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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mikkel and Brian are two of the world's most unconventional brewers. By designing beers at various breweries around the globe, they have found the freedom to experiment and innovate, resulting in unique beers that often blur the lines of definition. After having met at a festival in Bodegraven, NL the two realized that their first creations both were called Stateside. It was then an obvious decision to make the two recipes into a new product, packed full of piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain.

Added by tbrown4 on 01-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater / Mikkeler Two Gypsies
No apparent freshness dating.

I had an interesting experience with this beer. Upon opening, I started to pour it but was a bit too rough in my approach and brought up too much head. As it didn't seem to want to die down after waiting a bit, I started to pour another glass. The same thing happened but it was more controlled and the head didn't come up quite as large. The first glass was crystal clear, but the second contained yeast and was quite hazy. In tasting them then, I found quite a difference. The clear one was more malt based, and offered floral notes but not much of the sharper mineralish and fruity character that I found in the yeasty version. Additionally, the yeasty version seemed more bitter. How that can be I don't know, but I tried it several times and found it to be so. That said, I combined the two in the hopes of getting a 'standard' mix.

Appearance: It's a hazy golden-orange amber beneath a large head of pillowy off-white. The head dies down slowly, but sadly not as much lacing is left behind as might be expected.

Smell: Floral, sweetish without being candy-ish... just a touch sugary. Some citrus fruit is present. Some red berries as well.

Taste: As is usual, the flavor follows the aroma. There's a bit of yeasty chalkiness to it, and some mineral. The malt is kind of subdued... it's gently candy-ish - softly sweet, and really more grainy than anything else although there is a bit of honey to it. And there is a touch of caramel as well but it's light. The hops are leafy, grassy, and citrusy... perhaps just a slight touch piney as well. Grassy notes seem to be dominant. As to the fruitiness, I think mainly of orange with a bit of apricot, and not juicy pineapple or raspy grapefruit. Some minor, underlying spices just float along almost unnoticed. There's a solid bitterness that balances it and brings it home dry. The yeast really rules the roost here, but it's more of a center point that holds everything together than a main point to be focused upon. Some alcohol is present but it's not out of place. In fact, it's welcome as it adds a spritz of dryness along with the chalky citrus rind and gentle pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body, and quite spritzy at first with a zesty, fine-bubbled seemingly-natural carbonation.

Overall: A ready to drink saison: it's not a full or rich style, in so many ways, but it should convey complexity, and this one is no sloucher. At the same time it should not be over-done, and this one is not. It's fairly well-balanced keeping the malt, hops, spice, bitterness and yeasty fruitiness & mineral character in check and all working together. Worth trying.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops, NYC. Hazy dark orange body with a decent sized white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and spicy; has a Belgian character supplemented by citrus hoppiness. Notes of black pepper and grass.

Flavor is close to the nose; hoppier than expected, with assertive citrus, floral, and grassy notes. Well balanced and blended with yeast flavors and phenols; black pepper and clove; general spiciness. Mildly lingering bitterness in the aftertaste; very moderate sweetness, drying finish.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation giving a little life in the mouth. Lightly creamy. Not bad; pretty interesting effort, hoppier than a traditional saison to be sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot with a massive head that leaves lacing all around the tulip glass

Smell: Musty and fruity, with peppery spice, yeasty phenols and grassy hops

Taste: Yeasty phenols dominate, up front, with bread, caramel and grassy elements developing; very peppery, in the middle, with both pepper and bitter, grassy flavors building into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with buoyant carbonation

Overall: While there are a lot of interesting elements to this beer, they are not necessarily in harmony; I respect it more than I like it, as a consequence

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy/cloudy golden orange with a massive white foam head that stays around and laces the glass nicely

S: Nice subtle mixture of yeast and hops that really sets the tone for the overall beer. A slight spicyness

T: Good malt, hop and yeast balance. The hops have an earthy and spicy tone that really shine through with a very slight bitterness to finish it off.

M: Full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O: A very flavorful and well rounded beer.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a hazy gold with a massive head. Plenty of citrus in the aroma along with some Belgian spice. Light bodied and crisp. Spritzy carbonation. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Spicy Belgian yeast in the finish. Hop dryness. Easy drinking beer, good stuff.

