Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 1,000
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 55
Gots: 131 | 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 CSQ1111
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew, and had to make it my first review so that I could jump on this beer's bandwagon and get the word out to the rest of you hopheads.

Bottled on Date of 6/27/11 and thoroughly enjoyed roughly two weeks later.

I've had this beer on cask and out of the bottle and each time it is nothing short of amazing.

From the smell to the taste, the first thing that comes to mind is how incredibly GREEN this beer is. Moist, dank, and sticky...if there is a beer out there that more closely represents fresh, green hops, I haven't tried it.

Sadly, this is only a seasonal offering from Schlafly, so as soon as it gets released, jump on a 6-pack or two.

Thank you, Schlafly...I will have another! (705 characters)

Photo of salvo
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours green & gold from the bottle and produces a full two inches od susy off-white head in my goblet. After 10 minutes the head fades to bubbly swirls and lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits: pineapple and guava, with apricot, grapefruit, and lemonpeel. Leather and grass.

Taste is powerfully of guava and pineapple, then citrus and pine, finishing with herbal grassy astringency. Ends with hints of candied lemonpeel. Very nice. Medium bodied.

While you are waiting for Zombie Dust to miraculously appear, drink this AIPA. It's very similar, with slightly less body.

I am not a Schlafly fan and tried this beer under much pressure. I am hereby publicly apologizing to Schlafly and its fans for being so rough on the brewery in past reviews. It must be tough to grow up in AB's shadow. Thank you for this beer. (825 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Faint sandy head is the only thing holding in this colorfully orange and gold bomb.

Mighty tropical fruit is the lead on this one - largely pineapple and mango. It's big in the nose, fresh and inviting.

A biting bomb, with a full array of fruity hops like those on the nose, coupled with an undercurrent of pine greenery and muted caramelized malts. Nothing subtle about it.

Smooth, disarming, with just enough crispness to keep the hops to the fore.

I really like this beer, but the alcohol is so well hidden that it creeps on you after a few - you don't expect it until it has already caught up with you. (614 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ the brewery

Pours a nice orange golden color with a thin layer of white head. Walls of lace.

The nose is extremely hopped and amped. Pine resin, earthy notes, and some dank buds come to mind.

The flavor is also resembling sweet Miss Mary and is earthy and pine orientated. Dank. Loads of hops destroy the taste buds in a bittering fashion. Slight sweet malt is noticed on the back end.

The mothfeel is medium bodied and crisp at first, turning into a juicy blast.

Overall, SOLID. (486 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a one finger white head. Good retention and moderately dense lace.

Nose is nicely hoppy with dark greens, mint and floral tones atop the bright grapefruit core. Very tropical too with lots of mandarin orange.

Palate mirrors the good balance of the nose. A mild malt and lots of hop bitterness. Definitely an emphasis on the fruity flavors here- pretty papaya notes and a near perfect yellow grapefruit essence brings about the moderately long and juicy finish.

Overall, I'm very impressed. The bigtime grapefruit and tropical tones are perfect for the summertime and I'll probably have a sixer of this in my fridge just about all through the season. (684 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for bring a growler of this stuff up from St. Louis. Served in a Night of the Living Ales glass.

A - Good looking brew, a finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves a decent cap and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed dark orange body.

S - Lots of tropical fruit flavor, dank earthiness, orange and peach, and a nice understated doughy caramel backbone. Reminds me of a less pungent version of Sculpin.

T - Taste is more understated, with more pine and orange rind. Again the taste has some light caramel backbone. It's a solid good-drinking IPA.

M - The texture is a little thin, but extremely smooth, with light tingly carbonation. Nice sticky finish with some light oiliness and resin.

D - This is super chuggable stuff - well hidden ABV, light texture, and a solid flavor that doesn't get too bitter. (846 characters)

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.

Appearance
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.

Nose
Papaya, pineapple, mango, candied orange and pine.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, crisp, bitter and dry.

Overall
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! (764 characters)

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! (272 characters)

Photo of wspscott
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good news, everyone – Futurama is on, and there’s an American IPA in my glass! Life is good.

Brewed just three weeks before the date of this tasting (“Bottled with love on 05 01 2012”).

A: Loveable golden-amber pour for this double, looking fairly light with all the fizz in the body. The head, though, isn’t that large, about an inch high before falling to half that. Retention is fairly creamy, with some nice, thick lacing – standard IPA look, and done quite well.

