Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #63
Ranked #8,425
4.02 | pDev: 10.2%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Notes: Gose Style Session IPA
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VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a Weissbier glass; no readable production info but Batch SWMT2–AG.
A: Pours a bright, hazy, lemon yellow color with exuberant head formation leaving a two inch, chiffon white head with excellent retention but limited long term lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, lime zest, and sea salt predominate with resin and maybe a funky note over time.
T: Dry and tart. Flavors definitely mirror the nose with grapefruit, lime juice, and pith predominating, but sea salt and resin very much in evidence. Light bitterness present and can be teased from mix. Refreshingly tart citrusy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with strong, persistent and at first exuberant carbonation.
O: A nice example of a citrusy Gose. Wish I had more.

Jul 03, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whotta CANQuest (tm) these past few days have turned into! I am unearthing (semi-)forgotten gems & mining them for all that they are wort(h). I really had no idea that I had so many Stillwater beers in abeyance until I really got rolling & now they seem to be coming outta the woodwork. Another Gose! Wow.

From the CAN: "Gose Style Session IPA". Ha! Even I am NOT advocating for that burgeoning style's inclusion anywhere!

I have to admit to being baffled by its CANtents - "Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast". Huh?!? No wheat malt? No salt? Hmm. Well, they brought this hammer upon themselves by even intimating that ii was a Gose! Here Gose. I could not decide how to proceed, so I opted for my usual devil-may-care, caution-to-the-wind style & unleashed a heavy-handed Glug following the Crack! Initially, I was worried that I had overamped as the head came foaming up to form two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention in the face of today's heat & humidity. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose smelled tart & salty, so I wondered where the IPA part was due to come in. Well, once I got my lips unpuckered, I CAN only take a guess and say that the use of grapefruit hops was the CANtributing factor. If so, then it was a case of gilding the lily as it was plenty tart and salty on its own. The hops only added to the intensity, which was not really necessary. Phew! I like Goses & I love AIPAs, but this was not the best of both worlds. This was grapefruit & salt in one big, tart mélange & I am not sure how to feel about it. It was plenty salty, which is the hallmark of a Gose, but all of the grapefruit tartness was lighting a small fire in my tummy's furnace. Finish was dry, very tart, very salty, but it just seemed overdone. Now, to rate to style & NOT to taste …

Jul 01, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a 3 finger, dense, fizzy white head. Retention is above average and there are some soapy chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is straight up lime. Juice, zest and pith. There is some acidic tartness too.

Taste is more diversified. Lime, lemon, orange, and quite a nice punch of tart with the slightest bit of funk.

Feel is light and smooth. Very easy drinking. Carbonation is moderate, but I wish there was a touch more.

Overall this is a very good beer. I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this, but it will definitely be added to my warm weather roatation.

Mar 01, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color with some hints of green hues. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar, and lacy rings of bubbles around the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lime zest and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste is quite tart and has sour flavors of lemon and lime with some hints of saltiness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is light in body, it's very aromatic and flavorful. It's like a hybrid between a gose and a session IPA. This would make for a good beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

Oct 07, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a half inch of frothy eggshell white on top. Moderate lacing. The nose is packed with resinous spruce and pine. I'm tasting spruce, salt, and pale wheat. The mouth is very light, moderately salty, and refreshing.

Aug 20, 2017
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another interesting beer from Stillwater. This is very identifiably a Stillwater beer. The smell is tart fruits, lemon, corn husks. The taste is quite tart with a very mild salinity in the finish. Hops are there but just to compliment, no reason to call this an IPA in any way. Carbonation is prickly. Tasty and easy drinking but a bit over priced. nb

Aug 19, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pure blonde color with 10% haze, big fluffy head diminishing quickly.

Smells like urinal and lemon urinal cake, piss, cleaning hell, it's a men's restroom.

Flavor starts off very Gose-like, with yeast and coriander, sourness, following with a sharp bite of hop, and finally tons of salt. Basically a salt block on the finish. Very sour overall.

Feel is crisp and smooth, clean, best part of this beer.

Overall may be something I don't return to.

Mar 23, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

these guys are really starting to kill it with the wild and sour stuff, this is so good, not way different than a few of their others the heavily dry hopped session wild type, but its in the wheelhouse for them now, and this is pretty darn polished. a little hazy, light orange color, and brilliantly heady, with a lot of white foam and good lacing. the aroma here is fantastic too, juicy tropical hops and some puckery lemony acidity as well. the hops are so juicy here, pineapple and orange and mango come to mind, made to pop with the little bit of briney saltiness in here, a neat feature for sure in a hoppy beer like this one. a tiny bit bitter than any of the others they have done, but it makes sense here. for how low in alcohol this is, it has a lot of character in the mouthfeel too, fluffy from some wheat malt, brightly tangy with a lower ph, and not thin in the least. the flavors meld together really well, and this is one of those sours you could drinking forever without the stomach turning on you. the hops are so fresh and distinctive here, and they have a neat supporting cast of elements as well. juicy and bitter and tart and salty all at once, a really evolved and refined and impressive beer. stoked on this one, and on stillwater more generally right now, dudes are killing it!

