Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA) - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.1/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle. I heard nothing but good things about this brew, so I am excited to have a go at it. Bottled roughly 2 weeks ago. 12oz bottle into a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a pale golden yellow with a finger of white froth that fades to a thin film across the top leaving some webby strings of lacework sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain that film and a light swirl brings back about a finger to the surface.
The aroma starts off a little leafy, grassy, herbal and slightly vegetative. That green hoppiness quickly gives way to a lovely amount of fruit like tangerines. As the glass is swirled, a bit of sulfur emerges along with some trace mineral quality and biscuit-like graininess. As the brew warms up, it goes back and forth between the leafy quality and fruity tropical aspects. Overall a nice smelling IPA for sure.
The taste starts off just like the aroma leads you to believe; it is bitter and grassy. There is a bit of vegetative aspect blending into herbal components that get progressively fruity, rindy and citrus flavored to bright and zesty. There is a very mild grain presence that is a bit toasty but it is faint in comparison to the hop character. As it warms up, it displays almost a tea-like finish that is minorly astringent but flavorful and not distracting at all.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated for a 7+ percent brew. This is a very well put together example of an IPA. It displays a super enjoyable depth of character and has quite an ease of overall drinkability. This is worth seeking out. Thank you very much for the gift Heath!
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 02:51:28 | More by stakem
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