Sticky Hands | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sarlacc83 on 04-15-2013

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Photo of Zythophile
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crowler Date: 3/12/17
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is opaque and the color is straight-down-the-middle amber. There's a ton of fine white head.

The smell is sweet pine – not sweet and piney, but sweet pine. There's also a good amount of citrus, some combination of lime, orange, and red grapefruit.

Similarly, I'd describe the taste as "sweet earth." It's also a mineral-ish, which is usually a term I'd pull out for a wine. Pine resin and ash wood are the principal earthy flavors I get. The citrus is dialed way back, even though the sweetness remains. On the back end, the bitterness shows up, but it's an easygoing bitterness, if I can put it that way. There's some herbal element, as well. Maybe tarragon or cilantro, but I can't nail it down.

The feel is pretty smooth, and the carbonation is very well integrated. The aftertaste is mossy, with a little bit of citrus still echoing.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a slightly cloudy orange hue, with a two finger white head. Aromas consist of candied orange, grapefruit, tangerine, spicy resin, and even some lychee. I'm getting some flashbacks to Pliny the Elder with this. Flavors are the same, and the bitterness is less than I expected. Malt is there, and acts as a good counterbalance to the bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, and just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

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Photo of velosuds
2.59/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - the best attribute of this piece of wheat. It all goes down from here. Pours a yellow-amber hue with a head that looks like it has ED. Tell tale sign of what malt. Recedes too quickly after my attention was aroused. Lacing used to be an art form. Lacing here is scant.

Smell - fragrant hops are overpowered by the dank and dampening pale wheat malt. Worthy brewers are able to craft world class IPAs and DIPAs from just 4 in ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. Sticky, or stinky hands not so much. This is a bastardized IPA. The pale wheat malt destroys this beer.

Taste - Delicious hops followed by a green, wheat grass taste that makes me want to puke. I love wheat grass in my smoothies. Beer? Not at all.

Feel - Great feel, but it came at too high a cost. Who can't produce a great mouthfeel with the presence of wheat malt? It's the convict's easy escape. Sentence these brewers to a new cell block. This is disgusting

Overall - Shouldn't be surprised by a brew for Corvallis. This is Beaver Fever brew.

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Photo of ctt8410
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect NW IPA. Like eating a ruby red grapefruit while leaned up against a douglas fir as you get a waft of kush from the neighboring campsite. All the flavor of a DIPA with none of the syrupy booze.

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Photo of danh53
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with foamy white head. This can is 3 months old, but its still tasting great. Lots of sticky pine on the nose with sweet malt and over ripe citrus fruit. Slightly earthy as well. Taste follows the nose. The fruit is very ripe. There's almost a raisin flavor coming through, grapefruit rind, pine and resin flavors. It's not called sticky hands for nothing. The mouth feel is very smooth with light card, just enough to move things along. Really good beer. Hope I get to try it fresh one day.

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Photo of zonker17
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz draft pour. Near amber color with slight lacing. Seeking bigger nose here. Some good pine but not as large as a DIPA should be. Taste makes up for the nose. Great hop profile of pine and and tropical fruit. Lighter than expected body and average carbonation.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Pours one inch of white head into my pint glass. Head is pillowy, not creamy though. The body is a hazy orange, visibility is very low, but I can see what looks like a high carbonation. The head has slowly slimmed down, but some frothy film is still on top of the body. So far, this is exactly what I want to see my IPA look like.

Mango, papaya, tropical fruit are the first things to hit the nose. It's a soft smell, smooth, almost creamy. A tiny bit of sugar/booze hidden in here, but nothing offensive. Block 15 doesn't really distinguish if this is a single or double IPA, but it's 8.1% so it's definitely getting close to double territory. Anyways, some booze/sugar is to be expected, but it's pretty well hidden here. Bitterness is somewhat present under all that fruit. Maybe a tiny bit earthy. I wouldn't call it citrucy, as these fruit aroma's are not very acidic. I want to say there is a tiny bit of pine in here, but I think I'm just making that up. Overall it's just the perfect example of a fruity IPA, but very soft (at least on the smell). Really a great aroma.

