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Stony Face Red Ale - Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Stony Face Red AleStony Face Red Ale

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52 Ratings

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 03-31-2003)
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2/5  rDev -41%

tfsimpkins, Nov 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a bubbly deep copper color, no haze, with a creamy head. Not a big head, but good retention and lacing.

The smell is malty, a little metallic, not much hop presence. Not a lot going on here.

The taste is even more metallic to me... malt dominates but it's a little rough. The balance is way off to me... just not very good.

Unfortunately I don't have another one of these on hand to see if this was just a bad bottle... I do have a few more from Hoppy Brewing so I guess I'll see if I like them any better.

theboozecruise, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From Notes:

A- Cloudy with a reddish tone- creamy foamy head. nice retention.

S- no a stong smell but there are sweet caramel malts and bread notes

T- neutral taste- nothing really stands out or is remarkable.. u have sweet malts and some hops but no real depth

M- A bit chewy

D- Did not care for this at all. Poor example of a red ale.

beersensei305, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of MuscleConfusion
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

MuscleConfusion, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours reddish amber with a big fluffy head. The aroma is slight and a bit soapy. The flavor is weak, overly roasted, and disappointing lacking in hop character. The flavor is woody, with some dark cherry, but the mouthfeel is overcarbonated, like a badly bottled conditioned brew. This is like a medicore homebrew. A big avoid. No freshness date so it is impossible to tell if it is fresh.

Seanibus, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Fieldzy27
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a blue point pint glass from a 22oz bomber

A-Pours a darker shade of reddish brown with an off white head that is fairly thick sticky and solid. As the head recedes it leaves sheets of actual lace-like lace. This actually looks pretty impressive.

S-Im getting a little caramel and some faint hops... I feel this is worse just because the looks got my hopes up.

T- Same as the nose. Hops are prevailing all in all but they are very light and the rest of the beer is even lighter. Some caramel comes in at the end somewhere but no match for the small amount off bitterness that is dominating. As it warms some more caramel comes in and combats the bitterness a little bit which earns it the next higher score. I still dont think this qualifies as average for a red ale.

M-Mouthfeel saves it a little bit. The carbonation is on and there is a slight amount of creaminess to it that keeps the beer very full feeling and actually mildly distracts you from the extreme lack of flavor.

D-This beer has me a little confused in all honesty. It looks good, has almost no smell and no taste..but the mouthfeel is on. It could use some work I guess because it has potential to be good beer but right now its just not.

Fieldzy27, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Tertullian007
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Tertullian007, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An odd beer. Does not fit the red ale style at all. This brewery seems to specialize in hybred, non-traditional interpretations, but this one did not work out as well as other products I've had the opportunity to sample. Poured a brown color, not at all red or amber. Aroma was dark and yeasty - Belgian dubbel immediately came to mind. The flavor was likewise unusual. Slightly fruity, with yeasty phenols. If a Belgian dubbel and a German dunkel wheat got together, this might be the offspring. I checked the brewery website, but they had no information on what they were trying to accomplish with this beer. Not a bad beer - but quirky and not too well put together.

Brent, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Two-thirds of the way through my area's offerings from this brewery now. This one pours a clear deep garnet topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises moss, soil, light cocoa, dark toffee, dank grass, and light vague flowers. The taste holds notes of dark greens, grass, cocoa, burnt toffee, flowers, and light balsa. There may or may not be some light leek flavors in there as well, but I'm still not entirely sure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky finish. Overall, a pretty sad red all around. Not a fan.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2011
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2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I think this bottle was probably stale. The problem with this is that I bought it at the brewery, kept it chilled and only had it for two weeks. Skunky, metallic and very disappointing. What I had tasted on tap there was actually good. I would have this again at the brew pub, but I'll think twice before picking up a bottle. Their bottles do not have a bottling date on them.

mmessner, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice reddish amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty typical for a red ale. Faint bready malt, a hint of caramel and not much in the hop department. Not a lot going on in the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some malt and caramel flavors with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I didn't dislike this beer, but didn't like it enough to buy again. It is pretty much run of the mill to me.

cjgator3, Feb 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

TheBigBoy, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of bierdeflanders
3/5  rDev -11.5%

bierdeflanders, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a dark reddish-brown in color with a big head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This cheap yeast bomb had the most basic of malty requirements but none of the offsetting hops. How the hell do they call themselves Hoppy Brewing?

Taste – The malts lack depth and are too sweet for the style and, again, although a balancing towards malt is OK and even expected, there has to be some hops in an ARE.

Mouthfeel – This was disappointing. The big body you look for in the style was nowhere to be found and the carbs were cheap and fizzy.

Drinkability – This ale wasn’t as bad as the review would make it seem. It was an OK beer to drink, but it certainly was no American Red Ale.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of JDV
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, maroon pour with a light beige creamy head. Smell was musty malt, light hops, and some chocolate. Taste was musty, chocolately and malty again, with a slight bit of hops. Drinkable, and darker in color and flavor than your standard amber, but nothing too special I thought. Just average.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany color. Not much nose at first-at it warms, I get burnt caramel. The taste is toast, roasted malts and a oddly enough, butter. Lots of malt, however, floral notes briefly peak through the malty blanket. Not much in the way of hops, although they are there. The mouthfeel is watery. 5.6% ABV.

hoppygirl, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Cynic-ale, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

EvanWilliams, Feb 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kaelingirl, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

harpus, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of tan head and residual foam. You have to be REAL careful how you pour this beer so teh foam doesn't overflow. Semi-sloudy copper and bronze amber color. Can't make out any bubbling.

Nice toasty malts combine with spritzy, astringent hops for a clean and malty aroma.

Flat and thin palate from start to finish. Good toasted malts and earty, astringent, almost lemony at times, hopping. Pretty simple overall. Finish is bitter and slow on the fade with some heavily toasted malts.

scruffwhor, Mar 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GraduatedCashew, Jul 03, 2013
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Stony Face Red Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.