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Stash IPA - Independence Brewing Co.

Stash IPAStash IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 239
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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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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Andyyyyyy

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious ipa! Smell immediately gets you excited to drink the beer. Once it hits the palate, it has a hoppy yet smooth taste with creaminess. Delicious, deliciius , delicious! Fortunately, I live just down the road from Austin so I will have access to this beer. If you truly enjoy hoppy, creamy, amazing ipa's this is the beer to go with. Awesome!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 21:10:16 | More by Andyyyyyy
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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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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A quick pour into an english pint glass produced a finger of mixed sized white foam that persisted for a decent amount of time. It left a coat of streaking lacing on the edge of the glass and a layer on top of the moderately hazy copper liquid.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and dank resin hop aroma are the dominant characteristics. A slight toasty note comes in from the malt and a slightly fruity character.

T: A nice assertive pine and reisiny bitterness that leads to a more refined pine and grapefruit hop flavors consistent with the nose. A balancing bread crust and toasty malt profile that doesn't take away from the hop flavors but seems to support it. Clean fermentation character.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. The reisiny hop oils coat the tongue giving it a slick mouth feel.

O: A resin filled, flavorful IPA with a supporting malt backbone. Won't blow your mind but, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:17:47 | More by guityler83
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of sticky, hop lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral, fruity hops and backing caramelized, crystal malt notes. The malt character pretty quickly takes a supporting, subtle role that is more appropriate for an IPA. Specific notes of huge lychee, pineapple, tangelo and candied citrus zest slowly morph into danker leaning herbal notes that are certainly “hemp” influenced, menthol leaning, tobacco like, and pine-sap laden. The beer remains fruit focused in its hop intensity, but has a nicely supporting, ample enough, herbaceous quality to it that provides just enough balance for my “tastes” (in quotes because it is the aroma I am talking about).

The beer has a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the hop-fruit character, but there is lots of herbal notes as well. The bitterness is actually quite smooth and not as biting as I expected in my first sip, but subsequent sips are more biting, but it is more herbaceous and astringent in a green, raw hoppy way, rather than in a clean bitterness manner. The beer has more of a herbal balance than the aroma, and this allows it to be equally balanced between the fruit and herbal notes up front and in the middle, but the finish is all about the lingering, fairly dank, bitter herbal character. Specific hop flavors of lychee, big pine, touches of menthol, raw hop astringency, and woody notes. The body has a medium’ish viscosity to it, and this is well with in the amply quaffable zone that a decent IPA needs to hit; having said that, it could be a touch lighter bodied, but it would then lean further towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum.

A beer that hits the spot for this hop head. I like the balance between fruity and herbal hop character here; both are prominent enough to keep this beer interesting from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:38:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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LtColFrankSlade

Texas

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with beautiful head and lacing

S - Very fruity grapefruit, orange and pne

T - Straightforward bitterness. Better than I had thought it would be but not entirely complex.

M - Mouthfeel is average, but not bad

Pretty good for a beer I'd never heard of from TX until when I was in Austin yesterday and I live in TX. Thumbs up guys.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:50:28 | More by LtColFrankSlade
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3sheets2wind

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Gold with small white head

S - Deeply complex floral/pine/grapefruit

T - Bitter with some maltiness. Could be better balanced. Best cold. Does not warm up that well.

M - A little thin, but not bad at all.

Taste of the West Coast in Texas. Compares favorably with GF West Coast IPA or Stone IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 17:09:45 | More by 3sheets2wind
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.9/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that leaves a good lacing. Smell is hoppy with a hint of citrus. Taste is perfect for an ipa, sweet malty flavor with a kick of hopps to finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, not watery nor greasy. Remember ithis is NOT an imperial or double ipa. This is an excellently executed IPA and it deserves awards. Hats off to independence brewing, the quality of their brews are astonishing!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:08:11 | More by drinkAK
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genitempo

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from bottle to glass. Minimal head. Minimal warmth in it's orange body, with a pale hue where the light hits it. Quickly dissolving head, leaving heavy lace on the glass and floating a few colonies.

S - Probably the most inviting aspect of this beer. Heavy florals, mildly toasty. Very welcoming.

T - A very well-constructed IPA for the hops used. Never overbearing, decently balanced.

MF - Median weight that covers the taste buds succinctly. Minimal carbonation.

