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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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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a light honey color. Crystal clear and 1 finger off slightly offwhite head. Excellent retention.

S - A very sweet floral smelling beer. Thre are hints of citrus in the background. Definately pick up some lemon smells. Not much maltiness to this beer. Its all hops!

T -Just like it smells. Very floral on the front with some pineyness to it. There are hints of citrus as well.

M - This is a great thick beer. One of the highest ratings I have given on Mouthfeel. It has a lot of body to it. You know you are drinking a big beer!

O - A very good IPA. Definately one for hop heads. I would have liked to see it a little more balanced with more malt presence. Still a great beer and one I will be picking up again

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Photo of ckollias
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of craft beer glass.

A: Pours a clear orangish hue with a big, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a frothy lace.

S: Hops, citrus, malt and pine aroma.

T: Similar to the smell and good mix of bitter hops and sweet malt with a solid citrus and pine background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent I PA – Good balance between the hops and malt.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The old review machine is chugging along - 2x the reviews in one night!

Schlafly American IPA; 12 oz bottle; bottled on 3/4/13; poured in to my new Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku

A - Nice amber color on the pour, cloudy with sediment. Unfiltered, so not anything unexpected. Two finger head with nice retention and lacing upon receding.

S - Hops, hops and hops. Is this an American IPA - oh yes it is. Piney dank resinous hops on the nose - there is no way to avoid it. Simcoe is very evident: read - cat piss (I don't mind).

T - A bruiser, if you don't like the bitter assault of piney, dankey, resinous american hops - this beer is not for you. The finish has a nice little sweet malt backbone to complement the strong hop front.

M - Puckering, abrasive, astringent. I tend to like these things and will come back again and again...and again.

O - A well made strong, assertive IPA. A unique take on its own that is not West Coast, not East Coast - just American.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish shaped pint glass.

Golden amber with 3 fingers of white head. Excellent retention leaving behind thick ringlets of lacing. Low-moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy with active yeast sediment floating around.

Papaya, pineapple, mango, candied orange and pine.

Papaya, mango, candied orange and drops of pineapple juice. Bready malts with notes of honey and pale candy sugars. Finishes with red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest and pine needles with just a hint of onion.

Medium bodied, oily, crisp, bitter and dry.

Tropical fruits, citrus fruits and resinous pine backed by bready malts and candy sugars. Nicely balanced while keeping some residual bitterness. This IPA has it going on!

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Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of DrStiffington
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of HeadyHopper32
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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.


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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sending this my way, Shagtastic!

Clear dark orange with a nice, stiff, persistent head of eggshell white head. Leaves the glass lined with regular lacing. Very pretty IPA.

Very nice hoppy aroma: bright citrus and some tropical fruit presence. Just a bit of bready sweetness.

Moderately bitter flavor, pushed up against citrus and bitter melon and mango fruit characteristics. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and disappearing.

Exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of tut2528
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A: pours a nice rusty orange color with moderate transparency and a fill fingers worth of thick foamy head formation. carbonation is high and lacing is fantastic

S: nice high hop profile with a strong barley note. subtle hints of tropical fruits (predominately grapefruit with a light touch of apricot) help create and i also pick up on a slight caramel sweetness.

T: caramel sweetness with bitter hops (more on the piney side). still decent amount of fruits (mostly grapefruit and orange peel)... fairly basic with a crisp finish

M: on the lighter side of medium body. leaves a nice bitterness on the palate with some sweetness from the caramel.

O: pretty basic and straight forward, but nicely balanced and well rounded. solid brew.

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Photo of MRAnderson
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this beer rather aggressively and it still left little head which was surprising to me seeing this brew is under the Imperial area as far as ABV goes. The beer has a very coppery deep dark golden hue to it, and it seems to be hazy as you hold it up o the light but as i pull it away, it appears more clear. This is probably some Hop sentiment in there which is more visible under the light. The beer to me appears to be a double IPA but it is isnt of course..this is a nice looking IPA.

S: Holy Cow this smells so similar to Hop Slam it is scary! I am picking up on Pineapple, mango skin, peach, papaya and a little bit of orange zest..The sweet malts come through and the more i smell this, the more it smells like Hop Slam! Needless to say this beer smells amazing!

T:Lots and lots of hops on the very front end and then all the sudden the sweet malts and delicious tropical fruit undertones take over my palate taking them away to the place they were grown..SO hoppy and soooo sweet with some alcohol on the back end enhancing these amazing flavors. This beer tastes so much like Hop Slam and i am loving every sip of it! Fresh piney mango skin with a tad bit of meat left on it from peeling it! so delicious.

M: Medium mouth feel here nothing really special going on but that doesnt take away from the taste and aroma of this brew.

O: pick this beer up if you see it! its cheaper than Hop Slam and its very comparable! IT is an amazing IPA but it drinks similar to a DIPA, this is a fantastic beer and its one of the best i have had in a long time(since Hop Slam)..

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Photo of sommersb
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 02-23-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 01-29-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Grace's, Nashville

Pours a clear copper beer capped with an off-white head of more than 3 fingers. Lacing and head retention are both very good.

Aromas are big and hoppy, with mainly floral hops plus some citrus. Very pleasing

The taste kind of surprisingly starts with a heavy dose of caramel malts since I didn't really pick them up in the smell, but this is quickly matched by a heavy dose of cirtusy hop bitterness. Very nice balanced, with the scales tipping in favor of the hops. Also has some fruity elements.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation and a medium body, with the finish being bitter from the citrus hops.

Overall a delightful IPA from Schlafly. The crafting of the malts and hops make this more than just a one-dimensional hop vehicle.

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

Self diagnosed hop head so don't take this to heart if you're not

Appearance is usual light golden hue

Smell is wonderful, very sweet hints if tropical fruits with slight astringency

Taste starts sweet and ends with slight ipa bite, not much bitterness in this one more on the sweet side, could pound a few of these!

Overall great ipa these second schlafly special release I've had, can definetly draw comparisons to the Tasmanian ipa, seek this one out very sessionable brew

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