Dec 11, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, salt, hint of wheat, yeast, hint of pale malt, hops, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of bacterial funk, salt, hint of wheat, yeast, hint of pale malt, hops, and slight floral notes. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

Oct 07, 2016
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heytomcat from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. Got a nice citrusy, lemon flavor, a fair amount of funky tartness along with the saltiness of the Gose.

Jul 29, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow-green body; hazy, with a sticky, white head. Grassy and herbal smell; lemon. Salty and citric flavors; grapefruit and green apple; tart. Light bodied; acidic; juicy.

A most interesting and quite enjoyable beer: a gose-styled session IPA. And it works! Light and refreshing with plenty of zip and zing. It would make for an outstanding hot summer day thirst quencher. Very, very nice...

Jun 16, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. I love the sense of humor here. Of COURSE a Gose-style Session IPA will make money. It has ALL the buzzwords!
A: Very pale, slightly hazy, offputting yellow with a hint of head. Urinesque.
S: Yum. Dry, coniferous hops. Slight lactic tang. Hint of funk. Hint of ozone.
T: OK. My expectations were mixed, but gosh DARN that's some good beer. Cold, crisp, lemony sour, classically hoppy (and plenty of it) and somehow sub-5%. I'm really glad there are folks making the point that topnotch beer can be low-proof. A marring touch of the oddly plastic/ozoney scent I caught a whiff of dings the taste score here by a half-point. (Is it possible this is the awful 'dirty sock' characteristic others have gotten from gose that I've always managed to avoid?) Otherwise, this is a juicy, dry-hopped sour.
M: Light and spritely and puckery and full and sweet and sour and sharp and delicious.
O: This was a wonderful experience, with a single off-flavor defect, but still a grand beer. Not worth the price of admission, perhaps, but I knew that going did the name.

Apr 27, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, green apple, berry, light pepper, wheat, cracker, sea salt, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, sea salt, and light bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, green apple, berry, light pepper, wheat, cracker, sea salt, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruit/acidic tartness and light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, green apple, berry, light pepper, wheat, cracker, sea salt, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, sea salt, and light bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity/yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic/saline, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy gose style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, sea salt, and light bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced acidity/salinity. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 23, 2016
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell is lemon peel, pineapple, pine, mint, a hint of dankness, and general funkiness. Taste is tartness up front, citrus, and a gose-like saltiness. Tastes more like a dry-hopped gose than a gose-like IPA. I feel like the mixture of flavors makes this an acquired taste.

Mar 21, 2016
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Phigg1102 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, as pale as I've ever seen a beer, just a touch of straw. thin cap of pure white with moderate lacing. Earthy aroma, plenty of coriander. No hops, slightly doughy malts. something hits the tongue as herbal bitter and goes away right away. Saltiness lasts plenty, great tartness. light bodied and tart. Super dry finish.

Mar 20, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The initial pour was fairly clear as I didn't empty the bottle into my glass. Once I did, however, there was a light white cloudiness suspended in the lightly golden liquid. Nice foamy head lay fairly thickly around the surface near the glass, and a nice island of thin head stayed in the middle.

Nose isn't too strong, but I get an earthy herbal note, a little farmhouse ale-like funk and wood, and then a little watermelon rind, strangely enough. Later on I get more green herbal notes.

The taste hits me up front with a light salty burst, and an indistinct tartness - not quite citric in nature, but along those lines. Presumably this is coming from the hopping like a session IPA, but the taste turns towards the bitter in a way that comes across to me as a little more farmhouse/Saison leaning than IPA. The bitterness leans more earthy and woody in the taste, and there isn't really any funk in there to really seal the deal, though. The ending grows slightly more earthy (almost thinking "dirt-y") until all that's left is a lingering light hint of salty tartness.

The feel is odd, as the earthiness that controls the middle/end of the taste doesn't work so well to me, though the beer is nicely carbonated.

The nose had me wondering, although the opening tastes had it heading the right direction for me. That dirty/earthy middle, however, just wasn't what I was looking for. Truly this seemed like a cross of styles, Gose and Farmhouse Ale, although the beer is touted as a different cross.

Mar 13, 2016
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wallabout from New York

1.4/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Maybe I got a bad bottle or something but this Gose Ipa tastes like vinegar. Strong citrus and a yeasty apple cider vinegar taste that is pure disappointment for what I paid. And with the dollar signs on the label it just adds insult to injury. Least favorite beer I've bought since a momentary lapse of judgement a couple years ago had me grabbing a 6 pack of some pumpkin seasonal ale that was atrocious.

Mar 12, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Using an old-world sour fermentation and a new-world hop regimen, a taste that's stuck somewhere between session IPA and German gose begins to take form.

