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Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 10-22-2012

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says BTLD 08/29/13.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient sudsy lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Wonderful phenols from the yeast combine with citrusy hops to create a fruity bouquet of pineapple, orange and peach. Slight funk.

T- Flavor follows the nose closely with its bright, tangy fruit bursts. Bitterness is there and works in harmony with the rich Belgian yeast. Somewhat tart. More pineapple plus some mango and guava.

M- Crisp with a lingering hop bite. Medium-high carbonation gives it some spritz and plays well off the lightish body.

O- My favorite Stillwater beer thus far and one of my new favorite Belgian IPAs. Gives Le Freak a run for its money.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: An energetic pour. An orange gold column’s continual stream of bubbles produce a 1” quickly receding frothy white foam collar. S: big grassy herbal floral nose. T: The palate is lemony orange with some biscuit in the background. Light biscuit backbone. Starts with big citrus, lingering citrusy, grassy finish and aftertaste. The hops are more flavor than bitter. Some light banana in the background. F: The main structure, texture, mouthfeel are Belgian. The body is light medium. O: A big blend of Belgian yeast and big American hops.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful looking beer. The color was a lightly hazy golden yellow straw. The head was tall and white with a dense body. Excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma was fantastic. Somewhere between a Belgian IPA and a saison. The nose is fruity and tart. I smell sutle nuiances of funkiness too.
The taste has plenty of malts and some yeasty spiciness. Drinks hoppy too with some lemon citrus pine and earth. A little funky too.
Easy to drink with a semi dry and bitter finish.
Has both characteristics of a BIPA and saison/farmhouse. It's highly hopped and balanced for an exceptional beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After sampling Stillwater's less than stellar high alcohol offerings the other day at Max's, it was a complete relief and joy to come upon this beer.

The beer pours an attractive hazy gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is just lovely in this beer, showcasing an attractive intermix of light tropical fruit, honey, orange citrus, tangerine and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent, well balanced IPA, with the beer showing just enought hoppy bitterness on the finish to counter the light tropical fruit. Ultimately, this beer is on the dry side, which I think enhances its drinkability. Mouthfeel is otherwise fairly full (for a Belgian IPA), but the beer is not at all heavy or tiring. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and spice filled.

Just delicious and served by the imperial pint at Max's. This may well be the best beer I've ever had from Stillwater (reminds me of a hoppier version of the solid stateside saison), and hopefully will be a beer that will be available on a regular basis.

Edit from 11/2/12. Tried the regular draft version at max's on Saturday. While still enjoyable, I thought the draft version really paled in comparison to the cask version sampled previously. Probably would rate the regular draft version a straight 4... still good, but no where near as excellent as the cask version.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright, hay colored body - very hazy. Incredibly foamy brew with fantastic retention and epic lacing. This is what every IPA should look like!

Piney and floral hops dominate the aromascape. Light citrus sweetness with a bit of spice and heavy Belgium yeast character. Phenomenal.

Bitterness attacks the buds with haste! Pine and grass hops hit right up front with a ground black pepper spicing things up. Light sweetness on the finish.

Medium bodied with spot on carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet, which is a nice break from the dry finish of most IPAs I've had lately. Easy to drink (and enjoy) after the initial shock from the hop attack.

Another tasty, brutal beer from Stillwater! I'd go as far as calling this a palate wrecker, but it's got enough character to keep you interested while your tongue takes a beating. Well worthy your coin.

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Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 8/29/13, poured into a tulip

A- A semi hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, lots of yeast, kind of a bready/musty mix, grassy, floral, fruity.

T- Cirtus/grapefruit, sweet malt backbone, nice funk/mustiness, bitter finish that is a mix of floral/herbal hops and piney hops, finish really lingers.

M- Smooth, medium body, perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Another great beer from Stillwater. Love the label and the price of four packs. This is a balanced mix between a Saison and an IPA, and it is very easy to drink!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Riedel tulip glass. Pour is super pale yellow, with a huge white head, with billows upon billows of bubbles flowing upward. It does that thing where the head continues growing for at least five seconds after the pour is finished, and I absolutely love that! Head fades slowly and leaves lots of lace all the way from the top of the glass. Really it's an absolutely gorgeous beer.

