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STLIPA - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 259
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 33.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: birchstick on 05-11-2011

We pronounce it “sta-leep-ah”; you pronounce it how you like. STLIPA, which is the acronym for St. Louis India Pale Ale, is actually a DIPA (Double or Imperial IPA, double the stats of a traditional IPA). We hope it’s a “sleepe” that you’ll include in your set of favorite DIPA’s from one of the best beer cities in the world St. Louis. Hops- Sterling, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Willamette, Chinook.

55 IBU
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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but this is the first time that I had the chance to review it. The beer is slightly hazy, golden, and with a huge white head. The aroma is malty, with lots of floral, resiny, earthy hops. Full in flavor, slightly sweet, strong in alcolhol and warming. The beer is engaging, fun, and solidly bitter. Full in body and drinkable.

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Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a pint glass

A - Tall creamy head, off white in color that dissipates moderately slowly. Beer itself is hazy and orangish/copper in color. Slow rising carbonating, low to moderate overall carbonation. 3.5/5

S - Piney and citrus rind are the two main notes that I get. Hint of grapefruit. Bready in the form of sourdough. Maltiness comes out as the beer warms. 3.75/5

T - Citrus rind is the first flavor that I get which is soon followed by a light white bread maltiness. Slight note of peat moss in the middle. Finishes with a piney bitterness and a booziness that is not noticeable until the end. Very complex and layered. Very little in the way of sweetness, this is a hop bomb. 4/5

M - Beer retains a lightness to it while also being medium bodied and sitting somewhat heavily. Low to moderate carbonation. Drying astringency on the finish which lingers. 3.75/5

O - Very complex and layered beer which is hops on top of more hops. Varying flavors of hops keeps this one interesting. Interesting dichotomy of light and heavy feel. Can't say I'm used to cloudy IPAs but head retention is very nice and flavor is maintained throughout the tasting. 3.75/5

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Photo of clager
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle

L: Light orange, slightly hazy, minimal head

S: Mild malt scent, little bit of pine and nuttiness, not much else coming through for me.

T: Alcohol up front (surprised it was only 8%) with a bready flavor and notes of floral, pine, nuts, and coconut. Bitterness hits at the end and lingers, which I liked.

F: Not as well-carbonated as I would like (and it was fresh)

O: Fairly well-balanced DIPA, less malty than most which I appreciated but mix of flavors was undesirable for me. I think dry hopping it with some Citra, Amarillo, SImcoe or something would really make this a good beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced for a Double IPA but somehow it works... Piney hops and English style malts... Reminds me of what a German brewery would produce as a DIPA... Super refreshing on a hot summer day in July by the pool... Not too heavy... Really enjoyed this offering.. These guys can do no wrong in my eyes... Awesome brewery!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden amber hue with excellent clarity. Heavy Brussels lacing. Nice piney hop aroma. Nice piney hop bite on the front of the palate. It softens mid palate and reappears in the fade. The mouth is lightly sticky and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really well executed DIPA that doesnt beat you over the head with hops. There is a very nice malt and hop balance here, with a smoothness you often dont get from an abundance of hops.

Would purchase and drink again.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to give this a higher score and I might in the future but it was a little flat and I didn't have a date on the bottle to help determine its freshness.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a huge frothy head. Heavy and beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Floral, pine, and grapefruit hop perfumes. Very nice indeed.

Taste: Heavy on the hops, for sure, yet nicely balanced. The hops usher in a flurry of tropical, pine, and citrus notes while the malts temper it to a subtle, well-rounded level. An IPA to be proud of, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The STLIPA was a decent beer from Chestnut. The beer poured a hazy orange with white head that did not leave a lace. The scent was of fresh hops with slight citrus lean. The taste was bolstered by a sweet malt base that had bitter hops present throughout. The beer reminded me more of an English style than west coast style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is good....not the best IPA I've ever had but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of jealousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- very hazy pale orange with moderate head and fairly impressive lacing. Aggressive carbonation shows in the glass.

