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Stoneface IPA | Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

Brewed by:
Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Davl22 on 04-04-2014

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle dated 04/18/16

Pours gold with a dense, creamy off-white foam head. Smells like peaches, mango, some pineapple, orange, sweet caramely cracker bread malt, passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, with fresh pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like bitter leafy pine, slightly boozy caramely bread malt, fresh passionfruit, guava, spicy pineapple, mango, underripe peach, orange and grapefruit citrus, with dank earthy grass. Feels medium-full, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill. The beer has a nice slightly amber, orange appearance with thick retention and great lacing on the sides. Aromas included hops with a fruity citrus smell mixed with some earthy tones. Taste follows the nose as a good and bittersweet IPA with balanced hops. Great mouthfeel in general, helping to make the drink refreshing and crisp. Overall, I enjoyed this IPA with my dinner, especially because of its refreshing quality and it's great appearance.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no apparent date:
Pours on the yellow side of golden, with a medum-light haziness that entered my glass late. There is a nice finger plus of fluffy white head; lacing is pretty nice.

Nose is citrus in nature, lemony almost without being sour. Maybe the zest of lemon, and a generic floral nature to back it up. Later in the pour, I get maybe a little cereal grain as well.

The feel seemed very soft in my first sips. Once I started noticing the bitterness, however, it didn't seem as soft, but was still quite nice. Carbonation was pillowing more than attacking, and I think a little bit of hop spice is what roughed up the edges a tad.

The beer's flavor followed the nose pretty well, although the opening sweeter notes were more honey or honeysuckle than cereal in nature. The citrus notes leaned lemony, but there was a fleeting little spicy bite in the opening as well. As that faded, the tastes leaned more citrus rind and zest. Finally there was a lingering note that was mildly grassy.

A straightforward nicely made IPA. This reminds me of other classic IPAs, maybe a tad more balanced - but in a very good way. I would love it if this were in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a cloudy, dark golden color. There was almost no head on it, but it did have some lacing. Decent nose. Some pine, citrus and tangerine. The taste is also good. Nice hop bite to it. Mainly pine flavors, as wll as some tangerine.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer clocks in at about 5 weeks old. Not sure what happened in this batch but there's no hop presence in the nose. The flavor has plenty of bitterness but lots of off flavor that you'd get from lightstruck beer or older beer. Lots of macro-lager scent and some macerated corn notes. Disappointed. Not sure if it is just a bad batch.

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Photo of mickyge
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 1/22/16. Huge creamy head and a cloudy orange look, not a very pronounced smell, kind of citrus. Sweet malt taste up front and then a hoppy bite, if you are looking for a bitter bite this one doesn't have it. Pretty smooth almost creamy mouth feel that finished almost a bit peppery. Easy to drink and I'd get it again. Good suggestion from the Craft Beer Cellar staff here in the Ham

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Photo of DJG07008
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised when I first sampled this beer over a year ago at a local beer festival and the bottled variety certainly did not let me down at all. Review is from a 16.9 poured into Stone Brewing "Specialty IPA" glass. Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with a lovely aroma of fresh hops which perfectly accentuated the thick, frothy head that filled my glass well above the brim. The beer itself poured a very nice, slightly hazy, golden honey color while the head was thick, pillowy, and long lasting. The scent was floral with some subtle earthy tones and a touch of grapefruit. Taste to me is the most impressive part of this beer. Very well balanced, malt flavor up front with strong and flavorful hops on the back without overpowering the palette with bitterness. This beer is very drinkable at 7.2%, and went down very smooth. I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless blending of malt, citrus, hops, and the slightest hint of spice in this brew. The mouth feel of this beer is great! Medium feel which gives it some substance without feeling like a watered down IPA or too heavy to drink more than one. The thick frothy head accentuates the feel of this beer initially (lacing was exceptional as well). Overall, I have to say this is an exceptional IPA. I truly believe Stoneface has distinguished themselves among NH brewers with this beer. I am thoroughly looking forward to sampling some of their other offerings. As an occasional drinker of IPAs, I might add that this may become one of my more frequent sources to satisfy my need for Hops.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy honey color with a huge frothy white head. Retention is excellent and there is tons of webbed lacing. Smell is a bit muddled. Earthy and floral notes with some spiciness and citrus. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and smooth. Just a bit of stickiness on the back. Overall a very good beer although I think the aroma could use some tweaking.

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Photo of FFreak
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the CBC somewhere in NH. Poured into a hotel room glass. The initial pour was a clear golden yellow, but I noticed a ton of sediment at the bottom. After adding that, it's very hazy and aromatic. Thick white head that leaves some lace. Aromas are a combination of tropical fruits and spice. Taste is great - sweet and tropical up front, spicey hops, followed by a soft and balanced bitterness. Mouth is just right - medium-body, smooth, nice carbonation. Overall, an impressive IPA.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date 01/15/16
Reviewed on 2/23/16

Pours slightly hazy light golden yellow with a billowy white head, clinging. Lasting the length of the glass.

Feint smell. Weak.

Bitter, thin, just ok. However it's balanced.

Overall an OK IPA in a sea of great IPAs

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Photo of Horbar
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, I have know clue when this was bottled.
Hazey peachy color.
Smells of fresh citrus.
Nice juucey taste tangerine, and grapefruit
Pretty soft, very drinkable.
Would have been much better if kept refrigerated at the store an or canned.
A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden Amber with a thin foamy white head. Piney and citrus hop with toasted malt. Piney hip flavor up front with some juicy citrus notes, medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish. Solid IPA

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Photo of andrenaline
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity nose, floral hop notes, and hints of cotton candy. The citrus hop notes dominate the palette with a solid butter caramel malt backbone and a bitter citrus rind finish. Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet. A solid IPA well worth seeking out and a fantastic first brew in New Hampshire.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours a very, very sexy deep orange. Not hazy but deep and full in color. A lot of thick head, lots of lace.

S - Floral hops, nothing special but nothing wrong. Light peach and grapefruit as well. Very soft.

T- Perfect balance. I really am blown away right now. Packed with hops which are most present on the back end but the malt up front masks them from being overly bitter. You wouldn't know this was a 7.2% abv by taste. A bit of spice on the back end I can't quite put my finger on but I like. Every sip of a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, bread and some tasty tasty hops.

MF - Perfect, medium-heavy. The big head and lacing help it feel even more full.

O - Moving up towards NH soon so I'm guessing a lot of fresh Stoneface is going to be in my future. This is a lovely IPA, sliding into one of my favs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Very clear, bright copper orange color with a huge, frothy, thick, white head. Lacing is very thick and frothy.

S - Earthy, herbally, some chalky, dry, hop pellet citrus, with some spicy character.

T - Follows the nose. First and foremost - herbally and earthy with some grapefruit and lemon citrus. Very well balanced. Some citrus rind spice.

M - Medium body with very gentle carbonation that's borderline creamy.

O - Balanced all the way. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 +5.9%
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 -10.4%
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 +4%
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 +0.2%
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 -11.6%
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 -1.4%
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 +0.2%
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%
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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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
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