Stegmaier IPA | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier IPAStegmaier IPA
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stegmaier India Pale Ale is an American IPA with an attitude! It is brewed with American malts and aggressively hopped with three varieties of American hops – Centennial, Cascade, and Nugget. This IPA has an assertive hop presence and a strong malt backbone. Stegmaier IPA uses a quarter ton of hops, which balance the malt sweetness and make this brew a hop lover’s delight!

Added by ClassicBrad on 05-13-2010

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.72/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle label is a weathered-looking, off-white with a green scroll that encases the "Stegmaier IPA" label that us NEPA beer lovers have been waiting for-- Classic-looking label. No 'born on' or 'best by' date to be seen. "Brewed in the honor of Charles Stegmaier" graces the top arc of the label with 6.8% Alc/Vol clearly marked on the bottom.

Pours a clear bronze with an off-white head that fizzles down to a sparing layer that leaves itself behind to lace the glass beautifully.

Spicy, herbal and citrusy hops compose the nose of this beer. Very excited that they went with Cascade and Nugget (the two varieties that I chose to grow) as the primary hop for this beer. It gets me riled up to just smell how beautifully it balances, yet takes over, this beer.

This beer just screams nice weather. It tastes so refreshing, but still remains a complex and palatable beer. Obviously, the style calls for hops to take the spotlight for this beer and it really does. I have to give the brewers credit to pair these two varieties together because they works so well coupled with the backbone of the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is more than adequate. The carbonation does a great job of titillating the palate during the sip and leave it cleaned off waiting for the next gulp.

Drinkability is a great question with this beer. As a 6.8% beer, its hard to call it a session beer; however, I have a harder time not calling this sessionable. It's almost on the fence. I know that this is my new go-to for the Spring/Summer season. You can beat the refreshment it provides yet it still keeps your interested.

Huge sign of life to the Northeast Pennsylvania craft beer scene! The Lion Brewery is truly listening to its community of excitable and eager craft beer advocates. This is more than I could have asked for when I heard almost a year ago that we had a regional IPA in the works. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what's to come from the Lion and Stegmaier line of brews.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this one for a while. Stegmaiers will always pique my interest...

Poured from the bottle a nice clean translucent amber, just a shade dark on the good side. Decent head settles on the top with good lacing. Pretty solid appearance.

Smell is full of hints of roasted malts and a nice component of citrusy spicy hops. again solid, nothing overpowering but really well done.

Taste is a hint of roasted carmely malt quickly covered by the citrusy close to piney hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel is probably one of the better balanced IPAs, flavors hit well everywhere and carbonation is spot on. Very easy drinking.

Extremely drinkable, I can't wait for cases of this. This is probably the best beer per $ you can get, at least in PA.

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Photo of loveingminor
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I live in Wilkes-Barre, this is a common feature in my refrigerator. The price is right, and the overall quality of this beer isn't too bad.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a nice head.

Smell: For some reason I really enjoy the smell of this beer. It reminds me of the smell of the hops that I use in my homebrewing.

Taste: A very hoppy taste, which, in my opnion, isn't bad. It doesn't have an overly malty flavor to balance out the hops, but I've had so much of this beer that I've learned to enjoy the taste.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't fill me up too much. I could drink this all day if it was socially acceptable.

Overall: It is my favorite beer to have in my refrigerator. Mainly because filling up my refrigerator with this beer won't empty my wallet. And it's not a bad beer. Could use some malty flavor, but overall mmm.

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of PhageLab
4.31/5  rDev +26.8%
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 Categart
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good, smooth and not too hoppy

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a deep rich copper with a a fluffy one and a half finger white head that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Big herbal and citric hop aromas with underlying caramel,really well defined hop aromas here.Flavors start out with a big blast of citric hops,again there is also a herbal almost medicinal quality to the hop flavors as well,a big sweet caramel/biscuit malt base really holds strong thru to the finish.A very well made IPA here,the hops are big and complex,well done.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with an excellent hop aroma. It's sweet and bready with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is good as well. It has an aggressive hop bitterness up front with a nice malt profile that balances out the palate. It has a bready malt taste along with a piney hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's well balanced with a good deal of complexity.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A nice, 2 fingers of white foam formed on top of the golden/amber body. The head stuck around for a while and left some nice lacing behind upon dissipation.

The nose has lots of citrus hops up front, specifically lemon. You can also detect some malts and a graininess in the background.

The taste is right where the nose indicates...hops at the beginning and end with a bready sweet center. The bitterness of the hops is subtle though...nicely balanced with the malts.

