American IPA
The Schlafly Tap Room

American IPAAmerican IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #272
Ranked #3,564
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
American IPAAmerican IPA
Notes: Our American IPA gets its bold hop flavor from 100% American hops and its deep gold and full body from pale and crystal malted barley. A blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hop varietals imparts AIPA with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. Our brewers select these hops on an annual pilgrimage to the hop farms of Pacific Northwest.

IPAs (India Pale Ales) 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
Reviews: 260 | Ratings: 1,107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with thick, unending, frothy head of cream. Smells of pine, citrus, floral. The flavor is a nice balance of the same with just the right amount of malt. Lightly bittered for the style, and the 7.2% of alcohol is barely noticeable. Light, yet thick and coating mouthfeel. Slightly sweet.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Behind the Expo, this is Schlafly's finest consistent offering. It's heavy without being a hoppy bog. A generous helping of malts gives more than enough space for some florals to burst through mid-taste.

It meshes with any season and is a rare IPA in that it is drinkable by the small handful.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/18/17 (Round Lake). 12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Light copper pour, thin white head. Strong hops aroma.Very bitter, pleasant taste offset by a slight citrus taste. Strong mouth presence light carbonation. Overall good beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy golden color with a white, frothy head. The aroma is of herbal hops, mixed with citrus. Fruit heavy scents. The taste is lightly sweet, with notable pale malt, and plenty of hops. Medium bitterness, but the citrus notes continue. Full in body and drinkable. Spicy hop finish.

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite IPA! It's actually the beer that turned me on to IPAs. The fruit and citrus flavors in this beer are amazing and there is a hint of pine flavor as well.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy darker gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is straight white rising roughly one finger's length above the body.

Smell: bland hops which almost amount to nothing. Little weak in the aroma side.

Taste: Sour lemon snd grapefruit with hints of citrus. It's very bitter just to let you know, but shouldn't slow down any veteran.

Mouth: finish consists of citrus skin and heavy malts. Definitely thirst quenching, not dry at all.

Overall: Descent brew. Bitter and is full of life. Definitely a nice bridge for people to start IPAs if they haven't had the chance. Salud!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, copper-colored hue with moderate frothing. Aroma reminiscent of fresh pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Lemon zest sweetness apparent in the taste.

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Photo of BTodd
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ox bottle into Belgian style, stemmed glass. Bottled 5/26/2016

L-Hazy orange, nice finger of bubbles that faded over a couple of minutes. Doesn't say unfiltered or bottle conditioned but definite hop or fermentation bits floating around.

S-solid, heavily hopped IPA smell. Citrus, pine and the usual suspects. Citrus is more of that bitter, rind smell than a juicy, fruity aroma. Centennial for sure!

T-follows smell with some slight, caramel sweetness to balance things out but not overdone. Pretty good drinker if not a little more simple than the competition.

F-appropriate carbonation with a bit of lingering sweetness. Pretty pleasant for a largeish IPA.

O-Not the best of the best but would buy again. I could drink this one out of the bottle and not feel too bad about it either.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from this prominent St. Louis brewer. Pours a hazy golden with wet creamy head and spotty lace. Fresh and herbal hop notes but fairly faint.

Initial balance gives way to a moderate withering of citrus and pine. Not overly strong, but spicy and flavorful. Aftertaste and texture really cooperate into an excellent finish, and you don't notice the 7.2%. Worth the wait, excellent IPA.

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Photo of mkh012
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, bottled 3 months ago so not as fresh as I wish it was.

Orange with a finger of white head.

Citrus, pine, and mild tropical fruit on the nose.

Typical IPA flavor profile but executed very well. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of malt. Medium bitterness but easy drinking. The bitterness doesn't linger.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Another solid offering from Schlafly. This is an IPA I could easily drink a few of despite the 7% ABV.

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Photo of TH28
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden with quickly dissipating white foam cap. Aroma is less intense than I had hoped for, but still brings out pine and earthy notes. Taste is more malt forward and the bitterness shows up on the finish with a punch, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy feel to it and the bitterness doesn’t last too Lon on the finish. Overall very good IPA but would have expected a bit more hop aroma.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazey pale orange color with tiny head. Nose citrus strong with grapefruit, piney, and tropical fruits. Tastes grapefruit, orange peel, resin, notes of piney hops and hint of bready malt. Finish lingers on the palate. This is my favorite beer of their lineup. I get it fresh because of where I live so it's a fantastic IPA to drink when you get the chance!

