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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 corby112
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma that slightly spicy with grassy pine needle character, bready yeast and subtle light fruit. Hop profile is a but one dimensional but smells pretty good. Pale malt presence with bread, biscuit and cracker. Light fruit sweetness with apple, pear and grape. Not bland but a bit one dimensional and not very interesting.

Light body with tight combination and a stronger hop presence than the nose suggests. There's a dry, crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Earthy, grassy and slightly spicy with dry piny bitterness and subtle citrus zest. Some lemon peel character before finishing with biscuit malt, bread and cracker. Decent balance but it kind of falls off in the finish. Kind of watery and bland on the back end. Decent hop flavor and pretty easy to drink but I found this beer a bit bland. I guess if you just want to pound an easy to drink, aggressively hopped beer this old be appealing but I found it kind if boring.

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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 Pintofbrown
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 08/09/13.

The body is a glowing lemon meringue pie with an easy finger of dense foam. Great retention and very pillowy, some lacing left on the glass.

Very faint ester and clove phenols in the glass, also a bit of lemon rind. Hop aromas are soapy and grassy. The nose is so soft, yet very pleasing.

Clove and spices are the major hitters for flavors. However, this devolves into a mineraly character with a strange smokey, almost char-like hop presence on the swallow. It is a very unpleasant sensation and throws this beer off, leaving a very earthy and soapy finish on the palate. Maybe a hint of lemon here, but that plastic-y char is entirely too forward on the swallow.

Light medium body and a little more on the slick side over the tongue. Why Can't IBU finishes very dry and almost tannic. Bubbles are not overdone.

What a strange palate of flavors! Where this beer starts, with clove and Belgian spicing works wonderfully, but that backside of plastic, smokey char, earthiness, and slight aspirin bitterness do not finish this beer well at all.

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Photo of hops202
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass.

Pours a very hazy honey golden color - pretty cloudy. Smell is very malty, chalky and lots of Belgian yeast. Taste is about the same, somewhat bitter and funky. Lots of yeast and some bitter citrus dominate, but not in a good way. Not worth the price.

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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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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Hazy blonde.

S: Lightly floral with a light spice.

T: Spicy, peppery, light pine, no citrus and minimal aftertaste.

M: Coarse.

O: Decent IPA but different. You can tell that it is Belgian due to the characteristic spice.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-This brew is a hazy, honey hue. Respectable head. Substantial lacing.

S-Fruity but sweet with some solid notes of grass. Hops also display a candied citrus aroma. Sweet and spicy cracker malt. Lively yeast. Well balanced.

T-The flavor is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. Hops are not too aggressive. The beer is very proportional. Mild bitterness.

M-A bit sticky. Feels bigger than it's gravity. Softer bubbles. Drinkable enough.

O/D-Wasn't in love with this one. Not aggressive enough for me. More along the lines of a Belgian Pale than a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts with resiny hops and some spicy belgian yeast and some tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some funky spicy yeast and a little fruit and a pretty big bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid spicy Belgian IPA. It has good bitterness, but the spice and funk overwhelm the hop flavors.

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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 WheelsPSU
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - a cloudy honey colored saison looking beer with a soapy head and tons of carbonation.

S - flower and herbal notes with a bit of pine and some tropical fruit. However the dominant aroma is the clove spice and hay.

T - Yes, that's the Belgian yeast strain that is so familiar. I don't get an overabundance of hops but its definitely got an elevated profile of pine and bitterness and not too aggressive compared with your regular Belgian IPA. Very floral in taste with a strong biscuity bread and honey, cloves, and lemon characteristics.

M - Crisp, refreshing, sessionable, and somewhat unique due to the Belgian IPA meeting some hops. Dry and grassy finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy, thick white head that does not settle quickly.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, crackers, biscuits, herbs, chalk, and spicy, funky yeast are prevalent on the nose.

T: Flavors of chalk, talc, biscuit, crackers, herbs, straw, grass, tangerine, lemon, lime, and spicy, funky, moderately lactic yeast fill the mouth. The finish is dry with yeast, cracker, herb, and bitter citrus flavors.

M: Very slight, thin, and resinous in the mouth. Carbonation is too delicate and unobtrusive to balance the stickiness and provide the impression of adequate malt heft. As a result, this ale is not all that easy to drink.

O: Certainly not a bad ale, but it could use some tweaking.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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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 zac16125
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with 2 fingers width of white head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Belgium yeast estery banana and clove-like spice. Pale malt and subtle lemon-lime citrus.

T: Citrus, pale malts, bitterness. I also get significant spicy notes, but as a whole the Belgium notes arent as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma.

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, heavy carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Good, but nothing special. Worth buying solely for the amazing label artwork though.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this not because of Stillwater's reputation, good as that is, but because of the amusing name and the 3-D graphic label, proving again that marketing indeed can be key when trying to sell beer to some of us fools.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick head which receded to light surface foam.

s: Mild fruit.

t: Mild fruit like fruit cup juice, moderate bitterness. A rather hoppy mild Belgian.

m: Light to moderate. Good carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: A nice summer drink, quite true to the Belgian golden ale style but with an American level hops kick.

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale and hazy gold with some nice sticky lacing. Smell is very saison like. Funky, wet hay and slightly sour and straw notes. Lots of Belgian yeast character with lemony hops that are slightly sharp and quite bitter. Quite dry with hop bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of a hoppy saison. Nice beer and take on the style. Growing on me as I drink it too.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 2 January 2014.

A: Fine white head tops an ever-so-slightly hazy pale beer.

S: Yeasty. Hint of lemon and saisonesque spice.

T: Interesting. Typical Stillwater farmhouse flavours (funky yeast, splash of citrus, clean grain, light peppery/coriandery spice) with an extra-bitter finish. Hops are hiding until the very end when they come blasting in and finish earthy and strong, with a lingering flavor.

M: Full and tasty. Strongly refreshing.

O: Slightly disappointing, but tastier nonetheless. Solid, vaguely funky farmhouse effort.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice, clean white head. Ok retention and lace. Bright, light yellow body.

S - Grass, orange juice, marry-jane, cilantro.

T - Straw, raw hops, dried leaves. Maybe a touch of coriander. Fresh wood and orange peel back end.

M - Bright, sparking, light frame.

O - Nice profile; spicy, light, and dry.

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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 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 JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Belgian IPA's are all over the lot in terms of style. This one has elements of a Saison and an American IPA. Really well done.

Poured into a pint glass (my bad) as a hazy straw gold color with a big, delicately bubbly white head. Aroma is Belgian yeasty, funkiness along with floral hops. Both are fairly prominent.

Flavor is more of the same. The mix of Saison funk and IPA hoppiness is very well done. Both sides are featured and the blend really works.

Mouthfeel is rich and the hops bitterness is just right. Does not take from the Belgian/yeasy flavors.

I will have this one again!!!.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more of a hoppy saison than a Belgian ipa, nitpicking of course. I liked this one a lot, very unconventional. the artwork is really cool too. pours a light cloudy straw color, still see through, but some sediment in suspension. over an inch of fluffy white suds on tap rising well above the brim of my pint glass. the nose is funky like some of their other saisons, smells like the saison yeast I used in my homebrew. fruity and tart, with a floral hop profile and assured bitterness. the taste agrees completely with the nose, this is a saison through and through. hoppy, but only on the back end, I expected it to be more aggressively done, and a pine complex would work well here, although all I really get is a floral character and pronounced bitterness. super light too, like the others ive had from Stillwater, elegantly malted. good carbonation and a nice light feel, plenty drinkable and a well hidden abv. another fine crafted ale from these guys, an imperial version of this would be fun...

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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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