420 India Pale Ale | Stone Coast Brewing Co.

420 India Pale Ale420 India Pale Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask offering at Great Lost Bear

A - Copper orange with a thick off-white head. Significant lacing throughout.

S - Lovely grapefruit, lemon and pine. Earthy malts come through at the end.

T - Lots o pine and floral with a nice pungent citurs punch at the end. Not to sweet...more hoppy.

M - Good at first but becomes a bit too harsh in the aftertaste. If it was smoothed out a bit more this one be be a true winner.

D - Good, but that nagging bitter (unpleasant) aftertaste would turn me off after a few.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malt, a little smokiness and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a nice burst of hops bitterness and then sweet flavors of caramel & citrus come in to provide a little balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, good kick, not too filling, decent representation of style, I could stick with this beer for a little while, but I have certainly had several better IPA’s

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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 mshallah
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a clear, fiery orange with a very nice, thick two finger head of off-white foam. Not a lot of carbonation here, which leads me to believe it could be too dense.

S: Nice hop aroma; a blend of grapefruit, lemon zest and lots of pine needles. A little musty, and not too sweet smelling at all.

T: Big pine, floral hop taste. A little bit of sweetness from the malt detected, but the hops overpower any of its after effect. It's more bitter than sweet, but sharp and refreshing.

M: Mouthfeel is clean, but too astringent. Doesn't leave any residue on the front of the palate, but those bitter hops keep biting at the back of my tongue.

D: The near 7% ABV might keep some from having more than a couple of these, but if you're out deep-sea fishing or at a BBQ on a warm, late summer day, this would go down pretty nicely.

Overall, I liked this American IPA from Stone Coast. I've seen the 840 IPA in some stores, so I might check it out. If they could smooth out the mouthfeel a bit, this would be a very formidable IPA.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Kudashov
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass with th Black Angels on the hi-fi . Nice creamy head and sweet aroma of hops . No grapefruit taste which I enjoy in my IPA . . The color is a dark red which reminds me of my beloved Gordon . The taste is very good . There is a piney flavor to it too . It is quite drinkable and tasty . Fills mouth with tasty flavor . Went to the store saying " I am not trying any more IPA' til 2008 " . Well , I left witih a sixer of the 420 . It was worth it and wiill be bought again .

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

pours a hazy and dull amber. good or bad, this ale is unfiltered and/or bottle conditioned, so that may be why the color is somewhat unremarkable. that being said, i have had plenty of other cloudy unfiltered/bottle-conditioned beers that still had great color.

head is good, leaves behind lacing.

aroma is very piney, especially at the end of a sniff. can still detect a hint of the malts

interesting crisp-smooth-crisp transition as the carbonation works its way through.

the hops are quite piney and resiny, almost to the point of solvent-like, but manages to back off in time. quite bitter, but malt is there. would have liked some more malt though.

at nearly 7%, hit me pretty quick. drinkability is decent but it helps if you're a big fan of piney hops, which i guess i'm not, esp. if there's not much else to compliment it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wines and Spirits in Somerville, after the American Beer Festival. I had this at EBF a few years back, and thought the beer and the name of it were pretty good. Since I had a chance to sit down and review this, my hopes were high...but unfortunately, they weren't fully met. There's no need to worry, there's hops in here and it's an IPA through and through. That's about where it ends, since it doesn't seem like everything works as a whole here...

This had a really nice pour to it - I loved the head, the deep amber haze to the hue, and the fairly solid lacing on the side of my pint glass. The aroma is that of hops, but like the taste, it's not very deep. Normally, I expect there to be notes (or a combination) of citrus, pine, floral, or lemon to accompany the bitterness that an IPA is known for. In this case, there's just malt up front and a strong, lingering metallic and earthy tone in the back. The depth is lacking and something to help open up the aftertaste would be great. Suffice to say, it's just not here, and this beer turns out to just be a pretty strong hop wallop.

As expected, the ABV is fairly strong here, but I haven't been able to feel it as I work my way down my glass. Instead, there's just one solid flavor here, which is fine if that's what you're looking for. In this case, the 420 not only refers to the time in the brewing (probably like the Dogfish head beers), but to the beer drinkers that also know what that number refers to. For me, it's just a reminder of how similar the hop and cannabais plants are, and this brew is a decent reminder of that. Whether I want another "hit' of this remains to be seen...

