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Schlafly Export IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

aerozeppl, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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).

cpanossian, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Soonami, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of vtgrad03
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

vtgrad03, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.98/5  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

deereless, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

russpowell, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

chickencoop, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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...).

htomsirveaux, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

AgentZero, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Seanibus, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of DCDevilDancer
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

DCDevilDancer, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

dedrinker, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

mikey711, May 27, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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!!!

JayQue, May 17, 2010
Photo of MuddyMo
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

MuddyMo, May 07, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

generalnotsew, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of rrski198
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice burnt orange hue. Very little lacing with average head. Off white.

S: Smells of fresh english style hops. Kent Goldings? Brown sugar sweetness creates a clean balanced nose.

T: More english hops. Not your up and coming west coast american IPA. I can't find much in the way of american hops. I think there might be some fuggle in there as well. Kind off soapy and chemically. alcohol comes through right at the end.

M: Average carbonation. Pretty lite and smooth.

D: I prefer IPAs made with different hops. I wonder if this was even dry hopped or not. I definately get the hops in the flavor but the aroma leaves a little something to be desired. This isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, however, there is so much out there right now in the IPA catergory and this doesn't stand out.

rrski198, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick 1-finger head atop a medium gold pour with deep orange tints. Very thick looking draft - almost bready. Excellent head retention and very nice lacing.

Nice pine citrus mix greets the nose. Resiny with strong hints of grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry, and grapes.

Smooth creamy hit gives way to a nice bitter middle. The finish does not grow as much as I would like. Not quite bitter enough in the end. Hops come out mainly in the citrus variety with grapefruit dominating. Very little hint at the abv, except for a tiny bit of heat after the finish. Also gets a little fizzy towards the back of the tongue.

Feel is right on. A tad thin at the end, but otherwise very nice. Thick and creamy with a nice shot of bitters.

Surprisingly easy to drink for an 8% IPA. Well worth a try.

beer2day, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice, heavy and lively for its high abv. Rust and a big white head.

Smells medium strength for an EIPA, but very nicely balanced and without any unpleasant nodes of alcohol or syrupy malt. Biscuits and candy caramel mixed with dry English hops.

Tastes like it smells. Wonderful balance, medium boldness, cake and cookie sweetness backed up with spicy and dry hops and a butter toffee explosion near the end.

mynie, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,this beer is a gold/amber type hue with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing.smell is orange peel,herbal hops,a bit of biscuity malt sweetness. taste is strong herbal hops with a slight amount of citrus hops balanced by a strong malty sweetness.malt backbone is sweet and biscuity,finishes fairly dry though.

mouthfeel is slightly resiny and medium bodied.easily my favorite english ipa i have had thus far.the balance of this beer makes it an easy sipper.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Billolick, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a lot of fine (presumably) hop sediment. A two inch off-white head forms on top but falls to a cap. It retains well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is quite interesting. There's a rich caramel sweetness, fruity, kind of a touch of cherry. Some spicy hop notes. Hard to describe.

Taste is sweet up front with some fruity esters in the middle, spicy, kind of earthy hops come in towards the finish as well as a nice woody oak flavor that adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, really nice creaminess. Drinkability is pretty good for the ABV.

This was an interesting beer, quite strange combination of flavors that ended up being pretty tasty. Worth a try if you enjoy English style IPAs, if you only like American IPAs you most likely won't enjoy this.

roadhouse, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of cameraman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber color with a quarter inch head, cream in color, forms on top, then gradually dissolving away. Surprising strong bready and malty fragrance at the front of each scent, which is soon, followed by a citrus and pine aroma. The taste starts with a hearty bread flavor, staying there for some time. Then it all blends to a grassy, citrus, and pine flavors that take over and lingers for several minutes. A medium bodied feel, staying consistent all the way through, never thinning out. A very solid IPA, with a strong malty heartiness and a strong hoppy flavor, along with the consistent feel make this a good choice anytime.

cameraman, Aug 01, 2009
Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.