Schlafly Export IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 427
Photo of DCDevilDancer
2.32/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Think it's only fair to mention upfront that this is not my favorite style IPA. I'm a West Coast boy, born and bred. That being said, I think this beer is pretty lousy. No focus, no nucleus, almost void of (good) flavor. It might be an alright companion for fried rice or a cigarette, but on it's own it's unbalanced, not infected yet oddly sour, way hot for 8%, and really downright hard to drink.
Looks OK, I guess. Absolutely no lacing or head retention.
Smells pretty good. A little cloyingly sweet, but some pleasant marmalade and blossom notes.
Tastes pretty bad. Upfront there is a brief pleasurable moment- a slight pop of oranges, peaches and honeysuckle. This quickly disolves into an awful mess of alcohol, sourness, and faint floral hop bitterness. As soon as I finish typing this I'm pouring the last few ounces down the drain. I've kept sipping to review, and as I sip more I want to lower my scores even further.
Horrible mouthfeel.

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Photo of BucketHolder
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really like Schlafly beers normally, but this one is just a thumbs down for me. Chalk it up to my being an enormous hophead and this beer having maltier tendencies.

I started off hopeful because it has a nice color. Then I noticed a lack of aroma normally associated with IPA's. This stuff tastes boozy to me, and is very sweet. I can tell this has a hop presence, but it's drowned in the malt.

I don't really have much else to say about this beer, aside from hoping I got a bad bottle, and my next one will surprise me and be all I hoped for.

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Photo of oline73
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with just a layer of fluffy off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite sweet, hints of fruit and a bit metallic with a hint of tomato. Not a lot of hops here.

Taste: Much better than the smell. There is a sweetness that strikes me as kind of odd. A bit fruity and also malty. There is some citrus peel hop bitterness with a bitter finish. The sweetness and bitterness don't seem to want to work together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish. Hardly any carbonation here.

Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. There was an odd sweetness in the flavor that I didn't love. The alcohol is well hidden. Still really like this brewery.

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Photo of robboyd
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been impressed by the Schlafly brews I've tried in the past so I picked up this sixer for IPA day. It looks nice enough on the pour, a nice deep amber color with a good head that dissipated over the first few minutes of drinking. Smell was off on this beer for an IPA. It reminded more of macro domestic beers than any IPA I've ever smelled. It had a stronger malt character than I would expect from an IPA. The taste was off too. Strong malt and baked bread. Boozy with a not enjoyable bitterness to it. Overall, I can't say this will be a beer I purchase again.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy orange/ light gold color.

Aromas of dry biscuits and marmalade.

Clearly tastes to be heading in the English IPA direction with buiscuty/ orchard fruit flavors and tea leaf hoppiness.

Alcohol stands out a bit here, and there is a bitter finish I assume is hops, but not much hop aroma or flavor over all.

The prickly carbonation spreads a sharp and sour fruity note into the back of the mouth, and it kinda brings me down; bums me out; upsets me.

I could learn to love it as a one-off home-brew batch that pride forced me to finish off, and throw out the recipe, but I won't pay money for this.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with bits of sediment floating around. There's about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, and its texture is fairly rocky-looking. Retention is pretty decent, while the head leaves behind webs of lacing on the glass.

S: At first, I pick a healthy amount of sourdough bread and earthiness. There are some twinges that try to resemble stone fruits, but not vividly in the least. Additional hints of mineral water (suggesting a dry beer) and acidic citrus also come through. The citrusy qualities are slightly harsh on the nose. Eh, somewhat up-and-down, leaning slightly closer to down.

T: The opening bread notes are quite well done - they're nicely defined without weighing the palate down. However, just like the nose indicated, there's too much acidic qualities coming from the hops. The actual citrus notes are very mild (no orange marmalade flavors here, sadly), it's mostly just acid. A shame, as everything else about this is good, I just can't get over the battery acid taste.

After a while, its acidic-ness is tempered by the presence of...tobacco, or hell, even weed. It's not enough to make me love this, but it does make this a bit more enjoyable. Still, it's rather imbalanced.

M: It is crisp and fairly light, like a good IPA should be. Carbonation is solidly strong, not overly so. Because it isn't balanced that well, it's not particularly drinkable.

O: I literally have NO idea what to think of this brew. I definitely don't think it's in the same league as some of Schlafly's other IPAs (namely, their wonderful TIPA), but after sipping it for a while, it grows on me slightly. Slightly. Quash some of the acidic qualities, and this would become a genuinely good English IPA. Try it if you can get a single, I guess.

