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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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/29/13.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, chalk, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is a tasty and very drinkable American example of a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more of a hoppy saison than a Belgian ipa, nitpicking of course. I liked this one a lot, very unconventional. the artwork is really cool too. pours a light cloudy straw color, still see through, but some sediment in suspension. over an inch of fluffy white suds on tap rising well above the brim of my pint glass. the nose is funky like some of their other saisons, smells like the saison yeast I used in my homebrew. fruity and tart, with a floral hop profile and assured bitterness. the taste agrees completely with the nose, this is a saison through and through. hoppy, but only on the back end, I expected it to be more aggressively done, and a pine complex would work well here, although all I really get is a floral character and pronounced bitterness. super light too, like the others ive had from Stillwater, elegantly malted. good carbonation and a nice light feel, plenty drinkable and a well hidden abv. another fine crafted ale from these guys, an imperial version of this would be fun...

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Jeffrey, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has an ever so slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The citrus aromas and flavors in this beer seem a little subdued, but it is still a pleasant drinking IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milder in strength than both Belgian pale ale and India pale ale- that doesn't stop Stillwater Ales from pushing forward a highly complex ale that bridges both of those styles into a gap of fruit, bitter, dryness, effervescence and complexity.

Introducing with pear, red apple, grapefruit and orange- those bright aromas and flavors are vibrant, tangy and perhaps under-ripened. A tepid background of powdered sugar, light bread and softly kilned grain is in juxtaposition to wine-like dryness.

Over the middle, the fruit opens up to suggest straight-up grapefruit juice. But lurking behind are the ale-like characteristics of pear and lemon esters, white pepper and chamomile spice, and also a bubbly wine acidity. A certain bitterness pulls from the fray with a herbal tone of lemongrass and mown fescue.

Its finish garners a spicy and effervescent quality that shakes off any lingering sweetness in order to highlight the beer's lingering bitterness and its assocated fruit, herb and spice properties.

Stillwater's Belgian-style IPA is a near-perfect blend of Belgian and American tastes that start with the iconic fruity and spice balance of Belgian ale but also leads with the citrusy dryness of IPA. Yet secondary flavors of red apple and honey give the ale a not-so-fresh taste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a slightly hazed lemony yellow with a large blooming white head that settles very slowly leaving multiple rings of thick lace behind.Lemon oils,lightly spiced phenols,and toasted grain in the nose.Lemon comes to find upfront on the palate along with some grapefruit juice,toasted cereal grain and just a hint of funk and phenol spice round out the flavors profile.Not bad and kinda refreshing,not over the top with the yeast wich is a good thing...in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy pale gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of of big lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, straw, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hops, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, grass, straw, herbal, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great hop/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour raises a large creamy white head in my Belgian snifter. A bit of sediment remains in the bottle after a full pour. The hazy yellow-gold body smells of grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with hints of lemon and other citrus fruits plus a faint funkiness. The faint funk remains in the flavor, where the generous hopping suitable for an IPA is apparent. Fruity/grassy hop. Mild-moderate bitterness.

O: a nicely crafted 'Belgian' IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with just a wispy mustache of foam in the Ommegang chalice. The mouthfeel, however, is prickly with carbonation and makes for a nice fizzy swallow. Smell is a little cat pee and pickled okra, but the nose upon exhaling is a fragrant yeasty, flowery cloud.

I think this is what a Belgian IPA should aspire to. Just funky enough with a spicy and understated hop flavor, and just enough bitterness to complement the yeast. This is pretty dry with a faintly sourish note in the back of the throat. The hops are a bit herbal but with a green and resiny tang. Watery body.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. Date stamp says Bottled 01/02/14.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some moderate flavors of Belgian yeast and just a hint of spices. There is a moderate aroma of citrus/lemon and citrus/orange hops as well as some light floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts and Belgian yeast with some light notes of spiciness. There is a light to moderate flavor of citrus/lemon, citrus/orange, and floral hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Very good example of a Belgian IPA with some hints of Saison - nice flavors and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one and would definitely consider picking it up again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice, clean white head. Ok retention and lace. Bright, light yellow body.

S - Grass, orange juice, marry-jane, cilantro.

T - Straw, raw hops, dried leaves. Maybe a touch of coriander. Fresh wood and orange peel back end.

M - Bright, sparking, light frame.

