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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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bmwats

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:47:26 | More by bmwats
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

12oz bottle w/o bottle date information. Poured into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty hop hazed golden yellow color. The thin half finger white head died pretty quickly into a ring around the glass leaving some sticky lacing bits. Good carbo.

S: Smells really delicious tropical fruity. Mango, papaya, grapefruit and peach are some of the notes I get. I don't get any maltiness sp it could be pretty darn fresh.

T: I get a beautiful hop bite on the tip of the tongue. You get those fruity hops again. Mango and peach. In the middle the malt bill nicely balances it out. Really smooth finish. Tasty little beer. Impressed.

M: Medium with a creamy mouthfeel which is strange.

O: B+ I really like this on many levels: smell taste etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:44:47 | More by inlimbo77
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elNopalero

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 21:54:00 | More by elNopalero
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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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BrewerB

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:25:09 | More by BrewerB
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suspect

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to my Secret Santa miikezombie for the hookup.

A: Pours hazy, cloudy, golden in color with amber hues. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a full two-finger fluffy slightly off-white head that disappears over the course of 5 minutes to leave a full sticky coating on the glass. Similar lacing leads all the way to the bottom.

S: Big time aroma on this one...almost unexpectedly so. Full citrus nose with big time piney resin meets subtle yet very present malt backbone. Hops reach right up and yank out your nose hairs.

T: Pine and grapefruit from the nose do a flip flop here as the pine takes center stage leaving grapefruit to wave its hands in the background. Very nicely done flavors here...lots and lots of hops and a nice little slide into home from the malt at the very end. Excellent.

M: A touch thin on the feel, the hop oils don't really coat the mouth too much but there is a nice finish. Ample carbonation.

O: Extremely well done IPA. This one came out of left field for me. Totally unexpected, really really nice. Overall I enjoyed the first immensely and will be said when I finish my second and last one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:44:21 | More by suspect
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imasloth

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So they changed their recipe in August 2011 after switching brewers. I wasn't in love with the old recipe so I was excited to taste the new stuff.

A- Poured roughly into a pint glass, giving a two-finger white head atop a reddish/golden beer. Lightly carbonated. Head recedes slowly leaving good lacing near the top of glass.

S- This is what made me so excited the first time I had the new recipe. It's all citrus and piney hops. Smells awesome.

T- Like the smell, awesome. Good mix between bitter and flavor on the hops. The citrus flavors (grapefruit?) override the pine but both are still recognizable. Guess it's the Galaxy and Cascade hops they use ... I love it.

M- Very little body, but the bittering provides good mouthfeel while drinking that fades quickly after swallowing.

O- I love it. I'd recommend it to others. It's my second favorite Texas IPA (to Real Ale Lost Gold).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:27:10 | More by imasloth
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:24:07 | More by MADhombrewer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more. Looking forward to getting some on tap!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:47:27 | More by mikesgroove
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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
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Travis, for sending this beer over.

Pours orange with a good number of floaties, one of which is the size of a pea. The head is nice, but fades quickly.

The smell is full of bright tangerines and pine. This smells quite nice.

Taste wise, it is a little high on the bitter scale without as much depth or structure. Pine, tangerine, and sweet lemon notes abound, but they aren't as coherent as they should be.

The feel is nice and creamy. Just enough body.

Overall, this was good, but I think I would enjoy it more on tap. I get the feeling from other reviews that there are bottling issues, but I do feel a pretty damn good brew hiding under the imperfections I found in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 05:40:17 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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deepchills

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:00:23 | More by deepchills
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ccrida

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Murky, very dark gold, it looks thick. Basically flat, the lightest wisp of skim.

Smell is muted, a touch skunky, sweetness as it warms, apricots, English ale esters perhaps, lots of caramel.

Taste is blah, like a malty pale ale, fairly bitter, especially on the lingering aftertaste, but no hop flavor really, perhaps a touch of citrus. There's a flash of sweetness mid-palate, a touch fruity, melon, but quickly overshadowed by a bitter, long finish, with a bit of hops peeking out on the aftertaste. A touch of alcoholic heat and plasticy phenols as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied, not as thick as it looked, but heavy for sure, at least for my taste in the style.

Drinkability is ok. It's not at all my taste in the style, which is very light malt and huge hops. The flaws are modest though, and overall it's fairly bland for the style, that I could suck it down without pain, but without pleasure as well. Below average overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 21:29:17 | More by ccrida
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birchstick

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangeish copper color without much of a head on it

S - smells of cinnamon, grapefruit, and caramel malts; not much of a hop presence on the nose

T - caramel and bready malts form the backbone of this beer and steal the battle for most dominant flavor on the palate. Ends with earthy, grassy hops that are dominated by the malts on the exhale. Not a very hoppy IPA.

M - full body with low carbonation; average

D - If this was a pale ale I would have rated it higher. However, given that it is an IPA it fell short of the mark in the hop category. I was expecting a bit more out of this, especially given the giant hop leaf on the label.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 15:25:42 | More by birchstick
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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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HopsKeepDroppin

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:26:51 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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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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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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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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ncmussell

Minnesota

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. nice head. Good color and not too dark. Not a ton really going on on the nose. Taste is kind of middle of the road, not really on the malty end and not really on the piney end either. There is some fruit there but just kind of all jumbled together. Overall it was a fine beer, but nothing that I need to try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:26:42 | More by ncmussell
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JMad

Texas

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

I drank this beer from a tulip glass...

The color was a hazy golden with a fluffy white head. It smells of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple. It tastes of bitter pine and grapefruit peel with some caramel malt a little pepper and tropical fruit. Feels medium bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a good IPA, it's not up there with the best but is better than your average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:49:49 | More by JMad
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Dster

Texas

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

poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch head.
S Piney...cedar. Later comes citrus.
T When you first taste...its like it smells...heavy on the pine...but when you swallow there is a lot of grape fruit.
M smooth texture, high carbonation
D Good session american IPA. If you like hops, you could drink a pack of these. Kind of feels like a comb of a east coast and a west coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 07:19:13 | More by Dster
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bisonkron

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:31:29 | More by bisonkron
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale hazy orange in color, light off-white, yellow hued creamy head with little bits of bubbles.

S- Small bits of lightly citrus hops, but mostly really rich malts, caramel, and nuttiness. Almost a little bit of candied sugar. Too rich for an IPA IMO.

T- The taste definitely balances things out a lot more. The caramel, sweet malts, are a lot more subtle, and the hop bitterness is more pronounced. Nice bits of sweet citrus.

M- The feel is lighter than anticipated with the rich aroma, but it has a nice crispness, adequate carbonation, and slight creaminess.

D/O- Drinkability is average, and over all, it's a middle of the road IPA. The aroma is a bit too sweet and rich, but fortunately the taste is worlds apart, making this a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:30:20 | More by EgadBananas
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boralyl

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottle dated 3/3/11. Pours about an inch of creamy white head into a tulip glass. It's got very nice retention and leaves lots of sticky lace. The beer has a slight haze and is burnt orange in color.

S - There is some fruit, and sweet malt character, but the aroma is pretty muted.

M - Medium in body with some creaminess competing with the medium carbonation.

T - Some sweet maltiness up front followed by some grapefruit character, but floral hops quickly overpower it in the finish. It's got a long lasting bitterness.

It's good, but nothing special. It's lacking in the aroma department, but looks great!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:16:04 | More by boralyl
Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.