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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 53
Gots: 81 | 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 Is_it_beer30_yet
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of suspect
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color with some amber notes. Very small head and not a ton of lacing although there is some.

S: Nice full citrus smell of a hop forward IPA. Not a ton of malt which is preferable in my IPAs.

T: Nice flavor, again hop forward, not too bitter. Well balanced IPA.

M: Well carbonated, feel is a touch thin.

O: A nice overall IPA. Easy drinker for sure.

Photo of moparjgr
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Joshmistake
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jishguy
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy, burnt orange body with a very minimal head. Moderate lacing along the glass.

S- Wonderful notes of tropical fruit, hops, peaches, citrus, and a hint of caramel malts.

T- Juicy and resiny hop flavors dominate the palate. Citrus, peach, marmalade, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Sweet, bread-like malts are present in the backbone. The finish is a bittersweet fruity hop character.

M- A bit under-carbonated and watery, but not too much so.

Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and clean, not as hoppy as expected though that may be due to the American Hops of which I am unaccustomed. Very much enjoyed it. Love the box which, as a collector of six-pack sides, is why I purchased it.

Good hop aroma though not as strong as hoped for.

Enjoyed poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Label is updated from that which is above, now covered w/ hops.:-)

(Edit to mention this is now labeled as an APA.)

Photo of tut2528
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A: pours a nice rusty orange color with moderate transparency and a fill fingers worth of thick foamy head formation. carbonation is high and lacing is fantastic

S: nice high hop profile with a strong barley note. subtle hints of tropical fruits (predominately grapefruit with a light touch of apricot) help create and i also pick up on a slight caramel sweetness.

T: caramel sweetness with bitter hops (more on the piney side). still decent amount of fruits (mostly grapefruit and orange peel)... fairly basic with a crisp finish

M: on the lighter side of medium body. leaves a nice bitterness on the palate with some sweetness from the caramel.

O: pretty basic and straight forward, but nicely balanced and well rounded. solid brew.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a paper thin head great lacing however. Aroma is dank, great in yo face hop aroma and nothing else, this is my kind of ipa! Taste is different than what I'm used to. Hops are right up front but it finishes with guava or some sort of tropical fruit, different and I like it! Smooth and refreshing, I really like this different ipa!

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

12 oz bottle dated 4-27-12. Poured into a shaker.

A - Deep gold to blonde. Big white head recedes to a quarter-inch foam leaving intense lacing. Appears lightly carbonated.

S - Enormous aroma. Tangerine with slight passionfruit note, grassy background. Certainly fresh.

T - Lightly toasted biscuit with slight carbonation bite up front. Transitions to a caramel and resiny hop mid with intense tangerine flavor. Ends with a nice toasted bread note and hoppy bitterness that lingers only slightly. Finish is neither dry nor sweet but "just right".

M - Medium to light body with corresponding carbonation. Oily slickness from hop resins noted.

O - An excellent exampleo f the style, and the freshness really helps. One of the best quaffing IPAs around.

Notes: Re-review. Did not reread my old review prior to posting this.

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

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. This is a pretty big beer for being a single IPA. Beer served in a Becker pint glass. Beer is amber and partially clear. Moderate carbonation and a decent head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is kind of fruity and moderately bitter. Not much malt.

The beer itself is mildly malty. Forward flavors are mostly sweetness but there is some nice citrus fruits on the midpalate and then on the back end there is a great deal of bitterness. Not my favorite IPA but a greatly drinkable one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to phaleslu for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear medium apricot with a two-finger white head. Nice retention and plenty of lacing on the way down. Nose carries some bright citrus notes plus a bit of a tropical character. Nice orange and tangerine to go along with a bit of mango. The hop character isn't as strong in the flavor, but there's a nice bitterness to the finish. Fairly dry after a light body. All around this is very well done.

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine mixed in. Almost overpowering.

T: Starts with an initial bitterness of citrus and pine with a bit of malt to smooth things out. Has a clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. Spot on.

F: Medium body, crisp but quite smooth. No real hint of the Alcohol. Excellent balance.

O: Great IPA. I would love to have this from tap.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done. Moderate caramel malt with some light sugary notes. Juicy grapefruit hops bitterness, a little tangy at first, then settling in for a smooth bitter finish. I was surprised to see that this is 8%, as the ETOH was well integrated in the flavor profile, and this is a deceptively drinkable beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Reviewed with no knowledge of the beer's rating.

This is the A-IPA

A coppery red color. Creamy off-white head-- 2 fingers with great retention and lacing.
This is bitter smelling-- grapefruit and a touch a pine. Very nice aroma. Almost a hint of some weed. Maybe not the best weed, but like that nickel bag you found in your closet that was 3 years old.

Decent bitterness on the finish. The up front sweetness is wiped out by the hops--- but finishes mild. I could drink 6 of these with out any problem.

A medium body is just right. Solid carbonation level.

