Why Can't IBU | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Why Can't IBUWhy Can't IBU
BA SCORE
3.81/5
497 Ratings
Why Can't IBUWhy Can't IBU
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 10-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,911
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
497
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Gkruszewski
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gregcordle
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lemon, spice and yeast. Good look and flavor. A tangy kick to the tastebuds. I love. Belgians and I love IPAs but just like Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of taospowder
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfalls
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - cloudy pale yellow, white head, nice lacing

S - yeasty, the hops are there but indistinct -- some grass

T - yeasty flavors of sour and banana, mild hops, malts far in the background

F - nice and light, a fair bit of carbonation, kind of refreshing

O - I feel like they should market this as Belgian-y somehow. (Did I just not read the label?) Not what I was expecting, but good.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A — Pours a light hazy golden yellow and orange color into the glass. Some light white bubbles form a somewhat soapy head on-top of the beer. Leaves behind some nice consistent lacing.

S — Smells of light yeasty esters, but also a lot of hop going on. Little bit of a fruity component, some lemon, pineapple, fairly nice, but its a bit muted.

T — Tastes predominately yeast forward, chewy and bright, morphs into a fruity sweetness as it warms, finishes with a bitter hop character.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, ends fairly dry.

O — Pretty good overall, could call this a hoppy saison or a Belgian IPA, either way, it is fairly well done.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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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Photo of Anatole
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright hops and grain.

Tastes of the grainy malt layered with hops and yeast. Malt leads off with notes of grain and some sweetness. This gives way to some citrus hops along with some herbal notes. Lightly bitter. Yeast spiciness sweeps into towards the end. Finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an airy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but could use more of a malt presence.

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Photo of mkmarth
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +5%
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 ItsYourBoyBlue
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Harp nonic glass fills with a clear pale yellow (SRM 3-4) beer. A big, fluffy white head is long lasting, eventually leaving a sticky coating of lace. All the while, carbonation bubbles up throughout.

Crisp fresh aromas of pineapple and Asian pear are set against straw and light mustiness, with a spiciness that comes out as it warms, similar to a saison.

The flavors are crisp like a pilsner, however, quite bitter with modest grapefruit. The finish is long, subtle and dry.

Why Can’t IBU is refreshing and super dry with a slight astringency, woolly texture, and medium body punctuated by modest alcohol.

This makes for an interesting summer beer. Perhaps not a staple, but certainly enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of atrocity
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a murky gold, with a huge, billowing head.

S - Colvey phenols, lemongrass, funk, earthy hop spice.

T - Palate begins with a complex swarm of yeast-fueled funkiness. Notes of lemongrass, citrus, rosemary, and ginger dominate, with a light sweetness near the front and an aggressive bitterness throughout. Light floral tones from the hops, and heavy residual bitterness.

M - Light-medium body, easy carbonation, but very dry, in part due to the heavy bitterness.

O - Too funky and light for a Belgian IPA but too hoppy for a Saison, this brew has a very unique character.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sammyslick
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Why Can't IBU from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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