Schlafly House In Session Ale
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
This beer was dry-hopped with more than one pound of hops per barrel, Simcoe and Amarillo, which creates a malty, drinkable, hoppy IPA that is full of flavor and easy to enjoy. The recipe was developed collaboratively with a trio of Washington D.C. beer purveyors -- Greg Jasgur, overseer of the Pizzeria Paradiso craft beer empire, Sam Fitz, beer director at Meridian Pint, and Greg Engert of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey fame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (6115) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2011
Draft at Meridian Pint. Poured a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a pinky or so of off-white head. Aroma was sweet grapefruit notes, woah, plenty of grapefruit. other citrus notes as well, touch of malts. Flavor was sweet malts, nice citrus with touches of hops. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2011
Draft. Pours dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, and slightly floral. Taste is bitter, nutty, and finishes a bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. The pour is a clear, deep orange topped by a thin, yellow, semi-rocky head. Not too much retention and no lace. Aroma is fruity orange, sweet caramel, light floral and citrus hops. Taste is bitter, light, nutty. Watery on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2011
Draft at The Tap Room- St. Louis release limited to 2 kegs and I’m pretty sure it will be gone by mid-day 4/9/11. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a finger-thick off-white head. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, tea leaves, grass, wood, and dry grains. Flavor of earthy, leafy hops, tea, orange citrus, bready malts, and wood. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, leafy mouthfeel. Does exactly what it advertises as a nice, hoppy session IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
(draught at Tap Room - limited St. Louis release) red-amber with off white head. Citrus/grassy hops aroma. Flavor is bready malt and citrus/pine hops. Plenty of body. Incredibly flavorful session beer. Which it was a regular.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2011 Total Score: 3.8
(cask at the Tap Room) orange-amber with small off white head and great lace. Aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is biscuit malt and more grassy hops. Great cask mouthfeel. Extremely flavorful for a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft. Hazy amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some nectarine, light bread. Smooth light-medium body, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 On cask at The Tap Room - Pours amber/orange with a light haze and a beige head. The aroma has lots of hops - citrus, grapefruit and light pine. there is also some dryish malt in the back. Medium light smooth body that is soft and has light carbonation. The flavor starts with dry hoppiness that’s more earthy and woody than the aroma. There is also dry crackers, some toasty malt and a touch of fruitiness. The finish has a mineral aspect, some sourness and a bit of paper taste to the hop profile. It’s nice having a low alcohol hoppy beer, but for some reason these low abv hoppy beers always seem better in theory than taste to my palate. (8/3/6/3/15 - 3.5)

Updating number after having the tap version. This is much brighter and has a fuller taste with more of a hoppy flavor throughout and less of the mineral and papery aspects. A really nice beer that eliminates my prior concerns and shows me that a low abv IPA (or highly hopped bitter) can be pretty darn tasty.

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