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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 Mark000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color bordering on orange with just slight haze.

S: Immediately hit with grassy, piney hops followed by citrus (pineapple and grapefruit). I also detect a little orange peel.

T: Really, really nice combination of pine and citrus. This is all about the hops. The malt must be there to keep the bitterness in check, but it's hard to detect.

M: Generally on the lighter, crisper side but it leaves behind some nice oily hop / resinous feel that I love. The alcohol is well hidden. It's all I can do to keep from knocking this back quickly and reaching for more.

O: I have been waiting for this years release to try this, and It did not disappoint. I'll be going for another growler fill.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a one finger off white head that quickly recedes to a lacing.

Smell: Nice and fruity, a little sharp on the malt side. A little on the sweet side.

Taste: Sweetness hits me first then some citrus and a strong malt backbone. Much different from the normal IPAs hitting the market now and it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little too full bodied for the style, then again the abv is bordering on DIPA status here, this is one of those inbetween beers.

Overall: Nice and different from the more mainstream hyped up IPAs out there. I would not make it a regular (partially due to the price).

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

Bottled on 5/3.

A: Pours hazy golden/orange with 2-3 fingers of white head. Thin film and nice, sticky lacing.

S: Weird smell here, almost burnt. To be honest, it almost smells like my grandmother's hair after a perm. I can get a little of the hops underneath it..citrus and tropical fruit. I can tell that I'd really like the smell if not for the off smell on top of it. Weird.

T: Taste isn't as bad or burnt as you'd expect from the nose. The off taste is here for sure but just not as strong. Grapefruit, pine and a little peach. Seems like toasted malts in there. Pretty bitter finish.

M: On the thin side, but not bad. Dry.

O: I'm thinking this may just be a bad batch or case based on previous reviews from other bottling dates. I want to try this again from another batch to make sure I'm not going crazy on this. If it's better, I'll come back and edit this review.

Edit: Must have been a fluke 6 pack because I'm drinking another from the same bottling date and it's as it should be. Nice citrus and grassy hops smell. Very tasty beer and probably the best that I've had from Schafly.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi-cloudy, deep orange body, 1 finger head, patchy lacing

S: big citrus (pineapple, peach/mango) with clean pine aroma

T: sweet peach front, pine middle, slow sticky long bitter finish

M: medium body, very slick/oily mouth

O: WOW, Schlafly surprised me with this offering. Outstanding beer, the ABV is well hidden, aching to gulp this fine brew.


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Photo of phenry
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, bottled on May 26.

A: Pours golden brown with a foamy finger thick head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hops. Fruity and citrus, not much pine in this one, but it's a nice undertone.

T: This is by far one of the best tasting IPAs that I've had. You can definitely pick out the Amarillo and Simcoe hops they use, and at 7.2% abv it's an incredibly easy drinker.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: All in all, an exceptional IPA from an exceptional brewery. It's a shame it's only a seasonal release. If you're ever in the Midwest during summer and like IPAs be sure to pick some up.

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Photo of bfields4
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-straw yellow. Decent head a little frothy not tight, but good lace.

Nice hop aroma mostly floral and pine with some citrus lingering. Very light caramel malt.

Bitterness hits first but a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops. A touch of citrus is present, but much like the aroma the piney herbal hops are much more in play here.

Crisp easy drinker good IPA. nice mouth feel. I've been drinking a lot of Stone's IPA lately and it's very reminiscent (good thing). You can probably snag this one fresh easier than Stone if you're in the midwest, so I'd say keep an eye out in this part of the country.

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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 StLThrash
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on date of 4/26/11. Poured into a pint glass.

Wow what an awesome beer - Schlafly has done it again. This is easily one of my favorite beers and definitely one of the best IPA's I've had. Wish they made it year round.

A - Poured a hazy dark yellow with a 1 finger head that stuck around awhile, and left nice lacing.

S - Awesome on the nose. Hops galore - with pine, citrus (grapefruit), floral and grass notes.

