Stegmaier IPA | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier IPAStegmaier IPA

Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of agreenman19
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L - pours a solid deeply brown orange. Slightly opaque with a super fluffy sticky head. Fantastic lacing!

S - aroma is a pungent malt burn up front. Not sure if this is how it's supposed to smell, but either way, it doesn't bode well. Has a very earthy, grassy smell. Crabgrass?

T - taste is better than the nose, but only up front. Sweet malts that make it seem like a potent amber ale. Grainy and yeasty. More earth. Finish is all bitterness, but rather abrasive. No finesse.

F - one of the better aspects of this beer. Soft and pillowy from the moment it hits your lips. Low carbonation and smooth and creamy without being syrupy, due to the light and airy character. A deceiving mouthfeel.

O - it's... a beer. Not the worst but it really lacks refinement. Kinda boring, powerful flavors, but not a lot of them. Strong bitterness. This'll wallop you in the face, especially at 6.7%.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a hop bomb by any means and certainly more malty/biscuits than I expect for this style. Bitter. Cloudy orange amber.

Drink this beer with food, in particular, something cheesy or creamy seems to make the beer's happiness, which is hidden by the malt, stand out.

My grandfather used to drink Stegmaier and that's why I picked this beer to drink.

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Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty average IPA. It is not too thin and it has bitterness. That makes it do-able!!! pours a fairly clear copper color with a small white head (average retention) and wide bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty weak, maybe a little grassy hops. Taste is better. Mostly grassy but some piney hops, some dry biscuity malt. The bitterness is the major attraction. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but not watery. Not a great IPA, but I would drink one again, nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of babacosmo
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had some better, many worst, this is my go to IPA. First mouthful after a rough day is like heaven. Low price keeps some snobs away, I don't mind...
A: reddish brown, almost like an Irish ale
S: Light hoppy, not much else
T: Nice bitter taste, goes through your whole body on first sip..
M: Lighter body than most IPA's , don't let it fool you.
O: Double the price and people will say what hidden gem... but don't do that

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Photo of Beejay
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Medium brown in color, very little head, and what is there dissipates almost immediately.

S: Malt centric with a lot of caramel and toffee some light hoppiness in there in the form of orange peel, but man you have to search for it.

T: Holy malt. This is a very malt centered beer for being an IPA. There is a bit of residual bitterness in the the finish, but for the most part it tastes like slightly overdone toffee. I can get into malt centric IPA's as well as hop bombs, and this one misses the mark.

M:Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall just a huge miss, not even very enjoyable aside from not meeting style characteristics. Not bad, just not good.

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Photo of THP
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer is very affordable, I paid $24 for a case.

The Stegmaier brewery is known for Lion's Head, a truely mediocre beer but very cheap.

I was not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised, better than bad!

There is a slight hint of hops and that familiar IPA bitterness but no hints of citrus or fruit to speak of.

At 6.7% it is a rather potent drink for the price.

Color and smell are good for Stegmaier standards, which isn't saying much.

Something to buy when you want to pretend you can afford to drink IPAs.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12ox bottle into standard pint glass.

Coppery coloring, clear, decent head

Smell, well didn't get much at all, just a "beer" smell. Sorry if that's not too helpful.

Taste & mouth was...not good. No hops to speak of, and left that fizzy carbonation feel in the back of the mouth. Wouldn't have thought I was drinking an IPA.

Overall, not something I would recommend, despite the $23 for a case price.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It poured dark amber with two inches of off white head.

S - I got caramel malt and some piney hops.

T - I got lots of bitter pine with some malt.

M - Medium to thin

O - It had lots of bitterness without much else. I got some malt, but it was very bitter.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was more of my recent score of CANs at Pinocchio's in Media on Friday. Once more, I have the privilege of being the first to review a beer from a CAN. Viva The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier".

The Crack led to an inverted Glug, but I lost track of the fact that it was a Pint-sized CAN and I was faced with a lot of liquid rushing into my glass until I backed off. I had a massive two-plus fingers of tawny head that I allowed to settle before CANtinuing. The lacing that remained was beautifully sticky. Color was a solid amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of grapefruit-citrus hops and even a faint maltiness. My mouth was watering from the outset. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were there, but they seemed muted, especially given their intensity on the nose. Finish was quite dry, almost astringent and there was a grainy quality as though it were saturated with lupulin. It was curious, given its clarity and the filtration that it probably went through.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hometown brewery but its an IPA which isn't my fav. type of beer but I wanted to support the local business.

A: Nice golden brown color. Totally transparent with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace.

S: Lots of floral hops here as well as a grassy/grainy aroma. Also has a bit of a belgian spice like a wheat beer, reminding me of Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

T: Taste is rather bland. Getting some bready yeast and very light malt with a decent amount of hops although the bitterness is minimal. Well balanced but lacking the bitterness i've come to know from most IPA's.

