Stratus
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #765
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,385
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.44%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
100
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Hailstorm Brewing Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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Notes: This Northeast Style Double I.P.A. is brewed with Optic, Vienna, Asts, Wheat and Honey Malts. The Conan and London Ale III yeast gives it a hazy affected. The hops use are Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial and Cascade.
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Reviews by BeerOps:
Photo of BeerOps
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque orange with a frothy and sticky white head. A little bit of yeast tops the swirl. Smells of mango and peach. Very fruity and inviting. Taste of mango, papaya and peach as well with a hint of pine. Has a rind like after taste that lingers. Feel is soft, creamy, medium to full bodied, surprisingly a good amount of bitterness, and hides the abv well. Overall, this is a very good IPA and was very happy to have tried it. If it were accessable to me, I would surely enjoy it regularly. Cheers!

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Photo of brewskis
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, amber color with a two finger off-white head. The NE style is characterized by the haze. While this one has it, it could be much more hazy.

Aroma is more in line with the style. Tons of overly-ripe tropical and candied citrus fruits. Get mango, pineapple, peach, papaya, grapefruit, and orange. Maybe a hint of dankness. The yeast adds a slightly fruity and bubblegum-like ester to it. The malts bring a honey and sugary sweetness.

Taste follows the aroma nicely. Get the sweet tropical and citrus fruits of mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. Little blanket of dankness throughout. The fruity and bubblegum-like ester from the yeast is slightly there and adds more juicy qualities to the beer. Semi-dry finish with a moderate resiny bitterness and more underlying fruity juiciness.

Medium body. Smooth, silky carbonation with some creaminess. Finishes a tad oily and sticky, but actually fairly clean.

This is a good first attempt at the New England style hops. The appearance needs some work, but the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel are a good start and are all reminiscent of the style. I hope they keep at this because with some adjustments and tweaks, this could be great.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, canned on 9/16/16 printed on the can. My first canned offering from Hailstorm Brewing, this one their 'Northeast Style Double IPA' - also listed as 'Pale Ale' on the can.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crisp golden orange IPA body, two fingers of frothy white head, with some chill haze, and apt carbonation. Minor soapy spotty lacing left behind. Looks very nice per the style.

S - Aroma is bright, fresh, fruity, floral, soapy, piney, hoppy. Pale golden malts, oats, creamy & fluffy, are there for balance.

T - Taste is the same: bright, crisp, fresh, floral, fruity, piney, herbal, & hoppy. Mildly bitter / resinous, with good balancing bready / oat malt content. Definitely doesn't taste like 8.00% abv, feels more like a 6.00% beer.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-bodied stuff; semi-quenching for the moderate abv.

Overall, an excellent freshly conceived IPA from Hailstorm; very nice drinking stuff. Well done, guys.

Hailstorm Brewing Stratus Northeast Style Double IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/25/2017 so less than a week old when reviewed. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a finger of foamy, bright-white head and lacing. It has an aromatic smell of tangerine, peach, lemon, grapefruit, pine needles, and floral hops. The taste opens with a blast of Mosaic, Citra, and other hops, followed by both bitter and sweet citrus. There is a pleasant malt base with abundant grapefruit and lemon peel and hints of sweet fruit and caramel at the finish. As the glass warms, the sweetness increases. It's a nice balance of hops and fruit. It features a pleasing mouth feel with lively carbonation and an 8% ABV that gives it lots of substance. Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA with a flavorful blend of fruit and hops. I could drink Stratus every day.

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Photo of FBarber
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange tinged color, pretty clear. Thick frothy white head slowly dissipates leaving tons of sticky lacing and a thin layer of pillowy foam. Billed as a Northeast Style DIPA, I was expecting something more hazy, but this is pretty clear. In and of itself its a good looking beer.

Smell is fruity, nots of peach, mango and papaya, Really nice fruity bouquet. Mellow malt notes are also present with some yeasty esters.