Photo of wnh
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled with love on 05/17/2010

Pours a muddled amber-copper color topped by a large thick and creamy light tan head. Head recedes to a thin, bubbly film, but leaves decent chunks of lace.

Lots of pine resin and leafy hops on the nose, balanced slightly by sweet citrus. Quite pungent, hinting at double IPA--not unexpected at 8% ABV. Fresh and inviting, hop-forward but not really 'big'; relatively subtle for the style, but not mild.

Pungent--almost medicinal--hops on the front of the palate, with a quick there-and-gone biscuity malt note about two-thirds into the sip. Finishes with a dry and earthy blend of clay, dried leaves, molasses or something similar, and perhaps a hint of old leather. Interesting. Brightened just a touch by a clean lemon juice note. Quite complex, but again subtle. Mint/herb blend on the fade.

Medium bodied, leaning toward heavy. Mostly firm. Low-ish carbonation. Not the specific beer I thought Schlafly would put out for the style, but it's good, and certainly unique. Not an everyday IPA, but nice for a change. Seems not quite American, not quite English.

Photo of AD17
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with love on 01/17/2013.

Light copper amber color with millions of fine particle floaties held in suspension. Impressive white cap of soapy foam, and it holds up like the truth.

Clean citrus hops in the nose with juicy notes of grapefruit and apricot. Hints of peach and orange. Has a crystalline sugar sweetness. Some floral notes and a rye-like spicy malt base that offers up half-sweetness and half-toastiness. Excellent nose.

Immediately picking up floral and citrus hops with a tinge of spiciness. Rye malts, maybe? Seriously? Sweet Georgia peach and white grapefruit and treacle (from the malts). Only moderately bitter. Tender fruits carry out in the finish with some oily green notes. Dry-hopped to all hell and this is the magic to show for it.

Medium-to-hefty body for the style. Nice and juicy. Still has a next level of carbonation bubbling through this one. I love it when a delicious IPA is super easy to drink.

Super-impressed by this one. Would certainly recommend this one.

Photo of HubrewJr
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super hop bite, really puts and emphases on the bite. only rated at 50 IBU but should be 150 IBU. Good appearance standard colors, good carbonization. Has a good hop nose, but it allows you to under estimate the hop bite by having a low hop aroma. i like it as a Mega Hop Beer but if u are expecting anyhting similar to a American Pale ale you will be saddly mistaken as i was.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several samplings of this recently, first time reviewing.
Bottled on 5/3/2011.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright orange with a light golden haze to it. Ample foam at first, fading to a skim later on with some trails of visible carbonation.

Pungent earthy hops, green tea, grapefruit citrus in the aroma. Early on there was a hint of sweet melon or cantaloupe.

Soft feel with light and creamy carbonation, a big tangy grapefruit flavor also lends some moderate bitterness. Fresh cut grass, leafy herbal hops. Starts out with a flash of sweetness, hints of pale malt in the middle, finishing with a dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Classic hop forward IPA, fresh with distinctive citrus hop flavor and aroma. Will enjoy the rest of the six-pack, but didn't really find it as compelling as some did.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to copper in color. The beer has a 1.5 finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick film with a couple of thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Heavy aromas of citrus hops, both grapefruit and orange, with some moderate aromas of caramel malts and a lighter note of passionfruit tropical hops in the end of the nose. Smells really fresh.

T: There is a good amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer. The beer starts out with some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by huge flavors of citrus hops - tons of orange and grapefruit. Lighter notes of passionfruit tropical hops in the finish. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: This is a very good American IPA, very enjoyable with a really nice taste and smell. Not a sessionable beer since it is a little high in ABV but it is a really enjoyable beer. Glad I bought a six pack of this one as I have a few more that I can enjoy.

Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: bright, clear, new copper penny with a sustained, foamy white-head. There was a tremendous amount of lacing on the glass.

One of the most impressive dry-hopped IPAs I have encountered: strong resinous aroma with hints of citrus coming through and some tangy malt aroma.

This is quite a balanced IPA with a solid dose of American hop bitterness that is tempered by the tanginess of the malt. The piney, resiny flavor assaults the tongue but fades gently for a buttery and sweet flavor that again gives way to a little more hop bitters on the back of the tongue. I am not detecting much citrus on the palate which is unfortunate.

The mouthfeel is quite refreshing but thicker than your typical IPA with a rather creamy feel. It is interesting that ultimately this IPA leaves a faint sweetness on the palate.

Except for the American hops used, this one comes close to a strong, British style IPA. It strikes a fine balance between the astringent hop bitterness and a mild malt profile. Freshness is important for this style, and my bottle was only a month old.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 5/20/10, sampled 6/22. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured an orange/gold with two fingers of white head. Big citrus hop aroma with some malt sweetness that comes through as it warms. Pretty dank aroma. Solid malty base without being too sweet. Medium bodied. Pretty aggressive hop bitterness, green without being vegetal. Fairly drinkable for the ABV and hoppiness. If you are a hop fan, get some of this while it is still around.

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.

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