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Schlafly Sessions IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 189
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-17-2013

Our IPA is a session IPA, a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy.

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 hops as a natural preservative. Today, the term IPA is used for many full flavored beers along a wide array of recipes.

30 IBU
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Photo of brianbeze
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12oz beer mug.

At $6.50 a six pack of cans I had to try it out.

look:pours a translucent amber colour which is common to IPA's Actually abit on the light side but its a lighter beer so thats expected. The head dissipates very quickly

Smell: light lemon tea kind of scent with a malty base.

Taste: Malty with a nice meyer lemon kind of flavor. More citric than bitter.

feel: Light and very easy to drink. I find myself finishing this beer very quickly as its incredibly quenching though it dries out the mouth just a bit.

overall: Just call this a pale ale guys, thats what it tastes like to me. Nothing offensive about it and its an easy drinking craft brew which is incredibly cheap for the quality of the brew so I will probably be getting more of this as its a great summer brew. Good Macro-brew replacement for those who like bitter beers. (866 characters)

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really solid beer for 4.5% abv. I enjoyed at a festival with other summer beers. No lack of nose and hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Drink up! (151 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprisingly pleased by this one!

Poured into a glass, a nice pale, cloudy orange/copper color. Only about a quarter to half inch head upon pour, dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing remains around the edges all the way down though. Little hoppy particulates suspended in the mix.

The smell was minimal but piney and hoppy.

The taste was surprising for a session IPA such as this. I did not expect so much flavor to come from this brew, it was quite pleasing for what it is. This is not going to sock you in the mouth like some of the higher ABV IPA's and DIPA's, but it is filled with a great deal of hoppy, piney goodness. Very little malt just to help offset the hops, but this is definitely a hop forward IPA.

Mouth feel was light and a very smooth drinking experience. I could see tossing a few of these back pretty easily.

Overall, this was awesome for what it is. This may just be my new camping/float trip/party/fill a cooler/grab and go beer. I have been looking for an excellent canned IPA that has good flavor, lower calories and ABV, and is easily attainable. This one fits the bill.

Will definitely seek out and purchase again. Excellent! (1,160 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is this so malty? It's severely malt forward with hints of hop spices as accents. Way out of balance. The malts are definitely the showcase here; gobs of them. An "okay" beer, but nothing worth revisiting for me personally. Some people might really like it. (261 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first review of a Schlafly, had this at mellow mushroom poured out of the can into a pint glass. Pale golden color, not really what you'd expect from an IPA, even a session. Mild hop and lemon flavors, smooth and drinkable, I had it at night but it'd be great if you were looking for some hops that you could day drink. It's not the best session IPA I've had, this genre can be tough to pull off, but it's still very good. Pick some up. (451 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; burnt orange in color; 1.5 finger white head that receded to a thin film; light lacing;

S: fresh mowed grass; pine, and a bit of tropical fruit;

T: caramel malt with dank pine; low to moderated citrus rind bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: I wish there was more hop flavor, but still this is one of the better session IPAs I've had; (410 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

My sister brought this back from St. Louis

Clear gold with a thin head. Smells like lemon and grassy hop but that fades quickly and leaves a bland golden ale pale malt eh in its wake. Taste is a again initially lemongrass hops but once that fades the mildly caramel malt and and subtle bitter in back give an expired apple juice impression. Kinda bubbly.

30 ibus will stretch only so far. Well thanks for thinking of me sis just the same. (441 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a creamy, thin whitish head.

S: Aromas of sweet orange, cream, biscuit, crackers, lemon, lime, pine, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of cream, biscuits, crackers, caramel, herbs, pine, sweet orange, lemon, and lime wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and somewhat sweet with pronounced notes of cream, orange, and biscuit.

M: Light-to-medium in body and slick. Carbonation is crisp, yet gentle. A little heavier than I would normally expect a session ale to be.

O: A solid session ale to be sure, but really nothing out of the ordinary. Compared to many of the session IPAs on the market, this one is a bit sweet for my taste, though, overall, one could do far, far worse. (725 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of fine carbonation that moves very slowly from the bottom of the glass (almost looking like they are in suspension) and faint hints of honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a couple of small slightly thicker patches of film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of very lightly toasted biscuit malts underneath a light to moderate aroma of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy and toasted biscuit malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely sessionable as the body is very light as is the aroma and taste - I wish there was a little more to the aroma of this beer but it was easy to drink. (1,089 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light tannish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some light hops. Taste is not mild, hops, citrus, pine, touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer. (293 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy citrus hops and a touch of tropical fruit.

