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Mainstream Pop Song | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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3.94/5
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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mainstream Pop Song is a Double IPA brewed with Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,426
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
58
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by DamienArk:
Photo of DamienArk
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am really coming to embrace Stillwater Artisanal Ales in the same way that I have with Evil Twin Brewing. I am really happy that both are releasing lots of widely available CANs for The CANQuest (tm) & I will CANtinue to support them as long as they do so.

From the CAN: "Please Recycle - The Major Labels Do." Mainstream Pop Song is a double IPA brewed with Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.

Ooh, a nice follow-up to the previous multi-hopped DIPA from these guys! I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of fizzy, foamy, Eggshell-White head with moderate retention that left a load of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with (perhaps generous) NE-quality clarity. I debated on calling it "oh-so-slightly hazy), but it may have been a chill haze that was clarifying as it warmed. The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus agreed with my assessment & ran in from the living room, where they were watching the Tour de France on TV, for a sip. The nose was, to steal from @BEERchitecht, "succulent"! Man, it was fruit and juicy in all new & different ways. Loads of tropical fruits, natch, but also citrus, peach, apricot, some pine and even a biscuit maltiness. 8=O

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Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a firm, one finger head; splashy shards of lacing linger

Smell: Rather malty, smelling like a bag of malt in the brewhouse; hard to detect much in the way of hops here

Taste: Starts out rather malty, as well, with a hint of caramel and toasted bread; bitter, tea-like hops emerge, through the middle, with a rather herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This can just arrived in the market so it is not a question of freshness - I just thing something went wrong with this batch as I would never have pegged this for an NE IPA

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Photo of Gavilan
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Banking on a flash in the pan, a fad, a memory of the girl you saw at the mall when you were 15 years old; Stilwater's IPA brands their New England styled IPA after something that's exciting but temporary. ...just like a mainstream pop song.

Following the trends set by those upper north east brewers, the beer of that name, Mainstream Pop Song plays a fruity and herbal tune to the nose that churns out radiant and succulent scents of tropical, orchard and melon fruits. Underneath, its appearance is honey amber and dotted with a snow globe of haze and particulates. Flavors hit the tongue with honey, caramel and an overall jammy quality.

A gradual fade of sweetness brings the beer to a middle palate of fruit and fauna. Mango, papaya, bruised peach and pineapple lead into an apricot and tar-like sweetness that's somewhat lumbered but exotic. Sweetness lifts and a bitter finish ensues with the taste of lemon verbena, tea, tobacco and peppercorn.

Sweet and slightly creamy, the smooth bitterness of the beer is also laced with a piquant herbal quality that's a slight distraction from the beer's elegance but offsets the sweet fruitiness at the same time. A trail of bruised fruit and citrusy spice lingers into a medium length aftertaste and a minty cooling sensation for resolve.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice hazy yellow/orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit), piney. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of melon and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of cantaloupe melon with orange citrus and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a nice balance of melon and citrusy flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Can from Dad, thanks for the hookup!
Hazy grapefruit lemon color with a bubbly white head that slowly recedes. The aroma is citrusy grapefruit and butterscotch. The flavor follows the aroma and is a bit rough. I'm not sure why breweries are trusting Dorchester "Brewing" to make their beer, from what I've tasted they have serious process issues.

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Photo of grover37
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty bad, avoid.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and a light amount of medium yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of tropical/melon, citrus/orange zest, pine, and citrus/orange hops over the top of slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pale + caramel + lightly toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pale + caramel + lightly toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/cantaloupe, tropical/melon, citrus/orange zest, pine, and citrus/orange hops which impart a just shy of moderate amounts of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: More of a sipper than an easy drinker but still enjoyable - the combination of melon + orange hop flavors and aromas is quite interesting.

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Photo of jroof1
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bennyman12
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA in a long while. Like w adversus, this brings East coast style flavor without the deep haze (some coagulation near the end of the can pour tho). Fresh fresh hop aroma and taste. No bubble gum like creeps up in even the best of them or other off flavors. Great balance of fruitiness and bitterness. Can't place the hop blend...It's a mainstream pop song--what's not to love?!?

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Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 8% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Nicely soft feel, and not aggressive. Spot on Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra hop showcase. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Medium-deep orange-gold and opaque, with a finger-plus of white foam on top... Orange and melon seem to be the dominant fruit impressions here, with a supporting cast of supportive tropical and citrus flavors like grapefruit, lime, and mango... Moderately sweet and mildly bitter, with a solid malt body... Smooth and medium-weight but with a little chew to it... A very nice, fruit-forward DIPA entry from Stillwater... No canning date, but based on their Instagram page this was probably a 7/3/18 can release...

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Photo of OldeGolde
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juicy hoppy thick n delicious! The look was a little on the clear side for the genre, PLENTY of sediment flying around though. Smell was not as strong as taste. Lost point on the look for me, but this was over all a pretty solid and fun one. Comes crashin' thru yr speakerz w/lame auto-tuned caramel guava pine.

Roommate Mike's QUICK SIP: "full-bodied fruit bubbles"

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Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ummswimmin
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mainstream Pop Song from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 58 ratings