The flavor is not as off the charts as I remember, but this beer is only 60 days old, so it really should be fine. It definitely tastes soft, and even a little creamy. The fruit is mild compared to the nose, but it is there. Frankly, it's very smooth, and soft throughout the majority of the taste, hitting lightly with fruit for the most of it, finishing with a slightly astringent, but very small boozy/sweet flavor. Very mild lingering bitterness. I can't tell if this is exactly what I want in a 8.1% IPA, or if I want more punch. I recall this beer having more punch to it. Maybe just a hair earthy. I stand by the claim that is isn't citrucy. Other than a little carbonation kick, and booze at the end, it's pretty much all that soft fruit. It's unfortunate that in my head I am comparing this to what I recall it tasting like, but that's human nature, and hell, last Sticky Hands I had was only two or three months ago. This is still a fantastic beer regardless, and I will try to grade accordingly. I gotta go with 4, even though this is darn close to a 4.25.

The mouthfeel is interesting, it has a little kick at this finish, but overall the carbonation is low, and the mouth is soft and smooth as a whole. I think it works with the fruity theme, but a livelier mouth could add to some of what this beer is missing. Idk, it's nice, the body is somewhat thin though.

The drinkabikity might be the highest of a beer over 8% I've ever had. I freakin cruised through this beer.

Overall this is a good beer, but could benefit from a few more flavors, and a slightly brighter feel. I enjoy these soft IPA's, but this may be a tiny bit too soft. I am trying to keep my previous experiences out of this, but I should note I recall this beer including many of the things I am wishing for, mainly more flavors, and brighter. It is 60 days old, but I really expect any good brew to be able to hold on for that period of time. Anyways, good beer.

The appearance turned out fantastic. Thick lacing all the way down the glass, the body was exactly what I love to see. It all looked perfect, only thing I could ask for is a lasting head.

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Photo of Hagenmccombs
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to IPAs. I love picking these up the day after they are canned.

L: Nice orange gold with white head. Tons of retention. Crystal clear.
S: Orange citrus, Pine, citrusy sativa cannabis, carrot juice, mint
T: Perfectly balanced and delicious. One of my all time favorite Hop profiles. classic PNW Citrus with slight pine and a bit of a vegetal note when really fresh
F: large bubbles, medium carbonation, medium light bodied. Not too oily
O: delicious. Love how easy this excellent DIPA is to find where I live and how consistently tasty it is.

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Photo of strohme2
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with orange highlights pour. Fluffy off white head that leaves a ring around the glass. Citrus, grapefruit, dank, resin. Dankness, honey, pine. I will say that it's a solid IPA with huge drinkability.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly dank with some sweet, overripe some fruits. Taste starts with sweet fruits, dank hops, vegetal notes, medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Really good combination of New England style IPA taste but with more bitterness and a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is awesome ipa, so rad that they are canning it now too, it really is something special, very northwestern, as good as anything i have had from these guys, how are they still flying under the radar?! this is a nice juicy ipa, but more balanced than any of the east coast hazy ones, every bit as hoppy and fresh. its sort of the best of both worlds here, that hops are intense, lots of dry hop, fruity notes, high citrus, but also a lot of big oily pine and bitterness, more of a classic and well rounded hop complexion, likely a mix of old and new school hops to achieve this level of depth there. its so dry and crisp too, crazy for a strong ipa, which almost never has this kind of mouthfeel, really carbonated and even refreshing. the hops stay on the tongue long, hop burps all day, super pungent and vegetal, lots and lots of intensity, peak of freshness, bold but not one of those kitchen sink beers, still some obvious attention to detail. it doesnt seem like it should be hard to make beer like this, but for whatever reason this is just so much better than most others out there. one of my favorite hoppy beers of the year this year!

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My new favorite IPA. Huge flowery, citrusy smell, and carries that through in the taste. What sets it apart for me is that little bit of piny, earthy funk that gives it a good undertone to the sweet flowery citrus hit. Nice lace down the side of the glass. Drink this beer.

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Photo of CRMartinez
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from keg to snifter at 40° F at 11 PSI.
Color is a hazy golden hue with a very white head.
Smell was very piney as many NW IIPAs are, with peppery citrus nets as well.
Feel was on the money, with a medium body and a light feel on the mouth. Perfect carbonation thanks to some good v/v value advice from brewmaster.
Overall a true NW IIPA that is way too easy to drink.

