420 India Pale Ale - Stone Coast Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Not too hoppy for an IPA. Light slightly cloudy colour with moderate head. Bit disapointing compared to the many great IPAs out there. Some citrus and spice.
03-19-2004 13:44:20 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemonade trim. The head is rich ivory in color with a faint hint of moonlight yellow. It's also firmly creamy enough to last and tacky enough to lay down quite a bit of thick lace. The final pour makes the beer as opaque as any double stout. I love the look.
The nose is a shade too weak to impress, but I'm still enjoying its multinational hoppiness. Even without knowing for sure, I could tell that something other than the 'West Coast' hops cited on the brewery's website were used. According to whoever answered the phone at Stone Coast, the hop bill consists of Chinook, Liberty and Mt. Hood. Those last two are similar to Tettnang, so that's probably what I'm smelling.
Batch 420 isn't a rip-your-tongue-out-and-serve-it-to-you-on-a-silver-platter kind of IPA, but it's plenty bitter enough. It probably helps that my bottle tastes remarkably fresh (thanks jrdegriselles). It's difficult to say exactly what the IBUs are, but I'd say they're comfortably north of 50. The finish is where the hops really begin to outpace their malt support.
White grapefruit peel is the star of the show. As a result, one or more of the C-hops has to be present. I want to say Chinook, but I don't get much of that spicy, resinous rawness that is usually that hop's calling card. This is straightforward beer, but it's also increasingly bitter, increasing delicious beer.
The body/mouthfeel is a fraction too light to be considered great. However, it hangs in there well enough to keep all that flavor in contact with the taste buds long after the swallow. That is all I ask. The peppy carbonation matches the flavor profile, so all is well on that front too.
It looks like those Maine BAs have been holding out on us. Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago and now Batch 420 from Stone Coast are tremendous IPAs that I've enjoyed thoroughly. Who says the west coast is the only hotbed of hoppiness in the country?
02-26-2007 17:07:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
I received this bottle along with a bunch of other New England goodies from a very kind trader last week. I chilled this one down very well before serving it. Right out of the fridge it came and poured immediately into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/08/2008.
The pour came through as a gusher, right off the bat I knew it was going to be interesting. Tons of foam on this one led to a three part pour before I could empty the entire bottle. Still though, I was able to make out a nice dark amber color. Some good carbonation as you would expect coming up from the bottom on this one to reinforce a thick head of foam that was just about everywhere. Rich side glass lace, though it does lose some points for the gushing.
The aroma was rather pungent, with that vinegar like hop nose to it. No where near enough of a citrus touch to it, this was way too astringent to be over that pleasant. The flavor followed more of the same. Some of that sweaty gym sock like aroma from the hops, far too strong and really a bit repugnant. Some light grain sitting way underneath this, but still awfully one sided and lacking the depth I was hoping to find. Decent body though with a medium, almost chewy feel and a good amount of carbonation coming through, I cannot really take off too much in the way of drinking as it was session able enough, though the flavor, or lack of dimension hurt it some here.
Overall while not being terrible by any means, this was by no means a favorite of mine. I would have no issue trying it on tap as I may have just received a bad bottle, but no matter, it was still worth a shot.
10-16-2008 23:08:54 | More by mikesgroove
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured a light golden with a dark orange hue a thin quick to fade white head atop,citrusy hop intertwined with a hefty caramel malt base in the nose honestly neither wins out very balanced.I have to say this is on the verge of being a standard APA not saying that is bad by any means but the hefty sweet malt base stays right with hopping of this beer it starts out pretty sweet and caramelly and quite yeasty before a citrusy hop character comes thru late into the finish.Its a pretty good brew and quite hefty in the mouthfeel dept but its not a hop bomb by any means.
09-04-2006 23:26:52 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Stone Coast's 420 IPA pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a short head of off-white froth. The head retention is fair, and although it drops, it does maintain a wide, creamy collar. Lacing is minimal, but the tiny spots left behind are attractive.
The nose is somewhat hoppy, grassy and citrusy; and there's a bit of yeastiness and malt there as well.
It's medium bodied and somewhat crisp in the mouth with a median carbonation.
The flavor delivers more hop flavor than the nose suggests, and its citrusy and piney hops make a beautiful marriage of flavors. The bready malt base is solid, and the hop flavors are nicely balanced. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry with a quick spritz of citrusy hops before fading into lingering bitterness.
Overall, it's a nicely done, well made IPA that doesn't hit you over the head, and offers a pretty good amount of drinkability.
