Schlafly Tasmanian IPA
Saint Louis Brewery. -Maplewood, MO
Smitty's Review: Sampled at 45 degrees. Pours golden amber with a white head that dissipates to a ring. Just a tad darker than a typical Pilsner. The aroma is stellar- full of orange blossoms and pineapple. Medium bodied with average carbonation. The juicy hops bombard the palate right from the beginning, with citrus rind coming in mid palate. The attuenuation is perfect, not too dry but with enough residual sugars to compliment the galaxy hops. Extremely assertive and long bitter, resiny finish. Out of the fridge, I found the bitterness on the harsh side, but somewhere around 55 degrees it acheives perfect balance.
This is an outstanding single hop IPA. If you are into hoppy beers, this is a must try. I have had hundreds of IPAs, and this is upper echelon. For what it is, think it's perfect. I am told by retailers than it's moving fast. It's a limited release so don't wait.This beer will likely have a very short shelf life anyway, so the fresher the better. Worthy of a repeat buy.
• Rating*: 10 out of 10
• Recommended Food Pairing: Mango salsa, marinated flank steak, Thai food, Carne Asada with pico de gallo
• Beer Audience: Hop heads
• Where to buy: High gravity craft beer specialty stores like Midtown, Frugal MacDoogal, J Barleycorn, Red Dog, Graces Plaza, etc.
* rating system based on aroma (1 pt), appearance (1pt), palate (2 pts) flavor (3pts), comparison to other commercial examples of the style (3pts)