Ghost Hammer IPA
Stone Brewing

Ghost Hammer IPAGhost Hammer IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,307
Ranked #17,816
3.87 | pDev: 9.3%
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 26, 2017
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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Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 1.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Anayalator from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 4.19 by Jeremiah87 from Colorado

May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. 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
Rated: 3.29 by tgdavis from Tennessee

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by trickynicky from Maryland

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by aatazebeats from Wisconsin

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 3.76 by B-rett from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -9%
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
Rated: 3.73 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Feb 11, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by detroitpat from Michigan

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Reviewed by hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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
Rated: 3.59 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut

Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Kolb from Montana

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by KingStelle from California

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 19, 2019
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
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
Rated: 3.77 by BlueSpader from Washington

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by Tjb14 from Michigan

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Categart from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by sanandreas

Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Noahallen23 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!
Nov 26, 2019
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Reviewed by ehurst from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.
Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +16%
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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