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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our English Style Export IPA features 100% English hops and a big malt backbone built upon pale and caramel malted barley. The hop varietals, Pilgrim and East Kent Goldings, lend a quality of lemon and spice, which play off of the fruity flavors contributed by the London ale yeast.

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 natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemispheres.

65 IBU

Added by hckyfn9999 on 05-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StLeasy
4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spieglau IPA Glass, pours a relatively pretty big head.

A- Deep goldenrod. Decent amount of sediment.

S- Lemony and spice dominating, but not over the top. Richness from the malt present but nothing distinct.

T- Woody, lemony, very tangy. Seems to bounce between flavors as I sip. A little dry, but the tanginess keeps my mouth watering

M- Thicker than its American counterpart as expected. Juicy

Rated to style, this beer delivers just as advertised. Woody, lemony, not too bitter and not too sweet. A big English bitter that will keep you sipping while trying to put a thumb on complex flavors.

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Photo of possumfollower2
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy Cow. What's goin' on with this? Color's rosy amber. Consistency is lighter. Head's light and lacy. Flavor is whole other ballgame. Complex is a subtle term. Fruity. Herbaceous. Reminds me of a badass Cali Syrah, for all you wine freaks out there who are into beer. This guy is something to bend your brain around. Thanks to Rob for bringing this back from the mid-west to Boone! Schlafly is definitely on my radar now.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice gold orange amber body hits with a good white cap the forms very slowly. Good retention. Body color is quite crystal clear as well, and there is some real solid lacing on this glass while drinking, and leaves a real solid thick puck and collar while drinking.

Mild brisk lemon, faint woody ash and herbal black tea, hints of apricot. Faint toasty malt backbone.. yup just as interesting as how I remember it on tap, great.

Palate is just a giant rush of senses on the taste. Hop blasting tea herbal bitters, a great graham cracker crust on the finish. Mouthfeel hits with a nice toasty brown sugar, crisp and baked all over. A good thick sense without a syrupy content. Wonderful lingering hop aroma on this, of black tea mixed with piping hot spice (not alcohol).

Overall, still wins for me, probably one of my favorite English IPAs even still.

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Photo of phergy
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Schlafly Export IPA is one of the Schlafly Spring/Summer seasonal beers. I poured it from the bottle into a standard pint glass after allowing it to warm to 55°. It developed 3-4 fingers of white frothy head with lots of retention and a fruity nose. The color is a dark honey. This beer is bitter but with a nice balance of malt. It is smooth in the mouth with some carbonation felt on the tongue. The bitterness is pleasant and lasts through the finish, but doesn't really linger after that. For an 8% ABV beer, the alcohol is not really noticeable, just a bit of warmth at the finish. The beer is tasty and well balanced. I wish this wasn't a seasonal beer because I could drink it year round.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to the label, Schlafly Export India Pale Ale is a traditional english-style ale. Brewed with a high gravity and extra hops, which originally helped preserve the beer on long voyages from England to India. Bottled with love on April 30, 2007.

This beer pours a hazy deep copper color. There is a nice thick, creamy, white colored, two and a half finger head . The head has great retention and doesn't ever fully disappear. There is also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of grapefruity citrus predominantly. Also present is a touch of toffee and some nice malt in the background.

On to the taste. First up on the palate is a rush of fresh resinous hops. There is a touch of pine along with some more of the grapefruit noted in the aroma, and some fresh pineapple. A strong malt backbone helps really balance this beer out in the finish with some nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and is very smooth and well carbonated. The 8% abv is very well hidden and this is an extremely drinkable brew. This is an awesome beer from Schlafly. I really wish they would brew this year round and make it a part of their regular rotation. The beer was bottle only ten days ago and I am on my second sixer already.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear yellow/golden color with a thick creamy head. The lacing is persistent. The aroma is initially strong of fresh hop - very inviting. It fades to some fruit and floral notes, but the hops remain. The taste is bitter and fresh with hops. The mouthfeel is medium and very well suited. This is an impressive IPA - bold flavors, but not overpowering and well balanced.

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Photo of marcpal
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A: A really good looking beer. Sparkling orange color with a thick off white head. Like beaten egg whites and some of the stickiest clingy lacing Ive seen in a beer. Top notch appearance.

