Schlafly Sessions IPA | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Sessions IPASchlafly Sessions IPA

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our IPA is a session IPA, a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy.

India Pale Ales (IPAs) 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 hops as a natural preservative. Today, the term IPA is used for many full flavored beers along a wide array of recipes.

30 IBU

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really solid beer for 4.5% abv. I enjoyed at a festival with other summer beers. No lack of nose and hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Drink up!

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Photo of Megahertz
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a shaker. Packaged on April 4.

A - Crystal clear deep yellow-orange with a surprisingly large fluffy head.

S - Citrusy, grassy. Not over the top, but very nice indeed.

T - Drink. A. Ble. Very simple barley flavors with a noticeable but retrained bitterness. Major hop flavors of grapefruit.

M - Light body with a bone dry finish.

O - I can't stop drinking it. Thank goodness it's only 4.5%.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another beer thanks to Another6Pack. Cheers Trent!

A gold pour, it comes with a 2 finger head of foam and has some good sticky lacing.

Lots of citrus in the smell, some pine, a hint or 2 of tropical fruit. Oh, and there's also a mild malt presence. Good smeller.

Citrus and pine dominate the taste, good malty backbone though. It starts hoppy but not really bitter, settles in for a tick to some malty sweetness, then ends hoppy and where the most bitterness lies. Very tasty.

Kind of light bodied at times, other times it's close to medium bodied. It is thinnest in the finish. As it's only 4.5% abv, I expected something along those lines.

Tasty, smooth, easy drinking, I'm rather fond of this IPA. Another solid brew from Schlafly.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprisingly pleased by this one!

Poured into a glass, a nice pale, cloudy orange/copper color. Only about a quarter to half inch head upon pour, dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing remains around the edges all the way down though. Little hoppy particulates suspended in the mix.

The smell was minimal but piney and hoppy.

The taste was surprising for a session IPA such as this. I did not expect so much flavor to come from this brew, it was quite pleasing for what it is. This is not going to sock you in the mouth like some of the higher ABV IPA's and DIPA's, but it is filled with a great deal of hoppy, piney goodness. Very little malt just to help offset the hops, but this is definitely a hop forward IPA.

Mouth feel was light and a very smooth drinking experience. I could see tossing a few of these back pretty easily.

Overall, this was awesome for what it is. This may just be my new camping/float trip/party/fill a cooler/grab and go beer. I have been looking for an excellent canned IPA that has good flavor, lower calories and ABV, and is easily attainable. This one fits the bill.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear, deep orange-gold color with two fingers of rich off-white head. Sticky lacing left all around the glass.

Bright aroma of of orange peel, herbs, and green grass along with notes of saltine cracker.

The taste was a spot-on match to the aroma. Orange peel, fresh grass, and herbal notes along with light onion and a table cracker-maltiness for good balance.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This one is a winner. The perfect session beer for the spring and upcoming summer season.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a silipint.
Pours with a towering foamy head that has very good retention. The head becomes nicely creamy after it settles a bit. Clear medium amber. Gobs of sticky lacing get left on the glass

Near medium body is a tad thin. Medium+ but soft carbonation. Very creamy feel for style.

This very easy drinking "session" IPA packs a fair amount of hop aroma and flavor, but is only mildly bitter and relatively low ABV. Fruity with both citrus and tropical notes. Also a touch floral and, in tasting, herbal. Excellent sweet/bitter balance from start to finish.

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Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Dated only weeks from consumption, so fresh! The body is a pale apricot color. Clear and bright. The white head settled to a ring.

The smell is earthy hops. Milled grain and lightly piney. Crackers too.

The taste was of bright, crisp hops. Crunchy, crispy hops bite. Not harsh but very flavorful. Light pine. I just love the drinkablity and the dry finish. I stocked this one in the fridge all summer!

The mouthfeel was medium to light and zesty in the mouth. Overall it is so satisfying.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best session beer I've had in a long time

12 oz can poured into shaker pint, three finger head, low carbonation, burnt orange to amber in color

Smell: pine and cold aluminium!

Taste: pine, resin, rope, and a floral hop finish

Mouthfeel: just right!

Overall, this is a good, yet simple IPA. I'm a big fan of this brew, and I'll think I'll buy some more soon!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can packaged on May 22, 2013

A: Clear, light copper body. For the style, the head and retention is acceptable. Fizzy.

S: Hops! Light malt presence. Smells great.

T: Dank, earthy hops on the front of the tongue. Not too bitter. Light malt backbone.

