Shoegaze | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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4.02/5
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
137
pDev:
7.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
Gots:
33
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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tarik-the-magnificent
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gemini6
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Baumli
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of anomalousclouds
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Interesting and elegant aroma with notes of chamomile, lemongrass, lychees, pine, honey, orange drops, some rounded sourness, pineapple juice, powder milk and a bit of white pepper.
Flavor with notes of lemon and pineapple sourness, chamomile, lemongrass, lychees, herbal hops, Saison yeast, spices, green wine, green apple, candi sugar, pears, oats, white pepper and powder milk. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and lingering mild sourness acidity.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Good citrusy and herbal Saison with elegant notes and great complexity; I could go on and on. Funkiness under leash. Saison towards new England.

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Photo of Buffettman2018
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JKasten988
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours hazy yellow with a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: There are some fruit aromas that include a bit of lemon and tropical fruits. It also has a candy like note. There are low earthy elements in the background with very low grainy sweetness and grapefruit.

Taste: There are a lot of fruit and sweet flavors. It has a definitive candy like quality with lemon and grapefruit. There are earthy elements that are in the background with slight tartness.

Feel: It has a creamy texture and a moderate body. The aftertaste is a mix of sweetness and slight tart.

Overall, a very different beer with sweet candy like qualities and lots of citrus fruit flavors.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy, citrus, piney pale ale. Nicely balanced. Little farmhouse funk on the back end though, which sounds weird, but it works. It is nicely layered and balanced throughout. And very drinkable.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sb17
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Shoegaze from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 137 ratings