10-14-2006 21:04:05 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a hazed gold with a hint of amber. No head after a one finger white head quickly falls. Nose is mild. Hops are evident, but not overpowering, or even that strong really. Typical pine like hop side effect with a slight citric edge. Still mild overall though. Flavor is hoppy yes, but seems to be a mix also between smoky and metallic upon first impression. Kind of odd really. Feel is standard. Drinkable, sure. Just nothing unusual or out of the ordinary.
12-30-2007 23:27:38 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malt, a little smokiness and some citrus.
T: The taste starts with a nice burst of hops bitterness and then sweet flavors of caramel & citrus come in to provide a little balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easy, good kick, not too filling, decent representation of style, I could stick with this beer for a little while, but I have certainly had several better IPAs
10-19-2007 14:30:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.93/5 rDev -19.1%
Pours a golden orange with a minimal head but does leave behind some fantastic lacing. Aroma of citrus & mild hoppiness.
Tastes of malt & very assertive, almost pungent citrus up front that melds into a somewhat subdued hoppiness. The citrus is almost overpowering and really sticks around after the finish. Decent mouthful that almost seemed a little too "fizzy".
Not quite sure what to think of this one. Me thinks I may have gotten hold of a bad bottle on this one, just based on the very dissapointing hop profile. I think that more of a hop presence may have helped balance out that overpowering citrus and made it more drinkable for me.
03-21-2007 00:35:22 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale, light crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a nice hop aroma. The aroma is well balanced. It's bitter, but has a solid malt bill as well. The taste is good. It has a wonderful bitter hop bite with a pale and light crystal malt base. It goes down easy and finishes hoppy. This is a very bitter brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid IPA. It doesn't have exceptional flavor, but it has a nice hop presence and an adequate malt balance; a good drinker.
07-24-2007 01:58:33 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Fairly thin head with staying power, spotty lace. Light amber/dark golden in color, barely perceiptable haze in the liquid.
Dark earthy hops is the predominant aroma, no real floral touch. Slightly yeasty, malt is present with a caramel sweetness.
Overly hoppy even for an IPA--not that I'm complaining, my tastes lean this way. Very astringent aftertaste, really bitter, long lasting. Malt flavors are brief and fleeting. Full bodied with good carbonation.
This would be a great beer to try last in a flight of IPA's. Too bitter for regular consumption.
04-16-2005 19:26:35 | More by smcolw
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Clear orange in color with a 1.5" head. Light lacing develops through the drink. The aroma was a pleasant combination of floral hops and citrus tones. The flavor was well balanced as floral bitterness, strong malt, citrus, and a hint of granny smith apples made for a pleasant tastebud experience.
The mouthfeel was crisp at the start. The finish was crisp, dry, and had a long bitter and citrus zest aftertaste. Nicely drinkable and quite enjoyable.
06-28-2005 12:30:01 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
A nice IPA. A little much for the pizza I had it with, but still nice. Smells of grapefuit rind. Hops are citrusy and a little harsh. I like my hops a little fruitier, but its still a pretty good hop profile. Fairly drinkable, definately worth trying for IPA fans.
10-09-2006 17:29:22 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Had this on tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. Pours an orange amber. Off-white head sticks around a bit and leaves some nice lacing as well. Spicy with pine on the nose, some white pepper and some crackery malt. The taste is a tad thin and with some grain based sourness up front, but with a nice piney and herbal bitterness and firm, chewy malt. The mouthfeel is firm, but not thick. Fairly nice, if a little one dimensional. Still, I enjoyed it.
08-06-2008 18:36:40 | More by Georgiabeer
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Via a growler from Southshore Bev, L.I., this one poured golden amber, a bit cloudy and sporting an inviting tiny bubble, white head. Well developed lacing. Piney nose. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, well rounded malt base, but this one is about the hops. Front and center, pine, citrus, resin. Flavor notes of vanilla, honey and fruit. Nice stuff. Very enjoyable from the growler. Fresh and tasty.
10-10-2004 12:24:47 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell was a subtle citrus and pepper aroma.
The taste mirrored the aroma. The standard citrus West Coast flavor, except a bit muted.
The mouthfeel was good. Nice dry finish.
Overall a quaffable IPA with a good ABV. Nothing that really stands out though.
08-14-2006 20:59:43 | More by plaid75
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
The beer pours to an unblurred deep copper color, the head portly in size, frothy in consistency and a nice bright white color, lace is a satiny sheet to drape the glass. Sweet malt with a nice hop floral backing, crisp and pleasing to the senses, start has a nice malt profile; the top has a medium feel. Finish has a pleasant crispness, the hops striking in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a darn good IPA in my book, and at one time believe it or not, IPAs were not high on my list, my how things have changed now they occupy a spot in my top five styles.