M: Decent carbonation works well with the bitterness here. High ABV def leaves a noticeable dry feeling at the end of the palette. Tongue is almost tingling too, kinda weird.

O: Not a very bad brew. More to the center of the malt/bitter-hop balance IPA's are known for. Still has good flavor but i'm not sure its what the doctor ordered for ur HopHead.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker straw color with little head, but some lacing. Smells of hops, but it is very weak. Tastes of hop flavor but a funky aftertaste. A little heavy on the carbonation but goes down easy for this lighter bodied beer. Overall, an average beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This AIPA was great value, but it isn't really a winner I would want to repeat. It has a dry, funky bitter taste that doesn't work for me. The aroma, taste and aftertaste all have this characteristic.

The appearance is ok, with a light bronzy IPA and very little head. It all masks a moderately strong AIPA and it is cheap, but I will avoid it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: mild cloudy rust body, trace white head,
ok lacing

S: mild grassy, lemon, malt

T: grassy, caramel, malt, slight bitter/oily finish

M: med/light body, mild oily/slick mouth

O: 1st Lion Brewery beer, not bad.
Won't get again, but not awful.


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Photo of HopHeadRyan
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I got a growler of this on superbowl sunday (2012)...and it was awesome! Dank hoppy nose...balanced bitterness...a very solid IPA!

I recently got a case! I'm guessing that the case is old enough to have lost the hoppy nose...but not quite old enough to have lost all of its hop character...

A - Crystal clear golden-orange color...Thick and creamy off-white head...and it lingers nicely and has excellent lacing...

S - Its weird because this almost has a beligiany spicey aroma going on (I know they make a belgian white that I'm not a fan of) maybe there was some cross contamination yeast infection in this batch?? Its hop character is really not there and I don't smell much in the way of malts either...just this weird spicy belgian thing...and a hint of alcohol...

T - the taste has a bit of carmel malt...some hop bitterness...but mostly weird nutmeggy-belgo-spice flavor. If I did a blind taste test I would swear this was a mediocre belgian pale or belgian IPA...

M - Mothfell is fine...medium body...a bit syrupy...good level of carb...

Ovearll - I don't get must be a quality control issue...the beer I had a couple weeks ago from the tap is night and day compared to this bottle...I might have to contact the brewery to let them know whats up. I'll at least call and find out what the code on the case means...because its not a date.

Give it a try on tap...I'd skip the bottle for a bit...I think stegmaier is trying but just hasn't gotten the IPA quite right...though this is supposed to be a reformulation form the original IPA they release a year or so ago...its still way off the mark...even for a basic east coast IPA! Back to the drawing board Lion Brewery!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.94/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to copper color with a white head. In the aroma, small hop, but no real aroma at all. In the taste, a small hop bite of pine, but faint and somewhat skunk like. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry note of pine hop in the aftertaste. Not too hoppy, faint aroma and taste, and a bit skunky, eh!

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a moderately hazy orange color. The head is medium sized and frothy, with an orange hue. Retention is solid, and some sheetlike lacing sticks to the glass.

Some sweet and caramel malt notes up front. Hop aromas are mostly citric and floral. Not overly vibrant, but a pleasant showcase of american hops. Some softly fruity and mineral notes are also detectable.

Medium sweetness up front. Some caramel flavor. Lightly toasty as well. Hop bitterness is firm, with floral and citric flavors available. Mild fruity esters are also noticeable. A faintly alcoholic finish.

Medium-firm body. Carbonation is a little prickly, but not overdone. The finish is rather dry thanks to the hop presence.

This isn't a top-tier IPA, but it is pretty good. It's a little unbalanced in terms of bitterness versus hop flavor, and alcohol is faintly noticeable, but it generally drinks well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The competative world of IPAs bring about juicy and citursy hop bombs with full flavor and firm maltiness that dual it out for the highest rank. But is it acceptable to the staunch beer enthusiast to make a sensible, more mellow, and restrained IPA with decent drinkability without going overkill? The brewers of this beer think so.

Stegmaier IPA starts with a bright color of strong straw or light golden with a mild but typical dry-hopped sort of haze. A froathy foam stance of solid white color retains well while slowly fading to a sheet on the glass while lacing decently as well.

Musty grasses, white grapefruit, and woodiness kick of the hoppy aromatics along with a backing of light caramel, grain, and light fruity yeast character. The presence of mild alcohols tickle the nose with a light acetone scent.

