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

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/ burnt orange with a nice 1 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruity hops, some sweet caramel malts, not a lot of aroma, or anything else.

Taste - First sip, much like the smell, is weak and mild. Light watery hops mixed with a little sweet malt. Some lemon and pine comes out. Really not much else to say.

Mouthfeel - Its light, watered hops hit the tongue along with some sweet malts. Palate gets about the same, with a little lemon flavor. Aftertaste is very weak and watery.

Overall - Very light, basic ipa. Nothing special, nothing stands out about it. Would be a great beer to hand a bud drinker but nothing a ipa fan needs to try.

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 031813 on front of label. Gifted from my neighbor Walker.

A: Peach amber hue with healthy 1-2 finger eggshell head with good retention and loads of fine reticulated lacing.

S: It has a very earthy hops aroma with dank resin and mild pine and some light citrus. There is some melon and floral in there as well. The maltiness does not have much presence in the aroma profile.

T: The earthy, herbal nature of the hops dominates the flavor, and dankness is not really my favorite. The maltiness is lightly caramel but a little bready as well. The alcohol is a subtle cherry flavor in the background with warming. The hops have some floral and melon notes similar to the aroma but a lot more toward the melon and earthy herbal.

M: A very smooth drink with middle of the road carbonation and light-medium body.

O: A great IPA for those that enjoy earthy, herbal, grassy, and melon hop flavor. Not what I look for so not a world-beater for me, but a well made beer nonetheless.

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

bottle poured in in tulip shape glass.

Appearance: hazy golden amber with a thin white head.

Smell: The aroma is fairly balance with notes of blueberries, grapes, orange, banana, citrus, piney, and sweet blend of hops. Overall its a fairly pleasant sweet aroma.

Taste: piney and bitter in the front end with nice grape fruit fruity sweet maltiness in the middle and a bitter hoppy end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry hoppy bitter finish.

Overall: This is a great IPA, certainly better than I expected, it's fairly bitter and not really as balanced that I expected from the aroma. Overall This is an outstanding beer and I'm fairly satisfied. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dingy golden coloring with loads of carbonation bubbling inside. Weak, yet bright white head dissipated quickly and had decent lacing.

The scent is weak to a point of watery but some nice undercurrents of malt and pine are deep within. I found a lemony malt scent that was pleasing.

The taste follows suit with a watery taste and feel. A nice malty grain taste with a hoppy floral pine pine taste is also there but is washed away in a torrent of wateriness.

IPAs that claim the code word "Session" seem to mean watery and this is no exception. Low ABV, canned and a decent taste and feel makes this worthwhile for a fishing trip or similar event.

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Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty fresh at less than 1 month old.

The aroma has a wonderful dank sweet peach, tangerine, and mango. A good aroma on this beer.

The taste has pineapple and peach, a bit of citrus and a malt sweetness. The malt however hides the IBUS. This beer really lacks bitterness for an IPA. I prefer my IPAs with a bitterness and drying end. This really does not have that, despite being taste.

This is a pretty balanced and drinkable IPA, but lacking the bitterness and bigger flavors for me.

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Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with a billowy two finger white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Very grassy aroma along with a healthy dose of tropical fruit. There is some toast buried deep underneath that is enough to begin to balance the hops. Quite nice.

The first thing i notice on the taste is overwhelming bitterness. I love a bitter IPA as much as the next guy but this borders on distracting. Tons of grass that can start to become too much. A light touch of tropical fruit but the malt is more buried here. There is a little toast and caramel though along with a continuing strong bitterness through the finish.

Overall, a nice IPA but quite out of balance with the extreme bitterness. Probably not something I would pick up on a regular basis.

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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 elgiacomo
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled March 27, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy amber with nice little bits floating around, three finger white head that settles to a small cap and leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, lemon, good bit of pine, a little floral, grassy, some bready and caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit, lemon citrus, resinous hops, good bit of pine, grassy, some caramel malt backbone, moderate sweetness, moderate to good bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily, good carbonation.

Nice IPA, but not as good as the Tasmanian IPA!

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Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and clean, not as hoppy as expected though that may be due to the American Hops of which I am unaccustomed. Very much enjoyed it. Love the box which, as a collector of six-pack sides, is why I purchased it.

Good hop aroma though not as strong as hoped for.

Enjoyed poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Label is updated from that which is above, now covered w/ hops.:-)

(Edit to mention this is now labeled as an APA.)

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a light honey color. Crystal clear and 1 finger off slightly offwhite head. Excellent retention.

