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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
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 meatmallet
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber color with a thin white head. Lots of suspended sediment throughout the entire glass.

Smell: Caramel malt, pine, lemon, and a grassy note as well. Not as hoppy as you would think.

Taste: Sweet and bitter at the same time. There is a nice mix of caramel malts as well as some pine and grapefruit in the hopps. Nice alcohol kick in this one at the end and a good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/overall: Somewhere between a medium and a light body with crisp carbonation.

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Photo of javaj1979
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange color with white foam. Lots of sediment in bottom of glass. Slightly sweet citrus aroma. Malty with a citrusy hop finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. Subdued hop taste for an ipa. Deceptively high alcohol content. This is very good with a meal of cold cuts, cheese, and crackers.

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Photo of Jayli
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/25 at the Bottleworks location.
Served in a tulip

A: This beer pours a haze caramel color. No head on this pour but wispy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is mango, pineapple, and caramel malts. The caramel malt on this is absolutely fantastic.

T: Taste is mango and alcohol on the forefront. A touch of honey and pineapple before a solid caramel malt flavoring comes in. Finish has a light citrus hop to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily body with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, good kick, decent representation of style. This was a bit heavy on the alcohol, although decently done, it's a one and done for me.

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

Arrived in a half pint at Indy's Black Swan with a quarter inch of off white head that left rings throughout over slightly hazy bright yellow-orange pale beer. Nicely carbonated with small micro-bubbles.

Smells strongly of pine and grapefruit hops, biscuity malt also present. Taste is appropriately bitter and then it opens up a bit to show more complexity: citrus, grapefruit, and pine, but the pine falls back and tea and citrus are stronger in the taste than nose. Could be more fuller-bodied to support the bitterness, but I quibble.

Schlafly's export IPA is solid: certainly the best shlafley product I've tried. Bright, bold and bitter, the IPA is dry and finished slow as the hops do their thing: the flavor unwound slowly and brought it all together. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Long webs of lace are all over my glass.

S- Some light citrus hops in the front. When I say light I mean light as it seems to die out rather quickly. There is a nice bready caramel underbody to the aroma. Some bittering hops used in the end show up for a second before a light alcohol scent finishes things up.

T- Light citrus hops and lemongrass in the front part of the flavor profile. This dies by the middle and a semi-sweet bready caramel malt creeps in for dominate flavor. This rides towards the ending of the beer in which there is a light earthy bitterness from the hops. Alcohol creeps in the very ending and this plays everything out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light citrus hops and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, bittering hops, and that same caramel malts base. A little underbalanced I thought for the style with the malts being a little more dominate than they should have been. No off flavors at all in the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer was good but could have been better coming from this brewery. With this being an English IPA I still expected the hops to come out a little more than what they did. It wasn't bad at all just a little above lackluster. The ABV was well hidden enough that it crept only around in the ending which I liked.

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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 bfields4
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper orange body. Nice full white head.

Hoppy citrus aroma. Not a huge blast like your regular dipa.

Balanced flavor. Sweet bready malt and herbal noble hop flavor. Alcohol is fairly present.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. A little hot. Not a bad beer, but i'd expect a little more flavor from an 8% beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: big fluffy 2 finger head, burnt yellow/unfiltered body, occasional lacing evidence

S: clean pine, hint of lemon fragrance

T: sweet citrus up front, bitter pine earthy middle into oily long bitter finish

M: medium/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Nice work. Interesting English IPA offering from Schlafly.
Looks like a bold session brew, but a sipper to be sure.
I would seek this beer out again.


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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 PrivateEquity
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color with visible sediment. Sediment doesn't detract from the beer in my mind. Lacing is a little underwhelming.

S - Probably the worst part of the beer. Nothing special in the nose with just a little of citrusy hops. Just a little bit of bready hoppiness

T - Taste is great for an English IPA. Great earthy hop balance with the maltiness. Goes down smooth.

M - A little heavier body for an IPA with light moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable IPA. I would go as far as a definite session IPA.

O - Great EPA. Could be a part of introduction of people to IPA and EPA. Great session beer, but pricing is a little steep for a session ale.

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Photo of b3shine
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to frosty pint. The beer would have been average in appearance, but I was disappointed to see particles of sediment in it. Smell was pretty plain; hops were present. Taste was alright, but not everything I'd hoped it would be. The hops are there, but they're balanced in typical English fashion. Mouthfeel is slightly above average. Overall, it's an okay beer that I might drink again, but I won't be buying.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$10.95 sixer from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Golden with orange highlights, plenty of haze. Billowing white fluff over three fingers high. Good stretchy lace covers a lot of glass.

Earthy, biscuity, with a hint of citrus in the nose.

Starts with a general sweetness, that veers over to juicy fruit. Bits of biscuit. Mild bitterness arises at the swallow, and mixes with the fruit and biscuit in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of prickliness.

A nicely drinkable English IPA. Definitely worthy of a sampling.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 8% abv, bottled on 3/28/2011. Hazy, golden orange color with lots of sediment. White rocky head looks good and holds for a while. Some nice patches of lace.

