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Why Can't IBU - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 469
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.59%
Wants: 18
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

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 dogfishandi
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +20.5%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ouncer, bottled 8/29/13

Pours clouded dull yellowy amber. Moderate near white head, that stays a spell, before going to a thicker film, collar and nice lookin low strands of lacing.

Bright and zesty citric nose, mostly lemon comes to mind.

Loads of lemon and bright assorted citrus on the palate. I'd like a more prominent yeasty component, but this is still some tasty and quite worthy stuff. Biting, herbal and fresh tasting hops dry out the party in your mouth. Tasty and delicious. Go get some and enjoy. Super cool label is a bonus

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy lemony straw color with a frothy, puffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Lemon, grain, and floral notes form the initial aroma, with hints of pine and resin adding depth. Mint and fresh cut grass surface late.

Lemon dominates the flavor, which finishes fairly resiny, minty, and dry. Earthy bitterness emerges in the aftertaste. Lemon and floral hops dominate, and the malt character is light...almost crackery. The Belgian yeast esters are subtle, and slightly bubblegum-like.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's some hop astringency present. The finish is clean and crisp.

I'm not a lemon fan, but this is a well constructed beer. The balance between flavoring and bittering hops is great, and it's nice to see some variety in the ipa scene. Not your typical west coast ipa. This would be s great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/29/13.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, chalk, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is a tasty and very drinkable American example of a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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 bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a yellow wheat beer appearance (cloudy) with a 1 finger head and great retention and lacing. Looks nice but not clear like many IPAs.

Smell - I'm picking up mostly fruity apricot and citrus tones here with just a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. More IPA that Belgian.

Taste - Light IPA with some hop crispness. Fruity hop notes are very light and subtle as well. Very well balanced and a little more malty that I've had by many IPAs lately. Not really picking up the Belgian influence to the beer much at all here. I think its more of a straight up American IPA.

Mouthfeel - Definitely for a light 6.0 ABV IPA it has a warm creamy mouthfeel like the double IPAs. Nice.

Overall - I think this is a well crafted IPA. Nothing to give you the WOW factor but its a good offering from Stillwater. Nice job.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, funk, grass, floral hops, and a touch of white pepper.

T - Funky Belgian yeast, with a good hop profile. The hops are floral with mild citrus notes. There is a white or black pepper spice that kicks in at the finish.

M - Light bodied, refreshing. The spice and bitter hits the palate at the end.

O - A very nice brew. Belgian IPA or Hoppy Saison? Who cares it is very good!

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Photo of ElderBeagle
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 2 Amy's

Very light straw yellow color with just a hint of haze evident

Smell is tough for me but I got a bit of herbal hops and some of that yeast funk similar to a saison

Taste is exactly like a hopped up saison which is a great combination for me. Great herbal hop up front then melds into that classic spicy saison funk. Great tasting beer

The mouthfeel is a little thin with a lighter carbonation

Great mash up beer. If you love saisons/IPAs then definitely give this a try.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Riedel tulip glass. Pour is super pale yellow, with a huge white head, with billows upon billows of bubbles flowing upward. It does that thing where the head continues growing for at least five seconds after the pour is finished, and I absolutely love that! Head fades slowly and leaves lots of lace all the way from the top of the glass. Really it's an absolutely gorgeous beer.

Smell is of slightly dank hops, little bit bready, little bit of lemon, and kind of tart. Interesting smell - there's a lot of different things going on in there.

Taste is also really interesting, with a lot of little flavors going on. It starts out with some dankness and funkiness, then comes some breadiness and some lemony citrus. Lots of delicate floral flavors in there as well. It's a beer to hold in your mouth for a while and ponder all the small bursts of flavor you get. Finish is only mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is really thin, and with lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a really great beer. It's really interesting, and the hops are still satisfying and noticeable. The only thing that would make it better for me is if the mouthfeel was a little bit thicker. Incredibly well-done.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Almost 2 months old.

Appearance- Hazy yellow/gold with 2 finger white foamy head that left real nice lacing.

Smell-Funky saison yeast, lemon, light pepper, medium hop profile, very floral and grassy.

Taste- Floral and grassy hops up front followed by that funky saison yeast. Light citrus and pepper. Hops are possibly fading a little bit, but still there.

Mouthfeel- Medium-high carbonation, smooth and crisp, but quite dry. Nice resinous hops linger in the back of the throat.

Overall- This is a real solid beer. Even as "old" as it is, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO

A&S: fizzy thick head that hangs around. Yeasty layer at the bottom. Lively with carbonation but the color would best be described as a lazy/hazy very light yellow. Not as funky (yeast wise) as some of their stuff, containing mostly sweet fruity aromas (green grapes). Pretty bitter and spicy as well containing lemon zest, earthy hops, grassy tones, and orange.

T&M: For a Belgian IPA I would expect something a little sweeter. Pale ale kind of malt palate. Slight fruity sweetness again green grapes. Quite bitter with almost a peppercorn kick to it. Not very powerful as far as taste. Sharp carbonation on the low side of medium bodied, high end of carbonation.

