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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 423
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a decent slightly off-white head that sticks around. The nose is all about herbal hops and a sweet malt accent underneath. Smells of fresh, juicy hops. The palate is really quite nice - a fine balance between a solid malty backbone and alive with hop flavors. This is a well-crafted beer. Finishes quite lively and dry. Ample carbonation. Mouth feel is medium-light and comes across as light enough on the palate. A very nice beer - maltier than an American style IPA, yet not as malty as a typical English style. A very good, happy medium here. Schlafly's is one of my favorite craft brewers. Being the only one in my region of the country, I could be biased however. (699 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle tried at the Brickskeller

Slightly hazy, light gold in color. Medium + sized, creamy, off white head. Good lacing, not much legs.

Very mild aroma. Bready, with subdued, grassy hops.

Well balanced, good lingering hops. Finish and aftertaste -- grassy in character. Touch of caramel. Bit of alcohol.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Quite tasty. I would certainly drink again. (394 characters)

Photo of etenbus
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Schlafly APA some time ago and was quite disappointed with it. But, living in Missouri, I must try the local micros so I have decided to give Schlafly another try at the Pale Ale game, this their Export IPA with the choice Queen Elizabeth I quotation on the carton.

The appearance is slightly burnt orange with a slight haze. The head was fluffy but faded quickly.

The aroma has a nice mix of citrus hop essence with a little sweet fruit.

The taste--ah, the true litmus test for an IPA. Lots of citrus on the initial taste, led by lemon zest. The hops jump in heavily after the initial sweet entrance. On the swallow the hops linger long after, leading to a nicely scorched hop hangover.

The mouthfeel is slightly below where it should be--somewhat thin for a beer that is 8%. At this alcohol %, however, it is not a session beer and I would rather my IPAs be in the 5-6% range.

This is the first English ale style that I've tried and liked from Schalfly, even if it veers towards the hoppier American Pale Ale style. I'm glad they have expanded their repertoire beyond the German-inspired beers that have propelled them into the forefront of east Missouri brewing. I would like to see Boulevard Brewing (on my side of the state in KC) do a bit more experimental brewing.

Overall, a good IPA, but perhaps more citrus hoppy than the traditional English style should be. Not quite as good as Goose Island or Dogfish Head. (1,450 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, off-white, three-finger head. It left some good lace.

S - It smelled of barley, hops and citrus.

T - It tasted of bitter hops. It had a nice mild maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. It seemed fairly true to the English style. It wasn't overy powerful in terms of hops. (391 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 30, 2007. Received this bottle from bort11. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a light golden copper color that was somewhat hazy. About two fingers of thick, tight bubbly head formed in the glass. Retention was decent and left some thick sticky lace behind. Tons of small bubbles of carbonation were noticed, quickly rising up from the bottom of the glass. Smell: Strong aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, a nice bready yeast, and nice thick malt. Maybe a little bit peppery and spicy in the nose. I really enjoyed the nose more than the flavors but not too bad. Sweet malts, semi bitter hops, some citrus noted. A strong, almost overpowering grainy flavor in the finish. Pretty decent balance to this one. Mouthfeel had a nice medium bodied feel to it that was sticky and bitter. Drinkability was pretty good. (881 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy copper colored with a large oversized hiead, plum and full with tightly wound bubbles of carbonation. Things seperate at the top and make larger fluffier bubbles. Thick sticky lacing left behind. Retention is grand.

Very nice smelling. Full of toffeed malt and floral mouthwatering earth induced pine riddled hops. Very skunky and hemp reminiscent. So resiny and nice. Fruit lends more toward a peach, with pairs type of approach.

This is a nice IPA. Balance is dead on. Chewy toffee and caramel induced malt with a toasty mid palate, lead into the ripe, resiny, effervescent hop flavors. Layred hop flavors start and finish very floral, not overly bitter, orange peel and lemon, with dried apricots. Pine forest aspects with that resiny spectrum. A very find example of the style. Long finish, easy drinking. (825 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall two finger, off-white colored head. Recedes to a filmy cap, but leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Color is a mostly-clear, coppery orange.
Smell has a malty sweet base with added citrus fruits. The citrus is prominent, but not overpowering. Maybe more of the blossom than the actual fruit. Taste is equally fruity like tangerines. This is very interesting because it is different. Usually citrus flavors are lemon or orange which can easily get unbalanced. This tangerine flavor is bold but not over powering. Nice! It does finish up in the back with some hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light/medium body and very clean. Very refreshing and quaff-able, even though the higher ABV puts it out of the "session" category. Schlafly is shining (804 characters)

Photo of mdm46410
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 4/30/07. This IPA poured a hazy copper orange color with a thick, bubbly beige head that faded quickly. Some excellent lacing was left behind. The aroma is fairly laid back for an IPA with this high of an alcohol content. Some citrus hop notes are present along with a bit of caramel. The flavor is lead by sweet malts, then some light hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny with a good dose of carbonation. Somewhere between medium to full-bodied. This IPA is all about balance, but it doesn’t do much to set itself apart from the crowd. (660 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before heading to the STL beer festival, I figured this would be a good time to sample this sucker.

And what a pour, golden yellow / amber with a fully carbonated frothy ivory head that stacks like whipped cream. Sticks to the side like molassis.

Tons of woody and vineous hops in the aroma which don’t diminish at all in the quaff. Massive amount of hoppy goodness in this one. Very crisp and dry, almost stinging in the body. No hint of a 8% undertow, this beer rates well as a sippin’ summertime special. Glad I have a sixer, more will be consumed as the days grow longer (585 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went out and found a six. Expectations were high and this brew was everything I hoped it would be.

Poured from the bottle a deep amber gold with a massive head. The headed faded to a respectable nice quarter-inch. Plenty of lacing from start to finish.

Nice aroma with the hoppy goodness of grapefruit and grass but the malt makes it's presence known.

The hops and malts are in great balance. Grapefruit, sweet malt,and a touch of bitterness really stand out. As said before, the alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

In my opinion, this is one of the finest beers to come from Schlafly. Sure, I'm partial to IPAs but this one can hold it's own. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a six pack to finish. (740 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to the label, Schlafly Export India Pale Ale is a traditional english-style ale. Brewed with a high gravity and extra hops, which originally helped preserve the beer on long voyages from England to India. Bottled with love on April 30, 2007.

This beer pours a hazy deep copper color. There is a nice thick, creamy, white colored, two and a half finger head . The head has great retention and doesn't ever fully disappear. There is also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of grapefruity citrus predominantly. Also present is a touch of toffee and some nice malt in the background.

On to the taste. First up on the palate is a rush of fresh resinous hops. There is a touch of pine along with some more of the grapefruit noted in the aroma, and some fresh pineapple. A strong malt backbone helps really balance this beer out in the finish with some nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and is very smooth and well carbonated. The 8% abv is very well hidden and this is an extremely drinkable brew. This is an awesome beer from Schlafly. I really wish they would brew this year round and make it a part of their regular rotation. The beer was bottle only ten days ago and I am on my second sixer already. (1,238 characters)

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Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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