Saint @Schlafly the Redeemer
I wrote a few weeks back about a very unfortunate experience with a Schlafly Dry Hopped APA that was way past its prime. It blew up all over my kitchen when I opened it and had some definite off flavors. Like any frustrated customer, I vented on Twitter. Fortunately for me, Schlafy has their ear to the streets and I was contacted in probably an hour or less. After some extremely pleasant and positive conversations, Schlafly was determined to make things right and sent me a fresh six pack of the Dry Hopped APA (bottled 11/13/2012). Just because they are nice guys, they also kicked in a sixer of their Tasmanian IPA – a limited release.
I have become a fan purely on based on their extreme pride in product and outstanding customer service. They could have easily ignored someone who had one bad experience with an expired beer but they choose to respect the people that keep their business running. Enough gushing about brewers who care, let’s move on to their beers.
Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
Round two. Eager to forget my last experience I pried off the top (cautiously) and was pleased to only hear a slight hiss followed by some carbonation fog wafting out of the neck. It pours a nice golden-honey, prototypical APA color. It produced a nice bright white head almost an inch high. Great presentation.
But, here is the weird thing. There was a complete lack of aroma for a dry hopped beer. Ordinarily, dry hopping w ill result in a hop aroma assault to your nostrils. This time you pick up some faint pine and grapefruit. Not what I was expecting not all, however, it was going to stop me from diving in to the glass.
The first sip brought a bready, malt forward flavor. Some hints of the pine and citrus hops swirled in and out. It finished with a moderately sharp bitterness and crispness. It really conjured up memories of pilsner flavors. So not typical for the style but it is fine, I suppose.
Would I buy this again? Probably not. I’ve had far worse and it does better than any of the macro brews but it doesn’t command a craft beer price point.
And now the other one…
Schlafly Tasmanian IPA
I was intrigued by the bonus beers in this gift pack as the Tasmanian IPA is a special release Australian inspired brew. In my experience, the Aussie hops are markedly different from the American and European varieties. The most well known hop variety, Galaxy, has become a bit more commonplace lately but still only finds its way to specialty brews. This was specifically brewed to showcase the unique flavor of the Galaxy.
And why all the fuss over the Galaxy? Because they’re frickin’ awesome! It imparts some serious tropical fruit flavors and sweet fruit aromas. Very different from your run of the mill Citra or Centennial. Your nose and taste buds are in for a very special treat. It also finishes with a nice bite to remind you that it’s an IPA. No strong malt flavors to speak of but that’s okay since it showcases the hops.
Beyond the aroma and flavor, the presentation is fantastic with a light orange color and a moderate fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.
This one is definitely worth a try if you are looking for a beer with a unique flavor.
Again, a hearty thank you to Schlafy for going out of their way to make a customer happy!