Ghost Hammer IPA
Stone Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,216
Ranked #12,234
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility falls to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occassional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It van be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion - the Ghost Hammer.

56 IBU
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this one is kind of unique. Like, this is Metta World Peace when he is off his medication. How to describe this i wish I could. It’s light, it’s flavorful, it’s smooth... I really don’t think I have ever had an IPA that tasted like this one. It’s not robust like Fatty Arbuckle, but it’s still pretty solid for what it’s worth.

This one is Raul approved!

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Photo of ehurst
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A milder, softer tasting IPA than I’m used to from Stone. Less aggressive. Hops are peppery and lemony. Less malty. Sorta bready. An alternative to something like Ruination IPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of monkist
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will start and end this review by saying that Stone IS one of the best breweries in the world, period. They have made many of the best craft in the world and YET they can come up with something new that is again a classic.
Although this one might not be as outstanding as the Stone IPA or the Ruination or the Citracado or the likes were, but it is one of a kind. When I opened the can, the raw hops just hit me and I loved the way it smelled. Very earth, very raw, very piney, very resinous - so I expected something like a dank, resinous hop honey dew-like quality from the flavor of this beer. But it wasn’t like that, although it started off with a citrusy, piney taste, it turned into a hop-bitter extravaganza! Not just your ordinary bitterness, again, the piney flavors and earthy tones remained and the raw bitterness lingered, as if you bit into the peel of a grapefruit or into the raw hop flower itself - and this bitterness was so jntensive that it kind of stayed on your palate and tongue way after you gulped down the drink. But at the same time, you had this amazing aroma to it so every sip of bitterness was balanced out with a zesty intensity in the nose.
Although this type of spicy bitterness is not 100% my favorite, it was still interesting and fascinating enough, thanks to the brewing mastery of Stone. Not my favorite type of IPA, but I enjoyed it 100% to the last drop!

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans picked up by my wife's friend in San Diego.
Enjoy by 01/31/20. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy golden amber color, nice bone white head with good retention, spotty lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (pithy grapefruit, lemon and orange) and biscuit malts. White pepper and light herbal/floral notes.

Taste- Mostly earthy/herbal/peppery hops with some lemony citrus, decent grainy malt backbone.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, pretty smooth with a dry, lightly bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- An interesting IPA, not really in my wheelhouse though. Not a big fan of the peppery hops.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EJBY: 01/21/20.

Appearance: Pours a light yellow-hued body with a light haziness about it. Slim, scant, white head.

Smell: Lemon citrus fruitiness with a robust earthiness. Slim sliver of pith, a little pine gets going (as it warms).

Taste: Brightly lemony overlaying dry crackery, white loaf bread maltiness. Lightly sweet. Remains lemony, touching on a bit of fresh zest, tangy juices and oils which are essential. Scantly floral, this Loral, as well as a bit earthy and pine-tasting. Well-integrated bitterness, though it recedes, leaving that light sweetness to swing back in. Finishes out as lemony as it began.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lemony!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a fairly clear, highly carbonated light gold with moderate head but excellent lacing fueled by big active bubbles.

Aromas of honey, clover, citrus, grass, white pepper and cracker/malt are delicate but complex and inviting.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with honey malt sweetness and bitter citrus zest and pith. In mid-stream, more cracker/grainy malts and a touch of white-peppery yeast arrive. The finish is floral, earthy, and grassy in its gentle but solid bitterness.

The brew has a very drying finish backing a well-carbonated medium bodied delivery.

This is a unique delivery for Stone, and I was glad to have something other than another check-the-box IPA. The Loral hops deliver a more nuanced approach that is very welcome.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours yellow in color and has a slight haze. It is topped with several inches of eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is light citrus and pine. It has a mild sweetness.

The flavor is grapefruit and pine. The finish has some bitterness, nothing overpowering.

Light bodied with a thin and effervescent mouthfeel

The bitterness builds as I consume it. This is a functional yet unremarkable IPA.

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. It is amazing to me how similar Stone IPAs are to each other. Plenty of hops, citrusy, some caramel malt backbone, with an old-school bitterness. Solid, but why do I even bother at this point...

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a lightly hazy yellow gold color with 2 fingers of soapy white head. The head is persistent, leaving a beautiful string of cobweb lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma is...there, I guess? There's some faint notes of lemon zest and orange, with the foggiest idea of crackery malt.

