Sticky Hands
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #79
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
96
Ranked #763
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.91%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
511
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
 
Oregon, United States
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SCORE
96
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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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky golden body with a white head. Aromas of big citrus and pine with decent weedy dankness on the backend. Taste really emphasizes grapefruit, orange, and lesser so lime, with sharp pine cutting through leaving herbal and dank notes in its path. Hop bitters really translate well, but wetter than expected though never getting resinous, finish is crisp. Nice west coast dipa

Oct 28, 2021
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beerjerk666 from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can. Pkgd 08/23/21.
Pours out a hazy golden orange body. White bubbly head that dissipated to a halo ring along the edge of the glass and leaves plenty of tacky lacing.
Strong resinous hoppy aromas of grapefruit and pine, deep and dank.
Taste is all about that resinous pine and citrus. Bitterness and resinous notes coat the tongue. A nice lasting citrus taste of orange and grapefruit lingers.
Overall, a terrific DIPA! Looks great, smells terrific and tastes awesome. A real winner.

Oct 24, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

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

Pours bright gold/light amber. A finger of white foam, reducing to a ring that chases the liquid down in heavy lacing. Smell is tart citrus. Lime, orange, bitter hop, malt. Taste follows suit. Tropical fruit. Citrus, dank hop, bitterness. Feel is full and velvety but still crisp and refreshing. Excellent WCIPA. Would enjoy again. Often.

Aug 01, 2021
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Limazulu from Idaho

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

A-bright gold, modest haze, nice smooth foam with retention
S-powerful shot out of the can - as west coast as a hazy can get
T-like a nice herb garden malt smoothie. No tropical fruits here... all dank herbs. Above average bitter, below average sweet
M-Medium body but unique sticky smooth texture. Below avg carbonation.
O-Wished that I had picked up more than one while I was in Western Washington

Jul 17, 2021
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bitterandstout from Oregon

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

Look: Dark golden pour two finger head in a Teku.
Smell: nose is full of citrus, pine and herbs. Fairly dank.
Taste: follows nose, with orange and more dank herbal notes and the taste of conifers. This is a complex flavour.
Feel: Mouth feel is good, low carbonation. flavour stays on the palate forever.
This is what an Imperial should be. Love the lupulin!

Jun 09, 2021
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/23/21 poured into a Teku on 3/20/21.

2" of white, fluffy head. Golden translucent color.

Strong tropical fruit aromas with citrus and herbal dankness. Smells more like cannabis as it warms.

Flavors follow the nose with some drying and a bitter, resinous finish. Tastes more like cannabis as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky with low effervescence.

A delicious Imperial IPA with assertive hop aromas and flavors. Good amount of dying and bittering and nice, sticky mouthfeel. Very weedy.

Apr 04, 2021
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IPAJoeOregon from Oregon

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

Incredible explosion of dry hops, hops, citrus, and pine all infused.

This is a very complex beer so have a lighter fluffier beer beforehand if your gonna have more than one.

The flavours are deep rich and intense with notes of pine citrus and a nice dry hop bite.

Love this beer anytime of year! But especially during a cold snap, or in contrast a hot dry summer day! It fits both moods so equally that a comparison would do disservice to each! It handles differently in heat than in cold.

Just have a glass of water if in the heat! Rich flavorful and beautiful!

Feb 26, 2021
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HappyBeers from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden yellow, with a nice, thick off-white head, this guy looked good in my glass. Nice head retention. Super hop forward, sweet and malty, with a sharp citrus kick. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, and indeed a little sticky! I thought this was really well balanced, and a really great representation of an IPA.

Jan 11, 2021
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to get my hands on this - viewed from afar it sounds like the PNW version of Heady.

Drank straight from the can. No visual

Resin, pine, pakalolo, grapefruit, guava. Leafy green, earthy.

Chewy, sticky (!), coats the mouth but not overwhelming. Big IPA with a hop punch. Awesomely bitter with a sharp citrus kick.

Oct 23, 2020
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my 2nd child for bringing this back to me on his trip to the left coast.
Somewhat sticky and robust hop aroma. Mix with fruit, grass and resin. A little pushing of limits getting to the odd excess that hops can get, but that is not overwhelming.
Only slightly cloudy golden body capped with a dense white head.
Robust hop flavors, with a slight edge of excess. Pretty intense bitterness lays itself down and also helps dry out the finish. A little fruit, with much more grass, herbal weediness and resin.
Feel is thin side of moderate but a heavier sticky quality is nice. Seems to feel and drink bigger than 8.1%. A smoothing tight carbonation helps the feel quite a bit as well.
This is fun and interesting, but I think the hopping is a little bit of a mess, lacking in some clarity and definition in flavors.

Sep 08, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

draught
This is a double dry hopped version of this ale. Very dense dry white head. Slightly murky medium orange with some golden highlights. Lush aroma of candied, caramelized mandarin orange peel with just a whiff of pine. Sharp mandarin orange peel flavor & finish as well.

Aug 20, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

That is a really well executed DIPA. Goes down so quickly, nice resin and pine along with a solid citrus and floral frontend, moderate caramel backbone. Very balanced!

Jul 31, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-gold, good amount of head. Pine and citrus, grapefruit and lemon, resinous hop bitterness, dank. Smooth and full on the palate, frothy, slightly drying. Overall very good, well-balanced, a nice buzz. Recommended

Jul 14, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.

Jul 09, 2020
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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,
$3.49
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 smoothy....mango, 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
Sticky Hands from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 511 ratings