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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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934 Ratings
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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 51
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vancer on 09-20-2009

Our American IPA gets its bold hop flavor from 100% American hops and its deep gold and full body from pale and crystal malted barley. A blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hop varietals imparts AIPA with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. Our brewers select these hops on an annual pilgrimage to the hop farms of Pacific Northwest.

IPAs (India Pale Ales) 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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Ratings: 934 | Reviews: 241
Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 3/16/2015, poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter.


The beer pours a nice golden copper color, light haze but good clarity with a good solid two fingers of soapy, foamy white head, good retention yielding big swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is very nice, wonderful dry, grassy hops, wildflower, light pine, spice, resin, mild tropical fruit and a touch of grapefruit citrus. The flavors echo the nose, dry, grassy hops, a touch of dank, weedy character, pine, spice and resin, light grapefruit, nice earthy bitterness, with a really sturdy pale malt backbone. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, coating, full bodied, lively carbonation but still gentle, very dry finish.


Verdict: A really good IPA from Schlafly, dry, crisp, bitter, earthy, grassy, bright, very nice balance. It's quaffable, refreshing and delightfully bitter, definitely a good surprise from Schlafly, kudos to them.

Photo of cmq103
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh citrus hops with a lingering bitter finish. A must try for any IPA fan.

Photo of sjones5045
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Home 4/5/15

Pours copper with nice head. Nice Hoppy smell. Great taste and enjoyed throughout. A bit of a lingering aftertaste but not tragic. Overall, very nice beer, would have again.

Photo of wedge
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on 02/23/2015

Gold with some suspended sediment and topped by a beautifully thick and creamy off-white head. Rings of webby lacing coat the glass and a bubbly layer is a permanent fixture on the surface. Smells like a handful of fresh resinous hops: sticky, spicy pine, herbal pungency, dank weed, and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is equally hoppy, but with an added grainy note. Resinous pine, citrus rind, melon, and general green hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied, frothy mouthfeel. Oh snap, this is great stuff. Right up my hop alley.

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as hop forward as wc ipa, but a solid balanced american. Tasty, if you can get For reasonable price, you should try

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is very bitter and has very few redeeming qualities when swallowed. It has a great resin smell. This beer was bottled on 3/15/2015 (making it 6 days old). I concur that it leaves a very harsh taste in my mouth. Over all it's an okay enjoyable drinking beer.

Photo of NateTheHappyOne
2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Edit: The remaining three bottles in this sixpack were strangely more palatable. Not as much a feeling of unbalancedness now, and I can taste more hop character and a slight drop in bitterness. A decent IPA I guess but the discrepancy in taste between one sixpack is unusual to me. I still wouldn't rate it over a 3/5 overall.

I would dissect how gross this is to me, but I love so many kinds of IPAs, dank, piney, resiny, floral, fruity.. This is really not a good balance. A strange vanilla mintish essence. Full frontal bitterness that stands immediately on your taste buds with the first sip. Not the kind of bitter I enjoy, it conjures more thoughts of chemical grass-taste; and something about the feeling overall drinking these gave me made me need an extreme palate cleanse.

Maybe this is personal taste but I swear I'm being as fair as I can be with the taste of this thing. 91 is baffling. And this is certainly fresh.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Way more hop bite then I've had from Schlafly's before. Very solid IPA, some fruitiness in there.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange gold with a nice layered head.

S: Big citrus, tropical fruit punch, followed with some pine and faint lemongrass notes. This thing smells amazing.

T: Right in line with the nose. Tons of juicy hops and sting the tongue with a nice malt sweetness on the back end. Drying hop finish with some citrus and lemon.

M: Silky smooth. It is a little thick for the ABV, but it doesn't take away from the taste and feel.

O: If this beer originated on the west coast, it would be all the rage. Unfortunately, I think its middle america origin will make it a bit over looked. Its a shame. Schlafly has made a real gem with this one.

Photo of krh
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 11 days ago. Strong fresh hop flavor was striking.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! The hoppy aroma is phenomenal. I will say the smell is not a direct representative of the taste. Not quite as hoppy as the smell denotes. It is a great beer in both cask and kegged versions!

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My oh my this is an outstanding IPA. Schlafly has the Seasonal Special Release IPA twins, this one and the Tasmanian IPA. While Tasmanian is still my favorite, this one plays a very close second. I tasted this one on tap at the Bottleworks location.

While T-IPA is a very grapefruit/tropical fruit forward IPA, this one dials that flavor profile back a notch, and pushes the hops ever so slightly forward. The grapefruit/citrus flavors are still there, but seem to be more of a background flavor on this IPA twin. The fresh, floral hops come to the front and dance on your tongue. There is a slight grassiness here ( hop flavor I am not normally a fan of in other beers I have tried) that is exceptional here. I think it is the sweetness that seems to round out this flavor a bit more. All in all, an exceptional IPA that is easily near the top of my list of favorites.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again. Exceptional.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.06/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A standard aipa OK flavors one and done for me but drinks ok

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

Pour is transparent golden in color with a tight white head. Nose has a bit of slightly stale grain up front, a touch doughy, and moderate malt sweetness. Hops are herbal with a decent amount of citrus. Taste is a bit doughier and sweeter. Some stale grain, pungent sticky caramel malt, chewy feel, lots of fleshy orange citrus hop in back with low bitterness.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours some very white and fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear orange color.

