Stash IPA | Independence Brewing Co.

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Stash IPAStash IPA
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Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wagenvolks on 10-21-2007

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Photo of suspect
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of drinkAK
4.89/5  rDev +34%
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!

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Photo of guityler83
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of crusian
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Specs, side of the case says it was bottled 3 days ago, cool.
pours with about a 1/4 inch of head with a light apricot color.
smell is nice, cirus with a hint of sweetness and light malt.
Taste is about the same as the smell, some light malt with a nice citrus hop presence. it is a nice light AIPA... or I think it is. seems like it is a bit o the lower end of alcohol for something this hoppy, around maybe 6%. Seeing as how I just had the divine reserve 11 a couple days ago, this pales in comparison to the hops in that, however, this is not an IIPA. It is nice, and light and refreshing... and I am reviewing by style.

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Photo of boralyl
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Posse East while watching the first round UT game. Hook 'em! I was having some Mexican food and this was their only IPA on tap. Kind of wish they had (512)... oh, well.

The look is pretty standard for an IPA. Posse never pours shaker pints with any noticeable head, so it's kind of hard to review that aspect of the beer. However, it was a hazy orange with a white cap to it. Not inspiring, but not bad, either.

This beer was dominated by its floral hops. Maybe a bit of grapefruit in there, too. However, the hop bitterness in the nose and in the taste wasn't well integrated or balanced. I'm ok with unbalanced hops, but these didn't draw me in like they should have. Maybe I'm just not a floral kind of guy? The carbonation seemed a bit off, too. Could have been delivered a lot smoother. Still, not bad. It wasn't trouble finishing my glass, but I wasn't dying to do it either. A decent enough IPA, but not the best in our market by a longshot.

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Photo of northaustin
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of Fenris244
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of imasloth
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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).

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer bottled on 12/11/15, I believe. Poured a bright flourescent yellow with a bubbly head. Thin line lingers for quite a while. Smells very clean and dank as bottle says. The taste is very balanced hops and citrusy forward almost no bitterness. I like very much. Was sold at our first Phish show in Austin back in July - had to get a sixer here in Beaumont. A welcome addition to the fridge; I have been enjoying a lot of Texas IPAs, makes me proud of my home state.

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Photo of Duttonic
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of cysiam
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - cloudy copper/orange with little to no head
S- VERY faint aroma of some citrus and a hint of pine
T - For an IPA there isn't much hop flavor. A small bite at the finish but overall it's mostly just a sweet beer with a touch of hops.
M- Medium
D - It goes down easy enough, but with nothing much going on it would be hard to get me to order another.

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Photo of hmph
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.