Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 430
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 15
Gots: 51 | 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 SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Harp nonic glass fills with a clear pale yellow (SRM 3-4) beer. A big, fluffy white head is long lasting, eventually leaving a sticky coating of lace. All the while, carbonation bubbles up throughout.

Crisp fresh aromas of pineapple and Asian pear are set against straw and light mustiness, with a spiciness that comes out as it warms, similar to a saison.

The flavors are crisp like a pilsner, however, quite bitter with modest grapefruit. The finish is long, subtle and dry.

Why Can’t IBU is refreshing and super dry with a slight astringency, woolly texture, and medium body punctuated by modest alcohol.

This makes for an interesting summer beer. Perhaps not a staple, but certainly enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon. (731 characters)

Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX in Charleston. The label definitely gets your attention.
A: pours a 2 finger fine white frothy foam head, stringy lacing, lemon gold body color, slightly cloudy, carbonation
S: lemon, grass, Belgian funk, earthy hop aroma, salt, some citrus
M: medium light creamy feel
T: lemon, hay, some salt, hint of pepper, a bit of earthy hop from the euro style, creamy, metallic in the finish as it slowly drys on your tongue
O: Wow really good brew, the only knock is the slightly off putting metallic in the finish, but still worth trying this. I could put a few of these down easy as the overall blend of flavors is great. (667 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, never having had this before. I loved the design and name of this but given that "IBU" was part of this, I thought that this would be a bit hoppier. Once I poured it out, it was obvious that this was not a typical IPA and would trend more towards a Belgian or imported style. While the bitterness was more floral and recessed than I would have liked, this went down smoothly and resembled a light Dubbel to me, because of how low the alcoholic content was.

No date on this bottle as I poured out the liquid and watched the foam rapidly fill up my pint glass, but I may have let this warm up for just a tad too long. The hue was straw with lots of carbonation and there was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled out. It didn't give the beer an unfiltered look but it did take away from the clarity that was initially noticeable. This left gorgeous lacing as I worked my way through it but that was only on the back side of my glass. Grass, yeast, and lemon hit my nose at first as the herbal spice and floral hops came in once I gave this a sip. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing, this reminded me a bit of a Gose as there was a slight salty hardiness that kicked in later on. While I'm certainly not a hop expert, this felt like it had Hallertau or Golding in it, giving it a very European feel. An earl grey-like finish ensured that this felt like tea in the aftertaste, but this came up a bit short of feeling too dry.

While weak for a Belgian IPA, the alcohol was spot-on here. A good example of a Belgian IPA, this could have used a bit more yeast to liven things up. This wasn't that funky but there was enough going on here to enjoy and had I grabbed another bottle, I'd be popping it open right now. Felt like a session without technically being one but when you find a beer this relaxingly enjoyable, how would you even notice? As it was, this turned out to be a decent take on the style that's sure to offend no one! (2,011 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is full of hoppy goodness, offset with a touch of Belgian funk. It promises a lot. Strikingly bitter, as the name seems to imply. There is some harsh quality to the flavor, a metallic tinge that makes the bitterness poke out rather than settle into the beer. I love big hoppy beasts, but this one is two one dimensional. It became a bit difficult to drink in the end. Still, an overall enjoyable brew. (411 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; pale orange colored; a lot of bubbles rising; 2 finger white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: coriander with orange in the background; light pepper spiciness;

T: coriander and lemon up front; from mid-palate, it's an interesting balance between coriander and tart lemon; light bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish;

