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Stegmaier IPA - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Stegmaier IPAStegmaier IPA

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BA SCORE
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.37%


Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClassicBrad on 05-13-2010)
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12ox bottle into standard pint glass.

Coppery coloring, clear, decent head

Smell, well didn't get much at all, just a "beer" smell. Sorry if that's not too helpful.

Taste & mouth was...not good. No hops to speak of, and left that fizzy carbonation feel in the back of the mouth. Wouldn't have thought I was drinking an IPA.

Overall, not something I would recommend, despite the $23 for a case price.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 15:47:51 | More by MikeWard
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It poured dark amber with two inches of off white head.

S - I got caramel malt and some piney hops.

T - I got lots of bitter pine with some malt.

M - Medium to thin

O - It had lots of bitterness without much else. I got some malt, but it was very bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 18:00:15 | More by buschbeer
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was more of my recent score of CANs at Pinocchio's in Media on Friday. Once more, I have the privilege of being the first to review a beer from a CAN. Viva The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier".

The Crack led to an inverted Glug, but I lost track of the fact that it was a Pint-sized CAN and I was faced with a lot of liquid rushing into my glass until I backed off. I had a massive two-plus fingers of tawny head that I allowed to settle before CANtinuing. The lacing that remained was beautifully sticky. Color was a solid amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of grapefruit-citrus hops and even a faint maltiness. My mouth was watering from the outset. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were there, but they seemed muted, especially given their intensity on the nose. Finish was quite dry, almost astringent and there was a grainy quality as though it were saturated with lupulin. It was curious, given its clarity and the filtration that it probably went through.

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 03:21:41 | More by woodychandler
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hometown brewery but its an IPA which isn't my fav. type of beer but I wanted to support the local business.

A: Nice golden brown color. Totally transparent with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace.

S: Lots of floral hops here as well as a grassy/grainy aroma. Also has a bit of a belgian spice like a wheat beer, reminding me of Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

T: Taste is rather bland. Getting some bready yeast and very light malt with a decent amount of hops although the bitterness is minimal. Well balanced but lacking the bitterness i've come to know from most IPA's.

M: Decent carbonation works well with the bitterness here. High ABV def leaves a noticeable dry feeling at the end of the palette. Tongue is almost tingling too, kinda weird.

O: Not a very bad brew. More to the center of the malt/bitter-hop balance IPA's are known for. Still has good flavor but i'm not sure its what the doctor ordered for ur HopHead.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:12:12 | More by ChrisPratz
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker straw color with little head, but some lacing. Smells of hops, but it is very weak. Tastes of hop flavor but a funky aftertaste. A little heavy on the carbonation but goes down easy for this lighter bodied beer. Overall, an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:44:26 | More by cyclonece09
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This AIPA was great value, but it isn't really a winner I would want to repeat. It has a dry, funky bitter taste that doesn't work for me. The aroma, taste and aftertaste all have this characteristic.

The appearance is ok, with a light bronzy IPA and very little head. It all masks a moderately strong AIPA and it is cheap, but I will avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 00:16:05 | More by schoolboy
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: mild cloudy rust body, trace white head,
ok lacing

S: mild grassy, lemon, malt

T: grassy, caramel, malt, slight bitter/oily finish

M: med/light body, mild oily/slick mouth

O: 1st Lion Brewery beer, not bad.
Won't get again, but not awful.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:41:38 | More by BeerLover99
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I got a growler of this on superbowl sunday (2012)...and it was awesome! Dank hoppy nose...balanced bitterness...a very solid IPA!

I recently got a case! I'm guessing that the case is old enough to have lost the hoppy nose...but not quite old enough to have lost all of its hop character...

A - Crystal clear golden-orange color...Thick and creamy off-white head...and it lingers nicely and has excellent lacing...

S - Its weird because this almost has a beligiany spicey aroma going on (I know they make a belgian white that I'm not a fan of) maybe there was some cross contamination yeast infection in this batch?? Its hop character is really not there and I don't smell much in the way of malts either...just this weird spicy belgian thing...and a hint of alcohol...

T - the taste has a bit of carmel malt...some hop bitterness...but mostly weird nutmeggy-belgo-spice flavor. If I did a blind taste test I would swear this was a mediocre belgian pale or belgian IPA...

M - Mothfell is fine...medium body...a bit syrupy...good level of carb...

Ovearll - I don't get it...it must be a quality control issue...the beer I had a couple weeks ago from the tap is night and day compared to this bottle...I might have to contact the brewery to let them know whats up. I'll at least call and find out what the code on the case means...because its not a date.

