India Brown Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #59
Ranked #8,339
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i have long been a fan of the hop driven brown ales, and this is a good one. its packed with northwestern style hops, piney and bitter, an awesome contrast to and also enhancement of the sweet caramels and cocoas in the malt base of this flavorful but drinkable brown. just a shade lighter in color and also in body than i was hoping for, this is complex in aroma and flavor, but its not overly sturdy, looking for just a little more here for the late fall. the hops are awesome, some fruitiness from the amarillo, a piney bitter oily intensity from the simcoe, and the reemergence of the fragrant ahtanum, a hop i havent seen around in quite some time. i get some nice malt richness in the flavor, along with some dry powdered cocoa and milk chocolate character, nutty for a second, sort of english, and then all the hops, almost to the ipa level, fresh but intense. this is really a tale of two beers, not that it isnt integrated well, but the first half is a well made brown, the second a robust ipa. i like the fusion of styles here, they did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep brown color, mostly clear, with an undertone of red. The head is thick and blanket-like, off white, and lasting. The aroma is malty, with roasted character, as well as a spicy hop smell. The taste is intense....full and rich hop and malt flavor. Nice balance. Full in body. Excellent.

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Photo of japetus
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The true whale of Schlafly. You might see it once in awhile on tap, and then it is gone. A ghost. Seemingly, years go by. Hushed tones are spoken when talking about this one. From out of is now in bottles...and even admits on the label "only brewed once a year".

A great balanced blend of hops and malts. As much as I am usually not into this style, this beer just drinks so well. The spicyness of the hops stand up to the malt bill perfectly. A really unique take on the I have always loved and I will enjoy it while it is still around.

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Photo of beerswamie
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap and cask, served in a shaker pint.

Appearance is a nice amber brown.

Smell is a nice malt aroma with some nice juicy hops coming through.

Taste on cask is the best, the little higher temp really brings out the hops in this beer. Love it.

Mouthfeel is very good not heavy at all and the hops bitterness balanced with the malt.

Overall I am always looking forward to when Schlafly makes this, unfortunately it is usually only brought out during the summer months.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the taproom, reviewed from notes.

For a cask ale, this one looked great, with plenty of head and lots of lacing.

There's no shortage in the smell or taste of delicious, pungent hops, lemony citrus, and lightly roasted malts. It's the very definition of delicious, right up there with their APA and AIPA on cask, downright fantastic.

The body was rich and smooth, great feel; a wonderful cask ale served absolutely perfectly.

Overall it's definitely A material beer on cask. Highly recommended in any serving type.

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Photo of Gooball201
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it recently on business trip to St Louie. No head but had a pleasant nose of west coast hops. This beer and most of Schlafly selection is a much needed change from the normal (%$+ you get from the "other" brewery in St Louie! Also a nice change for them as they usually have more malty non citrusy hopped offerings.

Stay Thirsty mi amigos!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on 7/31/2010

A - Very nice mahogany color with some amber hints and a nice .75 inch head that was light tan and pretty retentive. Left some good lacing as the beer was enjoyed.

S - Aroma is of some sweet malts with a mild roasted aroma but overall it is very floral and grassy with the Amarillo hops coming in very decisively. Delicious combination!

T - Delicious! Up front slight malt sweetness with some nice chocolate trying to come through that then gets covered up by some nice grassy and earthy hops tones. Great citrus character that isn't too overwhelming but definitely there.

M & D - Very refreshing with a nice medium body. Great fusion of flavors that are traditionally opposites. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour was light brown with a hint of orange, light creamy head, light retention and lacing

quite a floral scent up front, bits of sweet citrus

again, very floral with a light malt bill and slight caramel notes. hops dominate for sure. there were also slight bitter citrus hop flavors through out and in the finish. i wouldnt mind a slightly higher malt profile but all in all, this is aces.

fairly full but with light carbonation. a bit more fizzy please.

i love this and wish it was not a rotating release. id love to drink the hell out of this.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Tap Room for a quick pint this afternoon. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Probably one of the hoppiest brown ales I have had, which makes for a nice summer beer. Lots of citrusy grapefruit up front. Nice malt presence in the back to add a little balance. Overall a very nice brown for the heat of the summer.

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Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark brown with lighter amber along the bottom and edges. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, slight sweet malt, very slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, and some sweet citrus. Overall, a very smooth beer that tastes very similar to a dark IPA. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally brewed for a Schlafly employee wedding, this showed up on tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a dirty brown color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left nice lace on the pint glass.

S - It smelled floral and hoppy. It also had rich roasted malt aroma.

T - This is a very hoppy brown ale with a great bittersweet kick. Some nice burnt toast maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was outstanding. I hope it becomes a regular part of their line-up.

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India Brown Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 28 ratings