Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up because I thought the can looked interesting. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Within its first year, Stillwater Artisanal was ranked #2 in the ‘Best New Brewers In the World’ category by international beer rating resource RateBeer.com. Building on this esteemed first-year accolade, Stillwater has remained in the global ‘Top 100’ ever since and has seen praise from such media outlets as NPR, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Food & Wine, New York Times, and more. The rapid success generated great demand for Stillwater Artisanal and the beer is now distributed in more than 40 U.S. States as well as Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. What makes Stillwater ‘Artisanal’ though? Many craft products these days use similar terminology, but for Stillwater, here is where the story runs deep. As brewing took the place of Brian’s musical career, the need for a creative release was only partially met. In fact, Brian considers Stillwater to be more of an art project/collective where collaborations with other like-minded visionaries leads to boundary pushing concepts and creations. BeerAdvocate Magazine once stated ‘Stillwater is a vehicle for unconventional thinking’ – a statement Brian proves true with the constant evolution of the brand.”
Random: Stillwater has some of the best labels in the business.
The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange with some carbonation visible. The nose had some hops to it and they manifested as citrus fruit and lemoncello. There were also notes of grapefruit and pomelo. The taste was intensely hoppy. It started with mango and citrus. The lemon liquor note was there as well. There was a touch of sweetness at the end of the sip, but the hops overwhelmed the sweetness. The body was thick and chewy with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with hops. A pounder can was $3, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. I liked this beer a lot and the hops gave the beer a lot of depth. Yet another standout from Stillwater.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0