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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 46
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Vancer on 09-20-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

CreightonSM, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly transparent but with visible floating sediment. Nice well-formed white head. Sparse visible carbonation. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: It's very catty, with a hint of resin, and some citrus thrown in the mix. It smells very fresh, although it is exactly one month past the date on the bottle. Some alcohol is present in the nose.

T: I get a grapefruit rind right off the bat, then it's followed by a toasted wheat biscuit flavor. It's very bitter. Some alcohol peeps through at times. Catty flavor...

M: Very dry, with lingering bitterness. There is a harshness...a rough edge to the bitterness. It's nothing bad...just something to note.

O: Overall I really enjoyed the beer and I would recommend it. It's very bitter with a good amount of hop character. I think that fans of any style of IPA from any region would enjoy this beer. I know that some IPAs don't really satisfy that "hop fix," but this beer is certain to satisfy any hop cravings.

teromous, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

djmichaelk, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

tlacott1, Mar 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

username, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dt_gbpackersfan, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze to it. On top sat an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some citrus and that foreboding skuny weed smell.

T - It starts out all nice with the citrus flavors. Then it slaps you in the face with skunky bitterness. I think this is a simcoe hops trait, but I am ignorant to specific hop profile save a few.

M - Moderate

O - This IPA does not represent the characteristics that I like. I don't care for the extreme bitterness and skunky taste. Call me a pussy, but I like the citrusy mid-western style IPA's. I am not saying this is a bad beer. Just not to my liking. If you like the real bitter skunk weed IPA's then this is for you.

buschbeer, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jacothom, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

WalterStiffler, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

thebouch01, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

alexknuckles, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

RollBeerTide, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours golden on color with a small white foamy head with decent retention, good lace sticking

S- citrusy and grassy hop resin, sweet cracker-like malt

T- grapefruit citrus-like hop with some lemony grass, sweet-yet-crackery malt backbone, dry finish with pungent citrus hop linger

M- medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel, smooth finish, quite drinkable for nearly 8%.

O- pretty good, borderline DIPA, I did however prefer the 'T' version over this one.

Treyliff, Mar 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

jman005, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinted clear golden color, medium white frothy head.

Smell is bright citrus, mostly orange.

Taste also has that bright orange citrus quality, some lemon zest too maybe, it's almost acidic in the way orange juice is.

Another really good IPA/pale from Schlafly, not quite as good as the TIPA but still good to have around.

7.7/10

AlexFields, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Lisicjm, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

M1k3y, Mar 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

aleckpa, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

hardrock, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

stljimray, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

LambicPentameter, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

elfcounsul, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Schnucks, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 02/05/2013
Glass: Tulip

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.

falloutsnow, Mar 01, 2013
Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.