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Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 503
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 29.14%
Wants: 112
Gots: 150 | FT: 7
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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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh pint bottle purchased at the brewery into a tulip glass:

Most NE IPAs are lauded for their look, being hazy and turbid as part of the style (Trillium, Alchemist, and Treehouse most notably), but this one knocks the appearance out of the ballpark in terms of cleanliness and execution. Golden-orange body, completely translucent, with a thick, lasting head. Virtually perfect looking. Smells dank and citrusy, with a sweetish malt backbone present as well. Taste is excellent- Opens with soft citrus and tropical notes, including some tangerine and orange, followed by a touch of bitterness, and finishing with a little bit of a bready malt. Really nicely balanced, as to be expected by the execution in terms of flavor and appearance. Feels crisp, with a lingering medium-bodied finish that drips with hop juiciness on the tongue and palate. Overall, a fantastic IPA, and one that does not get enough credit in the pantheon of New England IPAs. Readily available and yummy!

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Photo of dumpman
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 500ml bottle.
nice color with an inch of frothy foam.
lots of dank hops from the nose.
tons of hop bitterness but not overwhelming.
good mouthfeel and just a solid drinking ipa.
Nice and fresh bottled about a week ago, need to get some more.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 ounce bottle. Supposedly fresh.

Pours our thick with a large white head, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Smells very thick and biscuity, like a DIPA from the middle of the last decade. Not an unpleasant aroma, but a bit rough.

Tastes smoother and more balanced than it smells. Lightly green, if that makes any sense. Some pine and honey, too, but while the hops are aggressive they're mostly overwhelmed by an the intense syrupy biscuit nodes of the malt. It's nice, and I like that it's kind of weird, but I don't think it quite comes together the way they wanted it to.

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Photo of munsonptr
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty IPA. One of the best new beers I've had in a while. Reminds me of a cross between Maine Beer Co. MO and Another One. And that's a very good thing. And at $1 to $2 cheaper, that's even better.

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Photo of meson13
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-fairly hazy deep gold. Somewhere between filtered Cali and vt type shit. Persistent creamy head. Nice lacing. S- citrus, white breast malt, generic hop notes. T- lime, melon, honey, pine, grapefruit. Some sweetness before a lingering but pleasant bitterness. F- nice and creamy, not too far from the big boys. O- good beer but nothin crazy IMO. Always happy to find this on tap and at 5 bucks a bottle it's never a bad choice

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Photo of soze47
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice lacing in the glass (from a bomber at home). Sweet and hoppy nose. Citrusy and slightly floral. The body is slick in a good way. Moves across the palette well. Juicy initial rush followed by a pleasant, almost piney secondary. Really, really good.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow amber, medium white head of slight retention. Nose wafts lemon. Taste somewhat similar. Good but a bit unidimensionally hopped. Medium light body, low moderate carbonation.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

L: Nice burnt orange color, thick white fluffy head that settles. Good lacing.
S: Citrus and floral hops with notes of malt on the nose. Pretty straight forward. Very fresh and inviting.
T: Really nice malt character in this one. Slightly bready, has a nice pilsner feel to it for some reason. Hops here are great, they are not overpowering like a hop bomb. Hops lend a grapefruit like quality to the beer
F: Very smooth. Light/Moderate carbonation, very refreshing. Astringency and bitterness are relatively low despite abundant hop flavor.
O: Really enjoyable. Not a die-hard IPA guy, though I can appreciate a good one when I try one. Glad I gave this one a go, and will enjoy it in the future. Also was really impressed by the malt character of this beer. Its not the shining star but is present and tasty.

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date that I could find, however this just hit the shelves last week so I'm guessing it's fresh.

A: Clear orange pour. Tall frothy and fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing and decent retention.

S: Nice floral aroma right off the bat. Lots of citrus behind it. Not a huge hop blast but pleasant.

T: Again, floral up front. Quite a bit of citrus kicks in after, mainly grapefruit and maybe a hint of orange peel. Nice bitter blast comes with the citrus. Bready malt helps sweeten it slightly. More flowery hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking.

O: Huh, an interesting IPA. It's got biggish hop flavors but not as bold or nearly as bitter as a west coast IPA. Not as balanced as an east coast IPA though. It's halfway between. It's really smooth and easy drinking without being boring either. It reminds me of the Maine Beer APAs. Hoppy but on the milder side. I enjoyed it quite a bit, it's definitely more of a go-to IPA than a monster melt-your-face-off type IPA.

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Photo of DCrimdog66
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinkable, enjoyable IPA. citrus nose. Clean, crisp IPA. Nothing spectacular, but typical dry-hopped IPA. Solid. Very balanced....nice beer for IPA lovers that like a citrus dry-hopped punch.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was pleased with this Stoneface offering. Fortunate that I was able to have someone send me a couple bottles. Overall, it's very solid. It reminded me of a poor man's version of Maine Lunch. That's not a knock by any stretch, either. Give it a try.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and slightly cloudy. Smells strong of citra, fruit, and hops. Strong hop flavor, citrus notes, bitter dry finish. Spicy mouth feel. Really good IPA, and a good example of a lot of things done right.

