Stoneface IPA - Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 106
Gots: 111 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 392 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

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

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Photo of nobadeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a bottle (bottles sold 1-4pm weekdays, otherwise growler fills) in a tulip, three day old bottling. I had it on draft with a fresh keg the day before and I am not tasting too large a difference. Just a fantastic IPA. Beautiful nose, citrus, grapefruit, 2 finger lacey head that dissipates. Nice color, goes down well for 7.2% ABV, no bitter after taste. I am pretty pumped to be so close to the brewery. I'll be back to purchase a log.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Pure awesomeness. Enjoyed this IPA immensely. This new brewery really knows what they're doing. Delicious to drink, and leaves you wanting more. Well done!

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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 iong516
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Pint from Portsmouth Gas Light Co. First sip was very bitter without much else going on, but as expected as it warmed up it developed a great citrus juicy character and lovely billowy hop burst on swishing. Still very strong on the bitter end, in my opinion overly so. Without a doubt an excellent IPA as it warms.

Photo of whodatdrinker
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ideal for a IPA fan who likes a low malt backbone. Piney, burnt orange nectar of the beer gods. My new favorite. Sadly up from New Orleans for vacation in Portsmouth and only a short while to enjoy. Get some if you can. Served in a short tulip glass at a perfect mid fifties temp. To-dye-for aroma. Made for high-IBU snobs (like me).

Photo of alexbutler
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Kinsman
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of softtracii
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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 puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

From the stubby 650 ml. bottle. sampled on September 6, 2014.

Cloudy pale yellow pour with a tremendous puffy white head.

Oh, those floral hop aromas are breathtaking especially how they mingle lightly with the toasted malts.

Medium to full body.

Not only does that taste echo the floral, piney hops of the aroma but there is a mellow well-balanced biscuit malt character to boot. More fruit kicks in on the flavor. Not super bitter but just bitter enough to make one remember it.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Chapman725
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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 EnronCFO
3.2/5  rDev -26.9%
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 ColdOneKev
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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 tekstr1der
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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 KevSal
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Extra in a trade from keith. Wow this stuff is fantastic, totally under my radar. great hop profile with incredible balance. Goes down incredibly easy, fantastic! Highly recommend, super excited ive got a second in the fridge!

Photo of gonzo000
3.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of RoninTK3
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at the brewery today.

Golden, orange color with a finger of head.

Lots of hops, juicy and fruity, grapefruit, a bit grassy. Fresh hops hit you right away. Very nice.

Matches the smell on this one. Lots of fresh hops. Grapefruit and tropical fruits. A bit vegetal. ABV doesn't come through.

Quite a bit of carbonation with a medium body. A bit resiny.

This one really blew me away and I'm looking forward to seeing more quality brews come from a brewery so close by. The big hop flavor and aroma left me wanting more.

Photo of chefdave37
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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 projektyle
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

I'm not a big IPA guy, but this is a great beer!

Photo of HopDeezy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Pours a hazy cloudy burnt orange with a pillowy frothy white head.

S - Floral, spices and citrus notes but to be honest for such a sought after IPA I was expecting a little more strength in the nose. Very light but what's there is very nice indeed.

T - floral, citrusy, very juicy and nutty with a pleasant lingering bitter finish, but maybe a little too bitter when first opened at a cold temperature. Very drinkable for a 7.2% IPA. The taste is very clean and smooth and this beer in particular opens up big time as the beer warms. I wish these flavors opened up from first crack but I'm nit picking a little here.

M - Low carbonation, juicy soft, frothy and almost soapy mouthfeel. Feels fresh if that makes any sense.

O - Definitely one of the top 10 IPAs I've ever had but a little finicky. 1) The bitterness way overshadows the other blend of flavors until the beer warms more so than other great IPAs that I've had. That being said 15 minutes in the glass does wonders and the beer is outstanding 2) I've had one day old and 2 week old bottles and I feel that the hop profile for this IPA falls off the table faster than some of the others I've had. All this being said it is a great beer that I'll continue to drive an hour for to purchase.

Photo of kjlcm
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, picked this over Maine Lunch in a blind tasting a few weeks ago and now am enjoying my first growler. Love the smell, not too dank not too crisp - perfect in my book. The taste is right there as well. I think this is now my second favorite brew behind Heady, it is that good! This stuff is the real deal.

Photo of KFBR392
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
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 risendragon
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought from Craft Beer Cellar in Nashua and poured into my trusty pint glass.

L- Pale gold, light bronze, nice two finger head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing (4.25)

S- Citrus galore, slight hint of pine. Grapefruit and lemon and even some lychee in there as well. Very impressive! (5!)

T- Wow! A great IPA. Heavy grapefruit and other citrus notes alongside deep floral notes. The malts are not dominated by the hops, they are sweet yet distinctively malty. The finish is rich, not overly bitter, and there are notes of key lime pie and apple as well. Rather impressive (5)

F- Light-medium body, great finish, very crisp (4.5)

O- Easily one of the best IPA's I've had. It's definitely a hop-forward beer but the hops are in balance with the malts and the yeast. (4.75)

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Stoneface IPA from Stoneface Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.