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

A - Hazy orange with no carbonation and a lacy eggshell head

S - Oddly malty aroma, earthy, dank spicy hops.

T - Sap, birch, tree-bark? with a tinge of sweetened lime as a kicker. Grassy, overall.

M - Thin, dry, carbonated finish

D - Too earthy / soily for my tastes, but it's definitely worth a try if you're into resiny / dank hops and IPAs.

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Photo of EPseja
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass at between fridge and cellar tempereatures.

A - Standard IPA orange-gold with a fluffy off-white head. Nicely unfiltered and hazy. Lacing is excellent and head retention is very good.

S - Crisp and evenly hopped. Malts are ambiguous and flat. Some European-style hoppiness in there... Traces of metallics. Eh.

T - Very light bodied - needs a touch more maltiness. Hoppiness is bitter, but not very flavorful. Some soapy notes? Ah... there is finally a touch of citrus, but too late. All around underwhelming.

M - Round and creamy without being overcarbonated. Pleasant and fresh. Crisp, tiny carbonation. Swallow is slick and satisfying. Nice.

D - Mediocre. This beer seems like an interesting batch that was started, but never seen through to ultimate completion. Looks great. Feels great. But that's where it ends. Balance issues -- especially in the malt department -- make this one just "so-so".

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Photo of jmp491
4.62/5  rDev +28%
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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with some carbonation. Aroma is noticeably strong and hoppy here. Taste is much of the same except that there some metallic/alcohol flavors at first. A second sip detects more of the hops in this ale and a mild fruitiness. There's dryness at the back of the throat, which is kind of decent. Certainly is an IPA and I would agree with one other reviewer that it is not too far from being a DIPA.

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 scarletfire79
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the is the definition of good but not great. it looks good, smells good and tastes good. but nothing about it stands out to me. mellow citrus notes in the nose. slight malty yeast aroma as well. mellow taste. kind of drying. really not that hoppy for an ipa. decent enough though. not something i'd go out of my way for but definitly not something i'd turn down.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrdegriselles for this one.

A hazy golden body with a tint of amber. A small white, fluffy head that left some lacing along the glass. Some citrus notes in the nose as well as on the tongue. A nice balance between hops and malt. The hops aren't as assertive as I feel they can be (I may have sat on this one too long). Medium-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good beer that I would love to try freash.

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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 Jwaks
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 12oz bottle

Pours with a hazy honey hue with lots of tiny pieces of brown sediment hanging around. Moderate carbonation slowly makes it way up to a 1/5 finger thick white frothy cap with a generous ring of sticky lacing.

Muted on the nose featuring aromas of grapefruit pulp, impressive bitters hops, citrus rind and a bit of nutty malts.

Pale, dry bready malts hit the palate on the entry merging with juicy grapefruit and citrus rind on the mid palate. The finish boasts ample citrus and bitter hop flavors that do a good job of gripping the palate creating a nice lingering citrus bitter finish.

Medium to full bodied, this brew goes down easy with minimum carbonation, slight breadiness and a good hop wallop keep me going back to the glass.

Overall a well done ipa!


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Photo of rickcampie
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Suds
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a rich amber-gold color with just a hint of haze. The head is modest, but respectable and fairly stable. The aroma is full of grass and citrus. Lots of hops. There’s a fleeting caramel scent underneath all the hops, but it’s in the distant background. The taste is mostly dry, and it borders on astringent. There’s something of a malt flavor in the foretaste, with lots of bitterness that follows. Sharp hop character. Medium body and medium carbonation. The finish is clean and dry with a lot of hop flavor. I like my IPA’s a little more balanced, but this one is still notably good.

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Photo of LarryV
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-amber color with a bit of chill haze. Aroma is a bit like musty apricots. Not much of a head, just a thin white lacy ring. Taste is fruity, apricot and grapefruit flavors predominate. Non assertive maltiness in the distant background. Not a bad IPA, but there's lots of competition for this space and this one isn't in my top 10.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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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420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.9% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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