Schlafly #20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly #20, Volume 2: Hop ToddySchlafly #20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jsanford on 02-01-2011

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750 bottle.

Copper orange coloration, an inch or so of foam that settles quickly into a tight layer of skim on the surface though there's no lasting lace.

Lemony smell, a somewhat citrusy hop with a malty backup, and a bit nondescript for advertising the bourbon barrel on the label. Honestly it doesn't come across with any barrel character in the aroma.

Smooth feel, buttery and viscous with a honey-like texture. Hard to tell if the butteriness is oak-derived, or from a creeping diacetyl element. Finishes dry, but sticky on the lips. Abv is somewhat hidden, though there's a little bit of heat creeping through. Doesn't feel like 9%. The intention to mimic a Hot Toddy is evident, and somewhat successful. Cheers to the experimental impetus here, though the flavors seem to be at odds a little.

Overall though, the potential diacetyl presence makes me think it could be starting to turn. Drink 'em if ya got 'em...

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an exceptional amount of carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There's a solid inch of creamy light beige head on top. The aroma is of lemon, honey, and wheat. The leading flavor is lemon, but I can taste the sweet bourbon and the wheat. The honey and bourbon barrel aging give it a dry, yet crisp finish.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet pale malts with good amounts of breadiness and hints of toffee. Also present are mild amounts of light citrus and herbal hops and even milder amounts of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Pale malts up front are joined quickly by moderate amounts of bready flavors and citrus hops. Midway through the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of heavier herbal hops and oak that carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I had higher hopes for this beer but even so it was nothing if not interesting. Not worth seeking, but if you happen across it it’s worth a shot.

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Photo of mtparty37
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rrski198
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nicely sized off white head on top of a orange/amber lightly colored ale. Average lacing.

S: Lemon and hops right up front. Super sweet/sugary floral scent. Kind of like a nectar.

T: Citrus zest hits me first followed by a spicy hop bitterness. Slight oak aftertaste but I wouldn't know it without them telling me. Almost tastes like an aged hopslam with the honey.

M: Thick, creamy, velvet, spicy, mild bitterness. Full mouthfeel from the carbonation.

O: Hops are huge for the 22ibu, excellent use of dry-hopping. The oak aged part seems a little uneccesary. I would like to have tried it without it being "oaked."

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of wnh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a unique rose-tinted amber topped by a moderate but fleeting foamy light tan head.

Honey and citrus dominate the nose, but are not overpowering. Notes of wheat and a bit of warm spice give this a hint of witbier quality. The hops add a mixed fruit aroma, not unlike Juicy Fruit gum. Alcohol is noticeable but tempered by the lemon.

Surprised me on the palate. There's a blast of tart lemon up front, followed by the pungently sweet honey. Has the flavor and texture of an American wheat ale mid-palate, then fades into a rich, brown-sugary bourbon note on the finish. Quite well balanced, if only because there's a bit of everything in this. Lingering citrusy hops with faint accompanying bitterness.

Full bodied, mostly soft and rounded but with a pretty good bite from the combination of lemon juice, bourbon, and bitter hops. One of the more uniquely tasting beers I've had the pleasure of consuming, but somewhat difficult to drink at the same time.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to copper and pretty cloudy, head was two fingers and fluffy, dissipated somewhat slowly, and left sheets of lacing that rejoin the brew after a bit.

Smelled very nice! Wow lemons, lots of them, along with an interesting citrus hops component, and a light bit of sweet malts.

Taste wise you can tell they added honey, but it's not overpowering. Lemon and orange flavors are ever-present, especially dried lemon peel. Some wheat flavors are evident. Hops add a nice citrusey, floral component. A sweet malty background seals the deal.

Feels slick and sweet, with a lemony, floral aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is light.

I served it at fridge temperature and it was nice, but as it warmed the texture improved, becoming more honey-like, and the flavors seemed to come out more. Oddly, I never really detected too much of the bourbon-barrel aging. It was there, but didn't really add a whole lot of bourbon flavor to the brew.

Overall it's a very interesting beer and a great experiment gone right. Schlafly is one of my favorite breweries and this strange brew just adds to that sentiment. An excellent experiment!

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Photo of bort11
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A mild cream colored head has a crisp carbonation sound. Not a lot of lacing on the glass. The color and body density is like raw honey. There is a glow about it, but you cannot see through the beer.

