Stash IPA
Independence Brewing Co.

Stash IPAStash IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,820
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,681
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
490
From:
Independence Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  20
Gots
  152
SCORE
85
Very Good
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tallboy can dated 2/23/21; today is 3/4/21

pours a clear deep gold body with a tall off-white foam head that has moderately high retention and leaves a high amount of thick sticky lacing as it slowly settles to a rocky halo

the aroma is a strong, herbal dankness that I haven't run into in a long time. there are flashes of sweet and zesty citrus and earthy, resinous pine, but the aroma is bookended by a rich, thick (thiccccc) and dank herbal hop variety that is impossible to shake. becomes more floral in the citrus department as it warms.

the taste follows up with what the aroma advertised. the malt reveals itself much more, and is grainy and caramelly - though more akin to toffee variety than the smooth, velvety variety. the citrus and pine meld even more in the taste, sharing common interest in grapefruit, with an earthy and bittersweet balance to the sweet offerings of the malt.

mouthfeel is moderately high carbonation with a medium body. it is lively, though pillowing, with a certain casual abrasiveness. the finish is slightly dry, and there is a thick herbal and earthy bitterness in the aftertaste that coats and lingers.

overall:
I am not usually one to associate "dank" with "herbal" when it comes to hops, but that was indeed the major takeaway here. it is very herbal. it is thick. (like gutter skunk). the malt is sweet but grainy and abrasive. there's grapefruit in the middle, along with pine, adding a welcomed and familiar reprieve. all of that said, this is the most casual dank brew I've had in a while. or, maybe the dankest casual brew. either way, having had it years ago and not been impressed with what came across as an amateurish take on a NEIPA , I am 100% thankful to have given this one another shot. it truly has evolved into something that is not only much more on brand or as advertised, but much more unique and grounded.
additionally, this thing really can be taken around the block for a bit. it's a steady and easy brew all in all and would be great as a sixer.

Mar 05, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a 1/2 inch off-white head.
S: Earthy & floral hop aromas, resinous, balanced malt aromas as well.
T: Medium bitterness, good piney hops taste, grainy maltiness.
F: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth finish.
O: An all around crushable IPA!

Dec 11, 2020
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HipCzech from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz can (“09/16/2020") enjoyed in a highball glass on the street patio of the W Austin. Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy head of white foam and nice lacing that coats the glass. Aromas of malty bread, citrus zest, pine needles and dank herbs. Flavor follows with a solid malty body, some caramel and toffee, rounded out by good citrus, pine and pleasant bitterness and earthiness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Malt-leaning IPA, both full and balanced but very drinkable.

Oct 17, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a local Cajun restaurant and it went extremely well with the food. This beer has a classic IPA taste profile that is more in line with the West Coast varieties.

Had it from draft poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy golden yellow color with excellent head and nice curtain lacing. Strong pine smell and taste. Pleasant bitter finish. I love a good NEIPA, but this beer was a nice change. Recommended, especially with food.

Sep 19, 2020
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased at Austin grocery store. Clearly stamped 12/19/19. Great label.

Pours slightly cloudy gold. Generous foamy head, excellent carbonation, good lacing.
A Murderers Row of hops includes Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe.
***Note that older reviews of this beer mention list Nugget, Columbus, Galaxy, Summit hops. The old version must also have been 7.0% abv...it's now 7.5%.
So the recipe seems to have been completely redone, especially wrt the hop bill.

Forget the older reviews of the old recipe (?) that rate this one harshly.
It's a very different recipe and a very well-executed beer.

In any event, this is a really good west coast IPA,

Jan 23, 2020
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Notoriginal841 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Delightfully drinkable 7.5% IPA, with tropical fruit sweetness cut by a wide variety of hops. And it has a nice hazy honey appearance. I would definitely recommend this one.

Dec 14, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a deep golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention and slowly fades over time to leave a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell-. The aroma of the brew is strongest of a tropical fruit smell of tamgerine, mango, and pineapple mixed with some smells of caramel and bread. Along with these smells comes some light lemon and herbal smells.
Taste - The taste begins with a dry cracker taste that has a good deal of tropical fruit flavors and a bit of grapefruit hop. As the taste advances some flavors of more tangerine and a bit of herbal and grapefruit hop come to the tongue and leave one with a nice tropical, and moderatly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light for the style and abv with a carbonation level that is high. Overall it is good and refreshing.
Overall - A nice brew overall with a very easy drinking feel.

Aug 11, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can brewed 4/22/19. Amber color with two fingers of white fluffy head. Grapefruit smell. Medium and sticky feel. More malty and earthy flavor. Interesting.

May 07, 2019
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StanleysCup from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich golden straw color with a perfect 1” thick head. Sweet malts balance out mild whiffs of lemon zest and hops. Taste is eerily reminiscent of Three Floyds’ Zombie Dust. Yum. This was a pleasant surprise at the United Club at Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport.

Apr 24, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy, big bubbled cap; little lacing;

S: earthy and floral;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, but I was expecting dank and resinous - this was not that;

Jan 19, 2019
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PhilsPils from Texas

2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like to taste a lot of hops in my IPAs...doesn't everyone? But this is a muddled mess of malt sweetness with unpleasant bitterness at the same time and very little real hops flavor. One of my least favorite Texas IPAs. Tastes amateurish, like a weak attempt at the style by a mediocre homebrewer.

Apr 27, 2018
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey colour. Smells like sweet malts, citrus hops, honey, and pretty dank. Tastes like honeyed biscuits, sweet malts, orange peel and lemon peel hops, pretty dank, yet crisp.