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Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a very dense white head that settles to a 2-inch cap. Aroma consists of resinous orange and grapefruit peel hops, pineapple, peaches, and a rustic farmhouse yeast strain. Very nice, and I'd expect nothing less given it's pedigree. Taste is lacking much of the tropical hop character hinted at in the nose, however, I'm unsure of the age of this bottle. Indeed, this tastes like a past-its-prime DIPA fermented with a Saison yeast strain. Not bad, really, but not at all what I wanted this to be. Perhaps I'll re-visit with a fresher bottle. Mouthfeel is nice, with a crisp, spritzy medium body and good carbonation. Finish is moderately dry, something Stillwater always pulls off well. Overall it's a nice Saison, and I certainly appreciate what those crazy gypsies were going for.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, opaque, yellow-peach coloring with a slight film coating the surface. Aromas are sweet citrus, with lemon and grapefruit in the forefront, with a solid dose of resiny hops on the edges of the nose. Flavors are smooth and tangy, with a more tropical fruit backbone joining the citrus fray, including pineapple and melon highlights. Roasted notes throughout, with a dry-hopped overtone of green grass and basil. The fruit character drives a tangy, sweet, and tart aftertaste, with a slick, slightly bitter and astringent finish. Unique brew.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The little Pepridge Farm-esque story on the side of the bottle made this sound like a hoppy saison, and so I bought it because I love that kind of stuff and this was actually competitively priced when compared to French saisons. Just--fuck--imagine going back to 2007 and telling yourself that by 2012 you'd be happy to find a domestic saison that only cost as much as Fantome! Things have gotten awful these past few years!

Anyhow, I better hold that in. I still got 400 or so days until I turn 30, so it's unseemly of me to sound like a bitter old man.

It wouldn't be unseemly of this beer to smell bitter, though, seeing as its label explicitly promised me resinous hops. Instead, the aroma betrays strong (and very pleasant) nodes of farmhouse yeast, but without much of anything complicating them. No hops, no fruit, no green bottle skunkiness. There's some spice, and it works, but it's not nearly as neat or intense as I had hoped.

Tastes like it smells, only thankfully a bit more complex. The hops are there, though not resinously, and they do a nice job of fronting the spicy yeast which dominates the bulk of the beer, occasionally giving way to light nodes of lemongrass.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours 4 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is a really nice bright orange.

S. Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, earthiness, a little sour, a little funk. Really nice smelling Saison.

T. Yeast, spice, citrus, some sour flavor. I get some hop flavor, but Im not sure I would describe it as piney and resinous as it states on the label. Has lingering hop presence that comes out really far back on the tongue.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Drinks and finsihes pretty dry.

O. Nice Saison. Maybe a touch dryer than I prefer, but definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, deep apricot color with a large, smooth, creamy, foamy, white head. Average retention and some sticky lacing left. Looks the part of a Saison-IPA mix.

S - Definite yeasty funk coming from this beer. Lemony hop aroma along with a whiff of citrus. Touches of apple and other orchard fruit. Yeast aroma is pretty dominate though.

T - Starts with that funky yeast kick leading into a more pronounced lemon zest. Some citrus along with a bit of orchard fruit. Banana ester flavors show up a bit mid sip as well. Subdued spice/pepper flavor along with pine. Finishes with a touch of funk and some more yeast flavors and just slightly bitter.

M - Medium body with a bit below average carbonation for a saison. Fairly smooth.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and a nice spectrum of flavors.

Notes: This is somewhere inbetween a Saison and a Belgian IPA but is closer to a Saison. Yeast provides a good portion of the flavor with the hops accentuating the yeast. Nice funk that is definitely there but not an overpowering funk. Not something I'd particularly crave or reach for but nice overall, especially if you are in the mood for a funky IPA.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey colour with fairly heavy cloud and trails of light bead. Head is pretty cracking, a big fluff of mother-of-pearl foam, sinking marshmallow-like but retaining some solidity in the middle. Lace is not great, but it don't matter 'cos there still be head. Very nice.

Smells very funky. Touch of lemon seed and pith with lots of Belgian spice as well - coriander, white pepper and poppy seeds on there. Really quite musty as well, with some dank basement notes and some desert wind. Decent, and interesting.

Taste is also Belgian, and pleasant. Lots of malty notes upfront with toffee and caramel, then gets Belgian with slight apricot, orange and lemon pith above all, with maybe some cherry thrown in. White pepper, coriander seeds and bergamot come through then to join the mix. Quite nectary late-mid before the musty basement takes over, but a nice spice adds piquancy late and the tartness continues as well. Not a bad drop at all, nice complexity but pleasant and drinkable also.