M: Light in carbonation, but is to be expected. Finishes smooth and rightfully earns the title of a session beer.

O: A really solid summer beer for hopheads. But I think most would enjoy this.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper body with a white head that recedes up a film. Light lacing, very light.

Aroma: Malty sweetness laced with caramel. Nice bitter hops after. Citrus.

Taste: A really good balance of malt sweetness, caramel, spiciness, and citric hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean, bright.

Overall: Really good. I like Schlafly's can sessions.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy citrus hops and a touch of tropical fruit.

The taste offered a springy citrus hop with a secondary smooth pale malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of a session IPA.

Overall a tasty and quaffable IPA.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a lovely clear gold with a big creamy white head with nice retention. Lacing on the glass.

S-Really pleasant. A nice blend of various hops aromas (pine, floral, citrus) bounce around

T- much more subtle than the usual American IPA. Light caramel flavor and subtle floral hops

M- a little fizzy and definitely not as resinous.

O- a really good American-style session IPA. Kudos to Schlafly for tackling the style and doing it well.

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Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excited by this beer's concept. Pours a golden, orangish, rustic brown color with a small head that does't stick around too long. Nose is grassy, citrusy hops and a touch of caramel malts. The taste follows suit. Citrus upfront moves on to a caramel malt base, and a blast of citrus, earthy, bitter hops. Much more of a hop punch than anticipated. Mouth is creamy and full bodied. Overall, I love Schlafly's route with this beer. Lower abv and just as much flavor as the rest of their IPA lineup makes me excited.

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Photo of Zraly
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Bright gold with a rocky two finger head. Bottled on May 22, 2013. Date on bottom of can and on packaging.

Very clean floral scent; perfume and earth. A touch of bready malt works well with the floral and resin hop note. Crisp and refreshing. A touch of bitter orange peel in the finish. Also an interesting note of saltine crackers -- its fairly subtle and thus makes this rather straightforward, low ABV IPA a bit more interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean; carbonation keeps things lively. Medium-light body.

Very solid ale with lots of flavor for the ABV. Schlafly joins with other brewers in creating sessionable IPAs, which work well for the hot summer weather. It really deserves a place at your next cookout.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first review of a Schlafly, had this at mellow mushroom poured out of the can into a pint glass. Pale golden color, not really what you'd expect from an IPA, even a session. Mild hop and lemon flavors, smooth and drinkable, I had it at night but it'd be great if you were looking for some hops that you could day drink. It's not the best session IPA I've had, this genre can be tough to pull off, but it's still very good. Pick some up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a better than average session ipa, with lots of floral hop aroma and bitter hop taste. its part of the new can series, and letter ipas, and I liked it quite a bit. it pours your generic light copper new penny color, with an inch or so of white froth on top like a cappuccino. nice nose of springtime flowers meets fresh hops, very appropriate. light English and American pale malt middle, maybe a touch too much for such a light beer, but there is a great hop bitterness on the back half to clean things up. really punchy and dank, a lot for a beer that doesn't measure 5% abv. impressive really. fairly drinkable, although a little heavy for what it is in terms of feel and filling me up, but the carbonation is just right, and the finish is clean and memorable. overall a good ipa, something I would definitely buy a twelve pack of and slam on all summer long if I lived where I could get it fresh. a good innovation, worth your guapola.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells of floral hops and earth.
The color is a rich golden amber with the slightest of hazy. A tall head forms on the pour and hangs around for a while.
The taste has a hoppy freshness but I can't ID the pasticular flavor. Malts have a slight grainy taste with some low level diaceyl.
It drinks smooth and finishes bitter and dry.
This would make an excellent session beer because of the low ABV and desent flavor. But like most in this class it has a tendency to be lean in flavor and watery.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a creamy, thin whitish head.

S: Aromas of sweet orange, cream, biscuit, crackers, lemon, lime, pine, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of cream, biscuits, crackers, caramel, herbs, pine, sweet orange, lemon, and lime wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and somewhat sweet with pronounced notes of cream, orange, and biscuit.

M: Light-to-medium in body and slick. Carbonation is crisp, yet gentle. A little heavier than I would normally expect a session ale to be.

O: A solid session ale to be sure, but really nothing out of the ordinary. Compared to many of the session IPAs on the market, this one is a bit sweet for my taste, though, overall, one could do far, far worse.