O: disappointingly, not much hop character; (443 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pilsner yellow with a finger and a half thick white head. Smells of grass, earthy, wheat. Tastes of wheat, bready, crystal malts, with earthy/grassy hop character with light citrus and spice. Medium/light body with a smooth med carbonation. Wheat and light pine resin on the aftertaste. (303 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep straw producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, shaving cream fluffy, thick, white, lasting head that leaves rings, streaks & a wash of chunky lace. Aroma is a plethora of citrus: orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, backed by  cracker & biscuit malts with hints of grass, floral/herbal, Belgian yeast funk & chalky mineral. Taste is dry, chalky & lactic throughout with a bitterness that begins at mid-sip & intensifies until it becomes aggressive in the aftertaste with hints of biscuit, cracker, tangerine, lemon, lime, grass, floral, earth, spice, pepper & barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is light pushing toward medium bodied with aggressive carbonation, prickly, dry, drawing & with impaired drinkability. (738 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers thick of soapy head, settles to a thin ring, wispy rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: straw, floral, lemon custard, notes of orange and dried pineapple. Taste: pils-y and crackery base, quick blip of soft ester action overwhelmed by the substantial hopping... fairly clean at first with grass and citrus pitch, then into a grapefruit segment and lemon water with some pineapple-like acidity in the finish. Worth the single. (475 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours a hazy straw yellow, reminiscent of a white ale. Visible sediment in suspension. Fluffy white head with very good bubble distribution. Good head retention. Very effervescent. Good clinging. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Noticeable hop aroma, maybe noble hop varieties, smells like a german pilsner. Clean orange citrus undertones. Slightly yeasty, but not spicy. 4 paws.

Taste - Bitter up front with a finish of orange and orange peel. Clean grassy, steely hop character. Sweet honey vanilla malt undertones, very subtle. 4 paws.

Feel - Mild tingle, somewhat chewy. Not grainy, very smooth. 4 paws.

Overall - Overall a very enjoyable beer. Not labeled as a white IPA, or as anything for that manner, but that is what it tastes like to me, which would still fall under the Belgian IPA umbrella. Never had a Belgian IPA that blew me away, but this is a very solid beer. 4 paws.

Meow beer. (925 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear, copper/maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, slight alcohol, and slight tartness. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, alcohol, and tanginess. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. (413 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a uniformly very hazy straw yellow color. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves behind some lacing in the glass.

S- Floral Hops, bread, funk, yeast, sugary sweetness.

T- Flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Floral hop overtones, funk, and bready yeast upfront. A lot more floral hop bitterness and a but more funk come through for the finish. The finish is on the dry side but floral hop bitterness lingers on.

F- High tingly carbonation, light to medium weight dry body.

O- Overall this is a nice belgian IPA. Its pretty dry in character but nice and hoppy with a good amount of funk thrown in there too. I really like what stillwater does in general. This isn't my favorite of the Belgian IPAs-but it sure is a nice one. (791 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice n zesty in the glass, nice head, straw body. Hops and funk on nose, and it is Stillwater all the way with a more funk than hops than IPA. Very dry and refreshing in the mouth
Going down very well on a warm night. (217 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

02/05/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way out front on the grapefruit side of the hops. Citra? I don'tknow enough to opine, but I strongly suspect it's so.

As one who doesn't appreciate too much hoppiness, this is pleasant. Tame, even...until it warms up.

The 6% elevates it beyond a session quaff, but It's good for a few as long as they stay cold! (359 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours gold color with a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly, leaving excellent lacing. Smells and tastes of graham cracker, toasted grains, citrus hops, coriander, herbs, floral hops, caramel, biscuit, yeast and piney hops/pine cone. It seemed too grainy at first, but it grew on me as the balance was really nice and it flowed down like a session beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with average carbonation, some thickness and a slightly bitter finish with a slightly tart yeast essence. Nice above average Belgian IPA that tasted fresh on tap, but lacked the big hop accents I was hoping for. (641 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy light orange with a large meringue like white head. Excellent. Sticky lacing.

Belgian yeast mingles with tropical fruit. Citrus, bubblegum, pineapple. Some spicy phenols as well. Sweet graham cracker malt backbone.

Tropical fruit and bitter hops upfront. Very juicy and almost sweet, but dries out quickly. Orange zest and biscuity pilsner malt.

Fairly high carbonation but not spritzy. Medium body. Hop resin coats the mouth. Very dry and surprisingly pretty refreshing.

For a Belgian IPA, it is quite nicely balanced. The Belgian yeast flavors mingle quite well with the bitter resiny hop flavors. (624 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows farmhouse yeast characters, phenolic notes, spicy hops and soft apple and pear along with very soft hay notes.
More evidence of the farmhouse yeast, slightly funky and musty, with a very dry finish. Some apple again and more spicy and grassy hops.
Carbonation is a bit over the top. (323 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with just a wispy mustache of foam in the Ommegang chalice. The mouthfeel, however, is prickly with carbonation and makes for a nice fizzy swallow. Smell is a little cat pee and pickled okra, but the nose upon exhaling is a fragrant yeasty, flowery cloud.

