Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA) - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)

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1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,203
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 129
Gots: 169 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple.

India Pale Ales (IPAs) 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.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: Megahertz on 10-12-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this less than a month old, all I can say is: HOLY CRAP. The reason it's so brilliant is because of how well it showcases Galaxy behind a mild malt backbone - and what malt there is helps to accentuate all the wonderful tropical fruit notes. A kiss of herbaceous bitterness helps it go down easily. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best 'single' IPAs on the market, period.

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12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a two finger white shade with a nice, creamy texture. As per usual in the style, it leaves rings of lacing as it recedes down the glass.

S: I really like the tropical fruit bend this one offers. Augmenting the fruitiness is some herbal pine characteristics. Sadly, it's nowhere near as showstopping as it could be (or probably was; the bottle's over 2 months old), largely due to a lot of biscuity malt shining through.

T: A lot of melon, mango, papaya, and guava appears at first, before spiking in intensity at the midtaste. The finish introduces a moderately bitter, peppery bite that's almost minty at times. For a two month old IPA featuring a feeble malt backbone, this is downright fantastic.

M: Light and crisp, yet with a surprising level of creaminess to meld with the smooth yet firm carbonation. The flavors leave the palate quickly as they should in an IPA of this nature. Almost supremely refreshing; if the finishing astringency was cleaned up a smidge, I'd reckon the score here would be even higher.

O: The apex of this offering's hop profile may have been lost - but the thirst-quenching, easy drinking demeanor definitely hasn't. I'd seriously consider buying this by the case when it's fresh and in season.

Photo of M1k3y
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Mazy, hazy golden . Three fingers of foam that gently settle down with nice lacings on the glass. Lacings hold on as I drink down the glass.

Grapefruit! Wonderful citrus bouquet of fresh squeezed grapefruit. Faint, tiny carbonation.

Smooth , crisp clean taste of citrusy hops. Clean finish with a slight bitterness at the end. Nice , light to medium weight.

I prefer malty beers but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, smell and appearance of this Tasmanian IPA. A good beer that I would enjoy again.

Photo of wspscott
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled with love on 12/11/12

A: Light straw colored, crystal clear, one finger pure white head. Looks like a pils
S: Fruit, melon, floral
T: Tropical fruit punch with a definite bitterness at the back of the tongue. A slightly sweet graininess underneath. The hops linger a little bit, but it is very easy to go back for more.
M: Very crisp and a lot of carbonation, not a sipping beer.
O: A dangerously drinkable 7% beer, it tastes like I could drink a 6-pack in one sitting. Just looked at the website, says this is just 2-row and Galaxy hops, I now know why everyone loves Galaxy. A truly delicious IPA, highly recommended. I hope this becomes an annual thing.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a FFF nonic pint glass. Bottled on 12/13/12.

A - Pours a nearly transparent golden yellow color. A thin white head dies to a speckled film quickly. It does leave behind a nice lacing. Unimpressive in appearance, but that has never stopped me before.

S - Tropical fruits, light ritz cracker malts, and lemon zest. The hops are some combination of citrus/tropical and grassy hops that come off almost minty. Interesting and complex.

T - Follows the nose closely. Big tropical fruits, peach, grapefruit, and honey contribute to the sweet and fruity dynamic. Drying pine and mildly bitter grass balance. Crisp finish.

M - Subtle carbonation and a smooth, cask-like feel. The body is middle of the road, suitable for the style.

O - I passed this one up for the last month or so, not realizing it had such stellar reviews on this site. Good tropical aromas and flavors. While it is a quality IPA, I wasn't wowed by it. If I see it on the shelf fresher than 3 months old, I will give it another shot. Otherwise, there are too many better IPAs out there to buy this one regularly.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with just a small amount of white head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour. The smell is light and hoppy with a rather strong fruity note. The hops remind me of citrus juice. Citrus peel and pine attack your tongue when you take a sip. The hops are dominant, but the malt really picks it up towards the finish. I really enjoy the hop profile of this beer. There is a lot more carbonation in this beer than I would have guessed from seeing the pour.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I must admit that Schlafly has not done a lot to impress me over the years. As a result, I passed by Tasmanian IPA when I saw it at the liquor store. Only when I had it at a brewfest was I impressed, and consequently bought a six pack. From one of those bottles, I write this review.

From the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was a light straw color with a white head. It demonstrated generalized lacing and retention on the sides of the glass. The aroma was a combination of citrus and peach skin. The aroma was not overpowering, but well-balanced. In the initial taste, one detects peach, pine, and a mild resin flavor. The malt backbone is well disguised but there is a generalized sweetness that compensates for a lack of maltiness. In the aftertaste, the peach and citrus continues, but the resin comes to the forefront making this one a little more bitter. The linger of the hop afterbite is a little suprising because the beer runs a little this. Easily, this is the best thing Schlafly makes and probably a top ten single IPA for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/12

A- poured into an imperial pint. Pours a pale straw, almost yellow color, similar to a light lager. Thick and rocky white head with retention that lasts forever, leaving some lace behind

S- fresh citrus juice from the Tasmanian hops, muddled mint sprigs and a bit of oily hop resin

T- malts are quite sweet and weren't detected in the smell, however I detect no breadiness. hops are citrusy, minty and piney. The finish is dry-yet-sweet with a sharp citrus hop bitterness. ABV is hidden pretty well, just a bit of heat on the backend

M- medium body and carbonation turns to a foamy mouthfeel with a warming smooth finish

O- solid IPA, drinks like a DIPA, the malts are sweet but Tasmanian hops dominate the palate. This one is a must for citrus hop lovers.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of azdback
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Very bright orange that is almost yellow in color. Very clear and full of medium small carbonation bubbles that lead to a small one finger head of bright white color and semi creamy appearance. Lace is sticking for now.

Smell is quite bright and citrusy, some yellow grapefruit mixed with mild earth or yeasty, bready smells and some malt sweetness. None of the smells quite trump the other which is a good thing.

Taste is much like the smell but the sweet malt and musty yeast take drivers seat and shotgun. I do get some really puckering bitter taste like yellow and pink grapefruit mixed with blood orange, which on their own are great, but mixed with the malt bill and yeast strain I just don't get what I want out of this IPA.

Mouth is light and creamy. Carbonation is very nice with a full body. The finish is medium and long. Nice!

Overall I am such a West Coast IPA style lover so any IPA with too much malt and weird yeast just turns me off. I need to score as I see it but I could see many of the BA community disagreeing with me. Thanks to rpbuckeye for this extra.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeledonia
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to shebby for the bottle. Excited to try this one. Tasted 24 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours quite pale for an IPA (though that's funny to say). Pale golden yellow , very clear. Half-finger of white head, good retention, and really impressive lacing. Little dots of carbonation drifting up through the glass.

I love the way this beer smells. It's full of luscious tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, and a soft dose of pine. Amazing hop aromas, juicy, inviting, and complex. Amazing.

Taste is top-notch as well. Thin malt base, a bit grainy but mostly absent. There's an impressive amount of hops in the flavor. The flavor gets sucked out before surging back with a dry citrusy bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is fine. A little on the watery side. Medium-light body, moderately low carbonation. Could use a bit more carbonation, too. There's a dryness, but I find that more as a crispy flavor, rather than in the feel.

This is a really impressive IPA. Amazing smells, full of delicious tropical fruits. I dig this, and I plan to pick up more of it before I leave the land of Schlafly.

Photo of karen603
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA) from The Schlafly Tap Room
95 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.