Stickenjab Alt Bier - Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +22.2%
Beer from a squat 12-ounce bottle served in a no-frills standard pint glass.
A: Rays of copper and blood orange light filter through murky liquid. A single-digit bubbly white head forms and quickly recedes.
S: Soap and citrus lead the way as hints of cracked pepper and candied-apples round out the mid-tones.
T: Lightly sweetened dried cranberry and pear notes with a citrus finish.
M: Positively glides across the tongue. I remember a slightly more involved alcohol presence in the draft version of this beer which made for a fuller and more sipping-type mouthfeel. But here in the bottle it seems leaner and more fast-paced.
D: I had a hard time drinking this slowly enough to write this review. I am not a chugger but this smooth brew goes down quick and easy.
Overall a stand-out brew. Tom Baker of Heavyweight told me this was his favorite HW brew and I concur.
08-14-2006 03:43:27 | More by froggyfrog
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
This is a 12 oz bottle of Stickenjab. I had intended to drink and review a Lunacy, but the damned bottle erupted upon opening and made a damn-hell-ass mess.
Appearance: The ale is a lighter color that the other altbiers that I've had. It is an auburn orange color and has a bit of haze. The beer poured with a nice head that left a good lace around the glass.
Smell: The aroma is a little off. There is a definite biscuity malt aroma, but something else also pops up, a nasty fruity aroma.
Taste: The beer has a firm malt flavor. As I let it warm over my tongue, toffee and biscuit are the big flavors that emerge. The malts are so strong and assertive that one doesn't even notice when they trail off (which they do at the proper time, to prevent a malt bomb). Very nice taste!
Mouthfeel: The malts are quite good and make this an enjoyable drink.
Drinkablility: Very high, a winner amongst the altbiers.
07-10-2006 02:32:46 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Just had the bottle at the Drafting Room in Exton. Figured I would try more Heavyweight while it is still available. The beer poured a deep clear amber color with a thin, off white head and nice lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt with some hints of citrus, maybe cheeries as well. The taste was a bit of caramel, toasted and some nice notes of bread, earthy. Very pleasing to the taste buds. The body is medium but makes for a pretty drinkable alt beer.
07-08-2006 03:08:06 | More by ggaughan
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Clear and coppery, a vigourous pour yielded a thin skim of head and solid ring around the glass. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Malt aroma all the way - freshly milled barley, light sweetness - with just a hint of apple/pear. Fruit is apparent in the flavour, start to finish, and leads into a spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol warmth. Bitterness is strong without being pronounced - malt is still in control here with a bit of caramel rounding out the sweetness. Medium bodied with carbonation on the low side. Nice texture too. This is really tasty. Just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check and an interesting flavour profile.
07-02-2006 23:04:02 | More by DrJay
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
12 oz bottle
48 IBU's, 6.4% abv.
Cloudy orange, rather small fizzy head. Aroma has a thick malt, with a definite cherry element to it. Tastes are slightly spicy to start. Assorted fruits are thrown in with the caramel malts to churn up a somewhat artificial sweetness, but there's a mild sourness as well. Quite cloying (clover, ginger, and cinnamon?) use of spices. Slick mouthfeel and rather low carbonation.
I see what they were trying to do with this one, but it kinda misses the mark for me.
Thanks go the way of ski271 for the bottle.
06-20-2006 01:41:39 | More by hero27
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
Short 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber-orange in color, slightly cloudy and with a small ivory head that left a little lacing.
As for the nose: slightly malty and slightly citrusy, reminded me of green apples at times.
Taste: nutty maltiness at first, a tad bit of fruity flavors in the middle, but it finished with a tangy, almost sour hop aftertaste. All in all a nice balance between the malt and the hops, but I thought the sourness detracted from the overall taste.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with mild-to-moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: I could see myself having a few of these. A solid if unassuming version of an altbier, I would definitely try it again.
06-05-2006 18:31:28 | More by Kendo
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thcik 2" head. The head slowly falls to a surface foam.Spotty lacing develops.
Smell: sweetness and nuttiness are detectable.
Taste: strong caramel and bread like malt backbone with some sugary sweetness, green apples, and mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: crisp and dry at the start. Dry and smoother finish. Long aftertaste of malty goodness. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: easy drinking alt beer. If you are in the mood for the style, this will do it for you. Seek this one out if you live in the Jersey area.
