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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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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 118
Photo of beernut7
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite pale ale I have had the pleasure of tasting throughout the country. The spicy aroma hints at a nice lingering bitterness balanced by a unique malt profile that is not dry, but not sweet either. This is one worth going north to find on a regular basis.

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Photo of jmp491
4.62/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... Delicious. Served at room temperature, which usually isn't too great unless from a cask in my opinion. But smells very piny and hoppy. Full flavor of hops enter your mouth, with huge tasty swills of grapefruit. The flavor engulfs your mouth and is a smooth, not too bitter IPA. Loaded with hops with a non-bitter taste... yum.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a golden orange color and a good sized head of off white foam that dissipates to a ring which left rings of lace with every sip. Aroma was all flowery hops with no malt smell to be found.
Hits the tongue creamy smooth and a bit sweet then a good but not overbearing hop twang. Grapefruit bitter-sweetness follows and fades to a dry finish that primes the palate for the next sip.
This beer is listed as an American style IPA, although I felt it met the criteria of an English style IPA quite nicely. It isn't quite as hopped as some of the other beers listed as American IPA, but presents a nice drinkable beer. Try it if you can find it, but don't expect a hophead's delight.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seen this a lot but my first time with it. Pours hazy orange. Smells a bit like sweet citrus. Tastes quite citrusy but not too much, not as sweet tasting which for me is a good thing. And it lingers for quite a while. Good mouthfeel, not thin at all. Overall a damn good beer. Summer may be over but for me this is what you drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +22%
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 tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
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 marc77
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear light copper hue. Initially fluffy, thick off white head recedes into a thin, tight layer that leaves sparse lace. Aroma of soft, floral hops with a tangerine tinge along with stately light lovibond caramel malt. Simple, pleasant aroma. Sweet, ripe, orange citrus at first in flavor quickly yields to notes of cleanly sweet caramelized sugar and subtle biscuit. Moderate hop bitterness then augments sufficiently to provide a transient dryness, briefly devoid of malt sweetness mid palate. Understated, barely ripe citrus reemerges late along with mild doughy sweetness. Lightly bodied, but adequately dextrinous enough for passable smoothness in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with lingering hop bitterness and trace notes of bread crust. 420 IPA is simple in overall character, tasty, and superbly quaffable. Virtually devoid of esters and thus very clean. Big thanks to Mainebeerman for the bottle!

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Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head that's lasting well and a bronze beercolor. Nose is lots of citrussy hops, mellow and sweet pale malts, flowery and overal fresh. Taste is bitter, maltysweet, bitter flowery, litle alcoholic and citrussy bitter. Good carbonation though not that high dosed makes mouthfeel good especially with good taste but gives it an overal bitter impression. Drinkability is good, would love to drink another. Bitterness maybe highly dosed but that's the way i love it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium-golden color, and a big, white frothy head. Said head diminishes down to a thin ring, with nice lacing! Bold, hoppy nose, a combo of both spicy and floral notes. Good body, and a pleasant creamy mouthfeel! Lots of hops throughout the flavor profile....with a long-lingering floral bite at the back of the tongue. A pleasurable bier!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy well carbonated peach-amber, topped with a three finger puffy off-white head, leaves webs of lacing, a very good looking beer.
Biscuit and tea aroma, grapefruit.
Herb, tea and biscuit taste, grapefruit note, mild bitterness. More bitterness, citrus and a leafy note come out with warming.
Medium to full bodied, a bit oily.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Murky orange-red body with about an inch of initial head that dissipates slowly leaving a good bit of lacing. Prominent smell consisting of mostly citrus - smells great. Hop bitterness and citrus flavors dominate the flavor. Malt is there, but is just enough to offset the hops. Medium-bodied. This beer is really good - a top-notch IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemonade trim. The head is rich ivory in color with a faint hint of moonlight yellow. It's also firmly creamy enough to last and tacky enough to lay down quite a bit of thick lace. The final pour makes the beer as opaque as any double stout. I love the look.

The nose is a shade too weak to impress, but I'm still enjoying its multinational hoppiness. Even without knowing for sure, I could tell that something other than the 'West Coast' hops cited on the brewery's website were used. According to whoever answered the phone at Stone Coast, the hop bill consists of Chinook, Liberty and Mt. Hood. Those last two are similar to Tettnang, so that's probably what I'm smelling.

Batch 420 isn't a rip-your-tongue-out-and-serve-it-to-you-on-a-silver-platter kind of IPA, but it's plenty bitter enough. It probably helps that my bottle tastes remarkably fresh (thanks jrdegriselles). It's difficult to say exactly what the IBUs are, but I'd say they're comfortably north of 50. The finish is where the hops really begin to outpace their malt support.

