Stash IPA - Independence Brewing Co.

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Stash IPAStash IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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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Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 95
Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of nickhiller
3.62/5  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.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.62/5  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!

Photo of Julz
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in color, hazy little an IPA should be and at lot of head...a lot.

Yeast with grapefruit and not very mellow. A very nice tasty balance of bitter and citrus.

Nice mouthful, not too heavy.

I drink a lot of IPA's and I prefer mine to have a more lemon finish. This is a drinkable beer and it is smooth enough that you could drink a few. Not my favorite but I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of atsprings
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of stopbarking poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a big billowy white head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves good lacing. Very good looking IPA actually.

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.

This is a fairly average IPA with the flavors coming across watered down. It's not bad just not memorable in any way.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to htomsirveaux for the Teas brews!

A - Gold and hazy with a little white head and spotty lace.

S - Vague hop, slightly vegetal, some alcohol, kind of homebrew-ish...

T - Basically the same as the nose. Decent taste, not too bad, but not spectacular in any way. Nor are any of the flavors particularly sharp or succinct.

M - IPA. Decent.

D - This is a solid beer, albeit unremarkable. I wouldn't pass it up, but then again, I probably wouldn't buy it either.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, golden-amber body with some small pieces of particulate in solution. Up top, a little over a finger of fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Pungent, citrusy, and piney hops over a caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the resinous, green, citrusy, and decently bitter hops. Underneath, a biscuity malt body that keeps everything nicely balanced. No sign of the rather high ABV to be found. While no element sticks out, there's something just a bit muddled going on here. Leafy and resinous hops endure in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Just a hint of heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: In the middle of the drinkability spectrum, just watch out for the alcohol content.

Verdict: I've really been looking forward to trying some new Independence brews. While Convict Hill was worth the wait, I'm not so sure here. At the end of the day, Stash is a pleasant, though generally unexciting IPA.

Photo of northaustin
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. 1 finger white fades fades to ring promptly. Slightly hazy, coppe/orange. SMELL is weak and grainy with low hop presence. TASTE is sweet, malt forward with underlying sharp piny bitterness that lingers. Not very complex. Reasonably smooth, bit off balance. FEEL medium body, pleasant texture, some drying and bitterness in the finish. Mellow enough to session, but not very interesting. Way too many better IPA's to be drinking this one regularly.

Photo of JDV
2/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Draught house Pub in Austin. Pours amberish with little head. Taste is actually almost exclusively alcoholic. More like a (very) strong ale with a hint of hops than an IPA. Not a very hoppy taste at all, and really a poor IPA, unfortunately. No wonder the bartender was trying to sell me on the Sierra Nevada 2007 anniversary IPA instead...

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried this on tap tonight at Z-Tejas here in Austin.

This is a very sweet interpretation of an IPA. Too sweet in my opinion. It starts off with a berry like sweet flavor that rides all the way through. The bitterness seems more like a sour kind of off flavor rather than the bitterness one would expect for the style. Sweet berry flavor is very present in the finish, and contributes to the almost sticky too thick of mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a lousy interpretation of an IPA in my opinion. The very sweet flavors are out of place, the hop bitterness seems to be more of an off-flavor, and I found myself nearly unable to drink the whole pint.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Daddy's (6th Street) in Austin, Texas.

Waitress brought me a deep amberish-brown brew with a good amount of depth to its color and a fair amount of carbonation and head retention. Aroma is dominated by piney & resinous hops with a well-balanced, sweet malt profile, flowery notes, and some citrus.

A big, resinous hop body greets the palate, with fruity notes of banana, mango, and grape. It's sweet, but has that powerful hop note to balance it out. A strange, semi-alcoholic "stale, sweaty air" flavor lingers on the finish, but it's not too distracting. Mouthfeel detects a medium body, average carbonation, but a poor finish that's a bit like wet paper. This beer is good, but it's not something I'd seek out. I'm glad I got to try it though.

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Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.