Schlafly American IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Vancer on 09-20-2009

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1,094
Reviews:
258
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of rcusick
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head (into a dogfish head signature glass)

smell - distinctly hoppy in smell, piney to be specific, but not at all over powering

taste -very smooth, well balanced IPA. Just the right balance of hoppyness to the malt body

mouthfeel - strangely perfect, not to thin, not to alcoholic/burning, exactly what i hope for in this style

overall - a fine example of an american IPA, vaguely reminiscent of dogfish head 60min and bell's two hearted to me.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange gold with a nice layered head.

S: Big citrus, tropical fruit punch, followed with some pine and faint lemongrass notes. This thing smells amazing.

T: Right in line with the nose. Tons of juicy hops and sting the tongue with a nice malt sweetness on the back end. Drying hop finish with some citrus and lemon.

M: Silky smooth. It is a little thick for the ABV, but it doesn't take away from the taste and feel.

O: If this beer originated on the west coast, it would be all the rage. Unfortunately, I think its middle america origin will make it a bit over looked. Its a shame. Schlafly has made a real gem with this one.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong dark copper color with nice reddish hues and a 1 inch off-white head that is dense and active.

S - Delicious piney hops come up first but are balanced by some nice caramel malt. Great IPA nose. Crisp, hopy and fresh.

T - Starts of with a nice caramel malt sweetness and then quickly turns with some nice piney and grassy hops. The bitterness is not as intense as expected though. This beer is delicious though. Great hop pine flavor with nice bready malts and a great balance between all these flavors. Hands down my favorite Schlafly beer.

M & D - Crisp and refreshing medium to light body. A delicious offering. Refreshing and with an ABV that isnt felt right away.

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Photo of Burkbom23
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A deep reddish golden looking brew with a thick head atop and lots of active carbonation have this one looking terrific... Very hazy looking..

Spicy piney hoppiness apparent right away with some citrusy aspects as well.. A nice maltiness present here too... Quite balanced aromas... A little booze as well...

Intense bitterness right off that melds into a surprising balance of sweet malts and piney hops... Some grapefruity or orange aspects here too...the hops are right on here... There's quite a bit of booze here which lead me to believe that this one is more DIPA than IPA.. Its heavy and rich...very piney and resiny on the finish...

Overall a very good offering from Schlafly... Couldn't have more than a couple at a time due to the ABV but a good one..

EDIT: after having several bottles of this, I'm inclined to think that this brew is superb... Extremely hoppy and juicy... Just delicious...

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Photo of DocBee
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Tap Room.

Beer is dark golden/amber. A small white head fades quickly.

Lots of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit and orange. A friend of mine thought it smelled like passionfruit- can't say I know the scent. A sticky smell. Very nice and fresh smelling.

Taste is quite bitter. Citrus fruit (grapefruit), some caramel malt well in back. A bit of a spicy, toasty flavour from the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, very nice! A very enjoyable AIPA.

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Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/14/2013

A: Pours a beautiful clear ruby. Huge, fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin fluffy bits of lacing behind. Top notch head retention though, never fully fades and easily stirred back to life.

S: Lots of caramel sweetness backs up some nice oranges and tropical fruits. Like smelling candied fruits. Nice.

T: Again, more sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Mango is prominent, maybe some apricot in there? Nice caramel to sweeten everything up. Sweetness fades into the finish, leaving a bitter wave of dried citrus. Almost orange peel-ish. Very nice.

M: Nice medium body, sweet but not syrupy.

O: I'm a sucker for tropical fruit hoppiness in an IPA. Schlafly's TIPA has it in spades, and this one isn't too far behind. This is a bit mellower and sweeter than TIPA but still delicious. More of a balanced IPA than a huge hop bomb; super drinkable as a result. Really quite nice to drink, I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very pretty, dark golden copper color with a full finger off white head and super thick lacing caked on the glass

S: mmm...hops! this IPA doesn't pull any punches. it comes at you with a fist full of hops and smacks your in the face. yes, there is a nice malt presence as well but the hops are the main attraction here and I like that!

T: oh so bitter. dry and bitter. with a nice citrus, grapefruit and piney hop taste. the malts are a nice compliment to the hops

M: dry, bitter with a nice medium carbonation and good, oily mouthfeel

D: at the high 8% abv I found it to be very drinkable. put down several and enjoyed each one more and more

Honestly, I found this to be more like a DIPA with the serious hop kick but easy to drink several. Also, found the price to be more than reasonable at $7.99.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden pour, good clarity with a small half finger cap of tight white foam. Sloppy lacing coats the glass, quite a bit is slipping down towards the liquid.

Powerful aroma, you can smell it right out of the bottle. Vibrant splash of grapefruit and pineapple atop citrus and pine. Rather floral with underlying honey sweetness and mint.

Pale two row is slightly bready with a drop of honey sweetness. Tangerine and pine are turned on full bore with honeydew melon settling in near the finish. The hops are resiny and features overripe tropical juices. A bitter shock and alcohol but it isn't lasting.

