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Schlafly American IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by Vancer on 09-20-2009

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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 1,044
Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like mango and pine, with some wild honey malt.
T: It tasted like pine and dank herbal hops, with some unripe mango. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a solid west coast IPA, with simple but clean scent and taste. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light golden color makes you want to drink it up. The nose is slightly astringent but also has a sweet and sour note with the fruity esters. Taste is a pleasant bitterness from the forefront that melds into a nice subtle malt backing while the sweetish bitterness is sustained throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is nice smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

This is a tasty beverage with the bitterness bite that has a smooth mouthfeel so its easy going, but packs a nice bite for hop heads.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap Room in St. Louis. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. A little hazy. Nice white head. Sticky lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit. Hint of tropical fruits. Some orange hops. Toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Much less hop complexity. Toasty malt and then a musty bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Finishes dry with a moderate bittetness.

Overall - More impressed by this than any of the other Schlafly beers I tried today. I enjoyed this with my meal.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Pours a pale, gold, amber with nice and consistent rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice piney, citrus pop.

T- As with the smell, you definitely get some tangerine, citrus, and big pine taste. Very well balanced malts in this brew. Tasty stuff. Love the AIPA's.

M - Nice brew on the plate. Just full enough and the right amount of carbonation to tingle the palate. Refreshing yet substantial.

O - Fantastic. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grainy appearance with a lot of carbonation. The aroma is just what you want a American IPA to have, wonderful citrus smell with a bit of piney aroma. Nice taste with a grapefruity and very slight orange, with a good bitter bite at the middle and finish that you want in a good solid IPA. Overall, this was a solid American IPA that I totally stumbled upon and would try again!”

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in a snifter.

The beer has a soapy, white head that builds to a finger's width with a straight down the middle pour. The golden-copper body has amazingly clear clarity.

The nose carries dank aromatics: chive, especially garlic. Light notes of citrus do play around, mainly grapefruit in character. Malt is mainly held out of the way, mostly cracker-like in character.

The flavors of this IPA mimic the nose closely with more dank garlic and chive. Orange and grapefruit do come through, but not boldly. The finish brings a light, piney bite, with some more citrus. Again, malt is held well out of check, not easily discernible.

The feel of this beer is great: medium bodied, drying, long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall I was not expecting this to be such a dank hop forward IPA. The hops also play a huge role, not allowing for any kind of malt to take a foot hold in this offering. It drinks very well though, with a great heft and long drying finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)
clear amber body with good clarity; durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong; unusual hop component is fruity but not citrusy excepting some grapefruit Also rather floral.

Flavor: a bit unusual too. Again, odd fruity component. A hint of vanilla; a touch floral. A good bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the fnish and aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium bodied; medium carbonation that seems a touch low.

O: odd enough that I wonder if there's a quality control issue with this sample.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Cloudy golden-orange color. Fluffy white head, 1-plus finger, that gives up the lacing right away. Fat sticky lacing, to boot. This brew is pretty.

S- Citrus hops are prominent, if not powerful. Some caramel malt, just a touch of pine. The hop aromas are clean and citrusy, I had to look for them.

T-Juicy hops , mainly citrus, lots of grapefruit. Some pineapple, too. Sweet malt gives a nice balance. Very flavorful, strong, unlike the aroma.

M-Hop tang and tingly carbonation. Medium body. Long citrus finish, acidic, not overly bitter. A touch of malt sweetness in the back.

O- It's packed with flavor without being boozy or too sweet. That works.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Rocky off white foam that persists and after a little while reduces to a froth. There is no carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Very herbal with big, bold piney hops

Taste: Piney hops, apples and some kind of fruity aroma.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slick and smooth with a long, hoppy finish

Overall: This was a very satisfying beer that you should enjoy over a period of time. Don't just guzzle this one down. Enjoy it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle date of 1/25/14

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper hue with a good one finger white head that fades to a nice thin blanket. Not any side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice grapefruit and pine. Light mango, flashes of kiwi (which is neat). Very mild malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose though far more restrained. The tropical notes are there just much subdued. Faint mango/pineapple, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Malty sweetness balances it out, lends to an almost melon thing going on. Not too bitter on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nicely carbonated, incredibly incredibly drinkable. Great.

