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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 52
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done. Moderate caramel malt with some light sugary notes. Juicy grapefruit hops bitterness, a little tangy at first, then settling in for a smooth bitter finish. I was surprised to see that this is 8%, as the ETOH was well integrated in the flavor profile, and this is a deceptively drinkable beer.

Photo of lespaulrocker
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark copper/burnt orange, about half a finger tan head which stuck around for awhile, left a medium amount of lacing.

S: Flowery. A little bit of citrus, but mostly flowers.

T: A lot of hops right off the bat, a little bit of sweetness, grapefruit and some other citrus, malts balance it out. Bitter finish, not dry.

M: Lots of carbonation. Maybe a bit too much.

D: Lots of hops, but it's an IPA so you expect that. Fairly drinkable despite it's 8% abv.

Good stuff. I'll drink this one again.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Clear copper pour with a small head and no lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet and bready and there is a nice tropical/flowery hop profile. The flavor is very well balanced between the hops and malt, although neither component is "big." Just a nice, easy drinking IPA with sufficient hop flavor but low bitterness. Would go great with a burger and fries. Carbonation is a bit too high I think. Worth a try if available, but not worth going out of your way for.

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

12 oz bottle, 6/29/10 bottling date, poured into pint glass. thanks to hooliganlife for tossing this in as an extra!

A - Burnt orange with some slightly golden hues towards the bottom. A thin, yet well retained head covers the top of the beer, as a fair amount of lacing accumulates around the glass.

S - Plenty of oily hops with some citrus juiciness and an added punch of malt sweetness.

T - There's some pretty heavy duty hop presence right away, as the juicy grapefruit bounces around the palate. A decent malt backbone lurks underneath the pleasantly noisy hop profile, delivering a welcome amount of sweetness. Everything finishes fairly bitter, but not overly dry, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe a hint of honey (?).

M - Bubbly and bitter, with mid range body.

D - The hops are fairly aggressive, but even with 8% alcohol this goes down really nice.

While it's labeled as an IPA, it's boisterous enough for an imperial, but doesn't go overboard with any of the necessary components. Tasty stuff right here, for sure.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Cubbies pint glass...next year is our year!!

A:Pours a deep copper color with a half of finger worth of head that slowly dies leaving nice lacing down the glass

S:Nice tropical smell(grapefuit, citrus, & mango) with a slight hint of some sweet malts..very inviting

T:Big hops up front, as nose detects, with a small bite that smooths out nicely. Finishes up leaving a oily covering of the palate wanting more

M:Medium bodied with good carbonation

D:A very nicely done brew. Easy to drink, tasty, and another great offering from Schlafly

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

Being from the East coast I hadn't heard of or tried Schlafly's brand until I stumbled upon their A IPA in a Liquor store on Capitol Hill.

A - Deep copper color, 3/4 " head with excellent retention and significant lacing down the glass

S - Sweet malty with citrus or pineapple tones.

T - Good and hoppy with a strong, sweet malty taste. Starts sweet, finishes very hoppy/bitterish. Pineapple, carmel accents.

M - medium body with a good degree of fine carbonation. Not overly active in the mouth but the bubbles hang in to the bottom of the glass.

D - Nice IPA, a touch sweet for me but thoroughly drinkable.

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. This is a pretty big beer for being a single IPA. Beer served in a Becker pint glass. Beer is amber and partially clear. Moderate carbonation and a decent head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is kind of fruity and moderately bitter. Not much malt.

The beer itself is mildly malty. Forward flavors are mostly sweetness but there is some nice citrus fruits on the midpalate and then on the back end there is a great deal of bitterness. Not my favorite IPA but a greatly drinkable one.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich IPA lingering on DIPA territory

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Bright green labels with a hop cone under the name of the brew. Notes "special release", a drinking quote from Benjamin Franklin on the main label, with a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label. Shows date of bottling (05 17 2010)Served in a tulip glass.

A - Murky deep amber pour, 1 1/2" rich frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Citrus and resin in the nose over a fresh malty sense. A bit subdued but nice nevertheless.

T - Hoppy sense with a good malty backbone, not too assertive but not too light. The hoppy profile is nice but end in an also pleasing touch that is more bitter than hoppy. Citrus and resin over a soft malty range with a sweet caramel touch.

