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Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 477
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 113
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 477
Photo of meson13
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of soze47
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of edward_boumil
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of DCrimdog66
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of Bobber74
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of yourmom123
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (292 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of georgeaaron
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Chapman725
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of mrz200
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (253 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (318 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange pour with barely any head. Color is beautiful. Strong aroma of pine and resin, right up my alley. Taste starts with heavy bitter up front, but surprisingly smooth finish with a hint of malt sweetness. Keeps me sipping. Good stuff! (249 characters)

Photo of EnronCFO
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of PGRADY
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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 (367 characters)

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
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