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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 53
Gots: 81 | 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 Lazerlobe
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.1/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
4.2/5  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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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