The flavor brings notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest. There's a bit of peppery spice and cracker malt on the back. Floral and herbal throughout.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little oily with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, a pretty weak and uninspiring IPA. The flavor is decent but the aroma is practically non-existent. It's oily and astringent and just doesn't do much for me. Possibly the weakest IPA I've had from Stone.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 9/23/29, so a month old.

Looks excellent in the glass. Ever so faintly hazy yellow body with a full white head which persists in some form throughout, leaving some very nice lacing.

Not getting much on the nose other than a little hoppiness.

Upon tasting, this is a straightforward honest IPA, quite bitter, no real fruit flavors.

Mouth between medium and full, finish somewhat bitter.

Overall, another solid IPA offering from Stone, no big flavor to report, but happy to have another 5 in the fridge to enjoy.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip glass. RVA 09/16/19. EJBY 01/14/20. 13:38

Appearance: Translucent golden yellow with a bit of a glow when held up to the light. Persistent sudsy head with fine strands and islands of lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Tropical fruit, lemon, a tiny bit floral and herbal at the same time. Not a strong aroma though.

Taste: Bitter with lemon, herbal/leafy notes, a tiny bit of cedar, and a bitter finish that has aspects of tropical fruit and lemon peel. Malt is just barely there underneath it all - a bit bready and fleeting under the hop flavor. There is some noble hop bitterness at the finish along with more herbal flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, although a bit on the light side. Middle of the road thickness, definitely sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting change in IPA vs. the pine/citrus/tropical fruit IPAs I tend to get more often. Needs to pair with food - but I'm not sure what. Easily drinkable, but not sure I want another one right away. Would not mind a six pack of this.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful head production, with a 12 ounce can easily filling an imperial pint. Retention of the snow white fluffy head is equally impressive, and leaves behind waves of thick lacing. Body is very barely hazy and quite lively, almost perfectly transparent through the light haze, with a light gold hue. I get the impression that this is an unfiltered ale, albeit more in the traditional WC-IPA style, where unfiltered doesn't equal opaque.

Moderately dank aroma, with pepper and strong notes of lemon zest. Touches of grass, resin, orange, papaya, and mango. The lemon is quite potent, and certainly not unappealing.

Unsurprisingly, the flavor can't quite carry those strong notes to the palate. It's actually a little sickly sweet, with the dank Loral presentation coming through stronger than on the nose. A little beer-skunk up front, but not unpleasant; plenty of grass; fairly green hop tone, along with sweet pale malt. The combination of dank hops and sweet malt is a bit of overload; it might work better in a lower ABV format, or in a DIPA featuring more hops in the overall blend to lend some variety and some sharper hop tones.

A touch slick on the palate, but it's lively, with plenty of bite, and it's quite drinkable. Resinous hop oil finish. Moderate-to-high bitterness, albeit nothing crazy for a modern IPA.

This is definitely a solid IPA, and it succeeds in highlighting Loral hops. I don't think it works the best as a showcase varietal, however, and works better adding its profile to a multi-hop IPA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a clear deep golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of tropical fruits of tangerine, papaya, and mango, along with some tangerine and a little bit of biscuit malt. Along with these smells comes a touch of earth and herb and a hint of a floral hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice biscuit malt taste that has a very strong backing of sweetness with its nature being that detect in the nose being of lots of papaya, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. There is also a big grapefruit hop upfront, which remains quite strong throughout the taste. With some of the dank hop of an earthy and herbal nature that was also detect in the nose coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a nice crisp, more tropical, and moderately hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium to slightly thinner in thickness and chewiness with a carbonation level that is rather normal. For the more crisp but very nicely hopped tastes of the brew the feel is awesome and makes for a very clean and flavorful drinker.
Overall – A very tasty and fun drinking brew overall. Quite nice and flavorful.

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Photo of LarryV
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a short lived fluffy head. Aroma is pretty subtle, I get mostly grain, not a lot of lacing either. Taste is hop forward with a dry finish. The hops linger in the palate for a while. Not a bad beer at all but it wasn't what I would expect from Stone. Enjoyable but I probably wouldn't seek it out in the future.

