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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,038
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 57
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 247 | Hads: 1,038
Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to HosP for sending me this one. Bottled 5/27/2011.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apple juice amber with a couple fingers of off-white head that faded into a fuzzy film that left a few patching of lace clinging to the glass.
S: Light notes of biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. Hops are full of citrus but a bit muted on the nose.
T: Moderate citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit, with a good dose of balancing malt doughy malt. Finish is a bit sweet and also lightly bitter. I get some mint and pine in there as well.
M: Medium body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and even carbonation.
O: A solid easy drinking ipa with a good sweetness to bitterness ratio. I wouldn’t mind knocking back a few of these. Thanks again Mark.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright clear gold, minimal head, appears bubbly, no retention

S: grapefruit, apricot, pine, and caramel. Starts fruity and becomes rather earthy and bitter towards the back.

T: the tastes follows the order of the smell. Starts off with a touch of sweetness with fruity notes such as orange and apricot. Waves over bitterness then take over with sturdy notes of resinous pine. Finish features the malt backbone. Well balanced.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: nice solid and drinkable IPA. The alcohol content is well hidden beneath a nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky apricot, not much head nor lace.

S - Fruity, citrus and tropical.

T - Definitely grapefruit, some tropical, nice sweet malt.

M - Medium to full body, good carb, maybe a little too balanced to the sweet in the end.

D - Like it, but maybe not all night.

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Photo of aficionado
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow-amber body with a tinge of orange. Lots of lacing and fizzy carbonation.

Very aromatic and intoxicating with smooth pine and grapefruit. Noticeable malt presence, but it doesn't detract from the amazing bouquet of hops. Fruity and floral on the palate with strong sticky notes of grapefruit, honeydew melon, pineapple, apricot, and peach.

Definitely one of my top 5 regular IPA's. Forget Flower Power, Racer 5, and Sculpin... I wish I could get Schlafly IPA regularly in NJ.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed on 6/10/11

A: bright orange with some reddish tints. hazy. nice white head turns down to a simple lace.

S: the citrus is pungent. a bomb of American hops. the malt can hardly work its way through all these hops. smells more like a west coast IPA then something out of Missouri.

T: big time citrus flavor follows the nose smoothly onto the palate. a very present malt body works with the hops to give a very balanced beer. nice.

M: soft and smooth are very delicious.

D: nice to see something this west coasty from the Midwest. very appreciated and very drinkable.

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Photo of javaj1979
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful bright dark orange with white foam. Smells like sweet grapefruit. Taste is initially sweet but then bursts with hoppy grapefruit flavor. Crisp and very hoppy. Long bitter finish. So smooth and flavorful. This beer is dangerous because it's so easy to drink and so tasty but hides its high alcohol content. Very well made beer. I wish Schlafly would brew this beer year round. It's world class.

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Photo of HosP
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from nlabruyere. Poured 12 oz into FFF pint glass.

A- Pours slight hazy, little darker orange. One finger white head that keeps a thin cap throughout the drink.

S- Lots of citrusy hops. Some piney hops come in at the end to give a nice clean refreshing smell.

T- Citrus hops up front. Some orange, peach maybe, nice flavors starting out. Pine hops come through some in the middle with some good bitterness. Stays through to the end to finish very nice.

M- Medium body, good carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

O- Very nicely done here. Nothing overdone, but right on what I want from an IPA. Very refreshing, could easily pick up a 6 pack of this and easily consume pretty quickly. Thanks Nate for the beer!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint glass.

A white cream off white head is poured with some very fast rising carbs in the body. Body is almost orange but mostly a dull dark yellow perhaps pale amber. Good lacing is visible while drinking, looks good to go, have to admit that body color is very interesting.

Giant fruit apricot on the nose, with peach, and a faint citrus hop bent. There's even some slight honey notes here. Fantastic.

Upon taste is a quick malt sweetness, but then that apricot takes over along with it's hop citrus notes in the palate. Great sweet fruit of apricot, peaches, with a mouthwatering finish of honey and lingering sweet without the syrupy thickness. Just a bit sweet though, could tone just down an inch.

Overall, exceptional drink here. Love the feel, nose and just great tasting brew. Goes down like nothing and so tasty.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a one finger white head. Good retention and moderately dense lace.

