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Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 100
Gots: 106 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 49
Photo of thegerm87
3.32/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Outlier review blah blah blah

Photo of georgeaaron
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of kculrich
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of chefdave37
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is crisp and refreshing nice balance with piney notes.

Photo of Chapman725
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of mrz200
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Beglane
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of tekstr1der
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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!

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 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 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 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 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.

C+

Photo of RobbDogg
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice foamy and attractive head on this one, and later light lacing. Fresh scent of citrus, grapefruit, and light hops. The taste is a fruit basket, notably pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange, with a bit of pine and a little breadiness. Some upfront bitterness leaves a mild bitterness on the finish. A great creamy mouthfeel. A nice, balanced, and well crafted beer. The best beer I have tasted from my home state of NH. Looking forward to trying more brews from Stoneface.

Photo of Booty
3.15/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's an ok IPA. Worth a try. But there are so many other IPA's out there that I'd rather have.

Photo of KFBR392
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pretty hue of cloudy light orange. Crisp concentrated head forms on the pour and is present throughout. Active carbonation happily rises.

Smell: the front of the nose brings sweet caramel and fresh baked bread malt notes. Present but welcomingly secondary is bubblegum bright hops. Strawberry, kiwi, mango, oranges, and papaya all are accounted for. Some toasted malts pick up on the back end and prepare the drinker for what is next.

Taste: the aforementioned bouquet of soft fruits open up on the palate. Some resinous tangerines linger into the body and join force with the caramel, bready malt flavors. Some lighter watermelon and pineapple flavors shine. Nice bitter pine lingers long after on the palate.

Mouthfeel: cleanliness is prime throughout. Bitterness is well integrated.

Overall: great offering from Stoneface. Absolutely would love to try more.

Photo of softtracii
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice nose. Smooth all the way through. Make it a point to look for nonfiltered and light in color IPA'S. This will always be a go to. Waiting to try the double. Finally a great one I can easily get.

Photo of katterbe
3.07/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear and has a very bitter first taste. No after taste

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

Another good IPA out of New England

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.56/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow, huge rocky head. Fades slowly. Leaves heavy heavy lacing.
A - Citrus lemon, grassy hops. No detectable malts.
T - Citrus, orange, medicinal bitterness, light dough.
M - Medium body, medium carb.
O - A good IPA, but not great. I was expecting more given the hype. I like the red rye better.

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

L - Impressive creamy head sits atop a beautiful light orange body. Light lacing as the head drifts down the pint glass.

S - Sweet smelling hops give the beer a creamy, almost sugary scent. Doesn't blow you away, but very well rounded with fruits and flowers.

T - Very sweet, a bit resiny... feels like biting into a peach, almost. Delicious in its fullness.

MF - Full body with this beer, low carbonation makes for an easy sip. It can leave a bit of a sour aftertaste, but it's totally worth it.

O - Exceptional beer here. My buddy some over and having no experience with the brewery, I didn' know what to expect. Happily surprised, though, this beer hit the spot. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPAs.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy straw yellow in color with a thin white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a sweet citrus after taste.

Overall: Excellent IPA!

Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

My second bottle of this; had tried it about a month ago... Now putting thoughts into reality... Got this 0.5l bottle locally tonight for $5.50....

Sampling it with a small tulip.... Hard pour, in she goes... Has a slightly cloudy, apricot/orange color, with a soft, fluffy white head. The foam lasts quite well, and the lacing is exquisite. The aroma is all hops... very fruity and enticing, with apricot, orange-marmalade, grapefruit and pineapple. The body is a good medium to medium-plus, and it is quite smooth going down.

Flavor is light on malt and heavy on hops. There is a bit of semi-sweet, toasty malt, but it's short-lived. It's mostly fruity notes hitting the palate: apricot, tangerine, some peach, a bit of pineapple. It finishes with the hops lingering quite nicely. Not a killer IPA, but solid nonetheless. Prosit!!

4.20/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.30 | smell: 4.25 | feel: 4.20 | taste: 4.20 | drinkability: 4.15

1692

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/9/14

A: Lightly hazy, golden tangerine with some yellow and copper tones - pours with a medium sized, white head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Very unique and very interesting - big citrus, with some pine, and some other fruity hoppiness - orange and grapefruit flesh with some citrus zest - grassy and herbal notes, with some dry pine needles - very floral, lightly resinous - some nice hints of peach to round things out - pale and caramel malts - lightly toasted, with some light sweetness - not particularly potent, even fresh, but it's very clean and fruity

T: Floral citrus with some balance - ripe orange and grapefruit flesh, with some zest and some bitter, pithy notes - very floral, with some herbal, grassy, and piney notes that work well with the citrus - underripe peach and some vaguely tropical fruits, stone fruits - moderate bitterness overall that lingers - bigger malt profile than some other hop bombs of the style - pale, and some substantial caramel malts - toasty and a lightly sweet

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, clean, and very drinkable

O: There are breweries in NH?

This is a unique take on an IPA. It's an interesting blend of east and west coast influences. It's not mind blowing, but it's all-around solid in a memorable way. I need to visit this brewery.

Edit (12/3/14): Tried again. Still not impressed by the aroma, but the taste has apparently grown on me. Upping the taste to 4.25.

Edit (12/19/14): Third time is the charm. Or curse, because I had to rewrite sections and reconsider my score. Drinking a truly fresh bottle, and yes, this beer is quite tasty.

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.