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STLIPA - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: birchstick on 05-11-2011)
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and some tropical fruits.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with a strong bitter hop bite. Pine, tropical fruits and citrus provided a snappy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice beer from Urban Chestnut. It was very good.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2011 03:58:50 | More by zeff80
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joe1510

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml

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
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denbo63

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 01:08:11 | More by denbo63
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 23:16:06 | More by boilermakerbrew
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

2.29/5  rDev -41.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 15:33:41 | More by hoppytobehere
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 14:52:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Taste: The citrusy elements hit the tastebuds right away, bringing both grapefruit and tangerine 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

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 22:58:31 | More by brentk56
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homebrew311

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:42:36 | More by homebrew311
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 00:25:09 | More by FanofHefe
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:21:53 | More by Vonerichs
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -15%
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.

6.7/10

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:14:23 | More by AlexFields
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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-

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 03:10:27 | More by BedetheVenerable
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:31:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Urban Chestnut.

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured a mildly chill-hazed orange color which was fairly bright overall in its disposition. There was a slight head and some mild web-like lacing.

S: I got straight up fresh orange juice infused with hops on the nose with added candi sugar.

T: This was very nice and leaned towards the fruit side of the spectrum as opposed to a hop forward one. Citrus galore and downright fresh!

M: I liked the low carbonation bill here as well as the thick, mildly syrupy texture. A slight bitter bite on the end soothed the tongue without attacking it. The sweet, fruit lingering was substantial as well as the lacing left on the glass.

O: This was excellent and I would easily have this one again. Urban Chestnut continues to impress!

Serving type: cask

09-02-2012 13:38:03 | More by Chaney
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask a cloudy orange-gold color with two fingers of sticky white head.

Aroma of grapefruit and light caramel malts.

Tasted of grapefruit, light citrus, and caramel malts.

Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation.

A tasty IIPA from Urban Chestnut.

Serving type: cask

01-28-2012 03:44:24 | More by Monkeyknife
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birchstick

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head with some hop particles floating in the beers

S - some spicy floral hops, citrus and a bit of onion

T - starts with some bready malts, but these are pushed aside by a barrage of grapefruit and citrus hops. A tinge of BO/onions On the finish without much bitterness. Really solid hop profile that is huge but not as dominant and to gue bruising as others in this category can be. I also thought the 8.5% abv wasn't even noticeable.

M - a little thin but goes don smoothly

D - really solid DIPA here. I am glad to see a DIPA in st Louis of this caliber. Really enjoyable and I'll definitely revisit this in the near future. Nice work Urban Chestnut!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 00:49:14 | More by birchstick
STLIPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.