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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: 902
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 52
Gots: 95 | 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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Ratings: 902 | Reviews: 238
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 spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hops are very pronounced in the taste and contribute flavors of citrus along with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hop presence is strong enough so that the aftertaste makes your mouth feel dry.
O: This is a great beer if you really enjoy hops and bitterness in your IPAs.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that leaves a shard or two of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit and pine

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, as it lays the backbone for the hops; interesting hop profile that is more tropical fruit than citrus or pine, bringing passion fruit, pineapple and mango along with a hint of onion; the caramel lingers in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a crisp and refreshing American IPA

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity to re-visit

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice hoppy beer that drinks much more like an Imperial Pale Ale than a standard one.

The standard copper/golden hue shows bubbly carbonation that builds a fluffy white head, retains well, and with great lacing.

Aromas of citrus and hop resins fill the nose in a smooth and less dominating way. Crisp graham cracker malts work to balance the aroma but the hop contributions are a bit strong for that. Alcohol and esters give a unique complexity to the beer and is a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavors balance quite well. Light and crisp malty, lightly caramel flavors are offset by citrus hop bitterness. Those citrus flavors show a nice blend of grapefruit, orange rinds, light acidity, and mild pine and hop resins. Alcohol flavors rise in the finish with light nail polish remover tastes and light fruitiness.

Moderately malty mouthfeel early, but the creamier textrues disipate quickly for a dry malty and smoothly bitter finish.

Although the hop/malt profile is balanced similarly in the way that is expected of APA's, the alcohol and body of the beer steps well into IPA and nearly DIPA strength. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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 zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a two-finger tan head of thick bubbly foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and citrusy hops. There was a burnt toast malt aroma, too.

T - Great spicy hop character with notes of pine. It has sweet caramel and burnt toast malt to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is pretty easy drinking despite a high ABV.

D - This is a really good IPA. I hope this becomes a regular brew in the Schlafly lineup.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Pours a creamy white almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing over hazy nectar orange color.

Nose brings hops, light citrus and bit of grapefruit, touch earthy and floral even, and slight candy hop. There is also a decent sweet malty aroma.

Taste starts with more fresh hops, slight citrus and hints of grapefruit, quite a bit of spicy and slight earthy hops. Nice bitterness. As the hops continue slight fruity hops and touch of pine, and a nice tangerine and almost juicy peach. Some malts balance it nicely with a touch of sweetness. Finishes nicely biter with lingering spicy and fruity hops, slight dryness but lingering malts, and a bitterness that almost wants to get astringent but doesn't.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops all over the map but nice flavors, and a nice malty balance, a bit more aroma would really put this on a whole new level.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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