Bit sharp and really bitty. Doesn't feel very fluid, there's so much suspension in the solution that it almost feels like it could clog. That said, it goes OK with the flavours because it's obviously a bit of a funky surprise package.

Nice Belgian imitation. Really has the taste and mystique of an ancient brewing tradition in there, with a real natural, stripped-bare aesthetic to it as well.

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Photo of zonker17
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Careful pour led to clear amber color with substantial, slightly off-white head. Head retention very good. Little to no lacing left behind. Funk on the nose. Taste to style but a bit too bitter or hoppy. Highly carbonated leaning toward dry. A good beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mountainous, snowy white cloud overwhelms the tulip glass. Eventually, a hazed, honey gold begins to glow from below. The head slowly turns rocky as it deposits chunks of sticky lace.

Fragrant spices are held together by a yeasty funk and light floral aromas. Fermented apples and cloves are readily discernible.

Earthy and sweet, with spices and light bitterness followed by light tartness as well. There is some lemon and white pepper in the middle, while green apple comes out with warmth. The finish is long and subtle.

Our Side has a full body and vigorous carbonation. It is acerbic and very dry with a woolly texture.

This one deserves to be enjoyed while sitting back and relaxing. It is edgy and perhaps extreme for the style. I look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, spices, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, earth, floral, and floral hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was a fairly well balanced brew on both the aroma and flavor. The citrus and floral aspect in this one really made it quite interesting and enjoyable. While being well balanced it still managed to be quite complex quite was a very refreshing aspect. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the otherside- pouts. Hazy golden orange with a one finger head, nice retention, no lacing.

Smell is wonderful- some nice tart wild yeast smell, a little sweet pale malt and a little citrus hops (barely noticeable).

Taste is consistent with smell- nice tartness, well balanced with sweet pale malt, taken over by citrus hops towards the end; lemony.

Mouthfeel is also excellent- nice light body with exceptional carbonation. This is a great beer and you should get it if you can.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper with a massive four fingers of dense off-white head. Solid stream of carbonation rising in the tulip glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves the glass coated in lacing.

S - Big lemongrass aroma. Very herbal and earthy. Some decent funk in the aroma as well.

T - Very herbal, dry and bitter. Huge grassy taste. Funk is somewhat mild but present. A bit of fusal alcohol. Good overall but very dry.

M - Ridiculously carbonated, which detracts from the enjoyment even after the beer has been sitting for awhile. Mouthfeel is light and very dry.

O - Pretty interesting saison. Lowering the carbonation and adding a touch of citrus would improve this, but still pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Auracom
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Poor Phil's. 9 oz. in a generic tulip/flute on March 22nd, 2011.

A - A bit dark for a Saison. Hazy brown/deep golden coloring. Very little head or retention. Marginal white lacing.

S - Grass, spring leaves, light hay, crisp fruit skins combined with faint hop notes. Soft backend honey malts. Not a ton of depth but it is inviting.

T - Touch of spice, more gentle honey, lemon, clove, herbs, grass. Bready, graham-cracker backend. This is a bit better than the aroma overall.

M - Pretty smooth for the style. Medium body, good carbonation. Appealing crisp herbal and spice finish.

D - Drinks very easily even @ 7.5%. Good feel, in some ways this drinks more like a subtle and herbal DIPA. Would revisit and hopefully I'll get a chance to try one of the barrel versions.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a huge, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles down very slowly, it actually continues to expand for several minutes after pouring, and when it eventually does fade away it leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity yeast notes of pear, pineapple, and vanilla with a little bit of herbal hop character in the background.

T - Fruity yeast and malt up front with soft vanilla and honey notes as well as some pear. More sweet malt in the middle with red apple and pineapple. Herbal hop flavor lingers into the finish with moderate bitterness and more pilsner malt.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely made, it hits all the classic notes of the style with a yeast character that reminds me of a tripel. Very drinkable, though it is a bit difficult to pour and it is the only beer that I have seen where the head continues to grow for a full minute after you stop pouring it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one was very carbonated.

A: Large head. Had to wait a few times for it to go down. Murky golden with crimson hues body.

