Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA) - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.55/5 rDev -16.9%
Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with straw colored hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Pretty good retention with spotty lacing coating the glass on the way down.
Earthy, floral aroma with lots of oily hops and pine needle countered by subtle citrus fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. Dank and resinous with fresh buds, grass and pine sap followed by faint hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Some biscuit-y malts in there as well with hints of bread and light fruit. The hops are fresh and juicy but since they primarily use Galaxy/Austrailan hops, I was expecting more of tropical/citrus presence in the nose.
Medium body with tight carbonation and a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a bone dry finish. A bit sweeter than the nose suggests but the flavor is dominated by sticky, piney hops. Very dry with lots of resinous hop oils, grassy pine needle, spruce tip and dank nuggets. This is followed by a subtle summit/onion flavor and a bit of juicy tropical fruit sweetness. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel cut through the bitterness but it could use a lot more to balance things out. Underneath, there's a subtle pale malt backbone that provides hints if bread, biscuit and some sweeter light fruit flavors, especially apple. The mouthfeel falls off a bit toward the end of the palate, finishing slightly watery. The ABV is nicely masked making this beer pretty easy to drink but the hop flavors are slightly one dimensional. There's not enough sweetness for my preference and the summit/onion flavor comes on very strong toward the back end with an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.
11-11-2013 06:34:08 | More by corby112
4.01/5 rDev -6.1%
I am so elated to have found this during a recent Veterans Day foray to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD! PA is not yet part of Schlafly's distribution chain, but I have known brewer Stephen Hale for some time and I always enjoy what he has brewed up.
From the bottle: "A Special Release IPA, TIPA is available for a limited time, with a new IPA every few months."; "Schlafly Tasmanian Style IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. They impart a unique citrus flavor to the ale."
I was anxious and slowly growing tired, so popped the cap and got an aggro pour going. This resulted in two fingers of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was very pineapple, reminding us yet again that hops and marijuana are from the same family. Pineapple Express, anyone? Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was earthy, less fruity than on the nose, although I definitely tasted the pineapple flavor. The malt gave it a cake-like sweetness to the point that I could taste pineapple upside-down cake, courtesy of my late maternal grandmother. She could cook and when I began high school, I was ensconced in the Home Ec kitchens, learning how to cook for myself. We used to get baked at Lunch and then start baking in Home Ec and man, did everything taste good! This was not a subtle beer, but neither was it a bitter, in-your-face hop bomb. It had a nice mellowness, especially on the finish, which was only semi-dry, at best. I really dig what brewers are doing currently and I would recommend this as an AIPA for those who do not generally like AIPAs. Very user-friendly, dig?
12-07-2013 02:59:46 | More by woodychandler
4.1/5 rDev -4%
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!
12-20-2012 02:51:28 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
The beer is light golden to orange in color with about a quarter inch of white head. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer. Alluring fresh hops and citrus. Tropical fruit flavors. Lightly sweet. Hop forward with enough of a malt bill to give the beer some body, but still showcase the hop character. Delicious beer. At $10 per sixer, this is a must try for any hophead.
12-10-2012 15:19:25 | More by Huhzubendah
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Holy carp this is the PALEST IPA I have ever seen! Fluffy white head, three fingers deep sitting on top of a crystal clear nearly straw yellow pilsner like body. I am talking mirror like reflection in this thing, There is no rising carbonation on this at all, with speckled lacing.
Woah what's that nose!?! Dank apricot.. did I just say that? Yes I did.. in the same sentence. Fresh juicy hop apricot and a faint earth dankness together. Woah that is a combination that I have never had the joy of smelling.. It's a great combination. Fruity but not flakey... Dense but not gritty soil stuck in your teeth.. love where this is going.
Schlafly brings the bread and the goods on the palate. Rich apricot and malt backbone, it's practically baked bread with apricot fruit in it. A real great feel with a classic bread softness, I feel like dried fruit apricot is being pulled out of my teeth and my gums. Dry and resinous, with a thick finish but not much large sweetness which makes it real nice. Feels like fruit/beer territory, the fruit hop angle on this is large, as if they threw fruit in the boil. FRUIT FRUIT FRUIT and it's all HOPS baby.
Schlafly you just keep doing it right... at 7.2 this is going down fast like nothing. It feels even session-able which is a scary downright immoral thing to say. Oh man this is GOOD! You may get a different hop angle, one friend calls pine, the bottle calls citrus, I call apricot blast, either way.. it's pure friggin win.
