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Schlafly Sessions IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 190
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a better than average session ipa, with lots of floral hop aroma and bitter hop taste. its part of the new can series, and letter ipas, and I liked it quite a bit. it pours your generic light copper new penny color, with an inch or so of white froth on top like a cappuccino. nice nose of springtime flowers meets fresh hops, very appropriate. light English and American pale malt middle, maybe a touch too much for such a light beer, but there is a great hop bitterness on the back half to clean things up. really punchy and dank, a lot for a beer that doesn't measure 5% abv. impressive really. fairly drinkable, although a little heavy for what it is in terms of feel and filling me up, but the carbonation is just right, and the finish is clean and memorable. overall a good ipa, something I would definitely buy a twelve pack of and slam on all summer long if I lived where I could get it fresh. a good innovation, worth your guapola.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium golden with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Citrus fruit, resin, pine, and dank hops form the initial aroma. Grainy malt complements fresh cut grass well.

Tastes like I ate a handful of grass, initially. The grainy, bready malt backbone serves only to increase that initial experience. Notes of wild onion and sage surface mid palate, fading into a slightly bitter, resiny finish. There are solid citrus notes upfront, but they're dwarfed by the sage, onion and grass character.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and a hint of astringency.

Lots of hop character, with more focus on flavor than bittering, which suits my palate. Wish the citrus stood out more, but that savory herb character is intriguing. Would go well with thanksgiving dinner. Not sure I could have more than one because of the onion character.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a decent level of retention, with big bubbles popping in the head to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of grapefruit and grassy hop, much stronger then would have been expected for a 4.5 % abv brew. Mixed with the hop is a very light fruit aroma of a citrus and tropical fruits as well as a little bit of a of caramel smell.

Taste – While the smell is much bigger then would have been expected, the taste is rather spot on for a 4.5 % brew (well maybe slightly more flavorful). The taste begins with a rather decent amount of a grapefruit hop flavor which is quite nice. The only problem is that the light malt flavor and bit of citrus sweet flavors that begin the taste are quite thin and cannot support the hop. Toward the middle the grapefruit begins to fade in intensity along with the malty flavors fading as well. This creates a rather watery taste in the middle of the flavor profile. This is temporary however, as toward the end more grapefruit hop as well as some grassy hop flavors come to the tongue. Along with these hop flavors so too comes a bit of a bready flavor which when all combined leave a crisp, moderately hoppy and thinner body malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the brew is on the watery and thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The carbonation, if higher, may have been better for the thinner malt flavors of the brew while a slightly thicker body may have supported the hop better (although I must say that that is a hard thing to achieve with only a 4.5 % abv brew).

Overall – If looking for a session brew that has little alcohol and has a decent hop taste, then this is a good go to. While not as good as Stone Levitation as a hopped session, it is noteworthy. In a session style situation a 6 pack will give a decent hop fix without a whole lot of alcohol.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. The head poured is ragged and downright ugly - it has a soapy-looking texture and fades away pathetically. She's not a looker, that's for damn sure.

S: Now this is better. The hops win out here, providing notes of grapefruit, pine, lemongrass, and even some tropical fruit touches. Maltiness doesn't really come through, but I don't care about that.

T: A combination of lemongrass and pine needles open things up, changing to a slightly tropical tone in the middle. There isn't much of a finish due to the dryness. All the carbonation creates an illusion of bitterness on the palate, but when given the chance to calm down, it reveals a nice flavor-to-bitterness ratio, with even a negligible hint of flavor layering.

M: Dry, dry, dry. It manages to avoid a watery pratfall, though, because of the lingering resin qualities. On the other hand, it's ridiculously fizzy - which makes the brew seem more bitter than it is, among other things.

O: It doesn't make me hard the way Lagunitas DayTime did, but that's because Centennial is pretty low down on my list of preferred hops. Still a successful low-alcohol hop vessel, though.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

Pours a clear golden color with some copper hues. There is a nice half inch white head that is dense and slightly sticky but recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is of bitter citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruits and then some fresh bready grain notes. The hops are grassy and fresh with some nice slight piney notes.

Starts off with slight grassy hop notes followed by some nice citrusy bitter hops. A good malty and bready grain body is followed and mixed in well with the hop notes. The body is light and refreshing. As the name says its pretty easy to drink and the bitterness isn't too overwhelming. Fresh grassy notes with some citrus notes wrapped up with some good fresh baked bread notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Pretty cool IPA from Schlafly. Accessible and well crafted.

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Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Schlafly Sessions IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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