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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 115
Reviews by nvsblman:
Photo of nvsblman
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Nice lacing as it goes down. Citrusy aroma with a little caramel thrown in. Biscuity flavor with a nice earthy hop balance. Lightly carbonated. This seems like a good English style IPA, nothing too special, but very solid.

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

Poured a light golden with a dark orange hue a thin quick to fade white head atop,citrusy hop intertwined with a hefty caramel malt base in the nose honestly neither wins out very balanced.I have to say this is on the verge of being a standard APA not saying that is bad by any means but the hefty sweet malt base stays right with hopping of this beer it starts out pretty sweet and caramelly and quite yeasty before a citrusy hop character comes thru late into the finish.Its a pretty good brew and quite hefty in the mouthfeel dept but its not a hop bomb by any means.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a nice orange-yellow appearance with a small head. It has a vaguely fruity odor to it. The taste is underwhelmingly hoppy, and lacks bite to it. Not unpleasant a taste, but just an ordinary beer. Not something I'd want to spend the night with.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunday River Brewpub, in Bethel, on 7/24/04. A very attractive, clear, medium orange/amber body with a moderate, ivory head that hangs around for several minutes. Moderate, patch lace adorns the glass.

Aroma was a bit subdued, with fruity hops of lemon and grapefruit, on top of a pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Taste is well balanced, and comes across as another Maine IPA that bridges the gap between an English and westcoast American IPA. Grapefrit and a hint of floral hops are restrained, but have sufficient presence to dominate the caramel and pale malts. Very tasty, with a clean, fruity/bitter finish and aftertaste.

One of the better Maine IPAs. Very enjoyable with the spicy, salsa-like, artichoke dip served at the Sunday River Brewpub.

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

Via a growler from Southshore Bev, L.I., this one poured golden amber, a bit cloudy and sporting an inviting tiny bubble, white head. Well developed lacing. Piney nose. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, well rounded malt base, but this one is about the hops. Front and center, pine, citrus, resin. Flavor notes of vanilla, honey and fruit. Nice stuff. Very enjoyable from the growler. Fresh and tasty.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed this beer in the past at the Sunday River Brewing Company in Bethel, ME. Nice to see it offered bottled in my neck of the woods.
Pours a cloudy, copper color...looks more like a pale ale.
A full finger of head and ever lasting lace that does not move...just clings to the glass.
Smell is a hint of hops...not much going on here.
Taste is clean, but not enough hops for my liking...a bit too bitter of an aftertaste....affecting its mouthfeel. The malt/hop balance is decent, but neither stand out in my opinion.
I have had this beer on tap many times at Sunday River and I always enjoyed it, but there are other beers offered that I would prefer these days.
Carbonation is right on and this beer goes down without much effort...I would get bored after a couple of these and need to switch it up a bit.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely hazy orange. Smells a little yeasty with some hop citrus as well. Minimal white head with sparse lacing.

The taste is not bad for an IPA. Scant malt profile followed by that hop wave with a hint of lemon citrus at the end. Very nice mouthfeel. If I had to drink an IPA I guess I'd go with this until a better option rears its head.

Me and IPA's are trying to love each other. Further counseling is needed.

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

This India Pale Ale pours a nice semi-dark gold color (perhaps coppery). The head is nice and foamy. The smell is bitter, a sign of the hops within. The taste while nothing special, was better than average for this variety of beverage, with nice sharp bitterness. Certainly worth sampling, if you enjoy IPAs. enjoy!

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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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Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber IPA with a foamy white head. Retention ring remains. Awesome malts for an IPA with a decent amount of hops. Nose for me is mostly toasty caramel malts with a touch of resinous pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, earthy and floral hops. Taste is has more balance and a good mix of hops grounded with yummy caramel doughy sweet malt. Pine, herb, floral, lemon, orange etc. Mouthfeel is resiny and juicy...pretty smooth. Good drinkability!

This would become a really great IPA for me if there was a little bigger body and a third more hops. Very worth the try as is though.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at some little bar in Old Orchard Beach, Maine (7/24/06)

Deep amber color, clear, small thin white head.

Smells...as I lifted the glass to my nose I thought someone was rippin' a phatty of some skunk cannabis, nope, just the beer! 420...hahaha get it? cool. I actually really enjoyed this smell. Fresh, "Green" hop. Barley and mild malt.

Taste, slight sweet maltness, bitter "earthy" green hop domination, but the rest is well balanced.