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Photo of FFreak
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a wine glass. Pours almost clear, golden-yellow, with a finger of sticky, lacy head. Nice fruity, resinous aroma, featuring citrus and some tropical fruits. Taste follows with some pine and just a touch of dank bud, followed by honey and a nice soft bitter finish. Feel is just right, creamy, medium body, medium carbonation. Overall, a refined and delicious IPA.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy (hop oil) gold with a great white head and remaining lacing all along

S - Herbal, piney, citrusy, apricot, dank and peppery

T - Follow the smell but with great aggresivity. It's a lot about pepper here, less apricot than in the smell but it has some cannabis taste, nutty characteristic and pineapple

F - Fine carbonation, something of a bit

O - A good oily dank and very bitter DIPA, a bit boozy but not that much. Great stuff

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Photo of mdlb44
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise. Picked this up on my last day in Portland and was so happy i did. In a world full of this style, this fully shines through. Great hop and malt balance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dank, resinous and hoppy, the Block 15 brewers have struck gold- lupulin gold -with the sticky, dry and herbal fruitiness that's demonstrated in Sticky Hands imperial IPA.

The hop bomb pours with a heady, lacy, creamy layering of golden hues with cotton floating above. Its unassuming austere is interrupted by an herbal perfume of garlic, chive, cannabis and a fresh mowed lawn. As citrus and pine complement the symphony, the first sip strikes the tongue with a creamy honey, biscuit and faint caramel allure.

The malty sweetness quickly hits the backseat as the hops take the wheel at mid-palate. Red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple, mango, apricot and papaya all burst on tongue with seducing effects. Completely under its spell, the tropical and citrus taste develops swiftly into a pungent, bitter and piney finish of botanical herb, mulled grasses and chivy cannabis.

Medium-full on the mouth, the creamy honey that hangs on continues to support the hops and hammers home their fruit radiancy, juicy and tangy character. That's the signature that gives Sticky Hands its unique and identifiable character. Spicy, fruit peel and compost trail into a surprisingly smooth after palate.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pounder can.

Dank resinous aroma. Citrus and pine to boot. A little vegetal hop matter in the drink but otherwise loaded and balanced. Really drinkable at this abv, hard to believe it's a double. Pretty hazy.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head. Golden color. Clear.

Earthy, piney, citrusy. Bready malts, but mainly hops. Some bitterness and stickiness. Resiny. Grapefruit,

Very solid dipa. Easy drinking and full of flavor.

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Photo of arizcards
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that left some lacing in my pint.

Nose was near perfection, dank city with a hint of tropical fruits.

Taste is dank dominant with a nice tropical accent. It was bitter but there was no lingering bitterness left on the palate.

Mouthfeel was fantastic, very light for an 8% abv brew. I could sip this brew all day long!

Overall this is one awesome IIPA, definitely seek it out if you are in the Corvallis Oregon area!

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Photo of DannyPaleAles
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best IIPA made in the best beer state in the Union. Dogfish Head Watch Out. Competition is here. The best beer in oregon and Crux knows it. At 8.25 percent it is in a class unknown to man. Full Body, yet so smooth on the finish. LINGERING like that last day of summer. My Favorite, btw how are people so critical of this beer? These so called experts with their noses in the air need a reality check....

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Nice smell of fruit and light hops pine. Look is a beautiful golden-orange with solid off white head. Taste is great, well balanced and no hint of alcohol at all. A very very good IPA.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from a trade with the wonderful SurlyTwinsFan. Drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: Poured with two and a half finger white head. Color is somewhere between pumpkin and orange peel. Semi-transparent, a bit cloudy. Low levels of down up tiny bubble carbonation. Average head retention but fantastic lacing. I'm a sucker for lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit cocktail explosion (mango, papaya, etc), zested orange peel, sugary grapefruit, pine, a bit of green onion.

Taste: Pine, vegetal, floral flavors a lot more prevalent than on the nose. Grapefruit rind, floral bitterness that isn't overly strong but lingers, sweet malt punch towards the back.

Feel: Light end of medium bodied, low end of carbonation. Tongue coating and slick.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Deep gold with decent crust. 4
Killer mango, kronik, and lemon rind nose. 4.5
Chewy madeleine up front then pineapple, dank, mad tropical fruit, some grass, a hit of pine to end and chalky IBU linger. 4.5
Almost medium, quite salty, round. 4

Dah-m! So sticky, so light but so heavy. Manages dank, fruit, and a clean finish all at once. Keeps its balance in spite of its bigness. Stands up to repeated tastings. Keeps all the plates spinning. So not Vermont, which is nice for a change these days. Top 3 Oregon IPA. 4.75

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good light orange color, soapy 1/2" white head. Tropical fruit dank notes in the aroma, well dry hopped with ample proprietary aroma hops, citra and amarillo come to mind.

Taste, solid, dry, light pale toasted malts paired with juicy green vegetal dankness and more waves of tropical fruit in the vein of mango and papaya. Carbonation elevated and appropriate for style. Very good stuff.

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