Earthy and floral hops in the nose. Some soft fruity notes, with honey and orange blossom. Bready malt in the nose.

A great load of malt up front, but not overly sweet. Fruity notes include stone fruit, and some other slightly ripe notes. Hop bitterness balances things well, with more earthy and slightly floral notes. Bitterness lingers, but not very harsh.

Medium body, with a slightly lower feel in carbonation. Not much alcohol felt here, making it pretty drinkable. A nice beer.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. English IPA's are always interesting. Color is enticing golden yellow with a slightly off white one finger head. Pale malts lead the charge on the nose with a sweet aroma. Some bitter hops follow with a slight grassy, piney flair. Taste is sweet and malty. Hops are noticeable on the finish with some pine flavor. Smooth feel with some alcohol warming, along with a slight hop oiliness. Overall a very tasty India Pale Ale. Definitely a good example of the style from Schlafly.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in color, but way too much sediment, which is suspended in the glass and doesn't look appealing. Decent head and fair lacing. Overall appearance is not very good.

Smell is piney, with oranges and grapefruits, zesty malts and plenty of hops. A bit earthy.

Taste is bold and full flavored, with a nice hoppy flavor that starts things off, followed by a good piney grapefruit and orange/tangerine flavor. The malts balance but aren't as pronounced in the taste.

Feel is slick and slightly oily, medium bodied and ok to drink, with a slight warming effect.

Overall it's pretty average, but I'll happily drink this one again. Schlafly's usually quite good and this one is decent, but it isn't one of their better creations.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head and just a bit of lacing. There were also a few floaties to give it a bit of character.

S: Has a laid back aroma, mostly of fresh citrus and grain with a bit of herbal fragrance thrown in.

T: Starts with a nice citrus bitterness, then a mix of fresh grain and malt for a touch of sweetness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp & clean. No trace of the alcohol. Well balanced.

O: Good stuff, goes down easy and no problem drinking a few with out even trying. A good English IPA that is laid back and not an in-your-face style.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden amber with a shit ton of floaties. I actually saw the floaties in the bottle and tried to pour as careful as possibly. Oh well. Because of cautious pour, I probably didn't produce as good of a head as the beer is capable of. A little less than a finger of white head. Leaves a solid film atop the beer. Next to no lacing.

S: Lemon, yeast, some floral notes and sweet malt.

T: Largely follows the nose with lemony/citrus and floral hops, yeast and sweet malt. Also has a tea like quality to it as well which is nice.

M: Full and on the creamy side. Dry and sticky finish.

O: Pretty drinkable as it well balanced between hops and malt. Also, the 8%ABV is hardly noticable. This is a nice beer that I might buy another single of, but can't see myself buying an entire 6 pack.

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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 bbkd3b
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Foggy body with a good-looking sunset color. Thin, off-white head that disappears rather quickly. Fairly flat looking beer.

S - Faint nose, but it has a great balance to it. Piny hop notes, orange peel, with a good malty backbone. I only wish I could break it down any even more.

T - The hops bite hard all of the way through. Sprucy flavors, almost strong enough to have a sawdust-like character. Some fruity undertones show up along the way. Tangerines and the sort. Can't pick up on any real maltiness, here.

M - Thick, full body with a low carbonation. Maybe the thickest English IPA I've ever encountered. Finish is clean and and sort of droops down the throat. It's different, but not bad.

O - Hm... It's really hard to judge this beer. It's certainly worth a try. Schlafly definitely brewed it well, but I can't say I've had anything quite like it before. Maybe it will grow on me in the future, as the second one certainly seemed more inviting than the first. Either way, it was a good way to end the night.

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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 BarrytheBear
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of birchstick. Dated 3/28/2011

Beginning stages of orange jello. Loads of suspended particulates. No head retention and little lacing.

Doughy tangerine on the snout

Loads of iced tea, malt, and tangerine. Much fresher than the previous bottle I'd had of this. Slightly herbal and medicinal along the finish.

Above average carbonation. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like the strongest English IPA I've ever had...

Poured two half bottles into my pint glass, so I didn't get any floaties. There is a mild amount of haze in this golden amber colored concoction. The foam presentation is about two fingers thick of nicely retaining white colored cranium.

The aroma is not too strong. There is some buttery toffee, some tea, and a hint of lemony hops.

Upfront in the taste, the hops bite kicks in immediately. It's a blend of grapefruit and pine mixed together. There is some leathery tea and toffee flavors here too.

This brew is just a little too carbonated for the style, and not as smooth as most British brands. It's a good interpretation of the style with a high ABV content. I'd drink this one again for sure.

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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 FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Global Brew tap house in Edwardsville, IL, in a pint glass. Hazy light orange body with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving some lacing along the top of the glass.

The aromas are fairly understated, featuring a light citrus aroma of orange and lemon. Some sweet malt in the background.

Nice flavors blend the sweet, bready, malt with some bitter citrusy hops. Actually, I really like this as a nice change of pace from some of the "in your face" American IPAs. I do love the strongly hopped brews, but a change of pace is nice as well. This one has it.

Well done.

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Schlafly Export IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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