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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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 Cresant
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bottled on 5/17/10, consumed on 5/27 - that's fresh! The body was lightly hazy and the color of a new basketball. The head didn't stay long.

Smell was like mandarine oranges. Leafy. Pine trees. As it warmed further I noticed a distinct funk aroma of ripe arm-pits!

Taste was pretty balanced with caramel sweetness standing up to the solid leafy/grassy bitterness. Alcohol became evident as it warmed. I'm not sure why this beer is not categorized as a DIPA, it is in every way except the label.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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

a nice clean copper pour with 2 fingers of white detergent-like head. smells of herbal/grassy hops and a lot of bready notes! REALLY hoppy scents coming from this one, like fresh cut grass. the flavor is mouth blasting hops! an extremely powerful blast of strong bittering hops combined with very herbal like hops balancing out the bitterness. the grain bill's there to help out as well, but nothing outstanding in that department, more just a backbone than anything. medium body, medium carbonation, nice and creamy on the lips but leaves a sticky feel behind!

a really nice ipa for someone looking for a different kind of "hop bomb". very herbal and grassy, i like it.

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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 Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours golden on color with a small white foamy head with decent retention, good lace sticking

S- citrusy and grassy hop resin, sweet cracker-like malt

T- grapefruit citrus-like hop with some lemony grass, sweet-yet-crackery malt backbone, dry finish with pungent citrus hop linger

M- medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel, smooth finish, quite drinkable for nearly 8%.

O- pretty good, borderline DIPA, I did however prefer the 'T' version over this one.

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Photo of rrski198
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with a dirty orange coloration. Moderate head and little lacing

S: Clean and not overpowering. Very pleasent without hop overload

T: Very appealing. Alot like the smell, not overpowering/ Not amazing, kick you in the face hops, jsut very nicely balanced. The malt backbone definately stands up to the hops and creates a very balanced beer.

M: Moderate carbonation and pretty light for the ABV.

D: I could have quite a few of these, however, my wife wouldn't be to happy. I would buy again!

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice English style IPA with a milder hop flavor than many IPAs. The good looking body is topped by a decent just off-white head with good lace effect. The nose is a bit bashful but gives hops and a bit of caramel malt sense to the nose. The flavor is well hopped but not overly so, with much less of a citrus bitter bite than what we've come to expect in American IPAs. This is very pleasant drinking beer that is decent in feel and very drinkable. This could easily become a favorite IPA if it were easily available to me.

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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 Beertsipper
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from a local distributor in the Bronx. Should've payed attention to the bottle date. This beer was bottled in March. I purchase another beer from the same establishment, and again, it was 7 months old. Oh well, here we go. 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint. small bone head that dissipates quickly. Gold color. Here's where it gets weird. Smell is almost nondescript. Faint hops? Tropical fruit? Malt? Can't discern. For an IPA that was bottled 7 months ago, the taste is not too bad. Getting a good amount of hops, pineapple, mango, a little pine, and finishes dry. Can't believe how tasty it is with that much age. I'd love to try this beer on draft at their tap room. I'd also love to find a fresher bottled offering. Perhaps within 1-2 months. Overall, for an IPA that's 6+ months old, I was pretty surprised.

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Photo of TH28
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden with quickly dissipating white foam cap. Aroma is less intense than I had hoped for, but still brings out pine and earthy notes. Taste is more malt forward and the bitterness shows up on the finish with a punch, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy feel to it and the bitterness doesn’t last too Lon on the finish. Overall very good IPA but would have expected a bit more hop aroma.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crabbicuss! This one was bottled on 04/26/11. Enjoyed on 08/16/11.

A - Pours a cloudy bright orange color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops, orange zest, some sweet malts in the background. Little bit of mango as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Very citrusy hop flavor with a minor malt presence. Finish is pretty balanced with more of a fruity hop flavor and some sticky sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a solid American IPA. Nothing mind-blowing, but straight forward and tasty.

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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 schwaeh
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 5-3-2011, consumed 7-21-11.

A: Pours a hazy golden color, clearly unfiltered. 3/4" of soft white head.

S: Smell of pine, grass, and citrus. A decent amount of malt is present.

T: The taste is bitter grapefruit, light pine, and a honey-like sweetness. Bready malts try their best to balance this thing out. This is very piney and very bitter. I imagine this was more of a palate wrecker a month or two ago, I'm fine with it at this age though. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Lighter medium body. Prickly carbonation and a long lasting bitterness.

O: I'm glad I finally made the trip to pick up some Schlafly beers. This was no disappointment, could have easily been a double with a smidge more ABV. Great beer for getting your hop fix, just don't try it before other beers you want to review.

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Photo of bort11
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap a couple of times already, but this is the first bottle. 12 oz bottle poured into a Schlafly tulip. An inch of drity white head quickly recedes and leaves a ring around the edges. Spots of lacing are here and there. The color is a hazy reddish amber.

Smell has an earthy dried hops, with a hint of oiliness from the Simcoe hops. Finishes with a spicy kick in the nose. Malts try to keep the hops in check. Taste has a much bolder hops character, but still on the earthy side. Lots of pine needles here.

The malt creates a solid body and balance to the hops, while the Simcoe hops adds a slick character and adds to the overall mouthfeel.

Out of the bottle is very good, but on tap it is amazing. On tap the hops are much brighter, not as earthy. The trade off is that on tap the hops are not as spicy, much lighter in character. It's like two different beers. And that's a good thing! I find it fascinating how different packaging (bottle conditioned as to kegged) has an impact on the final product.

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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 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 plinythethirsty
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Makes a pretty pour with its inviting copper color and attractive lacing. Has a grassy/piney aroma and flavor. It's very sweet. I detect some pineapple but not much citrus. Clears the palate quickly, but, for me, the sweetness reduces its drinkability. A worthy beer, overall, but lacks the big hop payoff that some might expect and desire.

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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 HOPPYKC
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 4-26-11. Poured into a pint glass. A small 1 inch head of white bubbly foam that disappears quickly. Light amber in color. Transparent. Carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is great. Fruit and hops. Grapefruit. Lemons and oranges. Nice resinous nw hops. Taste is great upfront. FInish is a little dry and gives a strong taste of either yeast or wheat. A little unpleasant. Thin to medium body. A little easy drinker for a 7.2% ABV. Nice brew for Schlafly, this is by far my favorite brew from them. Nice job.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Opaque Burnt Orange beer, with very light head

Smell - You can smell the hops and pine right from the get go, so you know what you are going to get.

Taste - Hoppy Beer that is little out of balance, citrus notes

Mouthfeel - Carbonation strong, maybe a little too much for the style, nice dry finish

Drinkability - Okay drinkability, glad I had once, but probably not a go to beer

Summary - Hops, carbonation, pine notes in an interesting IPA. Not a session beer.

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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 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 donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Into a pint glass, it poured a modestly-carbonated, cloudy golden/amber hue, with 3 fingers of white lace which retained and laced very well. Smelled of pine, malt, and bitter orange peel. The flavor was very nicely balanced between maltiness and bitter peel, but the finish was very thin. In fact, the feel was very thin overall. Excellent session IPA, due to thin-ness.

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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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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.
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