Stegmaier IPA - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier IPAStegmaier IPA

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ClassicBrad on 05-13-2010

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a deep rich copper with a a fluffy one and a half finger white head that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Big herbal and citric hop aromas with underlying caramel,really well defined hop aromas here.Flavors start out with a big blast of citric hops,again there is also a herbal almost medicinal quality to the hop flavors as well,a big sweet caramel/biscuit malt base really holds strong thru to the finish.A very well made IPA here,the hops are big and complex,well done.

Photo of Guden
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nice white head that holds well. The body is a malty IPA, which is slightly clear. The lacing is left in a a sediment layer.
S: The aroma is a low intensity of a citrus hops and a brief hit of malt.
T/M: The finish is a dry mouthfeel of a hoppy bitterness. The front is a smooth and mellow body of hop and malt balance.
D: I find this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavors a on for the style and it has a smooth and mellow drink to it.

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stegmaier IPA pours a beautiful amber body with an egg white head.

It smells of hops, cascade being one variety I found distinguishable, and unsurprisingly so.

The brew carries a big bite, several steps up from the junior Pale Ale, appropriately. The hoppy-kick is paired with a nice malt level, just enough to balance the beer out.

I can't say much more or offer any more analysis than that. It's a solid IPA.

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

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Breadyness & herbal hops

T: Breadyness, lemony & grassy hops, dryness & leafy hops, all kind of muted & jumbled. Fruittyness, a bit of booze warmth & faint leafy hops as this warms. Finishes fruitty with muted herbal & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, brisk carbonation & okay balance

Drinks all-right, tastes some what stale, since there is no freshness dating, who knows?

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger or so of off-white foamy head. This retains with a nice frothy ¼ finger that throws a sticky and rich looking cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of tang and hops, with sticky notes of bread, caramel, and sweet fruit giving away to more bitter tones in the nose of citrus peel, grapefruit, and some spice. This is solid.

The taste has some well balanced hop flavors going on with it, as crisp bitter fruit and spicy earth are nicely evened out by the sweet twang of the malts and some sweeter citrus character. The finish is strong, with a dry gritty bitterness that really sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that sits on top of some silky feeling underlying slickness. There's a little warmth in the body but this is otherwise feels alcohol free for the most part.

This wasn't half bad at all, with its surprisingly robust, yet balanced, hop presence and a fairly easy drinking body on it. Considering that is from the Lion, the price point comes in pretty low as well and makes this a solidly affordable hop fix.

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the best one I've tasted so far in the variety pack. Sort of pearish colored. The hops are noticeablely sweeter in the finish. The smell is piney. Has a pleasant bitter finish. Has a crisp smooth feel to the tongue. Very drinkable member of the aipas

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhelmingly of hops. Taste is like the smell, very hoppy, considerably bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is not a beer I could drink many of. Overall a decent brew but a bit hop heavy for my liking.

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

A 12 oz bottle from Al's.

A: The IPA is an amber caramel color, opaque in my glass. A two finger head leaves decent lacing behind, especially near the mouth of my tumbler.

S: The nose is piquant, hoppy upfront. As the warms, the aromas evolve, releasing more caramel malts. Those malts are syrupy and sweet, more than able to stand up against the hops. The hoppiness is impressive for a Stegmaier ale, pleasantly citrusy.

T: My first sip floored me, heavy with citrus bite. Far more hoppy flavor than I expected. My second sip brought me back down to earth a bit, showing off more caramel malt flavors that overpower the hops at times. The sweetness of the malts lingers, with fruity flavors following. A nice bite of citrus hangs around throughout, not intense just there.

M: The syrupy flavors dictate the mouthfeel, paving over the sharper citrus notes and evening the flavors out. The mouthfeel is nothing special until you realize that it came from the Lion!?!

D: Not bad, not bad at all. An IPA that could fill that low cost niche, especially with its bright start.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of errantnight
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another from the ole BotM club.

It's alright, pours a nice golden hue with reasonably resilient head and a little lacing. There's a forward expression of pine-y hops, unfortunately they're swallowed up by a yeasty bread note. On the palate this is too sweet, leaving a lingering stickiness behind even with a firm bitterness to the finish.

Overall drinkable but vaguely unpleasant.

Photo of rawhydes1
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

beer poured from a twist off with anagram cap.

Light orange/yellow with little head.

Smells floral with hint of lavender.

Taste is floral and mildly citric.

For an IPA, light and mildly astringent.

Drinkable, but the first few sips wreak of floral aroma, like your grandmother's perfume.

All-in-all, not bad for 19.95/case, but no torpedo, 60 min, etc.