O - Overall, a very solid IPA. Glad I got to try it fresh and enjoy what the brewers were going for.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For starters, this is an absolutely beautiful beer. A clear dusky amber, with about a finger of off white head. Decent retention, and good lacing.

This is going to be compared to their Tasmanian IPA quite frequently (and for obvious and legit reasons). They are both superb IPAs, but the nose is one arena where I feel the TIPA is superior. Vegetal grassy hops, a decent caramel balance, but it's more about the hops. Smell dry, and almost a little blunted. There's some floral and just something underlying it that is... seedy. Not nutty, seedy. Like when you're carving pumpkins, but if you take away the pumpkin parts of the smell: just seedy and stringy and vegetal.

Luckily, the disappointment of the aroma is the only aspect of this beer that underwhelms. The palate brings forth juicy tropical fruits, a bit of sweet citrus, a nice caramel malt to tie it together. There's almost a spicy characteristic (not hot spicy, but hop spicy) that I really enjoy. Shares a lot in common with it's Tasmanian brethren, and this is undoubtedly a good thing.

Crisp, clear, enjoyable, the bitter from the hops is not overwhelming, but just present enough... This is an eminently drinkable beer. I will miss it greatly when it and then I am gone.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/30/14

Appearance: Golden amber color with accents strong on the amber side. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Some sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Pretty subtle aroma. Biggest player is some juicy, soapy, tropical fruity aromas. Slight spices with some really mild, sweet, bready malt tones. Medium bodied bitterness warms up with the beer.

Taste: Big juicy light fruits jump the palate with tones of mangos, kiwiws, oranges, and straw. Mild soap and prairie grass back it up. Bitterness is there but this brew certainly has a soft, sweet presence on the palate.

Mouthfeel: One word came to mind drinking this, crushable. Wouldn't be hard to put the sixer of this down in one night with how easy going it is on the palate. Tons of fruity sweetness if left behind with each drink. Carbonation is mild which adds to the easy going nature here.

Overall: Tasty stuff. One of the best offerings from I've had from Schlafly to date. Gotta say the Amarillo hops win out over the Centennial and Simcoe. Fruity, sweet, easy going.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled 1/21/14
The beer pours a light amber color with a foamy off-white head that laces and provides a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose is hop-forward, fruity, and has a slight booziness. Potent hops dominate the beer's taste with flavors reminiscent of pineapple, pine needles and possibly some mango, but not much distinct citrus (hint of grapefruit?). This beer has a medium body, with overwhelming hops upfront, both fresh and fruity, a modest malty sweetness, mild ethanol presence, and a semi-dry, grapefruit rind, bitter finish. This beer packs a a fresh, hoppy wallop and despite a slightly abrasive lingering finish, drinks quite well.

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Photo of I_eat_beer
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great, hoppy offering with quite a bite but smoother than its ABV would indicate. Overall, a great beer that creates its own sessionability by the end of the first pint. Thin head, great lacing, and a bready aftertaste. Would definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Hazy amber golden with sticky white head and lacing. Huge aggressive piney resin hop aroma with a big maltyness. Its a bot over aggressively sharp for my liking...
Taste is piney resin hop up front but finishes with a nice sweet fruity hop flavor. At first its too much but really finishes nice. Really smooth drinker, dry, and quenching. Nice IPA..on the border with a DIPA, but a really nice mid-coast IPA - a nice blend of sharp hops and sweet hops...

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Big, thick foamy four finger cap that settles down with plenty of lacings on the glass . Bronze, peach in color. No visible carbonation.

Smell of grapefruit , citrusy hops with a hint of pine

Hops! Citrus with a grapefruit essence. Crisp hoppy aftertaste .

Light, medium light mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers.

Wanted an iPa tonight and I picked a winner. Nice hoppy bite and tang with plenty of citrus. Very good iPa that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/ burnt orange with a nice 1 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruity hops, some sweet caramel malts, not a lot of aroma, or anything else.

Taste - First sip, much like the smell, is weak and mild. Light watery hops mixed with a little sweet malt. Some lemon and pine comes out. Really not much else to say.

