Sticky Hands
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #70
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4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
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Notes: Offering a luscious blend of flavor and drinkability, this Hop Experience Ale features ample additions of sticky, lupulin-packed hops, grown in the Pacific Northwest. The result is an aromatic blast of citrus, tropical fruit, and dank herb that transitions into resinous hop flavor and a delightfully balanced finish.
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can (dated 6/22 [I think, it variously looked like 22, 23, and 29, depending on light. I hate dates printed on the bottom rim] )poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very hazy dark yellow color with an inch of dull white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose, with no real malt profile. Similar on the tongue, with some frooty hops added, and a nice touch of bitterness on the finish.

The body was medium and had a medium finish. Drinkability was good, no issues. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew, worth a shot if you see it.

Thursday at 03:29 AM
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Opaque yellow-orange with a pillowy, white head that eventually recedes to ½ finger with good lacing
Aroma: Whoa. Orange/citrus, passionfruit, dank, pine resin, fir, herbal notes – deep, complex, and awesome. I’m not detecting any alcohol heat on the nose
Taste: Follows nose but much more pronounced. Orange/citrus and dank up front, followed and joined quickly by the strong herbal and coniferous notes. Aggressive hop bite at the finish and somewhat dry as well. This screams West Coast IPA/IIPA through and through
Mouthfeel: Solid. Not too chewy or thin, but definitely full. Carbonation is medium-high and for the ABV, I find this to be dangerously drinkable
Overall: I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on this gem for years but never took tasting notes on it until recently (recently took to doing so with most beers I drink). This is one awesome hybrid IPA/IIPA and the hop bill is right up my alley as well. Super bomb. Regularly found fresh (my can was packaged 3/23/20 and I consumed on 3/31/20) and dangerous as it keeps beckoning for more sips, but at 8.1%, be aware it can sneak up. One of the best – especially in a sea of well-made and tasty IPAs/IIPAs

Jun 08, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden hued body; lively carbonation; thick and sculpted white head. Muted dank and weedy aroma; a bit of pine. Mellow biscuit malt base with a tasty hop bitterness snap; some berry-like esters. Heavy body; fairly smooth with just a hint of coarseness; mildly sticky; rather dry overall.

This beer delivers a rather nice and balanced imperial IPA experience. In this instance, I'd say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Well-rounded, balanced and nuanced, this beer delivers the goods...

May 19, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can bought from Lifesource Natural Market in Salem OR,
Deep golden ale ..slight haze. Large thick creamy white head.
Aroma very nice fruity yet resinous aroma r papaya and mango even..mixed with spicy herbs..toffee malts .
Taste similar to the aroma...but much more bitterness..there is a lot of hops in this..fresh and invigorating.
Great mouth feel..moves easy for one so strong....little sign of the alcohol..leads to immense drinkability.
Very good beer..a regional favorite up here.

May 04, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dank grapefruit and herbal hops are present in the nose along with notes of grapefruit.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather dank and has lots of flavor of herbal hops with notes of grapefruit and hints of pine, the latter of which lingers into the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA really shined in a beer that was quite dank and herbal. The alcohol wasn't very noticeable from the taste.

Serving type: can

May 02, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking, slightly dank and crisp imperial IPA from a brewery that's new to me. Packaged date 4/1/20 printed on can. Pours a gorgeous medium golden color with two fingers of thick fluffy white head and small sheets and rings of lingering lacing that persisted throughout. Very nice. Smells of ripe grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, malt, creamy vanilla, bread, lighter floral and herbal hops, a good degree of dankness at the finish. Tastes similarly, excellent balance and depth, good amount of bitter hoppy bite at the end. Smooth, sticky mouthfeel, great carbonation, went down easy every though it had a higher ABV. A great beer.

Apr 27, 2020
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Storrey from Oregon

4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPAs. Every bit as good as Pliny the Elder. Smells like a fruit, papya, etc. This beer is widely available in cans but sells out quickly. Block 15 is a solid brewery as well.

Apr 14, 2020
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop March 2020

Had no idea there was still such thing as a non hazy IPA. This is definitely one. Lots of garlic in the nose. Over the top bitterness, but rounds out nicely. Good but not great.

Apr 12, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Firestone 14-oz. Teku glass
From: Bill & Kristine
Price: n/a
Purchased: n/a; Received on Oct. 11, 2019
Consumed: Oct. 17, 2019
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 2, 2019

Thanks, Bill & Kristine!

