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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-17-2013

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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 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 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 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 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 mdcrouser
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The cans leave something to be desired - sickly blue/green doesn't communicate much.

Golden amber, with a bubbly head at the pour, a thin white layer shortly therafter.

Relatively muted pine, citrus and a very secondary maltiness.

Similar to the nose, with some of that same hoppiness and some spice up front and biscuity maltiness following through - a previous reviewer notes sage and onion, neither of which I would have come up with, but are both spot on. Tastes about like you'd guess that a 4.5% IPA would - a little punch, some trailing hops and malt.

Soft and dry on the tongue, a spark of carbonation punches the hops. Easy to drink, a nice beer for the early summer.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a decent level of retention, with big bubbles popping in the head to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of grapefruit and grassy hop, much stronger then would have been expected for a 4.5 % abv brew. Mixed with the hop is a very light fruit aroma of a citrus and tropical fruits as well as a little bit of a of caramel smell.

Taste – While the smell is much bigger then would have been expected, the taste is rather spot on for a 4.5 % brew (well maybe slightly more flavorful). The taste begins with a rather decent amount of a grapefruit hop flavor which is quite nice. The only problem is that the light malt flavor and bit of citrus sweet flavors that begin the taste are quite thin and cannot support the hop. Toward the middle the grapefruit begins to fade in intensity along with the malty flavors fading as well. This creates a rather watery taste in the middle of the flavor profile. This is temporary however, as toward the end more grapefruit hop as well as some grassy hop flavors come to the tongue. Along with these hop flavors so too comes a bit of a bready flavor which when all combined leave a crisp, moderately hoppy and thinner body malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the brew is on the watery and thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The carbonation, if higher, may have been better for the thinner malt flavors of the brew while a slightly thicker body may have supported the hop better (although I must say that that is a hard thing to achieve with only a 4.5 % abv brew).

Overall – If looking for a session brew that has little alcohol and has a decent hop taste, then this is a good go to. While not as good as Stone Levitation as a hopped session, it is noteworthy. In a session style situation a 6 pack will give a decent hop fix without a whole lot of alcohol.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. The head poured is ragged and downright ugly - it has a soapy-looking texture and fades away pathetically. She's not a looker, that's for damn sure.

S: Now this is better. The hops win out here, providing notes of grapefruit, pine, lemongrass, and even some tropical fruit touches. Maltiness doesn't really come through, but I don't care about that.

T: A combination of lemongrass and pine needles open things up, changing to a slightly tropical tone in the middle. There isn't much of a finish due to the dryness. All the carbonation creates an illusion of bitterness on the palate, but when given the chance to calm down, it reveals a nice flavor-to-bitterness ratio, with even a negligible hint of flavor layering.

M: Dry, dry, dry. It manages to avoid a watery pratfall, though, because of the lingering resin qualities. On the other hand, it's ridiculously fizzy - which makes the brew seem more bitter than it is, among other things.

O: It doesn't make me hard the way Lagunitas DayTime did, but that's because Centennial is pretty low down on my list of preferred hops. Still a successful low-alcohol hop vessel, though.

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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 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 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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