Schlafly Sessions IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 has some hops, a touch of malts. Taste is piney hops, a bit of malts, kind of light and subdued for the style. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, is kind of lacking any punch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of sjones5045
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Home 5/3/15

Clean crisp drinkable IPA. Nice amount of hop backbone to a low alcohol brew. One of the better sessions out there.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of Megahertz
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a shaker. Packaged on April 4.

A - Crystal clear deep yellow-orange with a surprisingly large fluffy head.

S - Citrusy, grassy. Not over the top, but very nice indeed.

T - Drink. A. Ble. Very simple barley flavors with a noticeable but retrained bitterness. Major hop flavors of grapefruit.

M - Light body with a bone dry finish.

O - I can't stop drinking it. Thank goodness it's only 4.5%.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper body with a white head that recedes up a film. Light lacing, very light.

Aroma: Malty sweetness laced with caramel. Nice bitter hops after. Citrus.

Taste: A really good balance of malt sweetness, caramel, spiciness, and citric hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean, bright.

Overall: Really good. I like Schlafly's can sessions.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear, deep orange-gold color with two fingers of rich off-white head. Sticky lacing left all around the glass.

Bright aroma of of orange peel, herbs, and green grass along with notes of saltine cracker.

The taste was a spot-on match to the aroma. Orange peel, fresh grass, and herbal notes along with light onion and a table cracker-maltiness for good balance.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This one is a winner. The perfect session beer for the spring and upcoming summer season.

Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied IPAs are the obvious trend heading into warmer weather and Schlafly is at the forefront of the movement with their "Can Session" IPA. Chiming in at a whopping 4.5% abv and with the body, crispness and refreshment to match, the ale refuses to reliquish the bold hoppy taste in which the style is famed.

Introductions offer a bright goldenrod hue with the slimmest of hop haze. The ale is pierced by exuberant carbonation that could easily be mistaken for German Pilsner, at least until you put your nose up to the glass. Capped with a fluffy cotton froth, the beer's head texture is light and airy; lacing spottily as the beer fades.

Zesty aromas of citrus and pine command the initial scent while an earthy fresh note of cut grass, herb, and chive come in later. Lightly kilned malts support the hop aromatics with thin caramel, grain and honey. A tinge of fermentation character and alcohol allow for a light peppery note to tease the nose heading into the first sip.

Highly refreshing throughout, the start of light honey and whole wheat provide a wafer-like taste. The middle comes quick with a huge burst of grapefruit and orange peels. As the beer bitters up a bit in finish, the earthy taste of chives, pine, and herb in complement. As the malt taste recedes, it leaves behind a light mineral taste that's somewhat seltzer water-like.

Crisp, clean and highly refreshing, the beer's stern carbonation steers malt textures quickly to dryness. Light peppery sensations join with mild alcohol warmth to close the beer with a short aftertaste and dry clean mouthfeel.

The fully hoppy flavor isn't concerned with complexity and challenge. Its an effortless ale where the bottom of the glass comes far too soon. But at 4.5% abv, I think I'll have another!

Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Zraly
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Bright gold with a rocky two finger head. Bottled on May 22, 2013. Date on bottom of can and on packaging.

Very clean floral scent; perfume and earth. A touch of bready malt works well with the floral and resin hop note. Crisp and refreshing. A touch of bitter orange peel in the finish. Also an interesting note of saltine crackers -- its fairly subtle and thus makes this rather straightforward, low ABV IPA a bit more interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean; carbonation keeps things lively. Medium-light body.

Very solid ale with lots of flavor for the ABV. Schlafly joins with other brewers in creating sessionable IPAs, which work well for the hot summer weather. It really deserves a place at your next cookout.

Photo of brianbeze
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BierStein711
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best session beer I've had in a long time

12 oz can poured into shaker pint, three finger head, low carbonation, burnt orange to amber in color

Smell: pine and cold aluminium!

Taste: pine, resin, rope, and a floral hop finish

Mouthfeel: just right!

Overall, this is a good, yet simple IPA. I'm a big fan of this brew, and I'll think I'll buy some more soon!

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Schlafly Sessions IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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