Smell is of slightly dank hops, little bit bready, little bit of lemon, and kind of tart. Interesting smell - there's a lot of different things going on in there.

Taste is also really interesting, with a lot of little flavors going on. It starts out with some dankness and funkiness, then comes some breadiness and some lemony citrus. Lots of delicate floral flavors in there as well. It's a beer to hold in your mouth for a while and ponder all the small bursts of flavor you get. Finish is only mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is really thin, and with lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a really great beer. It's really interesting, and the hops are still satisfying and noticeable. The only thing that would make it better for me is if the mouthfeel was a little bit thicker. Incredibly well-done.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

UPDATED REVIEW (from bottle):

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); bottling date of August 29, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BTLD 08/29/13 15:12”).

Appearance (3.75): Pours a moderately hazy, straw-yellow colored body with a generous two fingers of fluffy white foam coming off of the pour; the head rings the glass with fat bubbles but with a fine foam on top. As it dies down, rather slowly, it leaves just a couple of suds here and there, though the head looks gnarly for a little while. Gorgeous overall, minus the not-quite-there lacing.

Smell (4.25): Hay, yeasty biscuits and flapjacks (just a little bit of that rich breadiness, mainly just trying to focus on that nice yeasty note), some apple juice, a bit of orange flesh, lots of fresh-cut grass, some wildflowers, and a bit of juicy citrus fruit. This really smells like a rock-solid, classic saison with a bit of floral, slightly fruity hops. So, pretty awesome.

Taste (4.25): And like the nose, it most closely resembles a rock-solid saison with floral, grassy, somewhat citrus-pithy hops. Very, very dry in the body with strong lemon character, lots of grassiness, floral bitterness, some dry common cracker-like breadiness, a nice shot of yeastiness, some apple and pear sweetness, and a solid lemony bitterness on the back end, further drying this bastard out. There’s a subtle fruitiness that creeps in as it warms up, helping to smooth and fill out the body. Now that I think about it, I like this more and more as it warms—cold, the bitterness comes off as a bit astringent and too herbal, but as it warms the fruitiness and yeastiness of the saison underneath the hops really comes into its own. In fact, it really becomes an extremely well-rounded beer, if not mind-blowing in any particular aspect.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Going off of the tasting notes, it just feels so damn dry that the spot-on saison effervescence here makes this beer straight-up crushable. It’s dying for subsequent drinks. The carbonation is perfect: full, lush, soft, easily and quickly foaming, not prickly and with just a mild tingling, but full regardless. It finishes perfectly dry. I can’t see this having a better feel at all, to be honest.

Overall (4.0): Damn solid beer. Last time I had this, it was on draft at OLAR and it was good, but not nearly as well-rounded and dynamic as the beer in this bottle was. After it warms up a bit, it becomes a real knockout saison with a substantially greater-than-average floral, lemony bitterness. Considering the size of this beer, it’s damn good (after it warms up a bit). Now I just want them to can it in sixers :-)


On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore, MD. Served in a 12oz stemmed goblet-flute kinda lookin’-glass.

Appearance (4.0): A one-finger head of fluffy and wet-looking foam comes off the pour. The body is absolutely perfect: a medium orange-amber and hazy, but not cloudy at all. Some rentention, good but not outstanding, and some moderate lacing but pretty good considering it’s on tap rather than coming from a bottle-conditioned individual pour.

Smell (4.0): Hops dominated by a bright, syrupy orange-citrus note paired with a very light, pale grain character; very delicate floral notes. Some light hay and spice. Lots of good qualities in the nose, but not as fragrant as I would’ve hoped.

