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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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851 Ratings
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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 47
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Vancer on 09-20-2009)
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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.

wnh, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

homebrewhawk, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Goliath, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

JohnQVegas, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of imsetfree
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

imsetfree, Jun 30, 2010
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.

TheSarge, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Reaper16, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

udubdawg, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been working my way through a very fresh 6 pack of this. Pretty tasty stuff.

The American IPA pours a bright orange color with a very nice sticky creamy white head. Smell is very nice with plenty of hops along with bready doughs, citrus fruits and faint hints of pines. Taste is nice and bitter with a very alcoholic finish. That would be my only complaint with this brew is there is plenty of alcohol noticed on the quaff. Still a great tasting brew. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. This is a very sessionable beer, will look to continue stocking my fridge with this for the summer afternoons. Well done Schlafly.

abrand, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A deep reddish golden looking brew with a thick head atop and lots of active carbonation have this one looking terrific... Very hazy looking..

Spicy piney hoppiness apparent right away with some citrusy aspects as well.. A nice maltiness present here too... Quite balanced aromas... A little booze as well...

Intense bitterness right off that melds into a surprising balance of sweet malts and piney hops... Some grapefruity or orange aspects here too...the hops are right on here... There's quite a bit of booze here which lead me to believe that this one is more DIPA than IPA.. Its heavy and rich...very piney and resiny on the finish...

Overall a very good offering from Schlafly... Couldn't have more than a couple at a time due to the ABV but a good one..

EDIT: after having several bottles of this, I'm inclined to think that this brew is superb... Extremely hoppy and juicy... Just delicious...

Tilley4, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed copper with a finger of cream colored head, some floaties as well. Never completely clears up, good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with pineyness & herbal hops

T: Follows the nose, plus some caramel up front. Leafy hops, breadyness, apricot & pear fruittyness are there as this warms. Finishes with herbal & pine bitterness, plus citrus presence & breadyness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a good take on the style

russpowell, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong dark copper color with nice reddish hues and a 1 inch off-white head that is dense and active.

S - Delicious piney hops come up first but are balanced by some nice caramel malt. Great IPA nose. Crisp, hopy and fresh.

T - Starts of with a nice caramel malt sweetness and then quickly turns with some nice piney and grassy hops. The bitterness is not as intense as expected though. This beer is delicious though. Great hop pine flavor with nice bready malts and a great balance between all these flavors. Hands down my favorite Schlafly beer.

M & D - Crisp and refreshing medium to light body. A delicious offering. Refreshing and with an ABV that isnt felt right away.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/20/10

pours hazy copper orange with a 2+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell has more malts then hops but still very hoppy

taste much like the smell lots of sweet pale carmel malts hits you first then the juicy fruity hops

mouthfeel - a medium body with good carbonation that gives you both a crisp smooth finish

drinkability is very good - this beer and the irish export stout are the best schlafly beers they put in 12oz bottles - hope to see this seasonal every year

jsh420, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glows amber in the light. Faint aromas of catty hops and alcohol. I'm having a hard time getting too much off of it. Slightly sugary sweet malt upon entry, sweet berries and tropical fruit notes midway, and a crisp bite of bitter hops on the back-end. Very clean and suprisingly refreshing. It's easy to drink a few of these, even with it being 8% abv. Hopefully Schlafly will see to make this year-around.

brownbeer, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus (grape fruit), pine, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, pine, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Overall, the citrus/hops dominate in the beginning then the alcohol and spice come through in the finish.

Tone, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap a couple of times already, but this is the first bottle. 12 oz bottle poured into a Schlafly tulip. An inch of drity white head quickly recedes and leaves a ring around the edges. Spots of lacing are here and there. The color is a hazy reddish amber.

Smell has an earthy dried hops, with a hint of oiliness from the Simcoe hops. Finishes with a spicy kick in the nose. Malts try to keep the hops in check. Taste has a much bolder hops character, but still on the earthy side. Lots of pine needles here.

The malt creates a solid body and balance to the hops, while the Simcoe hops adds a slick character and adds to the overall mouthfeel.

Out of the bottle is very good, but on tap it is amazing. On tap the hops are much brighter, not as earthy. The trade off is that on tap the hops are not as spicy, much lighter in character. It's like two different beers. And that's a good thing! I find it fascinating how different packaging (bottle conditioned as to kegged) has an impact on the final product.

bort11, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled with love on 5/17/2010

A - pours a dark amber color with a one finger head

S - smells dank/earthy/hoppy

T - the taste was a lot different than the smell. I was expecting juicy, oozing hops, but instead was immediately greeted with a bunch of bready and caramel malts. These were followed by a lot of sweet, grapefruit hops with a dash of grass. It is also a little hot. The more I drank this, the more the malts came through and seemed to overpower.

