Superhop IPA | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Superhop IPASuperhop IPA
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Superhop IPASuperhop IPA

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This was originally an exclusive beer for Japan’s largest department store Isetan. Despite the tropical aromas, this beer possesses no fruit - only hops!

Added by dar482 on 04-03-2016

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) rambles & rumbles on with some selections from Stillwater Artisanal Ales today. It will be a strange admixture of styles, types & flavors, but variety is the spice of life. It should be interesting.

From the CAN: "Neo-Tropic India Pale Ale".

I was kinda mesmerized by the pattern on the CAN, but I managed to snap out of it & Crack! open the vent. It was a 16-fl. oz. Pint CAN so I employed a slow, gentle Glug so as not to create a mess. Once sufficiently deCANted, an in-glass swirl raised just undr two fingers of fluffy, foamy, bone-white head that slowly fizzled its way into wisps, but left nice lacing behind as a reminder. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like tropical fruit salad, very sweet, but not very bitter. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intersting in that while it was still very tropical fruity, it was not as intense as it had been on the nose. Instead, it also had a cool mintiness, almost like spearmint, making it cool and dry as well as fruity. Finish remained fruity, cool & dry. It was the cool mintiness that saved the day, IMHO. There really was not much bitterness, which is a hallmark of the style, so the mintiness at least partially offset the fruitiness.

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Photo of zknight
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Hazy gold, with a half-finger of white head that dissipates quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, melon, and dank. Some stone fruits and a bit grassy. A light amount of biscuity malts in the background, and lesser notes of citrus and pith. Overall fruit-forward for sure.

T: Melons, tropical fruits, and dank. Kumquat, pineapple, and peach. Mild biscuit malts. Clementine citrus fruitiness and some pith bitterness at the swallow accompanies some more dank hops.

M: Average body, carbonation sensation towards the low side. Alcohol presence is low.

O: A pretty tasty beer, and a nice balance of fruity and dank. A solid hoppy canned offering for sure.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tarik-the-magnificent
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can

For a beer called Super Hop, I was really expecting a lot more hops. We get some hops in giving this beer a light citrusy backbone, but there just aren't enough hops here. I don't know what Neo-Tropic IPA is supposed to mean, but whatever this beer is supposed to convey - it needs more of it.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulytasker
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justinprintz
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stillwater Artisanal "Stillwater Super Hop"
1 Pint can, "BBE 22NOV18 PKG 22 NOV17 13:11"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hazy golden body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam. Grainy and lightly citrusy aroma with some mild pineapple. It's not bold, I thought it would be much fuller, but it's OK. My guess at the hops at this point would be citra, but I'm sure there's probably something else in there as well. Again, it's not bold so it's hard to tell exactly what you're smelling. On to the flavor... as expected, it follows the aroma. It's a little yeasty and earthy, and the grainy, bready malt remains. It's lightly sweet but a very firm bitterness backs it. Orange is coming out more in the flavor. I'm thinking now there might be some Belma hops in there as well with a little bit of strawberry coming through, and perhaps mango, but in any case I have to say again, it's really not that bold, especially for a beer labeled "Super Hop". Now I'm wondering what the yeast is. It seems pretty clean, and I guess that makes sense as you don't want to intrude on the hops in a beer called "Super Hop". Medium-light in body and crisp. Overall I'm far from impressed. It's OK, but there's a lot of OK beer out there, and seeing as how this one's labeled with Swedish and mostly likely being shipped over there I find that kind of disappointing. On the other hand, Scandinavia is behind the U.S. in terms of stretching the limits of beer and so this would make sense. But if you're brewing a milder hoppy beer with the main intent of shipping it overseas and then also selling it in the U.S. at the same time there's something a little bit wonky about that. Not worth it in my opinion, but as I said earlier, it's still OK.

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Photo of Hos
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micropale
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi clear yellow, with thick, white head.

Smell is citrusy with some pine. A bit tame...

Taste is earthy with nice, crisp citrus and a mild bitterness. Again, a bit tame...

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, refreshing IPA, but I was hoping for something a bit bigger.

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Photo of Buffettman2018
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow- date code says best by 15 AUG 18, packaged 15 AUG 17. Pretty optimistic I would say.
16 oz can into tapered pint.
Hazy with medium head.
Initial smell of strong pineapple, but disappears rather fast to a malt smell. Probably due to the age of can.
Juice for .4 seconds, fades to malt and bitter hop.
Mouth-feel is pretty light for the haze and the fruit. Carbonation a little high.
Besides the crazy implied shelf life the can says "Neo-Tropic India Pale Ale". Is this a snub at the controversial NEPIA style? This thing says NEPIA all over the glass I poured it in.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a hint of fog to it. Head formation is one finger in height and white in color. Head retention is alright, with a few strands of lacing left behind. Aroma is papaya, mango, citrus sugar, and light and flaky biscuit malts. Flavor profile is a breadth of tropical citrus notes, including papaya, mango, tangerine, and passion fruit. While the aroma is a sugary sweet quality to it, the flavor profile is more balanced out with malts. Biscuit malts make up the malty base. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a smooth, velvety-crisp feel. It feels quite refreshing, with a little more body than a summer-crusher IPA. Overall, a nice IPA with good traits in all categories. It's highly refreshing and tasty.

Poured into a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of ordybill
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mild hops. has a medicinal taste.

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Superhop IPA from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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