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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 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 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 brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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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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 LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a big, loose three finger white head that dissipates to a thick cottony film, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian/saison yeast, Belgian spicing and nice grassy and floral hops. Flavor is a great blend of grassy hopped American IPA and Belgian saison with a spicy, saison yeast finish and bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation. One of the better hybrids of Belgian and American IPA styles, leaning a bit more towards the Belgian with spicing leaning more towards coriander than clove. Well made and nicely balanced. I was a bit tardy drinking this; it sat at the back of my fridge, but the hops have held up well. Fresh this may have a more even balance between the styles. Still very enjoyable and as expected from Stillwater.

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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 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 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 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 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 FLima
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting label mimics the vision under a drunkenness state. Golden color with a thin head with low retention, but leaving laces.
Mix of Saison and Belgian IPA aroma with superlative pine (one of the highest I’ve ever felt) and bread Belgian yeast, pineapples and rather soapy.
Predominant flavor of herbal hops with notes of pineapples, coriander, mango, lemon pepper, resin, lots of mint, mild funkiness and Belgian yeast. Quite dry, acid and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with a medium carbonation.
A bold Belgian IPA, above average of their native counterparties, and it is actually mingled in the Saison territory.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Good aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, and cloves. Some faint citrus in the background.

T - I get a lot of Belgian notes upfront with banana and spices. The rest of the flavor is citrus, lots of lemon and some sweet pineapple. Light amount of funk is present.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

O - Very nice Belgian IPA. Lots of complex and interesting flavors going on. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy pale straw body crowned with a white micro bubble head about a full inch high. Crazy mountain of head doesn't want to dissipate.

S: Soapy citrus, box of crayons, grapefruit, musty funk, elegant yeasty nose and typical spice profile.

T/M: Pungent citrus hops assault the palate like a battering ram. Coriander, grains of paradise, salt, dry straw and a great Belgian yeast strain. A medium effervescent body with a dry finish that lingers powdery yeast.

O: This is great stuff. An aggressive assault of hops laid in a valley of Belgian pale glory. Nice an earthy with citrus bounty. Extremely drinkable Belgian IPA that is sure to please.

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus, hops, and a little malt as well in this aroma.

T: Some citrus, a little bit of spices, yeast, malt, and hops. Probably hoppier than your typical Belgian IPA, but still a vibrant, interesting flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As usual, Stillwater delivers a pretty tasty beer. definitely drinkable.

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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 dar482
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy lemon yellow color.

The aroma has banana and lots of phenolic character along with white pepper spie.

The flavor has a grainy pale malt, with banana, lemon, citrus pith and a hoppy bitterness along with a Belgian drying. There's pepper and clove spiciness along with that strong phenolic note that continues.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a slightly hazed lemony yellow with a large blooming white head that settles very slowly leaving multiple rings of thick lace behind.Lemon oils,lightly spiced phenols,and toasted grain in the nose.Lemon comes to find upfront on the palate along with some grapefruit juice,toasted cereal grain and just a hint of funk and phenol spice round out the flavors profile.Not bad and kinda refreshing,not over the top with the yeast wich is a good thing...in my opinion.

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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 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 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 deadonhisfeet
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a beautiful, crystal-clear pale gold color with a thin white head. I wish it had more carbonation. The nose is musty and fruity with hints of lemon zest, wet hay, and champagne. It reminds me of a nice Saison.

The feel is firm and the flavor follows the nose quite well, walking a tightrope between sweet, fruity notes and dry, musty ones. Up front that sweetness comes through with a hint of pineapple and gets gobbled up by bitter, pithy lemon flavors. The bitter flavors get drier and mustier towards the back of the palate, where it is downright stony (like Duvel). Finish is dry and just a touch of sweetness returns.

Overall, a really enjoyable and complex beer. My big gripe with this beer is the low level of carbonation. If this beer had more bubbles to open the palate and intensify those dry, musty flavors, it could be awesome. Still, another example of just how complex, drinkable, and varied Belgian IPAs can be.

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Why Can't IBU from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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