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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

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -8.5%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +0.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to phaleslu for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear medium apricot with a two-finger white head. Nice retention and plenty of lacing on the way down. Nose carries some bright citrus notes plus a bit of a tropical character. Nice orange and tangerine to go along with a bit of mango. The hop character isn't as strong in the flavor, but there's a nice bitterness to the finish. Fairly dry after a light body. All around this is very well done.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 5/17/10 fresh fresh fresh!
Poures a slight hazed dull burnt orange with sticky one finger white head atop,good carbonation.Aromas were a bit more muted than expected,lemon oil,and caramel malt mainly.Hops are uber assertive on the palate,almost like sticky hop juice,big grapefruit and pine resin,an overly ripe sort of tropical fruitiness comes in as well,there is a hefty caramel malt base that holds it all together.The alcohol stays in check for the most part and the mouthfeel is chewey and fantastic.A great IPA,bigger than most with nice hop flavor nuances.

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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 chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger of froth which whips up a robust cascade of spotty lacing up and down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and herbal in the nose, with extra notes of pine, spice, and green fruit mixing in and cutting across the nostrils with a zesty feel. This has some nice fresh power to it.

The taste is crisp bitter grapefruit flavor up front, which is immediately buffered by ripe herbal character and neutral grainy sweetness that does a nice job of balancing this. The backend on this however is all hops, with fresh bitter pith, resins, and spice all lingering with some strength in the finish but they don’t overstay their welcome. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue before spreading out into more of a slick creaminess across the back thanks to those herbal flavors here. The ABV adds just some minimal warmth and aids in the very drinkable feel on this.

This was a welcome surprise of an American IPA, with a well balanced character to it that kept the focus on those fresh hop flavors and an overall quenching nature that really made this quite easy to drink. This was a little pricier than other six-packs (I think I paid around $13 for this) but it’s an easy recommendation for those looks for a quality hoppy fix.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't quite make out the smudges, but it was bottled on something, something, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold-hued body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet-scented pale malts with only modest notes of citrus and florals. A fairly mild aroma all around.

Taste: Modest pale malted barley upfront, a light touch of caramel and golden syrup for sweetness. Lemon-hinting, floral hops, also some slender orange accents and with no more than a medium bitterness. Soon, the already subdued bitterness dies down, allowing a surprising amount of sweetness forward. Smooth, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's so balanced that, for an India Pale Ale, it comes across as a tad timid. Not that I'm a proponent of tongue-blistering bitterness and nothing else brews, no, but this seemed to go a little bit too far in the other direction.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed copper with a finger of cream colored head, some floaties as well. Never completely clears up, good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with pineyness & herbal hops

T: Follows the nose, plus some caramel up front. Leafy hops, breadyness, apricot & pear fruittyness are there as this warms. Finishes with herbal & pine bitterness, plus citrus presence & breadyness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a good take on the style

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

Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 5, 2013

The beer appears mostly clear and is golden copper colored. The head is white and measures about a half inch after an aggressive pour. The aroma offers tangerines, nectarines, earthy tones, dank hops. The flavor is certainly hop forward, with a robust malty body in support. Extremely tangy with prominent bitterness throughout. Definitely an agressive beer. Pine resin and orange citrus linger on the palate. Medium bodied with a warming alcohol finish. I enjoyed this one, but not nearly as much as the Tasmanian IPA.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap Room in St. Louis. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. A little hazy. Nice white head. Sticky lacing. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit. Hint of tropical fruits. Some orange hops. Toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Much less hop complexity. Toasty malt and then a musty bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Finishes dry with a moderate bittetness.

Overall - More impressed by this than any of the other Schlafly beers I tried today. I enjoyed this with my meal.

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Thanks Heath! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with a frothy off-white head a finger strong. Thick patchy lace sticks to the glass but overall displays solid retention.

The aroma showcases the hops with aromatics that are fruity and floral with an essence of pulp, rinds, lemon, citrus and a bit of herbs. Nothing too crazy jumping out of the glass and slapping you in the face but what is there is enjoyable without flaw.

The flavor is somewhat lemony with pulp and rinds coming to mind. Citrus fruity and floral overtop a toasty grain base. The balance of flavors here is solid and I really enjoy the depth of hop flavor without bitterness dominating. Little to no alcohol inclusion is noted for more than 7%.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well rounded and easy drinking. I could see myself throwing a couple of these back effortlessly. Worth a try for sure, I am pleased with the chance to try this. Thanks again Heath.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinted clear golden color, medium white frothy head.

Smell is bright citrus, mostly orange.

Taste also has that bright orange citrus quality, some lemon zest too maybe, it's almost acidic in the way orange juice is.

Another really good IPA/pale from Schlafly, not quite as good as the TIPA but still good to have around.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from bluewolf17, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear Medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Smells of pine and resin with a hint of garlic and a modest caramel bready malt to back it up. Light earth and a touch of alcohol round out the nose. The flavor is sweet with bready caramel and a solid shot of ethanol. Bitter pine and resin dominate the flavor with a long lingering garlic and ethanol bitterness finishing us off. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA but maybe the flavors are a bit harsh and clashing just a little bit.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a shaker pint glass.

A white cream off white head is poured with some very fast rising carbs in the body. Body is almost orange but mostly a dull dark yellow perhaps pale amber. Good lacing is visible while drinking, looks good to go, have to admit that body color is very interesting.

Giant fruit apricot on the nose, with peach, and a faint citrus hop bent. There's even some slight honey notes here. Fantastic.

Upon taste is a quick malt sweetness, but then that apricot takes over along with it's hop citrus notes in the palate. Great sweet fruit of apricot, peaches, with a mouthwatering finish of honey and lingering sweet without the syrupy thickness. Just a bit sweet though, could tone just down an inch.

Overall, exceptional drink here. Love the feel, nose and just great tasting brew. Goes down like nothing and so tasty.

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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 MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for bring a growler of this stuff up from St. Louis. Served in a Night of the Living Ales glass.

A - Good looking brew, a finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves a decent cap and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed dark orange body.

S - Lots of tropical fruit flavor, dank earthiness, orange and peach, and a nice understated doughy caramel backbone. Reminds me of a less pungent version of Sculpin.

T - Taste is more understated, with more pine and orange rind. Again the taste has some light caramel backbone. It's a solid good-drinking IPA.

M - The texture is a little thin, but extremely smooth, with light tingly carbonation. Nice sticky finish with some light oiliness and resin.

D - This is super chuggable stuff - well hidden ABV, light texture, and a solid flavor that doesn't get too bitter.

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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 drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. This is a pretty big beer for being a single IPA. Beer served in a Becker pint glass. Beer is amber and partially clear. Moderate carbonation and a decent head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is kind of fruity and moderately bitter. Not much malt.

The beer itself is mildly malty. Forward flavors are mostly sweetness but there is some nice citrus fruits on the midpalate and then on the back end there is a great deal of bitterness. Not my favorite IPA but a greatly drinkable one.

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