05-28-2006 22:59:20 | More by Gavage
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
Cloudy, sediment-rich honey caramel pour with thick one-finger head of tan suds. Nice retention fed by steady uprising streams of pinpoint carbonation.
Aroma is very harsh, bready malts, sweetened condensed milk(a very unique aroma), tart lemony dryness, and some muddled fruit notes.
Flavor is thick, dextrinous malts, that funky milky note, band-aids, and a tart, mineral-laden, yeasty astringancy that reminds me very much of a wild ale. Not a bad flavor, just not at all what I expected. Perhaps this has been infected/influenced by one of the many in-house yeast strains that Heavyweight utilizes. I strongly believe this to be the case.
Body is medium, slick, and very slippery textures. Mouthfeel is juicey and a bit flat. Hard to finish simply because there are too many contrasting themes present in this sample.
05-28-2006 22:58:56 | More by AlexJ
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured into pint glass. A nice dark amber color with a 2-finger, off-white head that shrinks quickly. Very little lacing apparent.
This beer is extremely malty. The only significant aromas are bready malt and alcohol. The sweet malt flavor hits you immediately. There is a brief appearance of hop bitterness, but it seems to be quickly snuffed out by the malt. In my opinion, this could definitely use some more hops for balance.
I like the mouthfeel. Good medium-heavy body with a pleasant carbonation level.
Because this beers seems unbalanced to me, it's harder to get through than others. This may be just my preference for greater hop character in a beer. They state the IBU's as 48 and that does seem low for a beer of this strength.
05-14-2006 01:11:23 | More by psinderson
3.05/5 rDev -20.4%
12oz brown bottle, no date information
Cloudy, murky amber. Thick, puffy head of fine off-tan bubbles that is loosely packed and slow to settle leaving no lacing. Filled with thick, almost chunky sediment. Spicy, peppery smell, a bit nutty and sweet. Starts sweet and hard cider tinged. Remains on the sweet side, but lightly though, through the middle before finishing with a minimally spicy hop edge. There is also a tart slightly sour note as well. The tartness lingers a bit. Filled with a grainy, granular, chunky sediment and fine, tingling carbonation and has a medium body. Didn't find this particularly enjoyable and won't be going back to it. Something seems off, perhaps it was old, but with no date info, it is tough to say.
05-13-2006 00:36:23 | More by hopsaplenty
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
Note: Do NOT just pour this beer into a glass without paying attention, like I did with the first bottle. Theres a lot of sediment in the bottom of this one that really affects its taste. Youll have to let a good ounce or so of this stuff go.
Hazy medium amber with a small, off-white, foamy head that diminishes to a stubborn film. Good thick lacing. The smell is full of butter, grain, yeast and citrus. The taste is a little sweet with a sting of fruit and alcohol esters. The finish tends to lean more toward the caramel malts than the lingering floral hops. It is medium bodied and astringent with moderate carbonation. Much better when poured correctly. Pretty good Altbier. Naice take on the style. Its a shame more brewery dont take a stab at an altbier.
04-16-2006 19:17:59 | More by ski271
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
A "secret" alt, Stickenjab pours a hazy orange-red with a light tan head that gives a lot of lacing around the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, with some sour fruit, almost dopplebock-like. Taste is malty and roasted, but with a surprisingly crisp citrusy finish. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Just an incredibly refreshing beer, very light on the palate, seems to have medium-high carbonation.
Not as hoppy as Long Trail Double Bag, the only other sitcke-alt I've had, but since I've never had a German version of this variety, I don't know which is more appropriate. But they are both damn tasty beers.
04-10-2006 23:24:12 | More by ColForbin
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
12 ounce bottle purchased at the brewery during an open house. Stickenjab pours out a caramel color with a small head. The aroma is malty, but has a slightly off-putting sour smell. Sweet and malty with an apple cider tanginess. There is a bit of a nutty flavor. Finishes with light spicy hoppiness. Alcohol is noticable. Good drinkability. A tasty and refreshing altbier. Other than the sour aroma, I really enjoyed it.
