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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 164 | Hads: 425
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice hazy golden color with some amber hues in there. Nice 1 inch head that is white and dense with some nice sticky notes to it. Pretty nice looking brew. The head retention is great and reduces to some nice soapy lacing and film.

Aroma is yummy. Herbal and grassy English style hops. Notes of grass and tea notes are present. There is some nice yummy caramel malt notes in the nose that blend perfectly with each other. Biscuity bread notes are present and give the brew a nice inviting aroma.

Flavor starts off perfectly. Nice sweetness comes up first with some slight caramel notes and some bread and then is quickly enveloped in awesome grassy and fresh herbal hop awesomeness. The hops are fresh and more herbal in nature with some slight pine notes to it. There is also a nice slight bitterness on the middle-back end of the brew that follows through till the end of the sip. Nice British bitterness. :)

Body is nice and crisp but also smooth and velvety. Overall, I've had this once before and enjoyed it very much. I don't know why I waited years to finally buy it in bottles and finally try and review it. This brew is worth it and Schlafly continues to do good by St. Louis beer geeks.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of robboyd
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of jsulko
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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".

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Photo of MissLucyLuvee
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I just recently found myself enjoying IPA's, I cannot offer a extensive review of this beer. (I up to now have been devoted to Stouts and Porters) I can however say if one is fond of the Schlafly brand and IPA's rest assure they will find this beer to decent!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
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".

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Photo of Samp01
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled 3/21/2012.

Pours copper-orange in color with a bubbly off-white head that holds good retention and leaves some lacing mainly at the top of the glass. The downside to the appearance is that there is a ton of yeast particulate suspended in the body of the ale. A more careful pour would hopefully have left it in the bottom of the bottle. Unappealing to me, but I know it doesn't bother some. Aroma is sweet, fruity, floral hops, toasted grain, and caramel malt. Tastes are similar to the aroma with some pine, apricot, and mango to boot; maybe a bit more bready. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium, moderate carbonation, and finishes with some bitterness, but is very well balanced. Overall, it's a good take on the style, but nothing I'd search out again.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a dense ivory head that lingers, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma begins with grassy herbal hops, grainy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fairly subtle.

Flavor is fairly malty, with citrus undertones and a significantly bitter finish. Grainy malt overtakes the hops, followed by an obvious alcohol note.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount if carbonation, tending toward the higher side. Alcohol warmth is present and not subtle.

Overall, fairly disappointing. Not very hop forward. Alcohol wa a bit obtrusive. I liked it a lot better from a bottle a year or two ago.

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Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a tulip. Bottled on 03/09/2012.

A: Light amber, lots of particulate, and a foamy white head with nice retention and lacing. Attractive IPA.

S: Biscuity malts, light caramel, oily lemon hops. Strong nose.

T: Malty backbone, biscuit, light caramel notes, and a strong, resinous, lemon oil hops flavor with a white pepper finish.

M: Medium-light body with a strong hops presence that dries the palate mightily. Just a bit too much for my taste.

O: Very good IPA. Seems to be very in line with the English IPA style, the first of this ilk I've tried. Nice work, Schlafly.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear golden color, with about a 2 finger head that settled into a one finger one within seconds. Lots of webbing left on the glass.

S: Sometimes the smell of fresh hops smells like moss to me, so I won't be this beer up to hard. Additionally, I got a nice yeast and citrus backbone.

T: Understated and infinitely balance, this one definitely is more on the malt side of the spectrum. It almost tasted like citrus, Mallowcreme candy, and yeast. Still good though.

M: A RIDICULOUS amount of webby lacing on this one. Also, the carbonation was fine and the over sweetness wasn't offensive at all (hello Great Britain!).

O: I've alway's considered Schlafly a dark horse surprise brewery, and after this brew, I still do....

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Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 3/21/2012.

A: a slightly hazed orange body. rather bright even with the haze. slightly orange tints on an otherwise frothy white head. retention is good as is the super sticky lacing.

S: methanol, minty, pine notes interact w/ citrus fruit. a little bit of of caramel maltiness.

T: initial sip starts bitter, almost piney. w/ fruit notes as well. seems like an american hop fruitiness rather than fruity malt characteristics. bitterness is solid throughout and lingers into the finish.

M: carbonation is moderate, but gentle on the palate. pretty full medium body.

D: from what i understand, english IPA's should have a more prominent malt component, and this brew does not. however, the hop character is rather pleasant and this is a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled with love on 3-09-2012.

A- Pours a nice dark golden almost orange color with tons of fluffy white head that will leave nice rings on the glass as you drink.

S- Lots of pine. Not as hoppy as I'd expect an IPA to be. Some sweet caramel malts in the back ground.

T- Not as balanced as I would like it to be. The sweetness is there, along with some moderate hop bitterness. I expected the hops to take front and center here, but they didn't.

M- Crisp, not as highly carbonated as it appeared on the pour.

O- Some what refreshing, but I'm not overly excited about this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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

A - bright light hazy orange with a bright white head that leaves some nice rings as you drink

S - slightly weak aroma, has notes of citrus and light malt present, but overall a little blander than I thought it'd be

T - grapefruit and lemons from the hops, light sweet malt behind it. this is a very balanced and toned down IPA, nothing like American palates are used to. hops are present but not stinging and biting like most places you'd find.

M - I really liked this mouthfeel on this one. slightly crisp and light feeling, but has a very pleasant body on the tongue and mouth, slightly bubbly, but also thick and tame

D - as long as you're not looking for an alpha hop bomb, any fan of pale ales and English ales would probably find something to enjoy in this one. I can imagine that being advertised as a true IPA might hurt its image for some, but if it was simply marketed as a regular pale ale, I think the story would be different. worth a drink

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Photo of bubseymour
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - looks more like a heff or wheat beer. Yellow golden color, murky with yeast floating in it.

Smell - slight lemon flavor

Taste - average taste with lemony flavor and crisp finish. Smooth and well disguised 8% ABV. I would have guess this is under 7%.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - just an ok flavored IPA. Nothing worthy to seek out again.

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Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.