Crisp, clean "active" and rather refreshing.

HIGHly drinkable and a good brew for these 90 something degree days.

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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Not too hoppy for an IPA. Light slightly cloudy colour with moderate head. Bit disapointing compared to the many great IPAs out there. Some citrus and spice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Coast's 420 IPA pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a short head of off-white froth. The head retention is fair, and although it drops, it does maintain a wide, creamy collar. Lacing is minimal, but the tiny spots left behind are attractive.

The nose is somewhat hoppy, grassy and citrusy; and there's a bit of yeastiness and malt there as well.

It's medium bodied and somewhat crisp in the mouth with a median carbonation.

The flavor delivers more hop flavor than the nose suggests, and its citrusy and piney hops make a beautiful marriage of flavors. The bready malt base is solid, and the hop flavors are nicely balanced. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry with a quick spritz of citrusy hops before fading into lingering bitterness.

Overall, it's a nicely done, well made IPA that doesn't hit you over the head, and offers a pretty good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA. A little much for the pizza I had it with, but still nice. Smells of grapefuit rind. Hops are citrusy and a little harsh. I like my hops a little fruitier, but its still a pretty good hop profile. Fairly drinkable, definately worth trying for IPA fans.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a minimal head but does leave behind some fantastic lacing. Aroma of citrus & mild hoppiness.

Tastes of malt & very assertive, almost pungent citrus up front that melds into a somewhat subdued hoppiness. The citrus is almost overpowering and really sticks around after the finish. Decent mouthful that almost seemed a little too "fizzy".

Not quite sure what to think of this one. Me thinks I may have gotten hold of a bad bottle on this one, just based on the very dissapointing hop profile. I think that more of a hop presence may have helped balance out that overpowering citrus and made it more drinkable for me.

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Photo of ianrca19
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

Pours a light yellow, with an amazing head. Lacing coats the entire inside of the mug all the way down. Smells of piney-sweet hops. Your mouth is met with a taste much like the smell, with a very light body. Essence of white grapes sparkle on your tongue, and then a very piney, very green finish. I emphasize the GREEN on this one, because that is to me the thing that stands out the most. Maybe that's why they call it 420.

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a decent white head with left some spotty lacing. Some light floral hop scent, though not as earthy or "buddy" as the name would suggest. The taste is a bit more pronounced than the smell. A nice hop flavor but not up to standard for an AIPA. Has some tart fruit taste. The ale has a light mouthfeel to it, moderate carbonation. Overall this has good drinkability, however, it's because it doesn't have that strong hop/bitter presence.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance...golden amber with a small head, but great lacing. Smell is mainly yeasty with a slight fruity hop undertone. Taste starts slightly sweet, then bursts into a nice bitter hop presence. Mothfeel is medium to full bodied...good character. A very drinkable IPA...worth a try...better than average.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 4 0z sampler glass.

Appearance: Nice yellow/amber color, a bit hazy. White head, resolves quickly to a lace.

Aroma: Hop aroma is bright and piny but not overpowering.

Taste: Piny flavor is actually a bit subtle, but consistent (doesn't attack/decay). A bit of grapefruit flavor comes out as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just the way I like an IPA, light bodied and a bit fizzy. Not so thin as to taste like hop juice, but the malts stay out of the way.

Drinkability: I tend to have just one hop-strong beer per session, so it's hard for me to say. I could see myself having a couple pints of this one.

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Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a frothy, silky head. Fruity hop aroma - juicy sweet. Hoppy flavor immediately merges with a real solid sweet maltiness. Citrus and grassy hops with a slight metallic taste. Medium, textured mouthfeel and not all that bitter.

Nicely balanced overall but needs a little more depth. Probably a good IPA to have with some food.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Light honey golden brown, fairly cloudy, good lacing.

Smell = Can detect both hops and malt. Not much in the way of spices, fruits, additional flavors coming through.

Taste = Light and refreshing, as a good IPA should be. Well balanced, highly drinkable. Not too powerful or sweet or bitter but neither is it outstanding in any way. Hides the 6.9% very well.

Overall = a decent IPA. Nothing to bring home to mother but I would never turn on down.

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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 goz
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a light hazy amber, large off-white head which mostly diminishes but leaves great lacing. Aroma has some mild malt hints, but is mostly dominated by a nice floral hoppiness. Flavor follows in line, with some light fruitiness and maybe caramel followed by a good floral, citrusy hop finish. Body is medium, and slightly dry ending.

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