Imperial Topaz India Pale Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

Imperial Topaz India Pale AleImperial Topaz India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Topaz India Pale AleImperial Topaz India Pale Ale
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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some tropical fruits. Taste is balanced hops and malts. Tropical fruits, alcohol, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but not great for the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with two finger head and lace ring. A juicy almost barley wine aroma as there is a dry, citric hop smell but I get booze, something akin to dark fruits and a pervading sweetness in the aroma - not typical dry, citric, piney hop aroma. A thicker, heavier, body that has some alcohol punch to it but, besides a warm finish, the alcohol never overpowers the beer. Again, not a traditional DIPA as it's not hop-centric. Hops give off a dry, bitter, citric vide but there is also some real sweetness to the hops (tropical and grapefruit). Also get some breadiness, caramel/toffee sweetness and even something more sugary and sweet that I can't figure out. Not a session beer but a great beer to sip on and well worth trying as it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Imperial Topaz is an excellent beer. If the abv wasn't so could drink the crap out of it. The beer poured a hazy orangish with white head that left a nice lace. The scent and taste carried tangerine hints with subtle notes of pine. The mouthfeel was full in body with good carbonation. Overall....yeah....this is a good one....must try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber hued with great clarity and vibrant carbonation. A quarter inch of tightly knit off white head sits on top. Heavy Brussels lacing. The nose is pineapple and mango tropical notes with some light malt. The flavor is a nice balance of the tropical hops and light malt. The mouth is dry and slightly chalky.

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Photo of aratcliffe
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is sensational. The maltiness twists around the hops to present much like a brown ale. It does get smoother as it sits, and it's defintely a sipper--it took about 90 minutes to finish what was about a 10 oz. pour. Tremendous stuff.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome imperial IPA.
Aroma is nice but slight. Nice bitter grapefruit and tangerine. Complex deep flavors. Low carbonation and rich creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is yeast, fruit, floral and slightly perfumed sweetness. The flavor is tropical fruit, fruit, mild earthiness, thick/slightly rough body and a slightly bitter/mostly smooth finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 12/17/14

Pours a very effervescent orange with 2 fingers + of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, piney, a little bit of pear & breadness

T: Bready, cakey, pineapple, grassiness & cattiness up front, a little bit of tangerine as well. Grapefruit, mangos, breadyness & mint as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes bready, a little dry, with a whisper of toffee, grapefruit rind, tangerine & a bit of grassiness, plus honey malt

MF: MF Chewy, nice carbonation, very nice balance

Sure glad I picked up a bottle of this, drinks so easy, despite the ABV. Their hoppy stuff is always nice when fresh/semi-fresh

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*25.4 oz bottle poured into a wine glass*

The store I frequent had one of these behind the counter. I didn't know what it was, but I asked the clerk "please let me see that?" He grabbed it, seen it was an Imperial IPA with Topaz hops. I said, I like T-IPA which has Galaxy hops and I enjoy that brew, why not check this one out? Well, clearly you see I bought it. Now let me describe this brew for those who might want to pick this one up. First things first, the pour! She pours dark copper body with a slightly off white head. I guess it's outstanding. This brew has alcohol legs so no need in denying the 10.2 ABV.

Now it's time for the aroma kiddies! This starts off huge with fruits. Mostly fresh peaches with Apricots not too far behind. In the background there's hints of resin and slaps of booze. Pretty Amazing actually. It's full and in yo face!

Taste test time Biatches! First starts with peaches with a backing of orange citrus. There's also hints of earth and vine after the swallow..heh. Way back in the gut of this brew is a touch of Spearmint. Not the astringecy but the mint flavor. This brew finishes slightly dry with booze and slight bitter. Aftertaste of ripe oranges. Very nice. The feel on this is full body with ample carbonation.

