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Why Can't IBU | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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498 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 10-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,627
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
498
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
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Photo of ta_hagen
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Funky... coriander and lemon up front; from mid-palate, it's an interesting balance between coriander and tart lemon; light bitterness at the end.

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Photo of jiggad369
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ausonius
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says BTLD 08/29/13.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient sudsy lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Wonderful phenols from the yeast combine with citrusy hops to create a fruity bouquet of pineapple, orange and peach. Slight funk.

T- Flavor follows the nose closely with its bright, tangy fruit bursts. Bitterness is there and works in harmony with the rich Belgian yeast. Somewhat tart. More pineapple plus some mango and guava.

M- Crisp with a lingering hop bite. Medium-high carbonation gives it some spritz and plays well off the lightish body.

O- My favorite Stillwater beer thus far and one of my new favorite Belgian IPAs. Gives Le Freak a run for its money.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RJT

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: An energetic pour. An orange gold column’s continual stream of bubbles produce a 1” quickly receding frothy white foam collar. S: big grassy herbal floral nose. T: The palate is lemony orange with some biscuit in the background. Light biscuit backbone. Starts with big citrus, lingering citrusy, grassy finish and aftertaste. The hops are more flavor than bitter. Some light banana in the background. F: The main structure, texture, mouthfeel are Belgian. The body is light medium. O: A big blend of Belgian yeast and big American hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of od_sf
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful looking beer. The color was a lightly hazy golden yellow straw. The head was tall and white with a dense body. Excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma was fantastic. Somewhere between a Belgian IPA and a saison. The nose is fruity and tart. I smell sutle nuiances of funkiness too.
The taste has plenty of malts and some yeasty spiciness. Drinks hoppy too with some lemon citrus pine and earth. A little funky too.
Easy to drink with a semi dry and bitter finish.
Has both characteristics of a BIPA and saison/farmhouse. It's highly hopped and balanced for an exceptional beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After sampling Stillwater's less than stellar high alcohol offerings the other day at Max's, it was a complete relief and joy to come upon this beer.

The beer pours an attractive hazy gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is just lovely in this beer, showcasing an attractive intermix of light tropical fruit, honey, orange citrus, tangerine and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent, well balanced IPA, with the beer showing just enought hoppy bitterness on the finish to counter the light tropical fruit. Ultimately, this beer is on the dry side, which I think enhances its drinkability. Mouthfeel is otherwise fairly full (for a Belgian IPA), but the beer is not at all heavy or tiring. The finish is long, lightly bitter, and spice filled.

Just delicious and served by the imperial pint at Max's. This may well be the best beer I've ever had from Stillwater (reminds me of a hoppier version of the solid stateside saison), and hopefully will be a beer that will be available on a regular basis.

Edit from 11/2/12. Tried the regular draft version at max's on Saturday. While still enjoyable, I thought the draft version really paled in comparison to the cask version sampled previously. Probably would rate the regular draft version a straight 4... still good, but no where near as excellent as the cask version.

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4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Bright, hay colored body - very hazy. Incredibly foamy brew with fantastic retention and epic lacing. This is what every IPA should look like!

Aroma:
Piney and floral hops dominate the aromascape. Light citrus sweetness with a bit of spice and heavy Belgium yeast character. Phenomenal.

Taste:
Bitterness attacks the buds with haste! Pine and grass hops hit right up front with a ground black pepper spicing things up. Light sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with spot on carbonation. Finish is semi-sweet, which is a nice break from the dry finish of most IPAs I've had lately. Easy to drink (and enjoy) after the initial shock from the hop attack.

Overall:
Another tasty, brutal beer from Stillwater! I'd go as far as calling this a palate wrecker, but it's got enough character to keep you interested while your tongue takes a beating. Well worthy your coin.

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Photo of GSheehan
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 8/29/13, poured into a tulip

A- A semi hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, lots of yeast, kind of a bready/musty mix, grassy, floral, fruity.

T- Cirtus/grapefruit, sweet malt backbone, nice funk/mustiness, bitter finish that is a mix of floral/herbal hops and piney hops, finish really lingers.

M- Smooth, medium body, perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Another great beer from Stillwater. Love the label and the price of four packs. This is a balanced mix between a Saison and an IPA, and it is very easy to drink!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Riedel tulip glass. Pour is super pale yellow, with a huge white head, with billows upon billows of bubbles flowing upward. It does that thing where the head continues growing for at least five seconds after the pour is finished, and I absolutely love that! Head fades slowly and leaves lots of lace all the way from the top of the glass. Really it's an absolutely gorgeous beer.

Smell is of slightly dank hops, little bit bready, little bit of lemon, and kind of tart. Interesting smell - there's a lot of different things going on in there.

Taste is also really interesting, with a lot of little flavors going on. It starts out with some dankness and funkiness, then comes some breadiness and some lemony citrus. Lots of delicate floral flavors in there as well. It's a beer to hold in your mouth for a while and ponder all the small bursts of flavor you get. Finish is only mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is really thin, and with lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a really great beer. It's really interesting, and the hops are still satisfying and noticeable. The only thing that would make it better for me is if the mouthfeel was a little bit thicker. Incredibly well-done.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sneth019
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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