S- kind of boring, light generic hops smell and not much else. Worrisome on the smell--might be stale, but I doubt it from this bottle shop. If there's a date code, I can't find it.

T- much better on the taste, so I doubt it's stale. Flavor of fresh grapefruit hops dominates with light resin flavors. Bitterness lingers nicely. Very light on the malts, like a west coast IPA. Not very yeasty at all.

M- as I mentioned in the appearance section, heavy carbonation. Not overdone, just on the high side--I like that for an IPA. Fairly light body.

Overall a good beer, and not exactly the style I was expecting. A nice one to have opened at 3 pm. Recommended for day drinking, spicy food, and the World Cup.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft in St Louis while watching the USA World Cup match.

A: Hazy golden amber with soapy one finger off white head that left some sticky lacing.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, and some faint pineapple.

T: Light citrus, honey, orange peel, and some bready malts.

M: Full bodied but not heavy leaving some hop oils on the tongue.

O: Good basic DIPA. I would grab a pint whenever I'm in the area.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed amber with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Never really clears, great lacing & good head retention

S: Faint pineapple, some breadyness, then grapefruit & passion fruit

T: Breadyness, faint grapefruit, pears & lemon zest up front. Grapefruit pith, pineyness, dryness, a little bit of peach & pears as this warms. Finishes with a big grapefruit pop & some pineapple & dryness & a little bit of pear

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, good balance

Could easily pass as an AIPA, very drinkable, ABV is well hidden

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Photo of joe1510
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of denbo63
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had other beers from this brewery. Never had STLIPA but the was happy to see it on tap at my hotel. Great color in the glass -- beautiful copper. Good nose. Complex flavor due to the hop bill. Strong. Good mouth feel. Nice finish. Excellent Double IPA. Not as much alcohol taste as you'd expect from such a high gravity beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden honey with 1 finger white head. Lots of carb in this beer. Bubbles rolling everywhere. Very good head retention as well

S - Lighter aroma than most IPAs, but a different aroma than most IPAs as well. I detect some lemon and something I cant quite put my finger on. Its almost floral smelling. Aroma finishes sweet.

T - Very similar to the aroma but more potent. Again, a floral taste but very pleasant. It does have a nice citrus in the background mainly lemon.

M - Wow...this beer is smooth for a DIPA. Very light drinking and goes down way to easy! Impressed

O - This is an awesome DIPA with a cool name too! I believe you could even call this DIPA sessionable and you can definitely call it dangerous!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium to darker, hazy golden hue. Small to medium, 1.5 finger, frothy head develops and retains to a good while. Head remains as a somewhat thick lace on the top of the body. Lacing is great.

S- Moderate to aggressive hops up front that persist all the way through. A somewhat citrus-like component to the scent, reminds me mostly of grapefruit. The citrus flavor is slightly sweet when compared to the rest of the bitter hops smell.

T- Surprisingly unlike the scent right up front. Big hops bitterness that is was less citrus-like and more resin-like. Very bitter and strong when it hits the tongue. Towards the middle of the drink, the resin flavors blend into a more pine-like flavor profile and increase in bitterness. Ends rather quickly, with a big bite from the persistent hops.

M- Somewhat lower in carbonation compared to other IPA's. Thick and somewhat syrupy, this one is slower across the palate. Feels more like the weight of a stout. Hops are bitter enough to make this one close to a slow sipper.

Overall, this is just a very solid DIPA. I think it is most similar to Sixpoint Resin. Big hops bitterness are largely unchecked by any sort of malt. This is a classic beer for the hop head.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big bottle, 16 oz or so. No indication of how old this is.

A: Amber body, no haze to it. Nice head and decent retention.

S: Malt, caramel, sugar. No hop profile. Not a good start.

T: Malt bomb. No hop bitterness at all. Very unbalanced.