The taste offered a springy citrus hop with a secondary smooth pale malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of a session IPA.

Overall a tasty and quaffable IPA. (382 characters)

Photo of John1985
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale poured a bright gold with a healthy inch and a half head. Aroma was light citrus and pine.. Taste was hop centered with a balancing malt backbone. Very refreshing and light on the palate but with a sufficient flavor for an IPA. The lower alcohol and quality flavor makes this a future go-to in the coming summer months. (323 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever I go down to DC to visit my aunt and uncle, like last weekend, I make it a point to stop in at the Whole Foods Market near Dupont Circle. They always seem to have new and different CANs on hand for me to take away in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM).

From the box housing the six-pack: "Schlafly Brewing Since 1991"; "CAN Sessions These are beers with big flavor, trialed over the bar at our brewpubs in St. Louis and crafted to be both easy to drink and hard to resist."; "IPA Schlafly IPA is a session IPA, a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of Ameri[CAN] hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy. 4.5% ABV."; "Visit One of Our Brewpubs The Schlafly Tap Room The repurposed turn of the century historic building where Schlafly started. Choose form over 16 of our beers on tap and a menu of classic European fare. 2100 Locust Street. Schlafly Bottleworks Where we bottle over 20 different varieties a year. Visit us on a weekend for a free tour and tasting or pair a pint with food that features local farmers. 7260 Southwest Avenue."

From the CAN: "CAN Sessions Bold Flavor".

A Crack! befitting such a wondrous CANned beer set things in motion and was followed with an inverted Glug, resulting in two rocky, tawny fingers of dense head with decent retention. Color was a bright deep-amber (SRM - TBD). Nose smelled of fresh-mown grass and fresh-baked buscuits. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but I was here for the hops, which were subdued for the style. It had more of a caramel-like sweetness, underlain by the grassy hops. I think that it should be redesignated as an "English IPA", given the verbiage of the packaging. Finish was still sweeter than I would like in an AIPA, but fitting for an EIPA. I CAN't say that I was disappointed, but neither was I totally enthusiastic, either. (1,918 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Dated only weeks from consumption, so fresh! The body is a pale apricot color. Clear and bright. The white head settled to a ring.

The smell is earthy hops. Milled grain and lightly piney. Crackers too.

The taste was of bright, crisp hops. Crunchy, crispy hops bite. Not harsh but very flavorful. Light pine. I just love the drinkablity and the dry finish. I stocked this one in the fridge all summer!

The mouthfeel was medium to light and zesty in the mouth. Overall it is so satisfying. (539 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a lovely clear gold with a big creamy white head with nice retention. Lacing on the glass.

S-Really pleasant. A nice blend of various hops aromas (pine, floral, citrus) bounce around

T- much more subtle than the usual American IPA. Light caramel flavor and subtle floral hops

M- a little fizzy and definitely not as resinous.

O- a really good American-style session IPA. Kudos to Schlafly for tackling the style and doing it well. (437 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a thin fizzy white head. Really nothing in the way of head retention or lacing.

Aroma of fruity and grassy hops really punches through along with what I can only describe as a "Schlafly aroma" that I detect in many of their brews. The light citrus is pleasing, though.

More lemon/lime citrus in the taste and it follows the smell nearly exactly. Some hay and grass in there as well along with a touch of light malt. Bitterness is fairly light and the mouthfeel is thin and water but that is to be expected. Very crisp and dry finish.

Overall, this beer is a decent session IPA but not one of the best out there. I much prefer Founders All Day IPA and Lagunitas Daytime. Still, it's ok for what it is. (771 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another beer thanks to Another6Pack. Cheers Trent!

A gold pour, it comes with a 2 finger head of foam and has some good sticky lacing.

Lots of citrus in the smell, some pine, a hint or 2 of tropical fruit. Oh, and there's also a mild malt presence. Good smeller.

Citrus and pine dominate the taste, good malty backbone though. It starts hoppy but not really bitter, settles in for a tick to some malty sweetness, then ends hoppy and where the most bitterness lies. Very tasty.