Sweeter caramel and lightly baked barley breads fuel the initial taste until the hoppy flavors of grapefruit, fresh cut grasses, stem-like woodiness, wet tobacco, and alcohol all give a slightly harsher flavor and bitterness to the hop character while the timid maltiness show as much raw barley flavor as fortified malts. Somewhat soapy late, the beer contains a few subtle flaws that are easily overlooked in more flavorful IPAs.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's early carbonated creaminess soon gives way to hop bitterness which turns to dryness that, in conjunction with alcohol, provides a partly warming and minty cooling effect.

With a linger of grass and citrus, the aftertaste is clean and crisp, but only with the grain flavor that can be easily overlooked, this IPA seems similar to older recipes of Anchor Liberty Ale. A nice and approachable IPA without screaming about the hops.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with billowy head that takes a while to recede. Color is dark gold but slightly cloudy in appearance.
Smell: Smells of citrus and spice upon the pour. Not quite as strong and pronounced as other IPAs tasted in the past. Nonetheless, a good and appropriate IPA aroma profile
Taste: Hops are a bit slow to arise, and ascends with the malt with that typical biscuity/caramel character- a little sweet in fact. The hops are a bit bitter with a grassy, earthy flavor. Hops are not over the top and balance nicely with the malt. I would not consider this brew a hop-bomb. Despite this, has an aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Alcohol fairly well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Pretty dry end-feel.

Overall: A pretty good effort here. Not a hop-forward IPA, has some flaws, but tasty and cheap to boot! With Stegmaier's line, you won't be getting 'elite' brews, but solid, worthwhile beer through and through.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheap singles at Total Wine & More. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Clear amber coloration, moderate head of froth, washy lacing left behind. Pretty standard.

S - Rich and powerful aroma that encompasses all of the usual IPA scents together. Grapefruit and citrus, with some pine undertones and a definite floweriness. Wow.

T - Good pine hop body, sweet enough to balance, with some lemon shining through. Floral aftertaste. Again, pretty impressive, IPAs usually stick to one or two of those profiles.

M - Oily light body with a nice carbonation level. Semi dry in the finish.

D - Excellent IPA, and at the price pretty hard to beat. Extra $1.75 laying around? Buy one of these, and I bet you'll go back for a sixer, or maybe even a case.

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Photo of kwjd
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper orange with pillowy white head. Some streaks of lacing around the glass. Smells of some mild citrus hops with some caramel malt. Flavour has more bitterness than implied by the smell. Aftertaste is almost a mineral hoppiness. Medium bodied carbonation. Fairly decent IPA.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice copper color with a full head that reminded me of a lightyly roasted marshmallow with its lightly tanned, pillowy froth. Medium lacing.

S - Obvious hoppy aroma, with a citrus twist.

T - Nice bite but not as bitter as I hoped. Finished a little weak. Hardly taste the alcohol unlike most I.P.A.'s I've tried.

M - HAd a medium to light mouthfeel. Could tell this brew would make a great companion to an all day event like a day at the beach or floating down a river. Carbonation was mild.

O - This is an overall good beer that would make for a great standby in your fridge. Refreshing and tasty, not too filling with a nice alcohol punch and the price is great, I picked up a case for $17 USD 6-26-11

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Photo of Natural510
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a lighter amber/copper with adequate amount of white head and soapy lacing.

Scent fairly strong with grapefruit, flowers and the slightest hint of tobacco.

Initial flavor qualities I expect from a good IPA all there; very floral and herbal with a bitterness toward the finish. Could be a bit more pronounced and goes slightly thin toward the end.

Body is also slightly watery and not quite as full as I've come to expect from an American IPA. Nonetheless it doesn't detract from the beer too much.

Decent IPA, no great shakes. There are many better options in this part of the country, but I would still consider this a good beginner IPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my La Fin du Monde chalice with a bright copper appearance and a light khaki well textured head. Fine evenly strewn lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a nice blast of citrus/grapefruit and slightly earthy hop nose, a hint of caramel bready malt going on as well. Flavor is lacking on the hop flavor, there's definitely some hop pellet bitterness and watered down hop flavor some citrus/pine notes with a caramel/husky malt character pretty interesting. Their Pale ale is much better, I can't detect the alcohol strength...I would never guess this is almost 7% alcohol by volume. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation level a bit of cloying malt character left behind. Overall a decent brew meant to be enjoyed as a training wheel East Coast large regional brewer IPA.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. What I presume is the bottled-on date is inked on the glass @ front.

Pours a completely hazed, golden-orange. Head rings up soon. Smell is tart & grassy, sorta medicinal. Taste is sour grapefruit, lots of resiny hop flavor. Lasts afterward for a bit. Feel is smooth and a bit biting, but reasonable. Overall, this is a decent, sessionable IPA. It's hoppy enough to satisfy. For $5.99/six-pack, very do-able.

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Stegmaier IPA from Lion Brewery, Inc.
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