Stainless Steel Obsession - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BrewUSA on 01-23-2014

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 20
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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours into a nonic a clear deep bronze with a pretty sticky half finger white head atop.Aromas are of earthy and herbal hops,not a citric and pine bomb by any means,a bit of caramel and toast is there as well.More dryer earthy hops on the palate along just a little pine,not much frutiness here,some mild caramel/biscuit and toast with some more earth in the finish.To me it almost has a porter hop profile not an IPA profile,not bad but a little off.

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7.0%.

Appearance: The body has a hazy deep orange amber color with a thick creamy head on top. The head is light beige in color and has good retention. This makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has big grapefruity and orange like citrus rind character with lighter hints of peaches and mango.

Taste / Palate: The malt offers a nice layer of bready sweet that blends well with a solid citrusy and fruity hop presence. Hop bitterness slowly moves in and leads into the finish with some dank deep resinous hop flavor. The palate feels smooth and full which I would expect from a 7% beer.

Photo of GWalk612
4.82/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my go-to IPA's. At 7% it packs a decent ABV and is also very drinkable. Has great flavor and aroma, and wonderfull amber-brown hue. This is a solid IPA that you will never go wrong with.

Photo of davfc2627
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth great color and nicely balanced hoppy flavor.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Really good at 7%, very smooth and drinkable... Nice hoppiness and a rather heavy malt bill for an IPA, which I like.... Sweet and balanced. I would really like to rank this higher, just stands out as a great session beer, but lacks that (proverbia)l 'GREAT FLAVOR' that other beers (think Two Hearted or Stone IPA) that kick your palate. A friend brought me this... Would love to visit Ellicottville Brewing Company~

Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Beautiful head. Sea-foam like, with great retension and sticky lacing.

Oarangey sappy pine on the nose.

The taste is pine sap, orange rind, and a hint of grassy and verbal notes; a bit astringent on the finish, like herbal bitters. After taste has a suggestion of citrusy barnyard, but is overshadowed by bitterness. Malty, but not necessarily balanced.

medium bodied with great combination.

Overall a lackluster IPA that comes off unbalanced, with no underlet ng harmony or unifying character.

Photo of CabbageA19
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not your prototypical IPA. Generally I like the brewery but not in this instance. In my estimation this is a foul ball. The smell and initial taste remind me of the dundees IPA. The beer is just average but below average IPA.

I also disagree with labeling. Don't catch the piney hops. Has a malty start and alcohol type finish in mg estimation.

Photo of Roby923
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full hoppy smell that doesn't carry into the taste. Hints of toasted malt. Golden amber in color. Decent take on the ipa from ellicottville brewing, ny.

Photo of ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Copper-colored with a one-finger head
S: Malt, citrus and caramel but not bold or distinctive
T: The notes match the nose. Tasty but plain
M: Medium-bodied and crisp
O: No flaws but nothing unique; an average IPA

Photo of timmy2b
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Had a few yesterday, Flavor is the same today.

Very dark Orange, Almost looks like an amber Ale. Cream Colored head which remained over the top of the beer the entire pint.
Smells very heavily of malt and for an IPA it does not have any citrus or Hop smell to it at all.
Tastes very malty. There is a hint of Hop, but nothing like I would expect from an IPA.
Leaves a malty, bitter aftertaste with each sip.
I had never heard of this before I picked up a six pack, but I will not be trying it again unless I stumble upon it on draft cheap.

Photo of T-34-85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I was expecting at all when I bought it. It has a suprisingly dark copper color and has suprisingly little hop aroma. Based on the description on the bottle, I expected a light straw colored beer and a sharp piney hop aroma.

Although the beer was very different from expectation, it was also very pleasing for what it delivered. The beer has a very appealing taste and a nice creamy mouthfeel. For what aroma is present there is a mild scent of sweetness.

For those fellow hop heads, this is a bit of a divergence from the norm, but a nice tasty change of pace.

Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color with perfect clarity and a stream of bubble from the bottom. Fat tan head of foam and decent lace to look at. If you didn't know, IPA's can be this dark.

Nose is earthy grapefruit. The pith and the rind with the promise of tartness to follow. Light brown sugar malt that could be heavier but isn't. Floral hops and an earthy pine that combines with a subtle mint. LOVELY! Nutty and a light caramel. 100% unique on the nose . Woody and with a floral that keeps getting bigger as the beer warms.