M - Medium to medium full body with medium and good carbonation with a creamy flow punctuated by a final bitter rise.

D - Very nice flow, despite not being overtly exciting or assertive in any aspect the overall balance is rather well achieved. With this Alc. level I'd say even a bit too deceptively drinkable.

Notes: Nice "small" bottle from Schlafly, the first I try after quite a few of their big offerings, and it is quite a treat. Worth reaching out for it, and while this was not long from bottling I sure would love to repeat on a fresher offering. As for the American side, patriotism aside, if they want to make a point that this is done entirely with US ingredients, fair enough, not that it that extraordinary in the strong craft brewing landscape, but they should be a bit more explicit about it. In any case this is nothing that undermines a great brew.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6.29.10

This is a beautiful IPA, a clear amber that implies it is walking the in between line of east and west coast IPAs.

Smell: Whoa! This must have been heavily dry hopped. The grapefruit smells tangible, making me want to close my eyes before juice gets squirted in. I probably have to eat this with a fork! The suggestion of malt underneath is overpowered by the citrus and I can't make it out.

Taste: A wealth of grapefruit predominately and dry pine behind it are the major players. I love the lightness of this; it is a little more malt forward than some of the Alpines but with a similar compliment of hops. I would have loved to have tried this a month ago, but as it is, it's spot on.

Overall a lovely beer that I wish I had on hand. Seek it out if you can and try to get a fresh batch.

Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose if fairly attarctive, though I pick up a considerasble amount of sweet malt with the hoppy citrus in this beer. Flavors replicate the nose, and there's no denying that there is a considerable amount of malty sweetness in this beer. The beer has some decent hoppy bitterness as well, but the sweet cherry and candy corn flaovrs are a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly muddled, gritty finish. Drinkability is OK, though the sweetness in this beer, coupled with the fairly high alcohol, detract just a bit.

An OK IPA, but really one that is just not my style.

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

"Bottled with love on: 05 19 2010" 12 ounce bottle. Pours cloudy, dull darker honey amber, frothy and loose medium tan head, that stays and leaves thick and high quality looking froth and lace. Herbal hop nose. Tasty hop bomb of a brew, tastes like a quality Colorado or Calif. IPA, uh yeah, that's a good thing..More herbal, then citric and grainy hops absorb onto the tongue. Malty base providing the 8% undercoating, rich and densely flavorful brew. More then ample yeast coating on the bottom of the bottle, makes things more clouded. Nice job by Schlafly here, quality/solid AIPA

Photo of Jayli
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/6 poured in to a pint glass
Bottled 6/29/2010 - says "Special A, IPA" on the bottle.

A: This beer pours a gorgeous, relatively clear coppoer color with a 1/2 inch of khaki head that recedes rapidly. Minor ringlets of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is massive grapefruit notes! Just big juicy, grapefruit notes with a very minor hint of pine.

T: Taste starts with a big piney flavoring. Some nicely balanced pale malts mingle in the middle. Finish is juicy, fresh grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin at the beginning but has a slightly oily finish.

D: Very well balanced, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick and a very nice represenation of style. This is one damn drinkable beer!

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 06/29/2010. Poured into tulip. Deep, mostly clear amber with moderate beige head. Good lacing throughout. Quite hoppy on the nose - great aroma! As advertised the dry hops are met with some malt on the palate and through finish. A very well-balanced offering - and I am going out on a limb here and will call this awesome! Hope Schlafly makes this a year-round offering. SALUDE to the KINGS OF ST. LOUIS!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Reviewed with no knowledge of the beer's rating.

This is the A-IPA

A coppery red color. Creamy off-white head-- 2 fingers with great retention and lacing.
This is bitter smelling-- grapefruit and a touch a pine. Very nice aroma. Almost a hint of some weed. Maybe not the best weed, but like that nickel bag you found in your closet that was 3 years old.

Decent bitterness on the finish. The up front sweetness is wiped out by the hops--- but finishes mild. I could drink 6 of these with out any problem.

A medium body is just right. Solid carbonation level.