03-28-2006 01:35:21 | More by beveragecaptain
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
First time I tried this in the bottle it was at room temperature. Yuck, don't recommend. Malt is too strong for that warm of temp. I'm making this review from bottle right from the refrigerator. That seems to be the best temperature for this brew.
a: Cloudy brown with white head and lacing.
s: Smells of sweet malts with a bit of sulfer (spent match).
t: Strong malt flavor (reminds me of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale). Finsihes with nice bitterness that rounds out the malt. Strong alcohol presents. As it warms up, I get fruitiness which is very welcomed.
m: Fizzy, creamy full bodied mouth
d: I think I shall continue drink this this after noon.
Notes: first time I had this was at Slow Food and Beer festival. I had opportunity to meet the brewer and try this from the tap. It was wonderful and I made a mental note make a purchase in bottle.
03-25-2006 20:55:59 | More by NiceGuyMike
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
This is a really good one !
Hazy orange amber..lively head..laces and drops to 1/8 ".
Smells mostly of malt...some dried fruit...a hint of hop and port.
There's about a million things going on here in the taste...all well balanced. Malt, apple-pear,yeasty, caramel..hop bitter with a slight lemon rind hint...some port wine near the finish. Wow !!
Mouthfeel is velvety, micro carbonation. Perfect.
Very drinkable..Thank You, Sir, may I have another ?..this came in a 4-sampler.
I think I'm in love...
03-03-2006 00:41:39 | More by Hautacam
3.15/5 rDev -17.8%
This poured a very pretty color. It was my favorite thing about the beer. A red-hued brown. Almost glowed red. Thin white head with some stringy lace. Nose was fairly hoppy for the style. Came across as bits of clove mostly. Flavor was sweet at first but then with a clover-like bittersweetness. The flavors kind of tingled. Almost watery feel to it. Not sure what it is about this beer (perhaps it was the kind of cloying clover) but it is falling through the floorboards for me.
03-02-2006 01:12:43 | More by MuddyFeet
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
This beer poured a dark brown but clear body with a small white/tan head.
Huge rich german malt smell. It's just got that classic earthy, nutty vienna type german malt and yeast smell, but in spades. Really very inviting.
Medium bodied and very malty. Sort of a sugary, caramel, mild date and other fruit sort of flavor. Nothing huge in the way of hops or even a hop bitterness. Just enough to give it some balance. Some touches of floral hops, touches of earth and that's about it mostly. A nice alcohol touch as well, again, you can tell it's there and bigger than your normal session beer, but never overpowering. The more I drink it it really reinforces that dried dates or raisin sort of quality. Nice.
I've never been crazy about alt's or sticke beers, but this, wow.... I could drink it all day long. Sort of reminds me of a session version of bockbeer. Very nice.
03-02-2006 01:05:20 | More by taez555
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Alt, a top-fermented old style beer originally from the lower Rhein region of Germany where winters are too mild to produce enough natural ice to control fermentation and storage temperatures. Method kept unchanged until recent years as showcased in this Stickenjab.
Label reads bottom fermented with German malts and Hallertau hops.
Poured from a bottle straight down the middle of a pint glass produced a luscious head of off-white color and tilted to ease off to make sure it all fits in. The diminishing head left a fair lacing over a rich clear dark golden brew that was lively carbonated. Bottled conditioned sediment remained where it belongs.
Initial aroma had caramel covered hay dusted with powdered malt and a touch of berry - original and very pleasant to experience.
Medium body almost syrupy texture finished lightly alcoholic.
A moderately sweet malty flavor blended with esters and hop acids to create a unique taste one would associate as being "alt"
Aside from a detected sourness and one bottle in the four-pak that tasted oxidized I like this brew.
03-01-2006 03:54:05 | More by outdoorbrewer
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Got this at a friend's party recently - took it home with me and finished up some other brews before getting around to this. I don't drink this style of beer that often, but it was interesting and certainly worth a try, in the sense that it broadened my horizons!
Nice pour to this - thick head, not a lot of lacing, but a beautiful apricot orange to this beer and a nice translucence to boot. A lot of malt up front, and then the hops kick in. Not the usual American style no less, but very heavy and bitter. On the level of a barleywine, but not as intense and much heavier as well. There's a lot going on here, but it works well once you get further and further along in the drink. A bit of floral and citrus notes can be felt here too, but nothing overpowers as much as the back of this brew.
Beers like this are an acquired taste for someone like me who's more accustomed to pale ales and belgian whites. Heavyweight has a solid offering here, and it comes a "price" I don't mind paying for - no pun intended!