Taste is fruity up front with those peach, mango and papaya notes present. Smooth buttery oat malts are present as the backbone with some nice neutral malt notes provide a balanced backbone. Slight bitterness is noted on the finish, but its not overly bitter and its well balanced with the fruitiness. Definitely on the "juicier" side of flavors rather than a piney or bitter flavor, but not really what I'd expect from the alleged NE style.

Feel is decent. The oats provide some heft to the beer. Medium carbonation, very smooooooth. Still its lacking in something, there just isn't that juiciness you'd expect from soothing billed as a NE style IPA. It drinks about right for a generic DIPA, but its not in any way "juicy".

Overall this is a good DIPA in its own right. However, its billed as a NE Style DIPA and I'm just not seeing it. Eh, who cares about marketing? I can look past that and appreciate that this is a solidly good beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Wolfhead
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ultrasrs
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint can dated 9/16/16 purchased at the brewery by a friend and poured in a 13oz. tulip for the review.

Look- Pours gold like shiny brass with a couple generous fingers of foam. Pretty transparent for a northeast style IPA.

Smell- Pasionfruit, mango, a little pineapple and fresh rubber.

Taste- Grapefruit, passionfruit, mango and pineapple. Some floral notes after the fruity hops along with a dash of sweet malt. A little of that fresh inner tube rubber comes out in the finish.

Feel- Slick but on the thin side for such a juicy DIPA.

Overall- A juicy and flavorful DIPA even though it missed the intended style in my opinion. A little tweaking to the recipe and this could be special. Until then, it's another tasty easy drinker considering the abv. that's worth a try.

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Photo of c014572
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated 12/2/19. Almost a "soapy" taste to it that I've picked up in recent releases that was not there in the past...

Another frustrating beer in the "is it in IPA or an APA" debate for me.

Pours a beautiful hazy amber. Nose is citrus/piney dry hops. Light on the malt & body for a beer that is 8%. Totally lacking the bitter backbone of many double IPA's, this drinks like an APA should.

That said, this is a wondrous double APA. Malt is perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness, nice dry-hopped finish is present. Light on the body for a double.

Seek this out, not for being an IPA but an extremely drinkable APA brew from Hailstorm, IMO...

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Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed deep amber orange-gold with a pillowy half-finger of slightly off-white foam. While only slightly hazed, this is nothing near the orange juice-like cloudiness expected from a Northeast DIPA.

Slight caramel and honey-like sweetness right off the bat, but immediately followed up by tropical & citrus fruit notes of guava, orange, grapefruit, and melons.

Flavor wonderfully matches the aroma with pineapple, guava, and citrusy fruit notes with a nice and subtle biscuity and slightly caramel-like malt backbone. Slight grassy and spicy hop resin bitterness lingers.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, finishes with a crisp bite.

Overall, while this beer certainly doesn't match its true Northeast DIPA counterpart in terms of appearance, this beer is smooth, with a nice crisp mouthfeel and plenty of tropical and citrus fruit notes and ends with a dry resinous finish. Easy drinking and would drink again.

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Photo of Egotist
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeffrotell
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YalovaIA
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I understand what Hailstorm is trying to do here but I don't think they pulled it off with this one as much as they did with Cumulus. Cumulus looks and smells more like the NE style they are trying to emulate. Stratus simply drinks as a traditional DIPA.

Update: 12/21 batch review - Hailstorm is dialing it in! Great color, nose, feel on this one. updated from 3.92 in early Sept 16.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Darker orange marmalade pour. Quick head to a wisp. Immediate juice on the nose. Getting mango, grapefruit, papaya and overripe pineapple, just to name a few. Malt cereal and ever so gentle green pine cone. Taste has more bitter than fruit initially. Earthy and pine forward. Puréed stone fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy, resiny and viscous. Now I've had enough of these to really dig thru this. Everything a DIPA should be. This I will search out.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on July 6, 2017. Canned on 6/29/17. Northeast style double IPA made with Optic, Vienna, wheat and honey malts. The Conan and London Ale III yeast gives it a hazy look. Brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops.

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Stratus from Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 100 ratings