10-24-2003 17:55:42 | More by Gusler
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a nice amber color with some carbonation. Aroma is noticeably strong and hoppy here. Taste is much of the same except that there some metallic/alcohol flavors at first. A second sip detects more of the hops in this ale and a mild fruitiness. There's dryness at the back of the throat, which is kind of decent. Certainly is an IPA and I would agree with one other reviewer that it is not too far from being a DIPA.
06-02-2007 19:02:09 | More by Brad007
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
This one came from the great white north courtesy of deltatauhobbit.
A: Pours a nice cloudy murky orange color with a nice big thunderous head. Tons of nice little floaties, I love floaties can be seen bobbing about. Ample carbonation and very nice lacing for an IPA.
S: If this beer has a weakness this is it. Not much nose detected at all. Hints of pine with a bready yeasty malt aroma but nothing is bold or really stands out.
T: I enjoyed this one. Nice even balance right from the start. Sweet peach necter is the first thing that I tasted, and man am I digging it. It is only there for a second but I relished it with each and every gulp. After the peach a nice strong malt character takes over. It finishes dry with just a tinge of piney hops. If this one had a hop kick it would be one of my favorites.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth.
D: I enjoyed this beer alot.
Overall: First and Foremost I am a HopHead!! If you are a hophead this beer may not win big points with you. If you described it to me I would tell you I would not be a fan of the beer. But let me tell you, I really liked this one. The peach right at the start makes it really unique and I really enjoyed the malt character. What is lacking is the hops. I love hops hops and more hops and this one has very little. I liked it for what it is. I am happy to have the 840, I hope to get some of the same tastes with a bit of more hop bitterness. Stand by for the review.
Thanks for deltatauhobbit for sending this one my way, it was sooo different which made it ever so enjoyable.
01-14-2008 22:17:05 | More by tpd975
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a decent white head with left some spotty lacing. Some light floral hop scent, though not as earthy or "buddy" as the name would suggest. The taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. A nice hop flavor but not up to standard for an AIPA. Has some tart fruit taste. The ale has a light mouthfeel to it, moderate carbonation. Overall this has good drinkability, however, it's because it doesn't have that strong hop/bitter presence.
12-29-2006 04:02:34 | More by Gmann
3/5 rDev -17.1%
This beer is a nice orange-yellow appearance with a small head. It has a vaguely fruity odor to it. The taste is underwhelmingly hoppy, and lacks bite to it. Not unpleasant a taste, but just an ordinary beer. Not something I'd want to spend the night with.
01-17-2006 12:42:26 | More by lordofthewiens
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Medium-golden color, and a big, white frothy head. Said head diminishes down to a thin ring, with nice lacing! Bold, hoppy nose, a combo of both spicy and floral notes. Good body, and a pleasant creamy mouthfeel! Lots of hops throughout the flavor profile....with a long-lingering floral bite at the back of the tongue. A pleasurable bier!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4
06-26-2002 17:35:42 | More by Bierman9
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
This brew is a rich amber-gold color with just a hint of haze. The head is modest, but respectable and fairly stable. The aroma is full of grass and citrus. Lots of hops. Theres a fleeting caramel scent underneath all the hops, but its in the distant background. The taste is mostly dry, and it borders on astringent. Theres something of a malt flavor in the foretaste, with lots of bitterness that follows. Sharp hop character. Medium body and medium carbonation. The finish is clean and dry with a lot of hop flavor. I like my IPAs a little more balanced, but this one is still notably good.
01-26-2007 02:32:20 | More by Suds
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at the Sunday River Brewpub, in Bethel, on 7/24/04. A very attractive, clear, medium orange/amber body with a moderate, ivory head that hangs around for several minutes. Moderate, patch lace adorns the glass.
Aroma was a bit subdued, with fruity hops of lemon and grapefruit, on top of a pale malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.
Taste is well balanced, and comes across as another Maine IPA that bridges the gap between an English and westcoast American IPA. Grapefrit and a hint of floral hops are restrained, but have sufficient presence to dominate the caramel and pale malts. Very tasty, with a clean, fruity/bitter finish and aftertaste.
One of the better Maine IPAs. Very enjoyable with the spicy, salsa-like, artichoke dip served at the Sunday River Brewpub.
07-30-2004 12:19:17 | More by merlin48
420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.