Taste (3.5): Surprisingly delicate and balanced, to be honest—but an excellent white and black pepper spice note jumps out, over a very nice, lightly toasted, rustic multigrain bread character of medium weight. The hops are surprisingly well integrated, predominantly floral with a moderate citrus pith bitterness, in the vein of white grapefruit (just astringent citric bitterness, less citrus sweetness). Good flavors, though I wish the pepper / spice component took a backseat, just a little bit, to the hops.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Near perfect. Maybe perfect. Lush carbonation, with an assertive but not aggressive prickle; lightly oily body just around medium weight, with a dry finish. Excellent—very easy to drink, but has the aggressively dry, hop-oily characteristics of a hop-forward beer that won’t back down, in terms of feel. Which, of course, fits quite naturally with this saison-esque feeling beer, besides.

Overall (4.0): As mentioned above in the tasting notes, this was a good beer, overall, with some good to great qualities, but it wasn’t the hop bomb-saison/BPA fusion I was expecting or hoping for. Still, glad to have tried it, and it’s clear from drinking this and Brian has a vision for each of his beers and exceptional skill and ability in making that vision a reality. In this case, my vision of what this beer could be may not have lined up perfectly with the brewer’s—but that isn’t to say this isn’t a perfectly good beer, because it clearly is.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Almost 2 months old.

Appearance- Hazy yellow/gold with 2 finger white foamy head that left real nice lacing.

Smell-Funky saison yeast, lemon, light pepper, medium hop profile, very floral and grassy.

Taste- Floral and grassy hops up front followed by that funky saison yeast. Light citrus and pepper. Hops are possibly fading a little bit, but still there.

Mouthfeel- Medium-high carbonation, smooth and crisp, but quite dry. Nice resinous hops linger in the back of the throat.

Overall- This is a real solid beer. Even as "old" as it is, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the package art on this one, but I love the name even more an awesome puny ode to hops and one of the best bands of all time THE CURE!!!! unfortunately its one of my least favorite styles, Belgian ipa.... wish it was a double, triple,black or even just a normal ipa.

A: hazy pale straw golden color with a nice 3/4 inch white head that quickly dissipates.
S:smells more on the Belgian side rather than the hoppy ipa side :( hop aromas still apparent but not overly so. has strong clovey/yeasty/grassy Belgian aroma.
T: wow surprisingly good, the hops initially subtly shock the palate combining with the yeast and clove, mostly earthy and floraly hops come to the for but the finish is a little on the dry side with a crazy good tart finish, yum!
M: lower on the carbonation side for a Belgian style, like low/high which really floats my boat - that's probably the biggest turn off for me with Belgians - high champagne like carbonation - but not here!
O.A.: for a style that I really don't like this was a very pleasant surprise, try it even if you don't generally like Belgian style ipas, definitely try it if you do!!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a yellow wheat beer appearance (cloudy) with a 1 finger head and great retention and lacing. Looks nice but not clear like many IPAs.

Smell - I'm picking up mostly fruity apricot and citrus tones here with just a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. More IPA that Belgian.

Taste - Light IPA with some hop crispness. Fruity hop notes are very light and subtle as well. Very well balanced and a little more malty that I've had by many IPAs lately. Not really picking up the Belgian influence to the beer much at all here. I think its more of a straight up American IPA.

Mouthfeel - Definitely for a light 6.0 ABV IPA it has a warm creamy mouthfeel like the double IPAs. Nice.

Overall - I think this is a well crafted IPA. Nothing to give you the WOW factor but its a good offering from Stillwater. Nice job.

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, funk, grass, floral hops, and a touch of white pepper.

T - Funky Belgian yeast, with a good hop profile. The hops are floral with mild citrus notes. There is a white or black pepper spice that kicks in at the finish.

M - Light bodied, refreshing. The spice and bitter hits the palate at the end.

O - A very nice brew. Belgian IPA or Hoppy Saison? Who cares it is very good!

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Photo of wedge
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bubbling, unclear straw color crowned by a tall, loose, frothy white head that has decent retention. The aroma is a blend of hops and yeast; lemon and crushed herbs with a peppery yeast touch and a bit of dried banana. Fresh citrus and floral hop flavor finishing with a lingering peppery spice. Just a little pale malt sweetness, but what is there is quite tasty. Spicy, crisp, and lively. Just a nice, fresh, hoppy beer with a properly done Belgian tilt. I am officially a fan of Stillwater.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ouncer, bottled 8/29/13

Pours clouded dull yellowy amber. Moderate near white head, that stays a spell, before going to a thicker film, collar and nice lookin low strands of lacing.

