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Ghost Hammer IPA | Stone Brewing

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3.89/5
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450 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
Ranking:
#8,144
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
450
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy blonde. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Blueberry, strawberry, honey, and caramel.

Taste
Honeydew, gooseberry, strawberry, and blueberry. Honey, caramel, and dried biscuit. Pine resin and grapefruit zest lingers.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and semi-juicy with a low bitterness.

Overall
Interesting hops giving off berry flavors. Smooth and mellow. Certainly worth checking out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, purchased at a local packie in Revere, Mass. 15 days young ... packaged on 06.08.17

Stunning clarity though further examination there seems to be some fine particulate in suspension. Great pale golden color, head and lacing puts on an amazing show on the glass. Smells of fresh hop resin with suggestions of exotic fruit and soft pine. Lots of hop resin, fresh cut grass, pine sap, grapefruit zest, and white tea on the palate from the hops. Smooth with a slick hop oil mouth feel. Bitterness is not to aggressive, soft and to the point. A very hop forward beer in all aspects, balance to style, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mymymy. It is the eve of the 4th of July here in 'Merica & I am stoked! It is one of my favorite holidays, up there with Hallowe'en, St. Patrick's Day & Veterans' Day. Why the 4th? Because it celebrates the glorious outcome of an armed revolution against an oppressive government! Hey, I ain't Bro. Woody with The Order of Disorder for nothing, y'know. Today, at least for a little while, I am throwing off the chains of bottled beers to return to what really matters: The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "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 soloists 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 occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can 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, liberally hopped with Loral, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer."

It was like the opening of a Christmas present here at Chez Woody when I Crack!ed open the CAN and CANmenced an inverted Glug! It arose on my so quickly that I almost panicked, but then my training kicked in & I slowly backed off & down. Soon, I had just under three fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with modest retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & while I saw that others had noted the same, I will be keeping an eye on it to see if it clarifies on its own. Nose held a mélange of tropical fruit, but it was in a CANbination that I had not previously exbeerienced. Loral hops, eh? Time to get smarter! The hop formerly known as HBC 291, it CAN impart "floral, spicy, mint, herbal & slight eucalyptus" characteristics. That's what I smelled - NOT tropical fruit, but mint and eucalyptus! Mmm. Totally minty, especially as it warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel was big, not quite full & creamy, but closer in mouthfeel to a DIPA than an AIPA. The taste was very mellow, probably low on the IBU spectrum, very much like hops tea. That is where the herbal bit comes in. If you have ever had Celestial Seasonings' SleepyTime tea, this had the same mellow approach. Minty, herbal, definitely eucalyptus. Finish was dry, but a minty dry. I felt like I had just gargled with mouthwash without spitting it out. A deep breath was like a cool breeze! Thanks, Stone, for listening to Bro. Woody & putting a winner in a CAN!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN
Pitted taupe froth over tarnished brass. 4
Big lemon chew sweets. 4
Slight toffee, then grapefruit, handy candy, herbal essence, aspirin, + a touch of resin. 4
Lt, oily, round. 4

Loral

San Diego citrus hits heavy, yet this has a light touch. Different again from most Stone - Lemondrop takes the lead. Floaty but mucky. 4

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Photo of kodiakthebeer
2.01/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Worst stone beer I've ever had. Highly disappointed with this beer. I have no idea how this is an IPA... it's light in color, low in IBU, low abv, no hop aroma, lager like mouthfeel. Again, the worst stone brewing beer I've had.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was canned on 05/18/17 and meant to be enjoyed by 09/15/17.
It pours a hazy gold color with a thick, but rapidly dissipating, white head. There is abundant lace.
Aroma of pine and citrus.
Taste followed the nose: pine resin and grapefruit zest.
A hop-forward beer. Good, not great.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 phatsmackey
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degueulasse
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a smooth, softly textured beer that feels very pleasant and almost velvety on the tongue. It smells sweet and a little fruity (maybe citrus?). It tastes like bitter hops mixed with a layer of fruit, and the aftertaste is all nectarine and grape.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, with both"canned on" and " best before" dating stamped on the bottom

Pours hazed lighter tangerine, quality looking light khaki cap leaves plenty of froth and extensive fine lacing.

Pungent and fruity hop nose with some melon and oranges.

Hopped up, with tropical notes, more melon and even more oranges on the palate.

Clean, fresh, floral, citric and thoroughly enjoyable...fine IPA in a can from one of the OG heavy hitters of the US craft beer scene....go get some

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captain_fury
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can (06/08/17) into belgian tulip.
Appears cloudy golden body (partly due to the fine and evenly dispersed particulate). Diminishing white frothy head with decent lacing. Hard to describe the scent and flavor profile but I'm getting smells of sweet carmelly malts then hints of pine and grapefruit. Taste is the same with more emphasis on bittering hops from and piney/grapefruit bite. Solid carbonation and mouthfeel. For me this is a refreshing brew and enjoyable year-round.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a cloudy complexion. There's a quarter inch of off white. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint tropical fruit. I'm tasting mango,kiwi, passion fruit. and light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Stone can glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A juicy and dank hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and melon along with pineapple. Earthy hop scent of pine resin, cannabis, and grass. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A really nice hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and piney hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, and melon along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin, grass, and cannabis. Light malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains with yeast. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: Another great IPA from Stone. Big tropical fruit and pine notes with a moderate body.

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can with an 18 May 2017 canning date stamp on the bottom.
Pours slightly hazy, amber in color, with a creamy bone-colored head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass and has very good retention.
The aroma is evident in the pour: citrusy hops with faint herbal notes. The flavor follows but the herbal elements are more obvious.

Feel: medium body and lively medium+ carbonation.

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Ghost Hammer IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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