Kind of light bodied at times, other times it's close to medium bodied. It is thinnest in the finish. As it's only 4.5% abv, I expected something along those lines.

Tasty, smooth, easy drinking, I'm rather fond of this IPA. Another solid brew from Schlafly. (739 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a silipint.
Pours with a towering foamy head that has very good retention. The head becomes nicely creamy after it settles a bit. Clear medium amber. Gobs of sticky lacing get left on the glass

Near medium body is a tad thin. Medium+ but soft carbonation. Very creamy feel for style.

This very easy drinking "session" IPA packs a fair amount of hop aroma and flavor, but is only mildly bitter and relatively low ABV. Fruity with both citrus and tropical notes. Also a touch floral and, in tasting, herbal. Excellent sweet/bitter balance from start to finish. (581 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells of floral hops and earth.
The color is a rich golden amber with the slightest of hazy. A tall head forms on the pour and hangs around for a while.
The taste has a hoppy freshness but I can't ID the pasticular flavor. Malts have a slight grainy taste with some low level diaceyl.
It drinks smooth and finishes bitter and dry.
This would make an excellent session beer because of the low ABV and desent flavor. But like most in this class it has a tendency to be lean in flavor and watery. (494 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Clear copper with a sudsy white head. Sticky lace that rings the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy and a touch dank. Ripe citrus and grainy sweetness sit along the back. The taste has a grassy bitterness to it that spreads light resins and a herbal feel out across the palate. Malts are a combo of grainy and sweet but get the job done. The finish is dry with some lingering resins and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm creaminess that blows up a bit in the mouth. Underlying slickness helps keep this smooth. This was certainly quite drinkable and packed in just enough well balanced hop flavor to justify the IPA part of this. I wouldn't hesitate to pack some cans of this along on a trip. (738 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Malty, grass, tad bit of pine, little citrus as well.

M-Very bready and lots of straw. Sweet, citrus, grass and pine. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness.

M-Very light and watery, not much carbonation.

O-Got the session part, low alcohol and light, but no IPA. Too maltly really lacking in hops. (359 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excited by this beer's concept. Pours a golden, orangish, rustic brown color with a small head that does't stick around too long. Nose is grassy, citrusy hops and a touch of caramel malts. The taste follows suit. Citrus upfront moves on to a caramel malt base, and a blast of citrus, earthy, bitter hops. Much more of a hop punch than anticipated. Mouth is creamy and full bodied. Overall, I love Schlafly's route with this beer. Lower abv and just as much flavor as the rest of their IPA lineup makes me excited. (513 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FTowne!

Bright light copper and golden amber with a nice off-white crown atop. Sticky spiderwebs of lace remain down the glass.

Nice citrus zest, mild, and some mild pine and caramel sweetness combine fairly nicely. This isn't a pungent or incredibly expressively aroma, but what's here is nice.

Low to moderate bitterness. Pine and caramel flavors combine nicely with just a hint of a citrus flesh and zest character. Fairly dry. A bit bready. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Before I knew it, this can was crushed. (608 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale copper IPA from da can eh? This one has nice chunky lacing, head is thick bright white egg shell hued, nice looking brew so far. Aroma muted hops watered down citrus notes, pale biscuit malts session IPA the can says bold flavors....they lied a bit there. Canned in June, pretty lifeless watered down hops, generic hop pellet flavor mild biscuit malt sweetness pretty mediocre as a whole. Low alcohol is a good feature but not when the flavor is lacking. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied no hop oils featured on the palate goes down easy but it's a weird experience. Overall I bought a six and I'm glad I don't have access to anymore, worth the try but I bought this based one nostalgia from visiting the brewery in St. Louis over ten years ago. (753 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned on Apr 29 2013.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear golden with a very minimal head atop,not flat looking but with a relatively hard pour not much head at all was produced.Faint leafy/minty hops in the nose along with faint toasted grain,light is the wod for the aromas.The flavors are by far the best part of this beer,a nice splash of citric and herbal hops jump out nicely with a firm malt base that gives off some sugary sweetness,an earthy note lingers as well.The feel is light wich I guess was expected.I like the concept of a session American style IPA but Iam not sure if I have really liked the ones I have had much. (638 characters)

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Schlafly Sessions IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.