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Photo of delta490
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured an orange-tinted amber with a clinging white head. There is significant detritus floating in this and settling to the bottom, a real negative. There is almost no aroma or flavor even as it warms. There is a nice weight to the body. Not even remotely like an English IPA. I don't know what happened to make this bottle that bad.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass/ bottled on 3/28/2011

Appearance is a light copper color with a fuzzy bubbly two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy scattered lacing left clinging to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is quite faint actually with a slight citrus smell of orange rinde. I don't know but its hard to get any much else aroma out of it. If you ask me, it smells more like a hopped up pilsner then IPA.

Taste surely does signal otherwise thanfully. Upfront taste of slight orange citrus with some pine bitterness following, caramel malt and dry cracker like taste finish.

Medium(bordering light)with very high fizzy carbonation. Very dry aftertaste.

Overall this is more like an English Pale Ale instead of IPA. Decent but nothing exciting.

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Photo of SpecialK088
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Pretty standard hazy amber color about a 1 finger head lingers over the top after its poured

Nose is very subtle and the malt comes out more than the hops. Sweeter malt with some earthy hops. Alchol notes as well

Very strange flavor almost like the malt and hops are working aginst one another rather than with each other. They almost seem to cancel each other out to just make a very bland flavor with a slightly hoppy/boozy finish

Mouth is slightly watery feeling light to barely medium body

Easy enough to drink but probably something ill never reach for again with many options availble

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Photo of Seanibus
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A curious beer. It pours a yellow golden, with a lot of suspended matter. The head is lively but falls away quickly. The aroma is strong and overripe, like flowers that have sat in a vase for a day too long. The flavor follows through, with a slightly overripe, acidic quality. There is honey and kind of a boozy orange character to it, like a mimosa. The mouthfeel is prickly and tick.

It is not a bad beer, but not one I find especially refreshing.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the beer was a copper color with a white head. A slight lacing was apparent. The aroma was a faint grapefruit aroma, leaning more toward earthy notes. The initial taste was a sour, unrippened grapefruit. Big hops were present, but the hops were more tongue bruising than tasty. In some ways, the hops were almost medicine-like. Did somebody put Nyquil in my IPA? There was no real sense of sweetness or citrus as part of the hops, making the taste one-sided. On close observation, one might detect the malts and a certain biscuity quality that allow the taste to linger. In the aftertaste, the acidity of the hops becomes more harsh. While this has the texture of an IPA, it hardly has any of the taste characteristics.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dull orange-copper body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: A pungent, leafy hop aroma with a hefty dose of grapefruit. Vague, underlying maltiness.

Taste: Starts with a thin, short-lived caramel malt flavor with only a mild sweetness. Next up is the citrusy grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes citric with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another decent brew from Schlafly.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/golden color with a big fluffy head that dissipated and left some chuncks, but nothing spectacular on the sides.

S - Not a ton here, a little bit if citrusy orange sweetness. Some rind, lemon, and a bit of something that reminds me of gin. Interesting smell, but smells bad to me, as in, it is unpleasant.

T - Malty, a little bit hoppy. Little bit of bread, and that woody gin taste that comes through on the nose. Quite malty, not bad tasting, but it's not good, quite average. I think the oddities of this might appeal to some, but it is not something I am in to.

M - A little slick, lighter side of medium bodied, under carbonated.

D - Actually pretty easy to get down, could do another but I didn't care enough for the taste.

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Photo of degerbah
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale color with three fingers of head. Huge hop aroma that kinda knocks you on your ass. The taste doesn't stand up to the hop aroma. Very smooth and thick flavor. This beer hides it's alcohol extremely well, it doesn't taste nearly as alcoholic as it is.

The beer feels a little thick on the tongue. I've never had an IPA that had this little hop character.

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Photo of bobhits
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darker orange golden color. Thin and short lived head but some lacing to say good bye. The body is an odd look. Bubbles or bubble like yeast just floating downward while from the center carbonation shooting upward. Interesting…

Tangerines, caramel malt, and a slight coy hop aroma. After some time there is a touch of earthy notes in the aroma to maybe make you think brittish ipa.

Oranges and grape fruit, but without any real hop bite to speak of. Strong sweet malt that again takes on an orange like flavor profile. The malt isn’t descriptive, but it is very sweet and as a result the hops don’t get to take their place. I have to say a rather American hop profile given the “export” name on the bottle.

8%, thick for even some imperial IPAs body, and frankly a bit astringent.

These guys have made some far better beers and even better IPAs. I like this one though. It is bold and completely interesting, but far short of being exceptional.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This English Style IPA has a cloudy copper hue that is capped by a soapy thin head. The nose is very subtle in bitterness with some herbal notes but it has more barley and bran grain notes. The flavor is very barleyesque, heavy on dry grain malt, bran flakes and a bitter herb tone. The feel is very dry, crisp, and a bit heavy on carbonation. I understand the style and like heavy malts but this seemed to rely heavily on a dry bran like flavor that just wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of bamadog
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 5/26/2011 and poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a mix of lemony yellow and golden coppery; starts with a big 2 finger, slightly off-white head that becomes pock marked and a little rocky as it slowly fades; body is clouded with sediment, and carbonation flowing throughout, some big and slow, some fast and tiny; head eventually fades to a wild cap, part of it is a thin and uneven skim, and part of it is a huge foamy mass attached to the side; strange patches of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not very big like I hoped; moderate hop presence that is bitter and citric, like lemon peel with a touch of grassiness to it.