Mar 22, 2018
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Anayalator from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a can poured in a glass with a top that helps with smelling.
L: weakest point of the beer. Gold slightly hazy body. Solid lacing and head retention. Amazing carbonation.
S: best smelling beer I’ve ever experienced. Extra pine and fruitiness. Slight bubblegum hints and very little citrus hops.
T: follows the nose perfectly and doesn’t disappoint. Fruit and pine again.
F: thick feeling for a light IPA. Smooth finish without being too bitter in the aftertaste.
Overall: best beer I’ve ever had and will recommend to everyone. This brew will not disappoint.

Feb 06, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a sturdy and high quality ipa, decidedly west coast in the hop complexion, and with just a little bit of english tasting malt to it, its still dry and entirely hop driven, but just with a little more character than a lot of these on the grain side. i love its abv, right where an american ipa should be at its upper limit, and the clarity of the pour from the tap is gorgeous, deep golden to bronze with an inch of almost pure white head, thick and rich looking. the hop profile is great, a mix of old and new complexions, and not all dry hopped either, there is some nice bitterness backing this up in the finish, vegetal, fresh, and citrus rind flavored. i get some possibly australian hops with that tropical fruit and white grape note, more in aroma than flavor, and i get a lot of that west coast hop oily feel, not sweet or sticky, but sort of dank, which i really dig. simple beer aside from the layered hop complexion, easy enough drinking for what it is, and as good at room temperature as it is ice cold. i have been impressed with what little i have had from independence so far.

Oct 31, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold to copper in color with an inch of off white on top. The aroma is of onions and dankiness. I'm tasting vegetal hops, pine and light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

Sep 26, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grassy, some mango

T: Grassy, dry, aspirin bitterness up front, More apsirin like bitterness along with dryness as this warms, slight bready sweetness on the edges, but loses the battle, some tangerine as well. Finishes dry with pomelo & a little aspirin

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, skews a tad bitter

Drinks alright, but the hops didn't really wow me

Aug 26, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer bottled on 12/11/15, I believe. Poured a bright flourescent yellow with a bubbly head. Thin line lingers for quite a while. Smells very clean and dank as bottle says. The taste is very balanced hops and citrusy forward almost no bitterness. I like very much. Was sold at our first Phish show in Austin back in July - had to get a sixer here in Beaumont. A welcome addition to the fridge; I have been enjoying a lot of Texas IPAs, makes me proud of my home state.

Jan 11, 2016
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ftblkkr

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light copper with the right amount of caramel malt. This is a malt forward IPA but with the dank that a great American IPA should have. Nice nose with hops other than Cascade and Citra like everyone else is using these days. I dig it. Perfect ABV for an American IPA.

Jul 16, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/3....hazy mustard like gold. Nice 1/4 inch of fluffy foam lid. Grapefruit nose, some pine. Light bodied. Firm hop not overly bitter. Grapefruit and rind flavored taste. Solid.

Apr 18, 2015
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ed_loves_ipa from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty IPA. Would have loved to record flavor while drinking, instead of 3 days after the fact. Great full flavor. Not too overpowering on the bitterness. Smooth beer

Dec 23, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Independence Stash IPA has a fairly thin, white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, powdery sediment suspended throughout, tight bubble streams, and good lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sharp and strong hop resin, with a background of pine, citrus, and white bread. Taste is hop resin forward, with sweet white bread, some grapefruit (but, not too much), and sweet, white bread. The hop bitterness sets in, as one drinks this down, and the alcohol is not present in aroma, nor taste. Mouthfeel is medium, slick, and prickly, and Stash IPA finishes mostly dry and relatively easy drinking.

RJT

Nov 16, 2014
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update:
5-17-16 - On tap at Sheller's at the Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Austin, TX. Served in a classic pint glass. Great hop and bitter taste. Orange straw in color. Great hop aroma. This was my beer of the night(s).

May 14, 2014
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Andyyyyyy from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious ipa! Smell immediately gets you excited to drink the beer. Once it hits the palate, it has a hoppy yet smooth taste with creaminess. Delicious, deliciius , delicious! Fortunately, I live just down the road from Austin so I will have access to this beer. If you truly enjoy hoppy, creamy, amazing ipa's this is the beer to go with. Awesome!!!

Apr 12, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(5/30/13 bottled date; drank 12/26/13)

L: pale peach to murky orange; murky opaque; huge head, over 2 inches of meringue-thick foam, off-white to light tan

S: big hops here, bitter citrus, grapefruit; sweet tropical fruit at times

T: for a 6-month-old IPA, not bad; very hoppy and bitter on the citrus side with caramel showing at times but not often; bitter, not sweet until it warms

F: solid all around

O: plenty good enough to try a fresh one ... in fact, i'll be seeking out a 6-pack of this soon if i can find some inside a month old

Mar 05, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A quick pour into an english pint glass produced a finger of mixed sized white foam that persisted for a decent amount of time. It left a coat of streaking lacing on the edge of the glass and a layer on top of the moderately hazy copper liquid.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and dank resin hop aroma are the dominant characteristics. A slight toasty note comes in from the malt and a slightly fruity character.

T: A nice assertive pine and reisiny bitterness that leads to a more refined pine and grapefruit hop flavors consistent with the nose. A balancing bread crust and toasty malt profile that doesn't take away from the hop flavors but seems to support it. Clean fermentation character.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. The reisiny hop oils coat the tongue giving it a slick mouth feel.

O: A resin filled, flavorful IPA with a supporting malt backbone. Won't blow your mind but, you could do a lot worse.

Dec 08, 2013
Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 490 ratings