As soon as the cap came off, there was a sweet whiff of lemon and honey suckle. It is very sweet, but avoids being cloying. The citrus of the lemon cuts the sugary floral honey. The taste is very sweet, but not sticky or syrupy. The honey and lemon juice has been dissolved well. The aromatic honey comes in strong and floral. The lemon is very tart and the Citra compliments it perfectly. I do not get much of the barrel aging. All together, I get a lemoncello experience.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink, which is dangerous. The 9% is hidden too well. There is no alcohol heat to give the ABV away.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel aged, dry hopped, wheat wine: not exactly a combination of flavors that exude confidence in flavor, but remarkably the flaovrs come together in such a way to remind me of- pineapple upside down cake.

Pouring a color that hinges on the orange side of amber or copper, the beer carries a medium haze and a dainty white topper of foam. Dense and creamy, the head character and lacing are slight.

Aromas of caramel, citrusy hops, tropical hops hit the nose first. But then the malt rich wheat bready notes come through with some vanilla, rum-like alcohols, and a more toffee rich element.

Flavors of wheat, toffee, and almost peanut brittle strikes the front of the tongue while the sweetness of barrel aging brings on reinforced caramel, vanilla, nutty oak, and amplifying alcohols gives the rich notion of caramelized sugars. Citrusy and tropical hops contribute background notes of pineapple, tangerine, red grapefruit, and orange zest. The balance and meldedness of flavors come together in a much more rounded way that I ever would have expected. Very well executed and daring in recipe and techniques.

Fully textrued early due to the low lying carbonation that allows the full weight of beer to rest on the front of the tongue and mid palate. But the beer's alcohol thinness and lighter finish allows for a much more drinkable than the flavor spread would suggest.

No mistakable as a very ambitious and obscure plan for a beer. But its the imagination of the recipe that makes the beer challenging to the palate and rewardable at the same time.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear orange/amber color with a small off-white head of bubbly foam. It left random rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and honey with a caramel sweetness.

T - Sweet wildflower honey hits you at first sip. There was a mild spiciness with sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky, strong ABV.

O - This is very tasty strong ale. I'm glad I got to try it on tap.

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Photo of gpogo
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange amber hazed body with a slightly off white head.

A- Sweet aromas with a nice sour funk. Honey and lemon.

T- Initial tart sweet flavor, lots of honey flavor. There is a bitterness, but the citra flavor is largely aged away. Nice hit of alcohol heat just like a hot toddy, and it sticks around. Finishes and keeps an aftertaste much like a hot toddy.

M- Medium body moderate carbonation.

D- A very interesting beer, not what I expected at all. The similarity to a hot toddy is interesting. Wish I had one fresh to compare with.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy orange body with a white head.

Whiskey is the primary aroma, with honey and citrus adding secondary notes.

Hop Toddy is about as weird, muddled and messy as the label would have you believe. Whiskey, wheat, lemon, citrus, honey, sweetness, bitterness, more whiskey. Strange, but in an odd way, I think it works. The flavors are different and layered, like an everlasting gobstopper. And yet, in its own way it is balanced.

Medium to full body with lowish carbonation.

I enjoyed Hop Toddy. I didn't know what to expect, but I did like it. Complex, flavorful, bizarre, but tasty.

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Photo of BigJarv79
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Aiptasia
1.72/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I got this beer from Jmagnus87 in a great beer trade. While i'm very appreciative of everything in the trade, this was not the beer for me. I'm not a fan of sours, so i'll do my best to review the beer with that in mind.

A) It pours beautifully golden honey amber with a perfet 2" head in a glass beer stein. Decent retention and short legs with modest lacing.

S) Sour notes of clover, lime and almost brett funk. Missing the whiskey barrel notes advertised on the bottle.

T) Sour bomb and brett, lemony funky biscuit was such a clash of tastes I couldn't hang with it and wound up pouring it out. I don't fault the style so much as a personal dislike of the flavor combos.

M) Mouthfeel was fine. Medium bodied and fizzy.

O) Sorry, just didn't like it. Heres to hoping the other Schlafley styles are more appealing to me.

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Photo of colt45n
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle.

A: Nicely sized off white head on top of a orange/amber lightly colored ale. Average lacing.

S: Honey/Lemon and hops right up front. Super sweet/sugary floral scent. Kind of like a nectar.

T: Citrus zest hits me first followed by a spicy hop bitterness. I don't get any honey upfront but the aftertast!! Oh wow strong honey taste in the back of my mouth, is this real?? I love it.

M: Thick, creamy, velvet, spicy, mild bitterness. Full mouthfeel from the carbonation.