Crisp and sharp body and carbonation. Doesn't feature alot of drying since the character of this beer is juicy. Some rising alcohol.

This is a very good IPA, juicy, floral and variant. Very crisp and bright, wish I had a few more of these.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ystazi
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shopk
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruss004
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled with love on: 05 19 2010" 12 ounce bottle. Pours cloudy, dull darker honey amber, frothy and loose medium tan head, that stays and leaves thick and high quality looking froth and lace. Herbal hop nose. Tasty hop bomb of a brew, tastes like a quality Colorado or Calif. IPA, uh yeah, that's a good thing..More herbal, then citric and grainy hops absorb onto the tongue. Malty base providing the 8% undercoating, rich and densely flavorful brew. More then ample yeast coating on the bottom of the bottle, makes things more clouded. Nice job by Schlafly here, quality/solid AIPA

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Photo of castl052
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of imsetfree
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite amongst the Schlafly brews.... my take:

A: deep, dark caramel color, sort of unexpected... thin head that sticks around. but who really cares about appearance? moving on..

S: nice kind of apricot & pine scent

T: very nice, clean flavor - full of hops and fruit, but not a lot of bitterness... the high (8%) alcohol content did not come through whatsoever in the taste

M: this is the one aspect in which the I felt the AIPA was lacking... not enough carbonation for me, so it seemed a little bit thinner than I had expected. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

D: Very nice! I wish I had several more six packs in my fridge, b/c this beer is PERFECT for summertime.

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Photo of quazi96
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaped pint.

This beer is a slightly hazy copper color with two fingers of head. Bright citrus hops over a mild caramel malt base greet me on the nose. The taste is excellent, this beer packs in plenty of flavor, keeping things interesting without being all that bitter. Citrus and grapefruit are on the forefront at first, and then caramel malts come in as the hops take a bit of a turn to the earthy and piney. Well composed and delicious. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good. It's a very good beer for sure. It won't take your breath away, but it's absolutely a high-quality beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy white almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing over hazy nectar orange color.

Nose brings hops, light citrus and bit of grapefruit, touch earthy and floral even, and slight candy hop. There is also a decent sweet malty aroma.

Taste starts with more fresh hops, slight citrus and hints of grapefruit, quite a bit of spicy and slight earthy hops. Nice bitterness. As the hops continue slight fruity hops and touch of pine, and a nice tangerine and almost juicy peach. Some malts balance it nicely with a touch of sweetness. Finishes nicely biter with lingering spicy and fruity hops, slight dryness but lingering malts, and a bitterness that almost wants to get astringent but doesn't.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops all over the map but nice flavors, and a nice malty balance, a bit more aroma would really put this on a whole new level.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus (grape fruit), pine, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, pine, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Overall, the citrus/hops dominate in the beginning then the alcohol and spice come through in the finish.

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Photo of Mark000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color bordering on orange with just slight haze.

S: Immediately hit with grassy, piney hops followed by citrus (pineapple and grapefruit). I also detect a little orange peel.

T: Really, really nice combination of pine and citrus. This is all about the hops. The malt must be there to keep the bitterness in check, but it's hard to detect.

M: Generally on the lighter, crisper side but it leaves behind some nice oily hop / resinous feel that I love. The alcohol is well hidden. It's all I can do to keep from knocking this back quickly and reaching for more.

O: I have been waiting for this years release to try this, and It did not disappoint. I'll be going for another growler fill.

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Photo of aficionado
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow-amber body with a tinge of orange. Lots of lacing and fizzy carbonation.

Very aromatic and intoxicating with smooth pine and grapefruit. Noticeable malt presence, but it doesn't detract from the amazing bouquet of hops. Fruity and floral on the palate with strong sticky notes of grapefruit, honeydew melon, pineapple, apricot, and peach.

Definitely one of my top 5 regular IPA's. Forget Flower Power, Racer 5, and Sculpin... I wish I could get Schlafly IPA regularly in NJ.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6/29/10 bottling date, poured into pint glass. thanks to hooliganlife for tossing this in as an extra!

A - Burnt orange with some slightly golden hues towards the bottom. A thin, yet well retained head covers the top of the beer, as a fair amount of lacing accumulates around the glass.

S - Plenty of oily hops with some citrus juiciness and an added punch of malt sweetness.

T - There's some pretty heavy duty hop presence right away, as the juicy grapefruit bounces around the palate. A decent malt backbone lurks underneath the pleasantly noisy hop profile, delivering a welcome amount of sweetness. Everything finishes fairly bitter, but not overly dry, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe a hint of honey (?).

M - Bubbly and bitter, with mid range body.

D - The hops are fairly aggressive, but even with 8% alcohol this goes down really nice.

While it's labeled as an IPA, it's boisterous enough for an imperial, but doesn't go overboard with any of the necessary components. Tasty stuff right here, for sure.

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,094 ratings.
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