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840 India Pale Ale - Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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840 India Pale Ale840 India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-28-2005)
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber color. Rich head fades customarily; sparse carbonation bubbles.

Sudsy, slightly soapy hop aroma with a little grapefruit rind and a hint of floral tones. So far it's been promising...

...but the first taste is a bit disappointing. Way too earthy, silty, mineral, almost metallic taste - almost the sensation of the smell of a wet dog on the carpet coming back in the aftertaste. May be bottle age. After a few minutes of letting it rest it opens up nicely and the pleasant bitterness of the hops from the aroma evolves in the mouth. To me, malt presence is still a little thin.

At first, more carbonation than expected from the initial bubbles - this initially tempers the typical warmth of the style. First sip bitterness is more unpleasant than hop character, but this opens up well to a more traditional "floral bitter" and the expected warmth emerges.

Glad to see that first impressions aren't everything - what started out as the thought of a stale bottle redeemed itself accordingly; would be interested in this on tap and served slightly warmer at the get go. Not bad stuff on the grand spectrum of all offerings, but overall a little disappointing and high-maintenance for the style. Don't really get a DIPA feel for this one; I miss at least a little alcoholic overtones and it's lacking in malt.

IBUnit63, Feb 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something I didnt find alot of while in New England last week a DIPA,poured into an impy pint glass a deep murky brown/orange with tight 1/2 white head that left just globs of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Pretty raw hop aromas I pick up some tropical fruit(pineapple,lemon orange etc...)with some residual pine resin and some brown sugar sweetness,nice full nearly creamy mouthfeel it glides down very easy.Again"raw" sums up the flavors piney and citric with that overripe pineapple note the resiny pine flavors really show through more as it warms semi sweet near sticky after awhile.I like it its raw like others have noted but thats ok it doesnt hold any punches.

oberon, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from Tully's, poured into a tulip glass. Brown/orange in color, with a medium-sized head and a little bit of lacing. A grapefruit aroma, maybe a little pine. The hops are there, and they linger quite well. Still, for a DIPA, not too aggressive. I could drink a few of these and not feel like my palate was wrecked.

lordofthewiens, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC, pours orangy amber, with a fine bubble tan head, leaving tons of sheeting with every sip. Pleasant, hoppy brew, Piney resin type hop notes, easy drinking but lacks the drop dead hop crunch/punch that the higher scoring examples of the style deliver. Fine, fine creation, but just wee bit underwhelming.

Billolick, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly hazy apriocot colored with a fluffy white head rising up an inch high and hanging out for a while. Jagged legs of lace reach up as I work through the glass.

Aroma of citrus and pine, some cinnamon and sugary sweetness, and some biscuity malt beneath.

Flavor of chewy malt, full of toffee and caramel, piney bitter, overripe fruit, cinnamon, sweet tangerines and finishing up with grapefruit rind. Lots of flavors moving in and out, very complex and interesting. Some alcoholic vapors rise up as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, moderately carbed, but finishes tingly.

Good selection. I like DIPA's to have some good malt balance and this one does. Pretty drinkable.

far333, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber>pint glass

This Imperial IPA pours out a hazy amber with deep orange hues, plenty of carbonation with a thick, sticky white head that's one-finger deep and sticks around no problem.
I noticed the sweet, buttery malt on the nose right off, eventhough the dominating and rather powerful fruity, citrus and piney hop is in abundance, so the balance on the nose is really good. The flavor is thick feeling, medium bodied but hefty with a decent bite of big bitter hops, but nicely complex with floral and fruity notes and with a bit of a warming up, the ripe fruitieness really gets sweeter with strawberries coming to the for front and the flavor becoming smoother as some of the bitterness fades. As with the nose, the balance is good with a very nice buttery-sweet malt that is not obliteratd by the hops. The 8.5 % ABV is hidden well and only adds further depth to the balance and herbs and wheat pops out in the aftertaste.
I really enjoyed this big IPA and found it very easy to drink even with it's high ABV.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a large frothy tan head. The head is very thick and leaves nice lacing. The smell is pungent with the scents of citrus fruit and candy sugar. The taste has some harsh bitter hops with an alcohol and citrus hops. It's not bad,but it's really nothing all that memorable. The m/f is medium with the alcohol really dominating this beer. Not bad,but not one of the better Imperial IPA"s.

jmz62565, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at David Copperfield's in NYC. There is a lot of hops here. It depends on the day, but I notice I am consistent on these double IPs. White creamy head on a grapefruit colored body. SIgnificant lace. It's unquestionably fresh, but the aroma is funky. It's very bitter, but also offset with substantial malts. I taste grapefruit, bt also lots of hops squeezed together.

Sammy, May 06, 2007
Photo of BrianC
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 22 oz. bomber of this beer. It was dark amber in color with a healthy head on it. I found it to be very drinkable, more than most IIPAs. Unfortunately, I have to attribute this to the lower hop character than your average IIPA. Honsetly, when I'm picking out a 22 oz bomber if IIPA, I want to be a bit overwhelmed by the hops. I'm really not looking for high drinkability. Does that make sense?