O - Nice profile; spicy, light, and dry.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep rocking white head, thick and three fingers with a mix of creamy and soapy like character. Body color has a deep pineapple yellow shine to it, opaque, and a little bit of noticeable carbonation.

Aroma is a bit of florality and herbal hop presence. Hits a slight bit of sweet sucrose and malt, but a tinge of sour like fruit just a bit as well. Clean and slightly spicy as well. Pretty solid.

Palate matches with a big sharp sting. Light bodied but a mix of sweet malt chew and sharp hop accents. Peppery and herbal mid palate right away almost to stinging metal but luckily doesn't go that far. Hints almost to funk heated farmhouse notes a bit it seems, but hard to tell. Lighter finish on the aftertaste almost with a touch of honey malt sweetness, and definitely dryer but also not as pungent either.

A pretty solid brew, and while nothing spectacular just solidly well done all around beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ouncer, bottled 8/29/13

Pours clouded dull yellowy amber. Moderate near white head, that stays a spell, before going to a thicker film, collar and nice lookin low strands of lacing.

Bright and zesty citric nose, mostly lemon comes to mind.

Loads of lemon and bright assorted citrus on the palate. I'd like a more prominent yeasty component, but this is still some tasty and quite worthy stuff. Biting, herbal and fresh tasting hops dry out the party in your mouth. Tasty and delicious. Go get some and enjoy. Super cool label is a bonus

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a clear, copper/maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, slight alcohol, and slight tartness. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, alcohol, and tanginess. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a big, loose three finger white head that dissipates to a thick cottony film, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian/saison yeast, Belgian spicing and nice grassy and floral hops. Flavor is a great blend of grassy hopped American IPA and Belgian saison with a spicy, saison yeast finish and bitterness. Medium bodied with active carbonation. One of the better hybrids of Belgian and American IPA styles, leaning a bit more towards the Belgian with spicing leaning more towards coriander than clove. Well made and nicely balanced. I was a bit tardy drinking this; it sat at the back of my fridge, but the hops have held up well. Fresh this may have a more even balance between the styles. Still very enjoyable and as expected from Stillwater.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice hazy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small fizzy white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, some fruityness/spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy, fruity, some spice notes. Medium body. Overall, a nice little brew. My first, saw a few other's by them, might check them out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Memphis Taproom, served in a tulip glass

Why Cant IBU? I don't know, why cant u? This beer has a nice light golden color with some trace specs of faded yellow up towards the sides. A nice bright white head of foam up top with some vigor and sticking power, a slight haze throughout the liquid, looking quite nice, retention is there. For a kinda low ABV'ed Belgian IPA, this has more of a hoppy scent than Belgian yeast influence. I get some lemon, orange, pine and earthy scents coming out instead of bready yeasty malt. The musk kinda jumps out. Pretty smelling IMO, but I do get some perfume scents with warming. A very straight forward ale here, I get some of the Belgian bready yeast up front with some hop taste. Not your normal Belgian IPA, I am not entirely sure if this is classified right. Some pineapple notes come through with the warming. Not getting a stitch of the 6% alcohol, which is quite low, but there is a whole lot of flavor. Feel is between light and medium with a nice felt carb going for it. Not my favorite beer, or IPA, or Belgian IPA, whatever it is, but it works for me for a go. I could drink alot of this, but I would probably get bored by the 3rd glass

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy lemon yellow color.

The aroma has banana and lots of phenolic character along with white pepper spie.

The flavor has a grainy pale malt, with banana, lemon, citrus pith and a hoppy bitterness along with a Belgian drying. There's pepper and clove spiciness along with that strong phenolic note that continues.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy lemony straw color with a frothy, puffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Lemon, grain, and floral notes form the initial aroma, with hints of pine and resin adding depth. Mint and fresh cut grass surface late.

Lemon dominates the flavor, which finishes fairly resiny, minty, and dry. Earthy bitterness emerges in the aftertaste. Lemon and floral hops dominate, and the malt character is light...almost crackery. The Belgian yeast esters are subtle, and slightly bubblegum-like.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's some hop astringency present. The finish is clean and crisp.

I'm not a lemon fan, but this is a well constructed beer. The balance between flavoring and bittering hops is great, and it's nice to see some variety in the ipa scene. Not your typical west coast ipa. This would be s great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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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