Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,358
Ranked #17,418
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Oct 28, 2021
May 11, 2011
Very Good
Notes: We pronounce it “sta-leep-ah”; you pronounce it how you like. STLIPA, which is the acronym for St. Louis India Pale Ale, is actually a DIPA (Double or Imperial IPA, double the stats of a traditional IPA). We hope it’s a “sleepe” that you’ll include in your set of favorite DIPA’s from one of the best beer cities in the world St. Louis. Hops- Sterling, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Willamette, Chinook.

55 IBU
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3.91 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 28, 2021
4.09 by Bwag from New York on Oct 23, 2021
3.21 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Sep 10, 2021
3.96 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 07, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on Feb 23, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by D9sus4 from Missouri

This is a long overdue review for this brew, which is one of my regular, go to beers. This is one that straddles the line between almost grapefruit flavored, which I can't stand, but with a strong enough malt backbone to make me not notice, especially after a few of them.

At 8% ABV, it's not too high, but still qualifies as a double, or Imperial IPA. It pours a nice amber color, with a good lasting head. God hoppy smell to the nose, slightly syrupy in texture which gives the impression that it's higher in alcohol than it is. Overall, an excellent example of an American style Imperial IPA.

Feb 14, 2020
4.2 by etreesh from Wyoming on Sep 26, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Amber with thick head. Smells of sweet canned pineapple and citrus with other tropical fruit. The same fruit in the flavor is balanced by a good helping of malt and some soft caramel. Medium thick mouthfeel. Not very bitter for a DIPA.

Jun 16, 2019
3.74 by npendres from Wisconsin on Oct 07, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

Urban Chestnut deserves more of my attention. Dumped this one out from the big ol can, a fingerish of white head rose over the deep amber colored beer, which made its way down to a rim and some moderate lacing. Aroma is very subdued, mostly caramel malt sweetness and some floral, piney hops. Those hops come through more in the flavor, with some grapefruity notes joining in and just about equal the malts, which still take more of a front position than I anticipated. Still balances out in the end and creates a decent profile. Finishes dry and with a linering bitterness. Not up there with the german style UCBC brews but not bad at all.

Jul 15, 2018
4 by c-rum from Missouri on Jul 12, 2018
4.24 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jun 13, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can, date stamped 010818. Copper colored ale with a rocky ivory head that holds great retention. Very muted aroma with minimal grain and soapy floral hops. Flavor is bolder with earthy floral hops providing bitterness with a caramely & grainy malt backbone; citrus and pine come through on the dry earthy finish. Overall, not really a beer I'd get again. I love everything from Urban Chestnut but this was a pass for me.

Apr 17, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beerucee from Texas

Not so hoppy. Good at sushi ai

Feb 22, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Melcirb from Missouri

Easy drinking, nice and smooth. Hoppy. Amazing smell. Yum. On par with the rest of UCBC beers.

Jan 19, 2018
3.83 by Walnut from Missouri on Nov 23, 2017
3.88 by craigbelly from Iowa on Oct 08, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by breakingbland from Michigan

on tap at Vin de Set in St Louis

Sep 21, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Leonardgrote from Ohio

Well balanced Double IPA

Sep 21, 2017
3.6 by bicyclesandbeer from Illinois on Aug 20, 2017
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3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

On draft

Clear light golden in color, bone white colored head. Mild hop aroma, a little earthy and floral. Taste is just some medium herbal bitterness and a little biscuity malt. Not that good. Thin bodied, lively carbonation

Aug 20, 2017
3.79 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Aug 03, 2017
3.83 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 26, 2017
3.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jul 06, 2017
4.31 by Damngoodrx from New York on Jun 26, 2017
3.26 by Donkster46 from Washington on Jun 16, 2017
4.15 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jun 10, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Bottle poured into teku glass

Clear russet liquid, frothy two finger off white foam cap , good sticky lacings

Aroma is pine with a whiff of grass

Taste of pine hops over a malt base

Hop taste lingers

Nice beer

Apr 15, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A pretty brew, with clear orange body and white wispy head, lots of lacing. The nose is quiet, and what is there is floral and a bit soapy. Flavor is traditional IPA, bitter with a bit of pine and lemony hop notes. The close, all told, lands pretty light, and the drying is minimal. Not one I'd reach for a 6-pack, but fine for a dinner IPA, when the option presents itself.

Apr 04, 2017
3.81 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Apr 02, 2017
3.72 by porters4life from Illinois on Feb 08, 2017
3.73 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Dec 28, 2016
3.78 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Dec 06, 2016
4.25 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Oct 26, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rogerlb from California

Pours a nice clear amber. Foamy mini-bubbles one-inch head. Thick, almost soapy lacing.

Aroma is pine, dandelion grass, white bread, some metallic earth. Not sure what that is. BA user @bwood06 calls it peat moss. Not that bad, mate. Taste is much more hoppy, bitter, a sharp kale vegetable angle. Soured citrus rind is in there and green onion. Resin? Yeah, resin. Gets juicier as it warms towards room temperature.

Hoppy and slightly boozy at 8%, not sure it demonstrates hops to their best potential but a unique and tasty DIPA.

Oct 26, 2016
3.83 by slipperysoup from Illinois on Sep 15, 2016
4.39 by mumbrell from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by andrewjraab from Michigan

Pours a cloudy golden amber / yellow with frothy layers of head that cling after each sip. Smells of citrus rind, malts, grapefruit, resinous, and a bit of grass. Taste follows with some dynamic hops characteristics - citrus, juicy fruits, and a bit of hop resin. Malts stand up to balance this brew nicely and the mouth feel is smooth considering the ABV. Overall, this is a solid brew.

Notes - got this one on vacation in Mizzu visiting family.

Sep 09, 2016
3.54 by jeff1973 from California on Aug 31, 2016
3.64 by RajaSTL from Missouri on Jul 25, 2016
STLIPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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