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Photo of Bobber74
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA offering. I reach for this beer when I am out of Heady topper.

Drinkable, enjoyable IPA. citrus nose. Clean, crisp IPA. Nothing spectacular, but typical dry-hopped IPA. Solid.

Very balanced....nice beer for IPA lovers that like a citrus dry-hopped punch.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Caramel gold color and cloudy. Tiny head but some streaks and spots for lace.

Fresh floral hop aroma. Light malt and alcohol in the background.

Strong alcohol malt start. Bitter black pepper bite to the swallow. Moderate bitter aftertaste. Neutral body and highly carbonated. For hop lovers, an easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of yourmom123
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Putting NH on the map can't wait to hit this brewery up for there double and or specialty brews. There distributed beer IPA and APA are are fine offerings and have had one of there Doubles on draft at the Garder in Nash. Nice Hops to malt ratio, not super citrusy,or over powering. Good beer

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, citrus, herbal, spicy, orange peel, tropical, and grassy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Hop flavor lasts all the way through the dip. Nice malt backbone, some chewiness, and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Ctisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, a bit chewy, light bitterness, and medium bodied.

Overall: This IPA is growing on me. Each sip gets better and better. Before I know it, the growler will be gone.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward here. Not as fruity and tropical as many of the newer IPAs out there. More of that classic grapefruit punch and a heavy palate bruising bitterness. Reminds me a lot of another beloved NH seacoast IPA, Finestkind, but not quite as drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very, very good beer. Outstanding hoppy smell on the nose. A bit too piny on the finish, but other than that excellent. Pours a beautiful yellow with two finger head.

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Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounces bottle purchased at Stoneface Brewing Co., Newington, NH
Served in a pint glass

Outstanding appearance. The hazy, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, fluffy, two-finger tall, off white crown. A curtain of drippy lacing coated the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

Really nice aroma. Quite hoppy and citrusy. Fruity. Lots of orange peel. Some grapefruit and tropical fruits came through as well. Mango, papaya and passionfruit were noticeable. Somewhat dank and weed-like. Slightly sweet. Pleasant, but perhaps the nose could have been a bit more intense. As the beer warmed, the aroma totally reminded me of orange juice.

Grapefruit dominated in the flavor profile. White grapefruit to be precise. This tasted like a simcoe hop bomb. Slight malt sweetness up front before the hops took over. Super dry and pithy with loads of rind-like bitterness. The lingering finish was ultra piney and dry. Pine needles came to mind. Some grapefruit rind as well. Solid overall but a bit one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style but still frothy, fluffy, creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

This is a respectable IPA but it is definitely not as impressive as the scores would suggest. If you like bitter, grapefruit-forward hoppy beers, then this might be right up your alley.

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Photo of georgeaaron
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange nice lacing.
Smells great piney and hoppy.
Taste is unique for an IPA the malts really came through to balance this bear in a way not typical to IPA's.
Feel is oil like, sticks with you and leaves the hop flavor at the end.
I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easy pour into a room temperature tear drop, opaque, honey-colored. Lush malty head that persists, then heavy lacing on the glass as it drinks down. Sharp clean smell of hops. Tastes of sweet malt up front, grapefruit and lemon, moderately hoppy on the back end. Smooth and nicely balanced between sweets and bitters. Surely as fine an American IPA as I've ever met. I wish I had more but, um, I bought the last two pints at my local shop.

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Photo of Chapman725
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An easy to drink IPA that is full of flavor. If I lived in New Hampshire this would be my go to IPA. Great HOPs, great flavor and a great finish. How all IPAs should be. Nothing crazy here, just a really good IPA.

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Photo of mrz200
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle bought at brewery on 3-17. Highly drinkable, well crafted, full bodied ipa. Drank so nicely that it didn't warm up a whole lot, but I'm sure there's even more nose and taste coming. Pale is nice too. Rye isn't my style but it was far more bitter and stronger than the IPA. Porter was flavorful.

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Photo of Beglane
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise, The guy at the beer store in Meredith recommended it to me. Really solid IPA, Nice pine notes with a smooth finish. Me likey! Hop notes are good, but not over-the-top. Superclean taste, Nice warm boozy feel. Good job Stoneface!

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super solid IPA. A must have if you are roaming around New England and want to try the best IPAs (non- imperials) out there. My favorite coming out of NH... and looking for another NH brewery to wow me with a new #1. Hoping with the improvement and growth at Stoneface... we can get this in pint can 4-packs in 2015!

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.