T & M - Very similar to the smell.. I thought last years had too much of a malt character for an IPA, and this years definitely focuses on the hops. Much improved. Lots of bittering citrus hops up front with a little bit of a sweet malt kick. Very 'juicy' and nicely carbonated. Kind of reminds me a bit of Noble Pils from Sam Adams, but I like this much better. Surprisingly smooth taste for the 7.2% ABV... I had 3 last night with no problem.

Overall - get this beer if you get a chance. It's fantastic. I am a big fan of Schlafly, and I think this is their best beer by far.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly is a regional treasure, being available in only 7 states. This is a special release, so grab it while you can.

IPA fans (like me) will appreciate this murky red-brown ale, with a thick head and thick lacing on the glass. Wonderful.

The nose is deep pine resins. Amazing and intense. The anticipation builds!

In tasting, I get more of the pine, with some sour grapefruit. A fetchingly bitter finish seals the deal. This one's a real winner.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Schlafly beers. Served on-tap at the Schlafly Tap Room in a nonic pint. Light amber/dark yellow body that is hazy with a two-finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Great hop aroma of citrus, pine, grass. Grapefruit dominant in the citrus and just a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Excellent mix of flavors with the nice bitter hop tastes up front and the sweet caramel malt following. The flavors follow the aroma on the hop side with just a hint more orange and floral notes in the flavor. Super flavor blend for an IPA.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop characteristics. Very glad this is back out again this year and looking forward to enjoying this as much as possible. Highly recommend to anyone who can obtain it.

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

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Date on the bottle is 5/17/2010.
The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with minimal eggshell white head foaming up and fading to an edge layer with some large islands.
The aroma is some biscuity and caramel malt with hits of grass and a little pine.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with very mild carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel and a bit of biscuit notes again but then rolls to hops, with some generally astringent notes mixing with a bit of pine sap and hints of grass too. Fairly complex hop profile and this bottle is almost a year old!
No hints of the 8.00% ABV on this beer. The finish is a little sweet again with an almost candy sugar note.
Easy drinking IPA and pretty enjoyable. I would pick this up again if it were available in CT, guess I would have to rely on friendly midwesterners to help me out.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Jul 2010. Served in the Widmer Drifter shaker pint. Bottled 5/17/2010.

Smallish dark beige head. Well carbonated, clear. Burnt amber color. Aroma of grass initially, becomes resiny and slightly floral. Bitter and nutty. Sticky mouthfeel. Slightly astringent towards finish. Moderate ethanol burn. Medium body. Grassy/hay notes throughout.

Hint of yeast at end.

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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 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 ZimZamZoom
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orangish-amber colored ale, the tight-bubbled thick and creamy tan head is a product of an aggressive down-the-center pour.

Great citrusy-spice hop presence in the aroma. The promise of caramel and bready malts lingers in the background but sneaks through here and there. Nice balance in the taste. Hearty grainy malt flavor, hops are much more subdued but come through as a spicy pine flavor.

This is a big bodied, thick beer. Heavy and a bit filling. A nice hearty ale on a cool fall day. I could not see following this up with another, maybe one but it's definitely not a session IPA. Close to DIPA IMO.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done. Moderate caramel malt with some light sugary notes. Juicy grapefruit hops bitterness, a little tangy at first, then settling in for a smooth bitter finish. I was surprised to see that this is 8%, as the ETOH was well integrated in the flavor profile, and this is a deceptively drinkable beer.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark copper/burnt orange, about half a finger tan head which stuck around for awhile, left a medium amount of lacing.

S: Flowery. A little bit of citrus, but mostly flowers.

T: A lot of hops right off the bat, a little bit of sweetness, grapefruit and some other citrus, malts balance it out. Bitter finish, not dry.

M: Lots of carbonation. Maybe a bit too much.

D: Lots of hops, but it's an IPA so you expect that. Fairly drinkable despite it's 8% abv.

Good stuff. I'll drink this one again.

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

12 oz bottle, 6/29/10 bottling date, poured into pint glass. thanks to hooliganlife for tossing this in as an extra!

A - Burnt orange with some slightly golden hues towards the bottom. A thin, yet well retained head covers the top of the beer, as a fair amount of lacing accumulates around the glass.

