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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 10-22-2012

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Photo of Biggtriksta
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma that slightly spicy with grassy pine needle character, bready yeast and subtle light fruit. Hop profile is a but one dimensional but smells pretty good. Pale malt presence with bread, biscuit and cracker. Light fruit sweetness with apple, pear and grape. Not bland but a bit one dimensional and not very interesting.

Light body with tight combination and a stronger hop presence than the nose suggests. There's a dry, crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Earthy, grassy and slightly spicy with dry piny bitterness and subtle citrus zest. Some lemon peel character before finishing with biscuit malt, bread and cracker. Decent balance but it kind of falls off in the finish. Kind of watery and bland on the back end. Decent hop flavor and pretty easy to drink but I found this beer a bit bland. I guess if you just want to pound an easy to drink, aggressively hopped beer this old be appealing but I found it kind if boring.

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Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

02/05/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way out front on the grapefruit side of the hops. Citra? I don'tknow enough to opine, but I strongly suspect it's so.

As one who doesn't appreciate too much hoppiness, this is pleasant. Tame, even...until it warms up.

The 6% elevates it beyond a session quaff, but It's good for a few as long as they stay cold!

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 08/09/13.

The body is a glowing lemon meringue pie with an easy finger of dense foam. Great retention and very pillowy, some lacing left on the glass.

Very faint ester and clove phenols in the glass, also a bit of lemon rind. Hop aromas are soapy and grassy. The nose is so soft, yet very pleasing.

Clove and spices are the major hitters for flavors. However, this devolves into a mineraly character with a strange smokey, almost char-like hop presence on the swallow. It is a very unpleasant sensation and throws this beer off, leaving a very earthy and soapy finish on the palate. Maybe a hint of lemon here, but that plastic-y char is entirely too forward on the swallow.

Light medium body and a little more on the slick side over the tongue. Why Can't IBU finishes very dry and almost tannic. Bubbles are not overdone.

What a strange palate of flavors! Where this beer starts, with clove and Belgian spicing works wonderfully, but that backside of plastic, smokey char, earthiness, and slight aspirin bitterness do not finish this beer well at all.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of hops202
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass.

Pours a very hazy honey golden color - pretty cloudy. Smell is very malty, chalky and lots of Belgian yeast. Taste is about the same, somewhat bitter and funky. Lots of yeast and some bitter citrus dominate, but not in a good way. Not worth the price.

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Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blonde hue with a creamy two finger head and a swirl of lacing,the smell is pineapple,some piney hops and that typical Stillwater funkiness,the mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated with tastes of mainly pineapple,a slight hint of barnyard funk,fruit salad and finished with a soft piney bitterness and overall abit of a weird one no IPA whatsoever for me but a very sessionable drop and easy to drink more than one of cheers.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Hazy blonde.

S: Lightly floral with a light spice.

T: Spicy, peppery, light pine, no citrus and minimal aftertaste.

M: Coarse.

O: Decent IPA but different. You can tell that it is Belgian due to the characteristic spice.

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Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-This brew is a hazy, honey hue. Respectable head. Substantial lacing.

S-Fruity but sweet with some solid notes of grass. Hops also display a candied citrus aroma. Sweet and spicy cracker malt. Lively yeast. Well balanced.

T-The flavor is a bit sweeter than I would have liked. Hops are not too aggressive. The beer is very proportional. Mild bitterness.

M-A bit sticky. Feels bigger than it's gravity. Softer bubbles. Drinkable enough.

O/D-Wasn't in love with this one. Not aggressive enough for me. More along the lines of a Belgian Pale than a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts with resiny hops and some spicy belgian yeast and some tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some funky spicy yeast and a little fruit and a pretty big bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid spicy Belgian IPA. It has good bitterness, but the spice and funk overwhelm the hop flavors.

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Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.....

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Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is full of hoppy goodness, offset with a touch of Belgian funk. It promises a lot. Strikingly bitter, as the name seems to imply. There is some harsh quality to the flavor, a metallic tinge that makes the bitterness poke out rather than settle into the beer. I love big hoppy beasts, but this one is two one dimensional. It became a bit difficult to drink in the end. Still, an overall enjoyable brew.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - a cloudy honey colored saison looking beer with a soapy head and tons of carbonation.

S - flower and herbal notes with a bit of pine and some tropical fruit. However the dominant aroma is the clove spice and hay.

T - Yes, that's the Belgian yeast strain that is so familiar. I don't get an overabundance of hops but its definitely got an elevated profile of pine and bitterness and not too aggressive compared with your regular Belgian IPA. Very floral in taste with a strong biscuity bread and honey, cloves, and lemon characteristics.

M - Crisp, refreshing, sessionable, and somewhat unique due to the Belgian IPA meeting some hops. Dry and grassy finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy, thick white head that does not settle quickly.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, crackers, biscuits, herbs, chalk, and spicy, funky yeast are prevalent on the nose.

