STLIPA | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
urbanchestnut.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by birchstick on 05-11-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
285
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
32.81%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
63
For Trade:
1
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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazey copper color with tiny head. Nose of bready malt, orange, floral piney notes. Tastes of resin, orange and a little citrus, piney at back end. Clean finish. A good IPA but I think it lacks the piney bite I'm looking for.

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Photo of RMelyon
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got this old, off a dirty tap line, or what. Bad malt flavor masked everything, and I barely got any pine or tropical fruit flavor. A lot of that bad musty copper flavor going on. Thankfully it was at a company event so I took 3 sips and had a buddy check to see if I was crazy about something being off. He claimed it was just a bad brew. I'm unconvinced they WANTED the beer to taste like that. After that, just left the glass on the bar.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-grapefruit,orange,tangerines,resiny,passionfruit,peach
T:
-Follows the nose
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very good DIPA

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Photo of Zinck
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle.

L: Slightly hazy orange with white head. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit/spice resembling Chinook and Willamette. Some subtle noble aroma.

T: Firm bitterness upfront, followed by citrus/spice/noble flavor with lasting American hop taste. Enough malt to back up the hops but no malty/bready flavor.

F: Medium mouth feel with plenty of hop body. Gives me the hop burps.

O: Lower alcohol Imperial IPA (certainly not double the stats of an IPA), with a balanced blend of American and noble hops; I'd call it a solid IPA. Good to see a brewery that focuses on old styles bringing in a more modern recipe.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times, but this is the first time that I had the chance to review it. The beer is slightly hazy, golden, and with a huge white head. The aroma is malty, with lots of floral, resiny, earthy hops. Full in flavor, slightly sweet, strong in alcolhol and warming. The beer is engaging, fun, and solidly bitter. Full in body and drinkable.

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Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a pint glass

A - Tall creamy head, off white in color that dissipates moderately slowly. Beer itself is hazy and orangish/copper in color. Slow rising carbonating, low to moderate overall carbonation. 3.5/5

S - Piney and citrus rind are the two main notes that I get. Hint of grapefruit. Bready in the form of sourdough. Maltiness comes out as the beer warms. 3.75/5

T - Citrus rind is the first flavor that I get which is soon followed by a light white bread maltiness. Slight note of peat moss in the middle. Finishes with a piney bitterness and a booziness that is not noticeable until the end. Very complex and layered. Very little in the way of sweetness, this is a hop bomb. 4/5

M - Beer retains a lightness to it while also being medium bodied and sitting somewhat heavily. Low to moderate carbonation. Drying astringency on the finish which lingers. 3.75/5

O - Very complex and layered beer which is hops on top of more hops. Varying flavors of hops keeps this one interesting. Interesting dichotomy of light and heavy feel. Can't say I'm used to cloudy IPAs but head retention is very nice and flavor is maintained throughout the tasting. 3.75/5

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Photo of clager
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a pint bottle

L: Light orange, slightly hazy, minimal head

S: Mild malt scent, little bit of pine and nuttiness, not much else coming through for me.

T: Alcohol up front (surprised it was only 8%) with a bready flavor and notes of floral, pine, nuts, and coconut. Bitterness hits at the end and lingers, which I liked.

F: Not as well-carbonated as I would like (and it was fresh)

O: Fairly well-balanced DIPA, less malty than most which I appreciated but mix of flavors was undesirable for me. I think dry hopping it with some Citra, Amarillo, SImcoe or something would really make this a good beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced for a Double IPA but somehow it works... Piney hops and English style malts... Reminds me of what a German brewery would produce as a DIPA... Super refreshing on a hot summer day in July by the pool... Not too heavy... Really enjoyed this offering.. These guys can do no wrong in my eyes... Awesome brewery!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden amber hue with excellent clarity. Heavy Brussels lacing. Nice piney hop aroma. Nice piney hop bite on the front of the palate. It softens mid palate and reappears in the fade. The mouth is lightly sticky and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really well executed DIPA that doesnt beat you over the head with hops. There is a very nice malt and hop balance here, with a smoothness you often dont get from an abundance of hops.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Boca-X
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to give this a higher score and I might in the future but it was a little flat and I didn't have a date on the bottle to help determine its freshness.

