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Schlafly American IPASchlafly American IPA
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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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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Avg:
4.02
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22.39%
 
 
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Photo of generalnotsew
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/3/11 abv 7.2% reviewed 05/15/11

Nice juicy 1 finger cotton white head on the pour. Body is a tad weak looking though. More of a pale yellow than dark amber. The amber coloring is there but just barely. Smell is sweet, sour and sticky! Huge notes of candied pineapple, bitter grapefruit and a nice sour hoppiness. In short, it smells divine! Ok I gotta bump smell up to 5 here. Taste is exceptional! Bitterness, sweetness, fruitiness all hit in one punch. It has that very slick massive combo. I swear all the tropical and bitter notes are so intertwined I can barely pick them apart. The bitterness is nice and lingering also. The slick oiliness and perfectly tweaked carbonation is hard to beat. Barely any noticeable heat on the throat although I have noticed the freshest ones always have at least a hint of it. Can't help but wonder if Schlafly was trying to make a Two Hearted killler because it is very much headed in that direction. This beer is tight and would love to see it produced year round just as it is now.

A: 3 S: 5 T: 5 D: 4.5 O: 5

T: Nice amber sitting sun coloring with fluffy white fat head. Lacing is fairly sticky and head really lingers.

S: Very sticky sweet grapefruit. Almost reminds me of Hopslam without the sharp hops. Actually if the hops were more present I would say it smells a lot like Hopslam. Has that strawberry pie presence.

T: Hops make themselves known a lot more in the taste. They are quite sharp but not as quite as most IPA's. The sweet maltiness doesn't really carry over the grapefruit as much as it does a kind of honeyish flavor. Girl at the liquor store says she tastes peppermint. I don't really get it unless you talk about the little heat you get from the alcohol. But I actually like this for a more sweet forward IPA.

M: One of the fewer times I feel a beer could use more carbonation and a little less oily. Can't say it is bad either.

D: On the fence about this one. It has a pretty good alcohol burn to it that is surprising. At 8% it still should be pretty easy to mask. Feels like it should be a fall release to me.

O: Overall it is a nice change from the norm and may just take a little getting used to. 8% seems high for IPA as it should venture into DIPA category but it really doesn't carry the DIPA flavor. Maybe why there is so much heat. But I am no expert so who knows.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been sitting around for awhile. I hope that doesn't affect the taste.

Appearance - Fairly clear. Golden-orange in color. Short lived one finger white head. Little bit of lacing here and there.

Aroma - Citrusy, floral and piney hops. Mostly orange and grapefruit followed by some biscuity malted barley.

Taste - Starts with a citrusy sweetness before giving way to citrus and piney bitterness. Dry biscuity malt comes in before finishing slightly bitter and dry again.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, very drinkable. Lighter side of a medium body. Little high on the carbonation but it works here. Very balanced with the malts and the bitterness from the hops.. Pretty well done beer. I think it would benefit from being a little more fresh though.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy darker gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is straight white rising roughly one finger's length above the body.

Smell: bland hops which almost amount to nothing. Little weak in the aroma side.

Taste: Sour lemon snd grapefruit with hints of citrus. It's very bitter just to let you know, but shouldn't slow down any veteran.

Mouth: finish consists of citrus skin and heavy malts. Definitely thirst quenching, not dry at all.

Overall: Descent brew. Bitter and is full of life. Definitely a nice bridge for people to start IPAs if they haven't had the chance. Salud!

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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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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
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