This isn't a bad beer, but I don't think it is appropriate to call it a IIPA. Maybe it needs a new category, Imperial Amber Ale, American Strong Ale. I don't know, it was just too malty, not hoppy enough for an IIPA.

BrianC, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains down nicely into a thin, creamy layer that leaves big, sticky hop lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is big resinous hops, lots of citrus character, some peppery spice, with some sweet maltiness backing it up.

The taste is assertive, piney hops up front with a pretty big dose of tangy citrus character and a fairly beefy malt backbone to real things in. The mouthfeel is a thick medium with a creamy feel and just a touch of alcohol in the body.

This is solid all around DIPA from Stone Coast with big hops and I really liked the up front citrus notes that added some nice tartness with all of that bitterness. Pretty drinkable too for a higher ABV beer. Check some out if you come across it.

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 22 oz bottle. Appearance was quite nice; murky amber that started with a thick head and eventually led to some lacing. The smell is great: smoked hops and malts with a very strong citrus flavor. The taste has a bitter, bitter quality to it with some nice floral citrus flavors going on. Strong, medium body drink that allows the flavors to be very noticeable. Overall, very nice.

fitzy84, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a long time the gimmicky look of the packaging kept me from buying the 420 but once I tried it I realized that I was dealing with a real IPA. After that I had to dig this one up.
22ounce bottle poured into a pub glass.
Deep yellows and orange tones under a fairly dark amber color. moderate haze but none of the chunky sediment that the 420 is known to have. An off white-tan head leaves a ton of lace. More like a frosting on the glass.
A somewhat sour grapfruit hop smell. also a pretty earthy hop smell, grassy and floral, not spicy.
Big ol bittering boil here. Real nice. They balance this well and I didn't look at the alc.% but there is not much more than a small amount present on the tongue and not an overpowering overcompensation of malt either. Yup, good balance. There is a good amount of the right hops in this, cascades for sure, and I want to say a simcoe bitter. Anyone out there know?.
Mouth feel is much thinner than the 420, really slides down the throat. Carbonation is right on as well.
I'm confident that I could drink way too frickin many of these.
Therefore my rating will be high for drinkability.
This is killer stuff. Buy it.

EDIT: Let it be known that this brewery, despite producing great beers consistently, does not produce a good 840 consistently. Several times after my original review, I found this beer to be under bittered and possessing a metallic taste, Also, I found that this beer to be inconsistent with it's yeasting. Particularly flocculation. I have adjusted the rating accordingly as I have experienced this numerous times

cookin420, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light copper, with a good amount of head and lots lacing.

Smell is very floral, quite the piney citrus aroma that is typically accompanied by IPA's, but is quite more overpowering.

Taste has a good hoppy punch at the beginning, very raw tasting and piney, some citrus edge, very little in the way of balance though, crisp tasting but the bitterness is a bit harsh.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of BuckSpin
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz bottle in an oversized crystal snifter

Poured with some snap, sizzle, nice energy. Deep, dark nose full of bittersweet hops - pine sap & bark, grapefruit, pineapple - yet not with a fresh cut explosion of citric aromatics but rather more ripened, softened room temperature fruit. A nice burnt caramel quality furthers the deep, bittersweet aspect. I like the fullness of the nose, its not angular or sharp, but more of a strong presence. As it warms some orange traces peek thru as well as some old leather jacket and those farrr back in the cooking spices cabinet, should have been used by your grandma before she was a grandma, cinnamon & nutmeg.

A fat finger's worth (thumb's worth?) of loose ivory foam, sticky with sporadic lacing, settled to a pencil's worth with a nice edge ring. It resides atop a burnt, glowing, brassy orange-cherry amber hued body, hazy & clouded, a very slow cascade of bubbles rising haphazardly thru it. So far my eyes & nose are diggin' this.

Its softer on the tongue than the nose inplied, nicely bitter (not bittersweet), a wee bit creamy, but just barely (think bargain store velour, not silk). Its rather wet and noticably lacking in the dry department, with at best a faint, damp crunch way back in the mouth. Hops rule but just like the nose they are muted, raw, more a fist than a knife. They're thick & very leathery with with pine bark, grapefruit rind & pith, with a noticable tannic quality. All in all its kinda brutish, but thats OK.

It does grow sharper, lighter and gets bittersweet on the palate, somewhat drier, evening out and melding together, the alcohol (which was to this point unnoticed) finally rising up and warming my teeth & roof of my mouth with a cool heat that has a nice lingering effect, but doesn't grow much above that nice, soft, icy heat. It finishes rather bitter (reminiscent of that last swallow of coffee in mouthfeel & bitterness but not taste), leathery, full of autumn leaves and old tea, filmy and coating.

This is a nice, raw, big ol' DIPA. There are many that are better, but this has a certain brutishness to it that I did like. Definitely not sweet, I think the right cheese (white cheddar, a soft & creamy, fully bloomed Bleu like Stilton) would work wonders with this and the two would help each other significantly. Would also work well with spicy, hearty, thick fare (Mexican mole?) nothing delicate or fiery on the fly.

