Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Poured out of a 12-oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled in December 2012, but no freshness date to speak of.
Smell - Grassy, perhaps some notes of bay leaf or even black tea. Seems to be an underlying malty sensation as well.
Taste - Supported by an inherent bitterness throughout, the front is tangy with some citrus notes. The citrus notes evolve into a more distinct grapefruit essence with some coppery twang on the end from the higher ABV. Not bad tasting by any means, but I prefer my IPAs a bit more floral and aromatic.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with a resinous feel but doesn't linger too long on the palate, which is impressive, given the everpresent bitterness.
Overall - A beer that was pretty good, but there are other American IPAs that I would probably reach for first, especially if picking up a sixer. If I was building a custom six pack, this might be a decent include to change it up.
03-03-2013 20:50:25 | More by LambicPentameter
4.03/5 rDev -1%
From: Schnucks, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 02/05/2013
Schlafly's American IPA is a fairly balanced version of the style with fairly noticeable citrus hops. While I enjoy the beer, I find myself thinking more highly of their Tasmanian IPA, due to this one's somewhat cloying sweetness. This is one I'd probably try once a year, but unless the lingering sweetness is resolved, not sure I'd go for more than that.
Produces a 2cm tall head of beige foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, with retention slightly above average, lasting about two minutes in its decline to a thick ring around the glass and a thin veil atop the body. Lacing is excellent, heavy sheets linger around the entirety of the inner glass for the duration of the beer. The body is an orange-amber color, somewhat dark, with light bringing out light copper-orange shades through the hazy (60% opaque) beer. Carbonation is visible, moderate in size and movement.
Aroma is bright, sweet, and yet heavy with tropical and citrus fruit with equally heavy caramel sweetness, somewhat like a heavy, humid, summer night encapsulated in scent. The aroma features the by-now typical Centennial and Simcoe characters: spicy citrus (grapefruit, bitter orange) with faint pine and some tropical fruit (guava, pineapple, mango), along with a pleasantly sweet, bordering on toffee-like, malt backbone.
Opens with a modest caramel-like sweetness along with pine-like hops with hints of tropical fruit juice and mild grapefruit bitterness. Mid-palate features medium-high bitterness with a mix of tropical fruit flavors such as guava, passion fruit, and pineapple, along with spicy citrus (grapefruit, bitter orange), slightly peppery ethanol, and a noticeable caramel-like malt backbone. Back of palate picks up more medium-high levels of bitterness, reduced fruit and malt flavors, and faint hints of ethanol. Closes sweet, actually somewhat cloying, with lingering ghosts of hop bitterness, grapefruit, guava, and orange flavor.
Beer is medium in weight, with carbonation of medium to medium-light intensity. The result is a mouthfeel that is never fizzy, but is moderately foamy and smooth. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness lingering on the palate.
03-01-2013 10:06:55 | More by falloutsnow
4.03/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-28-2013 02:29:35 | More by ehammond1
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-27-2013 00:56:39 | More by tut2528
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
A: I poured this beer rather aggressively and it still left little head which was surprising to me seeing this brew is under the Imperial area as far as ABV goes. The beer has a very coppery deep dark golden hue to it, and it seems to be hazy as you hold it up o the light but as i pull it away, it appears more clear. This is probably some Hop sentiment in there which is more visible under the light. The beer to me appears to be a double IPA but it is isnt of course..this is a nice looking IPA.
S: Holy Cow this smells so similar to Hop Slam it is scary! I am picking up on Pineapple, mango skin, peach, papaya and a little bit of orange zest..The sweet malts come through and the more i smell this, the more it smells like Hop Slam! Needless to say this beer smells amazing!
T:Lots and lots of hops on the very front end and then all the sudden the sweet malts and delicious tropical fruit undertones take over my palate taking them away to the place they were grown..SO hoppy and soooo sweet with some alcohol on the back end enhancing these amazing flavors. This beer tastes so much like Hop Slam and i am loving every sip of it! Fresh piney mango skin with a tad bit of meat left on it from peeling it! so delicious.
M: Medium mouth feel here nothing really special going on but that doesnt take away from the taste and aroma of this brew.
O: pick this beer up if you see it! its cheaper than Hop Slam and its very comparable! IT is an amazing IPA but it drinks similar to a DIPA, this is a fantastic beer and its one of the best i have had in a long time(since Hop Slam)..
02-25-2013 00:41:36 | More by MRAnderson
4.34/5 rDev +6.6%
Tasted On: 02-23-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 01-29-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Grace's, Nashville
Pours a clear copper beer capped with an off-white head of more than 3 fingers. Lacing and head retention are both very good.
Aromas are big and hoppy, with mainly floral hops plus some citrus. Very pleasing
The taste kind of surprisingly starts with a heavy dose of caramel malts since I didn't really pick them up in the smell, but this is quickly matched by a heavy dose of cirtusy hop bitterness. Very nice balanced, with the scales tipping in favor of the hops. Also has some fruity elements.
Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation and a medium body, with the finish being bitter from the citrus hops.
Overall a delightful IPA from Schlafly. The crafting of the malts and hops make this more than just a one-dimensional hop vehicle.
02-23-2013 20:25:04 | More by sommersb
3.99/5 rDev -2%
Self diagnosed hop head so don't take this to heart if you're not
Appearance is usual light golden hue
Smell is wonderful, very sweet hints if tropical fruits with slight astringency
Taste starts sweet and ends with slight ipa bite, not much bitterness in this one more on the sweet side, could pound a few of these!
Overall great ipa these second schlafly special release I've had, can definetly draw comparisons to the Tasmanian ipa, seek this one out very sessionable brew
02-20-2013 16:56:04 | More by Swik
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A- Pours fairly clear golden orange with a nice two finger of a faded white head.
S- Very middle of the country hop profile. A slight astringency and a load of citrus. Very fruity and somewhat floral.
T- Starts off with a surprisingly low hop bitterness. The hops take over the palate and treat you to very citrusy and herbal flavors. A bit of pineapple, lemon and pine but also a lot of onion and grass. A sweet and subtle malt profile. A nice example of a middle of the country IPA.
M- A low bitterness IPA. Easy drinking.
O- A solid IPA, definetely pick up a sixer. Its not as good as their T-ipa but its as solid as they come.
02-19-2013 01:35:10 | More by TwelveOunces
Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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