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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA

Brewed by:
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
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review taken from notes dated 7-3-10.

An inch and a half of off white foamy head almost looks like shaving cream on top of this ale. Retention is in the mid range and leaves a rocky wall of lace as it fades. Body is a liquid gold orange amber in tone. Hop tones are rustic on the nose and more citrus based then anything. A sharp hint of alcohol is noticeable also with a decent malt backbone to the aroma. The flavor shows a very malt balanced IPA but not malt forward. This beer is almost creamy it is so balanced. Hops are leafy and dandelion like in taste. Medicinal alcohol twinges on the back of the tongue throughout the palate. This same alcohol feel makes this a very odd and unique IPA. Overall nicely drinkable. Mouthfeel is a buzz of alcohol hops and medicinal feel.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden yellow, with significant haze, and white head. Fine bubble, fades slowly. Significant lacing.

S - Bright lemon and malt.

T - The fruit comes through first, followed immediately with medicinal elements coupled with malty honey flavors, resolving with a more bitter finish.

M - Decent carbonation, but strong bitterness rooted in oily build.

O - Decent, but not exceptional, traditional English IPA.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color. Vigorous pour yielded a large head. Pretty decent lacing.

Smells of lemons. Also getting a bit of a sour smell rather than just the citrus from the lemon. I thought the beer smelled a little stale, but I'm pretty sure it was just the sour.

Tastes like a hopped up heffe kind of. Lemons on my palette.

On the mouth it's not crisp, and not creamy. Kind of average.

Overall a good beer. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but a good six pack if you're looking for something good to drink while grilling, or to share with some friends.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A light burnt orange body under a light cream colored head. Massive sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Malty with wood notes and spices. Piny hops in the end.

Taste: Malty and spicy up front, piny with grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body.

Overall: Pretty good, pretty thick for summer drinking though.

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highlighting the taste that forced the English bitter from a more balanced demeanor to a heavily hopped tilt, the thirst for British soldiers along the India trade route is met with a taste that Shlafly ensures isn't lost on more recent American IPA trends.

Its bright copper hue preludes its caramel, biscuit and nutty robust sweetness within. Pleasant taste of toasted grain gives the early palate a juicy shortbread character, equipped with bread crust, pecan and delicate floral goodness.

Once the taste latches onto the middle, the hops turn herbal and strongly of stewed tea leaf; but also backed by the eatery fruitiness of orange, lemon, currant and faint apricot- enough to suggest a mild marmalade character, except with a graham cracker balance.

As the finish comes quick, a crisp and refreshing taste of southern sweet tea, laced with fresh-pulled fruity tobacco gives final impressions along with the classic broad, grassy and woodish bitterness from noble English hops.

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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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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (5/30/14)

A: Copper-tinged straw color that is quite hazy with a swirl of bubbles and the tiniest of collars.

S: Mostly malts with a nice pine hop forest presence in there.

T: This IPA is very malt-forward. The hops in here are quite light, but this is a month old. Even with the hop flavor, it is mostly that of pine which blends in with the malts a lot and tends to disappear flavor-wise.

M: Smooth with just a bit of coarseness to the carbonation.

O: Decent enough but when they put out stuff like their Tasmanian IPA, it is hard to compete.

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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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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, thick white head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid.

S: Aromas of leather, heather, bitter orange, pine, lemon rind, and cedar are present on the nose.

T: Strong notes of leather, heather, fresh herbs, bitter orange, kumquat, pine, lemon rind, biscuit, tobacco, cedar, and minerals coat the palate. The finish is earthy and rather dry with pronounced lemon rind, herb, biscuit, and tobacco flavors.

M: Medium in body, but also slighter than I would normally expect for a beer of this style. Decidedly dry as well, especially on the finish. Carbonation is active, but gentle. Alcohol is subdued, but is also capable of catching up with someone quickly.