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

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a huge frothy head. Heavy and beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Floral, pine, and grapefruit hop perfumes. Very nice indeed.

Taste: Heavy on the hops, for sure, yet nicely balanced. The hops usher in a flurry of tropical, pine, and citrus notes while the malts temper it to a subtle, well-rounded level. An IPA to be proud of, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The STLIPA was a decent beer from Chestnut. The beer poured a hazy orange with white head that did not leave a lace. The scent was of fresh hops with slight citrus lean. The taste was bolstered by a sweet malt base that had bitter hops present throughout. The beer reminded me more of an English style than west coast style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is good....not the best IPA I've ever had but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of jealousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- very hazy pale orange with moderate head and fairly impressive lacing. Aggressive carbonation shows in the glass.

S- kind of boring, light generic hops smell and not much else. Worrisome on the smell--might be stale, but I doubt it from this bottle shop. If there's a date code, I can't find it.

T- much better on the taste, so I doubt it's stale. Flavor of fresh grapefruit hops dominates with light resin flavors. Bitterness lingers nicely. Very light on the malts, like a west coast IPA. Not very yeasty at all.

M- as I mentioned in the appearance section, heavy carbonation. Not overdone, just on the high side--I like that for an IPA. Fairly light body.

Overall a good beer, and not exactly the style I was expecting. A nice one to have opened at 3 pm. Recommended for day drinking, spicy food, and the World Cup.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft in St Louis while watching the USA World Cup match.

A: Hazy golden amber with soapy one finger off white head that left some sticky lacing.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, and some faint pineapple.

T: Light citrus, honey, orange peel, and some bready malts.

M: Full bodied but not heavy leaving some hop oils on the tongue.

O: Good basic DIPA. I would grab a pint whenever I'm in the area.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed amber with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Never really clears, great lacing & good head retention

S: Faint pineapple, some breadyness, then grapefruit & passion fruit

T: Breadyness, faint grapefruit, pears & lemon zest up front. Grapefruit pith, pineyness, dryness, a little bit of peach & pears as this warms. Finishes with a big grapefruit pop & some pineapple & dryness & a little bit of pear

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, good balance

Could easily pass as an AIPA, very drinkable, ABV is well hidden

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Photo of joe1510
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml

Another big thanks goes out to Mr. Mark for this one! Although there's a slight haze the tangerine orange body still manages to glimmer when backlit. When not backlit there's a rubbed bronze quality to the body. A bright white head grows to two fingers and as it settles leaves impressive lace in its wake.

I fear this beer may be a couple weeks older than I'd like. There's a bit of tea leaf hoppiness to the otherwise bright citrus. A pale malt base includes cereal grain, toast, and a touch of caramel. The hop profile consists of candied citrus peel, orange marmalade, and sweetened grapefruit. A faint whiff of booziness hits on a deep pull.

This beer may be fresher than the nose led me to believe. I get none of that tea leaf hoppiness. What I do get is a bright citric twist with added sugars, think candy and jam. I'm a big fan of the malt profile. It's pale, obviously, but has a lot of depth. Caramel, grain, and sugar cookie all play roles in the malt base. I'm a fan.

The body weighs in at moderate with a carbonation that's creates a decadent smoothness. The finish isn't immediately dry but does dry up rather quickly. The bitterness is easy up front but grows to moderate plus about halfway through the bottle and lingers. Nicely done!

STLIPA isn't mind blowing but it's all around a damn fine IPA. I'd love to try this beer a couple days after release and taste the brightness. The malt profile shows more depth than most with a juicy citric hoppiness. More of these in my future? Of course.