Bright and zesty citric nose, mostly lemon comes to mind.

Loads of lemon and bright assorted citrus on the palate. I'd like a more prominent yeasty component, but this is still some tasty and quite worthy stuff. Biting, herbal and fresh tasting hops dry out the party in your mouth. Tasty and delicious. Go get some and enjoy. Super cool label is a bonus

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass. Bottled on date of 01/02/2014. So excited Twelve Percent LLC is now distributing to KS!

Appearance: Pours about a finger and a half of sudsy white head. Body is a hazy light gold/straw. Very fizzy looking with lots of bubble action and good head retention.

Aroma: Nice Belgian yeastyness: funky hay, crackery malts, wheat, pulpy lemons and pepper. Behind that some fruity, grassy and herbal hops. Smells very nice and inviting.

Taste: Grassy hops up front followed by a sweet, candied orange note. Tangy lemon and bubblegum spice followed by a nice peppery yeast note. Finishes with a nice cracker/ wheat malt, more spicy pepper and an herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice feel. Thin/medium mouthfeel with a high carbonation that really makes this highly drinkable. Also a very nice texture that is somewhat chewy, lending an IPA type feel to it at times.

Overall: A very nice first impression by Stillwater here. An easy drinking, thirst quenching saison/belgianipa/whatever with nice cohesion between the yeast and the hops. The yeast does come through more than the hops, but it all works together rather nicely. Recommend to all, especially when the warmer weather hits.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a slight orange glow and a gloriously large head. It fades leaving all sorts of sticky white strings and patches in its place.

S: The first thing I notice is the freshness. Then the fresh aromas themselves and how they're mixing with sweet spice and crisp grains. Everything's nice and soft too. Citrus, herbs, grass, tea, a hint of cookies, and miscellaneous wild flowers.

T: All of the above with the addition of tingly bitterness.

M: Dry, crisp, chewy, fluid, and very finely resinous.

O: This is quite well done and also easily consumable.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy yellow straw with 3 finger of white fluffy head. Excellent retention with yeast sediment floating around the glass.

Barnyard, lemon, apricot and papaya.

Apricot, papaya and tangerine. Hints of peach and nectarine. Spent grains, lemon zest, dried hay and pink peppercorn. Finishes with some pine resin and touches of grapefruit zest.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, bitter and dry.

A nice hoppy Saison with some residual bitterness. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Memphis Taproom, served in a tulip glass

Why Cant IBU? I don't know, why cant u? This beer has a nice light golden color with some trace specs of faded yellow up towards the sides. A nice bright white head of foam up top with some vigor and sticking power, a slight haze throughout the liquid, looking quite nice, retention is there. For a kinda low ABV'ed Belgian IPA, this has more of a hoppy scent than Belgian yeast influence. I get some lemon, orange, pine and earthy scents coming out instead of bready yeasty malt. The musk kinda jumps out. Pretty smelling IMO, but I do get some perfume scents with warming. A very straight forward ale here, I get some of the Belgian bready yeast up front with some hop taste. Not your normal Belgian IPA, I am not entirely sure if this is classified right. Some pineapple notes come through with the warming. Not getting a stitch of the 6% alcohol, which is quite low, but there is a whole lot of flavor. Feel is between light and medium with a nice felt carb going for it. Not my favorite beer, or IPA, or Belgian IPA, whatever it is, but it works for me for a go. I could drink alot of this, but I would probably get bored by the 3rd glass

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Photo of ElderBeagle
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 2 Amy's

Very light straw yellow color with just a hint of haze evident

Smell is tough for me but I got a bit of herbal hops and some of that yeast funk similar to a saison

Taste is exactly like a hopped up saison which is a great combination for me. Great herbal hop up front then melds into that classic spicy saison funk. Great tasting beer

The mouthfeel is a little thin with a lighter carbonation

Great mash up beer. If you love saisons/IPAs then definitely give this a try.

