Schlafly American IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA
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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Capone's. Golden bodied with lots of foamy white head. Strong citrus orange aroma. A high yet not overwhelming delivery of bitterness. Very tasty and drinkable orange with some tangerine, mint, pine. Medium mouthful. Somewhat palate erasing.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hops are very pronounced in the taste and contribute flavors of citrus along with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hop presence is strong enough so that the aftertaste makes your mouth feel dry.
O: This is a great beer if you really enjoy hops and bitterness in your IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice hoppy beer that drinks much more like an Imperial Pale Ale than a standard one.

The standard copper/golden hue shows bubbly carbonation that builds a fluffy white head, retains well, and with great lacing.

Aromas of citrus and hop resins fill the nose in a smooth and less dominating way. Crisp graham cracker malts work to balance the aroma but the hop contributions are a bit strong for that. Alcohol and esters give a unique complexity to the beer and is a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavors balance quite well. Light and crisp malty, lightly caramel flavors are offset by citrus hop bitterness. Those citrus flavors show a nice blend of grapefruit, orange rinds, light acidity, and mild pine and hop resins. Alcohol flavors rise in the finish with light nail polish remover tastes and light fruitiness.

Moderately malty mouthfeel early, but the creamier textrues disipate quickly for a dry malty and smoothly bitter finish.

Although the hop/malt profile is balanced similarly in the way that is expected of APA's, the alcohol and body of the beer steps well into IPA and nearly DIPA strength. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several samplings of this recently, first time reviewing.
Bottled on 5/3/2011.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright orange with a light golden haze to it. Ample foam at first, fading to a skim later on with some trails of visible carbonation.

Pungent earthy hops, green tea, grapefruit citrus in the aroma. Early on there was a hint of sweet melon or cantaloupe.

Soft feel with light and creamy carbonation, a big tangy grapefruit flavor also lends some moderate bitterness. Fresh cut grass, leafy herbal hops. Starts out with a flash of sweetness, hints of pale malt in the middle, finishing with a dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Classic hop forward IPA, fresh with distinctive citrus hop flavor and aroma. Will enjoy the rest of the six-pack, but didn't really find it as compelling as some did.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a two-finger tan head of thick bubbly foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, pine and citrusy hops. There was a burnt toast malt aroma, too.

T - Great spicy hop character with notes of pine. It has sweet caramel and burnt toast malt to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is pretty easy drinking despite a high ABV.

D - This is a really good IPA. I hope this becomes a regular brew in the Schlafly lineup.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very nice head that leaves a shard or two of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit and pine

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, as it lays the backbone for the hops; interesting hop profile that is more tropical fruit than citrus or pine, bringing passion fruit, pineapple and mango along with a hint of onion; the caramel lingers in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a crisp and refreshing American IPA

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity to re-visit

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to copper in color. The beer has a 1.5 finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick film with a couple of thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Heavy aromas of citrus hops, both grapefruit and orange, with some moderate aromas of caramel malts and a lighter note of passionfruit tropical hops in the end of the nose. Smells really fresh.

T: There is a good amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer. The beer starts out with some light amounts of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by huge flavors of citrus hops - tons of orange and grapefruit. Lighter notes of passionfruit tropical hops in the finish. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: This is a very good American IPA, very enjoyable with a really nice taste and smell. Not a sessionable beer since it is a little high in ABV but it is a really enjoyable beer. Glad I bought a six pack of this one as I have a few more that I can enjoy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)
clear amber body with good clarity; durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong; unusual hop component is fruity but not citrusy excepting some grapefruit Also rather floral.

Flavor: a bit unusual too. Again, odd fruity component. A hint of vanilla; a touch floral. A good bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the fnish and aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium bodied; medium carbonation that seems a touch low.

O: odd enough that I wonder if there's a quality control issue with this sample.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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