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Stash IPA - Independence Brewing Co.

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Stash IPAStash IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 10-21-2007)
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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

ColdPoncho, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of adamhimself
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is pretty standard. The beer is unfiltered so it was slightly cloudy and there was a small amount of yeast left at the bottom. It has quite a nice head of foam on it.

The smell was slightly sweet, but very faint. It was most certainly not powerful. A small flowery smell was present as well.

The taste wasn't strong. I would say for an IPA it was on the lower end of bitterness. It almost comes closer to being an APA rather than an IPA. It didn't taste bad and was very refreshing, but there was no unique or "wow" flavor. It wasn't neither amazing nor was it bad.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Not much can really be said about it. Pretty standard.

The best part of this beer is its drinkability. It isn't overly bitter or sweet. This would be a decent session beer and a good beer for introducing someone to IPAs whose never had one before.

adamhimself, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

salvo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of frognot
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

frognot, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a stein from the bottle

After the pouring the color was orange, very orange and quite hazy, had a 2 finger head and retention was nice. Eventually it turned into a nice thick lace that clung to the sides of the glass with each sip.

Aroma was faint but complex with citrus, candied lemon, some hop and fresh cut grass aroma.

There is hop bitterness up front with a grainy tasting finish, really not much to the flavor aside from that.

It was crisp, had a lightly carbonated feel to it as well as being light in body.

Was pretty drinkable, being light and crisp help it out in this department.

All in all I dont mind it, If I'm looking for pure IPA flavor though I'm going elsewhere, that being said my bmc drinking friends love it and it just might be a great gateway beer.

Fenris244, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 11/24/10. Served from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Copper/orange hue, two fingers off-white head, mild lacing, little bubbling.

S- Strong alcohol presence up front, floral, hoppy, spicy, malt presence on the tail end.

T/M- Smoother than I expected based on the smell, somewhat watery body, bitter/dry finish.

D- Not overly bitter, nice linger, but not overly remember-able. I need to try it again before I make up my mind, since it may have not been served cold enough, but it did not stand out as much as I was expecting.

Duttonic, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

tpd975, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Amber with a bit of a haze. Off white head with below average retention. Very strong citrus aroma with a bit of earthiness. A bit hard up front, heavy on the carbonation. Nice amount of citrusy hops in the middle with a nice bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Judging by the previous reviews, I wonder what the difference was in what I drank with what they had. Freshness? Change in the recipe? Seemed like a better than expected IPA in my opinion.

LittleDon, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden-yellow that is slightly hazed. One finger eggshell white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Weak aroma of earthy and piney hops. Just a touch of pale malts comes through underneath. A hint of citrus even pokes in.

T - Light sweetness with a mix of citrusy hop bitterness and piney resin. The flavors just dont come together very well and arent particularly impressive on their own.

M/D - Medium bodied but nothing spectacular. Taste is very average but teh beer is easy to drink. Just nothing going on to make me want more.

ckeegan04, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light hoppy citrus notes with bitter notes and some good caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by good citrus notes that are well balanced by plain bitter hoppy notes with a solid malt backbone that is well balanced and not too sweet. Nothing earth shattering but well brewed for the style.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

jrallen34, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

nickhiller, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Cheesemoose, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Julz
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Julz, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  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.

atsprings, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

crossovert, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

champ103, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

NewGeneric, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

gford217, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

BeanBone, May 25, 2010
Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.