Why Can't IBU
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #65
Ranked #20,818
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Nov 24, 2020
Oct 22, 2012
Very Good
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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

The pieces are there for this one but it doesn't quite come.together for me. Nice and dry, pleasant flavors.but they clash with one another a bit. Ultimately I think its just a bit too hoppy for the style

Murky, pineapple juice colored beer that sports a wonderfully tall and persistent head that leaves thick lacing behind as it slowly recedes. Would be an easy 5 if it weren't for the heavy murkiness
Slightly tangy.and fruity floral nose. Very pleasant
Taste is lightly tart and tangy, pine and fir forest air as well as something like the smell of a cold hay loft, but as a taste. Almost minty, but just the taste of the feeling of mintiness.
Prickly.carbonation up front and a light, clean, dance across the palate.

Nov 24, 2020
4.03 by Allurex from Kansas on Nov 11, 2020
Photo of leekainen97
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by leekainen97 from Arkansas

-Pours a cloudy yellow. One finger head with poor retention. Leaves a light lace.
-Smells quite strongly of yeast. Odd for an IPA. Strong fruity scents.
-Bitter. Almost a burnt toast flavor. Fruity hints. Bready.
-A lot of carbonation, seems to dry out my throat. Medium body.
-Overall- Very odd in nearly every aspect. Not anything I would expect out of an IPA. Doesn't seem to have much of the signature hops flavors that I've come to expect out of an IPA. That aside, it's just okay. Probably would not buy again.

Feb 25, 2018
4 by jeffthepony from Georgia on Jan 30, 2018
3.54 by h4ger from Connecticut on Nov 17, 2017
Photo of Wasatch
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some really creamy sticky lacing around. The nose is slightly hoppy, kinda malty, kinda yeasty, with some slight citrus, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, yeasty, some citrus, slight spice, licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a tasty brew.

Jun 16, 2017
3.21 by rarigney from Washington on May 09, 2017
Photo of Biggtriksta
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Biggtriksta from New York

Poured with a ton of head for some reason. Either this bottle has been shaken up or there was just a ton of carbonation in the bottle. Once the beer has settled, it has a semi-cloudy, off yellow color to it. There's a little bit of sediment in the beer and a good amount of bubbles streaming to the top. It's got a strange aroma on it - not what I expected. A little bit of oak, maybe some Belgian yeast. Very little in the way of hop presence. I am starting to think this beer is quite old. There's no date on the bottle, but it has a very funky taste to it. Very little in terms of hops. Not very impressive at all. There's simply too much carbonation in this beer. I am not really getting any flavor. I can't tell if the beer is old or if it's just a bad beer. Overall, not impressed. Not much flavor. Not much aroma. Too much carbonation. Again, not sure if this bottle is infected or old, so take this review with a grain of salt.

Mar 09, 2017
3.94 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Mar 09, 2017
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Why Can't IBU has an extremely thick, spongy, slightly off-white head, an opaque, gold-orange appearance, with fierce, tight bubble streams. The aroma is of orange peel, fruit juice, spices, and mild barley malts. Taste is of those elements, with some lower-level bitterness, white pepper, spiced white holiday bread, and citrus pith. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Why Can't IBU finishes on the dry side. Refreshing.


Dec 13, 2016
4.1 by andrew8626 from Minnesota on Nov 13, 2016
3.59 by drbenderdo from Michigan on Sep 24, 2016
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little ale pours a lightly
cloudy pale yellow with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thick pool, and features some darn nice lacing. Nose of musty Belgian yeast
with notes of banana and funk, sweet candy malts, and serious grassy hops
mixed in with lemon zest. Flavors follow the nose with yeasty funk awash in
grassy bitter hops. Mild sweet malts of candy sugars touch and go with lightly
tart notes and lemon zest. Very effervescent mouth feel, medium high carbonation sears
in the hops and keeps it lively with a bitter finish. Nice overall, though the bitter aftertaste
could be slightly muted and improve the overall flavor IMHO. Still a solid offering.


Sep 09, 2016
3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington on Aug 27, 2016
2.75 by ONN8 from New Jersey on Aug 13, 2016
3.63 by qcghost from North Carolina on Jun 12, 2016
4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2016
3.81 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2016
3.6 by speaking_for_trees from Vermont on May 17, 2016
4 by JMUbrewz from Virginia on May 13, 2016
3.92 by zounder from New York on May 08, 2016
4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on May 02, 2016
3.87 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

This is a decent easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale. The smell is very faint hops and Belgian yeast with some fruity notes. The taste is light hops and yeast with a bitter finish. nb

Apr 14, 2016
4.11 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Apr 13, 2016
4 by weezarc from Maryland on Apr 02, 2016
3.8 by snohojimbo from Washington on Apr 02, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Hazy yellow with a solid, moderate foam head.

Tropical lemon, skunky rubber, caramel nuggets and salty french fry hit on the nose at random times.

The off-putting elements of the aroma thankfully don't carryover into the flavor, but everything else does, with the addition of some butter and biscuit.

Nicely dry.

Mar 30, 2016
Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a hazy medium yellow-copper body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Looks much like a saison/weizen. Smells of resin, grass, floral and herbal notes, moderate caramel sweetness, touch of grain. Flavour is similarly sweetened with caramel, sulfuric notes like a farmhouse ale, touch of cereal grain, minerals, and a bitter floral and grassy resin on the finish. It's weird, and doesn't quite come together, but it isn't bad. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, moderately bitter on the finish. It's not a bad Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't come together as well as I'd like. The mineral and sulfur do clash a bit with the sweetness and the bitterness.

Mar 21, 2016
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 18, 2016
2.89 by Bob_Rhoades from Maryland on Mar 11, 2016
Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: A billowy head builds atop the hazy goldenstraw liquid; impressive retention and the Belgian lace sticks to the glass

Smell: Grassy and herbal, with biscuity tones underlying

Taste: Biscuit forward, with grassy and herbal tones growing; rather lemony through the middle; dry finish, with residual hop and herbal flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing ale that would be terrific on a hot summer day

Feb 28, 2016
Photo of Dmiller25
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Dmiller25 from Iowa

I purchased this beer because the label is eye catching and I hadn't had it before. I would have it again. A raspberry tart beginning with the hoppy ale finish we all love.

Feb 28, 2016
Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Pretty good approximation of the style, although the weight seems a little light. Nice floral notes in the aroma, Taste is floral, honey, some sweet malt. Hazy golden body wth tiny, bubbly head. Almost there.....

Feb 03, 2016
3.81 by Kurmaraja from California on Feb 03, 2016
3.5 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 03, 2016
3.75 by dleiner from New York on Feb 02, 2016
2.54 by perpetuity from Maine on Jan 29, 2016
3.19 by JamFuel from Sweden on Jan 23, 2016
Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by bark from Sweden

The colour is straw yellow (5 EBC), the three finger head is white and airy. It sink slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is a bit tart with phenolic yeast citric peels and lemon fruit cany. No notable sweetness.

The taste is very dry and a bit tart. Fruity notes of oranges, grapefruit and mongo. Phenolic spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and red peppers. Hint of rubber and plastic. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing bitterness, somewhat harsh citric hops, dough and lemon candy. The finish is bitter and harsh.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-size bubbles semi-sharp. The liquid is quite light yet very smooth.

Not very bitter, but very dry and quite phenolic. I liked it.

Jan 21, 2016
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