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Photo of denbo63
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had other beers from this brewery. Never had STLIPA but the was happy to see it on tap at my hotel. Great color in the glass -- beautiful copper. Good nose. Complex flavor due to the hop bill. Strong. Good mouth feel. Nice finish. Excellent Double IPA. Not as much alcohol taste as you'd expect from such a high gravity beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden honey with 1 finger white head. Lots of carb in this beer. Bubbles rolling everywhere. Very good head retention as well

S - Lighter aroma than most IPAs, but a different aroma than most IPAs as well. I detect some lemon and something I cant quite put my finger on. Its almost floral smelling. Aroma finishes sweet.

T - Very similar to the aroma but more potent. Again, a floral taste but very pleasant. It does have a nice citrus in the background mainly lemon.

M - Wow...this beer is smooth for a DIPA. Very light drinking and goes down way to easy! Impressed

O - This is an awesome DIPA with a cool name too! I believe you could even call this DIPA sessionable and you can definitely call it dangerous!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium to darker, hazy golden hue. Small to medium, 1.5 finger, frothy head develops and retains to a good while. Head remains as a somewhat thick lace on the top of the body. Lacing is great.

S- Moderate to aggressive hops up front that persist all the way through. A somewhat citrus-like component to the scent, reminds me mostly of grapefruit. The citrus flavor is slightly sweet when compared to the rest of the bitter hops smell.

T- Surprisingly unlike the scent right up front. Big hops bitterness that is was less citrus-like and more resin-like. Very bitter and strong when it hits the tongue. Towards the middle of the drink, the resin flavors blend into a more pine-like flavor profile and increase in bitterness. Ends rather quickly, with a big bite from the persistent hops.

M- Somewhat lower in carbonation compared to other IPA's. Thick and somewhat syrupy, this one is slower across the palate. Feels more like the weight of a stout. Hops are bitter enough to make this one close to a slow sipper.

Overall, this is just a very solid DIPA. I think it is most similar to Sixpoint Resin. Big hops bitterness are largely unchecked by any sort of malt. This is a classic beer for the hop head.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big bottle, 16 oz or so. No indication of how old this is.

A: Amber body, no haze to it. Nice head and decent retention.

S: Malt, caramel, sugar. No hop profile. Not a good start.

T: Malt bomb. No hop bitterness at all. Very unbalanced.

M: Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is fine.

O: I'm always cautious of buying undated bottles, but this is local and from a popular beer store. But I got burned. Tired of wasting my money on this crap. Date your bottles!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good double ipa, but to me this one is a little generic, especially in the urban chestnut context, I know these cats are creative brewers. it pours like ive seen before, golden and mostly clear with slowly rising bubbles and an inch of white head slowly relaxing. good hop nose, oily and west coast oriented, but with a decent malt backbone and a touch of sweetness that seems to highlight the sweetness of the hoppy oils in both aroma and taste. bitterness is minimal until the finish, where it finally crescendos on the swallow. this reminds me of something lagunitas would make, and not their better stuff. its good, but it isn't original. it was also a little filling with a bigger body, and could probably stand a little more carbonation. not a bad beer, but not up to the standards I have in my head for urban chestnut.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with an impressive head that perches on the hazy amber liquid; very nice lacing action

Smell: Citrusy, with tangerine, grapefruit and melon tones; biscuity malts underneath

Taste: The citrusy elements hit the tastebuds right away, bringing both grapefruit, tangerine and melon flavors with the biscuity malts adding some depth underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice DIPA which showcases the hops without a big malt distraction

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as extra by Stringer_Bell- thanks! Appears a deep gold with decent clarity, frothy 2 finger head the retains nicely and leaves loads of splotchy lacing. The aroma presents light cirtusy waves of lemon pairs with grass and bread, notes of caramel come next with some crackery dryness at the end. The taste has a nice fruity hop character up front that presents some sweetness followed by a decent bit of bitterness. Finish is floral and grassy with decent finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this IPA is sneaky, definitely drinks like a single IPA, but it packs a deceptive punch of alcohol. Overall very tasty and worth a try.

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