Schlafly American IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 1,084
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 Andyyyyyy
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! The hoppy aroma is phenomenal. I will say the smell is not a direct representative of the taste. Not quite as hoppy as the smell denotes. It is a great beer in both cask and kegged versions!

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Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My oh my this is an outstanding IPA. Schlafly has the Seasonal Special Release IPA twins, this one and the Tasmanian IPA. While Tasmanian is still my favorite, this one plays a very close second. I tasted this one on tap at the Bottleworks location.

While T-IPA is a very grapefruit/tropical fruit forward IPA, this one dials that flavor profile back a notch, and pushes the hops ever so slightly forward. The grapefruit/citrus flavors are still there, but seem to be more of a background flavor on this IPA twin. The fresh, floral hops come to the front and dance on your tongue. There is a slight grassiness here ( hop flavor I am not normally a fan of in other beers I have tried) that is exceptional here. I think it is the sweetness that seems to round out this flavor a bit more. All in all, an exceptional IPA that is easily near the top of my list of favorites.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

Pour is transparent golden in color with a tight white head. Nose has a bit of slightly stale grain up front, a touch doughy, and moderate malt sweetness. Hops are herbal with a decent amount of citrus. Taste is a bit doughier and sweeter. Some stale grain, pungent sticky caramel malt, chewy feel, lots of fleshy orange citrus hop in back with low bitterness.

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

The beer pours some very white and fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear orange color.

The beer smell is very citrus and orange. The hops are fairly strong, and with a slight hint of resin. The beer also has a slight sweetness to it that gives it a slight tropical fruit note such as pineapple.

The beer taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste has a grassier taste with a sweet orange flavor and a hint of pineapple. The taste has a nice pine aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is unusually thick for an IPA, but is still medium bodied. Biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and easy extremely easy to drink. It's not a hop bomb by any definition, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy, deep golden color. Small head without much lacing.

Smells a little malty, which is odd. Maybe even a little sour. Not a whole lot of citrus, but it is here.

Taste is pretty hop forward at first, but falls of and a slight maltiness takes over. Aftertaste of hops with a little sweetness. Not much hoppy citrus, which I think is odd for an American style IPA.

Nice feel on the mouth. A little thick and malty. Not as crisp or light as most IPAs.

Good beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with two finger head and a lace ring that dies slow. Classic citric hop aroma with minimal sweet caramel and a hint of bread. Smooth, dry, the hops are juicy and a bit floral at times as citric flavors abound and there is quality balance with touches of both bread and sweet malts to keep hops from overpowering everything. Classic American style IPA that is a great, simple beer to relax with.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a re-review. My original review is below.

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: really nice - pine with a touch of caramel behind it;

T: earthy and metallic; pine comes through a bit at the end; moderately bitter on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: unfortunately, the flavor didn't match the aroma;

Original review 6/8/2014

A: hazy, burnt orange; 1 finger head that receded over a couple minutes; minimal lacing; (3.25)

S: distinct peach - unexpected and intriguing; (3.0)

T: a bit of peach upfront; some pineapple crept in that lasted through the middle; the finish is red grapefruit; almost no bitterness; (3.0)

M: seems a little syrupy, but that might be in my head from the peach nose; carbonation is a little light; (2.75)

O: interesting and different; refreshing in a way I don't expect from an IPA; my scores are low because this didn't seem to fit the IPA category; as a fruit beer, this was nice; other reviews are quite different than mine, so I might have gotten an off bottle; (3.0)

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

A: This poured clear gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like mango and pine, with some wild honey malt.
T: It tasted like pine and dank herbal hops, with some unripe mango. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a solid west coast IPA, with simple but clean scent and taste. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light golden color makes you want to drink it up. The nose is slightly astringent but also has a sweet and sour note with the fruity esters. Taste is a pleasant bitterness from the forefront that melds into a nice subtle malt backing while the sweetish bitterness is sustained throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is nice smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

This is a tasty beverage with the bitterness bite that has a smooth mouthfeel so its easy going, but packs a nice bite for hop heads.

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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 tbraun1
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Pours a pale, gold, amber with nice and consistent rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Nice piney, citrus pop.

T- As with the smell, you definitely get some tangerine, citrus, and big pine taste. Very well balanced malts in this brew. Tasty stuff. Love the AIPA's.

M - Nice brew on the plate. Just full enough and the right amount of carbonation to tingle the palate. Refreshing yet substantial.

O - Fantastic. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grainy appearance with a lot of carbonation. The aroma is just what you want a American IPA to have, wonderful citrus smell with a bit of piney aroma. Nice taste with a grapefruity and very slight orange, with a good bitter bite at the middle and finish that you want in a good solid IPA. Overall, this was a solid American IPA that I totally stumbled upon and would try again!”

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in a snifter.

The beer has a soapy, white head that builds to a finger's width with a straight down the middle pour. The golden-copper body has amazingly clear clarity.

The nose carries dank aromatics: chive, especially garlic. Light notes of citrus do play around, mainly grapefruit in character. Malt is mainly held out of the way, mostly cracker-like in character.

The flavors of this IPA mimic the nose closely with more dank garlic and chive. Orange and grapefruit do come through, but not boldly. The finish brings a light, piney bite, with some more citrus. Again, malt is held well out of check, not easily discernible.

The feel of this beer is great: medium bodied, drying, long lingering hop bitterness.