M: Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is fine.

O: I'm always cautious of buying undated bottles, but this is local and from a popular beer store. But I got burned. Tired of wasting my money on this crap. Date your bottles!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good double ipa, but to me this one is a little generic, especially in the urban chestnut context, I know these cats are creative brewers. it pours like ive seen before, golden and mostly clear with slowly rising bubbles and an inch of white head slowly relaxing. good hop nose, oily and west coast oriented, but with a decent malt backbone and a touch of sweetness that seems to highlight the sweetness of the hoppy oils in both aroma and taste. bitterness is minimal until the finish, where it finally crescendos on the swallow. this reminds me of something lagunitas would make, and not their better stuff. its good, but it isn't original. it was also a little filling with a bigger body, and could probably stand a little more carbonation. not a bad beer, but not up to the standards I have in my head for urban chestnut.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with an impressive head that perches on the hazy amber liquid; very nice lacing action

Smell: Citrusy, with tangerine, grapefruit and melon tones; biscuity malts underneath

Taste: The citrusy elements hit the tastebuds right away, bringing both grapefruit, tangerine and melon flavors with the biscuity malts adding some depth underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice DIPA which showcases the hops without a big malt distraction

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as extra by Stringer_Bell- thanks! Appears a deep gold with decent clarity, frothy 2 finger head the retains nicely and leaves loads of splotchy lacing. The aroma presents light cirtusy waves of lemon pairs with grass and bread, notes of caramel come next with some crackery dryness at the end. The taste has a nice fruity hop character up front that presents some sweetness followed by a decent bit of bitterness. Finish is floral and grassy with decent finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this IPA is sneaky, definitely drinks like a single IPA, but it packs a deceptive punch of alcohol. Overall very tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Bells tulip at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. Mostly clear body, light amber with orange hues. About a one-finger white head and decent lacing.

Nice aroma, leaning on the sweet side. Sweet citrus notes up front - orange and tangerine, with some light tropical notes following. A bit of bready malt aroma to finish off the nose.

Very tasty flavor. Similar to the aroma, but just a notch up on the bitter hop scale. The malt leans more toward a caramel taste, but the overall blend of flavors works well.

Medium thickness in the mouth feel and no real notice of the alcohol. I like this very much and will definitely be seeking it out in bottle format.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky and cloudy yellowish-orang body with an aggressive white head. No lacing it good head retention.

Real nice tropical aromatics of mango and pineapple and light floral perfume.

Tropical fruit flavors, mostly mango. Bready malt and way too boozy, especially for 8.5%. It's a little harsh overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It's somewhat soft.

This has good aromatics and flavor but is a bit rough and boozy.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden amber with a tall thick head.

Smells of lemony citrus, flowers, fruity yeast (banana?), and a buttery character that reminds me of an ESB.

Taste is spicy floral hops, again that buttery ESB character. Slightly unusual but pretty good.

Lots of carbonation, doesn't feel like a DIPA but nice and drinkable.

Pretty good beer, not nearly as hoppy as you'd expect for a DIPA but nice and easy to drink.


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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

91-92 A-

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and cloudy orange with some copper hues. There is a nice one inch head that forms and is very sticky.

Aroma starts off with some nice fresh citrus notes. Notes of tangerines and some mild grapefruit. There is some nice slight dankness to it with some slight sweet pine. Biscuit malts are nice and bready and balances the hops very nicely.

Flavor starts with nice citrusy notes. Similar to the nose there is some slight dankness and hop juice sweetness. There is a nice bready and earthy grain note in the background. This balances the hops slightly but does not overwhelm the fact that this is a nice hoppy brew. Body is medium/light with some nice carbonation a sticky hop resin note and a nice bitter finish.

Overall UCBC is another great up and coming brewery in STL. Awesome hop profile that is dank but also refreshing, grassy and herbal. Well done.

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STLIPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.