Got this from Bill and Kristine on their recent trip to San Diego. Had been told good things about Block 15 and I even think I had one of their beers (not going to look it up). Sticky Hands was labeled its website as, “Offering a luscious blend of flavor and drinkability, this Hop Experience Ale features ample additions of sticky, lupulin-packed hops, grown in the Pacific Northwest. The result is an aromatic blast of citrus, tropical fruit, and dank herb that transitions into resinous hop flavor and a delightfully balanced finish.” Also some important (?) stuff: “Though Sticky Hands is known for delivering a truly powerful hop experience, its carefully orchestrated grain bill provides critical balance. We constructed Sticky Hands' malt profile to meld with its lively hop character, resulting in an incredibly flavorful and drinkable beer. We'd love to share Sticky Hands' hopping regime with you, but as Tier-2C classified data, doing so would violate national security protocol and several international treaties. What we can tell you is that Sticky Hands is brewed with an emphasis on abundant hop flavor—with gentle bitterness giving way to waves of floral and fruity aromatics. This luscious blend of flavor and drinkability is achieved through massive late hop additions across three different stages, custom-designed hop extract, and dry-hopping that utilizes 2x the hops as those added to the kettle. As with Sticky Hands' malt backbone, its select ale yeast is designed to provide balance. Look for a clean yeast character that reveals subtle notes of stonefruit to complement citrus and tropical fruit flavors from the hops.”

Poured a medium yellow mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass at fast speeds. World-class spiderweb lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dank pine, onion, garlic, cat piss, weed and black pepper up front, so to me that’s Simcoe. Also papaya, fresh-cut grass, Columbus, mango and Amarillo. All hops are a guess, obviously. Even better and danker out of the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. In order got bitter pine, onion, garlic, cat piss, black pepper, weed, papaya, fresh-cut grass, mango and bitter tangerine peel. Still guessing Simcoe, Columbus and Amarillo for hops, but man, I think there are a lot. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, earthy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Was back and forth on all five of these categories, but this beer was excellent overall. Straight West-Coast IPA. (Overall - 4.25)

4.37 | 97 | A

Dec 06, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy off-yellow color on the pour with a fast and shallow head of white foam. Hops and slight herbal notes on the nose. Big full hops upfront on the initial sips. A rather smooth flow that finishes nicely bitter. Lots of resin and herbal pine and some slight dank notes. Subtle citrus fruit with mostly notes of orange, and lemon. Full bodied that drinks big and slightly aggressive.

Overall, pretty decent stuff but I'm not exactly on the hype train for this one. Despite that its just awesome to have the opportunity to try it.

Oct 29, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is sticky, dank, resin, tropical fruit hops and earthy, biscuity malts. Flavor profile is dank, sticky, herbal, citrus and tropical fruit hops with earthy and bready malts just beyond. Sticky texture is good. Mouth feel is lightly sticky, with a soft grainiess and effervescence. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a sticky and refreshing IPA.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Jun 23, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington. (Pckd by?) is about six weeks ago, poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Fairly hazy light amber colored, Initially menacing looking head that quickly faded to a minimal carbonation stream of bubbles. almost nothing left on the side of the glass less than halfway through.

Smell- A good bit of melon and tropical fruit but mostly dank, herb, rubberbands, basil, earthy green .

Taste- Really light, a bit watered down in my opinion.

Feel- Like the taste, very watered down, almost too easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall- I really don't get the hype behind this beer. Nothing really stands out to me, at least not at the price point.

May 26, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is all over the place in the few years I've tried it. Sometime badly bubble gummy, occasionally the best IPA I've had all year - try a can a year and you may be wowed!

L: Dark murky orange hue with a couple fingers of ivory foam, leaving a wide band with every drink, and each with a gradient of density, reducing from top to bottom in an impressive display.

May 02, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked from fridge temp. Pours a beautiful yellow/orange with white head. Nose is intense floral hops, resin, and grapefruit peel. This is so refreshing. Taste is amazing. One of my favorite IPAs. Super smooth with some hop bitterness. This beats many of the best. Pine, citrus, wheat, some funk, bread, and raisin. Mouthfeel is dry and bright. Overall, phenomenal.

Feb 14, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - massive dense white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - herb, citrus.

T - dank orange. Resin, pine, caramel, grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium, slick body with higher carb.

O - tasty and aggressively in your face.