Give it a try on tap...I'd skip the bottle for a bit...I think stegmaier is trying but just hasn't gotten the IPA quite right...though this is supposed to be a reformulation form the original IPA they release a year or so ago...its still way off the mark...even for a basic east coast IPA! Back to the drawing board Lion Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:43:41 | More by HopHeadRyan
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to copper color with a white head. In the aroma, small hop, but no real aroma at all. In the taste, a small hop bite of pine, but faint and somewhat skunk like. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry note of pine hop in the aftertaste. Not too hoppy, faint aroma and taste, and a bit skunky, eh!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:02:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a moderately hazy orange color. The head is medium sized and frothy, with an orange hue. Retention is solid, and some sheetlike lacing sticks to the glass.

Some sweet and caramel malt notes up front. Hop aromas are mostly citric and floral. Not overly vibrant, but a pleasant showcase of american hops. Some softly fruity and mineral notes are also detectable.

Medium sweetness up front. Some caramel flavor. Lightly toasty as well. Hop bitterness is firm, with floral and citric flavors available. Mild fruity esters are also noticeable. A faintly alcoholic finish.

Medium-firm body. Carbonation is a little prickly, but not overdone. The finish is rather dry thanks to the hop presence.

This isn't a top-tier IPA, but it is pretty good. It's a little unbalanced in terms of bitterness versus hop flavor, and alcohol is faintly noticeable, but it generally drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:54:17 | More by Clydesdale
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:36:40 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The competative world of IPAs bring about juicy and citursy hop bombs with full flavor and firm maltiness that dual it out for the highest rank. But is it acceptable to the staunch beer enthusiast to make a sensible, more mellow, and restrained IPA with decent drinkability without going overkill? The brewers of this beer think so.

Stegmaier IPA starts with a bright color of strong straw or light golden with a mild but typical dry-hopped sort of haze. A froathy foam stance of solid white color retains well while slowly fading to a sheet on the glass while lacing decently as well.

Musty grasses, white grapefruit, and woodiness kick of the hoppy aromatics along with a backing of light caramel, grain, and light fruity yeast character. The presence of mild alcohols tickle the nose with a light acetone scent.

Sweeter caramel and lightly baked barley breads fuel the initial taste until the hoppy flavors of grapefruit, fresh cut grasses, stem-like woodiness, wet tobacco, and alcohol all give a slightly harsher flavor and bitterness to the hop character while the timid maltiness show as much raw barley flavor as fortified malts. Somewhat soapy late, the beer contains a few subtle flaws that are easily overlooked in more flavorful IPAs.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's early carbonated creaminess soon gives way to hop bitterness which turns to dryness that, in conjunction with alcohol, provides a partly warming and minty cooling effect.

With a linger of grass and citrus, the aftertaste is clean and crisp, but only with the grain flavor that can be easily overlooked, this IPA seems similar to older recipes of Anchor Liberty Ale. A nice and approachable IPA without screaming about the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:24:45 | More by BEERchitect
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours with billowy head that takes a while to recede. Color is dark gold but slightly cloudy in appearance.
Smell: Smells of citrus and spice upon the pour. Not quite as strong and pronounced as other IPAs tasted in the past. Nonetheless, a good and appropriate IPA aroma profile
Taste: Hops are a bit slow to arise, and ascends with the malt with that typical biscuity/caramel character- a little sweet in fact. The hops are a bit bitter with a grassy, earthy flavor. Hops are not over the top and balance nicely with the malt. I would not consider this brew a hop-bomb. Despite this, has an aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Alcohol fairly well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Pretty dry end-feel.

Overall: A pretty good effort here. Not a hop-forward IPA, has some flaws, but tasty and cheap to boot! With Stegmaier's line, you won't be getting 'elite' brews, but solid, worthwhile beer through and through.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:47:42 | More by coalcracker
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheap singles at Total Wine & More. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Clear amber coloration, moderate head of froth, washy lacing left behind. Pretty standard.

S - Rich and powerful aroma that encompasses all of the usual IPA scents together. Grapefruit and citrus, with some pine undertones and a definite floweriness. Wow.

T - Good pine hop body, sweet enough to balance, with some lemon shining through. Floral aftertaste. Again, pretty impressive, IPAs usually stick to one or two of those profiles.

M - Oily light body with a nice carbonation level. Semi dry in the finish.

D - Excellent IPA, and at the price pretty hard to beat. Extra $1.75 laying around? Buy one of these, and I bet you'll go back for a sixer, or maybe even a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:03:47 | More by PhageLab
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper orange with pillowy white head. Some streaks of lacing around the glass. Smells of some mild citrus hops with some caramel malt. Flavour has more bitterness than implied by the smell. Aftertaste is almost a mineral hoppiness. Medium bodied carbonation. Fairly decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:36:13 | More by kwjd
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RobJTejas

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice copper color with a full head that reminded me of a lightyly roasted marshmallow with its lightly tanned, pillowy froth. Medium lacing.

S - Obvious hoppy aroma, with a citrus twist.

T - Nice bite but not as bitter as I hoped. Finished a little weak. Hardly taste the alcohol unlike most I.P.A.'s I've tried.

M - HAd a medium to light mouthfeel. Could tell this brew would make a great companion to an all day event like a day at the beach or floating down a river. Carbonation was mild.

