Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 452
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 112
Gots: 129 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -10.8%
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 -8.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.8%
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 -18.3%
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 Damian
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +7.6%
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 -12.2%
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 -1.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +3.7%
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 -26.6%
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 -19%
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 +5.3%
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)

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -26.6%
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+ (2,391 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of softtracii
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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! (275 characters)

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
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