There can’t be good living where there isn’t good drinking – Benjamin Franklin
That was a quote found on the bottle of Schlafly A IPA. I have to agree with Benjamin Franklin. Life does seem a little nicer when there is good drinking with good friends. And it seems the more I drink Schlafly the more I like their beers. I haven’t had too many that I thought were bad or that I wouldn’t drink again. In fact, the only one I can think of was their Raspberry Hefeweizen. I’m not a big fan of heavy fruit flavors in beer so I typically stay away from them. I think fanatically opposed might be the correct term. This beer is an American IPA (hence the A IPA). What that means is that they use all American hops and malts in it. It also means it will be hoppy. Americans are obsessed with hops. In fact a friend of mine informed me that when a beer says American and then the style it means it will be hoppy (for example Rogue American Amber Ale is a super hoppy Amber Ale). Schlafly A IPA is no different. It’s hoppy but really good. Here’s the review.
The color of the body is dark copper and the head is light tan. The aroma was caramel with citrus notes. The taste was sweet caramel with a grapefruit/citrus hops flavor. The hops cause a warming sensation on the way down which means this beer is bitter.
The grapefruit flavor is a very welcome change. Despite the hop burn it is really good. I’m a big fan of their Coffee Stout but I think I might add this one to my list of favorites from Schlafly. If you are brave enough for the hops give this one a try. I think the grapefruit notes will be a bit of a pleasant surprise.