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Stash IPA - Independence Brewing Co.

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Stash IPAStash IPA

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83
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91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 387
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 30.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 10-21-2007

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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 387
Photo of bisonkron
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A finger of white head that sticks around for about a minute. Very hazy, could see the yeast floating around the whole glass. carbonation was a bit lacking though.

S: the hops stick out here at first. It has some light floral tones. and a bit of sweetness.

T: Sweet malts, a bit of citrus/floral notes here as well. The hops are nice and balanced with just enough kick to the flavor.

M: Lacking in carbonation, not watery though, which is nice in an IPA.
O: Not bad at all. Not something I will grab off of the shelves, as there are much better IPAs at that price point, but not at all disappointed to see it on a menu.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber with a solid off white head. Wonderful retention and some nice lace.

S: Aromas of nice candy malts, bitter citrus, and a touch of pine.

T: Fairly hop forward, bitter grapefruit and dank grassy notes. Nice underlying sweetness to round things out, much better than people are giving it credit for.

M: Wonderful carbonation, smooth, with a nice hoppy bite.

D: Good, I like it glad I was sent two of them.

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Photo of ed_loves_ipa
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty IPA. Would have loved to record flavor while drinking, instead of 3 days after the fact. Great full flavor. Not too overpowering on the bitterness. Smooth beer

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Photo of deepchills
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6pack of 12oz bottles at The Whip In in Austin, Texas. This beer was my primary brew at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, unfortunately it was the first beer to run out at the festivals only craft beer tent.

Pours yellow/gold with a small head that goes away immediately. Lots of dry hop floaties in this beer, not as much as Green Flash’ West Coast IPA, but you get the idea.

Grapefruit and pine on the nose with a nice malty smell early.

Grapefruit and lots of bitter hops jump out right away. A darker sweetness from all the malts accompanies the hops in the middle, it’s a nice combo, I wish there were more. There is a slight Lager taste in the finish, not sure what to contribute it to or a better way to state what I’m tasting.

Overall there is a thinness to this beer, maybe 94 IBU isn’t enough with all the Malts that come with it? The 7% ABV is well concealed in this IPA. There are so many great choices there that you can normally find a better IPA, but this is an interesting changeup, I like supporting Texas breweries, so I will drink this again the next time I’m in Austin.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy goldenish color with a small white cap, light bubbles and lacing present

S: Nose has a nice blend of pine needles, flowers and lighter tough of orange peel.

T: Immediatell the taste buds detect some light pine but moreso floral and citrus notes. It also has a nice little Earthy approach to it as well. The bitterness is mild as is the sweetness. Finish is a bit slick but rather refreshing

M: Light to medium bodied, well cabornated, no major issues and a little slick and sweet

O: AN enjoyable IPA. Easy to drink and I would drink again.

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Photo of hmph
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received with a load of Texas beers from Tofuspeedstar, many thanks!

A - super hazy yellow and dark yellow's, haze makes it look thicker and more of a light brown, finger worth of white head that recedes slowly

S - real nice smell, floral fruity and light with some stickier caramel notes on the end

T - a nice clear piney fruit burst up front with some caramel malt balanced throughout , some hop bitterness that lingers on the end

O - Really a tasty beer, well balanced, lots of good hop flavor with an adequate malt presence to make it a bit creamier and approachable, a nice take on the style, and would have no qualms about drinking one again

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a murky copper body with a small white head.

S - a nice, subdued hop profile. mostly citrus, clean malt background.

T - hops are mostly bitter on the finish, with a light tang on the front. I'm guessing this is a touch on the older side. It's a nice taste, but I'd like more hops.

M - Actually a very nice and smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied, and pleasant.

D - it's pretty drinkable, but I wish it tasted better.

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Photo of obrike
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack at HEB in Round Rock for just over 6 bucks...

Have seen it numerous times and have passed it by...never again.

Poured a honey colored gold into my sam adams pint gass, about a one inch head...fades pretty quickly...light spotty lacing.

Wow...very fragrant scent...surprised me. Piney hops mixed with orange, mango, other tropical fruits. Quite nice.

Bang...a big hop punch to the palate, but not a lot of malt backbone. Strong pine and orange, but a bit one-sided. Still, a lot of flavor in this, much more than I expected.