Overall I was not expecting this to be such a dank hop forward IPA. The hops also play a huge role, not allowing for any kind of malt to take a foot hold in this offering. It drinks very well though, with a great heft and long drying finish.

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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 NiceTaps
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Cloudy golden-orange color. Fluffy white head, 1-plus finger, that gives up the lacing right away. Fat sticky lacing, to boot. This brew is pretty.

S- Citrus hops are prominent, if not powerful. Some caramel malt, just a touch of pine. The hop aromas are clean and citrusy, I had to look for them.

T-Juicy hops , mainly citrus, lots of grapefruit. Some pineapple, too. Sweet malt gives a nice balance. Very flavorful, strong, unlike the aroma.

M-Hop tang and tingly carbonation. Medium body. Long citrus finish, acidic, not overly bitter. A touch of malt sweetness in the back.

O- It's packed with flavor without being boozy or too sweet. That works.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Rocky off white foam that persists and after a little while reduces to a froth. There is no carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Very herbal with big, bold piney hops

Taste: Piney hops, apples and some kind of fruity aroma.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, slick and smooth with a long, hoppy finish

Overall: This was a very satisfying beer that you should enjoy over a period of time. Don't just guzzle this one down. Enjoy it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle date of 1/25/14

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper hue with a good one finger white head that fades to a nice thin blanket. Not any side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice grapefruit and pine. Light mango, flashes of kiwi (which is neat). Very mild malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose though far more restrained. The tropical notes are there just much subdued. Faint mango/pineapple, pine and grapefruit bitterness. Malty sweetness balances it out, lends to an almost melon thing going on. Not too bitter on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nicely carbonated, incredibly incredibly drinkable. Great.

O - Overall, a very solid IPA. Glad I got to try it fresh and enjoy what the brewers were going for.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For starters, this is an absolutely beautiful beer. A clear dusky amber, with about a finger of off white head. Decent retention, and good lacing.

This is going to be compared to their Tasmanian IPA quite frequently (and for obvious and legit reasons). They are both superb IPAs, but the nose is one arena where I feel the TIPA is superior. Vegetal grassy hops, a decent caramel balance, but it's more about the hops. Smell dry, and almost a little blunted. There's some floral and just something underlying it that is... seedy. Not nutty, seedy. Like when you're carving pumpkins, but if you take away the pumpkin parts of the smell: just seedy and stringy and vegetal.

Luckily, the disappointment of the aroma is the only aspect of this beer that underwhelms. The palate brings forth juicy tropical fruits, a bit of sweet citrus, a nice caramel malt to tie it together. There's almost a spicy characteristic (not hot spicy, but hop spicy) that I really enjoy. Shares a lot in common with it's Tasmanian brethren, and this is undoubtedly a good thing.

Crisp, clear, enjoyable, the bitter from the hops is not overwhelming, but just present enough... This is an eminently drinkable beer. I will miss it greatly when it and then I am gone.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/30/14

Appearance: Golden amber color with accents strong on the amber side. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Some sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Pretty subtle aroma. Biggest player is some juicy, soapy, tropical fruity aromas. Slight spices with some really mild, sweet, bready malt tones. Medium bodied bitterness warms up with the beer.

Taste: Big juicy light fruits jump the palate with tones of mangos, kiwiws, oranges, and straw. Mild soap and prairie grass back it up. Bitterness is there but this brew certainly has a soft, sweet presence on the palate.

Mouthfeel: One word came to mind drinking this, crushable. Wouldn't be hard to put the sixer of this down in one night with how easy going it is on the palate. Tons of fruity sweetness if left behind with each drink. Carbonation is mild which adds to the easy going nature here.

Overall: Tasty stuff. One of the best offerings from I've had from Schlafly to date. Gotta say the Amarillo hops win out over the Centennial and Simcoe. Fruity, sweet, easy going.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled 1/21/14
The beer pours a light amber color with a foamy off-white head that laces and provides a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose is hop-forward, fruity, and has a slight booziness. Potent hops dominate the beer's taste with flavors reminiscent of pineapple, pine needles and possibly some mango, but not much distinct citrus (hint of grapefruit?). This beer has a medium body, with overwhelming hops upfront, both fresh and fruity, a modest malty sweetness, mild ethanol presence, and a semi-dry, grapefruit rind, bitter finish. This beer packs a a fresh, hoppy wallop and despite a slightly abrasive lingering finish, drinks quite well.

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Photo of I_eat_beer
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great, hoppy offering with quite a bite but smoother than its ABV would indicate. Overall, a great beer that creates its own sessionability by the end of the first pint. Thin head, great lacing, and a bready aftertaste. Would definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Hazy amber golden with sticky white head and lacing. Huge aggressive piney resin hop aroma with a big maltyness. Its a bot over aggressively sharp for my liking...
Taste is piney resin hop up front but finishes with a nice sweet fruity hop flavor. At first its too much but really finishes nice. Really smooth drinker, dry, and quenching. Nice IPA..on the border with a DIPA, but a really nice mid-coast IPA - a nice blend of sharp hops and sweet hops...

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

Bottle poured into a beer stein

Big, thick foamy four finger cap that settles down with plenty of lacings on the glass . Bronze, peach in color. No visible carbonation.

Smell of grapefruit , citrusy hops with a hint of pine

Hops! Citrus with a grapefruit essence. Crisp hoppy aftertaste .

Light, medium light mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers.

Wanted an iPa tonight and I picked a winner. Nice hoppy bite and tang with plenty of citrus. Very good iPa that I would enjoy again.

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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