Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stillwater Why Can't IBU?

This is a 5.7% "Hop Accentuated Ale" from Stillwater Artisanal Ales. They are based in Baltimore, Maryland. It appears that they are tenant brewers, as this bottle was brewed and bottled in Stratford, Connecticut (at Two Roads Brewing Company, perhaps?). IBU's are International Bitterness Units, the measure of the bitterness brought on by hops. My picture of the bottle isn't that bad, the label is intentionally dizzying, looks like you could actually use 3-D glasses with it.

The beer pours a hazy yellow golden in color. There is a very tall head of pure white foam, thick, like whipped egg whites. The aroma is yeasty and hoppy, lemony, citrusy, orange, tropical fruit, very floral, with a creamy note. The taste follows the aromas directly, loads of fruit and floral over a saison-ish yeastiness, along with a soda cracker malt. The finish is fairly bitter and moderately dry. It is crisply and refreshingly carbonated. The meld of styles here is delicious.

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