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Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 590
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 27.17%
Wants: 114
Gots: 175 | FT: 6
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Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States | website

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 PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with 011516 on the side. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy coppery orange with over an inch of fluffy, thick head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is lots of lemon and lime with light piney and floral hops. The taste is much like the aroma. Lemon and lime up front but with a bit of stone fruits this time around, followed up by the floral hops. Pine comes out towards the end along with more lemon and lime. Lightly toasted malts in the background. Herbal, almost peppery aftertaste. Heavy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Overall, great New England IPA that I need more of.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 into tulip. 12/7/15

L. Copper, Apple in color. Light head maybe a finger and average lacing. Perfectly clear.
S. A good amount of floral hops and pine, but I am also getting some nice tropical fruit notes as well, mango and peach.
T. Spice and pine with nice hop notes. Not much of the tropical fruit notes from the nose. Pretty dry finish
F. Good carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of tconlon69
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Luminarc 16oz IPA glass. Very nice golden orange and caramel color. Very nice thick head, a vanilla like color. Very smooth IPA, subtle hop tones. Easy drinking IPA. Has nice sweetness to it , hints of citrus with stronger caramel Flavor. I really like this beer, very very good beer. So soft and yet full of flavor.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 500ml bottle split a few ways with a medium golden body and a very large frothy white head with great retention and deep thickness. Thick pillows of lace blanket most of my mug.

S- A pleasant opening of citrus and floral hops with a backing of slight stone fruits, zesty herbs and pine hop tones. Pale cracked grains, yeast bread and a tiny hint of pale fruit esters balance out the hops which seem to have a three-quarters share of the total aromas.

T- A similar overall hop profile with some change to how each element is arranged compared to the smell. The resinous pine and bitter citrus zest hops take center stage with grapefruit and orange coming to mind. Hints of mango, dry pineapple, herbs and floral hops. A medium caramelized sweetness as well as yeast bread round it all out.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture falling on the taste buds between creamy and foamy creating a moderately smooth experience. Carbonation is medium-high and each sip finishes with a piney bitterness.

A solid IPA with citrus, pine and to a somewhat lesser degree stone fruits leading the way in a hop-dominant brew. A piney bitterness clashes just a bit with medium caramelized sugars but good nonetheless.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden orange, thick, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly. Carbonated air bubbles can be seen rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the snifter.
S: Tropical notes, grapefruit, pine, caramelized malts.
T: Immediately detect grapefruit pith, bitter hops punch the palate, balanced nicely with the hoppy bitterness and the malts.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness, dry, hoppy finish.
O: This is my first time having Stoneface and i'm not disappointed. Pretty good stuff!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

Hazy golden orange , frothy white two finger cap , very good lacings

Aroma of cities, pine, peppery spice

Hop taste in the back of the tongue. Nice little bite, lingering bitterness. Lot of sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of far333
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear apricot colored with streams of bubbles rising up to a white frothy head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Bright aroma of citrusy and floral hops. Flavors of honey malt initially, followed quickly by hoppy citrus and florals. Lots of tangerine, moderate bitterness. Even mouthfeel, moderately carbed. Good beer, but perhaps a bit overrated.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The hops presence is a bit weaker than most beers in the style but it strengthens as you continue to drink the beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Juicy. Grapefruit pith, orange rind, tangerine, cherry and pine bitterness. Highly attenuated. Super clean tasting. Medium, dry finish. Really awesome balance. Very solid.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a glorious presentation-
welled up with an immortal head. I swear it-- the beer's gone down the gullet but foam's left down there in the glass!
Nice fruity nose. Nice straw color to the beer.
With my eyes closed and just my taster to go on-- this is an IPA no doubt about it.
Tangy bitter hops galore. Mild effervescence-- while there's a bit of tingle on the palate it's not so much as
to make me think this beer came from a soda dispenser.
Mouthfeel quite cordial with the bitter hops dissipating into the wide expanse of my beer appreciation and next thing I know the bottles empty!
Over all a very satisfying IPA.

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Photo of epyon396
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw/orange. Small white head with a good bit of lacing. Really pretty, and what I come to expect of the region.

The nose was a little muted. Floral hops with a tiny bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit and tangerine, a little bit of lemon. One of the few single IPAs that I could get a fair amount of malt in the nose without it being overpowering in the taste.

Taste is nice and hoppy without being overpowering. The bitterness of the hops work well with the sweetness of the citrus notes and the malt. The hops seemed to be fading a little and the malt was ever so slightly dominant, but I suspect this was because I received an older bottle in a trade, so I won't take points off. What was there worked very well.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Mostly dry finish, but with a good amount of juicy quality.

This is never going to be a beer that people line up for, but it's a solid New England IPA. I'm very happy to have tried it and would love to get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA. Poured out of a 16.9oz bottle. Thick head on top of a golden orange body with plenty of carbonation. Aroma of orange, lemon, pine and mango. Taste follows suit with some nice tangerine balanced by a slightly sweet, earthy malt and a solid bitter finish. The carbonation lingers a bit but the finish is wonderfully dry. I'm excited to get my hands on a few more.

Update: got my hands on another and the hops were muted and the malt pronounced. That's the way it goes without a bottled date. Frustrating.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always excited to try new breweries. This is my first from Stoneface. Stoneface IPA pours a hazy gold. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of bone white head. Head slowly settles to a ring. Plenty of lace left in its wake.

This is what a proper IPA should smell like. Loads of hops up front. Strong herbal and floral notes shine. Plenty of citrus present as well .Some dank smelling grapefruit notes stand out. Some light caramel notes hit beneath the dank citrus. A very inviting aroma.

From the first sip, hops wash over the tongue. Strong bitter grapefruit stands out. Grapefruit fades into some strong floral notes. This a hop bomb, but not too in-your-face. The hops offer a bit of a drying quality, urging one to take another sip. Beneath the hops, some light caramel maltiness tries to offer some balance.The finish is drying with a lingering floral quality.

Stoneface Ipa is medium bodied, with adequate carbonation.

Stoneface IPA is a rock solid IPA. This brew definitely ranks up there with some the best IPAs the east coast has to offer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful crystal clear golden beer with a towering white head and fantastic lace. Nice, super fresh raw herbal hop flavor, but a tad light on mouthfeel.

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Photo of dumpman
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -11.5%
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 +6.6%
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 -4.9%
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 -11.2%
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 -0.9%
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 -0.9%
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 -24.4%
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 -3.3%
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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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.