Shoegaze | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

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.

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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy straw blonde. Small head.

Lemon, wheat, peppercorn, and potpourri.

Lemon, wheat, and crackery malts. Potpourri and pink peppercorn.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry.

This speaks Summer Saison. Fairly light, crisp, lemony, and spicy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of veroniclesofnarnia
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy strawish lemon color. White head, dissipates faster than a billowing belgian style (so more pale ale there).

Lemony citrus notes and haystacks balance each other out. To compare to other Stillwater, it sort of smells like a less pronounced Stateside Saison but not in a negative way, just less intense and less musty.

Flavors are consistent with the nose-- lemon and haystacks. Nice and balanced, no perceived alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is bone-dry, refreshing, clean. Carbonation is perfect with the flavor profile. I'd put it at medium, medium-light.

Overall great beer, again to use other Stillwater as a point of reference it's between Stateside and Extra Dry, a perfect happy medium I'd say. Has a lot of elements of a well-balanced Champagne, and I would definitely pair it with buttery biscuits, fried chicken, or creamy cheese plates like I would a Champagne.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottom of can says BBE APR 2018.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient, sudsy lacing slides down the glass.

S- Nice Saison yeast characteristic that mingles with the hops in an inviting way. Notes of bubblegum, papaya and a little spice.

T- A little sweet in the front with the rich yeast characteristic coming through and then there's some piney bitterness on the back end. The hops and yeast eventually come together as its own cohesive flavor which work well on top of the soft body.

M- As said, soft but with a moderate hop bite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is (dare I say it?) crushable with plenty of character and flavor to keep me coming back for more. Well done.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem); this has a best-before date of April 2018, with an unclear dating code which would seem to suggest a packaging date of April 20, 2017 (“BBE APR 2018 20 14:30”). If that’s the case, that would make this beer fifteen days old at the time of consumption—just over two weeks. It’s been chilled over 24 hrs prior to consumption, and rolled gently to mix it up a bit.

Appearance (3.5): This pours out three solid fingers of very active, bone-white head composed of big, fat, erupting bubbles and some whipped foam on the side. It caps a glowing, light orange-tan body that’s quite hazy and pretty. Not much lacing to be seen as the head recedes, but it was very pretty at the outset.

Smell (4.25): Fresh aromas of orange zest, macerated kumquat, a bit of limeade and fresh cut grass, and the sort of musky funk of passionfruit come out nicely right away. Lots of dusty hay and floury, starchy, cracked grains, along with oyster crackers, white pain de campagne crust, and a bit of sourdough. I think there are some orchard fruit phenols coming off of the yeast strain, as well, with a touch of apricot, ripe pink apple flesh, and Bosc pear. I’m really digging it.

Taste (4.25): Right at the outset, some of the fruity dry-hopping makes itself clear: kumquat flesh, some lime pith, sweet orange zest, and grassy bitterness for days (while falling well short of astringent). After that, the yeast strain really comes out more: green grape skins, crushed grape seed, a bit of Bosc pear flesh, and underripe nectarine mix and mingle with soft wheat boule, unsalted oyster crackers, and uncooked rolled oats. Right now, this is striking a wonderful balance between yeast phenols, malt, and dry-hopping. As the drink goes on, it opens up a bit and the interplay between sweet fruit tones and dry, grainy malt comes forward, while the pithy bitterness of the hops and the funky yeast phenols settle in toward the back of the palate. The finish is dry, with a pleasant, soft, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This is dry, swishy, and effervescent, with a medium-light body that’s extremely soft and fluffy, but dry at the same time. The carbonation is extremely fine-grained, fluffy, and evenly distributed all over the palate; it spreads with a soft, foamy feel before expanding with a great, fluffy, silky body that washes out smoothly. Hachi machi, this is damn near perfect for a farmhouse pale ale.

Overall (4.5): This beer is outstanding, I think. It’s a bit odd, in my opinion, in that it’s somewhat lackluster in its appearance (still better than average, but still), and harbors a lot of subtlety in the balance of aromas and flavors that play out in the glass—and yet, the overall effect is a drinking experience that’s easy, multi-layered, and deeply satisfying. Like, it’s soft and full and light and dry and fluffy and grassy and citrusy and bready but not TOO much of any one of these things. It is, however, extremely well-rounded, and very, very well executed. Great job, Stillwater. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Giantsquid
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Stopper18tb
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed honey color with a thumb of beige colored head. Head drops off rapidly, zero head retention & lacing

S: Bready, a lit bit of pear,

T: Follows the nose, some white grape & green melon, plus dryness up front. a little pomelo. Dryness, a little pink grapefruit, & pears as this warms, a little bit of mushroom/dirt too. Finishes dry with a little pomelo, & faint yeast bite

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, a decent Americanized take on the style

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dflo32
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau wheat glass.

Look is a hazy deep orange with little a frothy head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin residue.

Aroma is funky and malty.

Taste is more of that slight farmhouse wet straw funk with an herbal hop note.

Nice light sipper.

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

Photo of varian7
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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