The beer smell is very citrus and orange. The hops are fairly strong, and with a slight hint of resin. The beer also has a slight sweetness to it that gives it a slight tropical fruit note such as pineapple.

The beer taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste has a grassier taste with a sweet orange flavor and a hint of pineapple. The taste has a nice pine aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is unusually thick for an IPA, but is still medium bodied. Biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and easy extremely easy to drink. It's not a hop bomb by any definition, but certainly enjoyable.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy, deep golden color. Small head without much lacing.

Smells a little malty, which is odd. Maybe even a little sour. Not a whole lot of citrus, but it is here.

Taste is pretty hop forward at first, but falls of and a slight maltiness takes over. Aftertaste of hops with a little sweetness. Not much hoppy citrus, which I think is odd for an American style IPA.

Nice feel on the mouth. A little thick and malty. Not as crisp or light as most IPAs.

Good beer. Easy to drink.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with two finger head and a lace ring that dies slow. Classic citric hop aroma with minimal sweet caramel and a hint of bread. Smooth, dry, the hops are juicy and a bit floral at times as citric flavors abound and there is quality balance with touches of both bread and sweet malts to keep hops from overpowering everything. Classic American style IPA that is a great, simple beer to relax with.

Photo of HamdenHector
2.99/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: hazy, burnt orange; 1 finger head that receded over a couple minutes; minimal lacing;

S: distinct peach - unexpected and intriguing;

T: a bit of peach upfront; some pineapple crept in that lasted through the middle; the finish is red grapefruit; almost no bitterness;

M: seems a little syrupy, but that might be in my head from the peach nose; carbonation is a little light;

O: interesting and different; refreshing in a way I don't expect from an IPA; my scores are low because this didn't seem to fit the IPA category; as a fruit beer, this was nice; other reviews are quite different than mine, so I might have gotten an off bottle;

Photo of rawfish
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden pour, good clarity with a small half finger cap of tight white foam. Sloppy lacing coats the glass, quite a bit is slipping down towards the liquid.

Powerful aroma, you can smell it right out of the bottle. Vibrant splash of grapefruit and pineapple atop citrus and pine. Rather floral with underlying honey sweetness and mint.

Pale two row is slightly bready with a drop of honey sweetness. Tangerine and pine are turned on full bore with honeydew melon settling in near the finish. The hops are resiny and features overripe tropical juices. A bitter shock and alcohol but it isn't lasting.

Crisp and sharp body and carbonation. Doesn't feature alot of drying since the character of this beer is juicy. Some rising alcohol.

This is a very good IPA, juicy, floral and variant. Very crisp and bright, wish I had a few more of these.

Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like mango and pine, with some wild honey malt.
T: It tasted like pine and dank herbal hops, with some unripe mango. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a solid west coast IPA, with simple but clean scent and taste. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light golden color makes you want to drink it up. The nose is slightly astringent but also has a sweet and sour note with the fruity esters. Taste is a pleasant bitterness from the forefront that melds into a nice subtle malt backing while the sweetish bitterness is sustained throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is nice smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

This is a tasty beverage with the bitterness bite that has a smooth mouthfeel so its easy going, but packs a nice bite for hop heads.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap Room in St. Louis. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. A little hazy. Nice white head. Sticky lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit. Hint of tropical fruits. Some orange hops. Toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Much less hop complexity. Toasty malt and then a musty bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Finishes dry with a moderate bittetness.

Overall - More impressed by this than any of the other Schlafly beers I tried today. I enjoyed this with my meal.

Photo of tbraun1
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Pours a pale, gold, amber with nice and consistent rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice piney, citrus pop.

T- As with the smell, you definitely get some tangerine, citrus, and big pine taste. Very well balanced malts in this brew. Tasty stuff. Love the AIPA's.

M - Nice brew on the plate. Just full enough and the right amount of carbonation to tingle the palate. Refreshing yet substantial.

O - Fantastic. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of greyghost86
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grainy appearance with a lot of carbonation. The aroma is just what you want a American IPA to have, wonderful citrus smell with a bit of piney aroma. Nice taste with a grapefruity and very slight orange, with a good bitter bite at the middle and finish that you want in a good solid IPA. Overall, this was a solid American IPA that I totally stumbled upon and would try again!”

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in a snifter.

The beer has a soapy, white head that builds to a finger's width with a straight down the middle pour. The golden-copper body has amazingly clear clarity.

The nose carries dank aromatics: chive, especially garlic. Light notes of citrus do play around, mainly grapefruit in character. Malt is mainly held out of the way, mostly cracker-like in character.

The flavors of this IPA mimic the nose closely with more dank garlic and chive. Orange and grapefruit do come through, but not boldly. The finish brings a light, piney bite, with some more citrus. Again, malt is held well out of check, not easily discernible.

The feel of this beer is great: medium bodied, drying, long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall I was not expecting this to be such a dank hop forward IPA. The hops also play a huge role, not allowing for any kind of malt to take a foot hold in this offering. It drinks very well though, with a great heft and long drying finish.

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.