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Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a murky gold, with a huge, billowing head.

S - Colvey phenols, lemongrass, funk, earthy hop spice.

T - Palate begins with a complex swarm of yeast-fueled funkiness. Notes of lemongrass, citrus, rosemary, and ginger dominate, with a light sweetness near the front and an aggressive bitterness throughout. Light floral tones from the hops, and heavy residual bitterness.

M - Light-medium body, easy carbonation, but very dry, in part due to the heavy bitterness.

O - Too funky and light for a Belgian IPA but too hoppy for a Saison, this brew has a very unique character.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. 5.7% ABV. "BTLD 8/29/13" stamped on the neck (~3 1/2 months old)

Pop ours out a really nice straw yellow color, maybe a hint of gold in there. Hazy body. Big, fluffy, rocky, pure white head, big soapy bubbles, wonderful head retention and lacing.

The aroma is that big spicey Stillwater yeast strain I've come to know. The hopiness is adding to the spiciness, lemon citrus hops, lots of yeast phenols, pepper, clove, maybe even some herbal like spiciness.

Seems more like an IPA in the taste as the aroma was more about the yeast. Still lots of spicey Belgian yeast phenols. Slightly tart lemon citrus hop bitterness. A bit of clove, white pepper.

Light mouthfeel with a high, slightly bitey carbonation. A very refreshing beer.

A very nice beer, but very similar to the 2 other Stillwater beers I've had so far(cellar door and stateside) with maybe a bit more hops in this one. Their yeast strain seems to dominate. Definatly worth a try.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright hops and grain.

Tastes of the grainy malt layered with hops and yeast. Malt leads off with notes of grain and some sweetness. This gives way to some citrus hops along with some herbal notes. Lightly bitter. Yeast spiciness sweeps into towards the end. Finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an airy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but could use more of a malt presence.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep rocking white head, thick and three fingers with a mix of creamy and soapy like character. Body color has a deep pineapple yellow shine to it, opaque, and a little bit of noticeable carbonation.

Aroma is a bit of florality and herbal hop presence. Hits a slight bit of sweet sucrose and malt, but a tinge of sour like fruit just a bit as well. Clean and slightly spicy as well. Pretty solid.

Palate matches with a big sharp sting. Light bodied but a mix of sweet malt chew and sharp hop accents. Peppery and herbal mid palate right away almost to stinging metal but luckily doesn't go that far. Hints almost to funk heated farmhouse notes a bit it seems, but hard to tell. Lighter finish on the aftertaste almost with a touch of honey malt sweetness, and definitely dryer but also not as pungent either.

A pretty solid brew, and while nothing spectacular just solidly well done all around beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milder in strength than both Belgian pale ale and India pale ale- that doesn't stop Stillwater Ales from pushing forward a highly complex ale that bridges both of those styles into a gap of fruit, bitter, dryness, effervescence and complexity.

Introducing with pear, red apple, grapefruit and orange- those bright aromas and flavors are vibrant, tangy and perhaps under-ripened. A tepid background of powdered sugar, light bread and softly kilned grain is in juxtaposition to wine-like dryness.

Over the middle, the fruit opens up to suggest straight-up grapefruit juice. But lurking behind are the ale-like characteristics of pear and lemon esters, white pepper and chamomile spice, and also a bubbly wine acidity. A certain bitterness pulls from the fray with a herbal tone of lemongrass and mown fescue.

Its finish garners a spicy and effervescent quality that shakes off any lingering sweetness in order to highlight the beer's lingering bitterness and its assocated fruit, herb and spice properties.

Stillwater's Belgian-style IPA is a near-perfect blend of Belgian and American tastes that start with the iconic fruity and spice balance of Belgian ale but also leads with the citrusy dryness of IPA. Yet secondary flavors of red apple and honey give the ale a not-so-fresh taste.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy pale gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of of big lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, straw, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, grass, straw, herbal, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great hop/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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