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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of birchstick. Dated 3/28/2011

Beginning stages of orange jello. Loads of suspended particulates. No head retention and little lacing.

Doughy tangerine on the snout

Loads of iced tea, malt, and tangerine. Much fresher than the previous bottle I'd had of this. Slightly herbal and medicinal along the finish.

Above average carbonation. Thanks for the opportunity.

Photo of TheSarge
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like the strongest English IPA I've ever had...

Poured two half bottles into my pint glass, so I didn't get any floaties. There is a mild amount of haze in this golden amber colored concoction. The foam presentation is about two fingers thick of nicely retaining white colored cranium.

The aroma is not too strong. There is some buttery toffee, some tea, and a hint of lemony hops.

Upfront in the taste, the hops bite kicks in immediately. It's a blend of grapefruit and pine mixed together. There is some leathery tea and toffee flavors here too.

This brew is just a little too carbonated for the style, and not as smooth as most British brands. It's a good interpretation of the style with a high ABV content. I'd drink this one again for sure.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass/ bottled on 3/28/2011

Appearance is a light copper color with a fuzzy bubbly two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy scattered lacing left clinging to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is quite faint actually with a slight citrus smell of orange rinde. I don't know but its hard to get any much else aroma out of it. If you ask me, it smells more like a hopped up pilsner then IPA.

Taste surely does signal otherwise thanfully. Upfront taste of slight orange citrus with some pine bitterness following, caramel malt and dry cracker like taste finish.

Medium(bordering light)with very high fizzy carbonation. Very dry aftertaste.

Overall this is more like an English Pale Ale instead of IPA. Decent but nothing exciting.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Global Brew tap house in Edwardsville, IL, in a pint glass. Hazy light orange body with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving some lacing along the top of the glass.

The aromas are fairly understated, featuring a light citrus aroma of orange and lemon. Some sweet malt in the background.

Nice flavors blend the sweet, bready, malt with some bitter citrusy hops. Actually, I really like this as a nice change of pace from some of the "in your face" American IPAs. I do love the strongly hopped brews, but a change of pace is nice as well. This one has it.

Well done.

Photo of StLThrash
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 3/17/11. Just over a week old

A - Hazy yellowish / orange with small head and some light lacing.

S - Not a lot here. Some citrus (tangerine), floral, but not a lot on the nose.

T & M - Reminds me of Sam Adams Noble Pils. Nicely hopped and a very chewy beer. Good hop and malt character, nicely balanced and solid carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. Obviously different than an American IPA, and has a nice, English IPA flavor.

Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Gatorade orange. Low head but great lacing.

S - Very soft. Tangerine, honey, marmalade.

T - Slow ramp up to bitter blood orange, sweet tangerine, honey and malt. Surprisingly sweet for an IPA. Nice bitter character throughout the profile that isn't overwhelming.

M - Well carbonated. Smooth with a medium - heavy body. Sweet finish.

D - Very nice beer, but a tad on the sweet side.

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice-enough beer - hanging in the balance between a strict interpretation of the IPA brewed for shipment to the far reaches of the British Empire, and a bit of Americanized tweaking of the hops. Big malt body, true to style. Hopping was firm and well-balanced, but seemed a bit more APA in profile. Alcohol was well integrated in the flavor profile. For all the positive attributes of the beer, however, it just didn't ever seem to find the right note.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/6/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sugars, sweet citrus. Flavor of light citrus, almost a juice-like character, caramel malt. Very sweet, definitely more English pale ale than IPA, and just a little too heavy for me.

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

I really do not like EIPAs but this beer is good and to style.

A: Hazy pale coppr color with a quarter finger of white head and tons of lacing.

S: The hops are there for sure but they are balanced out by a nice rich mix of malt. You really cannot pick out a single one like you can for most American IPAs. It is a tad oxidized but that comes with the territory for beers from out of state. The hops are quite fruity.

T: Massive malt up front. Little bit of sweetness in the middle. The taste is kind of weird. As with the nose it is a little oxidized but I am digging it. Probably what the style tasted like back in the day. Still bring but showing some signs of age. The hops are very fruity. Quite complex and nice.

M: Medium body. A little bit syrupy. Subtle carbonation.

D: One of the better examples of the style I have had as of late. This is a style that for the most part just does not work if made in the USA. This one does.

Photo of cpanossian
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clear glass mug- healthy 2-3 finger head that leaves a lot od delicious looking lacing all around. Nice hazy orange/apricot gold color. Aroma is a wonderful - some malt, some hops, and a wistful scent of tea - the kind you get when you first open a bottle of Snapple. The aroma draws you right in...

Powerful beer though (8.0%) - strongly than I usually enjoy. But I'll make an exception for this. The booze and hops collide nicely on your pallet. I don't think I could handle more than two or three of these, but I do think it's a very enjoyable batch (bottle is date-stamped 03 24 2010).

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 vtgrad03
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love IPAs and really enjoyed this one. This beer has a nice balance of crisp hoppiness without being too long and bitter on the finish. I paired this beer with a chicken stirfry and was happy with the complementing flavors. It matches pretty well with garlic and ginger.

