Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)

Posted: January 8, 2016 in American IPA, Reviews, Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly Tap Room

Tonight’s selection comes from Schlafly. According to Untappd, I’ve had this beer before, although I’ve never reviewed it and can’t remember where I had it.

tipa

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple. 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 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 hemispheres.”

Random: This beer has Galaxy and Topaz hops in it.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the pint glass. It also left a half a finger of crown. The body was a hazy, light orange color with lots of floaties in it. There was light carbonation visible. The nose wasn’t as fragrant as I would have assumed. It had grapefruit, pineapple and floral hops. The taste started with floral hops and quickly went into tropical fruits. I picked up mango and pineapple. Orange zest and grapefruit came through at the end with light amounts of malt. It had decent bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. The body was overly thin with carbonation that needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with tropical fruits and bitterness. The beer was $2.00 a bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. I liked this beer, but I wish it had more body and another handful of malt to back it up (which is rare of me to say).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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