O: A really solid, authentic example of the style. I think this ale serves as an excellent counterpoint to Schlafly's American and Tasmanian IPAs. I could also see this beer being used to illustrate the differences between English and American takes on the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled 6/25/13, poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, lots of little bubbles and a 1/2-finger head
S: Sweet, lots of barley, more subtle fresh orange juice and a hint of bitter hops
T: Earthy attack followed by sweet malt, sweet grapefruit and some caramel towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied decent carbonation
O: Tasty, just a bit sweet for my palate. If that were toned down & the hop bill increased slightly I think it would accent the citrus/earthy notes even better... or perhaps it's a bit late past its bottling date

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Photo of garymuchow
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six on trip to KC. "Bottled with love on 6/25/13". Maybe a tad old but at the hopping rates and abv I fear little for aging issues at this time.
Nice aroma. Spicy, earthy, multi-grain grainy. Definitely English in nature and amped up some too.
Big full head, esp. for an English ale and billowing too. Cloudy pale orange amber. Lots of sticky lacing.
Even at 7.2% abv this seems caught between an Am. version of an IPA and a DIPA as it has some sharpness and intensity of hops more representative of the later style. Yet this one is definitely done as an English ale with the base malts the English hops. I really appreciate that even with all these hops it doesn't cross the line into excess hop oil flavors. These are nice flavors sitting on my tongue after the drink. Bitterness is in check, evident, but in check. Spicy, earthy hops. Some touch of sweetness and a gritty grainy flavor in background.
Pretty darn full mouthfeel. Nice heavy feel with some grittiness. Feels bigger than it probably is.
I like this drink. An amped up English IPA done very well. Glad I picked it up.

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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is mostly malts in this case. There is some light hop aroma but it's muddled and hard to suggest a particular style.
The appearance is alight amber, golden amber or maybe orange amber. The clarity is hazy and almost impossible to see through. The head was tall and fades leaving lacing.
Taste is pretty good. Sweet toffee malts fades to a hoppy bitter finish. There is some hop flavor but not much. On the palate it is a bit course dry and bitter. The ABV is somewhat high for style.
Bought on line so freshness is unknown. To me it tastes old. But still pretty good.
A decent representation of the style.

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Photo of rangerred
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with some sediment finding its way into the glass. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Really nice piny/earthy aroma from the hops that really nails the English IPA style. A little bit of yeasty nose in there too.

The flavor is the perfect mix of pine, wood, earth and toasted malt. English yeast notes in there with a touch of spice. Bitterness is on the high side which is nice with a malty beer such as this one. Just a moderately sticky finish.

Overall, a reallly good beer from Schlafly and one of the better American made English IPA's I have had. A great style that is not brewed enough.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a pint, pale-to-medium amber body, hazy with a bit of visible particles in suspension; moderately aggressive pour produced a finger of ivory foam that was reduced to a slim cap that persisted throughout. sparse lacing left behind.

S: suggestive of flowers and washed out citrus; herbal with strong hay-like aromas with a hint of currant or berry in the background

T: aromas from the nose carried right onto the palate... semi-sweet and savory, floral and mild lemon-like citrus hops, almost butterscotch-like sweetness; earthy and spicy; made me think of biscuits with honey and savory herbs, hearty grains and dry sage

M: clean-finishing mild bitterness, medium-light body, modest carbonation, smooth

O: I wasn't sure what to make of this at first as it is an unfamiliar style to me, and distinct from Belgian and American IPAs I've had - it had a textural and pastoral flavor and aroma that I warmed to quickly.

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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a small half finger of white foam. The more fizzy foam fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweeter and citrusy. The sweet is a mix of tangerine, tropical fruit, and caramel. They are all accompanied by a lemongrass and light floral hop smell. Rounding these smells out is a little bit of pine, overall producing a rather present aroma.

Taste – The taste starts out with some caramel sweetness with a bit of a smooth bready nature mixed with it. Upfront there is some lemongrass and a little bit of grapefruit hop. The hop flavor is lighter upfront, but soon gets quite a bit stronger. While the grapefruit remains light throughout, the lemongrass gets stronger and is joined by a rather stronger earthy, vegetal, and herbal taste. More biscuit joins the taste with the herbal and vegetal growing even more potent at the very end leaving a rather bitter but nice taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. Both create a nice base for maintaining drinkability as well as still supporting the nice earthy hop flavors.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew overall with a good dose of herbal, earthy, and lemongrass hop flavors.

