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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 CowsandBeer
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass. Bottled on date of 01/02/2014. So excited Twelve Percent LLC is now distributing to KS!

Appearance: Pours about a finger and a half of sudsy white head. Body is a hazy light gold/straw. Very fizzy looking with lots of bubble action and good head retention.

Aroma: Nice Belgian yeastyness: funky hay, crackery malts, wheat, pulpy lemons and pepper. Behind that some fruity, grassy and herbal hops. Smells very nice and inviting.

Taste: Grassy hops up front followed by a sweet, candied orange note. Tangy lemon and bubblegum spice followed by a nice peppery yeast note. Finishes with a nice cracker/ wheat malt, more spicy pepper and an herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice feel. Thin/medium mouthfeel with a high carbonation that really makes this highly drinkable. Also a very nice texture that is somewhat chewy, lending an IPA type feel to it at times.

Overall: A very nice first impression by Stillwater here. An easy drinking, thirst quenching saison/belgianipa/whatever with nice cohesion between the yeast and the hops. The yeast does come through more than the hops, but it all works together rather nicely. Recommend to all, especially when the warmer weather hits.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Good aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, and cloves. Some faint citrus in the background.

T - I get a lot of Belgian notes upfront with banana and spices. The rest of the flavor is citrus, lots of lemon and some sweet pineapple. Light amount of funk is present.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

O - Very nice Belgian IPA. Lots of complex and interesting flavors going on. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy pale straw body crowned with a white micro bubble head about a full inch high. Crazy mountain of head doesn't want to dissipate.

S: Soapy citrus, box of crayons, grapefruit, musty funk, elegant yeasty nose and typical spice profile.

T/M: Pungent citrus hops assault the palate like a battering ram. Coriander, grains of paradise, salt, dry straw and a great Belgian yeast strain. A medium effervescent body with a dry finish that lingers powdery yeast.

O: This is great stuff. An aggressive assault of hops laid in a valley of Belgian pale glory. Nice an earthy with citrus bounty. Extremely drinkable Belgian IPA that is sure to please.

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A decent amount of citrus, hops, and a little malt as well in this aroma.

T: Some citrus, a little bit of spices, yeast, malt, and hops. Probably hoppier than your typical Belgian IPA, but still a vibrant, interesting flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As usual, Stillwater delivers a pretty tasty beer. definitely drinkable.

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Photo of zac16125
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 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 Pintofbrown
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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 dogfishandi
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. 5.7% ABV. "BTLD 8/29/13" stamped on the neck (~3 1/2 months old)

Pop ours out a really nice straw yellow color, maybe a hint of gold in there. Hazy body. Big, fluffy, rocky, pure white head, big soapy bubbles, wonderful head retention and lacing.

The aroma is that big spicey Stillwater yeast strain I've come to know. The hopiness is adding to the spiciness, lemon citrus hops, lots of yeast phenols, pepper, clove, maybe even some herbal like spiciness.

Seems more like an IPA in the taste as the aroma was more about the yeast. Still lots of spicey Belgian yeast phenols. Slightly tart lemon citrus hop bitterness. A bit of clove, white pepper.

Light mouthfeel with a high, slightly bitey carbonation. A very refreshing beer.

A very nice beer, but very similar to the 2 other Stillwater beers I've had so far(cellar door and stateside) with maybe a bit more hops in this one. Their yeast strain seems to dominate. Definatly worth a try.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a beautiful, crystal-clear pale gold color with a thin white head. I wish it had more carbonation. The nose is musty and fruity with hints of lemon zest, wet hay, and champagne. It reminds me of a nice Saison.

The feel is firm and the flavor follows the nose quite well, walking a tightrope between sweet, fruity notes and dry, musty ones. Up front that sweetness comes through with a hint of pineapple and gets gobbled up by bitter, pithy lemon flavors. The bitter flavors get drier and mustier towards the back of the palate, where it is downright stony (like Duvel). Finish is dry and just a touch of sweetness returns.

