Stash IPA | Independence Brewing Co.

Stash IPAStash IPA
BA SCORE
3.73/5
441 Ratings
Stash IPAStash IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,133
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
441
pDev:
13.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
139
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Gueuzedude
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WDJersey
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy goldenish color with a small white cap, light bubbles and lacing present

S: Nose has a nice blend of pine needles, flowers and lighter tough of orange peel.

T: Immediatell the taste buds detect some light pine but moreso floral and citrus notes. It also has a nice little Earthy approach to it as well. The bitterness is mild as is the sweetness. Finish is a bit slick but rather refreshing

M: Light to medium bodied, well cabornated, no major issues and a little slick and sweet

O: AN enjoyable IPA. Easy to drink and I would drink again.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jamescain for this bottle.

A: The IPA is orange-esque, clearer and supportive of a thin white head. Scant lacing follows.

S: Plenty of balance, both the citrus hops and ample malts wafting out of the glass. The hops aren't bold but they make their presence known.

T: The balance saves the IPA, bringing caramel flavors in to rescue the hops as they fall off. Citrus, just a bit of pine resin, stands out with grapefruit leading the way. The caramel is bready and stronger, more than just a backbone. The finish is predominantly malts with the occasional hop flash.

M: Decent mouthfeel, more of a pale ale with the plentiful malt balance.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of n2185
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Anvil in Houston. The bartenders said it was the first available cask of Stash available.

A: Pours a cloudy copper orange color. A creamy two finger white head forms with some patchy lace left behind. Pretty much what I expect cask to look like.
S: Big citrus up front. Orange and lemon peal. A lingering bitterness. A big and bright hop aroma. Though still enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of citrus up front. Orange and lemon again. A grapefruit bitterness lingers. Enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin. Not unusual for a cask. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few.

Probably the best I have had from Independence. A pretty good cask. Enjoyable is the name of the game. So far this is the one beer I would recommend from the brewery.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to Colby as an extra, drank in my Orval glass...Pours a not entirely appealing dark honey gold that is very light on the sides but super dark in the middle. An off white head that rises about a finger and half but looks whimpy, as if its going to fall quickly. It falls to half a finger fast but shows off some nice lacing...A light aroma, malty start of bread and pineapples, but a little generic in both departments. The hops show through on the back reminding me of a really light pale ale. Light wet grass hops that are sweet and have a hint of alcohol...Taste is a slight improvement over the aroma, bready pineapples to start followed by a boring light grass hop. Doesn't taste bad by any means just boring, wish the hops showed off more.

An easy to drink pale ale that doesn't have a ton of flavor or anything with it. A decent session beer or one to start the night with, but don't trade for it.

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Photo of mig100
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrida
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Murky, very dark gold, it looks thick. Basically flat, the lightest wisp of skim.

Smell is muted, a touch skunky, sweetness as it warms, apricots, English ale esters perhaps, lots of caramel.

Taste is blah, like a malty pale ale, fairly bitter, especially on the lingering aftertaste, but no hop flavor really, perhaps a touch of citrus. There's a flash of sweetness mid-palate, a touch fruity, melon, but quickly overshadowed by a bitter, long finish, with a bit of hops peeking out on the aftertaste. A touch of alcoholic heat and plasticy phenols as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied, not as thick as it looked, but heavy for sure, at least for my taste in the style.

Drinkability is ok. It's not at all my taste in the style, which is very light malt and huge hops. The flaws are modest though, and overall it's fairly bland for the style, that I could suck it down without pain, but without pleasure as well. Below average overall.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Stash IPA from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 441 ratings
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