Schlafly Export IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Export IPASchlafly Export IPA
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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
427
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 427 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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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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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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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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 fast...an easy drinker to be sure.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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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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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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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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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