Stash IPA
Independence Brewing Co.

Stash IPAStash IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,597
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,739
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.6%
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
478
From:
Independence Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  152
SCORE
85
Very Good
Stash IPAStash IPA
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of StanleysCup
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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;

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of ftblkkr
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ed_loves_ipa
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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).

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
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!!!

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Photo of Premo88
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of guityler83
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of sticky, hop lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral, fruity hops and backing caramelized, crystal malt notes. The malt character pretty quickly takes a supporting, subtle role that is more appropriate for an IPA. Specific notes of huge lychee, pineapple, tangelo and candied citrus zest slowly morph into danker leaning herbal notes that are certainly “hemp” influenced, menthol leaning, tobacco like, and pine-sap laden. The beer remains fruit focused in its hop intensity, but has a nicely supporting, ample enough, herbaceous quality to it that provides just enough balance for my “tastes” (in quotes because it is the aroma I am talking about).

The beer has a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the hop-fruit character, but there is lots of herbal notes as well. The bitterness is actually quite smooth and not as biting as I expected in my first sip, but subsequent sips are more biting, but it is more herbaceous and astringent in a green, raw hoppy way, rather than in a clean bitterness manner. The beer has more of a herbal balance than the aroma, and this allows it to be equally balanced between the fruit and herbal notes up front and in the middle, but the finish is all about the lingering, fairly dank, bitter herbal character. Specific hop flavors of lychee, big pine, touches of menthol, raw hop astringency, and woody notes. The body has a medium’ish viscosity to it, and this is well with in the amply quaffable zone that a decent IPA needs to hit; having said that, it could be a touch lighter bodied, but it would then lean further towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum.

A beer that hits the spot for this hop head. I like the balance between fruity and herbal hop character here; both are prominent enough to keep this beer interesting from beginning to end.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is minimal as is lacing. Strong citrus, slightly hoppy aroma. Bready, citric malts up front with a strong piney hop , followed by a big bitter aftertaste. Hints of citrus at the end. Astringent aftertaste. Great beer. Definitely enjoy this one.

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Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden with beautiful head and lacing

S - Very fruity grapefruit, orange and pne

T - Straightforward bitterness. Better than I had thought it would be but not entirely complex.

M - Mouthfeel is average, but not bad

Pretty good for a beer I'd never heard of from TX until when I was in Austin yesterday and I live in TX. Thumbs up guys.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Gold with small white head

S - Deeply complex floral/pine/grapefruit

T - Bitter with some maltiness. Could be better balanced. Best cold. Does not warm up that well.

M - A little thin, but not bad at all.

Taste of the West Coast in Texas. Compares favorably with GF West Coast IPA or Stone IPA.

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Photo of drinkAK
4.89/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that leaves a good lacing. Smell is hoppy with a hint of citrus. Taste is perfect for an ipa, sweet malty flavor with a kick of hopps to finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, not watery nor greasy. Remember ithis is NOT an imperial or double ipa. This is an excellently executed IPA and it deserves awards. Hats off to independence brewing, the quality of their brews are astonishing!

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Photo of genitempo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from bottle to glass. Minimal head. Minimal warmth in it's orange body, with a pale hue where the light hits it. Quickly dissolving head, leaving heavy lace on the glass and floating a few colonies.

S - Probably the most inviting aspect of this beer. Heavy florals, mildly toasty. Very welcoming.

T - A very well-constructed IPA for the hops used. Never overbearing, decently balanced.

MF - Median weight that covers the taste buds succinctly. Minimal carbonation.

O - One of the more famous IPAs to come out of the Austin Area ( a surprisingly low score on BA) Stash is a great go-to beer at the bar, and it pairs very well with Seafood, clearing the palate quickly. This isn't my first Stash, it won't be my last.

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Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 478 ratings