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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 Bonis
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this during a Kentucky beer haul, and liked my sample enough to snag two growlers of it. A great buy at $8.99 a piece.

A - Golden in color with a large white bubbly head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

S - WOW! Tropical fruit hops galore. Sweet pineapple, papaya, mangoes and peaches dominate. Citrus mixes in as well. A touch of malt is there, but barely. This smells superb.

T - More huge tropical hops. It's straight up hop flavor, not much bitterness except from the foam that hits my lips. Hops, hops, and more hops. No alcohol, just hops. Fruity, citrusy, and a small dose of pine. Fantastic IPA overall!

M - Low bodied with some prickly carbonation. A pleasant bitterness sits on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Has to be up there with some of the best IPAs I've tried. Glad I came home with two growlers of it!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An almost totally different beer than the cask conditioned IPA. Same reddish color but a more bubbly head that disappears faster. Much hoppier with a citrus blast. nice example of an american IPA and i actually liked it better this way (on draft) because im just a crazy hophead and the cask conditioned version lost some of that hop punch.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow gold body topped by four fingers of big bubbled white foam. Laces well.

Inviting but not overpowering aroma of grapefruit and oranges. Very pleasant.

Very sweet malt beginning, quickly covered and push aside by piles of juicy citrus fruit, heavy with grapefruit and orange. Subtle bitterness then hops snap at the swallow. Touch of earthiness along with the fruit and bitter in the finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel delivers the beer well.

Oveall a solidly enjoyable IPA, recommended.

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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 Lazerlobe
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6.29.10

This is a beautiful IPA, a clear amber that implies it is walking the in between line of east and west coast IPAs.

Smell: Whoa! This must have been heavily dry hopped. The grapefruit smells tangible, making me want to close my eyes before juice gets squirted in. I probably have to eat this with a fork! The suggestion of malt underneath is overpowered by the citrus and I can't make it out.

Taste: A wealth of grapefruit predominately and dry pine behind it are the major players. I love the lightness of this; it is a little more malt forward than some of the Alpines but with a similar compliment of hops. I would have loved to have tried this a month ago, but as it is, it's spot on.

Overall a lovely beer that I wish I had on hand. Seek it out if you can and try to get a fresh batch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from The Village Pump. Bottled on 7th May 2012, which makes this a week shy of two months old.

Crystal clear golden amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and little lacing, this beer is quite attractive. A steady stream of carbonation rises from the base of my Fat Tire goblet too. The nose is pretty solid. Bright, pungent hops with citrus (navel oranges), a little bit of pine and a very nice perfume-y aroma too. Tropical fruits (yum). Mildly floral with a light malt character (honey and toast) with minimal caramel, this is very good. A little bit of alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't detract.

The palate opens pungent, punchy and hoppy, with a resiny orange peel bitterness, tropical fruits (ripe papaya, mango-ish) a mild pine character, a complex floral flavor (I think I can pick out rose and jasmine?), this is one hoppy beast. The malt character is light, with a mild honey malt flavor (in some ways, Hopslam-lite), no real caramel, a little base malt. Resiny and bitter on the finish in rather exquisite balance with a wonderful, lingering hop flavor. Citrus, citrus peel, grapefruit zest and perfumey hops - wonderful. Medium-light in body, highly carbonated and with a resiny finish, this beer is really nice on the palate. While the carbonation is a little high for my palate, the finish is pretty close to perfect to my palate. Very impressive, and highly recommended, especially if you're a fan of Sculpin (old) and the like.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
dated 1-17-2013

A- Pours fairly clear golden orange with a nice two finger of a faded white head.

S- Very middle of the country hop profile. A slight astringency and a load of citrus. Very fruity and somewhat floral.

T- Starts off with a surprisingly low hop bitterness. The hops take over the palate and treat you to very citrusy and herbal flavors. A bit of pineapple, lemon and pine but also a lot of onion and grass. A sweet and subtle malt profile. A nice example of a middle of the country IPA.

M- A low bitterness IPA. Easy drinking.

O- A solid IPA, definetely pick up a sixer. Its not as good as their T-ipa but its as solid as they come.

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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 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 boilermakerbrew
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy deep orangish-gold. Beautiful. 2 finger head, very foamy, stuck around a good while. Really good lacing.

S- Big on citrus and pine notes. Has something that I can only describe as a floral scent of some sort.