Mouthfeel - Its light, watered hops hit the tongue along with some sweet malts. Palate gets about the same, with a little lemon flavor. Aftertaste is very weak and watery.

Overall - Very light, basic ipa. Nothing special, nothing stands out about it. Would be a great beer to hand a bud drinker but nothing a ipa fan needs to try.

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 031813 on front of label. Gifted from my neighbor Walker.

A: Peach amber hue with healthy 1-2 finger eggshell head with good retention and loads of fine reticulated lacing.

S: It has a very earthy hops aroma with dank resin and mild pine and some light citrus. There is some melon and floral in there as well. The maltiness does not have much presence in the aroma profile.

T: The earthy, herbal nature of the hops dominates the flavor, and dankness is not really my favorite. The maltiness is lightly caramel but a little bready as well. The alcohol is a subtle cherry flavor in the background with warming. The hops have some floral and melon notes similar to the aroma but a lot more toward the melon and earthy herbal.

M: A very smooth drink with middle of the road carbonation and light-medium body.

O: A great IPA for those that enjoy earthy, herbal, grassy, and melon hop flavor. Not what I look for so not a world-beater for me, but a well made beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured in in tulip shape glass.

Appearance: hazy golden amber with a thin white head.

Smell: The aroma is fairly balance with notes of blueberries, grapes, orange, banana, citrus, piney, and sweet blend of hops. Overall its a fairly pleasant sweet aroma.

Taste: piney and bitter in the front end with nice grape fruit fruity sweet maltiness in the middle and a bitter hoppy end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry hoppy bitter finish.

Overall: This is a great IPA, certainly better than I expected, it's fairly bitter and not really as balanced that I expected from the aroma. Overall This is an outstanding beer and I'm fairly satisfied. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dingy golden coloring with loads of carbonation bubbling inside. Weak, yet bright white head dissipated quickly and had decent lacing.

The scent is weak to a point of watery but some nice undercurrents of malt and pine are deep within. I found a lemony malt scent that was pleasing.

The taste follows suit with a watery taste and feel. A nice malty grain taste with a hoppy floral pine pine taste is also there but is washed away in a torrent of wateriness.

IPAs that claim the code word "Session" seem to mean watery and this is no exception. Low ABV, canned and a decent taste and feel makes this worthwhile for a fishing trip or similar event.

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Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty fresh at less than 1 month old.

The aroma has a wonderful dank sweet peach, tangerine, and mango. A good aroma on this beer.

The taste has pineapple and peach, a bit of citrus and a malt sweetness. The malt however hides the IBUS. This beer really lacks bitterness for an IPA. I prefer my IPAs with a bitterness and drying end. This really does not have that, despite being taste.

This is a pretty balanced and drinkable IPA, but lacking the bitterness and bigger flavors for me.

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Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with a billowy two finger white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Very grassy aroma along with a healthy dose of tropical fruit. There is some toast buried deep underneath that is enough to begin to balance the hops. Quite nice.

The first thing i notice on the taste is overwhelming bitterness. I love a bitter IPA as much as the next guy but this borders on distracting. Tons of grass that can start to become too much. A light touch of tropical fruit but the malt is more buried here. There is a little toast and caramel though along with a continuing strong bitterness through the finish.

Overall, a nice IPA but quite out of balance with the extreme bitterness. Probably not something I would pick up on a regular basis.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from bluewolf17, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear Medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Smells of pine and resin with a hint of garlic and a modest caramel bready malt to back it up. Light earth and a touch of alcohol round out the nose. The flavor is sweet with bready caramel and a solid shot of ethanol. Bitter pine and resin dominate the flavor with a long lingering garlic and ethanol bitterness finishing us off. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA but maybe the flavors are a bit harsh and clashing just a little bit.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled March 27, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy amber with nice little bits floating around, three finger white head that settles to a small cap and leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, lemon, good bit of pine, a little floral, grassy, some bready and caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, lemon citrus, resinous hops, good bit of pine, grassy, some caramel malt backbone, moderate sweetness, moderate to good bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily, good carbonation.

Nice IPA, but not as good as the Tasmanian IPA!

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Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.)

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