The Cloud | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

The CloudThe Cloud
BA SCORE
77.5%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 71 ratings
The CloudThe Cloud
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Absurd amount (5# per BBL) of new school German hops Manderina Bavaria & Huell Mellon are accented with Mosaic & Centennial. Providing aromas of melon, tropical fruit and fresh cut grass, riding along with distinct noble bitterness upon a foundation of oats and lactose.

Added by kell50 on 03-29-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,451
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
71
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
7.25%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by DanGeo:
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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of JW_WNC
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow, but so hazy you can't see through it. There's a fingernail of off white on top. The aroma is of citrus and mosaic hops. I'm tasting citrus and mosaic hops with some light malt at the back of the palate. The mouth provides a nice deep hop burn and is otherwise lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon, Mandarina Bavaria, and Mosaic hops, oats and lactose...

Pale gold and hazy body under a white foam top and slimmed to a persistent fuzzy cap... Aromas were grassy, fruity, and floral, followed by a mildly bitter, lightly sweet, and amply carbonated beer bringing delicate pale fruits, bright floral, herbal, and grassy notes, much as predicted by the nose. Smooth and easy drinking, very nice feel... Good but not exceptional... 6/27/17 canning.

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Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

American IPA brewed with oats and lactose sugar. Poured from a can into a Woodburn tulip. The pour is very hazy, but not what I would call cloudy, and a rough pour produces 2 fingers of rocky white head with average retention. On the nose I get fresh toast with lemon curd and grapefruit.

Medium-light body with a delicate feel and a light, crisp, hoppy flavor. Follows the nose with a light malty kiss up front followed by a pleasant array of citrus fruit. Lemons and grapefruit are the key players here, but there's also a musty, chalky note that I don't care for. The lactose seems to balance it out and makes for a gentle IPA with no abrasive bitterness.

Overall, a good IPA with nice flavors, but I like 'em just a bit more punishing than this. They don't have to be palate-wreckers, but they do need to remind me that I'm drinking an IPA.

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

Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter. It has a golden haze color with a fluffy 2 finger white head that quickly fades and leaves minimal lacing on my glass. Aroma is grassy, floral, with plenty of citrus zest and rind. There is a bitterness to the citrus flavor that reminds me of lemon, orange, and grapefruit rind. It also has a non distinctive, light tropical flavor, but ends on a bitter note. Medium light feel that is soft, yet finishes quite dry. Pretty solid IPA, but at a higher price.

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Photo of Stockatron
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy bright medium apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate golden yellow + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, tropical/melon, and grassy hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a light to moderate aroma of lactose sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, tropical/melon, and grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving lingering hops flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light amount of smoothness towards the middle and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. The oats and lactose smooth out the mouthfeel and contribute a touch of sweetness to this IPA which is interesting in the use of new school German hops and American hops.

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Photo of baklo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justintcoons
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Appearance
Hazy, cloudy pale blonde. 1 finger of loose white head.

Nose
Pine, SweeTarts, orange pith, and honey.

Taste
Pine needle, onion, grapefruit pith, and orange zest. Crushed SweeTarts. Light honey maltiness that dries out quickly.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, silky, dry, and heavily bitter for the NE IPA style. Heavy carbonation.

Overall
Too dry and bitter for the New England style if that's what they're going for...

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two finger fizzy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango, pineapple and light piney hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lactose sweetness and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Solid IPA. The flavors are nice and bright with a good piney hop bite.

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Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pounder can poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with about an inch of head! Lacing is present with good retention!

Smell: Aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and a malty sweetness!

Taste: Taste is pretty much following the nose for me! Touch of grass and some lactose sweetness present as well!

Feel: Medium bodied!

Overall: Pretty solid IPA here! Glad I was able to grab a can of this to try! I would revisit this one next year when it comes around again!

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Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Cloud from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 71 ratings
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