A nice IPA effort from Independence here in the great state of Texas.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/3....hazy mustard like gold. Nice 1/4 inch of fluffy foam lid. Grapefruit nose, some pine. Light bodied. Firm hop not overly bitter. Grapefruit and rind flavored taste. Solid.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Maudite brandy snifter.

A- A nice copper color with yeast floating around after being stirred up by the pour. Very thin layer of head that dissapears quickly.

S- Very strong citrus hop smell and I pick up the slightest amount of malt.

T- Bitterness shines through at the beginning but then it balances out with the malt. Like the smell the hops add a citrus character to the taste.

M- This IPA isn't super carbonated and it really plays to it's advantage. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- It is a little more bitter than some of the other IPAs brewed here in Texas but still isn't super hoppy by any means. I say it would make a fine gateway IPA for someone that hasn't tried the style.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden color. Hazy.

There’s a pronounced hoppy bouquet that’s heavy on the pine side, followed by some orange peel. That bracing hoppiness comes through on the flavor as well, without a strong enough malt backbone to balance it out. Sharp, piney bitterness and a lingering finish. Thick and resiny without being DIPA-strength.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a ver cold glass. Had at backyard grill in Houston.

Appearance- Cloudy orange with very little head. Maybe due to the glass being so cold? Light, overall lacing.

Smell - I can't smell very much at all. When I stick my nose in the glass I do smell tropical fruits. Orange is very prominete.

Taste- A lot more bitter than what I thought it would be. Big malt backbone adds sweetness but not crazy.

Mouthfeel- A little thicker than I typicacly like but good none the less.

Overall- Good IPA. Easy drinking. Jenray sent me one of these as an extra awhile back but for some reason I didn't review it.

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Photo of atsprings
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for throwing this in as an extra! 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice floral earthy hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops with a decent amount of sweet malts backing them up but giving way to a nice lingering bitter citrus hop finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a very tasty IPA, one I could certainly see having again if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hotel cup (sadly).

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a quarter finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Nice beer ring lacing. A little bubbly carbonation continues to percolate to the surface throughout.

S: Baked Italian bread, with lots of piny hops. A little honey, and lemon citrus.

T: Very piny, very hoppy, with a tinge of syrupy sweetness, and an earthy malt flavor.

M: Mouth puckering hops, resulting in a really dry finish. A somewhat steely aftertaste lingers a bit.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Dark golden body, with a nice (albeit slight) foamy head which lingers consistently, and leaves a persistent beer ring. Nose is hearty grain with pine, well complimented with some sweet and citrus. Flavor is not complex, but has an earthy malt, biting hops, and a slight sweet tone for balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy amber/orange into my snifter with one finger of head that has moderate retention and sticky lacing.

S - Big citrus hops, grapefruit and orange, pine, sweet caramel malts, and faint biscuit.

T - Very bitter from start to finish, nice citrus hops, grapefruit rind and orange, earthy and piny on the back end, sweet caramel malts barely make themselves known through the bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice feel.

O - I really do like this beer, but in all honestly it's just not very balanced. Love the hops and bitterness for that matter, just needs a little more malt backbone to support it.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

miikezombie sent this beer my way in trade. I'd sampled some of Independence's offerings at GABF 2011 and am glad to have a bottle to review. Thanks, Glen!

Pouring this one into a small Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Mostly clear with just a hint of haze, this is a medium orange color. Foam formation was around 1-2 fingers tall and off-white in color. Good retention and lacing. The nose offers up some of that typical American hop goodness I like to see. There's sliced ruby red grapefruit along with a sweet navel orange. Slight sweet malty notes pop up later. Despite the citrus hop in the nose, the flavor leans more toward an herbal and grassy combo. Malt backbone holds firm, hinting at a toasty but primarily clean profile. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Speaking of bitterness, it is certainly appropriate for this style of beer. The medium-light body and moderate carbonation is also fine for this style and doesn't detract for the session.

A good but not great example of the American IPA. Really enjoyed the nose and appearance but flavor could use a little work - perhaps more diversity in the hop profile.

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Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Anvil in Houston. The bartenders said it was the first available cask of Stash available.

