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Stash IPA - Independence Brewing Co.

Stash IPAStash IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%


Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 10-21-2007)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Thanks to SSW117 for this one!

A- Pours a slightly hazy but mostly translucent slightly golden brown with about a half finger of fairly creamy head that dissipates to a thin layer. About average carbonation. Leaves thick lacing that coats the sides of the glass.

S- Mostly dominated by the malts, slight caramel wheat smell, has a light citrus hop profile in the background with very light lemon and orange aromas.

T- Very malty for an IPA, dominated by those caramel malts, a little bit of wheat, followed by some light citrus in the background. Finishes very slightly bitter with malts and light citrus that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, lightly creamy, easily drinkable, smooth.

O- This was a decent IPA. Not the typical IPA that I'm used to- it was definitely dominated by the malts without too much of a hop profile, I drank this as soon as I received it so it should be pretty fresh. Despite the malty profile the flavors actually balance quite nicely and the beer is very easy to drink. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Thanks again Sam for sending this, glad I got to try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:05:33 | More by jaasen64
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NewGeneric

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Pours a clear copper color with one finger of slightly offwhite head that fades at a medium pace. Plenty of sticky lacing around the edges.

S: Big citrus hops up front, with some caramel malt and mild touches of spice following. Not overly powerful, but not terribly subtle either.

T: Taste is very similar to smell. Seems to follow the same pattern as well. Citrus hops up front, with a slight earthiness as well, followed by some sweet caramel malt. Hints of spice on the back end. Fairly balanced.

M: Pretty bitter. Also has nice body without being heavy. Goes down lightly slick, but finishes dry. Seems to strike pretty good balances everywhere, but nothing striking.

D: Enjoying this, but probably couldn't have more than a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:40:17 | More by NewGeneric
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crossovert

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a darkish orange/amber, slightly hazy, with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a good while before leaving some nice lacing.

It has a nice sweet, but hoppy scent, my nose is kind of stuffed so i am pissed that i cant fully smell this one.

The taste is smooth an sweet. The malts mix nicely with the hops which have a slightly tropical vibe. Not an in your face ipa but a solid one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:07:50 | More by crossovert
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a big billowy white head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves good lacing. The aroma is tame with some light lemony hops and some floral as well. There is light sweet malts as well but it’s all very subdued. The taste is more of the same and actually a little less impressive. There is some faint citrus hops and light sugary malts. There is a light metallic bitterness in the finish and a fairly surprising alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation but the flavors seem watery. Overall a decent session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 19:41:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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augustgarage

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome extra courtesy of lnashsig (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very cloudy gradient of Persian-Orange to Pink-Orange topped by a lasting dense finger of papaya whip merengue. Heavy soapy lacing. Superior retention.

Faint biscuity malt aroma with a hint of orange marmalade; otherwise not much in the nose.

Bread crusts, white pepper, and thyme on the palate - moderately bitter though the breadiness negates the hops in the finish to some degree. Very earthy somewhat spicy, but surprisingly little fruit or bite throughout.

Well carbonated, soft, pillowy, and not-quite-medium bodied.

Most hop-heads will probably find this to be too malt-forward, but I enjoyed it anyway, and think it would pair well with low-and-slow smokey bbq among other things.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:24:05 | More by augustgarage
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jamescain for this bottle.

A: The IPA is orange-esque, clearer and supportive of a thin white head. Scant lacing follows.

S: Plenty of balance, both the citrus hops and ample malts wafting out of the glass. The hops aren't bold but they make their presence known.

T: The balance saves the IPA, bringing caramel flavors in to rescue the hops as they fall off. Citrus, just a bit of pine resin, stands out with grapefruit leading the way. The caramel is bready and stronger, more than just a backbone. The finish is predominantly malts with the occasional hop flash.

M: Decent mouthfeel, more of a pale ale with the plentiful malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 15:58:17 | More by akorsak
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Premo88

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(5/30/13 bottled date; drank 12/26/13)

L: pale peach to murky orange; murky opaque; huge head, over 2 inches of meringue-thick foam, off-white to light tan

S: big hops here, bitter citrus, grapefruit; sweet tropical fruit at times

T: for a 6-month-old IPA, not bad; very hoppy and bitter on the citrus side with caramel showing at times but not often; bitter, not sweet until it warms

F: solid all around

O: plenty good enough to try a fresh one ... in fact, i'll be seeking out a 6-pack of this soon if i can find some inside a month old

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:53:52 | More by Premo88
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of piney and grassy hops. The flavor is pine hops as well as some citrus and some grainy notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad IPA, but nothing really stands out that makes me want to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:23:47 | More by Mora2000
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frognot

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky burnt orange body with a thick foamy off-white head

Smell: More pine than citrus smell

Taste: A lot of resiny taste with a very crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Would like to try again in the summer while grilling burgers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:29:12 | More by frognot
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and hazy, pretty good one finger head, and nice lacing.