T- Starts off with citrus. A little more orange than other citruses. Then a hint of the barley malt before the hops hit. Mostly pine and woody bitterness. Sticks around for a bit, then finishes with another hint of barley. Aftertaste was not prominent, then after about 3 or 4 seconds you get a little hops coming back through.

M- Can definitely feel a little weight from the 7.2% ABV. Other than that, fairly light, but more of a session beer. Foamy head compliments the taste when it's on your tongue.

Overall, this is better than the other IPA's I've had. Is less blatantly bitter and more balanced. All being said, this is a good one to drink casually around the house.

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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 Reaper16
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull.

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

A - Poured a solid copper color with white 1 inch head on top and no lacing

S - Big time columbus hop dankiness in this one. Light malt flutters underneath.

T - Crisp and dry with a great bitterness and grapefruit character. Once again just a touch of toasty malt to keep it all together.

M - Medium bodies with excellent carbonation

D - I can drink this one all day. Nothing lingers on your palate and every sip leaves you wanting another.

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

appearance - pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head (into a dogfish head signature glass)

smell - distinctly hoppy in smell, piney to be specific, but not at all over powering

taste -very smooth, well balanced IPA. Just the right balance of hoppyness to the malt body

mouthfeel - strangely perfect, not to thin, not to alcoholic/burning, exactly what i hope for in this style

overall - a fine example of an american IPA, vaguely reminiscent of dogfish head 60min and bell's two hearted to me.

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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 JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong dark copper color with nice reddish hues and a 1 inch off-white head that is dense and active.

S - Delicious piney hops come up first but are balanced by some nice caramel malt. Great IPA nose. Crisp, hopy and fresh.

T - Starts of with a nice caramel malt sweetness and then quickly turns with some nice piney and grassy hops. The bitterness is not as intense as expected though. This beer is delicious though. Great hop pine flavor with nice bready malts and a great balance between all these flavors. Hands down my favorite Schlafly beer.

M & D - Crisp and refreshing medium to light body. A delicious offering. Refreshing and with an ABV that isnt felt right away.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A deep reddish golden looking brew with a thick head atop and lots of active carbonation have this one looking terrific... Very hazy looking..

Spicy piney hoppiness apparent right away with some citrusy aspects as well.. A nice maltiness present here too... Quite balanced aromas... A little booze as well...

Intense bitterness right off that melds into a surprising balance of sweet malts and piney hops... Some grapefruity or orange aspects here too...the hops are right on here... There's quite a bit of booze here which lead me to believe that this one is more DIPA than IPA.. Its heavy and rich...very piney and resiny on the finish...

Overall a very good offering from Schlafly... Couldn't have more than a couple at a time due to the ABV but a good one..

EDIT: after having several bottles of this, I'm inclined to think that this brew is superb... Extremely hoppy and juicy... Just delicious...

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Tap Room.

Beer is dark golden/amber. A small white head fades quickly.

Lots of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit and orange. A friend of mine thought it smelled like passionfruit- can't say I know the scent. A sticky smell. Very nice and fresh smelling.

Taste is quite bitter. Citrus fruit (grapefruit), some caramel malt well in back. A bit of a spicy, toasty flavour from the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall, very nice! A very enjoyable AIPA.

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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 CosmoHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very pretty, dark golden copper color with a full finger off white head and super thick lacing caked on the glass

S: mmm...hops! this IPA doesn't pull any punches. it comes at you with a fist full of hops and smacks your in the face. yes, there is a nice malt presence as well but the hops are the main attraction here and I like that!

T: oh so bitter. dry and bitter. with a nice citrus, grapefruit and piney hop taste. the malts are a nice compliment to the hops

M: dry, bitter with a nice medium carbonation and good, oily mouthfeel

D: at the high 8% abv I found it to be very drinkable. put down several and enjoyed each one more and more

Honestly, I found this to be more like a DIPA with the serious hop kick but easy to drink several. Also, found the price to be more than reasonable at $7.99.

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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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled with love on: 05 19 2010" 12 ounce bottle. Pours cloudy, dull darker honey amber, frothy and loose medium tan head, that stays and leaves thick and high quality looking froth and lace. Herbal hop nose. Tasty hop bomb of a brew, tastes like a quality Colorado or Calif. IPA, uh yeah, that's a good thing..More herbal, then citric and grainy hops absorb onto the tongue. Malty base providing the 8% undercoating, rich and densely flavorful brew. More then ample yeast coating on the bottom of the bottle, makes things more clouded. Nice job by Schlafly here, quality/solid AIPA

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Schlafly American IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,084 ratings.
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