Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 127 | 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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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 oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 5/17/10 fresh fresh fresh!
Poures a slight hazed dull burnt orange with sticky one finger white head atop,good carbonation.Aromas were a bit more muted than expected,lemon oil,and caramel malt mainly.Hops are uber assertive on the palate,almost like sticky hop juice,big grapefruit and pine resin,an overly ripe sort of tropical fruitiness comes in as well,there is a hefty caramel malt base that holds it all together.The alcohol stays in check for the most part and the mouthfeel is chewey and fantastic.A great IPA,bigger than most with nice hop flavor nuances.

Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glows amber in the light. Faint aromas of catty hops and alcohol. I'm having a hard time getting too much off of it. Slightly sugary sweet malt upon entry, sweet berries and tropical fruit notes midway, and a crisp bite of bitter hops on the back-end. Very clean and suprisingly refreshing. It's easy to drink a few of these, even with it being 8% abv. Hopefully Schlafly will see to make this year-around.

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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled with love on: 05 19 2010" 12 ounce bottle. Pours cloudy, dull darker honey amber, frothy and loose medium tan head, that stays and leaves thick and high quality looking froth and lace. Herbal hop nose. Tasty hop bomb of a brew, tastes like a quality Colorado or Calif. IPA, uh yeah, that's a good thing..More herbal, then citric and grainy hops absorb onto the tongue. Malty base providing the 8% undercoating, rich and densely flavorful brew. More then ample yeast coating on the bottom of the bottle, makes things more clouded. Nice job by Schlafly here, quality/solid AIPA

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sending this my way, Shagtastic!

Clear dark orange with a nice, stiff, persistent head of eggshell white head. Leaves the glass lined with regular lacing. Very pretty IPA.

Very nice hoppy aroma: bright citrus and some tropical fruit presence. Just a bit of bready sweetness.

Moderately bitter flavor, pushed up against citrus and bitter melon and mango fruit characteristics. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and disappearing.

Exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)
clear amber body with good clarity; durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong; unusual hop component is fruity but not citrusy excepting some grapefruit Also rather floral.

Flavor: a bit unusual too. Again, odd fruity component. A hint of vanilla; a touch floral. A good bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the fnish and aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium bodied; medium carbonation that seems a touch low.

O: odd enough that I wonder if there's a quality control issue with this sample.

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

Nice pouring orange amber with a bright head.
Nice typical IPA aromas with citrus, pine and malt.
Taste is right there with the aromas.
Mouth feel is real nice with a dry mouth and a good bitterness behind.
This is a good beer. Hits all the notes for an IPA but pretty average.

Photo of richkrull
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from my buddy Crabbicuss. Thanks a lot!

Poured a very nice cloudy golden color with an average amount of white head on it.

Smell is a little more malty than I'd expect but some hops are present as well.

Taste is pretty balanced. I'd like some more hop presence throughout. Good hop bitterness in the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Good easy to drink beer.

Overall a pretty decent IPA that I wouldn't mind drinking quite a few of. Definitely quite a few better IPAs out there in my opinion though.

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 HugePlume
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in St Louis MO

A- A rich copper color, with a nice pillow of head that dissipates quickly and leaves next to nothing for lacing.

S- Very citrusy nose, refreshing and effervescent.

T- Again very citrusy high-notes, orange, lemon, grapefruit.... a mild grainy, earth like malt backbone under it. Unassuming but competent. Very clean, dry finish. It works well for this one as there is not a lot of bitterness so it follows character.

M- Well carbonated, light body. Leaves a little hop oil on your lips.

O- Overall its a fun beer. Sounds funny but it is. Nice and bright, well executed. Well done,

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6.29.10

This is a beautiful IPA, a clear amber that implies it is walking the in between line of east and west coast IPAs.

Smell: Whoa! This must have been heavily dry hopped. The grapefruit smells tangible, making me want to close my eyes before juice gets squirted in. I probably have to eat this with a fork! The suggestion of malt underneath is overpowered by the citrus and I can't make it out.

Taste: A wealth of grapefruit predominately and dry pine behind it are the major players. I love the lightness of this; it is a little more malt forward than some of the Alpines but with a similar compliment of hops. I would have loved to have tried this a month ago, but as it is, it's spot on.

Overall a lovely beer that I wish I had on hand. Seek it out if you can and try to get a fresh batch.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Capone's. Golden bodied with lots of foamy white head. Strong citrus orange aroma. A high yet not overwhelming delivery of bitterness. Very tasty and drinkable orange with some tangerine, mint, pine. Medium mouthful. Somewhat palate erasing.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly is a regional treasure, being available in only 7 states. This is a special release, so grab it while you can.

IPA fans (like me) will appreciate this murky red-brown ale, with a thick head and thick lacing on the glass. Wonderful.

The nose is deep pine resins. Amazing and intense. The anticipation builds!

In tasting, I get more of the pine, with some sour grapefruit. A fetchingly bitter finish seals the deal. This one's a real winner.

