Steller IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.

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North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,336
Ranked #23,267
3.74 | pDev: 9.36%
Jun 19, 2022
Sep 28, 2015
Very Good
Steller IPASteller IPA
Notes: Our location, on the northern California coast, is in close proximity to the migratory path of gray whales and the southern habitat of orcas. The plight of Steller sea lions and their declining populations is an issue that resonates with us. This is also the birthplace of whale activism.

In the spirit of the Mendocino Whale Wars of the late 1960s and early 70s, North Coast Brewing is pledging a portion of the proceeds of every bottle and keg of North Coast Steller IPA to marine mammal research and rescue through The North Coast Brewery Marine Mammal Research Fund, a project of the The Ocean Foundation.

Like muscat, spruce tips, and pennyroyal, North Coast Steller IPA is redolent of resinous terpenes: myrcene, linalool, pinene, and geraniol.
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3.81 by einman from Minnesota on Jun 19, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

Medium gold color, with a bit of orange. Easy, slight grapefruit peel, off-dry, medium malt aroma. Smooth, off-dry, malt and slightly sweet, spiced grapefruit peel flavor, in a non-biting manner.

May 19, 2022
4.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 23, 2021
3.79 by gefinley from California on Dec 13, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scream from Wisconsin

A decent enough brew but nothing special. I think that their other offerings give more people more of what they would want. I certainly would not turn one down but neither would I seek it out

Nov 23, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Maybe I was just in a good mood. Nothing wrong with this one.

May 18, 2020
3.35 by GaryColeman from California on Jan 24, 2020
3.69 by craigbelly from Iowa on Nov 15, 2019
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3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy medium orange color with 1/4 inch of of just off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

There were a mild malt base supporting pine and citrus hops in the aroma.

Same on the tongue, just a bit better defined.

The body was typical for the style.

Drinkability was fine, no issues.

Overall, a nicely solid and average IPA. Worth grabbing a sixer for a cookout or tailgate.

Oct 17, 2019
3.96 by Blcookies from Nevada on Oct 12, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin film. Heavy lacing was present. Nose of slightly sweet pine and citrus. Taste follows the nose but more pronounced with a slight lingering piney bitterness. Slightly smooth mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

Sep 26, 2019
3.71 by vidisad from California on Apr 29, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
4.12 by reradford from California on Dec 09, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by beersampler6 from Michigan

A little disappointing. Nice golden color with some fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells only of some faint piney and herbal hops, but it's quite faint and in the distance. Tastes similarly, with a bitter bite and not very much of a malt backbone. Just a hint of some vanilla and bread. Smooth thin mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Just too much unbalanced bitterness for me, and overall was just a little too harsh.

Nov 11, 2018
3.52 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Nov 05, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Brilliant yellow gold body; nice, slow rising carbonation; good head; sheets of lacing hanging down the glass. A fine, subtle citrus element to the smell; minor bread crust element. Excellent flavor IPA flavor; a bit citrusy, a little pine resin; some lightly toasted grain flavor, and a big hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and prickly on the palate; mostly dry overall.

A well-balanced, old-school west coast IPA. Character and depth throughout and very tasty...

Oct 15, 2018
3.79 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Jul 07, 2018
3.75 by 1koolrule from California on Jun 27, 2018
3.91 by peachy-tay from California on Jun 22, 2018
3.65 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2018
3.38 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jun 02, 2018
3.79 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 27, 2018
3.69 by HaoleBoy from California on May 27, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

On tap. Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, citrus and pine. Sweet caramel/toffee taste. Mild citrus bitterness.

Apr 14, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Libeertarian from Montana

From notes taken 06/26/17:

Golden amber, finely clouded but mostly clear. Yellowed-white fluffy, frothy, rocky foam head of good retention. Aromas of tart grain, bread, toast, and caramel oil the malt side, with a mild hoppy side of light pine or resin, grass, even some peppercorn which is something I usually don’t detect until tasting. Palate of grains, dry grass, caramel, faint stone fruit or tropical fruit, with leathery to metallic to soapy hop finish and a peppery retro-olfaction. Body is medium, texture is like hard water, carbonation is fine and medium, just a little aggressive at first before mellowing to tingly to velvety suds.

Apr 14, 2018
3.75 by Half-full from Illinois on Apr 10, 2018
3.93 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Apr 04, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

On tap at the JAX Beach Engine 15 brewpub.
Clear amber colored body with a very good white head and fine lacing.
Aroma: enticing hop mixture.
Flavor: Moderately bitter for style. Almost only hops but still good complexity and some dynamics. Lingering and appealing aftertaste.
Feel: Medium+ body; lively medium carbonation.
Overall: a solid and modestly distinct version of the style.

Mar 30, 2018
3.35 by tcboulder from Colorado on Mar 29, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Impetuous from Montana

Crystal clear and golden with a perfect white head which sticks around approximately four ever.

Flavors are restrained and balanced; definitely NOT a typical west coast IPA. Flavors are sweet fruit (citrus, apples), honey, and light bitterness. Carbonation is very light, making for a very sessionable brew.


Jan 25, 2018
3.71 by CJNAPS from California on Nov 11, 2017
4.19 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Oct 17, 2017
3.79 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Oct 07, 2017
3.68 by Nolster from Minnesota on May 13, 2017
3.75 by woemad from Washington on Jan 26, 2017
3.75 by TXRobbo from Texas on Dec 17, 2016
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 02, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheSixthRing from California

Bottling date of 09/07/16

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Great retention, eventually settling to a fair layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is strong, coating the glass with a strong amount of broken sheeting and large patches.

Smell - Aroma hits on hop notes that are citrusy with a bit of grass. Lesser bready, slightly grainy, malt aroma. A hint of candied orange as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hops hit on orange notes with a bit of grassy, waxy bitterness, while the malts come through with a thick grain-bread character. Gets a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness as the brew warms. Mild lemon as well. Grassy hops linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to-medium in body with slightly bitey carbonation. A fine, velvety texture makes this thing wonderfully easy and pleasurable to drink.

Overall - Hop bomb lovers, beware: this is not your typical West Coast American IPA. The flavors are subtle to start and don't bloom overtly as the brew warms, but there are some fair layers here. The star of the show is its awesome drinkability. Stupid smooth.

Nov 19, 2016
3.74 by johlac66 from California on Nov 17, 2016
Steller IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
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