Sticky Hands | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
block15.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by Sarlacc83 on 04-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#544
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
421
pDev:
6.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
67
Trade:
4
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Photo of eppie82
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rrock44
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjhumphrey1
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap, love this beer

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Photo of Cwarwick812
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned less than a week ago!
Great warm tan gold color with a bountiful cap of foam. Aroma bursting with hoppy notes. Lots of juicy citrus. Tangerine and clementine with some melon and pineapple notes on the back end. Delicious.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, hazy orange body.

Smell : papaya, pine resin, mild bitter citrus, a hint of cream.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Mild-medium hop bitterness, a hint of sweetness from the malt.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange clear with big fluffy white head. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Sweet honey, toffee, caramel, and earthy pine.
Taste: Sweet honey, orange, toffee, caramel, and earthy pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium full with a lingering bitterness.
Overall: A good west coast IPA from Block 15.

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Photo of Dschamp
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now that I'm fated to become a Pacific Northwest native through osmosis, I guess it only makes sense for me to familiarize myself with the local cuisine. Whereas its name is not whispered about in distant shadows within the international beer community as much as their "old school" predecessors to the south or their popular neighbors on the other end of the continent, Northwest IPA is a distinct style, whose hallmark characteristics closely resembles the West Coast style while being approachable enough to rival the hypebeasts coming out of New England. Or so they claim.

According to an article I read a while ago which interviewed brewers from Fremont, pFriem, Boneyard, Commons, and Block 15, the hallmarks of a Northwest IPA can be narrowed down to: an assertive hops-forward character; hazy and aromatic characteristics expressed through a sturdy malt bill; an emphasis on expressing late-kettle and dry-hops notes; and an overall clean finish despite the aggressive hops and malt bill. The interview also mentioned something about a unique "x-factor" esque characteristic, but I don't remember too much about it.

So basically what I should be looking for is a beer that's generously hopped without giving off a harshly bitter or astringent characteristic; something with a substantial malt backbone which positively contributes to the overall flavor without being sweet; and on top of it all, a beer that's somewhat sessionable due to its clean finish despite these characteristics.

Well color me intrigued.

Sticky Hands meets the above set-out criteria in astounding fashion. Wave after wave of fresh squeezed oranges, ruby grapefruit, light mango, and generous servings of resinous pine form the overall aromatic impression of the brew. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Keeping consistent with the "clean" and "non-astringent" description of the style, the aroma doesn't cling or linger on too long like the earthy, vegetal character you frequently get from hop bombs from the West Coast, or the peppery, oat-like notes that remain with a lot of the beers that model themselves after the Northeast style.

The palate matches the nose wondrously, with the aforementioned citrus cocktail and pine forming the main body, and little reminders that malt comprises the second biggest share of ingredients in beer seep through as brief afterthoughts with each sip. I'd say that the biggest difference between NW vs. NEIPAs so far is its sessionability in terms of flavors; they're both well-vested in the high hop/low bitter business, but where the NE goes for max impact of flavors, NW seems to dial it back to a sensible 6 or 7 and putting emphasis on an impossibly clean finish.

Eponymously sticky medium body, with soft yet lively carbonation. There's a delightful creaminess that coats your tongue with every sip that makes you feel all nice and fuzzy inside -- despite the warm and coziness, no booze burn accompanies this drink in any shape or form. This may just be PNW's best answer to Pliny the Elder in terms of beers that defined the genre.

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that has good retention long after the pour

S- piney and resinous hop aroma with undertones of orange marmalade. Light bready malt

T- flavor opens with orange peel, followed by resinous pine, floral notes and some grassy hops. Mid-palate gives more resin, along with some bready malt. The finish is piney and citrusy before dropping off

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- solid west coast DIPA

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Photo of Noles9585
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kingcorte
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sticky Hands from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 421 ratings