Photo of RickS95
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden copper pour with bubbles galore. The head is a finger and a half thick, but the bubbles never stop rising from the bottom, making the beer look hazier than it really is. Good retention on the craterous head. Thick, sticky, crazy lace.

Very bready nose, with high pine scent and to a lesser degree, some citrus.

All malt on the front end and all pine on the back end. Simple, but good.

Fairly smooth and creamy for an IPA. Gentle sweetness early on that's somewhat trampled on by the malt with a bitter, oily finish. The hop oil coats your tongue and the faint citrus leaves a slight tartness. Despite moderate alcohol and high hops, it's very easy to drink and goes down smooth.

Another home run from Schlafly, one of my favorite brewers because just about everything is top notch at an affordable price. Only have a single, would like more of these.

Photo of HeadyHopper32
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Burnt orange. Hazy and unfiltered. Nice dense white head.

S- Candied fruits. Sweetness from the malt comes through. Very tropical overall.

T- Big tropical fruit coming through on the middle and front of the tounge. Back of the tounge gets hit with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Very well balanced. No trace of alcohol.

M- Light for an ipa this balanced. Slightly watery; would be nice in the summer. It does leave a decent coating behind.

O- Great find at my local store in NJ. This particular batch was bottled 24 days ago. Very fresh, excellent flavor. Could be a staple IPA if it was a year round release.

Photo of plinythethirsty
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Makes a pretty pour with its inviting copper color and attractive lacing. Has a grassy/piney aroma and flavor. It's very sweet. I detect some pineapple but not much citrus. Clears the palate quickly, but, for me, the sweetness reduces its drinkability. A worthy beer, overall, but lacks the big hop payoff that some might expect and desire.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at schlafly cod and cask, served in pint glass. color was orangish yellow. had little head, if any and no lacing. very light smell, sweet fruit, such as grapefruit but scent was very light. taste was subtle sweet citrus, very light and well balanced with a light malty finish. mouthfeel was pretty perfect, very smooth. i would assume this is a light ABV and with the light hop flavor, very sessionable. I had two of these, 2nd was better than first.

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 russpowell
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed copper with a finger of cream colored head, some floaties as well. Never completely clears up, good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with pineyness & herbal hops

T: Follows the nose, plus some caramel up front. Leafy hops, breadyness, apricot & pear fruittyness are there as this warms. Finishes with herbal & pine bitterness, plus citrus presence & breadyness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a good take on the style

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 Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger of froth which whips up a robust cascade of spotty lacing up and down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and herbal in the nose, with extra notes of pine, spice, and green fruit mixing in and cutting across the nostrils with a zesty feel. This has some nice fresh power to it.

The taste is crisp bitter grapefruit flavor up front, which is immediately buffered by ripe herbal character and neutral grainy sweetness that does a nice job of balancing this. The backend on this however is all hops, with fresh bitter pith, resins, and spice all lingering with some strength in the finish but they don’t overstay their welcome. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue before spreading out into more of a slick creaminess across the back thanks to those herbal flavors here. The ABV adds just some minimal warmth and aids in the very drinkable feel on this.

This was a welcome surprise of an American IPA, with a well balanced character to it that kept the focus on those fresh hop flavors and an overall quenching nature that really made this quite easy to drink. This was a little pricier than other six-packs (I think I paid around $13 for this) but it’s an easy recommendation for those looks for a quality hoppy fix.

Photo of OddNotion
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a one finger off white head that quickly recedes to a lacing.

Smell: Nice and fruity, a little sharp on the malt side. A little on the sweet side.

Taste: Sweetness hits me first then some citrus and a strong malt backbone. Much different from the normal IPAs hitting the market now and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little too full bodied for the style, then again the abv is bordering on DIPA status here, this is one of those inbetween beers.

Overall: Nice and different from the more mainstream hyped up IPAs out there. I would not make it a regular (partially due to the price).

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 wspscott
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 5/17/2010

A: A very dark copper color with a light tan head that drops pretty quickly to a thin foam and leaves a medium amount of lace.
S: Lots of hops, definitely dry-hopped, there is an amazing amount of tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) along with a little bit of traditional american hops (citrus and pine). No obvious malt or yeast characteristics.
T: Tropical fruits that obviously provide the bitterness combined with caramel malts. There is some sweetness from the caramel malts, but it combines with what seems like a sweetness from the hops, very strange, but good. There is an amazing amount of hops flavor here, something I think is missing with a lot of IPAs. No hint of alcohol.
M: Medium attenuation and a medium amount of carbonation leads to a "creamy" mouthfeel, slightly on the "rich" side. This makes is difficult to drink super fast, which is a good thing since this could be a very dangerous beer given the alcohol level. To be clear, this is not a sipping beer like an RIS, but it is not watery like some over-attenuated IPAs.
D: A great mix of hops and malts, it is like someone dry-hopped the punch bowl. I finish one, and immediately think about opening another one. This might be one of my new favorite beers. It is not cheap (I think a 6 was 10.99), but it is not so expensive that you have to think about it when you pick it up. If this doesn't turn into a regular offering, I am going to be very disappointed. Highly recommended.

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