02-20-2006 07:53:59 | More by JerzDevl2000
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey colored body with a modest head that quickly descends to a ringlet and islands and leaves very little lacing behind
Smell: Sour cider smell; not particularly inviting
Taste: Starts out with a sour cider taste along the side of the tongue that builds and is joined by some sweet flavors in the finish; the opposite of what you would expect
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I really like Alts and I have liked other beers by Heavyweight so this was a real disappointment; its not really an altbier in that it uses lager yeast and the sour profile fits better with a Flanders Red than an Alt; I might rate it higher if they didn't call it an Alt but it is hard to overcome the expectations
02-14-2006 01:03:08 | More by brentk56
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
This is an interesting beer. It pours a golden color from the bottle. The head is average, while not lasting long. The smell was strange: it seemed absent, almost neutral (I couldn't sense the malt or hops within. The taste was fun: a first a bitter hit ftom the hops and a sweet malty finish. The mouthfeel was smooth. An fun beer to sample. Worth searching for and giving a try. Enjoy!
02-07-2006 20:25:35 | More by BadBadger
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
This Alt pours a honey brown that leaves a large beige head laced in the glass. But it quickly shrinks and leaves a very thin foam on the top. The brew is clear, but has some yeast on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is delightful, sweet fruit and caramel, but then the background gets a little musty. The taste is sweet and has a syrup consistancy. But it quickly bitters on the palate and heads straight to the bitter part of your taste buds finsihed by a sour note. This is a smooth drinkable beer, I would pair this with a classic tuna fish sandwich on hearty wheat bread topped with onions and potato chips. The saltiness of the chips and sweetness of the onions will pair nicely with the tuna cutting threw the bitter and sour taste in the beer.
01-27-2006 22:43:50 | More by Franchise
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Dark brassy burnt orange and as clear as the opening bell. The head comes out swinging with a creamydense two fingers of pale orange-ecru that looks like it won't punch itself out anytime soon. (I won't be able to sustain the boxing theme throughout this entire review, so I think I'll throw in the towel now). A smeary king's crown of lace decorates the glass.
The nose is a welterweight (one more) that doesn't make much of an impression either way. The beer smells predominantly malty with an earthy, almost herbal hoppiness that I'd be hard-pressed to attribute to Hallertau Hersbrucker. It doesn't smell all that 'noble' to me, but like something that would be found in an English pale ale. Tame, mildly pleasant aroma, but unexciting.
This is one boldly flavored altbier. It isn't as refined and as elegant as the Uerige alts, nor quite as delicious, but I love the sheer amount of flavor that it delivers to the tastebuds. Firmly malted with a huge toasted brown bread uppercut and a spicy, earthy, woody, bitter orangey, bitingly hoppy right cross that has me reeling with delight (sorry, I just can't stop). Leave it to Heavyweight to deliver a heavyweight altbier.
The considerable hoppiness increases in intensity throughout each mouthful and builds with each successive sip. It's also impressively dry. One could think of Stickenjab as the IPA of altbiers, or, alternatively, as an English ESB on steroids. If you're scared of flavor or of hops, don't get into the ring with this muscular bad boy.
The alcohol is effectively buried beneath all the alpha acids, but I'm beginning to feel as if a few of those jabs have connected. I'll claim an empty stomach in order to salvage a little pride. The body is firm and is medium-full (keeping style in mind), a reflection of the abundant quantity of ingredients. The lively--but not overdone--carbonation is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes.
I shouldn't be surprised by Heavyweight any longer, but Stickenjab was better than expected. I'm reluctant to call it an Imperial Alt, even though it's one juggernaught of a beer that keeps throwing combinations until the final bell. I'd like to tighten my laces and go another few rounds, but I didn't have the foresight to buy more than this one bottle. Recommended.
01-15-2006 15:19:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
Nice reddish-amber color, somewhat cloudy, with a good light tan head. The aroma is malt and caramel with a hint of licorice, nice. The flavor though is a bit of a letdown. The malt and hops clash somewhat, in that the malt flavor is more sweet and less complex and the hops just kind of roar in there and give you a bitterness that doesn't mellow or compliment the malt. There is also a bit of a sour off-flavor. Perhaps this was from a bad batch but its a first impression (I like the only other Heavyweight I've had at this point) There is some alcoholic warmth to the beer which is fine. I'm a little disappointed.
01-06-2006 01:58:15 | More by KroMagnon
Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.