A: Pours a cloudy copper orange color. A creamy two finger white head forms with some patchy lace left behind. Pretty much what I expect cask to look like.
S: Big citrus up front. Orange and lemon peal. A lingering bitterness. A big and bright hop aroma. Though still enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of citrus up front. Orange and lemon again. A grapefruit bitterness lingers. Enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin. Not unusual for a cask. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few.

Probably the best I have had from Independence. A pretty good cask. Enjoyable is the name of the game. So far this is the one beer I would recommend from the brewery.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this extra Matt.

The beer pours a cloudy burnt-orange and leaves spider web lacing down the sides as it's quarter inch, white head falls flat. There is ample carbonation helping to push forward strong notes of layered, hoppy bitterness and sugary citrus. Very little alcohol is detected while drinking. This IPA tastes relatively fresh, with pungent piney hops and some citrus fruit in the aftertaste. The resiny bitterness lingers for quite some time after words. In summary, this is a tasty IPA, but fails to blow my socks off.

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Photo of Redrover
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Hilton Towers in Houston. After experiencing the beer wasteland around Minute Maid Park, I was looking forward to this one.

Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer was amber with an off-white head. There were bits of lace on the sides of the glass.

I get citrus hops on the nose. Beer smells very fresh.

First taste is of hops (grapefruit) and then some faint caramel malts. It is a bit unbalanced, but was pretty tasty.

It has a slick and oily mouth that added to the enjoyment. While not world class, it really hit the spot!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from mhenson42... thanks man!

Bottle Date = 4/12/12

Pours a slightly hazy goldish color with a film of white head. Nice retention on the head and nice lacing. The aroma features aromatic fruity hops along with pine cones and resin. Notes of caramel malt in the background are present. Taste is heavy on the bitterness right away with plenty of pine and a hint of grass and onion. Malts are present but are overshadowed by bitterness. The body feels somewhat heavy and the carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is a tasty little brew, but in the saturated world of IPAs, it doesn't stand out as a memorable or particularly unique brew.

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Photo of MrBeerExpert
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden/light orange and pretty cloudy. Medium head retention and lacing.

S- Very potent. Lots of citrusy hops and sweet, caramel malts present.

T- The caramel malts definitely dominate. A bit too much for my tastes, but there is nice hop presence as well.

M- Medium carbonation and heavy body. I prefer IPAs on the drier side.

O- The aroma was my favorite part of this beer. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was just a bit too sweet, but others will no doubt find that appealing.

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Photo of northaustin
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy gold/light amber with a fat finger of pretty even white head. leaves almost no lacing.

smell is mild pine.

taste: the bittering hops hit hard upfront on the tongue and follow with a smooth balance of crystal malts and mild pine. the beer leaves your mouth pretty oily.

pretty good outdoor session beer. this is also way better than what i remember from having the beer on tap about a year ago.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap in Austin. One of the local IPAs and a secondary go-to beer.

A - light amber clear pour with a fluffy head that left behind a few chunky bits of lacing.

S - solid mango/pineapple hops on the nose

T - good initial bitterness with a hint of orange rind that stuck in the back of the throat. Not a lot of follow-through however: disappears fairly quickly and not much malt to balance out the flavor.

M - very light on the tongue with just a hint of carbonation. No significant alcohol or booziness.

D - nicely drinkable, but lacking a bit of character.

This is a decent IPA, but isn't exceptional. I'd have it in a pinch, but would definitely go for more of a traditional west coast IPA given the choice.

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Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stash IPA by Austin-based Independence Brewing. Solid hoppy IPA on the light side pours amber brown with orange highlights with an inch of off-white head. Head dissipates quickly. Great lighter uncomplicated IPA that would either open a tasting session well without tearing your palate apart for the next one. Carbonation is a little soda-like with big bubbles struggling to keep the head aloft.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazed dark gold color with a large, creamy white head. Retention is very nice as is the lacing, leaves good looking rings down the glass.

Nose yields some juicy fruit and mint hop aromas. Not overly powerful and there is more than enough light caramel and toffee malt balance.

Taste has the same similar balance as the nose. The light mintiness is notable along with a light yeasty fruitiness. The hop flavor is not as pronounced as many of the highly touted IPAs, but pleasant enough and the bitterness is decent. The malts are pretty light, a bit grainy and toasty. I am not getting why Stash rates as low as it does here. I kinda like it...an easy drinking, balanced IPA. Fresh and tasty.

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Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.