Taste is really nice. Moderate earthy grapefruit but with all the juiciness this time. Tart and not too strong. The grapefruit rind. A nutty sweet caramel that is smooth ans has no heaviness in ti. It's almost perplexing. The mint and the herbal come together with the subtle pine expertly and make a woody taste that is not the usual fare.

The mouthfeel is smooth and mellow with a lot more malt than you expected. It's fruity and nutty. There is light bread but not as much as the color might suggest. There is a bit of pepper in the dry finish and this is a terrific beer from elicottville that has an identity all it's own and is not like all the other IPA's out there.

Photo of Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a semi~weizen/pint size glass from the bottle. A month old.

A: it is a deep copper golden hue with a 2 finger head. Active carbonation throughout. Light lacing and decent 4 mm head retained throughout.

S: Has a musty mango nose with some pungent hydrocarbons and spicy white pepper.

T: Some tropical gentle notes, mildly astringent with good bittering.

M: medium-light bodied with slick finish and tart, sharp mango laced out-breath.

O: quality IPA with some curious notes. Leans to the lighter, tropical side of IPA's. Will seek again when local to EBC.

Photo of tlema1
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Full bodied, English style IPA, I like mine with more of an upfront hoppiness

Photo of Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a small khaki-colored head that leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Brown sugar, caramel malt and some piney, grassy hop bitterness.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with a malty foundation of brown sugar and caramel malt, which is followed by green hops: pine, grass and even a minty or floral taste at times. A bit of woody earthiness lingers on the palate after a surprisingly bitter finish.

M: Medium in heft, decently creamy in feel.

O: Different. Reminds me at times of Smuttynose Durrty (a strong Brown ale) or even Stone Arrogant Bastard (an American Strong Ale) more than your typical IPA. As something different, I like.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades very fast leaving some foamy rings on the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a rather decent showing of some pine hop and a little bit of a grassy hop smell. Some light fruit aromas of orange and tangerine as well as a little bit of a bready smell and some slightly sour lemon aromas.

Taste – The taste begins very bready and somewhat sweet with a decent amount of caramel and toffee sugary tastes. Upfront there is some grapefruit hop flavor which starts weak and gets a bit stronger more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the grapefruit increasing the sugary tastes fade ever so slightly, but are replaced with some lighter tropical flavors of tangerine and pineapple. As the taste advances some resinous pine and some earthy and woody flavors work their way onto the scene. The fruit that developed in the middle, later end up fading toward the end, leaving a somewhat resinous and decently hopped bitter but thick bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. The thick and chewy body in combination with the lower carbonation really accentuate the hop and bready flavors nicely, really allowing the dank and resinous flavors to shine through the sweeter flavor of the brew.

Overall – A fairly nice and decently hop blended IPA. While nothing super out of the ordinary, a good one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of ccfbeard
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Far from the IPA I was expecting.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, not EBCs best.

Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Darker orange/amber color with one finger of off white head, good medium lacing, but the color is more of an amber or red ale.
S - Aroma is quite pleasant. A little pine and grass, big sweet orange juice and citrus, sweet caramel malt, a hint of some tropical fruits in the mix too.
T - Flavor drops off, has some piney bitterness, but a mix of caramel and bread malts are more dominant, there's some dry bitter flavor, even a little bit of spicy hop bite, and after a while i've notice even a little earthy/nutty quality to it.
M - Finishes quite nice though, medium feel that's balanced.
O - This beer has its ups and downs, but overall its a pretty good unique IPA. Nothing in the realm of amazing, but definitely worth having. The aroma rocks, and I really wish the flavor followed up to it, but its got some unique traits that make it good.

Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy brown-orange, burnt-copper colour that reminds me of an aging penny. Definitely one of the darker IPA's I've tried. The white-brown head didn't stick around long and left little lacing.

Not surprisingly given its hue, the malts dominate right from the nose. It's a basic sweetness, tough to place. There's also a pleasant, earthy musk, along with some pine and a hint of citrus.

I immediately liked the taste of this beer. Brown sugar and caramel malts hit right away. It's substantial, almost chewy, but it goes down quite easily. Piney, woodsy, citrusy, salty, peppery ...and balanced. Piney resin creates a bitterness on the palate. There's no alcohol taste here.

This beer is definitely more than the sum of its parts. The bottle advertises, "High bitterness / mildly malty / piney hops," but this is not a hop-forward brew. It's a unique offering which is complex enough to challenge yet balanced enough to session. It's not only the best beer that I've tried from this brewery but one which I will add to my regular rotation if it sticks around.

Stainless Steel Obsession from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.