Photo of deereless
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Off a hard pour there is a thin head which dropped quite quickly, medium gold in color, some visible sediment floating in the beer - 3.50, S: Initial pour results in a biscuity and doughy aroma, hops are quite reserved though they do provide a nice herbal and earthy quality, slightly on the side of chalky - 4.00, T: Quite a bit of toasted malts and a bit bready, medium hop bitterness, a good deal of earthiness and also a little grassy, as the beer warms I pick up a faint golden raisin like sweetness and possibly some honey at the tail end of the beer - 4.00, M: Medium mouth feel and quite smooth - 3.75, D: Very nice example of the style, very enjoyable and drinkable - 4.00

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 chickencoop
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a hard beer to pinpoint. Light golden pour with a little head, smell was a light bready smell. It has a hoppy dry taste to it that finishes sweet and dry, a bit bitter. I found this interesting and glad i had it, it's just not the most drinkable because of the flavor, and being 8%, it needs to taste a little smoother to put down a few.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy golden orange in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of piney hops in the nose along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is rather complex has a good balance between flavors of caramel malts and piney hops. The finish is moderately bitter and also has some notes of herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather prickly on the tongue. There is a fair amount of dryness in the finish.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and any presence of alcohol in the smell and taste is very well hidden.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Aug 2007.

Medium sized white foamy long lasting head. Bright clear orange yellow in color. Smells sweet and resiney. Starts malty sweet, nicely hopped but not overpowering. Sweet like a fresh hot loaf of italian bread. A says some bubblegum and green banana (?!). Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. Medium body.

Nice interpretation (not sure where A got the bubblegum...).

Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/golden color with a big fluffy head that dissipated and left some chuncks, but nothing spectacular on the sides.

S - Not a ton here, a little bit if citrusy orange sweetness. Some rind, lemon, and a bit of something that reminds me of gin. Interesting smell, but smells bad to me, as in, it is unpleasant.

T - Malty, a little bit hoppy. Little bit of bread, and that woody gin taste that comes through on the nose. Quite malty, not bad tasting, but it's not good, quite average. I think the oddities of this might appeal to some, but it is not something I am in to.

M - A little slick, lighter side of medium bodied, under carbonated.

D - Actually pretty easy to get down, could do another but I didn't care enough for the taste.

Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A curious beer. It pours a yellow golden, with a lot of suspended matter. The head is lively but falls away quickly. The aroma is strong and overripe, like flowers that have sat in a vase for a day too long. The flavor follows through, with a slightly overripe, acidic quality. There is honey and kind of a boozy orange character to it, like a mimosa. The mouthfeel is prickly and tick.

It is not a bad beer, but not one I find especially refreshing.

Photo of DCDevilDancer
2.32/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Think it's only fair to mention upfront that this is not my favorite style IPA. I'm a West Coast boy, born and bred. That being said, I think this beer is pretty lousy. No focus, no nucleus, almost void of (good) flavor. It might be an alright companion for fried rice or a cigarette, but on it's own it's unbalanced, not infected yet oddly sour, way hot for 8%, and really downright hard to drink.
Looks OK, I guess. Absolutely no lacing or head retention.
Smells pretty good. A little cloyingly sweet, but some pleasant marmalade and blossom notes.
Tastes pretty bad. Upfront there is a brief pleasurable moment- a slight pop of oranges, peaches and honeysuckle. This quickly disolves into an awful mess of alcohol, sourness, and faint floral hop bitterness. As soon as I finish typing this I'm pouring the last few ounces down the drain. I've kept sipping to review, and as I sip more I want to lower my scores even further.
Horrible mouthfeel.

Photo of dedrinker
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy orange/ light gold color.

Aromas of dry biscuits and marmalade.

Clearly tastes to be heading in the English IPA direction with buiscuty/ orchard fruit flavors and tea leaf hoppiness.

Alcohol stands out a bit here, and there is a bitter finish I assume is hops, but not much hop aroma or flavor over all.

The prickly carbonation spreads a sharp and sour fruity note into the back of the mouth, and it kinda brings me down; bums me out; upsets me.

I could learn to love it as a one-off home-brew batch that pride forced me to finish off, and throw out the recipe, but I won't pay money for this.

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 JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on an English IPA. Pours a clear light amber/burnished gold color. Good sized white head, average retention, fading to a covering of the glass. Good ladder-like lacing.

Bready malt aroma with a hint of floral hops. Taste is good. Bready malt is the primary flavor but there is a distinct bitterness underlying the malty taste. A little floral hops flavor is part of the bitter aspect. This is a fairly subtle beer...no over the head, hop head experience.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good. No hint of alcohol, the 8% is transparent. You could drink this until the inevitable happens. Good one!!!

Photo of MuddyMo
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 3/24/10.

Nice, clear orange hue with a strong head and good lacing.

Initially, the nose is caramel with an intriguing, cereal/grain note, which eventually overcomes the caramel and evolves into a gin-like aroma.

It has a thin body, with the malts front and center, which you would expect from an English-style IPA. The hop bitterness in the finish gives way to a sweet gin/alcohol finish as it warms up.

Very drinkable, but 8% ABV makes it unsuitable as a session beer.

This brew stands out from the crowd of mostly West Coast style pale ales with it's malty profile backed by proper British hops and high gravity.

Excellent 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.

Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.