Stone Cat I.P.A. | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WanderingFool on 06-05-2002

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to yield a quick formed dense three fingers of foam, lacing is amazing as it leaves rings all the way down the glass. Aromas of peach and clementine with earthy minty hops and a faint biscuity malt. Moderate body with a crisp and slick mouth feel. Slightly pungent hop character with layers of citric rind, mint, wood, tobacco leaf and earth. Quick kiss of alcohol. The mildly toasted grain flavor punches through middle to end for a bit of balance but other than that it is hops throughout. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

Wow, I'm a bit surprised on how aggressive the hops are. Not complaining at all as it is certainly enough to make a hophead happy. Not at the top of my list as there are many NE IPAs that are hard to bet, none the less Stone Cat I.P.A. is still very tasty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy medium amber, almost a coppery color, small off-white head races away to leave a small ring of lace. Aroma is caramel and piney, citric hoppiness. Flavor starts with some caramel and light toast, middle is fairly clean, ends with decent floral hop bitterness. Body is medium. Nothing spectacular, but a very decent ale.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured heavy citrus and pine hop resin.

The flavor was upfront oily hops with a nearly hidden doughiness. The hops really exploded in this cask offering. Herbal hop finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style. .

Overall a solid hop experience. A good choice for my 1000th review.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I figure that since Stone Cat sponsored a trail race I ran (the Stone Cat 50 miler) that I should drink more of there beer. It's a win-win situation.

Cloudy, dark amber, one of the darkest IPAs I've had. Thick white head leaves a lacey sheath inside the glass.

Smells like peach cobbler and vanilla. Taste is caramel coated green candy apple? Hops are more as a bitter and oil than actual flavor. Earthy tobacco and peach cobbler hop with, again, that weird Nilla Wafer vanilla. Don't usually get vanilla in an IPA 'round here.

Messy like a homebrew. Like that vanilla though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light murky brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a beer worth drinking for a while but there are several others in the style that are better.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed orangey amber with a thin white head.
a nice floral citrus hop aroma comes off this beer with a little biscuity caramel.
the taste has a nice spicy hop bitterness, and a background of the same biscuity caramel. the malt could use a little bit of cranking up, the hops overwhelm just ba little in a negative way (bitterness over flavor), but just slightly.
medium body with active bubbly carbonation.
good drinkability and really a pretty solid local IPA

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Photo of Jdiddy
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just did not like this beer. Very cloudy and light. After awhile all the cloudiness lay on the inner part of the beer and the outside became rather clear. Strange. There is virtually no hop taste at all and it had a similar taste to cider. Not very good in my book. Would not drink again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Cat IPA pours a clear copper orange/red color with a creamy slightly off white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thick ring and sheet on the beer. A few lines and spots of lace remain behind on the glass.

A strong hoppy aroma of orange and grapefruit citrus with a touch of toasted malt hovers over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz on the middle of the palate. It's slightly chewy with a dry finish. The flavor is well balanced between the orange citrus and caramel & toasted malt. There's a touch of yeast or bread mixed in too. The flavor reminds me of an Imperial IPA without all the alcohol.

This is one tasty, well balanced IPA. Grab some if you can.

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of JasonCoop
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice looking cloudy yellow/gold color with decent white foam. looks like a good IPA

you can smell both the hops and the malt in this one. citrusy and buttery at the same time. hints of lemon and butterscotch almost.

taste is full flavored. bready, doughy tasting. i would call this a hoppier brew. citrus aftertaste. i like it a lot.

mouthfeel is pretty good. full flavor and nice hoppy bite.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mschofield
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber, topped with a three finger puffy khaki head, filled with tiny bubble streams, leaves webs of lacing behind.
Caramel, floral and toast aroma. Notes of wood/oak.
Toasty taste, burnt/carmelized sugar, bread and biscuit. Some citrus in the back, but very low on the hops - even if this is an english IPA.
Medium bodied and gulpable, calling it an IPA does it disservice, I think it's more of a pale ale, and does well as one.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Slightly cloudy, light copper beneath a finger's length of dense and fluffy white foam. Tons of foamy lacing with good strength.

Bright pine-scented hops with an aromatic mustiness; faint citrus notes. Mild, diacetyl-touched, toasted malts.

Bready, toasted malts with a bit of lemon. At mid-sip, a moderate pine presence blends well with a sweetish tropical fruit: honeydew and cantelope. The bitterness is mild with a minor gritty quality.

A light, medium in body; smooth, comforting with a bit of grit from the hops.

Nice appearance and a pleasant mouthfeel. The flavors are somewhat tame compared to other more bold IPA's, but the Stone Cat is pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 12oz. bottle (thx yobdoog!) into a nonic, Stone Cat IPA is pale orange with a medium sized eggshell head that is super thick and tight, and leaves nice creamy lace.

The aroma is pretty strong and not too bad, but not quite right by me. Apricot esters, gingerbread malt and lots of hops, herbal and piny.

The taste is pretty good but not as much depth as the nose. Slightly fruity, with not as much flavor from the hops, which are herbal and minty, but with a firm, bitter finish dominating the malt. Aftertaste is bitter with a bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, light and creamy.

This was an average hop bomb, but overall there was not enough good flavor and to bitter an aftertaste for me to want to drink to many of these. I reckon the ABV's somewhere around 6.5%, although it didn't say on the bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze-copper color. Slight off-white head. Collar is prominent. Aroma has some floral hop tones, pine needles and citrus. This one has some tropical fruit juice qualities to it. Decent bitterness. Caramel malt base is sufficient. Flowery hop tones accentuate nicely. Decent enough IPA.

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Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of swierczt
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden copper in hue. Medium khaki head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a ring around the glass.

Smell: Floral hops, bread-like yeast, a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Citrus fruits hit your palate up front. More tangerine-like citrus versus a grapefruit bite. A touch pineapple and a hint of burnt sugar. Hops bitterness to finish. More hops bitterness in the taste then expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, resin/oil from hops coats your tongue.

Drinkability: Nice easy drinking IPA. Would recommend giving this offering a try.

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Photo of doerickson
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored with a paper-thin head that stuck around. Pleasantly but not overpoweringly hoppy, with a touch of spice to make things interesting. A fine IPA.

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Stone Cat I.P.A. from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 20 ratings