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
Photo of geexploitation
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a middling amber with a sticky, gray-white head that clings just a bit to the glass. Aroma is a bit funky with earthy hops (that remind me of sweaty socks), but the aroma clears up a bit with time to something more redolent of sweet malts with a caramel tinge. Some esters present, mainly apples. The taste is a bit one dimensional, with bright hops carrying almost the entire load. Apples, some funk, and a bit of mint round things out. The finish is active and off-dry. Good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a decent IPA, something sessionable, but nothing distinctive.

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Photo of jetfanzee
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy medium brown with a nice thick 1/2 inch head. Dissipates fairly fast, with nice lacing during the drink.

S: .Faint grainy odor, just a hint of citrus. Doesn't exactly jump out of the glass.

T: Slight spicy hit on the front of the tongue with a decent hop finish. Not too bitter. Agressive is not something you can call this beer, but we're talking better than your average Mega Brew.

M: Oily mouthfeel that coats your entire mouth, but the bitterness stops it from getting too cloying.

D: Overall very drinkable IPA. Wish I had found this one during the summer, when it would make for a great session beer while manning the grill when the friends are over. Worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of riversider76
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown. Decent head,and good lacing. Smell is weak,and grainy. Not much there. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste was that of sour fruit,with a decent hop kick in the finish. Not one of the best IPA's I've tried, but maybe you will like it. Worth a try I guess.

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Photo of Naes
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours hazy brown in color with a one and a half inch layer of white head.
The aroma is mostly of citrus hops, but there is also a slight grainy character.
The flavor is just like the aroma, full of citrus hops and has a slight spice undertone.
The mouth feel is medium in body with a slight oily feel.
Overall, this is a very drinkable IPA that delivers the hops, but it is not the hop bomb that I go for. Good, but nothing exceptional.

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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 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 tempest
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 williamherbert
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange-gold appearance. Nice full amount of head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Cloudy and opaque.

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. By smell alone, it seems like it would be an Apricot ale or some such madness. Malts and fruits dominate the bouquet.

Has a very fruity, hoppy flavor. Unusual. Not quite anything I can remember having before. The fruit is actually much more prominent than the hops. I was expecting a bit more of a cannabis flavor given the name, but alas it is nowhere to be found. Tastes more like an apricot ale than an IPA. Or rather, an apricot ale with a heavy hop presence.

A bit too fizzy and carbonated for my taste. I would prefer something a little smoother. The fizziness on the tongue makes it a bit of a tough sell. Harder to drink than many of the smoother IPAs. In fact, I would say that this beer is smooth as sandpaper. Not bad, just not one I crave.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +6.5%
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 Xadoor
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber colour in the glass. Very little head, thin layer of bubbles across the top with very little lacing. Light aroma, slightly floral and citrusy. Sweet caramel flavours to start but very quickly turned bitter. Some pine with a strong citrus and grapfruit flavours to finish. The higher ABV is only slightly noticeable, but I found the strong grapefruit finish a little too overpowering. Not a bad beer, but not one that I would drink several of either.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of my MicroBeerClub shipment received in late July.

Beer poured a golden orange with a small head that is hanging around thru mid glass. Nose is of caramel malts and a faint hint of floral hops. Taste is a nice blend of the caramel malts and a blast of west coast hops with a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is very good, nice and smooth on the palate and fairly full. Drinkability is good. This is a pretty good representation of a west coast ipa that is worth a shot.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange body with a respectably thick, but a little small, white head.

Nose is lightly spicy citrus.

Flavor is an intruiging blend of toasted malt, peppery spice and sweet, citrus hops. Light on the palate, but delivers plenty of flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little tooth-stripping. Right on target for an IPA.

Drinkability is very good. A solid and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was a subtle citrus and pepper aroma.

The taste mirrored the aroma. The standard citrus West Coast flavor, except a bit muted.

The mouthfeel was good. Nice dry finish.

Overall a quaffable IPA with a good ABV. Nothing that really stands out though.

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

got this from my beer of the month as well, must have got a livelier batch. This beer poured out a deep gold, light amber, with excellent head, which retained itself for minutes. The lacing was excellent as well, overall a very good appearence. Smell was mild, some citrus and of course hops. Taste very nice, classic IPA, with a nice mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel fairly light, noticed the carbonation more then as opposed to the appearance. Overall a nice IPA, very drinkable, enjoyed it.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 wedge
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 ericj551
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had avoided this beer in the past because of its gimmicky label, seemed like it could easily be one of those beers that is all packaging and no flavor. I decided to give it a shot after trying their Jalapeño Golden Ale at the EBF and liking it before the Jalapeño flavor kicked in. Appearance is good, golden/light amber, just slightly hazy. Smell is almost all hops, bitter and astringent, with maybe the slightest hint of malt sweetness. Taste is bitter, but with a nice hop flavor, and malty sweetness backing it up. Kind of thin for its strength, but maybe thats a good thing.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass.
nice soft head with some staying power atop amber-honey color with a touch of chill haze, steadfast lacing in sheets. buttery pine nose with herbal undertones. aggressive flavor - slight spiciness, turns citrus sweet then tart with citrus as hops bully their way in with raw tanginess; some herbal flavors and straight flower with a big bitterness growing on the finish which didn't give up until long after the pint was drained. carbonation tickle and light-medium body. big IPA that slams the palate, probably meant to cut through other tastes. not just for stoners who are thrilled by arbitrary encoded numbers.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Coast 420 IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the 12 pack box for Dec 27 2005
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head with sudsy bubbles on top. The head sustains while I sip away. Great trails and patterns of sticky lace.

Very floral nose with hints of citrus hops.

Sweet, toasted grain flavors up front with a significant citrus hop punch on the finish. Cascade hops? Floral and citrus flavors blend together to provide a sharp bitterness.

Good drinkability at a surprising 6.9% ABV and a rather solid IPA overall.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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 lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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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420 India Pale Ale from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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