Overall: One of the best bottles & names I have ever seen. In case anyone was wondering yes the 3D effects do actually work with 3D goggles on. Not my favorite beer from them, but it was still enjoyable and well priced for the product. I think I have seen one more from them I haven't tried yet from their Colorado shipment. So far I'm very happy with this company.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of bright white head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Tropical fruit aroma with an earthy funk, white pepper, lemon, and yeast.

Bitter hop bite of lemon and floral notes along with white pepper, and sage. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a sharper carbonation.

This one really grew on me as I drank it. A unique take on the Belgian IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy yellow straw with 3 finger of white fluffy head. Excellent retention with yeast sediment floating around the glass.

Barnyard, lemon, apricot and papaya.

Apricot, papaya and tangerine. Hints of peach and nectarine. Spent grains, lemon zest, dried hay and pink peppercorn. Finishes with some pine resin and touches of grapefruit zest.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, bitter and dry.

A nice hoppy Saison with some residual bitterness. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice to see a hoppy offering coming from Stillwater, a new brewery I follow closely. Intrigued to see how they utilize the cones.

A- Semi-hazy golden yellow bodied ale from the 12oz bottle. During the pour, a large frothy white head forms in the chalice and builds to an impressive three fingers high. Head retention is good and thick lace forms immediately on the glass. The lacing continues nicely leaving webs down the glass.

S- Strong Belgian Farmhouse yeast feel with just enough hops to make you realize there is an emphasis on them in the brew. Tangerine, juicy stone fruits, citrus zest and herbs come to mind from both the yeast and hops. Belgian yeast spice, peppercorns, slight funk and flowers as well.

T- Still quite a fairly feel but a little bit different than the nose. The yeast spices and herbal notes pick up quite a bit and remind you that this uses a flavorful Belgian strain. Hops feel mostly floral, piney and citrus with stone fruit hints. Tea leaves, apples, pepper, coriander, earthiness and some funk also here.

MF- Light bodied with a substantial creamy texture. High end carbonation characteristic of the lighter Belgian style ales. Fairly bitter finish.

Solid mix of a strong flavorful yeast with some nice hops on the back end.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Trappist Provisions as a quick fix after dinner. Poured into a 33cl tulip glass on tap.

Pours a clear straw color with light golden tones, to say the very least. Simple in presentation, yet complete with a frothy, foamy white head that leaves behind some lovely thick soap-like lacing at the top of the glass's rim, yet nowhere else during consumption. Some nice lines of bubbles glide upwards towards the top, and some gentle carbonation remains. I'd imagine this would be cloudier in the bottle, but it works here for me.

Smells quite nice - a meld of hoppy dankness, funky yeast, and damp barnyard aromas that make this a hybrid of sorts in terms of defining its style. Notes of green apple, pears, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and white pepper make up the yeasty and hoppy phenolic traits, and on the other hand there's a unmistakable damp straw, light rustic aroma from the fermentation with Brettanomyces that adds some extra character and flavor to the already pleasant aroma. I don't see where this is a Belgian IPA, but it's definitely really dynamic and breezy even here.

The flavor is on the same level as the aroma - the key difference is the bittered, dry finish that I'm really finding more and more welcome on the new wave of Belgian-style beers being made in this country. Nice touches of bruised Fuji apples, pears, and pineapple meet the bittered grapefruit and light lemon peel melded with pine and sage. There's a light funkiness from the wild yeast that adds extra flavor and earthiness to the beer, and makes each sip slightly more complex than the last as it warms up. Very well carbonated, and definitely filled with a light grainy flavor that makes it a little bit more prickly than expected. Strangely, this makes it more in line with a sipping offering than not, despite its low ABV and complex yet gentle flavor profile. Good to try something different for once!

I very much enjoyed this, as it resembles a farmhouse ale, yet far hoppier and filled with funky Belgian yeast that adds extra complexity to the mild grain base. I'm seeing more beers come on that reach this level of quality and its good to see them more plentiful than ever around here. Tasty stuff - well recommended, especially on tap.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Jeffrey, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has an ever so slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The citrus aromas and flavors in this beer seem a little subdued, but it is still a pleasant drinking IPA.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a slight orange glow and a gloriously large head. It fades leaving all sorts of sticky white strings and patches in its place.

S: The first thing I notice is the freshness. Then the fresh aromas themselves and how they're mixing with sweet spice and crisp grains. Everything's nice and soft too. Citrus, herbs, grass, tea, a hint of cookies, and miscellaneous wild flowers.

T: All of the above with the addition of tingly bitterness.

M: Dry, crisp, chewy, fluid, and very finely resinous.

O: This is quite well done and also easily consumable.

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Photo of wedge
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bubbling, unclear straw color crowned by a tall, loose, frothy white head that has decent retention. The aroma is a blend of hops and yeast; lemon and crushed herbs with a peppery yeast touch and a bit of dried banana. Fresh citrus and floral hop flavor finishing with a lingering peppery spice. Just a little pale malt sweetness, but what is there is quite tasty. Spicy, crisp, and lively. Just a nice, fresh, hoppy beer with a properly done Belgian tilt. I am officially a fan of Stillwater.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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 vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Why Can't IBU from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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