10-19-2012 03:50:33 | More by smakawhat
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
12oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Pale golden in color with a frothy white head to it. Very nice lacing and good retention as I drank it.
Aroma is bright and juicy with peach, pineapple and mango all jumping out at you. It's got a bit of a Hawaiian punch flavor going on in the aroma that I'm loving.
The taste shows some of the same juicy, bright, tropical fruit flavors to it, but I also get some strong notes of bitter citrus rind to it. The finish shows some sugary, candied fruits. It comes together very well, I love the juicy hops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being average. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. It had a fantastic, juicy aroma which was the highlight for me. Very enjoyable beer overall that showed some great hoppy flavors.
12-20-2012 23:42:18 | More by billab914
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a slightly hazy, straw/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight pine, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel malt, citrus, hops, pine, hint of floral hops, and hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, good body, and good blend.
12-27-2012 13:53:47 | More by Tone
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, straw-gold coloring with some sedimentation throughout and a clingy, frothy, bright white head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, as well. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, lime, and melon, with hints of bitterness. This smells amazing. Flavors are a heavy dose of citrus sweet and tart forward, with a tangy melon characteristic once again coming through. A bit more bitterness in the backbone, with a subtle spice building at the end of the palate. Peppery, giving an edge to all the sweet and tart notes throughout, and providing a more solid, bitter backbone into the aftertaste, as well. Mid-bodied, but with a slightly sharp, effervesced edge to it, keeping it refreshing and somewhat on the light side. The finish is slightly frothy, with a tart and bitter power struggle continuing on right to the end. Hints of resinous characteristics finally come through, but only in the finishing linger. Pretty damn solid IPA...and the dynamic and rich flavor profiles hide the slightly elevated ABV very well.
12-05-2013 01:13:36 | More by GarthDanielson
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to hooliganlife
Pours a lightly hazed dark golden color with some auburn hues. Thinner crop of white head bubbles up and fades into a layer of film with plenty of spotty and patchy lacing around the glass.
Wonderful citrus and tropical hop aromas with pineapple, mango, grapefruit and tangerine. Lightly sweet with bread crust and touches of caramel and honey. Soft warm glow as well.
Stark hop bitterness right off the bat, driven by pithy, juicy grapefruit and citrus. Edges of pine and resin followed by some smoother tropical fruit sweetness. Caramel and honey throughout the malty backbone, which peeks through just long enough to separate the aggressive, yet pleasant hop profile. Finishes bitter and juicy with a light warmth.
Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue with a lingering finish. Schlafly has surprised me with their beers on more than one occasion, and I'm happy to say this is another huge winner. As soon as I opened the bottle I could already smell the sweet, pungent hop aroma and couldn't wait to taste it.
12-07-2012 22:50:30 | More by xnicknj
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR
A: Pours a clear golden/orange/amber color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes. Good lace is left behind.
S: Wow, there is a huge fresh cut grass aroma. Ridiculously fresh, and floral aromas. Piny hops and grapefruit bitterness lingers. An awesome nose.
T: Follows the nose with a big fresh, floral, cut grass flavor. That is very enjoyable. Resiny and piny in the finish, which might be just a bit to much. Overall, enjoyable.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Though a big resiny character detracts a bit. Not hard to drink, though with the resinous character and alcohol makes this a sipper.
This is not a huge beer, but just enough resinous body and alcohol to make this a sipper. Still very enjoyable, even for the non hop head. Plenty of hops, but not overbearing. Again, enjoyable.
01-04-2013 05:17:14 | More by champ103
4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Pours a clear gold with a billowing white head that lingers for some time.
S: Aromas of tangerine, navel orange, pineapple, mango, guava, herbs, grass, and biscuit are most pronounced on the nose.
T: Notes of tangerine, navel orange, lime, lemon, pineapple, mango, guava, grass, and herbs are balance by delicate notes of crackers, biscuits, minerals, and caramel. The finish is bitter, fruity, and mildly resinous with tangerine, navel orange, pineapple, and guava flavors giving way to subtle biscuit and caramel.
M: Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is initially a bit prickly, but quickly softens. Alcohol is very well hidden.
O: A nice IPA. This makes me wish more American brewers would experiment with Australasian hop varietals more frequently.
03-06-2014 03:34:34 | More by mrfrancis
Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA) from The Schlafly Tap Room
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