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Shoegaze | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Distorted farmhouse pale ale

Added by JMS1512 on 05-02-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,129
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
121
pDev:
7.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, earthiness, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and bitterness. Tastes of yeast, earthiness, sweet malt, alcohol, slight grass, hint of pale malt, hint of pine, and slight citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and feel, but good blend.

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Photo of flek
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frykid
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I picked up a can of Stillwater's Shoegaze for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Stillwater and I'm interested to see how this one turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16oz pint can into a teku.

A- The can looks good, but it's confusing to figure out the name and the style, it's pretty eye catching though. It poured a hazy and slightly cloudy golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light and it had almost three fingers wroth of fluffy and slightly fizzy off white head that down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I just wish it was easier to see the name and the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice funky yeast aromas with some barnyard, wet straw and light horse blanket like aromas coming through and that leads into the hops which impart a nice fruity aromas with some citrus hops and light tropical fruit aromas with just a little bit of floral and green hops showing up in the background. Towards the end there's a little bit of stone fruit aromas with some malts which are pretty light and just impart some sweet malt, pale ale and bready aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it could have just a little better balance, but the hop profile was pretty nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up, but it's lighter and not as funky this time and that goes into the hops which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the fruity hops still sticking out the most, but this time more green hops show up. Up next comes a light stone fruit like flavor and that leads into the malts which show up just about as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's just a little tartness that goes into a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little and it had a fruity, hoppy and slightly funky aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, all the flavors come together nicely, but I wish it had a little less bitterness and just a little more tartness.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, slightly crisp, not overly sour, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but i wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for in the style and all the flavors and aromas worked well together. This beer had nice drinkability, I think one is perfect amount for me, the bitterness might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile, its good and it works nicely with this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the balance on the finish, I wish it had a little more tartness with a little less bitterness. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good funky and slightly tart Pale Ale and I would recommend to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer and I liked how well the fruity hop flavors were showcased. It;s one of the better Stillwater beers I've had and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty beer that's a little unique.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VinumSabbathi
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this one consistently for awhile now, it's very good!

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Photo of citizencane
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky yellow into glass with faint head that leaves a bit of lingering foam. Minimal lacing. Smell is sour and hops. Taste is funky sour and hops, but more pronounced. Feels a touch dry for the style. Not bad, but nothing great. Ended up being a drain pour because there were other tried and true beers I wanted to get to today.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a lacy patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The beer has light flavors of orange and lemon citrus along with underlying notes of grainy malts and hints of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: With the citrusy aromas and flavors, this beer seems to be somewhat like a hybrid between a saison and an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

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Photo of golf4collet
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color with big fluffy white head, a few big blobs of lace stick. Smell: tangerine, pear, pineapple note, fairly peppery, sugary stone fruit, straw, wheat cracker, mild herbal character. Taste: tangerine, pear, pepper, pineapple juice, cereal grains and wheat cracker, peach candy, spicy and herbal hop lingers through the drying finish along with fleeting notes of lime and green apple. Medium bodied with pillowy carbonation. Full-on kitchen sinking it, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerHawkeye
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LauraJCreech
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bryantan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/31/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus zest, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus zest, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and mild herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus zest, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no lingering hop/yeast astringency. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Awesome mix of seamlessly integrated hop/yeast complexity; nice pale/wheat malt backing, with no residual sweetness. Perfectly balanced all around flavors. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Shoegaze from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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