S - A very sweet floral smelling beer. Thre are hints of citrus in the background. Definately pick up some lemon smells. Not much maltiness to this beer. Its all hops!

T -Just like it smells. Very floral on the front with some pineyness to it. There are hints of citrus as well.

M - This is a great thick beer. One of the highest ratings I have given on Mouthfeel. It has a lot of body to it. You know you are drinking a big beer!

O - A very good IPA. Definately one for hop heads. I would have liked to see it a little more balanced with more malt presence. Still a great beer and one I will be picking up again

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Photo of ckollias
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of craft beer glass.

A: Pours a clear orangish hue with a big, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a frothy lace.

S: Hops, citrus, malt and pine aroma.

T: Similar to the smell and good mix of bitter hops and sweet malt with a solid citrus and pine background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent I PA – Good balance between the hops and malt.

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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 nesarebad
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The old review machine is chugging along - 2x the reviews in one night!

Schlafly American IPA; 12 oz bottle; bottled on 3/4/13; poured in to my new Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku

A - Nice amber color on the pour, cloudy with sediment. Unfiltered, so not anything unexpected. Two finger head with nice retention and lacing upon receding.

S - Hops, hops and hops. Is this an American IPA - oh yes it is. Piney dank resinous hops on the nose - there is no way to avoid it. Simcoe is very evident: read - cat piss (I don't mind).

T - A bruiser, if you don't like the bitter assault of piney, dankey, resinous american hops - this beer is not for you. The finish has a nice little sweet malt backbone to complement the strong hop front.

M - Puckering, abrasive, astringent. I tend to like these things and will come back again and again...and again.

O - A well made strong, assertive IPA. A unique take on its own that is not West Coast, not East Coast - just American.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish shaped pint glass.

Golden amber with 3 fingers of white head. Excellent retention leaving behind thick ringlets of lacing. Low-moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy with active yeast sediment floating around.

Papaya, pineapple, mango, candied orange and pine.

Papaya, mango, candied orange and drops of pineapple juice. Bready malts with notes of honey and pale candy sugars. Finishes with red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest and pine needles with just a hint of onion.

Medium bodied, oily, crisp, bitter and dry.

Tropical fruits, citrus fruits and resinous pine backed by bready malts and candy sugars. Nicely balanced while keeping some residual bitterness. This IPA has it going on!

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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 ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately clear amber color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade, retaining itself decently. Lots of lacing on the glass, too.

S: There's a nice amount of mango, papaya, grapefruit, and herbs on the nose, with enough malt to balance. I love the Simcoe-forward nature of this one. Develops an onion-y note after warming up, and that's a good thing.

T: Again, this really showcases Simcoe hops well. It starts with some mild, unsweetened tropical fruits, before it develops a strong piny, herbal tone near the finish and aftertaste. The finishing bitterness might put some off, but who cares?! Give me more.

M: No annoying syrupy linger or overdone malt sweetness here, yet at the same time, it's not wrecking the palate with bitter dryness. As such, it's nicely crisp, not to mention superbly drinkable.

O: This might be my favorite pine-forward IPA to date. It kind of reminds me of Troegs Perpetual IPA with its crisp finish and Simcoe-heavy nature, which is always a good thing.

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Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a brilliant medium copper color with a pillowy 2 inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky, spotty lacing.

Resin, pine, and grapefruit leap from the glass. Fresh cut grass and onion accompany bready caramel malt. Earthy and floral hop notes emerge late.

Caramel sweetness forms the backbone of the flavor profile, fairly bready and toasty, even into the finish. Underpinnings of resin, grass, catty hops, and slightly muted grapefruit are evident throughout. Resiny bitterness closes out the flavor. The balance is decidedly bitter. Onion, a hint of mint, and pine surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a tad full, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Great toasted caramel malt presence to support the hop character. Hop flavor isn't quite as prevalent our complex as aroma. The dominant character ends up being resiny bitterness, but there's enough malt sweetness to prevent it from being offensive.

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Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Fairly fresh hops, slightly resiny with some grapefruit, clean cracker malt backbone.

L: Light burnt orange, some little floaties, white head that dissipates. Some lacing.