Stillwater's Moneytree$ is a light straw ale with an arid a wisping white froth. Fruit tartness and citrus hits the nose with the brunt of grapefruit, grape, lemon, apple and berry with the perfume of orange and must drawing the first taste near. Bright with a light bread and wheat underpinning, its sweetness is tame and wafer thin.

Light in profile, the ale certainly doesn't shy away from complexity as the hops unveil their white grapefruit, bitter orange, lemon, gooseberry and melon flavors ahead of the "wild" tang of dried lime, crabapple, white grape and cider. Finishing moderately bitter, yet mostly sour, its the beer's acidity of clean light fruits that gives the beer a refreshing taste throughout.

Robustly carbonation, the beer gets a lift from is supreme effervescence and elevates the sourness to a near-puckering level. Light irons and coppers frame a mineral finish to give the zesty finish a seltzer-like effect. A soft afterglow of burlap and balsa fade into a feathery obscurity.

Mar 07, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is salt/minerals and kind of odd spices/chemicals. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, tropical fruit, salt/minerals, slightly odd spices/a hint of chemicals and a tart finish.

Mar 06, 2016
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Dando274 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Looks a lot like a turbid unfiltered IPA with an opaque pale yellow color. The color is somewhere between lemonade and orange juice. The carbonation is strong with bubbles hanging to the sides of the glass almost like a soda. A small white head fades quickly leaving soapy remnants.

Smells like a fresh IPA at first but the tartness is present and shows up after the hops. The sour combined with hoppiness make this smell a lot like pineapple to me. I love the smell and it is huge for a 4.6% abv beer.

Taste was shocking and immediately struck me as exactly what they were aiming for with a "gose style session IPA". The IPA citrus flavors combine with the gose tartness and salinity to really amplify each other and combine into a big lemon, slight lime, slight grapefruit, and bitter hoppy flavor. The salt comes in at the finish to encourage the next drink but is lighter than most goses. Monetree$ is exceptionally refreshing and has huge flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp from the high carbonation.

Overall I went into this beer with curiosity because of the style blend and it blew me away. This is very easy to drink but has a surprisingly big taste. The label is eye-catching and Stillwater's experiment with style here was a success.

Feb 28, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy pale yellow-gold. Light film of heavily carbonated head and lots of bubbles. Big flavors of tart lemon, a touch of grassiness and some hop bitterness. This beer is so refreshing, acidic and has a nice amount of saltiness. One of the better Beers I have had from Stillwater. Great !

Feb 25, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden yellow. White head.

Odd beer. It's definitely a gose meets IPA.

Earthy and hoppy. Light sourness. Light tartness. Some funk. Grassy and floral. Some bitterness.

Solid and unique.

Feb 20, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Sour, lemons, citrus hops, slightly floral, hints of salt, mouth watering.

T- Fairly slur, but not overwhelming, lemons, some limes, lime rinds, faint saltiness, hints of peppercorns, stightly dank.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A nice blend of a Gose and an IPA. Worth picking up, Stillwater has been brewing some good sours.

Feb 15, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. A gose IPA huh? What a surprise that is...

Deep green yellow, with a light cloudy character but also quite glowing and some clarity. Thin classic carbonation through a very greenish yellow body, matching to a thin bright white, but very small head that dissolves quite quickly.

Hop forward aroma accenting real nice lemon and a tropical to floral note. Hard to pin this one down, but some base cardamom like aromas also come out as well. Hints at chewy sweetness slightly and gives off a good mouthwatering effect. Exotic citrus oils really explode on this beer real nicely.

Radler like body feel on first sip, but also some real peppery and tingly notes. Heavily fruit forward, thick grapefruit and lemon oils with very soda like tight carbonation. Malt depth seems to forego classic chewy wheat body and is pushing definitely hop flavors instead. Real peppery almost pink peppercorn light flavors and popping on the tongue. Flirts with session IPA character, but a touch of salinity does come out on the finish which is a neat play with the accenting pepper quality strangely.

It's a style blur for sure, but a pretty tasty beer. Does manage to leave out some of the classic Gose characters behind in favor of hops. Would love to see more malt depth and chew on this.

Feb 14, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer deserves a review. Light clear yellow with a fast fading white head - nice to look at.

Nose is light citrus, light floral tones and what appears to be light lacto with light hops. All in all it doesn't sound like it smells like much but it's lovely and inviting.

Mouth feel is really wonderful - tart, medium/small bubbles with just a funky, tart, citrus tones that really work. You just want to gulp this low alcohol offering.

Flavor profile is great. Lemons, limes, light but neat funk. This is really a nice drink. Very bright, acidic, fruity, tart and hints of sweet. The more I taste and the more I write the more I'm thinking I should grade this even higher. This is a lovely drinkable beer.

Jan 17, 2016
Moneytree$ from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 152 ratings