Why Can't IBU | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

UPDATED REVIEW (from bottle):

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); bottling date of August 29, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BTLD 08/29/13 15:12”).

Appearance (3.75): Pours a moderately hazy, straw-yellow colored body with a generous two fingers of fluffy white foam coming off of the pour; the head rings the glass with fat bubbles but with a fine foam on top. As it dies down, rather slowly, it leaves just a couple of suds here and there, though the head looks gnarly for a little while. Gorgeous overall, minus the not-quite-there lacing.

Smell (4.25): Hay, yeasty biscuits and flapjacks (just a little bit of that rich breadiness, mainly just trying to focus on that nice yeasty note), some apple juice, a bit of orange flesh, lots of fresh-cut grass, some wildflowers, and a bit of juicy citrus fruit. This really smells like a rock-solid, classic saison with a bit of floral, slightly fruity hops. So, pretty awesome.

Taste (4.25): And like the nose, it most closely resembles a rock-solid saison with floral, grassy, somewhat citrus-pithy hops. Very, very dry in the body with strong lemon character, lots of grassiness, floral bitterness, some dry common cracker-like breadiness, a nice shot of yeastiness, some apple and pear sweetness, and a solid lemony bitterness on the back end, further drying this bastard out. There’s a subtle fruitiness that creeps in as it warms up, helping to smooth and fill out the body. Now that I think about it, I like this more and more as it warms—cold, the bitterness comes off as a bit astringent and too herbal, but as it warms the fruitiness and yeastiness of the saison underneath the hops really comes into its own. In fact, it really becomes an extremely well-rounded beer, if not mind-blowing in any particular aspect.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Going off of the tasting notes, it just feels so damn dry that the spot-on saison effervescence here makes this beer straight-up crushable. It’s dying for subsequent drinks. The carbonation is perfect: full, lush, soft, easily and quickly foaming, not prickly and with just a mild tingling, but full regardless. It finishes perfectly dry. I can’t see this having a better feel at all, to be honest.

Overall (4.0): Damn solid beer. Last time I had this, it was on draft at OLAR and it was good, but not nearly as well-rounded and dynamic as the beer in this bottle was. After it warms up a bit, it becomes a real knockout saison with a substantially greater-than-average floral, lemony bitterness. Considering the size of this beer, it’s damn good (after it warms up a bit). Now I just want them to can it in sixers :-)


On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore, MD. Served in a 12oz stemmed goblet-flute kinda lookin’-glass.

Appearance (4.0): A one-finger head of fluffy and wet-looking foam comes off the pour. The body is absolutely perfect: a medium orange-amber and hazy, but not cloudy at all. Some rentention, good but not outstanding, and some moderate lacing but pretty good considering it’s on tap rather than coming from a bottle-conditioned individual pour.

Smell (4.0): Hops dominated by a bright, syrupy orange-citrus note paired with a very light, pale grain character; very delicate floral notes. Some light hay and spice. Lots of good qualities in the nose, but not as fragrant as I would’ve hoped.

Taste (3.5): Surprisingly delicate and balanced, to be honest—but an excellent white and black pepper spice note jumps out, over a very nice, lightly toasted, rustic multigrain bread character of medium weight. The hops are surprisingly well integrated, predominantly floral with a moderate citrus pith bitterness, in the vein of white grapefruit (just astringent citric bitterness, less citrus sweetness). Good flavors, though I wish the pepper / spice component took a backseat, just a little bit, to the hops.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Near perfect. Maybe perfect. Lush carbonation, with an assertive but not aggressive prickle; lightly oily body just around medium weight, with a dry finish. Excellent—very easy to drink, but has the aggressively dry, hop-oily characteristics of a hop-forward beer that won’t back down, in terms of feel. Which, of course, fits quite naturally with this saison-esque feeling beer, besides.

Overall (4.0): As mentioned above in the tasting notes, this was a good beer, overall, with some good to great qualities, but it wasn’t the hop bomb-saison/BPA fusion I was expecting or hoping for. Still, glad to have tried it, and it’s clear from drinking this and Brian has a vision for each of his beers and exceptional skill and ability in making that vision a reality. In this case, my vision of what this beer could be may not have lined up perfectly with the brewer’s—but that isn’t to say this isn’t a perfectly good beer, because it clearly is.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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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