Photo of wspscott
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 5/17/2010

A: A very dark copper color with a light tan head that drops pretty quickly to a thin foam and leaves a medium amount of lace.
S: Lots of hops, definitely dry-hopped, there is an amazing amount of tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) along with a little bit of traditional american hops (citrus and pine). No obvious malt or yeast characteristics.
T: Tropical fruits that obviously provide the bitterness combined with caramel malts. There is some sweetness from the caramel malts, but it combines with what seems like a sweetness from the hops, very strange, but good. There is an amazing amount of hops flavor here, something I think is missing with a lot of IPAs. No hint of alcohol.
M: Medium attenuation and a medium amount of carbonation leads to a "creamy" mouthfeel, slightly on the "rich" side. This makes is difficult to drink super fast, which is a good thing since this could be a very dangerous beer given the alcohol level. To be clear, this is not a sipping beer like an RIS, but it is not watery like some over-attenuated IPAs.
D: A great mix of hops and malts, it is like someone dry-hopped the punch bowl. I finish one, and immediately think about opening another one. This might be one of my new favorite beers. It is not cheap (I think a 6 was 10.99), but it is not so expensive that you have to think about it when you pick it up. If this doesn't turn into a regular offering, I am going to be very disappointed. Highly recommended.

Photo of wnh
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottled with love on 05/17/2010

Pours a muddled amber-copper color topped by a large thick and creamy light tan head. Head recedes to a thin, bubbly film, but leaves decent chunks of lace.

Lots of pine resin and leafy hops on the nose, balanced slightly by sweet citrus. Quite pungent, hinting at double IPA--not unexpected at 8% ABV. Fresh and inviting, hop-forward but not really 'big'; relatively subtle for the style, but not mild.

Pungent--almost medicinal--hops on the front of the palate, with a quick there-and-gone biscuity malt note about two-thirds into the sip. Finishes with a dry and earthy blend of clay, dried leaves, molasses or something similar, and perhaps a hint of old leather. Interesting. Brightened just a touch by a clean lemon juice note. Quite complex, but again subtle. Mint/herb blend on the fade.

Medium bodied, leaning toward heavy. Mostly firm. Low-ish carbonation. Not the specific beer I thought Schlafly would put out for the style, but it's good, and certainly unique. Not an everyday IPA, but nice for a change. Seems not quite American, not quite English.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 5/20/10, sampled 6/22. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured an orange/gold with two fingers of white head. Big citrus hop aroma with some malt sweetness that comes through as it warms. Pretty dank aroma. Solid malty base without being too sweet. Medium bodied. Pretty aggressive hop bitterness, green without being vegetal. Fairly drinkable for the ABV and hoppiness. If you are a hop fan, get some of this while it is still around.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 5/19/2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good for this brew. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the additon of some apricot. Also, this is a pretty balanced brew with the hoppy and malty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Too bad I only bought one bottle of this, because it would be pretty easy to drink more than one of these. IMO, Schlafly is one of the more under-rated breweries out there, and I think this is a good brew. If they ever started distributing to Ohio, I would buy their brews all the time.

Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a two inch yellowed head. There is great head retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is awesome. Huge citrus notes hit me with a heavy grapefruit influence followed by a bit of pine. There is a nice dose of sweet sugar on the nose as well.

The taste is quite nice. Again, big citrus notes mostly grapefruit followed by a bit of pine. The sweetness I get on the nose doesn't translate here, but instead you get a the light bitterness that only an IPA can bring. Really balanced and quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is fantastic and the ABV though moderately high, is easily managed and well incorporated. I could drink the entire 6 pack tonight and I don't think I'd get tired of it either. Well done.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with great thanks to Jeff (Alewatcher) once again.

Pours a cloudy deep copper, nice glow to it, with a two-finger khaki fluffy head. Head settles fairly quickly into a thickish soapy layer on top, with some fairly dense lacing.

Nose has a bit of pine, nice bite to it, with malt showing through underneath as just a bit of caramel-drizzled breadiness.

Taste is well balanced and very tasty. Nice piney hop bite is front and center, but quickly complemented by a malt body that is bready, lightly sweet, just a bit of caramel. Prickly, fairly astringent and dry. Straightforward, tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, prickly and astringent, drying, just a bit sticky.

Drinkability is pretty high. Satisfying and tasty, this isn't a mind-bendingly hoppy bleeding-edge-of-brewing IPA. Instead, it's a highly drinkable, well balanced, very tasty example that would be an excellent everyday drinker. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Photo of imsetfree
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite amongst the Schlafly brews.... my take:

A: deep, dark caramel color, sort of unexpected... thin head that sticks around. but who really cares about appearance? moving on..