O - One of the more famous IPAs to come out of the Austin Area ( a surprisingly low score on BA) Stash is a great go-to beer at the bar, and it pairs very well with Seafood, clearing the palate quickly. This isn't my first Stash, it won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 05:23:22 | More by genitempo
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hmph

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 17:29:38 | More by hmph
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 14:06:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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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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TexIndy

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a bottling code on the bottom of the bottle but it was offset so the first part was cut-off. Was a hazy golden yellow color with some carb streams. It had a small head that settled into a good collar and a thin covering film. Moderate lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was nice and hoppy with pine and citric pith leading the way. Some caramel malt as well but this is a hop show so just a touch. The taste was also nice and hoppy and again pine leading the way. Also getting some grassy hops as well. Some malt. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a good IPA that, as others stated, won't blow you away but just seems to hit the easy drinking sweet spot. From Austin so available in TX obviously. Rotation - worth the occasional single in mixed hoppy sixer or maybe even a 4pk. Would like to try on tap [O;Y]

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:37:38 | More by TexIndy
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IPA1978

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper, fair head retention with some lacing

S- dried apricots, floral, pine

T- resinous hops, citrus, pine and floral honey like flavor, malty sweetness

M- not as much malty body as I expected for the ABV but has nice sappy hop feel.

O- very good IPA, will always buy when in the Austin area.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:10:09 | More by IPA1978
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pgfault

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with minimal head and maintains a thin layer throughout. Nose is extremely floral and quite pleasant. Initial taste is expected hoppy. Not much malt flavor. The hops linger, but it's not a chemistry experiment. Overall, a good, big IPA. If you see a tap, grab a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:30:28 | More by pgfault
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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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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Date on the bottom of the bottle appears to be 2.15.12.

Look- Clear deep gold with three fingers of dense off-white head that falls slowly. Lighter in hue for an AIPA. Dense lacing.

Smell- Bready, musky, a bit of apricot and popcorn. Swirling brings out a funky sweet/sour aroma, like lemon yogurt crossed with baked twinkies.

Taste- Follows the nose, Starts out with a light sweetness that transitions into soft fruits and herbal bittering. Middle presents pine and a bit more citrus, along with light toffeelike malt. Strong earthy, musky undertones throughout- almost raunchy, sweaty. Finishes bitter and lemony. Hard water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, soft carbonation. Smooth. Finishes crisp and a somewhat cottony.
One is probably enough.

Overall- Not great, not terrible. Not overbearing in any department, but on the whole it feels a bit muddled. I'll probably pick it up again in the future just to see what it's like fresher (darn bottom-of-the-bottle dates), but I don't really recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 07:56:13 | More by Lawl3ss
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beergoot

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy gold body with a lasting, thick white head.

Citrus and pine hop aroma. A slight hint of malt sweetness sneaks through the dominating hop presence.

Juicy, medium body with soft carbonation lending a smooth feel to the mouth.

Very bittern taste throughout though there is a hint of citrus fruit (I'm reminded of oranges). Very light malt flavors.

A decent AIPA although the strong bitterness comes across a tad harsh overall. Not as well-balanced as any grain characteristics are well-hidden by the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 20:35:22 | More by beergoot
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium to dark orange gold color that's hazy, no head retention and a super thin lacing ring.

S - Spicy with a mild touch of garlic, fruit rinds and resiny, traces of pine. The caramel malt is very, very light and buried. Aroma favors the hops.

T - Lots of earthy pine and tropical fruit resins of grapefruit and oranges with a spicy, rindy, almost garlic-like character. Caramel malt is biscuity and lays pretty low in the background in this hop forward IPA. Hop resins are on the spicy sweet side while the lingering bitterness favors the piney grapefruit side.

M - Medium body, a little sticky, and a very nice long, lingering spicy bitterness of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Leaves an enjoyable and pleasing coating of spicy hops long after the sip.

O - This beer is FAR more deserving than the current overall score of "80". It's hop forward and in my opinion, very well brewed. If I could buy this locally, this would definitely be a staple IPA in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:15:42 | More by jzeilinger
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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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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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dbmernin83

California

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent IPA. Hazy straw some lacing. Hops on the nose with a little fruity sweetness. Hops, but a little sweeter than I like for a single IPA. A dry finish with a lasting bitterness. An ok IPA. I expected the worst, it being the best beer option at a CVS in the suburbs, and this is ok

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:51:37 | More by dbmernin83
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lighter shade of amber with a nice head that leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Citrus pith and pine

Taste: The malt plays a relative neutral role as a platform for the pine and pithy flavors that build through mid-palate and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, hoppy IPA - not a knock your socks off beer but a good everyday drinker; better than what I was expecting based on the reviews here

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:19:45 | More by brentk56
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bundy462

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy tanish brown with a white head.

S: Grassy and grainy malt with a strong hop character.

T: Grainy and grassy body with strong hops but nothing overpowering. A nice balance with a woody character in the finish. Earthy.

M: Smooth at first with a lingering hop on the tongue.

O: Nice IPA, nicely balanced, not the hop blast that you normally get with the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:11:43 | More by bundy462
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 00:32:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.