Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 999
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 55
Gots: 131 | 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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Reviews: 241 | Hads: 999
Photo of pops28078
2.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Used tulip glass. Pours light amber on the orange side. One finger off-white head. Head disappeared within one minute. Very little lacing.

Aroma is citrus mainly oranges. Also much floral tones hit my nose. Almost like perfume.

First taste is sweet along with its sweet aroma. Light body and not complex. Finishes with a little bitterness.

Overall, too floral for me. It seems sweeter due to floral aroma and it is sweet to begin with. At 7.2 ABV I didn't detect the alcohol. Not my taste in IPA's so I'll pass on future purchase. (533 characters)

Photo of NateTheHappyOne
2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of kdog630
2.84/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that A-B was not indicative of the type of beers coming out of St.L. Unfortunately, there seem to be a number of flavorless beers there. Schlafley's IPA is a case in point.

Poured to a nice light copper color with a decent head that left a healthy lace.

However, this is supposed to be an IPA, but there was no hop aroma to speak of. Just a faintly sweet malt and that was it.

The first taste did nothing to lift my expectations. Very mild, no bitterness and a weak finish. Mouthfeel was fine. The carbonation was where it should be, but with a lack of flavor, there really wasn't much left to say.

I had this in a bottle a year ago and was unimpressed. Saw it on tap and thought I would give it a second chance. Not again. If a friend brings some over, maybe. But I won't be getting my own in the future. (831 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a pale yellow-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and lightly floral hops. Medium-bodied with a borderlne cloying sweetness. Lots of malt and caramel flavor with a lesser degree of citrus hops to balance. The finish remains sweet and malty with a grainy aftertaste. Overall this beer is average at best, and didn't really work for me. (462 characters)

Photo of theruckus33
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured into glass from bottle. Bottling date was 1/17/2013 - I am getting a super fresh beer to enjoy here.

A: Pours a fluffy white head, billowy, but recedes after a minute and leaves a thin sudzy head. Golden brown body with solid clarity. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, tangerines, bready malts scents on the back end.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, and believe it or not wild chive, i mean a really funky Finish, not sure what is giving it that.

M: Not bad, but nothing that impresses, wish it was a little slicker on the mouth.

O: Hmm, I was really excited about trying this beer. I even when out of my way to get a couple all that to say, I am disappointed. Underwhelming, and hard to get over the weird aftertaste. (733 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated 1/17/2013 poured into a DFH glass. Nice pale amber color and 2 fingers of tight head. The nose is very punchy and fresh. Strong pine and floral tones with just a hint of grapefruit.

The feel is good and firm, but the flavor seems off. The biting hoppy notes come in quickly and join with the nice bready malt to give you marmalade-like fruitiness. At mid-palate, a big, grassy, herbal, onion-like, vegetative flavor comes in and dominates everything until it reaches the back of the palate. The finish is a relief after this. That strong oniony flavor is very unpleasant on my palate.

Wow, I've had this beer before and I swear something is NOT right here. If that strange flavor is a hop, I'd like to know what hop it is so I can avoid it in the future. I have to give this one poor marks, but I'll try another batch sometime and see if I just got an odd bottle. (878 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/ burnt orange with a nice 1 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruity hops, some sweet caramel malts, not a lot of aroma, or anything else.

Taste - First sip, much like the smell, is weak and mild. Light watery hops mixed with a little sweet malt. Some lemon and pine comes out. Really not much else to say.

Mouthfeel - Its light, watered hops hit the tongue along with some sweet malts. Palate gets about the same, with a little lemon flavor. Aftertaste is very weak and watery.

Overall - Very light, basic ipa. Nothing special, nothing stands out about it. Would be a great beer to hand a bud drinker but nothing a ipa fan needs to try. (693 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kier for this extra coming in a recent trade. A good IPA is always welcome here.

Pours a dead-ringer for beer: fluffy white head that could model in a macro commercial, carbonation gone wild, & a clear body vacillating between mild yellow & light orange, depending on the light. Smells nice, mix of tangerine & citrus with a side of sweetness.

Schafly American IPA isn't quite what I sought tonight, this is a mid-continent IPA with a long draw of malts along with the hops. The sweet malts are paired up with sweet hops that are dripping with resin, almost honey-like. Not much in the way of bitterness, this is sweet, sweet, on sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky, sickly sweet too. Heavy for an IPA, too, this is a one-and-done on twelve ounces of liquid.