S: Good amount of hops, primarily citrus. The malt is there but dominated by grapefruit and orange flavors. Not overdone but the proper invitation of hops, like an American IPA more than the other side of the pond.

T: First is the malt and then the spices of the hops completely dominate the flavor. Good balance that is more a swapping of dominant flavor than it is a melding of the two. Something of a breadiness but really a see-saw of bitter hops and then malt, than hops, than caramel, than grassiness. A golden adventure. I like it.

M: Fairly chewy and considerably spicy. Long bitter finish of an American style IPA. Alcohol completely hidden, completely.

D: Outstanding beer, first Ive had from this brewery and if I could get them in Jersey, they'd have me sold. I dont think it is the role model of an English IPA, but one tasty hoppy beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge whipped egg white head that sticks and laces

Smell: Tangerine and lemon as well as earthy tea-like hop aromas

Taste: A citrusy bitter AIPA taste bud assault at the outset gives way to more tea-like earthy hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the big malt bill also presents a toffee element to balance out the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I wouldn't mind if the ABV were toned down a notch, but this is a fine brew, nonetheless

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Photo of bnes09
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-hazy and orange in color. Pours a creamy ivory head that recedes to a light froth. Excellent retention.

Aromas of citrus fruits, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit.

Hops are assertive yet not overpowering boasting flavors of pine grapefruit and some soapy character. Bitter and satisfying. A sturdy malt backbone holds the brew together with a biscuity quality. Also a hint of honey sweetness to round it out. Finishes dry and crisp.

Medium bodied, excellent carbonation and plenty of texture.

As far as I'm concerned, it just does not get any better than a fresh IPA on a warm spring day and this beer delivers. I was really excited to try an IPA styled after the original English versions. I was not disappointed. A must try for any hop head. Sure to gain a lot of fans in the St. Louis area.

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Photo of Lupe
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy white 2 fingered head. Good retention and lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Fresh hoppy aroma of cut grass and light citrus give off fragrant bitterness. Solid biscuity malt lies in the background.

Citrus leads in the flavor profile, but not as biting or acidic as a typical American IPA. This citrus is more mild and marries well with other light fruity flavors. Hops are bright and clean, and well balanced by the malt - some toasted grain and caramel. Very well balanced with plenty of flavor and the right amount of bitterness. The label says 8% abv, but not a drop shows up in the flavor. Finishes dry with some lingering citrus ans toasted malt flavors. Very nice.

Medium bodied and smooth. Goes down real easy and uber-refreshing. I don't believe this is 8%, as it drinks as easily as a bitter. A session beer that you would have to watch yourself with. Highly recommended.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, semi-cloudy golden amber, with a tenacious white head. Evocative hop aroma featuring some earthy English style notes and some elements, such as the tropical fruits, that seem derived from American hops. Juicy malts come up first on the palate. They are joined by juicy fruits of multiple sources: citrus, tropical, stone fruits. Bitterness grows at the mid-palate but crescendoes quickly, leading to a smooth, tea-bitterness-and-nutty-malts finish. That finish is long and active. Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect -- rounded, juicy, and brisk, but not over the top in any way. This is a wonderful beer -- an IPA that is drinkable and has plenty of hop character in spite of not being a hop-bomb.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went out and found a six. Expectations were high and this brew was everything I hoped it would be.

Poured from the bottle a deep amber gold with a massive head. The headed faded to a respectable nice quarter-inch. Plenty of lacing from start to finish.

Nice aroma with the hoppy goodness of grapefruit and grass but the malt makes it's presence known.

The hops and malts are in great balance. Grapefruit, sweet malt,and a touch of bitterness really stand out. As said before, the alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

In my opinion, this is one of the finest beers to come from Schlafly. Sure, I'm partial to IPAs but this one can hold it's own. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a six pack to finish.