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Photo of Harrison8
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, and hazy orange-yellow with a white medium-sized head. Head retention is moderately-strong, with a few rings of lacing. Aroma is very citrus forward with specific notes of lemon zest and orange peel. Additionally, resin hops and underlying malt sweetness give it a pronounced and fine aroma. The flavor is big, and opens with orange peel and resin hops. The decaying flavor gives notes of lemon zest, pine hops, and dry malts. While the flavor opens up really nice, it sorta settles in and isn't so good at the finish. Mouth feel is slightly sticky, with a hefty level of carbonation. It has a medium-thin consistency as well. Overall, it's beer that has some nice flavorful and aromatic notes, but doesn't finish well. Certainly not a bad beer, and it is on the more hearty side, but definitely not the smoothest option out there.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours an opaque orange with a 1 inch head, lots of lacing.
S - Very pleasant citrus aroma.
T - Very well balanced with a little grapefruit, then malt followed by some bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is a real good AIPA. This could be a go-to beer if it was available all the time.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from a local distributor in the Bronx. Should've payed attention to the bottle date. This beer was bottled in March. I purchase another beer from the same establishment, and again, it was 7 months old. Oh well, here we go. 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint. small bone head that dissipates quickly. Gold color. Here's where it gets weird. Smell is almost nondescript. Faint hops? Tropical fruit? Malt? Can't discern. For an IPA that was bottled 7 months ago, the taste is not too bad. Getting a good amount of hops, pineapple, mango, a little pine, and finishes dry. Can't believe how tasty it is with that much age. I'd love to try this beer on draft at their tap room. I'd also love to find a fresher bottled offering. Perhaps within 1-2 months. Overall, for an IPA that's 6+ months old, I was pretty surprised.

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Photo of slusk
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy golden with a short lived white head. Small bits of dry hop particulate.

S: Hoppy grapefruit, apricot and mild earthy tones with a malt underbelly. A bit of white grape.

T: Hoppy citrus and grapefruit with moderate bitterness. Good maltiness and clean flavor with low esters. finishes dry.

F: low to medium body. medium carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA, nicely balanced towards the bitter side. Clean malt flavor that lets the hops take center stage. A perfectly crisp citrus bite. Really like this brew.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a nice puffy head, not overly tight and fades a bit more quickly than typical. Lots of sediment floats around in the glass.

Nose is a bit malt forward, bottle is a couple months old and not much hop presence in the nose at all.

Flavor is much better than expected. Isn't a malt bomb but a more balanced (still a bit more malt than I'd like) IPA. Decent bitter, but not much in the way of other hop characteristics - I get no citrus, onion, floral etc. notes. It's fine but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy brown/ orange with a creamy off white head with nice cling.

S - Floral, perfume, citrus, piney.

T - Huge punch of hops - citrus, grapefruit, piney, resinous, some malts present, but the bulk of the work is carried by the hops. Showcases some in your face hops, but the balance is off.

O - Solid IPA with big flavor. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Extol
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange copper. Smell - loads of citrus. Taste - citrus. Grapefruit and mango of sorts. Bitter back end. Overall - solid IPA. Would get again.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes. A slightly hazy amber color with a medium off-white head. The aroma was hops forward with a little citrus, but mostly pine, grass, and herbal hops. The flavor was similar, but I thought there was more bitterness than flavor. Good malt balance. It picks up a little dankness toward the end which I didn't care for. A pretty solid IPA, but it did not meet my expectations (which may have been too high).

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Photo of Jameezus
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a Tulip Glass. I was very excited by the rating of his beer. Beer yielded a decent amount of head that sustained for a while. Detected pine and floral scents in the aroma. Same with the taste. Bitter in a good way, but the pine and floral dominated and perhaps I'm just not a big fan of the hops that they used or maybe I just couldn't taste enough of them. Feels good. Very smooth. Overall, just not really a big fan of the flavor of this beer. Can see why it has been rated highly though.

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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pouring orange amber with a bright head.
Nice typical IPA aromas with citrus, pine and malt.
Taste is right there with the aromas.
Mouth feel is real nice with a dry mouth and a good bitterness behind.
This is a good beer. Hits all the notes for an IPA but pretty average.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a decent amber color with an average off-white head. American IPA has a good nose full of citrus and pine. Orange, lemon and caramel can be discerned on the tongue and there is a lingering bitterness which is reminiscent of pine.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew, good nose. I appreciate how well balanced the beer is. Both the hops and malt get their time in the spotlight. Smooth and easy drinking, I think I'll have another.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/02/2015 printed on the label. Another new IPA to me from Schlafly, acquired the six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice burnt sienna orange color, hazed with quite a bit of dark sediment flecks. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with decent retention. Looks good.

S - Citric stone fruits: mango, peach, grapefruit, subtle caramel malts, and mild alcohol fumes. Lightly floral.

T - The taste follows the nose: juicy stone fruits - peach, apricot, mango, grapefruit bitterness. Clean fruity hops all the way.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Fruity hop bitterness, medium-light in body, and easy-drinking for the moderate 7.20% abv. Lingering dry hoppy bitterness.

Overall, a nice IPA offering from Schlafly. A likely contender for repeat drinking.

Schlafly A IPA -----4/5.

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