S: What a satisfying hop aroma, mixing bold pine, fresh grapefruit, floral tones, and juicy orange and grape. It’s not too resiny, but very hop-forward, over a delicious undercurrent of caramel malt: thick toffee, a little anise sugariness, brewer’s honey, and sweet candied fruits. Balanced, mixing aromatic IPA scents in a loveable way.

T: Wow – we definitely have new member of the Grade A DIPA squad. The hops are miraculously smooth, coming off deliciously bitter with a pine, orange rind, fresh mango, and rich, astringent oils. The bitters are filled out with the malt presence that brewers only hope they can achieve: decadent honey, soft toasted grains, lush butterscotch, apple, and sweet candi syrup. Sweet malt in a bottle, but without going overboard like how I felt Dreadnaught ended up. The aftertaste is softly fruity, mildly oily, and with lightly abrasive tastes of dry pine. Very well done.

M: Thick, slick, and supremely drinkable; near perfection. The only thing that could be better is the full feeling I get when I’m only done with half the bottle; it’s a little oily in its texture.

O: Schlafly has crafted a beer that stands out in a style that’s attempted by seemingly ever brewery; it really is in the same vein as Bell’s Hopslam and Avery Maharaja, two of my favorites in my favorite style. And so, with one beer, Schlafly has proven it’s a brewery to look out for. Keep ‘em coming, guys.

Note: I see that it isn’t a DIPA according to this site, but take a sip and I have a feeling you’ll be swayed otherwise. (2,046 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (754 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on 02/23/2015

Gold with some suspended sediment and topped by a beautifully thick and creamy off-white head. Rings of webby lacing coat the glass and a bubbly layer is a permanent fixture on the surface. Smells like a handful of fresh resinous hops: sticky, spicy pine, herbal pungency, dank weed, and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is equally hoppy, but with an added grainy note. Resinous pine, citrus rind, melon, and general green hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied, frothy mouthfeel. Oh snap, this is great stuff. Right up my hop alley. (562 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap and loved it. Now I found a six pack.

Poured beautifully with dark clear gold-orange with lots of head and lace.

Nose is floral and citrus. Not as strong as I suspected.

Taste is wonderful. Plenty of floral and citrus. Leans toward grapefruit and tropical blend. Citrus oil on the palate at the finish. Just enough malt as well. A really balanced and easy to drink beer. Mouth feel is right in the middle; not too bubbly and not flat(definitely!) This is a quality IPA. They don't just come from the west coast anymore. (540 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Good Pie. Poured into pint glass

A - Pours a mirky burnt orange color with a few off-white bubbles, both large and small on top. A thin layer of head remains and a small ring are the edge of the glass.

S - Pine, citrus, hoppy bitterness mixed with sweet tropical fruit notes on the end. A nice combo of hops used in this one. Hoppy enough yet refined as well to appreciate everything else that's going on.

T - Oranges, pine, citrus, tangerines...wow. A great mix of biterness and sweet fruits make this IPA unlike any I've ever reviewed. It's hoppy but there's so much more to it...hard to explain without sampling. Not quite a malty sweetness, something else I can't put my finger on.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing, and super easy going down. Obviously, not much in terms of carbonation, but it's a cask. Oily finish...yum!

D - Super easy to drink. My fav Schlafly offering I've ever had. Please please please bottle this next year. We have a winner! (974 characters)

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

Poured from cask at Fiddler's Hearth. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. Tons of sediment on the bottom of my glass. One finger dirty white head stays around for the entire beer. Tons of sticky lacing ringing on the beer as I drink it down.

S- Tons of citrus in this beer. Some light caramel malts on this one but only in hints. The hops just burst through everything. Some tropical along some light piney hops in this as well. Mostly just hops hops hops.

T- Holy shit this is an amazing beer! Big bursts of citrus hops in the front end of this. Some light caramel malts in the middle of this beer but those get overrun with some tropical hops. The tail end of the beer comes in with a light bitter hops.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for a cask beer but heavy for a IPA in general. Hops left over everything and into the aftertaste. Oily slickness and resin left everywhere on the lips, teeth, palate, ect. No off flavors at all.