Smells a bit light for an IPA but not bad at all. It's a bit malty, with some hops aromas and a bit of citrus.

Tastes pretty malty for an IPA, but quite tasty. There's some hops and citrus, a touch of pine, and a light sweetness despite being slightly dry.

Feel is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and lingering light bitterness with a hint of sweetness.

Got this one in a trade, a nice extra. I'd certainly be happy to consume it again, it's pretty good, if not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:10:33 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright golden orange with a tight, frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine hops mostly with some citrus background.

Tastes of the hops upfront layered on top of a solid malt base. Hops lead off with citrus, floral, and pine notes. Solid amount of bitterness. Malts come through with toasted bread and a bit of caramel sweetness. A pretty good balance to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA, but doesn't really stand out among its competition.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:48:02 | More by ocelot2500
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Cheesemoose

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is very close to hazelnut, almost a hazy orange-brown. Leaves about an inch of head, which dissipates to a nice film. Small splattering of head retained.

Very nice hop aroma, grapefruit comes to mind. A very nice hop aroma, present not dominating.

Taste is a very pleasant hop bouquet, backed up by a sweet malts. Smooth hops that roll over your tongue, malts in the flavor, and through the finish you get a nice resurgent of hoppy bitterness that lingers for a good bit in the back of your throat.

Medium carbonation, and as it warms, the alcohol becomes more present.

Overall a solid IPA. A good local and big props to poonamibaxter for including this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:13:46 | More by Cheesemoose
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nickhiller

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly cloudy, small head, good lacing, the color of dehydrated morning pee.

S: well toasted bread, mild hops, slight tangy citrus. Pleasant, not too intense.

T: hops, but not overwhelming. Nutty hop rather than fruity hop, walnut (?) Lacking complexity- little bit of horse piss.

M: cask-like, not very carbonated. Bitter on the swallow. Cloudy, thick, tastes unfiltered. Might be a weird pour though.

D: all around decent beer, though I think I've had much better pours in the past. I liked the toast smell a lot. I've had this many times on tap and this one seemed a little watery and flat, compared to what I remember, maybe it was from the last of the keg.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 20:19:35 | More by nickhiller
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to Colby as an extra, drank in my Orval glass...Pours a not entirely appealing dark honey gold that is very light on the sides but super dark in the middle. An off white head that rises about a finger and half but looks whimpy, as if its going to fall quickly. It falls to half a finger fast but shows off some nice lacing...A light aroma, malty start of bread and pineapples, but a little generic in both departments. The hops show through on the back reminding me of a really light pale ale. Light wet grass hops that are sweet and have a hint of alcohol...Taste is a slight improvement over the aroma, bready pineapples to start followed by a boring light grass hop. Doesn't taste bad by any means just boring, wish the hops showed off more.

An easy to drink pale ale that doesn't have a ton of flavor or anything with it. A decent session beer or one to start the night with, but don't trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:28:58 | More by jrallen34
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to disagree with the poor reviews - I have had a couple of bottles of this so far and I have enjoyed it both times. It is not a West Coast IPA or a Imperial or Double IPA for sure -- but it doesn't claim to be.
Bronze / copper penny color with a 1" head that retains well at a 1/4" and hangs around all the way down. Nice, thick fresh lacing left on the sides of the glass. Aroma is mild pine, floral, some citrus and a sweey malt backing. Hops are restrianed up front and then kick in mid-pallete and on into the finish - more of an herbal, grassy hop finish. Same sweet malt backing to balance it out. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a lower to middling level of carbonation. Overall drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:34:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Jun 2010.

Served in the infamous Liquor Mart shaker pint. Small light tan head. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy orange amber color. resin, pine and cotton candy aroma. A says 'Like a circus in a pine forest'. Like a sugar dipped deep fried pine cone. In a good way. Relatively sweet but with an nice underlying piney bitterness. Medium light body. Moderate ethanol.

Except for the price could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 04:51:29 | More by htomsirveaux
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 23:21:12 | More by twiggamortis420
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salvo

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:25:49 | More by salvo
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 18:23:42 | More by DoktorZee
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MrBeerExpert

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 22:50:11 | More by MrBeerExpert
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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 17:59:32 | More by Redrover
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 07:11:28 | More by homebrew311
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northaustin

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 05:22:08 | More by northaustin
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champ103

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-26-2010 00:48:09 | More by champ103
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:55:31 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.