Edit: The more I drink this, the more I like it. It's still quite different than the other Stone offerings.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 9/16, so about 2.5 weeks old. Fresh. Pours a medium gold color with a bright white, dense head of foam. Smell and taste from the Loral hops are like a combination of Mosaic and Simcoe: fruity, berry notes along with some earthy resin. Moderately bitter. Overall, a very enjoyable, extremely well-made beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost clear pale yellow with chill haze. Not much in the aroma. Not much in the taste either. Some florals and herb. Overall just really flavorless and benign.

Stone continues to stagnate in its own world of mediocrity. And yes, I'm a bit "bitter", if you will, for spending so much on sub-par beer, which is something that is quickly changing around this household. Those days are over.

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Photo of Carbondeath
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Head is a quick dissolve and and clear Amber. Golden body with thin head
Smell: Honestly, citra hops and malt. I cannot smell anything past the weak hop smell and basic malt smell of a higher abv IPA. They may have been trying for a citrus smell, barley got there.
Taste: Not much there for me. Basic hops, way to malty for 6.7%. weirdly bitter and not fun to drink. I am basic and I love basic ipas once and a while; this is not crushable nor delicious enough to consider it in that realm.
Overall: Stone had been my go to for extra hoppy beers and extra mosaic and citra hopped beers in the past. This reminds me of, not enjoyable. However, still drinkable. Would not rebuy with the selection in central Wisconsin.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boldly hopped, the pine and resin is in your face (and sinuses!) from the first sip. Medium-bodied and substantial to go along with a very hop forward profile.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: herbal, hemp like notes, tea, earthy funk, dry finish. Same with the nose. Pale gold hue, clear, with white refine head and nice lattice of lace. Medium body. 56 IBUs

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Photo of Arjen
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours a clear pale golden colour. Thick frothy off-white head. Aroma's: fruity, citrus, light vegetal. Retronasal it's a bit earthy too. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Flavour develops into a long firm bitter finish. OK, but maybe not so fresh anymore.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with fluff on the back and a 'best by' date

Smell is great but the taste is rust-burger. hard water, all bitter, feels heavier than the alcohol at six-point-four. Smells ripe and dank but the taste just keeps going flat. Hard and bitter, like IPA woodchips

Flush it. Nah, not that bad, but I do feel ripped off

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Photo of SolarPower36
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just recently started rating Stone Brewing beers. Ghost Hammer is the 4th one I've tried and every beer has been excellent!! I love this brewing company!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $18.99 Target
37 days old based on brewed date
Citrus smels
Cloudy golden amber tinged color
Lemon, citrus flavors, initial bitterness that smoothed out as I drink it.
Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: Canned on 02/25/19, consumed on 04/13/19.

Appearance: Ghost Hammer has a good looking bright gold hue and produces a healthy two finger white head. Surprisingly, it is fairly hazy with a lot of suspended pulp like particulate.

Aroma: The nose of Ghost Hammer is really built around this substantial sweet lemon aroma with good amounts of green onion like herbaceous notes, and citrus fruit zest to back it up. There is a dankness present in this one as well. It smell similar to Stone's Delicious IPA, but actually with more lemon.

Taste: Up front I am getting the herbal qualities first, followed by a wave lemon candy, which flows toward a bitter and drying finish that sees a return of some of those grassy onion herb notes. Additionally, I am picking up a little cooling mint somewhere on the back end. As with many Stone IPAs, the aftertaste is all about that substantial lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel on this one is unique as it is quite creamy and light, without being a detriment to the mouthfeel. I am getting tired of saying this, but Ghost Hammer is another fine beer from Stone that is completely representative of the brewery but unique enough to stand out.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pleasant light copper color with half a finger of white foam. Minimal lacing but what is there is very stubborn. The aroma was very Bland I thought, a little bit of a citrusy smell to it. But overall the aroma was just not overwhelming or remarkable in any way. On First Drink, it has a very nice slightly Citrus forward taste that turns into a nice maltiness. The flavor sticks to my palate for quite a while. I like this, it is a very Savory beer for lack of a better word. It has a nice hopburn that sticks to the back of my tongue.... and that is what I crave in a nice IPA. It is a slightly heavy beer, but could certainly enjoy a pint or two of it without problems. Overall, another solid IPA offering from Stone Brewing... but what else have we come to expect, right?

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Ghost Hammer IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 537 ratings