In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Schlafly Brewery. It is their Special American India Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Missouri craft brewery. Let us get into this American India Pale Ale.
It has a cloudy light copper color with a constant white head. The smell has a heavy grapefruit to citrus like notes. The taste has the same aroma notes. The aftertaste has a citrus to hop bitter finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their beer bottle:
A special release IPA, AIPA is available for a limited time, with a new IPA every few months. Schlafly American IPA is brewed with 100% American hops. They impart bitterness and citrus flavor to the ale.
Here is a description from their website (www.schlafly.com):
American IPA | Schlafly Beer
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 hemisphere.