Taste: Not very big either, and it's a little thin; beyond that, there is a the same hoppiness that's present in the nose -- bitter presence with the a strong citric fruit rind flavor; bit of a toasty graininess behind. It's alright, but nothing I would be excited about or buy over other items.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium, but definitely leaning towards the lighter side of things; carbonation is strong, borderline sharp (I feel that if the flavors were a little stronger and forward, the sharpness wouldn't be as noticeable); a thin, cottony dry stickiness is left all over the palate; belly is left warm from the strong carbonation and higher ABV.

Overall: Meh. I could take it or leave it. If someone offered it to me, I'd drink it, but I likely won't be buying it again. Schlafly definitely has better offerings out there, so they're still definitely cool with me. This just isn't one of their hits.

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Photo of Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some biscuit and clove and sour lager yeast.
T: It tasted like rusty copper and lemon rind and grass, with some sour lager yeast and earthy wheat. It had a bitter and sour aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was more like a strong Heineken than a good IPA. I wasn't a fan of the scent or taste. The body was ok, and the finish was ok. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable. Not recommended.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/6/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sugars, sweet citrus. Flavor of light citrus, almost a juice-like character, caramel malt. Very sweet, definitely more English pale ale than IPA, and just a little too heavy for me.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 4/30/07. This IPA poured a hazy copper orange color with a thick, bubbly beige head that faded quickly. Some excellent lacing was left behind. The aroma is fairly laid back for an IPA with this high of an alcohol content. Some citrus hop notes are present along with a bit of caramel. The flavor is lead by sweet malts, then some light hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny with a good dose of carbonation. Somewhere between medium to full-bodied. This IPA is all about balance, but it doesn’t do much to set itself apart from the crowd.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/20/2012

A - Slightly hazy deep orange color with a vanishing dry white head that leaves ok lacing. Just a hint of visible carbonation forming on the side of the glass.

S - The style brings about a much more malty character in the aroma with a touch of fresh baked bread, light orange scent and just a hint of sweetness.

T - Not as complex as the aroma and the taste has more of a cloying/blood orange flavor than a strong malt backbone. Light biscuit flavors and ends with a leafy and Earth like aftertaste.

M/O - Medium body with good carbonation. Neutral on the palate but maybe leaves it a touch dry. Finishes semi-sweet and the aftertaste doesn't linger. It's an okay beer and it almost tastes like it is past freshness which is odd since it's only 2 months past bottling date. Not bad for the style but there are better options out there IMO.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - looks more like a heff or wheat beer. Yellow golden color, murky with yeast floating in it.

Smell - slight lemon flavor

Taste - average taste with lemony flavor and crisp finish. Smooth and well disguised 8% ABV. I would have guess this is under 7%.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - just an ok flavored IPA. Nothing worthy to seek out again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy golden amber pour with a slight amount of head. smells of caramel, banana, walnuts. earthy/spicy bitterness up front followed bya very malty sweet backbone.. hints of banana still appear in taste as it did in smell. dirt, tree sap, burnt caramel, bread.
rich and creamy, medium body, with mild carbonation, hardly any lacing.

pretty good ENGLISH ipa... if you were expecting a traditional american ipa, you might be disappointed. i happened to think it was more of an esb than an english ipa, but the color is too light for that style i believe. anywho, this is a pretty good demonstration of the style. slightly bitter, slightly sweet, slightly burnt characters. overall a bit average tasting for me, but the style leaves a lot to be desired in general.

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Photo of charliedango
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a Schlafly fan, so it's kind of a bittersweet feeling to review their Export IPA. I was expecting much more of a hop influence in this beer than what was put forward and in many ways I felt it to be the lightest mild of IPA I've had in the past. This, of course, differs greatly from IPA's I've had in the past from the tap room, so it's odd to me that the bottled export IPA would lack so much.

I'd have to put this IPA on the same comparable plane as that of Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. Perhaps this is what people want and I'm simply looking for something more power packed. I sort of expect it from an IPA, but perhaps what I desire is more a double IPA rather than a traditional. Still Goose Island has produces and IPA I consider better than the Schlafly offering.

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Photo of MissLucyLuvee
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I just recently found myself enjoying IPA's, I cannot offer a extensive review of this beer. (I up to now have been devoted to Stouts and Porters) I can however say if one is fond of the Schlafly brand and IPA's rest assure they will find this beer to decent!

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