The mouth feel is lighter, a little oily and well carbonated.

This is very drinkable and refreshing. I opened this beer with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Worth a try for sure!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Corey for giving me a bottle of this beer!

A - Pours a clear amber color with a nice two fingered head to start with, dies down to an even foam covering and moderate carbonation.

S - Smells of citrus with caramel and biscuit-like malt and perhaps a little bit of spice intermingled. Also has some pine in the nose, but is minor compared to the citric aroma.

T - Has a very nice balance between the malt and the hops. During the sip, as the last drops go down the throat the tongue is met with bitter pine resin along with citric notes, and a little bit of caramel. The malt lays nicely down while bitter grapefruit and pine flow over the top. Did I mention really nice balance!?!

M - Smooth, light medium body, and crisp.

D - Very much so!

This was a very nice discovery and one I would purchase a few six packs for a hot day. It would make a very nice "go to" beer also. Definitely worth a try. It's nothing fancy, complex or off the wall, just a straight forward, well brewed IPA that's bang on. Nice job.

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4.04/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of RobJTejas
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nice white head that holds well. The body is a malty IPA, which is slightly clear. The lacing is left in a a sediment layer.
S: The aroma is a low intensity of a citrus hops and a brief hit of malt.
T/M: The finish is a dry mouthfeel of a hoppy bitterness. The front is a smooth and mellow body of hop and malt balance.
D: I find this to be a very drinkable beer. The flavors a on for the style and it has a smooth and mellow drink to it.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stegmaier IPA pours a beautiful amber body with an egg white head.

It smells of hops, cascade being one variety I found distinguishable, and unsurprisingly so.

The brew carries a big bite, several steps up from the junior Pale Ale, appropriately. The hoppy-kick is paired with a nice malt level, just enough to balance the beer out.

I can't say much more or offer any more analysis than that. It's a solid IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger or so of off-white foamy head. This retains with a nice frothy ¼ finger that throws a sticky and rich looking cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of tang and hops, with sticky notes of bread, caramel, and sweet fruit giving away to more bitter tones in the nose of citrus peel, grapefruit, and some spice. This is solid.

The taste has some well balanced hop flavors going on with it, as crisp bitter fruit and spicy earth are nicely evened out by the sweet twang of the malts and some sweeter citrus character. The finish is strong, with a dry gritty bitterness that really sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that sits on top of some silky feeling underlying slickness. There's a little warmth in the body but this is otherwise feels alcohol free for the most part.

This wasn't half bad at all, with its surprisingly robust, yet balanced, hop presence and a fairly easy drinking body on it. Considering that is from the Lion, the price point comes in pretty low as well and makes this a solidly affordable hop fix.

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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the best one I've tasted so far in the variety pack. Sort of pearish colored. The hops are noticeablely sweeter in the finish. The smell is piney. Has a pleasant bitter finish. Has a crisp smooth feel to the tongue. Very drinkable member of the aipas

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the disappointment of the Goose Island IPA I couldn't wait to get home and drink this one from my variety case.

A - I wonderful mid amber color with an inch of head. Poured into my flute.

S - The citrus and grapefruits smells were very strong pushing up my nose from the glassware. Hops are the star on this brew.

T - Ow wow. Prefect representation of an IPA. First hit of the IBU's are strong and not off putting. Second comes in with the citrus and grapefruit like hop flavor. Then it finishes with a malt to balance the whole brew. Nice very nice.

M - The brew had the prefect balance of bitter and sweet. Loved it.

D - I could easily succession (and did) a couple of these. I loved the brew I would consider picking up another variety case immediately.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new IPA, from the also new Stegmaier Variety Pack.

Pours a clear amber color with about an inch of tan head. Retains a patchy lace and leaves a good amount of webbing on the sides.

Smell has a nice amount of hops going on, with aromas of grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel malt as well. Pretty standard IPA nose here but well done.

Likewise with the taste, which is even more citrusy than the nose was, with a good amount of grapefruit in particular. Also some sweet caramel that has a buttery quality to it. Nice punch of hop bitterness in the finish, as well as more grapefruit flavor, this time the bitter pith. Again, pretty standard for an IPA, but that's just fine because it is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth. Decent slickness to it, although perhaps it could be a touch creamier.

Like their new Pale Ale this is another job well done by the Lion. This is a well balanced IPA that has enough hops to satisfy most any hophead but also isn't overblown. Assuming that straight cases of the IPA run about the same as the Variety Pack, $26 or so, I will definitely be buying more of this. An excellent value and a very solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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Stegmaier IPA from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 135 ratings