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Stash IPA | Independence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
406
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
30.41%
 
 
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 406
Photo of drinkAK
4.89/5  rDev +34%
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 Andyyyyyy
4.71/5  rDev +29%
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 ftblkkr
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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 LittleDon
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Amber with a bit of a haze. Off white head with below average retention. Very strong citrus aroma with a bit of earthiness. A bit hard up front, heavy on the carbonation. Nice amount of citrusy hops in the middle with a nice bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Judging by the previous reviews, I wonder what the difference was in what I drank with what they had. Freshness? Change in the recipe? Seemed like a better than expected IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more. Looking forward to getting some on tap!

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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 suspect
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to my Secret Santa miikezombie for the hookup.

A: Pours hazy, cloudy, golden in color with amber hues. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a full two-finger fluffy slightly off-white head that disappears over the course of 5 minutes to leave a full sticky coating on the glass. Similar lacing leads all the way to the bottom.

S: Big time aroma on this one...almost unexpectedly so. Full citrus nose with big time piney resin meets subtle yet very present malt backbone. Hops reach right up and yank out your nose hairs.

T: Pine and grapefruit from the nose do a flip flop here as the pine takes center stage leaving grapefruit to wave its hands in the background. Very nicely done flavors here...lots and lots of hops and a nice little slide into home from the malt at the very end. Excellent.

M: A touch thin on the feel, the hop oils don't really coat the mouth too much but there is a nice finish. Ample carbonation.

O: Extremely well done IPA. This one came out of left field for me. Totally unexpected, really really nice. Overall I enjoyed the first immensely and will be said when I finish my second and last one.

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Photo of imasloth
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So they changed their recipe in August 2011 after switching brewers. I wasn't in love with the old recipe so I was excited to taste the new stuff.

A- Poured roughly into a pint glass, giving a two-finger white head atop a reddish/golden beer. Lightly carbonated. Head recedes slowly leaving good lacing near the top of glass.

S- This is what made me so excited the first time I had the new recipe. It's all citrus and piney hops. Smells awesome.

T- Like the smell, awesome. Good mix between bitter and flavor on the hops. The citrus flavors (grapefruit?) override the pine but both are still recognizable. Guess it's the Galaxy and Cascade hops they use ... I love it.

M- Very little body, but the bittering provides good mouthfeel while drinking that fades quickly after swallowing.

O- I love it. I'd recommend it to others. It's my second favorite Texas IPA (to Real Ale Lost Gold).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lighter shade of amber with a nice head that leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Citrus pith and pine

Taste: The malt plays a relative neutral role as a platform for the pine and pithy flavors that build through mid-palate and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, hoppy IPA - not a knock your socks off beer but a good everyday drinker; better than what I was expecting based on the reviews here

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium to dark orange gold color that's hazy, no head retention and a super thin lacing ring.

S - Spicy with a mild touch of garlic, fruit rinds and resiny, traces of pine. The caramel malt is very, very light and buried. Aroma favors the hops.

T - Lots of earthy pine and tropical fruit resins of grapefruit and oranges with a spicy, rindy, almost garlic-like character. Caramel malt is biscuity and lays pretty low in the background in this hop forward IPA. Hop resins are on the spicy sweet side while the lingering bitterness favors the piney grapefruit side.

M - Medium body, a little sticky, and a very nice long, lingering spicy bitterness of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Leaves an enjoyable and pleasing coating of spicy hops long after the sip.

O - This beer is FAR more deserving than the current overall score of "80". It's hop forward and in my opinion, very well brewed. If I could buy this locally, this would definitely be a staple IPA in my beer fridge.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a bottling code on the bottom of the bottle but it was offset so the first part was cut-off. Was a hazy golden yellow color with some carb streams. It had a small head that settled into a good collar and a thin covering film. Moderate lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was nice and hoppy with pine and citric pith leading the way. Some caramel malt as well but this is a hop show so just a touch. The taste was also nice and hoppy and again pine leading the way. Also getting some grassy hops as well. Some malt. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a good IPA that, as others stated, won't blow you away but just seems to hit the easy drinking sweet spot. From Austin so available in TX obviously. Rotation - worth the occasional single in mixed hoppy sixer or maybe even a 4pk. Would like to try on tap [O;Y]

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a tulip glass...

The color was a hazy golden with a fluffy white head. It smells of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple. It tastes of bitter pine and grapefruit peel with some caramel malt a little pepper and tropical fruit. Feels medium bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a good IPA, it's not up there with the best but is better than your average IPA.

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Photo of crusian
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Specs, side of the case says it was bottled 3 days ago, cool.
pours with about a 1/4 inch of head with a light apricot color.
smell is nice, cirus with a hint of sweetness and light malt.
Taste is about the same as the smell, some light malt with a nice citrus hop presence. it is a nice light AIPA... or I think it is. seems like it is a bit o the lower end of alcohol for something this hoppy, around maybe 6%. Seeing as how I just had the divine reserve 11 a couple days ago, this pales in comparison to the hops in that, however, this is not an IIPA. It is nice, and light and refreshing... and I am reviewing by style.

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Photo of pgfault
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with minimal head and maintains a thin layer throughout. Nose is extremely floral and quite pleasant. Initial taste is expected hoppy. Not much malt flavor. The hops linger, but it's not a chemistry experiment. Overall, a good, big IPA. If you see a tap, grab a pint.

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Photo of genitempo
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Dster
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch head.
S Piney...cedar. Later comes citrus.
T When you first taste...its like it smells...heavy on the pine...but when you swallow there is a lot of grape fruit.
M smooth texture, high carbonation
D Good session american IPA. If you like hops, you could drink a pack of these. Kind of feels like a comb of a east coast and a west coast IPA

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light hoppy citrus notes with bitter notes and some good caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by good citrus notes that are well balanced by plain bitter hoppy notes with a solid malt backbone that is well balanced and not too sweet. Nothing earth shattering but well brewed for the style.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper, fair head retention with some lacing

S- dried apricots, floral, pine

T- resinous hops, citrus, pine and floral honey like flavor, malty sweetness

M- not as much malty body as I expected for the ABV but has nice sappy hop feel.

O- very good IPA, will always buy when in the Austin area.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle w/o bottle date information. Poured into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty hop hazed golden yellow color. The thin half finger white head died pretty quickly into a ring around the glass leaving some sticky lacing bits. Good carbo.

S: Smells really delicious tropical fruity. Mango, papaya, grapefruit and peach are some of the notes I get. I don't get any maltiness sp it could be pretty darn fresh.

T: I get a beautiful hop bite on the tip of the tongue. You get those fruity hops again. Mango and peach. In the middle the malt bill nicely balances it out. Really smooth finish. Tasty little beer. Impressed.

M: Medium with a creamy mouthfeel which is strange.

O: B+ I really like this on many levels: smell taste etc.

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Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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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83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.
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