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Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 85
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stoneface Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Davl22 on 04-04-2014

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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found a few bottles while visiting my mother... Snuck 'em into my car while she wasn't looking. Great India Pale Ale!

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of a bottle share. Reviewed live at low in Austin, TX.

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip. 7.2% ABV. Expectations are high given my friend Collins' recommendation; thanks for the share, buddy!

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide. White colour. Nice thickness and fullness. Could be creamier and softer-looking. Retention is merely average - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Murky somewhat dull copper colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty average for an IPA. Not unique or special looking, but generally appealing, sure. Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: A friend suggests yogurt, and I concur. Key lime. Collins suggests cake; I concur as well. Has a lightly tart sherbert character to it. It's not the pale malt and citrus aroma I've come to expect from IPAs, nor is it piney, zesty, juicy, or floral. Somewhat sharp.

It's completely atypical of the style, and strangely intriguing as a result. I'm very curious to try it. Aromatic intensity is mild.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Truly a unique aroma for an IPA.

TASTE: Vanilla, cake, yogurt with light tartness, mellow creamy sherbert...this is not your typical IPA build by any means. It's a cohesive flavour profile and has a nice balance, but the complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance observed in the best IPAs just isn't there. I do like it, and find it unique, but it's not horribly deep - at least not enough so that it's world class.

No yeast character or off-notes come through. I'm a bit surprised how hidden even the basic pale malt backbone is.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, crisp, moderately thick, and overcarbonated. Suits the taste decently, but doesn't accentuate its individual notes, and doesn't elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Very drinkable, but it's not incredible or world-class by any means. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't know that I'd buy it frequently if it were on shelves. Interesting, but not amazing.

C+

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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ettbeer
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobbDogg
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice foamy and attractive head on this one, and later light lacing. Fresh scent of citrus, grapefruit, and light hops. The taste is a fruit basket, notably pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange, with a bit of pine and a little breadiness. Some upfront bitterness leaves a mild bitterness on the finish. A great creamy mouthfeel. A nice, balanced, and well crafted beer. The best beer I have tasted from my home state of NH. Looking forward to trying more brews from Stoneface.

Photo of Booty
3.15/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's an ok IPA. Worth a try. But there are so many other IPA's out there that I'd rather have.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SameeLee
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cruick
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobby823
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NEBeerGirl
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Runningkathy
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KFBR392
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pretty hue of cloudy light orange. Crisp concentrated head forms on the pour and is present throughout. Active carbonation happily rises.

Smell: the front of the nose brings sweet caramel and fresh baked bread malt notes. Present but welcomingly secondary is bubblegum bright hops. Strawberry, kiwi, mango, oranges, and papaya all are accounted for. Some toasted malts pick up on the back end and prepare the drinker for what is next.

Taste: the aforementioned bouquet of soft fruits open up on the palate. Some resinous tangerines linger into the body and join force with the caramel, bready malt flavors. Some lighter watermelon and pineapple flavors shine. Nice bitter pine lingers long after on the palate.

Mouthfeel: cleanliness is prime throughout. Bitterness is well integrated.

Overall: great offering from Stoneface. Absolutely would love to try more.

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.