T: Mango hops up front followed by a sweet, slightly caramel malt. Bright citrus hops flavor permeates. Medium high, slightly tart mango bitterness with some dank notes in the taste. Finishes semi-dry with residual caramel and bitter mango.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, definitely has some citra or other new world hop in it with the big mango notes.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-copper color with a thick one finger off white head. The head sits atop the brew for quite a long time, eventually fading down to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a very pleasant blend of lighter fruits and citrus hop. The fruits are heaviest of a tropical nature with lots of tangerine and mango, but these are mixed with some lighter apricot and peach aromas as well. The hop out does the fruit ever so slightly in potency, bringing a nice grapefruit hop aroma mixed with a light earthy hop smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and more malty flavor with some of the fruit that was detected in the nose. The fruit however is light in potency and consists mostly of the apricot and peach with little or no tropical mango. Also upfront is a decent presence of grapefruit hop which grows stronger as the taste advances. While the grapefruit gets stronger the fruity flavors fade some, with the bready flavors remaining ever vigilant and constant throughout. Toward the end, other hop flavors of a pine and grassy nature come to the tongue with a very small amount of a sugary sweetness, leaving an overall grapefruit bitter, but still somewhat smoother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the creamier and chewier side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The thicker and chewy body is very nice for the bready and fruit flavors of the brew, with the carbonation keeping the grapefruit from producing too much bitterness on the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall it is a nice combination for the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a good dose of grapefruit hop that is balanced out by a moderate bready and fruity base. Not a bad brew to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this IPA. I wish it wasn't a seasonal. Nice big fluffy head. The smell is nice, nothing crazy, but maybe it's my nose. It's the taste where this one stands out. Big hop bomb, just like I like my IPAs at times. This one delivers. Bitter, citrus, tangy, tasty. Love it!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent orange, slight carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Mild malt, good deal of hops citrus and grass.

T-Starts with nice blend of malt notes, had citrus and grass hops notes. Then a nice hop bite and bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and hop resins.

O-A wonderful IPA, if this beer was year round it could be a great go to beer. Put a must pick up when it is fresh.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled with love on 01/17/2013.

Light copper amber color with millions of fine particle floaties held in suspension. Impressive white cap of soapy foam, and it holds up like the truth.

Clean citrus hops in the nose with juicy notes of grapefruit and apricot. Hints of peach and orange. Has a crystalline sugar sweetness. Some floral notes and a rye-like spicy malt base that offers up half-sweetness and half-toastiness. Excellent nose.

Immediately picking up floral and citrus hops with a tinge of spiciness. Rye malts, maybe? Seriously? Sweet Georgia peach and white grapefruit and treacle (from the malts). Only moderately bitter. Tender fruits carry out in the finish with some oily green notes. Dry-hopped to all hell and this is the magic to show for it.

Medium-to-hefty body for the style. Nice and juicy. Still has a next level of carbonation bubbling through this one. I love it when a delicious IPA is super easy to drink.

Super-impressed by this one. Would certainly recommend this one.

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Photo of HeadyHopper32
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Burnt orange. Hazy and unfiltered. Nice dense white head.

S- Candied fruits. Sweetness from the malt comes through. Very tropical overall.

T- Big tropical fruit coming through on the middle and front of the tounge. Back of the tounge gets hit with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Very well balanced. No trace of alcohol.

M- Light for an ipa this balanced. Slightly watery; would be nice in the summer. It does leave a decent coating behind.

O- Great find at my local store in NJ. This particular batch was bottled 24 days ago. Very fresh, excellent flavor. Could be a staple IPA if it was a year round release.

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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly transparent but with visible floating sediment. Nice well-formed white head. Sparse visible carbonation. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: It's very catty, with a hint of resin, and some citrus thrown in the mix. It smells very fresh, although it is exactly one month past the date on the bottle. Some alcohol is present in the nose.

T: I get a grapefruit rind right off the bat, then it's followed by a toasted wheat biscuit flavor. It's very bitter. Some alcohol peeps through at times. Catty flavor...

M: Very dry, with lingering bitterness. There is a harshness...a rough edge to the bitterness. It's nothing bad...just something to note.

O: Overall I really enjoyed the beer and I would recommend it. It's very bitter with a good amount of hop character. I think that fans of any style of IPA from any region would enjoy this beer. I know that some IPAs don't really satisfy that "hop fix," but this beer is certain to satisfy any hop cravings.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze to it. On top sat an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some citrus and that foreboding skuny weed smell.

T - It starts out all nice with the citrus flavors. Then it slaps you in the face with skunky bitterness. I think this is a simcoe hops trait, but I am ignorant to specific hop profile save a few.

M - Moderate

O - This IPA does not represent the characteristics that I like. I don't care for the extreme bitterness and skunky taste. Call me a pussy, but I like the citrusy mid-western style IPA's. I am not saying this is a bad beer. Just not to my liking. If you like the real bitter skunk weed IPA's then this is for you.

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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