420 India Pale Ale | Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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420 India Pale Ale420 India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shade13
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle along with a bunch of other New England goodies from a very kind trader last week. I chilled this one down very well before serving it. Right out of the fridge it came and poured immediately into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/08/2008.

The pour came through as a gusher, right off the bat I knew it was going to be interesting. Tons of foam on this one led to a three part pour before I could empty the entire bottle. Still though, I was able to make out a nice dark amber color. Some good carbonation as you would expect coming up from the bottom on this one to reinforce a thick head of foam that was just about everywhere. Rich side glass lace, though it does lose some points for the gushing.

The aroma was rather pungent, with that vinegar like hop nose to it. No where near enough of a citrus touch to it, this was way too astringent to be over that pleasant. The flavor followed more of the same. Some of that sweaty gym sock like aroma from the hops, far too strong and really a bit repugnant. Some light grain sitting way underneath this, but still awfully one sided and lacking the depth I was hoping to find. Decent body though with a medium, almost chewy feel and a good amount of carbonation coming through, I cannot really take off too much in the way of drinking as it was session able enough, though the flavor, or lack of dimension hurt it some here.

Overall while not being terrible by any means, this was by no means a favorite of mine. I would have no issue trying it on tap as I may have just received a bad bottle, but no matter, it was still worth a shot.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a slightly hazy copper color with a frothy head that retained fairly well as a khaki-colored collar and left some spotty lacing. The aroma was a nice balance of floral and citrus hops with some yeast and malt. The flavors were first all hops, more than the nose suggested, citrus and some pine. The bready malt was soon behind that and helped to balance the brew. The finish was dry, crisp and a little spicy with the hops having the last say. The body was medium and the carbonation was too. Nothing outrageous, but it was a good offering and one could go through a couple.

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Photo of enso
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No freshness/bottled date evident. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. I have had this beer before and enjoyed it, sadly either this was a bad bottle or my memory was incorrect. Therefore...

Appearance: Pours a thick airy head even with slow careful pour. Large rocky bubbles. Golden orange color.

Aroma: Very unpleasant unfortunately. No hop aroma as such but a certainly some kind of infection. Not to be too harsh but the first thing that springs to mind is stomach bile. Acidic.

Taste: Sweetish upfront followed by roasty astringency. Hops are there somewhere but get lost in the astringent taste.

Mouthfeel: Good body for the style. Peppery carbonation perhaps a bit much which along with the initial pour leads me to further suspect some type of bacterial infection

Overall: Again I remember enjoying this beer before it has been a while. So I was rather disappointed. Perhaps I will try it again however with no way of knowing the age of the beer it may not be a risk i am willing to take.

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Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely a nouvelle type IPA and it is amazing the types of subtle hoppy floral flavors that brewers can extract from the fruits of the hops. This is an interesting and an enjoyable beer, and a slightly different twist on an AIPA. Definitely worth seeking out.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy darkish copper color with a ton of bubbly efforvescent head. The head poured over the edge of the glass and was prodigious. This beer retains and then some and also leave quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is strong, and I mean very strong, fruity hop aromas, and a burst of orange and lemon aromas. One reviewer called it raspberry and maybe that is just a accurate. The aroma is unmistakable and makes a genuine statement.

The taste is as the aroma would indicate. You will find a ton of estery and hoppy oil notes, a huge blast of orange and citrus sweetness, and very fresh florals, perhaps raspberry or some other lightish fruit. The beer is modestly creamy, medium bodied, not overly complex, and I just keep coming back to that huge palate of orange burst and florals. Wow, this is a powerfully hopped up floral IPA. The carbonation is modest, the mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, and not at all bittering considering the hops. There may be a bit of biscuity malts in there but they are hard to detect and the creaminess, what there is of it, is wherein the maltiness lies. The finish is clean and fairly light and refreshing. This beer is worth seeking out just to experience a prodigious orange burst in the hop experience. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. Pours an orange amber. Off-white head sticks around a bit and leaves some nice lacing as well. Spicy with pine on the nose, some white pepper and some crackery malt. The taste is a tad thin and with some grain based sourness up front, but with a nice piney and herbal bitterness and firm, chewy malt. The mouthfeel is firm, but not thick. Fairly nice, if a little one dimensional. Still, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is brownish and hazy with a quick-settling ivory head that leaves no lace behind.