Nose is nicely hoppy with dark greens, mint and floral tones atop the bright grapefruit core. Very tropical too with lots of mandarin orange.

Palate mirrors the good balance of the nose. A mild malt and lots of hop bitterness. Definitely an emphasis on the fruity flavors here- pretty papaya notes and a near perfect yellow grapefruit essence brings about the moderately long and juicy finish.

Overall, I'm very impressed. The bigtime grapefruit and tropical tones are perfect for the summertime and I'll probably have a sixer of this in my fridge just about all through the season.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a nearly translucent amber/orange with two full fingers of dense,bone white foam that remained for a few minutes before coming to rest as a thin ring of loose bubbles.

S-This has a lot of the characteristics associated with Sauvignon Blanc on the nose.Uric acid("cat pee"),grass,lime and grapefruit.There is a slight biscuit quality to the malts with a touch of toffee-like malt as well.

T-Bright and bitter with a slight syrupy sweetness.Tart citrus,grassy hops,sharp pine,a honey/toffee sweetness,some floral qualities and an overall pleasing complexity.

M-Slightly unctous,tart,dry and mildly floral.Maybe a tad thin.

O-A really nice local IPA that I wish was a year round offering from Schlafly.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body sits in the pint glass with a nice, orange hue and a small, white head that retains awfully well. Clear as can be with nice carbonation, not the best looker of the batch but certainly gets the job done. That's a good thing considering that the nose does nothing for me. The earthiness is overblown to create a pungent, unsatisfying scent without much to back it up. Not repulsive, but not impressive in the least.

Thankfully, its a completely different monster on the tongue. Smooth, easy body rests on the tongue with a refreshing kick of hoppiness. Flavors of grass, light citrus, and a sweet underbody hide any trace of that alcohol that might have snuck in through the back door. Drinking a couple of these would prove no challenge, which is surprising for the sharp hop character.

Overall/notes - None-too-shabby American IPA. Redeems Schalfly after the rather mediocre English version they put out earlier this year. Had this on-tap as well, and enjoyed it even more then, but never bothered to take notes. So it goes...

Worth tasting if you can get it.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a widemouthed tulip, deep orange color, slightly hazy. thin white head, looks good.

nose is tangerines, grapefruit, lemon, pretty much a bouquet of great american hops.

big citrus hop flavor in the taste, tangerines, slight lemon rind, really delicious. tastes like sweet tangerines with just a balancing hint of bitterness. this beer really nails it. although this really reminds me of tangerines, the hop flavor is so complex. tropical and citrus fruit balanced

mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too thin. pretty drinkable. this is a great ipa. up there with sculpin and headhunter. tons of hop complexity balanced by a touch of sweetness. gotta stock up on this while it's out.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly darker yellowish gold with ample head, that laces well. Head is white in color, four fingers, with tight bubbles. Disspates rather quickly. Smell is primarily floral, with a hint of citrus. Taste leads with some sweetness and the floral and citrus hop profile lingers in the finish. Feels light to medium bodied and has a some crispness, not too dry. Overall this beer grew on me as I finished the glass. In the end I rather enjoyed it and found it to be a great offering in the style. I will look for this in the future from Schlafly.

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Photo of Mark000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color bordering on orange with just slight haze.

S: Immediately hit with grassy, piney hops followed by citrus (pineapple and grapefruit). I also detect a little orange peel.

T: Really, really nice combination of pine and citrus. This is all about the hops. The malt must be there to keep the bitterness in check, but it's hard to detect.

M: Generally on the lighter, crisper side but it leaves behind some nice oily hop / resinous feel that I love. The alcohol is well hidden. It's all I can do to keep from knocking this back quickly and reaching for more.

O: I have been waiting for this years release to try this, and It did not disappoint. I'll be going for another growler fill.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a one finger off white head that quickly recedes to a lacing.

Smell: Nice and fruity, a little sharp on the malt side. A little on the sweet side.

Taste: Sweetness hits me first then some citrus and a strong malt backbone. Much different from the normal IPAs hitting the market now and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little too full bodied for the style, then again the abv is bordering on DIPA status here, this is one of those inbetween beers.

Overall: Nice and different from the more mainstream hyped up IPAs out there. I would not make it a regular (partially due to the price).

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Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/3.