S - Plenty of oily hops with some citrus juiciness and an added punch of malt sweetness.

T - There's some pretty heavy duty hop presence right away, as the juicy grapefruit bounces around the palate. A decent malt backbone lurks underneath the pleasantly noisy hop profile, delivering a welcome amount of sweetness. Everything finishes fairly bitter, but not overly dry, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe a hint of honey (?).

M - Bubbly and bitter, with mid range body.

D - The hops are fairly aggressive, but even with 8% alcohol this goes down really nice.

While it's labeled as an IPA, it's boisterous enough for an imperial, but doesn't go overboard with any of the necessary components. Tasty stuff right here, for sure.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Cubbies pint year is our year!!

A:Pours a deep copper color with a half of finger worth of head that slowly dies leaving nice lacing down the glass

S:Nice tropical smell(grapefuit, citrus, & mango) with a slight hint of some sweet malts..very inviting

T:Big hops up front, as nose detects, with a small bite that smooths out nicely. Finishes up leaving a oily covering of the palate wanting more

M:Medium bodied with good carbonation

D:A very nicely done brew. Easy to drink, tasty, and another great offering from Schlafly

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from the East coast I hadn't heard of or tried Schlafly's brand until I stumbled upon their A IPA in a Liquor store on Capitol Hill.

A - Deep copper color, 3/4 " head with excellent retention and significant lacing down the glass

S - Sweet malty with citrus or pineapple tones.

T - Good and hoppy with a strong, sweet malty taste. Starts sweet, finishes very hoppy/bitterish. Pineapple, carmel accents.

M - medium body with a good degree of fine carbonation. Not overly active in the mouth but the bubbles hang in to the bottom of the glass.

D - Nice IPA, a touch sweet for me but thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer on draft at a local beer bar. This is a pretty big beer for being a single IPA. Beer served in a Becker pint glass. Beer is amber and partially clear. Moderate carbonation and a decent head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is kind of fruity and moderately bitter. Not much malt.

The beer itself is mildly malty. Forward flavors are mostly sweetness but there is some nice citrus fruits on the midpalate and then on the back end there is a great deal of bitterness. Not my favorite IPA but a greatly drinkable one.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich IPA lingering on DIPA territory

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Bright green labels with a hop cone under the name of the brew. Notes "special release", a drinking quote from Benjamin Franklin on the main label, with a general description of the brew and intent on the neck label. Shows date of bottling (05 17 2010)Served in a tulip glass.

A - Murky deep amber pour, 1 1/2" rich frothy head, good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Citrus and resin in the nose over a fresh malty sense. A bit subdued but nice nevertheless.

T - Hoppy sense with a good malty backbone, not too assertive but not too light. The hoppy profile is nice but end in an also pleasing touch that is more bitter than hoppy. Citrus and resin over a soft malty range with a sweet caramel touch.

M - Medium to medium full body with medium and good carbonation with a creamy flow punctuated by a final bitter rise.

D - Very nice flow, despite not being overtly exciting or assertive in any aspect the overall balance is rather well achieved. With this Alc. level I'd say even a bit too deceptively drinkable.

Notes: Nice "small" bottle from Schlafly, the first I try after quite a few of their big offerings, and it is quite a treat. Worth reaching out for it, and while this was not long from bottling I sure would love to repeat on a fresher offering. As for the American side, patriotism aside, if they want to make a point that this is done entirely with US ingredients, fair enough, not that it that extraordinary in the strong craft brewing landscape, but they should be a bit more explicit about it. In any case this is nothing that undermines a great brew.

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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 John_M
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose if fairly attarctive, though I pick up a considerasble amount of sweet malt with the hoppy citrus in this beer. Flavors replicate the nose, and there's no denying that there is a considerable amount of malty sweetness in this beer. The beer has some decent hoppy bitterness as well, but the sweet cherry and candy corn flaovrs are a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly muddled, gritty finish. Drinkability is OK, though the sweetness in this beer, coupled with the fairly high alcohol, detract just a bit.

An OK IPA, but really one that is just not my style.

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