Ghost Hammer IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
318 Ratings
Ghost Hammer IPAGhost Hammer IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA, liberally hopped with Loral, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

56 IBU


Added by superspak on 02-26-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
318
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.65%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with over a finger of head. The nose has notes of pine and citrus upfront but there are also earthy undertones. The flavor starts with a burst of hop bitterness but a graininess also follows.

This is a solid effort for a single IPA.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite an interesting IPA and nothing like anything else Stone has made. It almost feels like a heavily hopped Pilsner or Kolsch but in the aroma and flavor of hops and grains. This is quite the unique beer and very well crafted. Some bitterness in the finish, but it works well. Recommend.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J220
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bryantan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy yellow gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is fruity lemon, floral, spicy hops with a little malt.

The flavor is sweet malt with fruity lemon floral hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Classic gold, strong clarity, good carbonation & head. Aroma is a bit flat, just some vague tropical hop, a little herbalness. Tries to combo the tropical & traditional PNW styles, though perhaps the sum is less than the parts. Bitter pine, grapefruit rind, lager yeast, sweeter malt...it is good but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Mojopin88
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tarheel219
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urs
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MVG7113
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this review by saying I've never consistently found Stone to be producing an amazing product. However, the first time I had this one I found it to be enjoyable--so I picked up a 6 pack. The beer I'm drinking now is 6/6.

A: Beer poured out of 12 oz. can into 16 oz wide mouth Ball mason jar. Light in color and not easily seen through. A white soapy looking head produced. It looks good.

S: Smell is also good. Strong lemon presence. Zesty citrus aroma balanced by a dank piney addition with a bit of peppercorn backbone. Again, smells pretty good.

T: The appearance and aroma of these beer are not supported by the taste. The beer lacks substance. It has a very watery feel. Possible my deviated septum is hindering my ability to truly appreciate this beer. Having said this, the beer seems to fall short on taste. Smells and looks better than it tastes.

F: As I mentioned, this beer has a "watery feel" It doesn't maintain a lot of character as you drink it. Sure, it looks and smells pretty good. But the whole point of beer is to taste and feel it. I'm not tasting or feeling this beer.

O: Just doesn't quite make the cut for me. I'll drink a 6 pack of just about any beer. I won't be picking this up again anytime soon. Don't get me wrong--it's a fine beer. But like so many IPA's made today, it's just a hoppy sloppy mess.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThePold
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh in Virginia from a can. Light look but cloudy. Not a huge head. Cloudy lemonade look. Has an aftertaste of metallic hops. Makes my tongue curl up afterward. Not sure why. Not my favorite Stone beer. Better than most beers you can buy otherwise.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of holder1422
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/24/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.7%. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very unique hop profile with all Loral hops, much more noble/spicy feeling than other recent new varieties. I feel like this better suited in combination with other hops for an American IPA, but this was still nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a crystal clear, golden color with a one finger white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and floral notes. Nice sweet IPA with citrus and grapefruit.

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Photo of Alecmedeiros
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great IPA. I believe they're going for juicy here. Not your typical Stone IPA.

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Photo of RDW
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into tulip glass canned on 6/8.

A: Soapy big white head that settles to a film. Body has a slight haze pale amber in color.

S: has a slight orange rind smell with a spice nose. A little coriander and bubblegum.

T: lots of bright tangerine then a slight spice taste a little coriander and almost nutmeg. Finishes with a spice bitterness.

M: nice carbonation medium bodied light bitterness.

O: Wasntcwild about this one going in, but it really isn't bad at all. It has a lot of Orange upfront and the spice is just sort of weird, but not enough to detract from the flavor.

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Photo of yuno
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ghost Hammer IPA from Stone Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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