cool bottle art in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is a cloudy golden-orange with lazy bubbles and plenty of suspended debris. The head was an airy half-finger that died away with the first sip. A little lace is on the side of the glass but what of it?

Smell- This IPA smells very English. An herbal tea mingles with a slight earthy character. I supposed even a little biscuit malt is here too.

Taste- Very hard to place these flavors as none really try that hard to stand out. Again there is a little earthy note and cracker-like malt at play. The herbal aspect is not as strong here, but you become aware of it in the finish.

There is a decent hop bitterness to the drink. It does not last overly long, but it could produce a pucker or two.

Mouth feel- This medium bodied IPA sits high on the tongue, but it is not really fizzy. It is easy to drink with some stick to the bitterness, a little dry as well.

Overall- This is a serviceable IPA. It is always nice to have one that is not so focused on making a citrus bomb. On the other hand, I think few would call this offering interesting.

This IPA that focuses on earthy and herbal tones with a slightly sweet and bitter finish hangs in the "solidly good" category of IPA's, but unlikely to ever be called "great".

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:50:54 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 18:40:58 | More by Samp01
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

05-15-2012 15:00:05 | More by DNofBN
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:42:21 | More by secondtooth
Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.