Overall: The balance on the hops and malts is pretty decent. It's up there with Pliny and Hop Stoopid. The flavors are enjoyable except for one little thing...BOOZE! I might be too sensitive to it, but this brew finishes a bit hot. It only gets in the way a little, making it taste more like a hoppy Barley Wine versus an Imperial IPA. I really don't like Boozy DIPAs yet this brew's initial flavor is packing some enjoyment. I can kill a bottle yet I won't buy again, unless it's in a smaller format. Blah, blah, blah worth the try and your time. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent DIPA, a very enjoyable rendition. A couple things to keep in mind though are that this is not an imperial version of their Tasmanian IPA. Do not expect to find this an amped up version of that brew. Although it is a good reference point to understand how this brew differs (this one has more fruit and subtle flavors versus the in your face grapefruit flavors of the TIPA). Secondly, this is one of the most 'balanced' Imperial IPA's I have ever tasted. The hop presence is not meant to hit you over the head.

A: A dark amber/orange color with a small quarter to half inch of head, which dissipates to some small lacing around the edges.

S: Smell of caramel, sugar, and a bevy of fruit. There are hints of citrus and tropical notes alike. Although much more subdued than some of their other prominent offerings (previously mentioned TIPA).

T: The taste follows the smells exactly. Malty, sweet caramel notes up front followed by tropical and citrus flavored fruits. There is some darker orange flavors, such as grapefruit and blood orange, although quite more subdued. A bit of mango and fruit punch flavors tingle the taste buds in between. The flavors finishes with just the slightest hint of a boozy note. This was the oddest part of the experience, although not unpleasant. They were so close to covering this boozy flavor up, but just slightly fell shy of it. The other item of note is the almost complete lack of hop bitterness. To my taste buds, this may be the most 'balanced' DIPA I have ever had, due to the undetectable bitter notes.

M: A nice medium body mouth feel, mild carbonation, slight oily alcohol presence. Leaves a little bit of the sticky mouth feel behind.

O: An excellent take on a DIPA. I personally have more preferred versions of this style for my regular go to's, but this one definitely takes a unique approach that makes it stand out in it's own way.

I would absolutely purchase and drink again if available. As this is a one time brewed DIPA, I would suggest not passing it up if given the opportunity to purchase. You will not regret it.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping this would almost be an imperial Tasmanian IPA. Unfortunately its not. It's a nice enough beer but too syrupy and sweet which takes away from the hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In keen celebration of their twenty-third year in existence, the Schlafly brewers seek out the pieces and parts of ale that's befitting of the momentous occasion. The allure of Tasmanian "Topaz" hops prove too strong, thus a single-hop imperial IPA is born.

Topaz pours with a deep winter's honey amber hue with golden highlights nearest its margins. Bright fruit, herb and dripping sweetness spring from its frothy lattice and decorate the nose with its tropical and citrus perfumes. Sweetened with caramel, sweetly toasted grain and rich honey- the beer's imperial sweetness strikes first.

With that fluid malty-sweet base, the barley seems to give the rising hops a honey-dipped character and brings out the strong insinuation of fructose and hawaiian punch as soon as those tropical mango, passionfruit, pineapple, red grapefruit, blood orange and lime all layer upon, one by one. Its lemony tang is accompanied by herbal and peppery undertones as the bitterness sets in.

Light herbal woods frame the character of bitterness as it begins to outlast the fading malt sweetness. Notions of perfumy sassafras, verbena and tea leaf keep the palate guessing while the more common bitterness of pine shavings burrow deep in the gullet. Its medium-full body remains creamy though trending drier and drier as the taste closes, but the balance of peppercorn and spicy alcohol contends with the lingering sweetness quite well.

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. It tasted of toasted caramel, sweet orange peel and sour/bitter grapefruit. A medium bodied ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Resiny, very grassy, very grapefruity aroma initially, with a background of caramel malt. Tangerine, lemon, and white grapes emerge.

Flavor reveals sweet caramel malt at the base, with a bitter, herbal finish. Underpinnings of resin and muted citrus add complexity. Seems pretty hot. Sweetness is cloying and can't imagine drinking a whole bomber.

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Imperial Topaz India Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 79 ratings