Decent enough IPA, but the focus on this beer is soft & sticky vs. piney & bitter, & I prefer the latter. Not bad, but not really my style, but I can see the appeal. (931 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/2 gallon growler. Clear amber hue, decent tan head that doesn't maintain. Some hops and caramel on the nose. A bit thin up front, very small sized hop bite; caramel malts seem to dominate the palate. Very plain and unflavorful, lacks body. The flavorings seem to come and go, this one seems to be a bit inconsistent from an otherwise fine line of beers from Schlafly; doesn't match up to it's style. (401 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly's IPA was pretty much middle of the road, a little bit better than average offering. A decent, but nothing to really seek out, beer.

Hazy golden edged amber brew, with a thin white head. Very subtle notes of pine in the aroma, almost non-existent in the quaff. Finishes dry with a little pop of citrus. Seems to be closer to an American pale ale than IPA, but still drinkable for a sitting. (400 characters)

Photo of carln26
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where are the hops?
This beer poured from the tap into a shaker pint a clear bright copper color topped by a fluffy egg white head. Nice lace. Aroma is mild citrus and grist malt. Uhhh.. Yes, I said grist malt comes across in the nose. Where are the hops? Flavor is slightly citrus but more malt than I like. Where are the hops? Slick mouth feel ok drinkability. This beer needs more hops and less grist. (405 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dingy golden coloring with loads of carbonation bubbling inside. Weak, yet bright white head dissipated quickly and had decent lacing.

The scent is weak to a point of watery but some nice undercurrents of malt and pine are deep within. I found a lemony malt scent that was pleasing.

The taste follows suit with a watery taste and feel. A nice malty grain taste with a hoppy floral pine pine taste is also there but is washed away in a torrent of wateriness.

IPAs that claim the code word "Session" seem to mean watery and this is no exception. Low ABV, canned and a decent taste and feel makes this worthwhile for a fishing trip or similar event. (649 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Cloudy copper color with 1 finger white head and good lacing.

S- Astringent pine and grass.

T- Lots of malt is noticeable at first, along with grassy bitter hops. Has a bit of a skunk taste to it. Not sure when this is released? Could be older and has lost some flavor.

M- Medium bodied. Has a bit of a creamy feel midway through, with a semi-dry finish from the bitterness.

O- Nothing special. Is a ok beer for drinking fast on a hot summer day, but that is about it. (500 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Jameezus
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a Tulip Glass. I was very excited by the rating of his beer. Beer yielded a decent amount of head that sustained for a while. Detected pine and floral scents in the aroma. Same with the taste. Bitter in a good way, but the pine and floral dominated and perhaps I'm just not a big fan of the hops that they used or maybe I just couldn't taste enough of them. Feels good. Very smooth. Overall, just not really a big fan of the flavor of this beer. Can see why it has been rated highly though. (503 characters)

Photo of Momar42
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip

A - standard clear yellow, with mild fluffy white head. Recedes quickly with little lacing.

S - not too old of a beer and the nose is quite mild for an IPA. Not the strong hop punch to the nose like many other, highly rated IPAs deliver. Not bad, just not enough.

T - better than the nose. Good piney hop flavor that coats the tongue nicely. Not much bitterness in the after taste tho. Could be more complex, but solid nonetheless.

M - a tad light for my tastes. smooth finish helps but a tad too carbonated I think.

O - a solid IPA that is fairly available and reasonably priced. Not the top tier in this all too crowded and quality rich category but not far off. Easy drinking and enjoyable just not complex enough to threaten the top. (779 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't quite make out the smudges, but it was bottled on something, something, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold-hued body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet-scented pale malts with only modest notes of citrus and florals. A fairly mild aroma all around.

Taste: Modest pale malted barley upfront, a light touch of caramel and golden syrup for sweetness. Lemon-hinting, floral hops, also some slender orange accents and with no more than a medium bitterness. Soon, the already subdued bitterness dies down, allowing a surprising amount of sweetness forward. Smooth, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's so balanced that, for an India Pale Ale, it comes across as a tad timid. Not that I'm a proponent of tongue-blistering bitterness and nothing else brews, no, but this seemed to go a little bit too far in the other direction. (915 characters)

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice bold label, bottled on date clearly stamped; damn, it's nice to get to try this only 4 days after being bottled! The abv% on the bottle says 8%

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark orange beer with a huge fluffy antique ivory head which shows good retention and some sticky lace.

