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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: 866
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 52
Gots: 83 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/14/2013

A: Pours a beautiful clear ruby. Huge, fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin fluffy bits of lacing behind. Top notch head retention though, never fully fades and easily stirred back to life.

S: Lots of caramel sweetness backs up some nice oranges and tropical fruits. Like smelling candied fruits. Nice.

T: Again, more sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Mango is prominent, maybe some apricot in there? Nice caramel to sweeten everything up. Sweetness fades into the finish, leaving a bitter wave of dried citrus. Almost orange peel-ish. Very nice.

M: Nice medium body, sweet but not syrupy.

O: I'm a sucker for tropical fruit hoppiness in an IPA. Schlafly's TIPA has it in spades, and this one isn't too far behind. This is a bit mellower and sweeter than TIPA but still delicious. More of a balanced IPA than a huge hop bomb; super drinkable as a result. Really quite nice to drink, I enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately clear amber color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade, retaining itself decently. Lots of lacing on the glass, too.

S: There's a nice amount of mango, papaya, grapefruit, and herbs on the nose, with enough malt to balance. I love the Simcoe-forward nature of this one. Develops an onion-y note after warming up, and that's a good thing.

T: Again, this really showcases Simcoe hops well. It starts with some mild, unsweetened tropical fruits, before it develops a strong piny, herbal tone near the finish and aftertaste. The finishing bitterness might put some off, but who cares?! Give me more.

M: No annoying syrupy linger or overdone malt sweetness here, yet at the same time, it's not wrecking the palate with bitter dryness. As such, it's nicely crisp, not to mention superbly drinkable.

O: This might be my favorite pine-forward IPA to date. It kind of reminds me of Troegs Perpetual IPA with its crisp finish and Simcoe-heavy nature, which is always a good thing.

Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a brilliant medium copper color with a pillowy 2 inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky, spotty lacing.

Resin, pine, and grapefruit leap from the glass. Fresh cut grass and onion accompany bready caramel malt. Earthy and floral hop notes emerge late.

Caramel sweetness forms the backbone of the flavor profile, fairly bready and toasty, even into the finish. Underpinnings of resin, grass, catty hops, and slightly muted grapefruit are evident throughout. Resiny bitterness closes out the flavor. The balance is decidedly bitter. Onion, a hint of mint, and pine surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a tad full, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Great toasted caramel malt presence to support the hop character. Hop flavor isn't quite as prevalent our complex as aroma. The dominant character ends up being resiny bitterness, but there's enough malt sweetness to prevent it from being offensive.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Fairly fresh hops, slightly resiny with some grapefruit, clean cracker malt backbone.

L: Light burnt orange, some little floaties, white head that dissipates. Some lacing.

T: Mango hops up front followed by a sweet, slightly caramel malt. Bright citrus hops flavor permeates. Medium high, slightly tart mango bitterness with some dank notes in the taste. Finishes semi-dry with residual caramel and bitter mango.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, definitely has some citra or other new world hop in it with the big mango notes.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-copper color with a thick one finger off white head. The head sits atop the brew for quite a long time, eventually fading down to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a very pleasant blend of lighter fruits and citrus hop. The fruits are heaviest of a tropical nature with lots of tangerine and mango, but these are mixed with some lighter apricot and peach aromas as well. The hop out does the fruit ever so slightly in potency, bringing a nice grapefruit hop aroma mixed with a light earthy hop smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and more malty flavor with some of the fruit that was detected in the nose. The fruit however is light in potency and consists mostly of the apricot and peach with little or no tropical mango. Also upfront is a decent presence of grapefruit hop which grows stronger as the taste advances. While the grapefruit gets stronger the fruity flavors fade some, with the bready flavors remaining ever vigilant and constant throughout. Toward the end, other hop flavors of a pine and grassy nature come to the tongue with a very small amount of a sugary sweetness, leaving an overall grapefruit bitter, but still somewhat smoother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the creamier and chewier side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The thicker and chewy body is very nice for the bready and fruit flavors of the brew, with the carbonation keeping the grapefruit from producing too much bitterness on the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall it is a nice combination for the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a good dose of grapefruit hop that is balanced out by a moderate bready and fruity base. Not a bad brew to sit back and enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this IPA. I wish it wasn't a seasonal. Nice big fluffy head. The smell is nice, nothing crazy, but maybe it's my nose. It's the taste where this one stands out. Big hop bomb, just like I like my IPAs at times. This one delivers. Bitter, citrus, tangy, tasty. Love it!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent orange, slight carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Mild malt, good deal of hops citrus and grass.

T-Starts with nice blend of malt notes, had citrus and grass hops notes. Then a nice hop bite and bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and hop resins.

O-A wonderful IPA, if this beer was year round it could be a great go to beer. Put a must pick up when it is fresh.

Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with love on 01/17/2013.

Light copper amber color with millions of fine particle floaties held in suspension. Impressive white cap of soapy foam, and it holds up like the truth.

Clean citrus hops in the nose with juicy notes of grapefruit and apricot. Hints of peach and orange. Has a crystalline sugar sweetness. Some floral notes and a rye-like spicy malt base that offers up half-sweetness and half-toastiness. Excellent nose.

Immediately picking up floral and citrus hops with a tinge of spiciness. Rye malts, maybe? Seriously? Sweet Georgia peach and white grapefruit and treacle (from the malts). Only moderately bitter. Tender fruits carry out in the finish with some oily green notes. Dry-hopped to all hell and this is the magic to show for it.

Medium-to-hefty body for the style. Nice and juicy. Still has a next level of carbonation bubbling through this one. I love it when a delicious IPA is super easy to drink.

Super-impressed by this one. Would certainly recommend this one.

Photo of HeadyHopper32
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Burnt orange. Hazy and unfiltered. Nice dense white head.

S- Candied fruits. Sweetness from the malt comes through. Very tropical overall.

T- Big tropical fruit coming through on the middle and front of the tounge. Back of the tounge gets hit with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Very well balanced. No trace of alcohol.

M- Light for an ipa this balanced. Slightly watery; would be nice in the summer. It does leave a decent coating behind.

O- Great find at my local store in NJ. This particular batch was bottled 24 days ago. Very fresh, excellent flavor. Could be a staple IPA if it was a year round release.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.