Saturday, November 12, 2011

Schlafly American IPA


Schlafly American IPA

Brewed by:
Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

American IPA

7.20% ABV






Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied amber ale with a hefty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$9.00 6 pack, ~$33.00 case

Background:
Lost Review: Review 324 Schlafly American IPA.doc was done on 11-12-2011 but not posted until 02-13-2012
 
This was a gift from my friend Gonzalo. I have never had this beer from Schlafly so I’m really looking forward to this one.

Review:
The beer pours a hazy light copper with orange hues and an off white head.

The nose is pleasant with sweet malt aromas with citrus and floral hop aromas.

That was a great first sip; clean crisp and refreshing with a nice hop complexity.

We start out with pale malt sweetness up front. Then there’s a tingling effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is also building hop robustness in mid-sip. The back end is fairly easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish very refreshing with light pale malts and a great hop finish. The hop flavors are mild for an American IPA but there is also an interesting complexity to it also.

There is no wow factor here just a nice easy drinking and refreshing IPA. The pleasure of a simple beer, gotta love it.

As the beer warmed the hops seemed to intensify a little. The finish is more like grapefruit in bitterness now.   

All and all this was a very nice American IPA. Sorry for the short review, I obviously did more drinking then writing on this one.

I’m going or a B+ on this American IPA. This is a very refreshing American IPA with a nice malt balance. Still favoring the hops as an IPA should be there was a definite malt backbone to this beer.

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