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First World Problems | Stewart Brewing Ltd

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First World ProblemsFirst World Problems

Brewed by:
Stewart Brewing Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of yeast, caramel and citrus. Tasted of caramel and citrus. Kind of bland.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L- Very deep golden amber. Pours with 3mm white head quite swiftly clearing towards lacing. Very slightly hazy with some tiny particles floating around visible.
S- Some stone-fruit on the nose, over towards peach or apricot.
T- Fresh, hoppy, develops into a bitter edge, then stone-fruit, and then some richness. Quite a long path! It is just on the hoppier-dry side for me, but it also comes with some subtlety and balance; it's no contempory 'hop-bomb'.
F- Refreshing, but I think you need to serve this well chilled, as as it warms the richer side of it grows. That's richness as in a sweet facet rather than richness from the 6.2%
O- I started off quite positive on this but as I sip my way through it the sweet aspect is rising and I'm finding that pretty odd and unwelcome. Not one I'd wish to drink again.
I nearly confused this with this beers namesake from Stickman Brews of Pennsylvania, USA, and had that on my Got's list until now. Take care to ID this the Scottish one.
Not sure where I bought this in London, perhaps Waitrose. BB 08/2019.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned in the pictured crafty craft can
pours a cleat barley coloured body with big foaming white head
creamy, golden syrup and lime aroma
there is that in the flavour
easy drinking

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Photo of h4l
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brp94
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice balanced ale with subtle malty overtones. Does not taste or smell very hoppy considering the blend of 6 different hops. Definitely unfiltered with lots of nice green particulates in the glass. Pours copper brown with a thin head.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO fro around $4

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Photo of eberesford
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy mid amber with a 2cm head that quickly reduces leaving thin creamy head and moderate lacing. Look is somewhat spoiled by the large pieces of sediment floating in the body. Aroma: citrus, pine, fruit. The hop bitterness (over)dominates the flavour so that apart from a slightly musty indistinct fruitiness it was not really possible to identify the yeast driven characteristics one would expect from a "Belgian" IPA. Perhaps that is a truly first world problem.

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Photo of Evanimal
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jun 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy amber-orange colour; its complexion is rife with flaky sediment flecks that are difficult to miss. Nearly two centimetres of foamy, off white-tinted head gathers at the surface, displaying superb retention as it remains in place for more than ten minutes. Not much lace generation, but it looks fine otherwise. The aroma is appealing, with citric grapefruit, lemon zest and mandarin orange largely obscuring the earthier, more floral hop elements. Mildly spicy, but not particularly yeasty for the style, with suggestions of peach and light honey sweetness.

But that might just be the high water mark of this review, because I'm not sure how much I like the flavour profile. At the very least, it's well-balanced, with a robust malt backbone - not all that shocking, given that a quartet of cereal grain malts were employed. Bready wheat, oat groats and faintly spicy rye, together with a mild caramelized sweetness, dominate the front end, with hints of melon rind and citrusy hop flavours of orange/grapefruit beginning to assert themselves by mid-sip. Floral, grassy bitterness comes to dominate on the back end, preceding a lightly spicy, earthy finish that lingers on into a hoppy aftertaste which fades thereafter. Medium-light body, with carbonation levels that start off strong, but weaken considerably as you sip your way through the glass. Smooth, slick texture that lets this brew slide down the throat with ease.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+. Stewart's First World Problems is a drinkable brew, if a bit unmemorable - I had no trouble knocking it back, but I also didn't find it to be a very compelling example of a Belgian IPA. The yeast-derived characters are kept to a low background hum, compared to most examples of this style - an unfortunate fact, because that's generally considered to be one of the more critical aspects of most Belgian-style beer. On the plus side, the flavour profile is balanced, and it's actually quite a bit more quaffable than most BIPAs. A mixed bag; I'd consider picking this up again, but in the end there are many better choices within the category.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber copper with a smaller head that left minimal lace. Nose is mild, mstly on the herbal side with some citrus and light malt. Taste is herbal, honey, and malts. Not super exciting, but pretty drinkable for the ABV. A decent beer.

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Photo of StormAles
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baldy00
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kier
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pootz
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle - decants a hazy golden-orange elixir in the glass....thin cap but the surface lace lasts- Aromas of pine and citrus , some stone fruit and sweet malts a bit of funk. Flavor is big on peachy-apricot tastes then the malt breaks out like raisin bread as the hopping gets increasingly bitter and dries up the finish something fierce. A decent pale ale, with a bit of Belgian yeast funk I like the dry finish.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold slightly amber in color with a minimal one finger head on an aggressive pour. Minor lacing visible and break is quite quick. Smell is malt dominated with some nice citrusy hops sneaking its way in too. Taste is nice with the hops moving a bit more forward and then the biscuit and caramel malts coming in. Feel is medium with medium/light carbonation.

Well, it isn't spectacular, but it is enjoyable. A decent beer that I enjoyed on a warm July afternoon.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

decent Belgian IPA. Nice complex malts and moderate hop flavour that give it lastability, and lend it British drinkability. LCBO Summerhill find.Fruity colour.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's starts out as a surprisingly great beer, with a rather well developed balance. But just when you think that you have a winner, something happens, things fade and a disappointing watery taste comes to the fore.
Still, while not great, it's an enjoyable wanna be Belgian IPA, that is worth a couple of revisits.

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First World Problems from Stewart Brewing Ltd
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 36 ratings