S: grass, lemongrass, apricot and esters

T: lemongrass, black pepper zest, apple and floral. Belgian yeast and spice mixed in.

M: high carbonation, light to medium body. Semidry finish.

Overall: A little too carbonated. This one is also a touch dry and though its complex you really have to search the different sides out.

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks as always Larry!

A: apricot bodied with a huge white soapy head that doesn't leave any lacing (surprisingly!)
S: apple, lemon, peaches, slight FUNK, and some booze as it warms up
T: mainly peach and apples, funk, lemon, delicious!
M: drying yet leaving the tongue watering. Lighter bodied but very smooth
O: excellent brew and this is what I expect a saison to be. If you can find this, get it immediately!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Massive soapy head pocked with large air pockets, orangey apricot coloured body, very murky, sticky blotches of lacing.

S - A perfume of freshly cut grass and hops, with the funk of wild belgian yeast.

T - Peaches and herb garden up front, followed by the farmhouse funk and mild hop flavour and bitterness.

M - High carbonation so quite fizzy, medium body, the 7.5% abv is masked well.

O - Really well layered and complex. Tasty too.

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Photo of Mahlik
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bridgetown Beerhouse. Poured into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy apricot-like color with a small fluffy head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- Spicy phenols, apple, pear, Belgian yeast and some peppery and floral/perfume undertones. All the saison elements are there. It's just a little bland to me. Nothing really grabs my attention.

T- At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about the taste. I feel like the grassy hops are competing with the fruity, yeasty components. And no one is really winning. It's starts by being spicy (not heat-wise) and phenolic with notes of pear, apple and yeast. But then the grassiness from the hops come in and kind of wash everything else out. Not terrible but it's just not working IMO.

M- The light, crisp body you would expect from a saison. Plenty of carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

O- A little disappointing. The aroma is forgettable. There is a clash of flavors in the taste. There are much better options out there. If you are a real fan of either brewery, go ahead and grab some. If not, then feel free to overlook this beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber on the beginning of the bottle, but becomes exceedingly cloudy near the bottom. Forms a ridiculously large billowing head that overflows the glass on every pour. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic. Lots of lemon. Lemongrass. Slightly herbal with notes of citrus.

T: dry lemon, white wine, and a mild yeasty funkiness. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and an out place dirtiness.

M: Medium bodied and fairly dry. Just feels "dirty" in the mouth. Moderate bitterness. Heavy carbonation.

O: better than average, but nit nearly as good as I was expecting. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a trip to the US recently. Opened with @LaitueGonflable in Sydney.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, with an enormous frothy head of off-white, that forms a majestic crest and then subsides as the bubbles supporting it get larger and larger. In truth, the haze must come from the second half of the bottle, because the intial pour was quite clear. Body is extremely light and fluid, which is not surprising for a saison, but is pretty surprising for a 7.5% beer, whatever its disposition. Looks good.

Nose is bright with funk and oak, with a creamy sweetness masking the crisp, green crushed vegetation sharpness of the saison yeast. Some appleskin notes, and a hint of odd bitterness, or the suggestion of bitterness to follow. Interesting.

Taste is peppery and dry, with a husky vegetal character part way through the palate, and a drying finish of green appleskin that lends a touch of tartness. There's a little bit of sharpness mid way that suggests an overuse of hops, and a lack of funk that suggests an under-use of the yeast by-products.

Feel is light and crisp and pleasant.

Overall, it's yet another saison from Stillwater that doesn't really quite reach the heights of the style. It's a little disappointing given that that's their trademark. I'm still waiting for them to whack me over the head with something truly exciting.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the wifey for picking this up on her visit to LA.
Poured from 750-mL bottle into a small Allagash tulip.

A: Golden straw body with prolific white head full of massive soapy looking bubbles. With time, this overwhelming foam dies down and the slightly hazy body shows off the champagne-like carbonation.

N: Fruity esters push forward, mingling well with a citric hoppiness.

T/M: Esters of banana and allspice mix with the resinous hop flavors of grass & citrus--the middle comes in quickly with a nice buttery flavor that blends with the citric bitterness. This is a very interesting combination, almost like a Belgian style IPA, but a bit more subtle. The body is light with a quick dry finish that leaves lots of hop oils sitting on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. There is a lot going on with it. Not particularly my favorite style of beer, but it is unique, flavorful, and easy to enjoy.

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