I think this is what a Belgian IPA should aspire to. Just funky enough with a spicy and understated hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to complement the yeast. This is pretty dry with a faintly sourish note in the back of the throat. The hops are a bit herbal but with a green and resiny tang. Watery body.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Date stamp says Bottled 01/02/14. (682 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour raises a large creamy white head in my Belgian snifter. A bit of sediment remains in the bottle after a full pour. The hazy yellow-gold body smells of grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with hints of lemon and other citrus fruits plus a faint funkiness. The faint funk remains in the flavor, where the generous hopping suitable for an IPA is apparent. Fruity/grassy hop. Mild-moderate bitterness.

O: a nicely crafted 'Belgian' IPA. (443 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blonde hue with a creamy two finger head and a swirl of lacing,the smell is pineapple,some piney hops and that typical Stillwater funkiness,the mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated with tastes of mainly pineapple,a slight hint of barnyard funk,fruit salad and finished with a soft piney bitterness and overall abit of a weird one no IPA whatsoever for me but a very sessionable drop and easy to drink more than one of cheers. (447 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,289 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Stillwater's Why Can't IBU that my friend brought over to share with me. I've been meaning to try this beer and I'm glad my friend decided to share it with me, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks real nice, in typical Stillwater style it's slightly trippy looking and I thought it was pretty eye catching. It poured a hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I like the color, but I wish the lacing and the head retention were a little better.

S- The aroma start off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the yeast being the first to show up and it starts off fairly funky with some wet straw and farmhouse yeast like aromas then it starts to impart more of a typical Belgian yeast aroma with some spices coming through and the clove aromas seem to stick out the most, but there's also a peppery aroma. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma with some apple and lemon like aromas coming through along with a light amount of citrus rind hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with some fruity flavors being the first to show up and they impart the same fruity aspect that they did in the aroma with neither fruity aroma seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the yeast that still has that Belgian yeast and Farmhouse yeast like aspects to it with the funky farmhouse yeast seeming to stick out a little more. Up next comes a lighter peppery flavor followed by the hops that impart a earthy and citrus rind like hop aspect that was just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a funky yeast, apple and lemon like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer,I liked the funky yeast aspect but I wish there was a little more bitterness and hop aspects.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of a farmhouse ale, but I don't think it really fits into the Belgian IPA category simply because the hops are on the lighter side and they don't impart that bitterness that I would expect from a Belgian IPA. This beer had good drinkability it was smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it, but I think that would be my limit and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the spring and summer. What I like the most about this beer was the funky yeast aspect, I thought it was at the right level and it's just what I expect from a good Farmhouse Ale. What I like the most about this beer was the drinkability, i liked how easy drinking it was and the fact that it was a little refreshing helped that out also. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop aspect, it was nice, but I wish the hops stuck out more and I wish there was a little more bitterness. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Farmhouse Ales. All in all I liked this beer, but I thought the hop profile held this beer back from being as good as it could be and I think with some more hops this would be a pretty great example of a Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. This isn't my favorite of the style or my favorite beer from Stillwater, but I still think it's a solid beer in it's own right. Nice job guys, this was a tasty easy drinking beer, keep up the solid work. (3,957 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger head and a decent amount oflacing
S-mild funk from the yeast some clove and pepper
T-fruity and somewhat bitter citrus hops with mild yeast funk sprits of lemon and citrus wet hay and malt
M-tart funky and dry has some saison qualities
O-decent brew a hybrid saison/BPA/IPA good stuff (336 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a thin white head and some webbed lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of Belgian phenols and some mild hops. Apples and cloves with hints of tropical fruit and mint.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

The palate is cracker-dry and has a good dose of piney, fruity hops.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, middle-of-the road hoppiness, and clovey phenols.

Tasty enough but this beer doesn't deliver the hops as eluded to on the label. Perhaps not a fresh bottle. (501 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,632 characters)

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