S: All hop juice -- pine and grass dominate and are pretty strong.

T: Those grassy hop flavors dominate in a big way. I get a hint of biscuity malt laying a foundation, but it's mainly about grassy hops. Also a touch of dry lemony bitterness as well. Grassy taste lingers.

M: Lighter than expected, heft-wise. Call it slightly lighter than medium.

D: OK -- leans a little too much toward one-dimensional dry grassiness to give it a better score here.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle-Deep mahogany liquid, pours a frothy, and short lived eggshell head. The aroma is heavy on the bread crust and dark fruit, with some hops (pine, citrus), and quite a dose of raspberry iced tea. Tasted of fruity malts, bread crust, some caramel, a little low on the hops, and certainly low on bitterness. Finishes with a blast of raspberry iced tea. Strange example of an IPA, and if I had to guess, I'd say an EPA.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amber with a big rocky head with a bit of citrus smell. The taste provides a good hop flavor, still with the citrus, and maybe a bit of pineyness too. Of course the malts are there too, which lends to the mouthfeel, in combination with the carbonation level it balances out pretty well. I'd take another.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with a copious and solid, rocky head and patchy lace.

S - Hoppy nose. Grapefruit, oranges and the like. Hint of graininess.

T - Hoppy flavour with an solid underlying malt balance. Not especially bitter though. Fairly sweet, grassy, and fruity.

M - Medium-slick body is substantial, but not too heavy. Carbonation is low, which I really like.

D - Very drinkable, solid IPA. Some nice flavours and feels really good, and is well balanced.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look - Cool stoner label. Pours peach colored and settles a gentle amber in the glass. Nice looking, light on the fizz with a creamy, foamy head.

Smell - Hoppy and smooth, mouth-watering.

Taste - Bubbly and creamy followed by the hops, and then the hops stay. Just average here.

Mouthfeel - Hoppy and a slight bit overpowering, which is standard for this type of beer, but that's still no excuse.

Drinkability - A little below average drinkability. The mouthfeel creates an unpleasant aura so you won't go rushing for the fridge.

Best served very, very cold.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, single bottle recently purchased from my weekend haul at Monarch Liquors in Long Island, NY for $1.99...
First-ever beer from this American brewery...
A subtle pour resulted in a hazy, murky, cloudy, orange-colored hue with a gigantic foamy head that slowly dissipated and left a copious amount of lacing...
Modest aroma bursting with fresh hops, pines, citrus, and grapefruit...
Nice, true-to-the-style IPA flavor, with a noticeable suggestion of fresh, wet, piney hops, sour citrus, grapefruit, florals, and earthy tones...
Nice, creamy, rich mouthfeel bursting with flavor...
Good level of drinkability with a nice, impressive 6.9% ABV...
Very good stuff from this previously unknown brewery...
A well-rounded depiction of the style...

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 420 IPA pours a hazy, yellowish orange with a hint of red to it. Atop the brew is a nice off white head, with decent retention which leads to some light lacing. The aroma is a strong, sweet floral smell, with some hints of citrus, as well as some sweet grains. The beer tastes like tea with wet hops. Tastes dry-hopped eventhough the bottle didn't say anything. The taste is a little light on the flavor compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet a little dry. Mild to high on the carbonation level. At 6.9% some may not call this a session beer, but I beg to differ. It is smooth and has a different flavor than most IPAs, which makes the drinker take their time a little more, but not like a big beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My only bottle has an upside-down label, which I thought might have been intentional (considering the name of the beer) until I looked here. In any case...