A: Pours hazy golden/orange with 2-3 fingers of white head. Thin film and nice, sticky lacing.

S: Weird smell here, almost burnt. To be honest, it almost smells like my grandmother's hair after a perm. I can get a little of the hops underneath it..citrus and tropical fruit. I can tell that I'd really like the smell if not for the off smell on top of it. Weird.

T: Taste isn't as bad or burnt as you'd expect from the nose. The off taste is here for sure but just not as strong. Grapefruit, pine and a little peach. Seems like toasted malts in there. Pretty bitter finish.

M: On the thin side, but not bad. Dry.

O: I'm thinking this may just be a bad batch or case based on previous reviews from other bottling dates. I want to try this again from another batch to make sure I'm not going crazy on this. If it's better, I'll come back and edit this review.

Edit: Must have been a fluke 6 pack because I'm drinking another from the same bottling date and it's as it should be. Nice citrus and grassy hops smell. Very tasty beer and probably the best that I've had from Schafly.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi-cloudy, deep orange body, 1 finger head, patchy lacing

S: big citrus (pineapple, peach/mango) with clean pine aroma

T: sweet peach front, pine middle, slow sticky long bitter finish

M: medium body, very slick/oily mouth

O: WOW, Schlafly surprised me with this offering. Outstanding beer, the ABV is well hidden, aching to gulp this fine brew.


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Photo of phenry
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, bottled on May 26.

A: Pours golden brown with a foamy finger thick head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hops. Fruity and citrus, not much pine in this one, but it's a nice undertone.

T: This is by far one of the best tasting IPAs that I've had. You can definitely pick out the Amarillo and Simcoe hops they use, and at 7.2% abv it's an incredibly easy drinker.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: All in all, an exceptional IPA from an exceptional brewery. It's a shame it's only a seasonal release. If you're ever in the Midwest during summer and like IPAs be sure to pick some up.

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Photo of bfields4
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-straw yellow. Decent head a little frothy not tight, but good lace.

Nice hop aroma mostly floral and pine with some citrus lingering. Very light caramel malt.

Bitterness hits first but a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops. A touch of citrus is present, but much like the aroma the piney herbal hops are much more in play here.

Crisp easy drinker good IPA. nice mouth feel. I've been drinking a lot of Stone's IPA lately and it's very reminiscent (good thing). You can probably snag this one fresh easier than Stone if you're in the midwest, so I'd say keep an eye out in this part of the country.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 4-26-11. Poured into a pint glass. A small 1 inch head of white bubbly foam that disappears quickly. Light amber in color. Transparent. Carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is great. Fruit and hops. Grapefruit. Lemons and oranges. Nice resinous nw hops. Taste is great upfront. FInish is a little dry and gives a strong taste of either yeast or wheat. A little unpleasant. Thin to medium body. A little easy drinker for a 7.2% ABV. Nice brew for Schlafly, this is by far my favorite brew from them. Nice job.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 4/26/11. Poured into a pint glass.

Wow what an awesome beer - Schlafly has done it again. This is easily one of my favorite beers and definitely one of the best IPA's I've had. Wish they made it year round.

A - Poured a hazy dark yellow with a 1 finger head that stuck around awhile, and left nice lacing.

S - Awesome on the nose. Hops galore - with pine, citrus (grapefruit), floral and grass notes.

T & M - Very similar to the smell.. I thought last years had too much of a malt character for an IPA, and this years definitely focuses on the hops. Much improved. Lots of bittering citrus hops up front with a little bit of a sweet malt kick. Very 'juicy' and nicely carbonated. Kind of reminds me a bit of Noble Pils from Sam Adams, but I like this much better. Surprisingly smooth taste for the 7.2% ABV... I had 3 last night with no problem.

Overall - get this beer if you get a chance. It's fantastic. I am a big fan of Schlafly, and I think this is their best beer by far.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly is a regional treasure, being available in only 7 states. This is a special release, so grab it while you can.

IPA fans (like me) will appreciate this murky red-brown ale, with a thick head and thick lacing on the glass. Wonderful.

The nose is deep pine resins. Amazing and intense. The anticipation builds!

In tasting, I get more of the pine, with some sour grapefruit. A fetchingly bitter finish seals the deal. This one's a real winner.

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
90 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.