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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 saskguy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this beer has hops, it does not seem to be that hoppy...

Good head though it went fast. An amber orange colour. In the American IPA style.

The mouth feel was fine and it did go down well with both the malt and hop evident. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours to an unblurred deep copper color, the head portly in size, frothy in consistency and a nice bright white color, lace is a satiny sheet to drape the glass. Sweet malt with a nice hop floral backing, crisp and pleasing to the senses, start has a nice malt profile; the top has a medium feel. Finish has a pleasant crispness, the hops striking in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a darn good IPA in my book, and at one time “believe it or not”, IPA’s were not high on my list, my how things have changed now they occupy a spot in my top five styles.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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 UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a chill hazed oranged amber, topped with a thin white head. Streamers of carbonation rapidly rise to feed the head.
The aroma is mainly sharp, grassy, herbal hopping, with some mild malt hiding in the back. A little toasty graininess. Not much besides the hops.
Flavor starts with mild toasty malt up front. The hops enter quickly, with a very pungent grassiness. A touch of pear comes through in the middle, poking out of the hops and fading just as quickly. A wierd farmy hay flavor comes through in the hops, conjuring images of my old rabbit in his little hut. Earthy and grassy. Some grapefruity citric hopping comes through towards the finish, changing into an herbal grassy hopping in the end. A hint of woodiness, with a light soapy flavorpeeking through. A dryish citric tang in the finish, with a lingering grassy, earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of graininess in the aftertaste, as well. Smooth, english styled carbonation, with a medium body.
An interesting IPA. It kind of tastes like they used huge amounts of low alpha hops, with hop flavors across the spectrum. Not terribly bitter, but filled with hop flavor. Interesting and wierd. The hopping gets overwhelming, and reminds me of another herb...which I'm sure they were aiming for.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The brewer tells me that they shot for a US interpretation of the IPA, not the UK.

I got this sample on tap at American Pizza (the Stone Coast owned bar in Portland.) Served a touch too cold, so I let it sit a good ten minutes. The rocky head hung around a good long time and the lacing was exemplary. What was not exemplary was the golden color. I remember 420 being darker than a Red Hook Ballard bitter IPA, but this sample was about that color. Has there been a new recipe or has it really been this light all this time? I thought of it as darker.

Brilliant lemon and foral hop nose with just a touch of graininess. The carbonation was made up of such fine bubbles that the sole aggressor in the taste and mouthfeel is the hops. The hit that bitter spot on the back of the tongue and hang on to the rear of the roof of the mouth, so that the hops keep surrounding the taste buds. Several different flavors of hops in the finish, even as the bartender seemed to think it was brewed with a single variety. That didn't taste like the case to me, but I've been wrong often enough before.

Side note: for a beer with a direct marketing reference to "grass" (wink, wink) I was surprised by the lack of grassy/leafy aroma or flavors.

Can stand up to spicy foods. A touch too much alcohol for a session beer limits the drinkability.

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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 LarryKemp
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start this review by saying I HATE IPA's. That said, I really liked this beer. The beer poured a very nice deep clear golden with a nice long lasting head and bubbles rising through the beer. The hops were present in the nose but not overpowering. The taste was not balanced but the hops did not rape my mouth. The malt was hidden but it offset the hops enough that I really enjoyed the beer. The mouthfeel was a little light but overall this was quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice-looking beer. Thin, consistent, pure white head. Very nice lacing. The beer is a yellow-orange glowing color. Smells of hops -- not too much there. Tastes good. Hoppy and slightly bitter. Good aftertaste -- keeps my mouth watering. Chewy taste.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average head with rings of lace left as it reduced.Medium dark gold color.Fruity aroma with a floral hop pine smell thats not too overpowering.Low carbonated long enduring bitter finish.Fruity taste like cherries.Very very bitter taste and finish.This one will make you pucker up as far as bitterness is concerned.Medium body with a medium malt thickness.Overall good IPA, but wouldnt be my first choice again.

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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 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 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 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 proc
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light aroma, hints of floral taste from the hops. Definetely more hops than malt in the balance of this one. Not as much of a touge sensation as a Bell's Two-Hearted, but a very drinkable beer nonetheless. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, exceptional hop quality - not expected in an estern beer. While not a great IPA, it's well on the way improve the expectations of eastern IPAs. Give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

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420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
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