The color is great, a sunset red/orange thing, and the head starts big and fluffy, reducing to a creamy layer after a little bit. Good retention there too, and notable lace. But without any unusual agitation, and having stored it upright, there emerged a zillion chunky bits into the glass on the pour. I usually don't mind those sorts of things, but with an IPA, it's not all that attractive. Kind of worrying, actually...

Nice aroma, pretty huge on the hops, very pure...you know exactly what kind of beer it is, so they nailed that part. There's a biscuity undertow from the malt to help with balance, but this is clearly all about hops.

Flavor is one-dimensional. If only a little bit of malty sweetness could get through, but it doesn't stand a chance. A pretty crazy hop-bomb: leafy, grassy, resiny, sour, even soapy...no real regard to balance. I like it actually, but it gets a little coarse on the tongue after a bit. Finishes with a harsh hop bite...surprising! (Maybe if all that sediment weren't present, it would be a different story, but this is my one and only bottle.)

Mouthfeel is light in weight but fairly heavy on carbonation, giving this a prickly texture. Just what it needed...yeah right.

I'm torn.

Here's where the "average" rating of a 3 shows its weakness. While I gave a 3 in most categories--because of attacking one-dimensional hoppiness and ugly sedimentation--it's anything but "average". What it is is nuts. Very unbalanced, no real depth, but damn it I love hops and it delivers on that front. Where the more sublime beers in this style waltz in with an astonishing beauty, this one staggers in drunkenly, pisses on the floor, and leaves with a grunt. It ain't pretty. Recommended to hopophiles only.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Received in trade from Cookin420)

This IPA pours a hazy deep golden amber with a one finger creamy off white head but little lacing (perhaps my glasses fault).

The clean scent is faint, but what I pick up is fresh grassy hops with a faint sweet malt tone as well.

Flavor has an inital biscuity malt kick with a strong, dry and nicely bitter finish. Flavors picked up: butterscotch, pine, grapefruit and faint sour fruits. No big complex falovors but all nicely balanced I feel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated, and a little slick/oily.

Overall this is a good solid beer from a regional Maine brewery. Not a standout I think, but If it were available to me on a regular basis I imagine I would develop quite the taste for it, the bitter finish is quite nicely done.

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Photo of bboven
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark copper and hazy body, but a nice head and lots of lacing saves it.

Initial hops but they fade after the swirl and give way to some malt and yeast character. Nothing stands out here.

Something stands out here, and that's the huge metal aftertaste. The hops are there, lending a citrus-metal combo, with tons of harsh bitterness in the end. The malt is there faintly in the beginning, but completely lost by the end.

Nicely carbonated, slightly drying, but sticky and bitter in the back.

Glad I tried it, but I would not recommend it. Way too metallic and there's a punching bitterness at the end that's not at all curbed.

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Photo of SirSaranac
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well... I didn't have much of an opinion going into this review... this was a first for me, and I have quite the standard set for IPA's... but lets see what type of impact this brew has on me...

A- Looks great for an IPA... Nice 2 finger head that trails into great lacing.... Dark amber in color, visible sediment... Moderate carbonation. Interesting..

S- A nice well balanced hop oil hits the nose, but isn't real strong. Yeast and malt are also present, but neither are impressive in intensity.

T- A tasty piny hop hits the tongue and sticks until finally fading out. Although hoppy, it's rather one dimensional... but where is the malt???? Furthermore, the hops just isn't very intricate. The taste is good for what it is, but rather unimpressive in complexity.

M- Light... waterdown almost.... Nice hop bite however.

D- Well there's so many good IPA's out there, this is held to a high standard. This would satisfy my hop desire on most nights, and I would drink it socially... however, it's just not as good as other IPA's on the market. Solid beer though, I'd drink it socially on any occasion.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm such a sucker for goofy labels, and this one is pretty far up there in my book. This beer poured a copper color with a single-finger head. The nose is subtle with some malts and maybe some floral hops. The taste starts off with some sweetness that has and almost fruity quality to it that is followed by some fairly bold hops that provide a bit of citrusy bite and linger on the palate. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but the amount of hops in this beer would probably keep me from enjoying more than one at a time.

