Schlafly American IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,085 |  Reviews: 257
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 Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BrewSTL
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a two inch yellowed head. There is great head retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is awesome. Huge citrus notes hit me with a heavy grapefruit influence followed by a bit of pine. There is a nice dose of sweet sugar on the nose as well.

The taste is quite nice. Again, big citrus notes mostly grapefruit followed by a bit of pine. The sweetness I get on the nose doesn't translate here, but instead you get a the light bitterness that only an IPA can bring. Really balanced and quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is fantastic and the ABV though moderately high, is easily managed and well incorporated. I could drink the entire 6 pack tonight and I don't think I'd get tired of it either. Well done.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of williahd
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Clear copper pour with a small head and no lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet and bready and there is a nice tropical/flowery hop profile. The flavor is very well balanced between the hops and malt, although neither component is "big." Just a nice, easy drinking IPA with sufficient hop flavor but low bitterness. Would go great with a burger and fries. Carbonation is a bit too high I think. Worth a try if available, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice bold label, bottled on date clearly stamped; damn, it's nice to get to try this only 4 days after being bottled! The abv% on the bottle says 8%

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark orange beer with a huge fluffy antique ivory head which shows good retention and some sticky lace.

Smell: Dank. Not the citrus hop bomb I was expecting by any stretch of the imagination. The hops here are dark, herbal, spicy and...I don't know...a little bit strange actually. Just a hint of dark caramel malt as well...I was really, REALLY looking forward to this release, but upon first nosing, I'm not quite as excited...

Taste: Dark, herbal hops, with ghostly pine and citrus skulking in and out. A medium caramel malt presence, nicely sweet to balance the medium bitterness. Mild alcohol. Ok, but nothing really special...

Mouthfeel: This is maybe the best part of this beer...soft, full, and creamy

Drinkability: Not so bad, but I'm not craving another.

Conclusion: Schlafly makes some truly awesome beers. And they make some fairly average beers. Their Pumpkin Ale, Coffee Stout, and Biere de Garde fall into the first category. It seems that their IPAs (the English-style Export as well) just fall a bit flat...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle - dated 05/17/10 - served into a tulip glass

Pours darkly for a single IPA; a tawny autumn leaf color that belies its summer nose. The head is full of tight, eggshell white bubbles that form a two finger cap. Lacing forms in small arches, apropos for a St. Louis beer.

I've had this beer on-tap already. My review of it places AIPA as a very good IPA at B+ overall. That draught pour did not have the stellar nose that this bottle has. Proper use of Simcoe hops brings on lush mango and guava. Ripe stonefruit (apricot, peach) comes out too; this is a damn tropical IPA. The malt knows its proper role - as a back ground voice. Specifically I get bread crust out of it; not much caramel malt to speak of. There is a bit of alcohol coming out of this one, unfortunately. All in all, this nose is nearly perfect.

The flavor is a bit better out of the bottle, too. Mango and peach and a splash of grapefruit make up the fruit salad. The hops give a bitterness and astringency that I was about to describe as "pine" but that isn't quite right. The astringency is a bit soapy, a bit phenolic. You can coax lightly toasted bread out of the beer but the hops are definitely the dominant flavor point here. The finish and aftertaste are all Simcoe; I'm digging the guava notes here.

A pleasant medium-sized body makes for an inoffensive mouthfeel. I greatly prefer a lighter body in my IPAs but there is nothing wrong with the feel here. The carbonation isn't very noticeable, which makes for a silkier texture. This is pretty high in ABV for a single IPA (8%), and that hampers what would otherwise tastes like a great outdoor session choice.

Though my scoring doesn't really show it too much, I find the bottled version of this beer to be superior to the draught version, enough that I felt compelled to write a new review. The nose on this bottled version is just so good; if I could give it a 4.75 I would but instead I rounded up. All of a sudden, Schlafly has created the best, most interesting IPA in the state of MO. This needs to be a year-round beer in the Schlafly portfolio.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark orange color, a little darker than most for the style but not out of the range. Head is off-white, tall, creamy, and in typical IPA fashion lasts for ages with good lacing.

rich, resiny, citrus and pine aromas abound, plus a surprising amount of alcohol that makes it seem spicier. I think I get fleeting pale malt aromas but they're pretty much buried.

Flavor is quite good, though alcohol is again apparent - moreso than I'd like for the style. There's a substantial malt sweetness here, but it is well balanced (and then some) by the ample bitterness that becomes quite sharp in the finish. 50 IBUs?!? I'm getting every last one of them here; well done. Quite a bit of hop flavor, only a little caramel so I'm assuming the darker color comes from a small amount of dark malt.

Body is slightly sticky, though not far from what I'd expect from a double IPA. Kudos on the hop schedule, and I'll have another very soon...

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Photo of wafers
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Schlafly beers. Served on-tap at the Schlafly Tap Room in a nonic pint. Light amber/dark yellow body that is hazy with a two-finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Great hop aroma of citrus, pine, grass. Grapefruit dominant in the citrus and just a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Excellent mix of flavors with the nice bitter hop tastes up front and the sweet caramel malt following. The flavors follow the aroma on the hop side with just a hint more orange and floral notes in the flavor. Super flavor blend for an IPA.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop characteristics. Very glad this is back out again this year and looking forward to enjoying this as much as possible. Highly recommend to anyone who can obtain it.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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