Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
12-15-2013 05:59:47 | More by Immortale25
4.46/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
10-12-2013 13:27:03 | More by micromaniac129
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
10-22-2012 22:46:37 | More by John_M
4.39/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
03-21-2014 01:59:18 | More by alphagnome
4.39/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
10-05-2013 21:15:20 | More by larryi86
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
11-08-2013 04:52:04 | More by MasterfulIdiot
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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 :-)
PREVIOUS REVIEW (on tap):
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.
09-28-2013 23:20:39 | More by fmccormi
Why Can't IBU from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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