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Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 10-22-2012)
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-13-2014 00:17:56 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-11-2014 03:25:12 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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timoteo833

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-11-2014 03:19:09 | More by timoteo833
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henryclay_

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-10-2014 15:59:29 | More by henryclay_
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2014 04:15:21 | More by StoutHunter
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-06-2014 00:41:47 | More by yancot
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-03-2014 21:08:58 | More by Beestin
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-03-2014 20:18:41 | More by Mantooth
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 19:18:04 | More by gatornation
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-27-2014 03:10:35 | More by Hopmodium
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polopaul20

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-22-2014 19:56:04 | More by polopaul20
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-21-2014 22:33:57 | More by MacQ32
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-19-2014 01:13:43 | More by OhioBobcat
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-17-2014 05:26:34 | More by ZEB89
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:30:40 | More by brewandbbq
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-15-2014 20:27:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:55:59 | More by superspak
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2014 01:14:21 | More by derkfromwi
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AgentMunky

California

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 01:33:52 | More by AgentMunky
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 01:24:32 | More by hoppymcgee
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-10-2014 02:55:47 | More by twenty5
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2014 21:15:22 | More by harrisjohnson
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 19:18:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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jlmathis

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-04-2014 07:14:56 | More by jlmathis
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:37:55 | More by jera1350
Why Can't IBU from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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