D- This beer is so amazing! I like cask beer but this is something that I can't even explain. The best cask beer hands down. I hope they can get this flavor into the bottle when they bottle it. Good job Schlafly on this little gem to be! (1,224 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of javaj1979
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful bright dark orange with white foam. Smells like sweet grapefruit. Taste is initially sweet but then bursts with hoppy grapefruit flavor. Crisp and very hoppy. Long bitter finish. So smooth and flavorful. This beer is dangerous because it's so easy to drink and so tasty but hides its high alcohol content. Very well made beer. I wish Schlafly would brew this beer year round. It's world class. (405 characters)

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. (898 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of this one is a lovely shade of amber. Forms a modest, creamy white colored head that reduces down to a thick and stable ring around the edge and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but what it is there is quite nice. Primarily a blend of citrus: grapefruit and orange and even a little lemon. A bit of orange blossom rounds things out.

T: The citrus hops really come on strong in the taste. Starts off with a moderate pale malt sweetness, before turning citrusy with notes of orange and orange blossom with a light bit of lingering lemon on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a mild bitterness and a crisp finish.

O: This is a very nice, very drinkable IPA. Lots of citrus and not a whole lot of hops make this beer quite enjoyable. (809 characters)

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

12oz bottle dated 4/17/2012 from awesome BA trader duffmanohyea02.

Nice honey-yellow elixir poured into SA glass. Tight, small bubbled white head, two-fingers, down to, and remains solid, one finger head. Thick lacing through tasting. Hop heads dream.

Aroma of pine, grapefruit, citrus zest, mild malt sugars.

Wow, smooth bitterness envelopes the tongue, not crazy bomb, with a slight (emphasis on "slight") balance, but the hops come through--grapefruit, tangy lemon/orange, solid throughout draught. Hoppy aftertaste from front to back makes the tongue sweep, capping the flavor.

Medium body, well carbonated, zest but not crazy tang. Alcohol peeks through at end. Nicely done.

This brewery continues to shine. This is a nice go to IPA if available and well represents its style. For me, rated just below (barely) my staples: White Rajah, Headhunter and Sculpin. (869 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 (500 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've found this beer to be a terrific go-to beer when I make my visits to the MO Ozarks over the summertime, which works out great, since this is a summertime only release.

Appearance is a terrific amber/copper in the glass, with about a one finger head. When fresh, the nose carries your usual west-coast C-hop flavors. The taste is where this one really shines. Nice big orange and grapefruit flavors, with a small hint of pine. It has a smooth undercurrent of bitterness which doesn't overwhelm. Body keeps the hops in check, but it's awesomely drinkable for a 7.2% IPA, and I've put down several of these in 90+ degree heat, without even realizing it.

I brought several six packs home with me to cellar, and just cracked the last bottle two nights ago. While the nose had diminished a little, the flavor was just as bright as it was when I purchased in August.

This beer is extremely well made, and if you get a chance to purchase it within Schlafly's distro area when this is available, don't hesitate to grab it. (1,021 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Date on the bottle is 5/17/2010.
The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with minimal eggshell white head foaming up and fading to an edge layer with some large islands.
The aroma is some biscuity and caramel malt with hits of grass and a little pine.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with very mild carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel and a bit of biscuit notes again but then rolls to hops, with some generally astringent notes mixing with a bit of pine sap and hints of grass too. Fairly complex hop profile and this bottle is almost a year old!
No hints of the 8.00% ABV on this beer. The finish is a little sweet again with an almost candy sugar note.
Easy drinking IPA and pretty enjoyable. I would pick this up again if it were available in CT, guess I would have to rely on friendly midwesterners to help me out. (885 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this during a Kentucky beer haul, and liked my sample enough to snag two growlers of it. A great buy at $8.99 a piece.

A - Golden in color with a large white bubbly head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

S - WOW! Tropical fruit hops galore. Sweet pineapple, papaya, mangoes and peaches dominate. Citrus mixes in as well. A touch of malt is there, but barely. This smells superb.

T - More huge tropical hops. It's straight up hop flavor, not much bitterness except from the foam that hits my lips. Hops, hops, and more hops. No alcohol, just hops. Fruity, citrusy, and a small dose of pine. Fantastic IPA overall!

M - Low bodied with some prickly carbonation. A pleasant bitterness sits on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Has to be up there with some of the best IPAs I've tried. Glad I came home with two growlers of it! (850 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An almost totally different beer than the cask conditioned IPA. Same reddish color but a more bubbly head that disappears faster. Much hoppier with a citrus blast. nice example of an american IPA and i actually liked it better this way (on draft) because im just a crazy hophead and the cask conditioned version lost some of that hop punch. (340 characters)

Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
90 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.