Monday, May 5, 2008
Schlafly Export India Pale Ale
Beer: Schlafly Export India Pale Ale
Brewery Location: St. Louis, MO
Beer Style: English IPA
I don't get enough Schlafly on this blog. It is my own fault for not getting more, but the Schlafly offerings I have tried thus far have been top-notch. I am not sure when we started being able to get Schlafly in Indianapolis, but I've been sampling them for about two years. I picked this up at Dark Lord Day as an extra from a St. Louis native.
This beer pours a cloudy golden hue with a frothy white head that left a thin blanket of head and good lacing on my pint glass. The scent is classic for American made English IPA's. I first get scents of caramel and toffee mixed in with an earthy/grassy hops mixed in with only a slight touch of citrus twinge. The flavor profile matches the nose with flavors of earthy and toasty maltiness and a bitter tea like flavor that adds to the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. I would drink this beer again, and I hope to this summer.
I know the bottle I have is a little old, but I still really enjoyed this offering with a bit of age on it. Classic flavors of an English IPA with an American touch to it. I am curious what this tastes like fresh when I am sure the hops are a little more vibrant. I hope to be able to get some of this in Indiana this year along with Schlafly's other line up of beer available all over town.