The first time I had this beer I was at St. Elmo's downtown. They had it on tap and at the time I just thought it was an IPA, so I had a few. A few turned into a lot more than that and the night got away from me. Be careful, this is a big boy beer. STLIPA is a deceiving DIPA with 8% abv and a surprisingly low 55 IBUs. It pours out a nice light orange color with a big fluffy white head, that fades to really sticky lacing. It smells like resiny pine and citrus fruits, but the aroma is pretty subdued.
The very bright aroma matches the flavor spot on. This beer has a ton of big hop flavor right up front. Primarily you'll taste grapefruit and other less distinct citrus fruits and a little piney resin. That's followed up by a biscuity malt flavor that blends nicely with the hops. Finally, there's a big resin bitterness with just a bit of onion hop sharpness. This complex hop bill does a great job of covering up all of the alcohol in this beer. It's big, sweet and hoppy but there really isn't much boozy heat at all, which is what makes it dangerous.
This seems to be Urban Chestnut's biggest mover here in Indy. I had it at Twenty Tap on tap and out of the bottle later this week. It was better on tap, but I don't know how old the bottle was. I really hope we start seeing a bunch more of this one around town, because bang for your buck its a hell of a beer!
I give it a 4.
I have only had Urban Chestnut's STLIPA from the bottle (received from the same place as The Big Guy's), so a fresher batch would likely change my impression for the better. The fruity citrus blended well with the maltiness, but the STLIPA was much less aggressive than I expect from a DIPA. The STLIPA does a very good job of hiding its ABV, with essentially no boozy heat.
I have had a crippling effect happen to my pallet when it comes to IPAs. I had Grapefruit Jungle from Sun King and Ruination from Stone as the basis of what I am looking for in an IPA. Well this motley crew gets to have another added to it. Say hello to Urban Chestnut's STLIPA. I had this wonder out of a bottle off of the back of The Big Guy's car right before the Colts took it to the Jags. With a wind chill of -20 we were tailgating with this wonder to fill our glasses. There are great tropical fruits on the nose, and a fizzy medium body. The finish is a nice centennial-ish hop bite that hits the back and sides of the pallet. I dug this beer! 4.5