S: nice kind of apricot & pine scent

T: very nice, clean flavor - full of hops and fruit, but not a lot of bitterness... the high (8%) alcohol content did not come through whatsoever in the taste

M: this is the one aspect in which the I felt the AIPA was lacking... not enough carbonation for me, so it seemed a little bit thinner than I had expected. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

D: Very nice! I wish I had several more six packs in my fridge, b/c this beer is PERFECT for summertime.

Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours perfectly with over two fingers thick of rocky and sticky light tan head. The body is copper in color and has a slight haze to it.

Aroma wise it is a bit piny and robust with a bready, roasty and caramel quality.

In the taste the citrusy hops attack upfront, but are almost countered by a sweet and almost tea flavor.

Overall a great IPA. Well balanced, full in body yet refreshing, and just a hint of warmth in the end.

Photo of Reaper16
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle - dated 05/17/10 - served into a tulip glass

Pours darkly for a single IPA; a tawny autumn leaf color that belies its summer nose. The head is full of tight, eggshell white bubbles that form a two finger cap. Lacing forms in small arches, apropos for a St. Louis beer.

I've had this beer on-tap already. My review of it places AIPA as a very good IPA at B+ overall. That draught pour did not have the stellar nose that this bottle has. Proper use of Simcoe hops brings on lush mango and guava. Ripe stonefruit (apricot, peach) comes out too; this is a damn tropical IPA. The malt knows its proper role - as a back ground voice. Specifically I get bread crust out of it; not much caramel malt to speak of. There is a bit of alcohol coming out of this one, unfortunately. All in all, this nose is nearly perfect.

The flavor is a bit better out of the bottle, too. Mango and peach and a splash of grapefruit make up the fruit salad. The hops give a bitterness and astringency that I was about to describe as "pine" but that isn't quite right. The astringency is a bit soapy, a bit phenolic. You can coax lightly toasted bread out of the beer but the hops are definitely the dominant flavor point here. The finish and aftertaste are all Simcoe; I'm digging the guava notes here.

A pleasant medium-sized body makes for an inoffensive mouthfeel. I greatly prefer a lighter body in my IPAs but there is nothing wrong with the feel here. The carbonation isn't very noticeable, which makes for a silkier texture. This is pretty high in ABV for a single IPA (8%), and that hampers what would otherwise tastes like a great outdoor session choice.

Though my scoring doesn't really show it too much, I find the bottled version of this beer to be superior to the draught version, enough that I felt compelled to write a new review. The nose on this bottled version is just so good; if I could give it a 4.75 I would but instead I rounded up. All of a sudden, Schlafly has created the best, most interesting IPA in the state of MO. This needs to be a year-round beer in the Schlafly portfolio.

Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark orange color, a little darker than most for the style but not out of the range. Head is off-white, tall, creamy, and in typical IPA fashion lasts for ages with good lacing.

rich, resiny, citrus and pine aromas abound, plus a surprising amount of alcohol that makes it seem spicier. I think I get fleeting pale malt aromas but they're pretty much buried.

Flavor is quite good, though alcohol is again apparent - moreso than I'd like for the style. There's a substantial malt sweetness here, but it is well balanced (and then some) by the ample bitterness that becomes quite sharp in the finish. 50 IBUs?!? I'm getting every last one of them here; well done. Quite a bit of hop flavor, only a little caramel so I'm assuming the darker color comes from a small amount of dark malt.

Body is slightly sticky, though not far from what I'd expect from a double IPA. Kudos on the hop schedule, and I'll have another very soon...

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

A: pours a very pretty, dark golden copper color with a full finger off white head and super thick lacing caked on the glass

S: mmm...hops! this IPA doesn't pull any punches. it comes at you with a fist full of hops and smacks your in the face. yes, there is a nice malt presence as well but the hops are the main attraction here and I like that!

T: oh so bitter. dry and bitter. with a nice citrus, grapefruit and piney hop taste. the malts are a nice compliment to the hops

M: dry, bitter with a nice medium carbonation and good, oily mouthfeel

D: at the high 8% abv I found it to be very drinkable. put down several and enjoyed each one more and more

Honestly, I found this to be more like a DIPA with the serious hop kick but easy to drink several. Also, found the price to be more than reasonable at $7.99.

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