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Photo of deepsouth
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm enjoying this beer today courtesy of BradLikesBrew.

the bottles says... "A meal of bread, cheese & beer constitutes the perfect food." queen elizabeth I

this beer poured a golden yellow, quite clear with a wonderful off-white head that settles in the middle of the glass like a dollop of ice cream. it's leaving lacing like 9000 (that's a lot of lacing). the taste is fruity and spicy and a bit bitter, but with a sweet finish.

this is a great beer, far exceeding any expectations i might have had since i'm typically not an IPA guy.

thanks brad.

drinking another of these on 07/11/08 courtesy of Goliath.

having come around to appreciate an IPA more, i wanted to edit my review to state that this could easily be my favorite regular IPA.

big ups to Goliath who sent me two more of these to enjoy.

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Photo of cnally
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came as a recommendation from one of the beer aficionados at the great Indianapolis establishment, Kahn's.

My initial thought is how nice the beer looks. A slightly cloudy radiant orange sits below its hard-to-dissipate head. Little to no carbonation bubbles here. The scent is full of oaky, malty, earthy elements. This beer actually reminds me of the smell of a chardonnay. Whoa on the initial hops flavor! I thought it was supposed to mimic an english IPA! That one really hits hard, right away. Nice strong malt flavor as well. Not dry at all. For an IPA, this has a pretty substantial malty flavor. Great texture on the tongue as well. Slightly heavy, but really smooth and frothy. Absolutely the kind of beer you want to pack your fridge or cooler full of.

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Photo of cubbyswans
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into a New Belgum snifter type glass. Didn't pour too aggressive, pours a nice copper color, got about 1 finger of head which lingered around for most of the beer, leaving a bit of lacing behind with each sip. I smelled pine needles and a bit of hop initially, but I should have let it warm a bit before pouring. It was bitter tasting at first, with a touch of caramel, but it opened up quite a bit as it as the drink went on. I could taste the hop and a touch of citrus. It seemed to get smoother as it warmed in the glass. I was surprised at how smooth it went down from beginning to end at %8 ABV. This could be a dangerous beer for me.

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Photo of bort11
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall two finger, off-white colored head. Recedes to a filmy cap, but leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Color is a mostly-clear, coppery orange.
Smell has a malty sweet base with added citrus fruits. The citrus is prominent, but not overpowering. Maybe more of the blossom than the actual fruit. Taste is equally fruity like tangerines. This is very interesting because it is different. Usually citrus flavors are lemon or orange which can easily get unbalanced. This tangerine flavor is bold but not over powering. Nice! It does finish up in the back with some hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light/medium body and very clean. Very refreshing and quaff-able, even though the higher ABV puts it out of the "session" category. Schlafly is shining

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy orange in color. Quite the hop aroma going on-says fresh cut grass. Great malty flavor with a huge backdrop of hops. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter. Good mouthfeel. Very good beer and very, very drinkable. An easy going down 8% its almost scary. Seems more like a US version but who cares. Great beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of a hint of grass, sweet malt, hops, citrus, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, hint of smoke, and hint of floral notes. Overall, complex body and aroma, smooth, and well blended.

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Photo of Talisker
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer from Schlafly, who have really been coming into their own over the past few years.

12oz bottle purchased July 2007 at Lukas Liquors in St. Louis. This one poured in November 2007.

Hazy orange pour, tends more to the brown than the yellow. Moderate head that hangs around just enough throughout. The aroma, while wonderful, is just slightly muted - probably the least notable aspect of this beer, and a notch too subtle for my West Coast-inclined nose. That sweet/dry smell you get from English malt with strong hints of citrus that one assumes comes from Northwest hops.

Although the bottle states this is an English-style IPA, to me it tastes like a (wonderful) hybrid of the UK and the USA. Hops are definitely the star, but not in that prickly piny Northwest way (maybe some lemon-lime?), nor quite in the mellowly spicy English way - hard to state how this skirts the line, but it's a beautiful thing to behold. Plenty of backbone underneath it, but doesn't get in the way with any sickly sweetness or heavy texture.

Hard to describe a beer that's so wonderfully balanced, but believe me, this is something special. Up there with the Coffee Stout as my favorite Schlafly beer.