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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely not on the American-style IPA. It has a more timid and earthy hop profile and says "English Style: IPA right on the label.

12 oz bottle, bottled on 20 May 2013, served in a snifter.

This English-style IPA pours hazy, medium amber in color, with a head that dies down to a partial coat rather quickly but, nonetheless, leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. Particularly nice mouthfeel for style.

Aroma: reflects a mix of lemon, generic citrus, and spicy/earthy qualitites from the hops. Wet-bread aroma from the malts in the background.

Taste: The English hops dominate: they are spicy and bitter, with a touch of lemon. Mildly bitter and earthy aftertaste.

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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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3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled 5/29/2013. A Little over 2 months old.

A: Nice 2 finger head with good retention. Body is orange/copper with lots of floaties.

S: Not much for hop aroma. Caramel, wet metal, malt. A little alcohol present.

T: Taste follows nose pretty much. Not a lot of hop bitterness, I guess part of that can be attributed to this being an English style. Lots of sweetness.

M: Carbonation levels are good.

O: I would rate this a little lower, but I've had it on tap before and it was much better. Would much rather drink Schlafly's TIPA or AIPA.

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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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3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-05-29
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a 1.5cm head of off-white foam, with retention of about one and a half minutes, around average for the style. The head falls to a thin cap of foam atop the body, but leaves excellent lacing, a complicated mess of foam clings to the sides of the glass in a variety of strange patterns and shapes. Body is a dark golden orange color, light bringing out brighter shades of golden orange with yellow highlights around the edge. Carbonation is visible through the hazy body (50-60% opaque), streaming steadily from the bottom of the glass, fairly active and numerous.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt sugars with floral hops, vegetative and leafy notes, and slight dried lemon rind and tea characters. Enjoyable and in line with what to expect from an English IPA, though it would be nice if it had a bit more complexity or depth.

Overall flavor is characterized by a typical IPA-level hop bitterness, but also features strong herbal, woodsy (pine and leaf matter), leather, and lemon characters. Front of palate picks up subdued caramel and biscuit-like malt sweetness, lemon, and hints of spicy, vegetative, and herbal hops that are to come. Mid-palate features strong bitterness with herbal and woodsy hop contributions, along with some lemon, tea, and caramel malt-derived sweetness lurking below in the depths. Back of palate experiences continued bitterness with fairly notable herbal characters, some pine and leaf matter-like hops, and slight lemon. Aftertaste of sharp lingering bitterness, with strong herbal and woodsy (pine and leaf matter) characters with a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation that lead to a fairly thick, chewy mouthfeel that has some foamy smoothness to it as well. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Malty, caramel, followed by grass, dirt and pine.

T-Well balanced, starts malty, although where you'd expect an EIPA to be. Ends with a good deal of grass and pine notes. Mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and some hop resins.

O-For and English IPA, exactly what you'd expect; caramel and malt to begin with grass mild hops notes in the finish.

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3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 06-26-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 06-05-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Hazy bright orange beer with a big off-white head. Good glass lacing and very good head retention.

S: Sharp citrus (lemon) hop aromas, with some grassy notes.

T: Bitter hops of lemon citrus fruits, spicy, and a light background of caramel malts. Also some unpleasant vegetable flavors.

M: Carbonation is high, with a medium body. The finish has lemon citrus fruit bitterness, plus some of the vegetable flavor again.

O: A pretty good beer but not a favorite.

Thanks to Kirk for the beer!

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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they are calling this one xipa now, as part of that new ipa series. this is a standard English ipa, quite heavy, and not as good as some of their other ipa work at schlafly. this pours a rich looking bronze color, with a creamy and robust white head. aromas of tired English caramel malt and bittering hops in equal proportion and a flavor that agrees. more sweetness from the grain than I need in an ipa, and the hops come across a little astringent. the beer is filling as a result, even though the texture is soft and delicate, and the carbonation is appropriately light, true to style. I think a cask pour would do wonders for this, but as it stands its sort of unimpressive, a beer ive had before and forgotten or something, just not distinct on its own. too bog to pair well with a meal, its sort of an oddball in the taproom lineup.

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