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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

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 93
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stoneface Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Davl22 on 04-04-2014

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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EnronCFO
3.2/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really didn't get the hype with this beer. Maybe the bottle was old, but it was purchased in Portsmouth at CBC. Dark amber color, sweet and malt forward with underwhelming hops. Had a homebrew quality, just lacked depth overall.

Photo of BeerShralper
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jco3
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of snansel
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steve8robin
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raisingfable
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky honey gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, honey, and slight grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite sweet and not all that hoppy for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of twizzard
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PGRADY
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal beer. Easily pared with meals, especially red meat. In my opinion, it is delicious at any temperature and equally drinkable in the bottle or a glass. Well worth the typical $6.00 in the seacoast New England area for the perfect sized 16.9 oz bottle. I recommend any Stoneface product already on the market to any, especially for IPA/pale ale fan

Photo of Zuidman
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egrace84
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tednh
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bufante
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeMcCl
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.