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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with a beautiful head. Smells of pine and grapefruit, common of its style, as well as sweet bread and a touch of malts. Starts off with a touch of sweet malt, which is followed by a grapefruit, hoppy taste and a tad bit of bitterness. This is a great IPA. It is not as over the top as many can be and the bitterness that is usually associated with IPA's is not overly present. Too bad this is only seasonal for Schlafly because it has become one of my favorite offerings by them.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/7/07- Received via BA Talisker as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of April 30th, 2007. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Wonderful semi-cloudy off orange, slightly golden colored pour. Full one inch head on pour which form a ultra creamy milkshake-like head. Actually, more like Cool Whip. Leaves behind great trails and patches of lace. No faults here.

Smell- Doesn't really jump out at you, which is it's main flaw. Otherwise, it's got a nice lemony and orange nose to it. Really no pine or grapefruit here. More like tropical hop notes.

Taste- Yes, very tropical indeed. Getting more like satsuma tangerines and meyer lemon flavoring from these hops. Very different from any IPA either American or English that I have tried. Also a mild tea like flavoring. Not overly sweet, but just about right. A nice match of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level with a average bitterness in the aftertaste. The tea like flavor make it seem just a touch watery. Not enough to really do any harm though.

Drinkability- Quality English IPA here. In fact, I can't really think of any others except for maybe one or two that I have enjoyed more. Thanks again Ethan for all the wonderful brews you let me try!

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Photo of Duxx
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a burnt yellow color with some orangish tint. I have a lot of trub or yeast sediment in my glass. Way to much for simple bottle conditioning. Must have been left in there on purpose. I'm not a fan...I'll try a more careful pour next time to see if it is just bottom sediment. The head is ample and bright white. Lace sticks to the glass even as I'm half way done.

S: Earthy and lemony hop notes predominate.

T: Strong sweet caramel malt flavor on the front end with a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

M: Surprisingly full bodied, probably from the caramel malt?

O: This is my first English IPA and it is quite a different taste than the American IPA's I am used to. The full bodied caramel malt backbone carries the hops well into the finish. The hop bitterness is not front and center initially. Smooth alcohol character with minimal alcohol warming. I think they did a great job controlling the hot fusel alcohols during fermentation. Overall a great beer but I wish it was filtered bright...

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Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle, brought back from the Bottleworks location. Label as pictures above.
Bottled on date.
Poured a bright copper orange color, with a solid, foamy white head. Thin sticky lace sheets.
Has a very good IPA aroma, grapefruit and orange, slightly earthy, and some caramel malt.
Taste has some earthy hop bitterness, lots of caramel malt keeps everything in balance. Clean flavors, crisp and dry finish. Good level of carbonation, smooth, nice body. High (8%) alcohol is hidden, very drinkable. This would be a for-sure-go-to beer if it were available to me locally.

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Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden orange color with some haziness and a good amount of head.

The aroma has floral hops, some sweet malt, a bit of citrus. Very middling aroma, but still with a good amount of hops in there. Still, a bit aroma challenged, like other Schlafly IPA/APA beers I've had.

The flavor follows wonderfully. There's lots of lemon, lemon peel and citrus in the front. There's a good amount of spice and then some malt biscuit sweetness. The finish is quite strong of herbal, earthy, and grapefruit bitterness. It's really drying, without being cloying and overly bitter. It actually is quite a bitter beer, but without being offensive and quite enjoyable.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel, very much of other IPAs.

This really stands out as an exceptional beer from this brewery for me. It tastes more like an English hopped American IPA for me, as it has that light body of a West Coast style IPA. The hops used are extremely interesting with this strong pop of lemon and light citrus instead of grapefruit, but then the drying being later of herbs and grapefruit.

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Photo of gpogo
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light gold with beautiful large off-white head that leaves a beautiful lacing.

A- Grassy earthy hop aroma. Slightly citrus.

T- Moderate hop flavor which gets more floral as it warms with a nice amount of bitterness that leaves a bitter aftertaste. The malt seems to hide behind the hop gunshow.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Goes down incredibly smooth.

D- Not a west-coast hop bomb but it is an English IPA. It really gets better just above the temperature of the refridgerator when the real flavor and aroma can show themselves. At 8% abv with how delicious this is seems like a dangerous combination. I recommend anyone in the midwest(or elsewhere if you can find it) to check this brew out.

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