Ghost Hammer IPA
Stone Brewing

Ghost Hammer IPAGhost Hammer IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,777
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,037
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
565
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  139
SCORE
87
Very Good
Ghost Hammer IPAGhost Hammer IPA
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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Anayalator from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at yard house
Golden look, poor lacing, poor smell (or lack thereof)
Tastes amazing with hints of peach and apricot.
Not too citrusy like most pale ales. Crisp finish. Outstanding tastes hindered by poor look and smell.

May 15, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

*Reviewed approximately 7 months after the brewed date and 3 months after the best-buy date*

Appearance: Pours a 90% clear, light golden color with a soft white head. SRM of 7-8. You know what, -0.25 for the look of the can. A silver font on a white background? Disaster. (3.50)

Aroma: A herbal with supporting lemon aroma. Some light pineapple & lemon before more herbs. Rounds into a lemon flavor. Even some green fruit come forward toward the end. As it warms, mostly herbal floral and not much lemon. (3.5)

Flavor: Light flavors of lemon and green fruit. Maybe some light pineapple and flower, but very tame nonetheless. Not a whole lot to find here. Some herbal quality through the middle. A soft creamy flavor comes through on the end to clean it off. Restrained bitterness. As it warms, again mostly herbal floral and not much lemon. (3.25)

Feel: Has a soft and creamy body. Medium-bodied and good carbonation. Probably the most redeeming thing about this beer. (4.00)

Compared to New Belgium's Voodoo Ranger IPA 4/11/20: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas. Has more fruity citrus notes, but still not too crazy. Less herbal and bitter. Overall, this Ghost Hammer is better believe it or not.

Overall: Pretty tame and not much here, granted I am drinking it after the expiration date. Hard to give it an accurate rating, but there's not a whole lot here. None of the flavors really define themselves. Hard to appreciate the Loral hops much. The slightly creamy body is somewhat redeeming. Maybe there's a reason this one sat on the shelf so long it was expired. I will give credit to Stone here though for making a best-buy date 4 months after the brewed date rather than 6 months. Demands freshness. If I find it fresh I might try it again sometime. (Final Rating: 3.42)

Apr 11, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in La Crosse,WI whilst there to bring my daughter home early from college......thanks alot covid 19. Anyway.....it poured a hazy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had bitter dank fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dank fruit presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

Apr 05, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dull white pillowy head of two inches lies comfortably atop a dull brassy-orange colored body. A small, misty haze shows a good strong density of rapid micro-bubbles. Head retention is strong as well the sheet lacing covering the vessel.

S: Soft orange peel flowery bitterness, touches of citrus hop flowers as well, are showcased against some dried grains for a base. Dried grassy notes, the aroma was moderate in nature with a best by 01.25.20 and a consumption on 02.05.20, but felt a lot more depreciated then perhaps it should have.

T: Flavor mirrored the nose to an extent, first up was the bittering orange peel and flowery hop bite, accompanied by some dank citrus. A dry flowery edge to this, with some dry whole grains, providing a base and a bit of powdery substance, flour like grain dust on the taste buds. Pine and grassy hops round out.

M: The mouthful was big, malty and dry, bitter on the hold, a powdery grain dust and flowery coating on the tongue. Carbonation starts and stays strong throughout.

O: No doubt a good showing of dry hops, dry flowery citrus and grain usage, but I expected something perhaps a bit bigger and bolder in nature from Stone. To me a good ipa, no complaints, but in the a big competitive field comes off more middle of the road? A lazy, laid back complexity, doesn't exactly smack my tongue senseless, but good none the less. A smooth drinker.

Feb 19, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is slightly hazy straw, good effervescence, head is bright white with fine bubbles and presents 1 finger thick and dissipates to spotty top and some light lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is quite subtle, just barely perceptible earthy, herbal, spicy hops with some mint and floral notes, very minor malt sweetness.

Taste comes through with mint, earth, light spice, nice floral notes, some subtle pine, hints of orange rind - notes are so subtle yet come through well; malt is light, clean with just a note bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation, crisp bitterness, good drying finish.

Overall this is a beer that starts slow but with the taste forward is a hammer of an ipa after recognizing its depth and nuance.

Jan 17, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It pours a light-yellow golden color with a thin foamy white head. The lacing is so comprehensive that the lacing rings merge into sheets of thin white silk. The ample carbonation trails swirl into a vortex like a tornado after a semi-vigorous pour. When the beer clears, you’re left with a semi-hazy translucence.

Smell-I smell floral hops, along with lemon, pine, herbal notes, and a peppery spice.

Taste-I taste a bunch of herbal hops and some lemon and pine along with a spiciness to it. The alcohol is noticeable but takes the back seat as the mouth is hit with ample carbonation and the juiciness such as orange, pineapple, lemon, citrus, and key lime pie. It is medium-bodied and fizzy with a sticky and wet finish. I get a mild hop resin coating the tongue after each sip.

Overall-This is a refreshing beer! It is a well-executed hazy IPA and it has distinguished itself from other similar types of beer. Cheers!

Jan 14, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $2.00
Purchased: Oct. 27, 2019
Consumed: Oct. 31, 2019
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 18, 2019; Enjoy By Jan. 16, 2020

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried this yet, let alone reviewed it. Decided to pick it up without really reading anything about the hops, malts, flavors, etc. Looking into it pre-review and it seemed to contain Loral hops, which I was vaguely familiar with. Either way, needed to knock it off my list.

Poured an amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class uneven spotty lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled sticky Loral, floral, lemon, citrus, pine, pepper, herbal, berry, grass, menthol and honey. From the can got Loral, floral, mango and citrus. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted citrus, lemon, kiwi, Loral, floral, pine, black pepper, mango, honey, berry, apple, herbal and wet grass. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

May have overrated this slightly, but it was better than I thought it would be. Very good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

Dec 12, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of floaters and a two finger, satin white head of rocky foam. Moderate head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Off putting . . . I'll use the word cheesy to be polite. Dank. Musky. Semi-sweet caramel and old wet hay with citrus peel.

Taste: Nondescript bitterness upfront, almost like chewing aspirin. Thankfully, things start coming together mid-palate with some decently juicy flavors of orange but the experience is short lived - as it transitions into bitter overbrewed green tea but then suddenly into this extraordinarily sweet malt bill of honey and burnt sugar.

Feel: The fact that it's got some sediment floating around in it definitely helps give it body but the texture is rather thin and oily. Moderately carbonated with a decent amount of drinkability.

Overall: I wouldn't repurchase. I can't get over that taste of crushed aspirin upfront. This one's just not for me.

Dec 11, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Nov 26, 2019
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ehurst from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Nov 23, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Nov 23, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Nov 13, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Nov 02, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Nov 02, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Nov 01, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

Nov 01, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Oct 28, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Oct 27, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Oct 27, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

Oct 13, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Oct 10, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Oct 06, 2019
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Oct 06, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

Oct 04, 2019
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Carbondeath from Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev -19%
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 fear.movie.lions., not enjoyable. However, still drinkable. Would not rebuy with the selection in central Wisconsin.

Oct 04, 2019
Ghost Hammer IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 565 ratings