Overall: This being my 1st schlafly, I really enjoyed it, never experienced an aftertaste like this and that is what really did it for me!

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy deep orange with a creamy beige head and some clingy lacing.

Aroma is very sweet with honey, caramelized sugar and A good bit of lemon zest. There are some citrus hops as well, though the sweetness is more dominant.

Whoa, the taste is far more interesting. There is an initial vanilla and bourbon burn which I didn't get at all in the nose. That is immediately followed but the honey and wheat sweetness. There is also some tart lemons in the finish and a big alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and seriously sticky on the palate, a bit too thick and sweet for my liking.

This is certainly a unique beer with a whole bunch of flavors competing in the taste. It didn't come together completely for me but it did start to grow on me as it warmed.

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Photo of bld81
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Riot Room in Kansas City, MO.

Appearance: hazy, golden, generous head, very little lacing

Smell: passion fruit and mango, honey, soft wheat

Taste: rich wheat texture, great honey sweetness, with orange and passion fruit

Mouthfeel: very crisp, biting, refreshing, stickiness on the lips and tongue

Overall: Originally had this rated lower, but very memorable for me. Great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a snifter

A: Pours an amber, orange color and has a pretty fizzy head that doesn’t linger.

S: Smell is really nice: orange citrus, wheat grain and some hoppiness. It’s sweet, tangy, and bready all at the same time.

T/M: Carbonation is low in this one, but it suits it well. The hoppiness is light but fitting and orange and grapefruit notes indicate it’s a citra variety. This beer was aged in bourbon barrels to give it the warm, hot toddy like flavor, but honestly it’s not very noticeable. Surprisingly, at 9% alcohol, it doesn’t taste strong at all.

I really would have liked to catch more of the bourbon effect but it’s still really good. Maybe I’ll just spike my next one with some Buffalo Trace and drink it warm, that will really bring it on par with a hot toddy. Or a punch in the kidney.

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Photo of kansascitytrader
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to my brandy snifter.

-Pours a deep orange, little to no head. No lace.

-Smells very sweet. Honey. Some tartness.

-Tastes like a sour skittle coverd in honey.

-Mouth fell is thick, and sweet sugar and honey.

-Overall I had high expectations for this beer. I realy wanted to like it but its too much of a sweet mess. I finished one glass and poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kier for this bottle, popped open to celebrate Great Taste of the Midwest Eve. Well, eve of Eve. Possibly the best holiday of the year!

Interesting description on the label...don't think I've seen words put in that order before. Wheat, bourbon barrel, honey, Citra, wow. Pours a fogged orange in the mid-translucent range. Even allowing for warming, not much in the smell category except a distant wheat field overgrown with grass gone to seed.

Hop Toddy is...unique. A wheat field dappled with honey, & there's a few small oak seedlings dotting the landscape. Plenty of lemon to feed my burps & allow me to taste it twice. Nice spicy hop twang on the backside, almost a rye feel to it. No barrels appear to have been harmed in the making of this brew. Nice, nice drinkability for a big beer dominated by wheat. Goes down like half its ABV.

Very good beer, enjoy both the off-beat strangess as well as its easy-drinking nature.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange-amber with a frothy 1-finger off-tan head. Leaves a ring of retention about halfway down the glass. Lacing is mild.

Although this was aged in bourbon barrels, I'm having a hard time picking out any bourbon scents here on the nose- mostly the honey, lemon juice and bigtime mango, papaya and orange flavors from the hops. Ok now that it's warming, there's some subtle undertones of caramel and vanilla. A vague barrel earthiness tucked in there, but they're both buried deep.

Palate is full-bodied and malty sweet, with some additional body and sweetness coming from the honey and bourbon, while the hops have a mild midpalate impression and quickly yield to the lemon juice infused semi-tart finish- leaving more of those nice tropical flavors long after the sip is swallowed.

Structurally, I can't find many faults in this. It's balanced wonderfully and the finish is endless which always gets the most bonus points. With regards to the flavors, however, I'd have to say that I was most disappointed because this wasn't nearly as interesting as I anticipated. I was expecting it to lean near the side of too crazy with the bourbon influence providing a sharp and perhaps unharmonious contrast to the lighter wheat, lemon and honey flavors, but instead the bourbon influence is very mild, leaving the brew with same sort of citrussy, herbal flavor profile you'd find simply in some American IPAs. But overall, it's still very delicious and that's what counts. I'd rather this be drinkable than something I pour out halfway.

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Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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