Shoegaze | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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82 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours with a soapy and fizzy, quickly dissipating white head, and a cloudy (but nowhere near opaque) pale yellow body.
S: has an enormous, NEIPA fruit bouquet right off, strong notes of pine and citrus with some definite astringent sharp notes, leaning toward grassy and some melon aromas with a definite sweetness, curiously though, I get no funk, no spice and no pepper. Also get some spruce tips here.
T: the pepper is definitely here, not overbearing mind you, just noting this since it is absent in the nose. Definite lemon notes and a subtle, not overbearing bitterness and some touches of brine
M: very full bodied, almost too much so for a beer in the farmhouse family
O: An interesting idea, but I don't think the Farmhouse aspect of this beer is managed with enough intention, grace and finesse. The beer feels like two separate ideas that aren't gelling very well. Don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable enough beer, but it is definitely not a great beer. It stops shy in the hops department of being as expressive as it could be, and stops short in the yeast department to the same degree, the two competing ideas here don't attain a good balance.

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

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stopper18tb
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DemoniChris
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lukass
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Giantsquid
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/30/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw color and has bubbles racing upwards; creamy eggshell white head that falls leaving great thick retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some tropical notes along with some yeasts and malts. The aromas are subtle and balanced, but solid. The flavors are extremely clean, crisp and refreshing. Lemon is there along with some fresh grass. Black pepper is there. Hints of pine. Mild hints of banana and bubblegum. Nice sharp bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. This one is really smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice brew. It's basically a "Belgian Pale Ale" or a "Belgian IPA". Once again, it's very clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Perfect for the warmer weather. Very enjoyable stuff. Well done. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of scottspencer
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright hazy gold, simply glowing out of the glass. The head is white, big and foamy at first, but dies away rather quickly. A small ring of large bubbles remains, but no real lacing.

S: Bright, gently tart, and dry, with a background of citrus and tropical. Mild orange and lemon peel, pineapple, and peach with a firm cracker malt backbone. There's some straw and crab apple as well.

T: Bright and floral, and gently fruity upfront. A smooth suggestion of tropical and stone fruits; under ripe pineapple flesh with white peach and a touch of papaya. There's a bit of lemon zest and orange peel floating throughout, as well as honeydew melon and white grape. There's a solid backdrop of cracker malt with some hay. There's barely a hint of clove, but it's not particularly spicy like many saisons. It's vaguely tart, and the finish is slightly dry, with some green apple and straw. It's not too much of anything, though; everything is well-balanced.

F: Medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and lightly dry; extremely drinkable.

O: This is a really refreshing and tasty saison. It feels like there may be some brett in there, and/or fruity hops, but it's so well-balanced, clean and refreshing. I love this.

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

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Shoegaze from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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