Steller IPA
North Coast Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,707
Ranked #32,939
3.74 | pDev: 9.36%
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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beertunes from Mayotte

3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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beergoot from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Libeertarian from Montana

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Impetuous from Montana

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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TheSixthRing from California

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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LampertLand from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

North Coast Brewing 'Stellar IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a large fluffy off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
T-crisp & clean tasting , smooth malt , decent hop presence
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer & IPA
prost LampertLand

Nov 13, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

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

Golden amber color, slight haze, but mostly clear. Bubbly, white head with moderate lacing. Aroma is orange and tangerine with caramel malt. Light citrus flavor up front with some hops punch in the bitter aftertaste. Medium body, juicy and resinous mouthfeel. A very good IPA overall.

Aug 22, 2016
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zshaft from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours nice slightly hazy dark yellow. head is real thick and holds its retention nicely. nose is biscuty malt with earthy hops. mouthfeel is nice for the style. taste is a lot of biscuty malt up front quickly giving way to earthy hops of grass and spice. the mid palate changes over to classic west coast grapefruit but seems to finish with some floral character. interesting beer with nothing overpowering or noteworthy. all the flavors balance well enough and is refreshing on a hot day. not reccomended but not bad.

Jul 15, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

North Coast Brewing Co. "Steller IPA"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$7.99 @ Total Wine & more, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear deep-gold body beneath a thick head of white froth. The head retention and lacing are quite good.

Aroma: Grainy pilsner malt and grassy hops.

Flavor: Far fuller than the aroma suggests, the grainy Pilsner malt is flavorful to the point that it almost has a wheat component to it, and the hops are grassy but also beautifully herbal (rosemary, sage, oregano, lavender) and somewhat spicy. This is an IPA? The herbal and grassy hops go a long way to balance the sweetish grainy malt on their own, but a solid bitterness also backs it, leading to a dry finish where the malt slowly erodes and the herbal and spicy hops linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning towards medium-full in body with a crisp, standard carbonation.

Overall: Forgetting the IPA designation, it's almost a perfect bumped up Pilsner with the exception that the malt is just a touch too sweet. The hops are really quite interesting, however, and overall it's a pleasant and enjoyable beer with a little bit of extra gusto.

Jul 04, 2016
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What a sudsy white head! Tall and caked. Smell is hard to find. What's there is pleasant, light citrus.
Refreshing taste with a zesty profile, but with hops balanced by the tasty grain. I'm also reminded of a Pilsner, but in a better way than some breweries offer hoppy pilsner varieties. Earthy, medium-light bodied. Different type of India pale ale to try, which is a good thing these days. Recommended.

May 21, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: not very assertive; what's there is earthy and floral;

T: earthy up front; citrus in the middle; some floral at the end; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

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

O: good, but not that interesting;

May 01, 2016
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MrSuddz from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a TRUE IPA not over done on the hops!
It is a "FutureClassic"

Also proceeds of sales go into marine mammal research!
With North Coast you cant go wrong!!


Apr 25, 2016
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beercam from Washington

2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Kind of a funky, miss-labeled, pilsnery attempt at an English IPA. Kind of sucks as a beer, even though its cause is fucking fantastic. All in all, cheers to <3 for the Ocean

Apr 22, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tap to glass @ North Coast Brewing tap [email protected] Fort Bragg,CA
Appearance: Amber medium head goes away quickly
Aroma: Hoppy, well
Taste: lightly bitter
Feel: long finish
Overall: Good beer, ok to repeat but not look forward
Drank: April 13, 2016

Apr 20, 2016
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Nomstep from California

2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A- Golden yellow. Pure white head. Crystal clear.
S- Strong grain smell, reminds me of a pilsner by nose
T- Syrupy, kind of sweet malt. Not much forward hop taste.
M- Light body, syrupy.
O- Dissapointed in this beer. I've loved this brewery since I was young and didn't even know my pallete. Really thin body, and lack of hop taste kills it for me as an IPA. If it was a Pilsner, I'd rate differently.

Mar 13, 2016
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Hop_God from California

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: golden orange mostly clear thick bubbles

S: hops, malt, some oats, some wort smell almost like unfinished

T: some more raw hop taste like it didnt finish well. little citrus, quite bitter

F: brash

O: unrefined.. some good qualities but mostly just seems thrown together

Mar 11, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub today.

While nothing extraordinary, the Steller IPA is still a very pleasant, West Cost style IPA, that is easy to appreciate and easy to drink at 6.0% abv. On both the nose and the palate, there is a nice dose of perfumy, dry citrus and light malt, and there is a decent amount of hoppy bitterness as well. Drinkability is really exceptional in this beer, and I love how well balanced the beer is. Alcohol is barely an after thought in this well crafted IPA.

This sort of reminds me a British style IPA, but with a wonderful touch of west coast hoppy bitterness. I love the dry, light hoppy finish on this beer, and this is a beer I feel as if I could drink all day long. Again, while nothing earth shattering, this is a very solid, easy to drink beer from N. Coast.

Feb 15, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/11/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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ScrewBud from Nebraska

3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - kind of cloudy white strange
S - malt more than hops
T - weak IPA flavor
F - vert bubbly, crisp
O - I wanted to like it since they appear to support environmental causes, but the beer is weak.

Jan 30, 2016
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dannydetox from California

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

average ipa from north coast. hazy, unfiltered-looking brass colored beer that leaves a decently foamy head for a few minutes. nose is peach, some honeyed biscuit, and lemon bar in the background. more stone fruit and sweet malt on the attack, which subsides into medium bitterness. not a west coast hop bomb by any means, north coast's offering is more reminiscent of the new wave of pale ales from this side of the country. might appeal more to the lagunitas crowd, this beer is not unpleasant, although staggeringly average in a very competitive field.

Jan 21, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a lacy 3” off-white to cream foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Earthy spice with traces of bread crumb and tropical fruit.

T: A rich bread crumb malt backbone seasoned with melon and traces of citrus. The malt is medium to medium high, the fruit is medium, the hop bitterness is medium. Has a very lovely lingering bitterness.

F: Medium body and very soft carbonation.

O: A full flavored easy to drink American IPA.

Jan 13, 2016
Steller IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 122 ratings