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Photo of tpd975
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came from the great white north courtesy of deltatauhobbit.

A: Pours a nice cloudy murky orange color with a nice big thunderous head. Tons of nice little floaties, I love floaties can be seen bobbing about. Ample carbonation and very nice lacing for an IPA.

S: If this beer has a weakness this is it. Not much nose detected at all. Hints of pine with a bready yeasty malt aroma but nothing is bold or really stands out.

T: I enjoyed this one. Nice even balance right from the start. Sweet peach necter is the first thing that I tasted, and man am I digging it. It is only there for a second but I relished it with each and every gulp. After the peach a nice strong malt character takes over. It finishes dry with just a tinge of piney hops. If this one had a hop kick it would be one of my favorites.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: I enjoyed this beer alot.

Overall: First and Foremost I am a HopHead!! If you are a hophead this beer may not win big points with you. If you described it to me I would tell you I would not be a fan of the beer. But let me tell you, I really liked this one. The peach right at the start makes it really unique and I really enjoyed the malt character. What is lacking is the hops. I love hops hops and more hops and this one has very little. I liked it for what it is. I am happy to have the 840, I hope to get some of the same tastes with a bit of more hop bitterness. Stand by for the review.

Thanks for deltatauhobbit for sending this one my way, it was sooo different which made it ever so enjoyable.

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Photo of dontworrybeh0ppy
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When I was shopping at one of the greatest beer stores in the entire milky way galaxy, and possibly even further out than that, "Beers of the World" in Henrietta, NY, I came across quite a little find, a beer with the label placed upside down relative to the bottle. At first I wondered if this was intentional, as the beer is titled "420 IPA," but then noticed other bottles on the shelf that were right side-up labels. Plus the profile photo on here shows the correct labeling. So, sure, this looks interesting.

Quite a dramatic pour, spent yeasts floating about the glass, intense carbonation spinning about intensely, doing a bit of a salsa dance around the little scotch glass (sorry I live in a hotel room).

Aroma, hoppy and citrusy as expected from modern IPA's. Fairly simple, maybe some sweeter fruits emanating in there.

First taste, fruity, perhaps peaches, light hints of lemon, and a pine aftertaste, but goes down very smooth. A few more sips, more hoppy, more pine aftertaste. Still smooth, fruity, malty.

Overall, a good beer, I'd certainly get one on tap. And please anyone, let me know if this upside-down label is anything special!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with touches of orange, small amount of head but some decent patchy lacing.

Smell is very earthy and floral, good hop smell, touch of caramel, dominated by the hops like a good IPA.

Taste is also controlled by the hops, slight citrus taste. Hints of sweetness in the aftertaste but mostly hidden by the piney bitterness, caramel has a strong presence that helps to balance out the bitterness, bit buttery but it's actually something I like with this beer.

Edit: It's a shame this beer is going to be no more :(

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

Pours a hazed gold with a hint of amber. No head after a one finger white head quickly falls. Nose is mild. Hops are evident, but not overpowering, or even that strong really. Typical pine like hop side effect with a slight citric edge. Still mild overall though. Flavor is hoppy yes, but seems to be a mix also between smoky and metallic upon first impression. Kind of odd really. Feel is standard. Drinkable, sure. Just nothing unusual or out of the ordinary.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone Coast- 420 IPA

On tap at Bull Feeney's

A- Hazy orange brown with a small creamy heavy lacing head.
S- Orange rind and caramel malt.
T- Orange rind and a light touch of sweet grapefruit.
M- Mild malt with dry bitterness. Slight bleachy chemical flavor?! Could be the tap lines?!

Overall- A tasting IPA but the slight chemical flavor and the strong lobster smell coming from the booth behind me knock points off.

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420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 118 ratings