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Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 443
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 52 | 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 cfalls
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - cloudy pale yellow, white head, nice lacing

S - yeasty, the hops are there but indistinct -- some grass

T - yeasty flavors of sour and banana, mild hops, malts far in the background

F - nice and light, a fair bit of carbonation, kind of refreshing

O - I feel like they should market this as Belgian-y somehow. (Did I just not read the label?) Not what I was expecting, but good.

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Photo of Moose90
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A — Pours a light hazy golden yellow and orange color into the glass. Some light white bubbles form a somewhat soapy head on-top of the beer. Leaves behind some nice consistent lacing.

S — Smells of light yeasty esters, but also a lot of hop going on. Little bit of a fruity component, some lemon, pineapple, fairly nice, but its a bit muted.

T — Tastes predominately yeast forward, chewy and bright, morphs into a fruity sweetness as it warms, finishes with a bitter hop character.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, ends fairly dry.

O — Pretty good overall, could call this a hoppy saison or a Belgian IPA, either way, it is fairly well done.

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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 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 SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 outdoor7or24
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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;

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Photo of GregJ
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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!

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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