STLIPA - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 16oz heavy glass bottle; nice label with info on the beer. No best-by date, sadly. Thanks to Russ G. for the chance to try this!
Appearance: Into my laser-etched Harp imperial tulip, this pours a somewhat hazy pale medium orange hue, capped with a large, creamy antique ivory cap which shows good retention and big sheets of lacing.
Smell: Very nice blend of hoppy aromas, balancing piney, herbal, citrus, and (non-citrus) fruity notes together. The hop blend (Sterling, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Willamette, Chinook) is perhaps a bit odd, but it really works here...everything blends and melds together quite nicely, and lacks the 2-dimensional nature that many IPAs and DIPAs seem to have. No real malt presence, just a hint of sugary sweetness.
Taste: Fruity (though not overly citric) and darkly herbal hops lead here. A bit of pine and a whisper of ctirus. Very light malt character, but the malt and soft-yet-noticeably-warming alcohol presence make this feel substantial.
Mouthfeel: Rich and soft on the palate, lacking the harshness of a lot of DIPAs.
Overall: One of the better IPAs/DIPAs I've had. It's not up to the Pliny level (since that's the bar that many IPAs are measured against), but it's got more depth and complexity than many, and the soft mouthfeel, along with a nicely balanced (but not harsh) bitterness and moderate alcohol levels are extremely present. This may or may not be fresh; I'll definitely pick up some next time I'm done in St. Louis if it's around, however.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2013 03:10:27 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Another big thanks goes out to Mr. Mark for this one! Although there's a slight haze the tangerine orange body still manages to glimmer when backlit. When not backlit there's a rubbed bronze quality to the body. A bright white head grows to two fingers and as it settles leaves impressive lace in its wake.
I fear this beer may be a couple weeks older than I'd like. There's a bit of tea leaf hoppiness to the otherwise bright citrus. A pale malt base includes cereal grain, toast, and a touch of caramel. The hop profile consists of candied citrus peel, orange marmalade, and sweetened grapefruit. A faint whiff of booziness hits on a deep pull.
This beer may be fresher than the nose led me to believe. I get none of that tea leaf hoppiness. What I do get is a bright citric twist with added sugars, think candy and jam. I'm a big fan of the malt profile. It's pale, obviously, but has a lot of depth. Caramel, grain, and sugar cookie all play roles in the malt base. I'm a fan.
The body weighs in at moderate with a carbonation that's creates a decadent smoothness. The finish isn't immediately dry but does dry up rather quickly. The bitterness is easy up front but grows to moderate plus about halfway through the bottle and lingers. Nicely done!
STLIPA isn't mind blowing but it's all around a damn fine IPA. I'd love to try this beer a couple days after release and taste the brightness. The malt profile shows more depth than most with a juicy citric hoppiness. More of these in my future? Of course.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 03:34:21 | More by joe1510
STLIPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.