White grapefruit peel is the star of the show. As a result, one or more of the C-hops has to be present. I want to say Chinook, but I don't get much of that spicy, resinous rawness that is usually that hop's calling card. This is straightforward beer, but it's also increasingly bitter, increasing delicious beer.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction too light to be considered great. However, it hangs in there well enough to keep all that flavor in contact with the taste buds long after the swallow. That is all I ask. The peppy carbonation matches the flavor profile, so all is well on that front too.

It looks like those Maine BAs have been holding out on us. Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago and now Batch 420 from Stone Coast are tremendous IPAs that I've enjoyed thoroughly. Who says the west coast is the only hotbed of hoppiness in the country?

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +13%
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 goz
4/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of Gattopardo
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Sunday River Brewing Company after a day of exploring waterfalls in nearby Grafton Notch State Park. The great thing about Maine is the pairing of outdoor delights with fine and hearty food and drink.

The 420 IPA pours with a dark straw color and a small head. Nice fruity aroma. The taste is clean and very hoppy and stays with the drinker pleasantly. An excellent complement to the food offerings at the brewpub.

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Photo of mshallah
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a huge head. Sweet malt aroma comes across with caramel notes. Hops are citrusy and piney in aroma and taste. Flavor is just deliciously fruity, malty and hoppy. Fruit notes of peach and apricot. Well crafted and dry-hopped to great effect. Yummy session IPA.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

Poured loose n' free, very fluid, with a gradually building crackle. Wonderfully hoppy nose, sweet with grapefruit tartness, some pineapple, a little pine & lemon, very faint trace of some hot spiciness like cinnamon bark & ginger. As it warms it gets sweeter, maltier, a little more caramel but still very citric.

Head was a fat finger of tight, thick, subtly sculpted pale ivory foam that has a very nice retention and only settles to a pencil's worth with sporadic lacing. Just slightly hazed, its a warm, brassy honey amber hue with a steady parade of bubble rising staccato like thru it. Thus far the eyes & nose are enjoying this.

Creamy, yet semi-dry with a subdued crunch that is cracker like, the hops are nicely bitter with grapefruit rind. Its not sweet, per se, but its certainly not bitter. There is a subtle phenolic aspect that adds a dull, burnt caramelized base for the bitter hops & fruit rind sweetness. It grows more even, balanced with a bittersweet burnt caramelization on the palate, a little thicker, warmer with a soft glow that slowly grows sip by sip before finishing with a chewy, filmy citric bitterness that slides beneath my now nicely warmed mouth.

A very nice IPA. Not overly sweet, but nicely bittersweet. The almost 7% ABV would make this a great autumnal IPA, and I could see this working great with a variety of harvest time fare, anything simplistic & grilled (tailgate anyone?) or a nice dry cheddar. One of the nicer IPAs I've enjoyed, and definitely recommended.

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy appearance to it with a bit of fluffy white head. Lacing is minimal but present.
The smell is of earthy hops and fruit.
The most present taste is grapefruit with a bit of an additional bite form the hops.
This is a pretty hefty IPA on the tongue with a grainy kind of texture.
This is a highly drinkable brew. I probably couldn't have too many due to its fuller body, but I'm good for a few. I'm usually more of a stout person but I enjoyed this brew and it was very different from other IPAs that I've had. I may become a hophead yet.

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Photo of rickcampie
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Overwhelming fruity scent. Overpowers any malt or hops that might be present. It's a good smell, but doesn't seem like it's going to be an IPA.

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

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale, light crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a nice hop aroma. The aroma is well balanced. It's bitter, but has a solid malt bill as well. The taste is good. It has a wonderful bitter hop bite with a pale and light crystal malt base. It goes down easy and finishes hoppy. This is a very bitter brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid IPA. It doesn't have exceptional flavor, but it has a nice hop presence and an adequate malt balance; a good drinker.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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 hanco005
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle form my beer of the month club, no freshness date is indicated, poured into a pint glass

A—cloudy orange amber with a 1 inch egg shell color puffy head, slowly fades down to a thin sheet, spotty lacing is produced

S—citrus dominates this one, with just a bit of melon sweetness, whiffs of pine are in there, too

T—a pretty typical IPA. Pine and citrus flavor dominate it, but its very balanced between the two, not getting much for sweetness. It’s good

M—a little watery, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—overall, I like it. A solid IPA that is very drinkable

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange in color with a 1.5" head. Light lacing develops through the drink. The aroma was a pleasant combination of floral hops and citrus tones. The flavor was well balanced as floral bitterness, strong malt, citrus, and a hint of granny smith apples made for a pleasant tastebud experience.

The mouthfeel was crisp at the start. The finish was crisp, dry, and had a long bitter and citrus zest aftertaste. Nicely drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
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