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Schlafly American IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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854 Ratings
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 51
Gots: 78 | 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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4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2nd year the AIPA has been bottled, i have had this on-tap and cask also.

Appearance- This pours a beautiful translucent copper, with great head retention.

Smell- Schlafly has dabbled with almost every batch of this they have made with the last coming in imo as the best, great citrus, grapefruit smell.

Taste- a very nice balance of the sweet malt with the bitter and juicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel- Is very nice and creamy but not to thick.

Overall- This is one of the best beers I have put in my mouth and when it is on cask is just amazing to me, sadly it is a seasonal release.

Photo of StLThrash
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 4/26/11. Poured into a pint glass.

Wow what an awesome beer - Schlafly has done it again. This is easily one of my favorite beers and definitely one of the best IPA's I've had. Wish they made it year round.

A - Poured a hazy dark yellow with a 1 finger head that stuck around awhile, and left nice lacing.

S - Awesome on the nose. Hops galore - with pine, citrus (grapefruit), floral and grass notes.

T & M - Very similar to the smell.. I thought last years had too much of a malt character for an IPA, and this years definitely focuses on the hops. Much improved. Lots of bittering citrus hops up front with a little bit of a sweet malt kick. Very 'juicy' and nicely carbonated. Kind of reminds me a bit of Noble Pils from Sam Adams, but I like this much better. Surprisingly smooth taste for the 7.2% ABV... I had 3 last night with no problem.

Overall - get this beer if you get a chance. It's fantastic. I am a big fan of Schlafly, and I think this is their best beer by far.

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4.64/5  rDev +14%

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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in an attractive bottle with a green label (green for hops) and a big orange "A" - for "American"? (pale ale) or for "alpha"? It is labeled "Bottled with love on" 4-26-2011 - I hope the hops really do have preservative properties, I'd rather have my beer fresher, if possible. The color is dark golden, honey colored, ever-so-slightly hazy, and the head is modest and leaves only sparing lacing. But the nose is pure grapefruit - the juice and some rind - wonderfully citric hops. There are fruity side notes - grape and apple - but not much malt in evidence in the smell.

The taste is hop-forward, wonderful citrus with good malt balance, some toasted grain. The mid-palate is hop-dominated, and the finish is clean and bitter... and bitter... and bitter. Yummy stuff. The mouthfeel is slightly oily and sticky, the carbonation is generous and refreshing, any alcohol is well concealed.

I love a good West-Coast style citrusy IPA, and this is the genuine article... brewed in St. Louis, MO. Drinkability is as good as it gets for a 7.2% ABV brew. I'd love to have MORE, and mostly it's not gonna happen, but I *will* be looking to buy this one again. Yummy stuff. (Did I say that already? Well yeah! In fact, hell yeah!) Drinkability is excellent.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, bottled on May 26.

A: Pours golden brown with a foamy finger thick head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hops. Fruity and citrus, not much pine in this one, but it's a nice undertone.

T: This is by far one of the best tasting IPAs that I've had. You can definitely pick out the Amarillo and Simcoe hops they use, and at 7.2% abv it's an incredibly easy drinker.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: All in all, an exceptional IPA from an exceptional brewery. It's a shame it's only a seasonal release. If you're ever in the Midwest during summer and like IPAs be sure to pick some up.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden color. A bit lighter than your avg ipa

S. smells like citrusy piney deliciousness. A little heavier on the citrus side

T. Fantastical. Reminds me of hopslam. A big hit of citrus up front with a good malt balance. Finishes with different bitter note. Complex taste.

M. Thick mouthfeel but not in a bad way. Medium carbonation.

O. This beer is a contender for a double ipa top 5. Would be a lock if not for it's low for the genre abv.

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from the latest and final release for this year. Bottle dated 7/5/2011 hit the stores on 7/29/2011.

A: Poured a nice coppery orangish color with a finger and a half head. Decent lacing.

S: Wow what an explosion to the nose. Pine, citrus, a healthy splash of grapefruit. Just extremely vibrant and fresh

T: A really nice dose of hops not too aggressive but fresh , clean and pleasant. Tastes of pine, grapefruit and more hops
M: Perfect balance of carbonation , leaves you clean

O: This is by far the best release of this beer. If you have ever thought about getting one make sure to get one from this final bottling. Exceptional !!!

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great, hoppy offering with quite a bite but smoother than its ABV would indicate. Overall, a great beer that creates its own sessionability by the end of the first pint. Thin head, great lacing, and a bready aftertaste. Would definitely look for this one again.

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle ... bottle date is 07/05/11

Appearance : golden yellow in color. An aggressive pour yeilds a fluffy white head with lots of retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very overwhelming pungent aromas. Pineapple and orange citrus I found on the nose. After pouring this beer I could smell it from 3 feet away.

Taste : The taste is wonderful. Lots of hot bitterness lots of malt sweetness very well balanced.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew. Adequate carbonation.

Overall: This beer is very enjoyable. Hop heads will really love this beer. I love ipa and this 1 really delivers big beautiful flavor

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.