Overall, a really enjoyable and complex beer. My big gripe with this beer is the low level of carbonation. If this beer had more bubbles to open the palate and intensify those dry, musty flavors, it could be awesome. Still, another example of just how complex, drinkable, and varied Belgian IPAs can be.

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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 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 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 scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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 bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a yellow wheat beer appearance (cloudy) with a 1 finger head and great retention and lacing. Looks nice but not clear like many IPAs.

Smell - I'm picking up mostly fruity apricot and citrus tones here with just a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. More IPA that Belgian.

Taste - Light IPA with some hop crispness. Fruity hop notes are very light and subtle as well. Very well balanced and a little more malty that I've had by many IPAs lately. Not really picking up the Belgian influence to the beer much at all here. I think its more of a straight up American IPA.

Mouthfeel - Definitely for a light 6.0 ABV IPA it has a warm creamy mouthfeel like the double IPAs. Nice.

Overall - I think this is a well crafted IPA. Nothing to give you the WOW factor but its a good offering from Stillwater. Nice job.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, funk, grass, floral hops, and a touch of white pepper.

T - Funky Belgian yeast, with a good hop profile. The hops are floral with mild citrus notes. There is a white or black pepper spice that kicks in at the finish.

M - Light bodied, refreshing. The spice and bitter hits the palate at the end.

O - A very nice brew. Belgian IPA or Hoppy Saison? Who cares it is very good!

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Photo of ElderBeagle
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 2 Amy's

Very light straw yellow color with just a hint of haze evident

Smell is tough for me but I got a bit of herbal hops and some of that yeast funk similar to a saison

Taste is exactly like a hopped up saison which is a great combination for me. Great herbal hop up front then melds into that classic spicy saison funk. Great tasting beer

The mouthfeel is a little thin with a lighter carbonation

Great mash up beer. If you love saisons/IPAs then definitely give this a try.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Almost 2 months old.

Appearance- Hazy yellow/gold with 2 finger white foamy head that left real nice lacing.

Smell-Funky saison yeast, lemon, light pepper, medium hop profile, very floral and grassy.

Taste- Floral and grassy hops up front followed by that funky saison yeast. Light citrus and pepper. Hops are possibly fading a little bit, but still there.

Mouthfeel- Medium-high carbonation, smooth and crisp, but quite dry. Nice resinous hops linger in the back of the throat.

Overall- This is a real solid beer. Even as "old" as it is, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO

A&S: fizzy thick head that hangs around. Yeasty layer at the bottom. Lively with carbonation but the color would best be described as a lazy/hazy very light yellow. Not as funky (yeast wise) as some of their stuff, containing mostly sweet fruity aromas (green grapes). Pretty bitter and spicy as well containing lemon zest, earthy hops, grassy tones, and orange.

T&M: For a Belgian IPA I would expect something a little sweeter. Pale ale kind of malt palate. Slight fruity sweetness again green grapes. Quite bitter with almost a peppercorn kick to it. Not very powerful as far as taste. Sharp carbonation on the low side of medium bodied, high end of carbonation.

Overall: One of the best bottles & names I have ever seen. In case anyone was wondering yes the 3D effects do actually work with 3D goggles on. Not my favorite beer from them, but it was still enjoyable and well priced for the product. I think I have seen one more from them I haven't tried yet from their Colorado shipment. So far I'm very happy with this company.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of bright white head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Tropical fruit aroma with an earthy funk, white pepper, lemon, and yeast.

Bitter hop bite of lemon and floral notes along with white pepper, and sage. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a sharper carbonation.

This one really grew on me as I drank it. A unique take on the Belgian IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy yellow straw with 3 finger of white fluffy head. Excellent retention with yeast sediment floating around the glass.

Barnyard, lemon, apricot and papaya.

Apricot, papaya and tangerine. Hints of peach and nectarine. Spent grains, lemon zest, dried hay and pink peppercorn. Finishes with some pine resin and touches of grapefruit zest.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, bitter and dry.

A nice hoppy Saison with some residual bitterness. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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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