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Photo of John1985
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale poured a bright gold with a healthy inch and a half head. Aroma was light citrus and pine.. Taste was hop centered with a balancing malt backbone. Very refreshing and light on the palate but with a sufficient flavor for an IPA. The lower alcohol and quality flavor makes this a future go-to in the coming summer months.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

Pours a clear golden color with some copper hues. There is a nice half inch white head that is dense and slightly sticky but recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is of bitter citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruits and then some fresh bready grain notes. The hops are grassy and fresh with some nice slight piney notes.

Starts off with slight grassy hop notes followed by some nice citrusy bitter hops. A good malty and bready grain body is followed and mixed in well with the hop notes. The body is light and refreshing. As the name says its pretty easy to drink and the bitterness isn't too overwhelming. Fresh grassy notes with some citrus notes wrapped up with some good fresh baked bread notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Pretty cool IPA from Schlafly. Accessible and well crafted.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied IPAs are the obvious trend heading into warmer weather and Schlafly is at the forefront of the movement with their "Can Session" IPA. Chiming in at a whopping 4.5% abv and with the body, crispness and refreshment to match, the ale refuses to reliquish the bold hoppy taste in which the style is famed.

Introductions offer a bright goldenrod hue with the slimmest of hop haze. The ale is pierced by exuberant carbonation that could easily be mistaken for German Pilsner, at least until you put your nose up to the glass. Capped with a fluffy cotton froth, the beer's head texture is light and airy; lacing spottily as the beer fades.

Zesty aromas of citrus and pine command the initial scent while an earthy fresh note of cut grass, herb, and chive come in later. Lightly kilned malts support the hop aromatics with thin caramel, grain and honey. A tinge of fermentation character and alcohol allow for a light peppery note to tease the nose heading into the first sip.

Highly refreshing throughout, the start of light honey and whole wheat provide a wafer-like taste. The middle comes quick with a huge burst of grapefruit and orange peels. As the beer bitters up a bit in finish, the earthy taste of chives, pine, and herb in complement. As the malt taste recedes, it leaves behind a light mineral taste that's somewhat seltzer water-like.

Crisp, clean and highly refreshing, the beer's stern carbonation steers malt textures quickly to dryness. Light peppery sensations join with mild alcohol warmth to close the beer with a short aftertaste and dry clean mouthfeel.

The fully hoppy flavor isn't concerned with complexity and challenge. Its an effortless ale where the bottom of the glass comes far too soon. But at 4.5% abv, I think I'll have another!

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Photo of brianbeze
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12oz beer mug.

At $6.50 a six pack of cans I had to try it out.

look:pours a translucent amber colour which is common to IPA's Actually abit on the light side but its a lighter beer so thats expected. The head dissipates very quickly

Smell: light lemon tea kind of scent with a malty base.

Taste: Malty with a nice meyer lemon kind of flavor. More citric than bitter.

feel: Light and very easy to drink. I find myself finishing this beer very quickly as its incredibly quenching though it dries out the mouth just a bit.

overall: Just call this a pale ale guys, thats what it tastes like to me. Nothing offensive about it and its an easy drinking craft brew which is incredibly cheap for the quality of the brew so I will probably be getting more of this as its a great summer brew. Good Macro-brew replacement for those who like bitter beers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FTowne!

Bright light copper and golden amber with a nice off-white crown atop. Sticky spiderwebs of lace remain down the glass.

Nice citrus zest, mild, and some mild pine and caramel sweetness combine fairly nicely. This isn't a pungent or incredibly expressively aroma, but what's here is nice.

Low to moderate bitterness. Pine and caramel flavors combine nicely with just a hint of a citrus flesh and zest character. Fairly dry. A bit bready. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. Before I knew it, this can was crushed.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium golden with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Citrus fruit, resin, pine, and dank hops form the initial aroma. Grainy malt complements fresh cut grass well.

Tastes like I ate a handful of grass, initially. The grainy, bready malt backbone serves only to increase that initial experience. Notes of wild onion and sage surface mid palate, fading into a slightly bitter, resiny finish. There are solid citrus notes upfront, but they're dwarfed by the sage, onion and grass character.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, and a hint of astringency.

Lots of hop character, with more focus on flavor than bittering, which suits my palate. Wish the citrus stood out more, but that savory herb character is intriguing. Would go well with thanksgiving dinner. Not sure I could have more than one because of the onion character.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Malty, grass, tad bit of pine, little citrus as well.

M-Very bready and lots of straw. Sweet, citrus, grass and pine. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness.

M-Very light and watery, not much carbonation.

O-Got the session part, low alcohol and light, but no IPA. Too maltly really lacking in hops.

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