Generally, I am not a big reviewer of beers, however, I do like to share my tasting experiences. We all have different tasting capacities, so of course we all have different favorite styles and brands. I am in no way ranking Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (7.2% ABV, IBUs 60) against other India Pale Ales, however, after my recent experience, I highly recommend this beer to other hop heads.
My first taste, I must admit, was a complete blind tasting, and it was on draft. I had not read any reviews, and until that particular moment, did not even know that this beer existed. Although, I do have a certain respect for Schlafly Brewing Company, so on some level I did have some expectations. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. In fact, I did not get much, if any of the hop profile that I was expecting (ok, I guess I did have some expectations somewhere in my beer mind). Tasmanian IPA had very little impact on my taste buds , and I decided that I probably would not order this beer again.
Later, I did read up on this beer, and found that it got great reviews, and many of my hop head friends had found this to be a really great tasting beer. So, were my taste buds skewed, or did I just have a bad experience? After talking with someone who had enjoyed it much more out of the bottle, I decided to give it a second chance.
I am very glad that I did. Last night I opened one of the bottles that I had purchased, and it was a completely different beer in my mind. The pale yellow color was a bit surprising to me, but it had a nice foamy head. Immediately, the hop aromas that I had missed the first time, began wafting into my nose. There was plenty of citrus aroma.
This beer is brewed with 100% Austrailian hops – Galaxy. My past experiences with this hop are more grassy and earthy than what my taste buds picked up in this beer. There were plenty of great citrus, pine, and even peach flavors that I picked up with a dry bitter finish.
Often times our enjoyment of a specific beer can change from experience to experience. So if you have ever disliked a beer after just one try, you might consider giving it a second chance. I’m sure glad I did with Schlafly Tasmanian IPA.
You should still be able to find bottles of Tasmanian IPA at Chalet Party Shoppe (CR 17 location), City Wide Liquor (downtown location) and at the Goshen Martin’s Supermarket.