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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 StonedTrippin
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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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy golden orange in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of piney hops in the nose along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is rather complex has a good balance between flavors of caramel malts and piney hops. The finish is moderately bitter and also has some notes of herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and rather prickly on the tongue. There is a fair amount of dryness in the finish.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and any presence of alcohol in the smell and taste is very well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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 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 emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a highlight regional beer on a recent trip to downstate IL.

The pint pours with a few inches of foam, billowing to a craggy, gravity-defying head. Casading orange rivulets seep through the foam as it settles. Fun to watch.

Aroma is pretty subdued. Chalky and herbal with a vague notion of pale malt.

Big grapefruity taste, slightly bracing bitter finish. Very drying in warmer temperatures. Round maltiness, with the tart grapefruit very upfront. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Six-pack was gone pretty easy drinker to be sure.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, off-white, three-finger head. It left some good lace.

S - It smelled of barley, hops and citrus.

T - It tasted of bitter hops. It had a nice mild maltiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. It seemed fairly true to the English style. It wasn't overy powerful in terms of hops.

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

poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, sampled about 3 weeks ago. Bottled on date of 3-24-10

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing, some floaties

S: Leafy hops that do not linger for long

T: Apricot & pear, followed by honey, leafy hops & breadyness up front. Plenty of floral hops & fruittyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty with leafy & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation with great balance & nice creamyness once warm

Drinks very easy, nails the EIPA style. Would love to try this fresher & or on cask for what I bet would be even more enjoyment. Well done Schafly!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Gatorade orange. Low head but great lacing.

S - Very soft. Tangerine, honey, marmalade.

T - Slow ramp up to bitter blood orange, sweet tangerine, honey and malt. Surprisingly sweet for an IPA. Nice bitter character throughout the profile that isn't overwhelming.

M - Well carbonated. Smooth with a medium - heavy body. Sweet finish.

D - Very nice beer, but a tad on the sweet side.

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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 Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, "Bottled with love on 05 06 2009" on the bottom of the front label. Pours darker amber, burnt orange, the head is light tan, frothy, leaves a thick collar, and ample sheeting down low and strands of stick. Mild hop nose, with some dough in the rear. Full bodied and coating on the tongue. Nice depth of flavors, plenty of sweet and then a soft yet quite drying finish. Full bodied and nicely flavorful. Almost tastes like an old ale or a lite Barley wine. Which I suppose is a compliment and means that this is a flavorful and moderatly complex Brit style ale. Well done, enjoyable night capper for me.

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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 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 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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a dense ivory head that lingers, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma begins with grassy herbal hops, grainy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fairly subtle.

Flavor is fairly malty, with citrus undertones and a significantly bitter finish. Grainy malt overtakes the hops, followed by an obvious alcohol note.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount if carbonation, tending toward the higher side. Alcohol warmth is present and not subtle.

Overall, fairly disappointing. Not very hop forward. Alcohol wa a bit obtrusive. I liked it a lot better from a bottle a year or two ago.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/20/2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like herbal hops, bready malt, and some caramel. It tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some apricots, caramel and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy a 6 pack of this the next time I come across it. It's a nice English IPA that I enjoyed. I either picked this up at Party Town or Liquor Barn, I can't remember which place for sure.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 18th April 2008) received from hwwty4 in the GBU BIF. Thanks, Bill! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange with a thin white head that's rather dense. There's a good deal of yeast left in the bottle and I threw it in for good measure

S: A combination of citrus, earthy and spicy hops with the earthy character being most dominant. Mildly leafy and resiny. Some malt sweetness in the back with a caramel character. Pretty solid!

T: A balance of malty sweetness and a citrus hop character up front with the spicy, leafy hops appearing mid-palate and lingering on in the finish. A little sweeter than I'd like but that's just me

M: Solid carbonation and a nice, hoppy finish

D: I'm enjoying this, I think I'd drink another if i had one on hand

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled 3/21/2012.

Pours copper-orange in color with a bubbly off-white head that holds good retention and leaves some lacing mainly at the top of the glass. The downside to the appearance is that there is a ton of yeast particulate suspended in the body of the ale. A more careful pour would hopefully have left it in the bottom of the bottle. Unappealing to me, but I know it doesn't bother some. Aroma is sweet, fruity, floral hops, toasted grain, and caramel malt. Tastes are similar to the aroma with some pine, apricot, and mango to boot; maybe a bit more bready. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium, moderate carbonation, and finishes with some bitterness, but is very well balanced. Overall, it's a good take on the style, but nothing I'd search out again.

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Photo of rlee1390
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
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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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice, heavy and lively for its high abv. Rust and a big white head.

Smells medium strength for an EIPA, but very nicely balanced and without any unpleasant nodes of alcohol or syrupy malt. Biscuits and candy caramel mixed with dry English hops.

Tastes like it smells. Wonderful balance, medium boldness, cake and cookie sweetness backed up with spicy and dry hops and a butter toffee explosion near the end.

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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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