Feb 10, 2019
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redresonatedragon from Washington

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer really impressed me, maybe it checks off all the good things about a deeply resinous IPA on my list. I really love a dank Mosaic IPA, catpee and onions, but this one doesn’t have that quality at all. More of a dark, leafy green with a very resinous quality. It doesn’t have the tropical fruits, citrus, or caramel malts that I’ve been tasting in a lot of NW IPAs lately. More of a "clean” green herb, that has a robust lingering bitterness bolstered by the tight bubble carbonation. Definitely a brew that stands out in IPA land, great complexity with no off flavors for me, I’m impressed

Jan 01, 2019
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hopley from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely bitter but couldn't read the date on the bottom of the can - think it was a good couple months plus old based on the taste of the bitterness but would like to try one fresh to be sure.

Oct 19, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. In a world filled with turbid soup, this one resonated with me. I was expecting to see this one pour amber/orange. Surprised and pleased to see it pour palely. Tropical but assertive hoppiness in flavor and nose. A breath of fresh air. Wish I got some more!

Oct 13, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Community Pint in Spokane, free with purchase of an anniversary pint glass. 9 great IPAs on for their anniversary (and National IPA Day).

Before my phone dies: great looking, great tasting juicy IPA. Glad to have finally been able to try this. Hope it comes to town again!

Aug 02, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark yellow with plenty of suds and rings of foam in the big tumbler. Aroma of green tea and something like artichoke cooking water. Dank and sticky for sure, though it's more like beat you with the stick. Hoppy, bitter, leafy, and astringent in the aftertaste. A hint of grapefruit peel.

There is surprisingly little sweetness, though the malt is quite robust. Stone would be proud to brew this one. "Mo bittah, mo bettah," I believe is their motto. The pleasure decreases the more you sip on this, so I'm grateful for the high ABV at least. From the 16 oz can purchased at E Station in Bellyhampton, North Cascadia. The canned version is 8.1%.

Jun 15, 2018
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draheim from Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (canned 4/23/2018) into a tulip. Pours a pale golden straw w/ a 1-finger loose sudsy head, patchy lace

Aroma is bright piney and citrusy hops, juicy and explosive.

Taste is dense with sticky resinous hops, sharply bitter and dank. Grapefruit rind. Pale neutral malt in the background but obviously this one is all about the lupulin.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, seems about right for an 8.1% DIPA.

Overall a powerful, dank, delicious IPA.

May 05, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #13 - Tropical Slam. 16 oz. Can courtesy of Rick. Nice piney hops, slick, slippery, mildly astringent. Excellent IPA, smooth and elegant. Tasty AF.

Feb 27, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned exactly one month ago. Fresh enough for us. Slightly hazy pour, light head, light amber. Hoppy - piney aroma. Nice carbonation. It's a very high quality DIPA, smooth mouthfeel over strong hop flavors and not excessive bitterness. Flavors of pine, floral and just the hint of some malt. Very light on the aftertaste. The DIPA level of ABV is well, and dangerously, hidden.

Plenty of good DIPA out there. This one is is clearly in contention.

Feb 22, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unclear orange with thick, lovely head.

Smell is citrusy witg big waves of piney resin.

Taste is hugely citrusy and fruity, backed by a powerful piney resin and a strong bitterness. Wel balanced and just a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, slightly under carbonated.

Overall, a great West Coast IPA, powerfully bitter but still balanced.

Feb 13, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 12/19/17. I had one between January 10th and 14th, and it was amazing, but after having the second last night, I can say it is not a beer to let age more than three to four weeks, as while it was amazing, it definitely wasn't as good as it was when fresher. I guess that's why the can reads "best before yesterday". I'm thinking my score would be higher if I reviewed the first one I had.

Any way, it's a fun looking beer. It's a very cloudy gold orange with slight foam and lacing, plenty of particulates and carbonation. The smell is straight up danky hops, with a slight mild citrus presence. Taste starts with a dank bitterness than opens up into hoppiness and citrus and pine flavors. It's not as crisp and booming as it was when fresher, but it still has plenty of hop presence and flavor. It's a dry beer, but very mouth filling with a strong alcohol presence. It's an easy sipper and a very good beer, and I'd look forward to trying it again, only this time finishing them all off right off the bat instead of letting any age too long.

UPDATE. Having one a year later at less than a month old. Much more enjoyable. Above rating had taste and feel at 4.25 for overall 4.38. Going to up them both-feel to 4.5, taste to 4.75. Citrusy with a vegetal flavor unserneath, hint of bitterness. Dry finish, nice booze finish. I like how it’s got citrus without being juicy, just enough bitterness, and that different flavor that’s hiding out in there. Damn great beer.

Jan 31, 2018
Sticky Hands from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 490 ratings