Gnam Gnam
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,533
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #23,635
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.35%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
38
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Brewed with Mango, Lemongrass & Chili.
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Reviews by Wheelz77:
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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) rolls on in high gear in CANticipation of tomorrow's New Beer Sunday action! In the interim, I am CANtinuing my foray into Stillwater territory Gnam Gnam-stylee. I am breaking out my old Gnip Gnop game while my squeeze dons her best gingham dress for the ocCANsion. She is a ginger, BTW. This evening's review brought to you by the letter "G", G, yo & the number 6 'cause it looks like a G. Gee. Doll, change into a G-string! Gee whiz, GEN Woody, I was going to until I heard a gong! Get going!

From the CAN: "Double India Pale Ale brewed with Mango, Lemongrass and Chili".

Things are rather hectic here at GEN Woody HQ, so I Crack!ed open the CAN & performed a quick Glug into the awaiting glass since time seems to be of the essence. A follow-up in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with low retention. No lacing, no wisps, no nuthin'! Bye! Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like dinner at a Thai restaurant - mango tea, lemongrass with the main course & chili peppers on the side. I kid you not - they were all easily discernible on the nose! The spiciness of the chili threatened to overtake everything else, however & with age, I have no doubt that it would. In the interim, the mango & lemongrass commingled nicely to fend off the chili. Mouthfeel was medium, light for the style. The taste began as so many Eastern dishes do - a pleasant admixture of lemongrass and mango to cleanse the palate & then … WHAM, chilis of some stripe come crashing in, lighting everything on fire. I will readily cop to being a wuss. If I marginally like Tarts & openly dislike Sours, then Heat really does not do it for me. That said, this had a beautiful hot-sweet finish that was unique in my exbeerience. Yeah, I was sweating, but was it the chili, the ambient heat & humidity, a CANbination thereof or something else? I only wish that the price point were a tad lower so that I could take some CANs to any of our local Eastern BYOB restaurants to revisit. As a DIPA, it was less hoppy than spicy, but it was definitely dry on the finish. It would make for a nice acCANpaniment to an Oriental meal. YMMV.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Speigalau ipa glass

A lively apricot color with white haze and amber hues. An all white, chunky, bubbly foamy top, very high, very bubbly.

The aroma has peppery citrus hops, cut mango slices, zesty lemmongrass, light wheat malt and tropical effects in the nose. Very nice.

A zesty layer of peppery herbs and wheat, tangy citrus, light mango and melon effects in the flavor right off. The hops give mostly earthy-dry tones, the adjunct combo really brings it over the top, the lemmongrass plays on the light, crisp zesty effect, toned up by the peppers, mango keeps it grounded in the tropical style fruitiness. Citrus and black pepper splashes throughout.

The feel is actually very light bodied for an 8% abv, DIPA enhanced by interesting adjuncts. Crips, zippt, dry, light with an extra light-dry finish.

I really enjoy the overall vibe of this stuff. The adjunct additions really blend perfectly with this style, the hops and the overall expereince. Zesty, peppery and earthy overtones are highly enjoyable aspects in the Ipa and or Dipa.

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Photo of pkalix
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroof1
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a big three finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, lemon, mango and a hint of hot pepper. Flavor is pale malt, citrus hops, lemon and lime, light tropical fruit and chili pepper, which increases to moderate heat into the finish, which is lemon citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The chili is most interesting aspect of this otherwise fairly straightforward lemon citrus ale. The lemongrass pulls the citrus flavors all the way into fresh lemon territory, leaving the mango as a vague tropical fruit note. I'm not sure I'd be all that excited by this except the chili does give it character and is at a level that ends each sip with a distinct chili bite, but at a good level. Reminiscent of Asian marinades of citrus and chili. Interesting but not remarkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phooky
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy mangoes, melon, lemongrass, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, Thai chilies, citrus zest, wheat, white bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, mango, lemongrass/chili, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big juicy mangoes, melon, lemongrass, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, Thai chilies, citrus zest, wheat, white bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy/zesty bitterness, chili pepper spiciness, and mango tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of Taste of big juicy mangoes, melon, lemongrass, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, Thai chilies, citrus zest, wheat, white bread, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, mango, lemongrass/chili, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Mildly increasing chili heat through the glass, but not overwhelming. Overall this is a very nice spiced DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, mango, lemongrass/chili, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. Nicely balanced juicy hops, mangoes, and earthy chili/lemongrass spice; nice bready malt backbone, not overly sweet/heavy feeling. Feels kind of oriental or something. Unique, but delicious. The chilies are well restrained. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whether outsourced to MA from MD, Still water still rocks in their formulations; so pleased to be 5th review of GNAM found at WFM Red Bank NJ.
a) Cloud golden haze sporting short lived, lively head that laces only a bit.
S) Melon and mango salad on a peppery, pine bed.
T) Follows smell with more complex profile, a see saw battle of sweet orange flesh fruit (papaya, mango, melon) with spritely, bitter piney hops and Chile.
F) Wine like, drying, balanced, tickle feel, clean finish, mostly a melon ball with drying Spiced, peppery end.
O) As promised a great DIPA unlike run of the mill. Original, great, best use of Chile.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a tasty beer, a big ipa with mango, lemongrass, and chili, but i see no reason for the pepper, its warming heat in the finish and very little flavor. its not too hot or anything, but in the absence of that fresh vegetal and citrus pepper flavor, the heat seems sort of out of place to me, like a contaminant in an otherwise expert ipa. when i first pour the beer its golden and clear and frothy, but its too cold to really smell or taste the additives all that robustly. instead, its just hoppy, mosaic and citra sort of complexion but a little muted and a touch sweet like honey. when it comes up to temperature, you can really taste the lemongrass. its aromatic and fresh, and the mango is nice with it, natural tasting, both very compatible with the hops and with the little bit of sweetness that stays in here. the warming part from the chili starts at the same moment that the bitterness begins from the hops, so a mellow and tropical complexion turns into something rather intense to finish, a really weird sensation. i like the beer overall, but i think it would be even better without the chili pepper in it...

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Photo of yaksurf
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RDW
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really dig the can art from this brewer, and this IPA ain't bad either...

Out of the can this pours a very unique IPA as there is some thick items that float within the drink itself. It is almost mesmerizing to watch it float and waver around in the liquid. The smell is what you would expect from your IPAs today - citrusy, sweet, and with a good background of hops - this did not disappoint. Mouthfeel is light- to medium-bodied with a light hint of astringent-ness across the tongue. The taste was mostly hoppy with the citrus flavoring making the overall experience a bit more bitter than I prefer, but still solid, again, all-around.

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Photo of baklo
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gnam Gnam from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 38 ratings