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Stumpjumper India Pale Ale - Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Stumpjumper India Pale AleStumpjumper India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-16-2004)
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Reviews by angelmonster:
Photo of angelmonster
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark amber, lots of carbonation, and head was pretty small and disappeared fast. Lacing is almost non existent. Rather surprised since Ipas are known for their awesome lacing.

First smells are of caramel malts and some diacetyls. Next comes some earthy hops with hints of fresh pine. No alcohol detected

Taste is a mix of the earthy hops with some bready malts contrasting them. Not over the top bitter, this is almost a balanced beer but the hops do leave a piney aftertaste. For 7% abv, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. Head died immediately, leaving much to be desired. Body was good, medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this beer was barely above average. Flavors were good, which is obviously most important, but appearance/smell/mouthfeel were all off point and kinda made the beer sloppy tasting. Yes, I just made up the phrase sloppy tasting. Only reason beer gets a 3.5 overall is because of the smoothness of the finish in relation to alcohol percentage. Would order again if my choices were severely limited but luckily in Colorado I never have that problem

angelmonster, Nov 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -49.9%

22 oz bottle. Pours a tea-like amber with almost no head even after a vigorous pour.

The aroma is caramel malts and cola with a touch of hops.

The flavor is washed out caramel malts with a touch of medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is extremely watery with no carbonation.

Overall, Grand Lake seems to have problems with bottles. At the brewery carbonation on this was fine and there was good hop presence. I don't think the bottle would be old - there's no date, but I bought it right at the brewery. This was much better on tap.

Beaver13, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LXIXME, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%

Served cold into a pint glass, the first thing I notice about Stumpjumper is the unusually dark color. It's a redish brown, more the color of an American amber. Also surprising is the clarity. Apparently a filtered IPA.

The next thing that strikes me as "off" is the aroma. It's has no real fresh hop quality that I look for in an IPA. It is slightly piney and slightly citrusy but not the kind of dry hopped deliciousness that you tend to find these days.

Flavor is a little better then, but still an average attempt at best. Hoppy, yes, but not really an IPA. Many a west coast red would beat this for hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is fine though - medium bodied with low carbonation. That's about how I like it.

Overall just not what most beer people would expect from a beer that claims to be "a hop lovers treat."

GilGarp, May 30, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured into a globe glass.

a: The beer had no head with a deep amber color.

s: Fresh pine aromas with a nice sweet hop finish.

t: With little carbonation, this beer tastes flat. The taste of malted toffee, with a blend of caramel.

m: Short and smooth like water, not impressive.

d: The tastes are good, but concurring with other posts, there might be something off with the bottles. Would try again again for the flavors and to see if has over come its flatness.

GDBEERMAN, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of GarrisWH
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Pours a clear, light amber color with a minimal off-white head that quickly drops to a spotty cap.

S - Slightly sweet, biscuity and caramel malts are most prevalent. Some subtle hop aromas in the background with citric and floral character. Not overly impressed with the aroma - lacks the hop kick of a lot of the best smelling IPAs.

T - A balanced flavor, with toasted, earthy, biscuit-like, caramel malt up front with some floral and citric hops coming through in the middle. Finish is somewhat sweet, and brings more earthy character. Slight pine in the aftertaste along with some of the caramel flavors. A bit bland and lacking the hop intensity I look for in a great IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation

D - A decent beer, although lacking in some of the qualities of the best IPAs. Despite its downfalls, it goes down pretty well and isn't offensive by any means. With so many amazing IPA's out there, I don't really see myself revisiting this though.

GarrisWH, Dec 19, 2009
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

coggel, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

keenanite21, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

elkinbrown, May 26, 2014
Photo of gbontrag
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%

Gorgeous froth stays dense, and lacey. Color of burnished gold. Beautiful. Smells of citrusy hops, and pine tips, and...hell, just grate the whole spruce.
Tastes of grapefruit rinds. Delicious honey sweetened bread. Golden raisins, dried apples, fresh pine wood. Very fine IPA, and I'm proud to have it so close. This summer I'll be making a special trip just for this beer, and brewery.

gbontrag, May 13, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

A good ballsy IPA. The perfect balance with malt to make it not to heavy and still leave a good amount of dryness in your mouth. The hops are bold and stick with you through out your drink. There is a good amount of sweetness to it and a very heavy lace to back it up. It almost has a bock like taste to me. Also it has a lemon flavor and color that rounds out the medium body. The flavor of the sweet caramel and the lemon citrus blending together reminds me of a thanksgiving pie. I wish this beer was closer to home, its a little bit of a drive for me. But I’ve herd good things about all there other beers so maybe its worth the gas money.

RoBotGod, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Brewer rates this a 7% abv.

Very nice head in the Scotch ale glass. Big aroma of piney resin. Lots of malt in the big, rich, full-throttle taste that explodes in the mouth. This is an interesting take on the IPA style. Definitely watery and less mouth-filling, but has a diffferent tang. Kind of medicinal and herbal. Juniper and sagebrush come to mind. Even a touch of ash, like on wood-fired bread. Long aftertaste with the bitterness mellowing.

If you're an IPA fan, this might be worth trying. Just off-beat enough, but they didn't bust the budget on the hops. One of the better Grand Lake brews.

mactrail, Jun 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mebuzzard, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

habaceeba, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of mschofield
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

Pours a coppery amber, topped with a one finger off-wide head, leaves big wide rings of lacing down the glass.
Nice citrus aroma! Grass, biscuit and woody notes.
Very nice hoppy taste, lots of citrus, some wood, toast, a nice harsh bitterness.
Medium bodied with great drinkabilty. 7 malts and 5 hops in this one.

mschofield, Mar 15, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jrohrbacher, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

guezarka, Jul 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Bizz88
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured a clear medium amber that one would expect to find in most stong ales, not an IPA. Little to no head with limited lacing. Aromas of sweet pine malts with an ever so slight touch of spiced hops. Was totally suprised that the hops citrus bite that one would expect on the palette from an IPA was subdude to the point of near nonexistance. But I liked this IPA/Strong Ale fusion. Brewing outside the establish box, reaching different plateaus, right on! What a great drinkable beverage.

Bizz88, Oct 01, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

UncleAddie, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of rowew
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a mountain biker on it. No date or ABV.

Appearance: Reddish orange, clear - thin head fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Floral, sweet hops aroma.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very nice hop flavor, with not much bitterness.

Overall impression: Very nice hop flavors, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes. Still a good beer, and I could definitely put down a few of them.

rowew, Sep 01, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

halftrowel, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

LB22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
4.33/5  rDev +22%

Sad that Grand Lake has 80% beetle kill. Anywho, pours a lighter copper color with a lighter orangish hue. A soft white head with good retention though out the tasting.

The nose is mostly hoppy with a more citrus backing. Mostly centennial aroma with some grapefruit, orange and lemon blended together. Some light earthy hops on the back end. There is a light malt backing that just barely supports the hops. Clean yeast aroma, no really off notes.

The taste is similar. A strong bitterness comes out and lasts into the finish. A bit strong and overpowers some of the finishing hops. There is a good citrus on the end with a more piney finish. Some what resiny finish. A light malt that supports but again is very boardline from not supporting it. A light soapy finish but ok. The yeast is clean but there is some alcohol. Not over the top but still there.

The body is moderate with a sticky hoppy finish. Good carbonation. A solid IPA from a somewhat gem in Colorado.

Oxymoron, Aug 27, 2008
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Stumpjumper India Pale Ale from Grand Lake Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.