Sometimes you want a 4 wheel drive & not a sportscar. !If you like big, raw, bitter IPAs downshift into this. If not, grab some cheese and try it as well. Certainly worthy of checking out.

BuckSpin, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one and a half finger white foamy head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong peppery hop aroma coupled with a heavy malt and alcohol aroma.

The taste was super peppery up front with a strong syrupy malt finish. Sharp alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was sticky and chewy with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall a potent DIPA. Would be hard to drink in mass quantity. Perhaps a worthy session beer.

plaid75, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a dense, dark amber with a small white head that fades into a mild collar, spotty lacing, some yeasty fallout, and tiny bubbles rising to the top.
Smell is slightly oxidized, orange zest, caramel, and a dash of cocoa...in an IPA?
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more standout bitter orange zest with caramel, vanilla, cola, and cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, spicy, yeasty, and bitter.

weeare138, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy and fruity with a strong background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness, then a caramel and citrus sweetness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening. It might not be the absolute best 2IPA but it’s very solid and enjoyable.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light brown. The bottle overflowed when opened. Unfortunately this did not translate into potent long lasting head. In fact, there was very little lace after the head died down to an incomplete single layer of bubbles.

The smell is decent combination of mellow round malt and peppery hop.

The taste is all hop...another extreme beer. The body is okay. Basically, if you like sucking on a hop pellet, you'll like this beer. If not, it may be a case of the chef over salting the broth.

smcolw, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange in color with a thick 2" head. Aroma was very floral, with strong grapefruit and caramel tones. The flavor was very malty and quite bitter, and citrus tones balanced it out. Alcohol is quite noticeable. This brew produces some tastebud overload in a good way.

Mouthfeel was smooth, almost syrupy at the start. Smooth finish with a super long bitter hop aftertaste that hangs around until your next sip from the glass. Nice lacing on the glass when finished. An enjoyable double IPA that is worth seeking out.

Gavage, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of flexabull
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of AdamB84. Thanks again!

Pours an amber color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are dusty, bitter, and kind of sour. Doesn't really smell like other DIPAs.

Taste is very caramel like. Slightly sweet, malty, and creamy. I don't notice much in the way of hops. There is a bit of a citrus hop bite on the finish, but it is pretty faint for a DIPA. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it doesn't really taste right for the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. The feeling in the mouth is nice, it's pretty full and thick.

Drinkability is ok. It's not a bad tasting beer, it tastes ok. But it doesn't really fit the style all that well in my opinion. Too caramel like, and sweet for my tastes, I expect much more from the hops in a DIPA.

flexabull, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of kozmo
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark carmel in the glass. Aroma somewhere between a grapefuit-sweet and a soapy-bitter. Nice but short-lived head.

Flavor fairly flat, not as bitter as I expect in a double IPA. Fruity aroma not consistent with un-robust bitterness. Slightly syrupy, but overall not much body and flavor in this double.

kozmo, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Lost Bear

A - Hazy dark orange copper with thick white head that laced nicely throughout.

S - Big and raw hops aroma with lot of citrus and a backround of pine. Some sweet notes of malt towards the end.

T - Wow..this is a DIPA with BALLS! Big piney and citrus. This beer is a bit raw tasting but to me not in a bad way...it is very nicely done...certainly hop forward..but not in a west coast way...simply in an overpowering way.

M - Big and rich with an overwhelming hop punch.

D - Not one you can pound...simply too raw for that but a few are doable. I would like for a beer that is a bit more smoothed out.

Deuane, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of kaelingirl
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a golden caramel color with a modest off white head that faded quickly leaving spotty lace. The aroma is sort of piney northwest like hoppy. The flavor is surprisingly malty up front followed by bitter and finally the alcohol seeps in. Decent mouthfeel, mildly carbonated. Not bad.

kaelingirl, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dull golden color with an off white head which faded quickly as did the little to no lacing. Smell is that of pine and slight citrus, not too overwhelming but a nice dose. Mouthfeel was medium on the tongue, kisses of carb. Taste was not what I expected from an imperial ipa. Not as far as pine , hops and citrus but being an imperial I expected a hopped to death concoction with little balance but I was pleasently surprised to find this was very drinkable brew. With the alchohol at 8.4% this for me is not an all day affair but a nice starter or something to be paired with a dish during a good New England cookout. I liked it.

ohoove, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of FACSman
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with a thin head, moderate amount of lacing. Very light haze.

S - Malty aroma with moderate hop character. pine and grapefruit notes evident from the hops. Hints of toffee and citrus.

T - Enjoyable taste, but a bit heavy on malt without hop balance for an IPA. Slight alcohol hotness that disappears into a moderate hop bitter finish.

M - Heavy, with light carbonation. Long finish into lingering hop bitterness

D - Good drinkability for a rather high alcohol brew. Though the beers maltiness takes a bit away for it's style in this category.

FACSman, Mar 30, 2008
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840 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.