T: Flavors of chalk, talc, biscuit, crackers, herbs, straw, grass, tangerine, lemon, lime, and spicy, funky, moderately lactic yeast fill the mouth. The finish is dry with yeast, cracker, herb, and bitter citrus flavors.

M: Very slight, thin, and resinous in the mouth. Carbonation is too delicate and unobtrusive to balance the stickiness and provide the impression of adequate malt heft. As a result, this ale is not all that easy to drink.

O: Certainly not a bad ale, but it could use some tweaking.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Stillwater's Why Can't IBU that my friend brought over to share with me. I've been meaning to try this beer and I'm glad my friend decided to share it with me, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks real nice, in typical Stillwater style it's slightly trippy looking and I thought it was pretty eye catching. It poured a hazy yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I like the color, but I wish the lacing and the head retention were a little better.

S- The aroma start off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the yeast being the first to show up and it starts off fairly funky with some wet straw and farmhouse yeast like aromas then it starts to impart more of a typical Belgian yeast aroma with some spices coming through and the clove aromas seem to stick out the most, but there's also a peppery aroma. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma with some apple and lemon like aromas coming through along with a light amount of citrus rind hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with some fruity flavors being the first to show up and they impart the same fruity aspect that they did in the aroma with neither fruity aroma seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the yeast that still has that Belgian yeast and Farmhouse yeast like aspects to it with the funky farmhouse yeast seeming to stick out a little more. Up next comes a lighter peppery flavor followed by the hops that impart a earthy and citrus rind like hop aspect that was just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a funky yeast, apple and lemon like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer,I liked the funky yeast aspect but I wish there was a little more bitterness and hop aspects.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of a farmhouse ale, but I don't think it really fits into the Belgian IPA category simply because the hops are on the lighter side and they don't impart that bitterness that I would expect from a Belgian IPA. This beer had good drinkability it was smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, a little dry on the finish and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it, but I think that would be my limit and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the spring and summer. What I like the most about this beer was the funky yeast aspect, I thought it was at the right level and it's just what I expect from a good Farmhouse Ale. What I like the most about this beer was the drinkability, i liked how easy drinking it was and the fact that it was a little refreshing helped that out also. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop aspect, it was nice, but I wish the hops stuck out more and I wish there was a little more bitterness. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Farmhouse Ales. All in all I liked this beer, but I thought the hop profile held this beer back from being as good as it could be and I think with some more hops this would be a pretty great example of a Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. This isn't my favorite of the style or my favorite beer from Stillwater, but I still think it's a solid beer in it's own right. Nice job guys, this was a tasty easy drinking beer, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a light haziness. A half inch of off white rests on top. Moderate lacing is present. The aroma is a blend of piney hops and sweet Belgian tripel yeast. I taste sweet Belgian tripel yeast and piney hops. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger head and a decent amount oflacing
S-mild funk from the yeast some clove and pepper
T-fruity and somewhat bitter citrus hops with mild yeast funk sprits of lemon and citrus wet hay and malt
M-tart funky and dry has some saison qualities
O-decent brew a hybrid saison/BPA/IPA good stuff

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Photo of GregJ
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pilsner yellow with a finger and a half thick white head. Smells of grass, earthy, wheat. Tastes of wheat, bready, crystal malts, with earthy/grassy hop character with light citrus and spice. Medium/light body with a smooth med carbonation. Wheat and light pine resin on the aftertaste.

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Photo of zac16125
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with 2 fingers width of white head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Belgium yeast estery banana and clove-like spice. Pale malt and subtle lemon-lime citrus.

T: Citrus, pale malts, bitterness. I also get significant spicy notes, but as a whole the Belgium notes arent as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma.

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, heavy carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Good, but nothing special. Worth buying solely for the amazing label artwork though.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this not because of Stillwater's reputation, good as that is, but because of the amusing name and the 3-D graphic label, proving again that marketing indeed can be key when trying to sell beer to some of us fools.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick head which receded to light surface foam.

s: Mild fruit.

t: Mild fruit like fruit cup juice, moderate bitterness. A rather hoppy mild Belgian.

m: Light to moderate. Good carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: A nice summer drink, quite true to the Belgian golden ale style but with an American level hops kick.

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale and hazy gold with some nice sticky lacing. Smell is very saison like. Funky, wet hay and slightly sour and straw notes. Lots of Belgian yeast character with lemony hops that are slightly sharp and quite bitter. Quite dry with hop bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of a hoppy saison. Nice beer and take on the style. Growing on me as I drink it too.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 2 January 2014.

A: Fine white head tops an ever-so-slightly hazy pale beer.

S: Yeasty. Hint of lemon and saisonesque spice.

T: Interesting. Typical Stillwater farmhouse flavours (funky yeast, splash of citrus, clean grain, light peppery/coriandery spice) with an extra-bitter finish. Hops are hiding until the very end when they come blasting in and finish earthy and strong, with a lingering flavor.

M: Full and tasty. Strongly refreshing.

O: Slightly disappointing, but tastier nonetheless. Solid, vaguely funky farmhouse effort.

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