O - This is an overall good beer that would make for a great standby in your fridge. Refreshing and tasty, not too filling with a nice alcohol punch and the price is great, I picked up a case for $17 USD 6-26-11

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 14:05:03 | More by RobJTejas
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Natural510

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a lighter amber/copper with adequate amount of white head and soapy lacing.

Scent fairly strong with grapefruit, flowers and the slightest hint of tobacco.

Initial flavor qualities I expect from a good IPA all there; very floral and herbal with a bitterness toward the finish. Could be a bit more pronounced and goes slightly thin toward the end.

Body is also slightly watery and not quite as full as I've come to expect from an American IPA. Nonetheless it doesn't detract from the beer too much.

Decent IPA, no great shakes. There are many better options in this part of the country, but I would still consider this a good beginner IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 12:19:05 | More by Natural510
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my La Fin du Monde chalice with a bright copper appearance and a light khaki well textured head. Fine evenly strewn lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a nice blast of citrus/grapefruit and slightly earthy hop nose, a hint of caramel bready malt going on as well. Flavor is lacking on the hop flavor, there's definitely some hop pellet bitterness and watered down hop flavor some citrus/pine notes with a caramel/husky malt character pretty interesting. Their Pale ale is much better, I can't detect the alcohol strength...I would never guess this is almost 7% alcohol by volume. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation level a bit of cloying malt character left behind. Overall a decent brew meant to be enjoyed as a training wheel East Coast large regional brewer IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 17:34:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. What I presume is the bottled-on date is inked on the glass @ front.

Pours a completely hazed, golden-orange. Head rings up soon. Smell is tart & grassy, sorta medicinal. Taste is sour grapefruit, lots of resiny hop flavor. Lasts afterward for a bit. Feel is smooth and a bit biting, but reasonable. Overall, this is a decent, sessionable IPA. It's hoppy enough to satisfy. For $5.99/six-pack, very do-able.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:41:25 | More by sixerofelixir
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA isn't too bad. The color pours out as a little copper, The head is pretty big at first then it simmers down to just a little sliver on white over top of the beer. The aroma is lightly hopped with some malts in the background. The taste has a slight tingle of hops on the tongue. This flavor sticks around pretty well with a good lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side so it's a beer that you can drink several of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 18:32:06 | More by Knapp85
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of citrus and grapefruit along with floral hop aromas. Tastes OK. Slight citrus and floral flavors from the hops. Nice bitter bite to it.

This an average example of the style. It's worth a try, but you won't find anything amazing here. Perhaps if they would have added more aroma and flavoring hops, this could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 23:31:18 | More by Buggies
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy amber gold with a small white head which dissipated into very light lacing.

Aroma of floral hops and citrus.

Taste was very citrus dominated with bitterness from the hops and a very slight pine flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with moderated carbonation, and a crisp finish.

This is a drinkable beer needs a little more balance with the bitterness. An average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:29:42 | More by dtivp
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loveingminor

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I live in Wilkes-Barre, this is a common feature in my refrigerator. The price is right, and the overall quality of this beer isn't too bad.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a nice head.

Smell: For some reason I really enjoy the smell of this beer. It reminds me of the smell of the hops that I use in my homebrewing.

Taste: A very hoppy taste, which, in my opnion, isn't bad. It doesn't have an overly malty flavor to balance out the hops, but I've had so much of this beer that I've learned to enjoy the taste.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't fill me up too much. I could drink this all day if it was socially acceptable.

Overall: It is my favorite beer to have in my refrigerator. Mainly because filling up my refrigerator with this beer won't empty my wallet. And it's not a bad beer. Could use some malty flavor, but overall mmm.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:27:08 | More by loveingminor
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biggred1

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a soft, fluffy head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Caramel malt with piney and fruity hop notes that seem pretty subdued for an APA let alone an IPA. Rich and toasty malt is balanced with some decent tasting hop flavor from the Centennial, Cascade & Nugget hops, just not quite enough hop flavor concentration for my tastes. Medium, sticky bodied with smooth carbonation. An easy drinker but nothing really special.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:08:25 | More by biggred1
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Guden

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale and light, looks like an India Pale Ale, average head and lacing.

S: American hops dominate though not in any obvious category, slightly earthy with a little citrus. Some caramel malt sneaks in.

T: Floral and spicy hops, though not too interesting. There is a lot of bitterness though not unbearably so and enough malt that IPA drinkers would call it "balanced". Overall this is a pretty average, but appreciatively not overblown, version of the style.

M: One of the better IPA's I've had in terms of mouthfeel, not too much hop oiliness and the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very high for an IPA, the alcohol (6.8% ABV) is hidden under the hops and slight caramel and the carbonation and overall mouthfeel make this one of the most enjoyable and easily palatable, if not overly exciting, beers of this style I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:15:14 | More by Guden
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Stegmaier IPA from Lion Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.