Photo of biggred1
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the disappointment of the Goose Island IPA I couldn't wait to get home and drink this one from my variety case.

A - I wonderful mid amber color with an inch of head. Poured into my flute.

S - The citrus and grapefruits smells were very strong pushing up my nose from the glassware. Hops are the star on this brew.

T - Ow wow. Prefect representation of an IPA. First hit of the IBU's are strong and not off putting. Second comes in with the citrus and grapefruit like hop flavor. Then it finishes with a malt to balance the whole brew. Nice very nice.

M - The brew had the prefect balance of bitter and sweet. Loved it.

D - I could easily succession (and did) a couple of these. I loved the brew I would consider picking up another variety case immediately.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at my buddy's, and fellow BA member BeerConnoiseur, house. He then gave me a bottle to review at home. Thanks, Pat for your generosity!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass.

A - Pours a rather cloudy, amber color. A one to two finger, whitish colored head upon pouring. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. During the sampling, as the beer sat for a few minutes, noticeable dark sediments were noticeable at the bottle of the glass. A decent lacing on the side of the glass after drinking.

S - A slightly hoppy smell with a hint of citrus was the dominate smell.

T - A decently hoppy but rather bitter IPA with only a touch of citrus. There is very little balance to this beer with very little malt or sweetness to balance out the bitterness, in my opinion.

M - A highly carbonated beer that leaves you a bitter, although not that unpleasant, aftertaste.

D - This beer is OK but a tad bitter and unbalanced for my taste. The alcohol is well disguised. I had no problem finishing the bottle and would drink again if given the chance but I don't think I'd seek it out.

Overall: Not may favorite IPA but not bad. There are better IPAs available although the price point for this beer (according to my buddy he got a variety case of Stagmaier for around $25) may be attractive for those seeking a no-nonsense IPA.


Photo of Clydesdale
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.

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of cyclonece09
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.

Photo of Buggies
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ClassicBrad
4.72/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle label is a weathered-looking, off-white with a green scroll that encases the "Stegmaier IPA" label that us NEPA beer lovers have been waiting for-- Classic-looking label. No 'born on' or 'best by' date to be seen. "Brewed in the honor of Charles Stegmaier" graces the top arc of the label with 6.8% Alc/Vol clearly marked on the bottom.

Pours a clear bronze with an off-white head that fizzles down to a sparing layer that leaves itself behind to lace the glass beautifully.

Spicy, herbal and citrusy hops compose the nose of this beer. Very excited that they went with Cascade and Nugget (the two varieties that I chose to grow) as the primary hop for this beer. It gets me riled up to just smell how beautifully it balances, yet takes over, this beer.

This beer just screams nice weather. It tastes so refreshing, but still remains a complex and palatable beer. Obviously, the style calls for hops to take the spotlight for this beer and it really does. I have to give the brewers credit to pair these two varieties together because they works so well coupled with the backbone of the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is more than adequate. The carbonation does a great job of titillating the palate during the sip and leave it cleaned off waiting for the next gulp.

Drinkability is a great question with this beer. As a 6.8% beer, its hard to call it a session beer; however, I have a harder time not calling this sessionable. It's almost on the fence. I know that this is my new go-to for the Spring/Summer season. You can beat the refreshment it provides yet it still keeps your interested.

Huge sign of life to the Northeast Pennsylvania craft beer scene! The Lion Brewery is truly listening to its community of excitable and eager craft beer advocates. This is more than I could have asked for when I heard almost a year ago that we had a regional IPA in the works. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what's to come from the Lion and Stegmaier line of brews.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.94/5  rDev -43.3%
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!

Photo of Ryan011235
2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 10/26/10

Pours a golden amber but settles a hazy amber brown. One & a half fingers of foam that is slow to dissipate. Retention eventually gets thin; lacing is pretty good.

Meh, the aroma is questionable; at best it's malt-forward. Caramel & biscuit account for most of it. Hops are sorely lacking; just some floral & earthy notions peak through. Faint, muddled orange peel hints buried deep in there. Not to mention dirt; it kind of smells like dirt.

This tastes just as bad as it smells & then some. Lots of malts - toasted bread & caramel. I am willing to concede that the hops are more apparent here but they are way too astringent. This tastes like crushed aspirin. There's a metallic twinge, too. Vague notions of rotten orange rind. Very dry.

Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation & lots of grittiness. Has a medicinal, coating feel on the otherwise dry finish. The taste of dirt lingers.

This is a poor rendition of an IPA but at least it's an IPA, unlike some beers I've found labeled as IPAs that aren't what they claim to be. Regardless of it being drinkable, I tossed out the last few ounces. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of PhageLab
4.31/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Stegmaier IPA from Lion Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.