Smell: Dank. Not the citrus hop bomb I was expecting by any stretch of the imagination. The hops here are dark, herbal, spicy and...I don't know...a little bit strange actually. Just a hint of dark caramel malt as well...I was really, REALLY looking forward to this release, but upon first nosing, I'm not quite as excited...

Taste: Dark, herbal hops, with ghostly pine and citrus skulking in and out. A medium caramel malt presence, nicely sweet to balance the medium bitterness. Mild alcohol. Ok, but nothing really special...

Mouthfeel: This is maybe the best part of this beer...soft, full, and creamy

Drinkability: Not so bad, but I'm not craving another.

Conclusion: Schlafly makes some truly awesome beers. And they make some fairly average beers. Their Pumpkin Ale, Coffee Stout, and Biere de Garde fall into the first category. It seems that their IPAs (the English-style Export as well) just fall a bit flat... (1,244 characters)

Photo of Kelly88
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bells Tulip. Bottled on date of 5-3-2011 so its fresh.

A-very nice murky dark orange. NIce dull white head that has staying power. Looks like all of the great IPA's i have drank. Tons of thick lace is holding tight to the tulip.

S-starts out rather pungent and fruity. Dank earthy hops are nice and are backed up by some sweet fruit. As you drink the beer it starts to lose some smell and turns into a mixture of vegetable and sweet dirt. Not bad but I wish it would stay the way it smelled at the beginning

T-initial tastes of sweet and bitter grapefruit. As you swallow the bitterness turns into a mess of dirty soap water that is harshly bitter. The malt sweetness before this is a great addition but the finish just distracts from the other great flavors too much

M-just about perfect. everything I want from a IPA. nice carbonation that does its job and the perfect body, not to heavy and not to light.

Overall a beer I enjoyed drinking the entire six pack of but probably will not buy another. I like the flavor and love the way it looks but the weird fading smell and the bad finish just makes this a pretty average beer in my eyes (1,172 characters)

Photo of mtlasley
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AIPA poiurs a golden amber color and stays quite clear in the glass. A very frothy, soapy two finger head showed quickly and had some decent staying power. The soapy thickness of the head makes for some decent lacing.

Zesty grapefruit stands up front followed by pine, lemon and orange. The hops are extremely aromatic and they overpower the sweet, caramel smelling malty backbone.

Smooth, sweet hoppy bitters are up front in the mouth and evoke tastes of grapefruit and pine being most prominent. The malty caramel background here is light but contributes well to the sweetness here. Very drinkable for the hop lover.

Thick on the front but some middle of the road carbonation makes the end crisp and refreshing. Keeps bringing me back for more.

Very tasty overall. Well rounded and refreshing. Just a slightly above average IPA and something I could enjoy a few of and a summer evening. (892 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange yellow with minimal head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts

taste: very malty, caramel, some hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: eh decent IPA. nothing special. Just another IPA tick.

Cheers,
the CPJ (273 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville the other day. From my notes:

A= Served in a 22oz tall wheat beer glass, this ale poured a bright orange-gold color with a 3/4" creamy white head. The head lingered a long time and left huge sheets of lace down the glass.

S= I found some sweet and biscuity malt aromas up against a fair amount of citrusy hop notes. Neither ran away with the aroma though, so I guess you could call it balanced.

T= This IPA was more malt forward than I was expecting, but pleasant nonetheless. The malts lead off with a semi-sweet biscuit flavor that faded perfectly into the juicy hops. Hop flavors were less bitter and more of the fruit and fresh green flavor type. Around midway I tasted an odd bit that I never could really pin down. Sort of a tartness that was out of character for a beer like this but not enough to ruin it either. Finish was dry and short.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a carbonation level and crispness that I found slightly too low for the style and my tastes.

D= Not exactly a challenging brew, but certainly a worthy one. Easily sessionable. (1,124 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty fresh at less than 1 month old.

The aroma has a wonderful dank sweet peach, tangerine, and mango. A good aroma on this beer.

The taste has pineapple and peach, a bit of citrus and a malt sweetness. The malt however hides the IBUS. This beer really lacks bitterness for an IPA. I prefer my IPAs with a bitterness and drying end. This really does not have that, despite being taste.

This is a pretty balanced and drinkable IPA, but lacking the bitterness and bigger flavors for me. (503 characters)

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