M - nice full body that goes down really smoothly

D - this is a pretty solid offering by Schlafly. It is a nice first bottling of the their AIPA. However, I think it could be a little less malty and a tad bit more hoppy. This is very drinkable on a beer to beer basis, however I think it is almost too hot to have more than 2 in a session without the alcohol dominance getting old.

birchstick, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at schlafly cod and cask, served in pint glass. color was orangish yellow. had little head, if any and no lacing. very light smell, sweet fruit, such as grapefruit but scent was very light. taste was subtle sweet citrus, very light and well balanced with a light malty finish. mouthfeel was pretty perfect, very smooth. i would assume this is a light ABV and with the light hop flavor, very sessionable. I had two of these, 2nd was better than first.

hooliganlife, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bottled on 5/17/10, consumed on 5/27 - that's fresh! The body was lightly hazy and the color of a new basketball. The head didn't stay long.

Smell was like mandarine oranges. Leafy. Pine trees. As it warmed further I noticed a distinct funk aroma of ripe arm-pits!

Taste was pretty balanced with caramel sweetness standing up to the solid leafy/grassy bitterness. Alcohol became evident as it warmed. I'm not sure why this beer is not categorized as a DIPA, it is in every way except the label.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Cresant, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a two-finger tan head of thick bubbly foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and citrusy hops. There was a burnt toast malt aroma, too.

T - Great spicy hop character with notes of pine. It has sweet caramel and burnt toast malt to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is pretty easy drinking despite a high ABV.

D - This is a really good IPA. I hope this becomes a regular brew in the Schlafly lineup.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This says Special Release. Hope this is the correct one.
Wow, pours out a nice slightly cloudy burnt orange and amber. One finger of offwhite suds.
Smell is piney and citrusy and invites you to imbibe. Some malts and sugar in the aroma but not the alcohol.
Taste is a bitter grapefruit with blacker hints. There is some sugar and malt here but mostly the bitterness that we all love in IPAs.
Mouthfeel is dry as the desert and you are ready for the next drink very quickly.
Drinkability is very good and the 8% can't be detected until you have had a few.

peabody, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice hoppy beer that drinks much more like an Imperial Pale Ale than a standard one.

The standard copper/golden hue shows bubbly carbonation that builds a fluffy white head, retains well, and with great lacing.

Aromas of citrus and hop resins fill the nose in a smooth and less dominating way. Crisp graham cracker malts work to balance the aroma but the hop contributions are a bit strong for that. Alcohol and esters give a unique complexity to the beer and is a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavors balance quite well. Light and crisp malty, lightly caramel flavors are offset by citrus hop bitterness. Those citrus flavors show a nice blend of grapefruit, orange rinds, light acidity, and mild pine and hop resins. Alcohol flavors rise in the finish with light nail polish remover tastes and light fruitiness.

Moderately malty mouthfeel early, but the creamier textrues disipate quickly for a dry malty and smoothly bitter finish.

Although the hop/malt profile is balanced similarly in the way that is expected of APA's, the alcohol and body of the beer steps well into IPA and nearly DIPA strength. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale.

Serving type: bottle

BEERchitect, May 30, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/3/11 abv 7.2% reviewed 05/15/11

Nice juicy 1 finger cotton white head on the pour. Body is a tad weak looking though. More of a pale yellow than dark amber. The amber coloring is there but just barely. Smell is sweet, sour and sticky! Huge notes of candied pineapple, bitter grapefruit and a nice sour hoppiness. In short, it smells divine! Ok I gotta bump smell up to 5 here. Taste is exceptional! Bitterness, sweetness, fruitiness all hit in one punch. It has that very slick massive combo. I swear all the tropical and bitter notes are so intertwined I can barely pick them apart. The bitterness is nice and lingering also. The slick oiliness and perfectly tweaked carbonation is hard to beat. Barely any noticeable heat on the throat although I have noticed the freshest ones always have at least a hint of it. Can't help but wonder if Schlafly was trying to make a Two Hearted killler because it is very much headed in that direction. This beer is tight and would love to see it produced year round just as it is now.

A: 3 S: 5 T: 5 D: 4.5 O: 5

T: Nice amber sitting sun coloring with fluffy white fat head. Lacing is fairly sticky and head really lingers.

S: Very sticky sweet grapefruit. Almost reminds me of Hopslam without the sharp hops. Actually if the hops were more present I would say it smells a lot like Hopslam. Has that strawberry pie presence.

T: Hops make themselves known a lot more in the taste. They are quite sharp but not as quite as most IPA's. The sweet maltiness doesn't really carry over the grapefruit as much as it does a kind of honeyish flavor. Girl at the liquor store says she tastes peppermint. I don't really get it unless you talk about the little heat you get from the alcohol. But I actually like this for a more sweet forward IPA.

M: One of the fewer times I feel a beer could use more carbonation and a little less oily. Can't say it is bad either.

D: On the fence about this one. It has a pretty good alcohol burn to it that is surprising. At 8% it still should be pretty easy to mask. Feels like it should be a fall release to me.

O: Overall it is a nice change from the norm and may just take a little getting used to. 8% seems high for IPA as it should venture into DIPA category but it really doesn't carry the DIPA flavor. Maybe why there is so much heat. But I am no expert so who knows.

generalnotsew, May 30, 2010
Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.