Stoneface IPA | Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface IPAStoneface IPA

Brewed by:
Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice cloudy double IPA look.
Fruity smell
Taste of sweeter fruit than Epiphany, etc. Not the grapefruit taste, but pear, almost peach. A bit of a malt aftertaste.
Feel is full bodied.
An outstanding alternative to local Portland double IPA's.

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Photo of Noreast
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Irish Rover in a Standard pint glass. One finger firm head.Nice citrus/floral aroma. Piney and citrus flavors mix well for a crisp feel on the tongue. Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass. Taller head, two fingers. Same fine taste and aromas. Reminds me of the finer west coast IPA's.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Slightly lemon yellow body color with a tint of orange. Gets a little muddy when topped up, but also provides just a creamy rich white head, tall and clumpy in three fingers.

Aroma is a great hop mix. Sweet and airy. Pine and fruit, tropical slight exotic with an almost jammy character. Small faint caramel makes a nice balance.

Palate makes a good impression. Juiced earth florals dominate. Thick rich malt depth, almost candy like softness with a taffy like fruit flavor minus sugary sweetness. Clean and dense.

Excellent unique IPA, flirting with greatness but is something all it's own

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Photo of Dukies222001
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 16oz bottle to pint glass. Has a cloudy light amber look with very frothy thick head. The citrus smell is strong and very pleasant. Taste is of the more citrus IPA than the sharper pine ipas. Feel is amazing stays on your toungue like velvet. Still one of my very favorite ipas. A+ Stone Face

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Photo of Boccu
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light head nice aroma. Tones of citrus light pine and hops. Very well made. Nice refreshing. Very solid ipa. Very drinkable. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to smanson56 for this one from hid LIF box. 16oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy gold-yellow color with over 1/2 inch of white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly soft hops, some pine and floral mostly, with a touch of citrus, and gentle grainy malts. Pretty similar on the tongue, with a slightly bitter grapefruit finish.

The body was nicely smooth and even, and had a clean finish. Drinkability was very nice, I could easily put a few of these away. Overall, another solidly pleasant brew that, if local to me, I would drink with some regularity. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Mgree909
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold with a, creamy head that smells amazing. Peaches, mango, and orange all hit very quickly on the nose. The piney, earthy tones come in to finish similar to the taste. Citrus, sweet tones but not over powering, almost subtle but apparent. Very nice IPA that doesn't over do-it, flavors are on point.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Great beer and great brewery. Overall an excellent experience. Very tasty, smooth and easy to drink. Flavor throughout with great depth . Will def visit again when in the area.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle dated 04/18/16

Pours gold with a dense, creamy off-white foam head. Smells like peaches, mango, some pineapple, orange, sweet caramel crackery bread malt, passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, with fresh pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like bitter leafy pine, slightly boozy caramely bread malt, fresh passionfruit, guava, spicy pineapple, mango, underripe peach, orange and grapefruit citrus, with dank earthy grass. Feels medium-full, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill. The beer has a nice slightly amber, orange appearance with thick retention and great lacing on the sides. Aromas included hops with a fruity citrus smell mixed with some earthy tones. Taste follows the nose as a good and bittersweet IPA with balanced hops. Great mouthfeel in general, helping to make the drink refreshing and crisp. Overall, I enjoyed this IPA with my dinner, especially because of its refreshing quality and it's great appearance.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no apparent date:
Pours on the yellow side of golden, with a medum-light haziness that entered my glass late. There is a nice finger plus of fluffy white head; lacing is pretty nice.

Nose is citrus in nature, lemony almost without being sour. Maybe the zest of lemon, and a generic floral nature to back it up. Later in the pour, I get maybe a little cereal grain as well.

The feel seemed very soft in my first sips. Once I started noticing the bitterness, however, it didn't seem as soft, but was still quite nice. Carbonation was pillowing more than attacking, and I think a little bit of hop spice is what roughed up the edges a tad.

The beer's flavor followed the nose pretty well, although the opening sweeter notes were more honey or honeysuckle than cereal in nature. The citrus notes leaned lemony, but there was a fleeting little spicy bite in the opening as well. As that faded, the tastes leaned more citrus rind and zest. Finally there was a lingering note that was mildly grassy.

A straightforward nicely made IPA. This reminds me of other classic IPAs, maybe a tad more balanced - but in a very good way. I would love it if this were in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a cloudy, dark golden color. There was almost no head on it, but it did have some lacing. Decent nose. Some pine, citrus and tangerine. The taste is also good. Nice hop bite to it. Mainly pine flavors, as wll as some tangerine.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer clocks in at about 5 weeks old. Not sure what happened in this batch but there's no hop presence in the nose. The flavor has plenty of bitterness but lots of off flavor that you'd get from lightstruck beer or older beer. Lots of macro-lager scent and some macerated corn notes. Disappointed. Not sure if it is just a bad batch.

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Photo of mickyge
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 1/22/16. Huge creamy head and a cloudy orange look, not a very pronounced smell, kind of citrus. Sweet malt taste up front and then a hoppy bite, if you are looking for a bitter bite this one doesn't have it. Pretty smooth almost creamy mouth feel that finished almost a bit peppery. Easy to drink and I'd get it again. Good suggestion from the Craft Beer Cellar staff here in the Ham

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Photo of DJG07008
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised when I first sampled this beer over a year ago at a local beer festival and the bottled variety certainly did not let me down at all. Review is from a 16.9 poured into Stone Brewing "Specialty IPA" glass. Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with a lovely aroma of fresh hops which perfectly accentuated the thick, frothy head that filled my glass well above the brim. The beer itself poured a very nice, slightly hazy, golden honey color while the head was thick, pillowy, and long lasting. The scent was floral with some subtle earthy tones and a touch of grapefruit. Taste to me is the most impressive part of this beer. Very well balanced, malt flavor up front with strong and flavorful hops on the back without overpowering the palette with bitterness. This beer is very drinkable at 7.2%, and went down very smooth. I thoroughly enjoyed the seamless blending of malt, citrus, hops, and the slightest hint of spice in this brew. The mouth feel of this beer is great! Medium feel which gives it some substance without feeling like a watered down IPA or too heavy to drink more than one. The thick frothy head accentuates the feel of this beer initially (lacing was exceptional as well). Overall, I have to say this is an exceptional IPA. I truly believe Stoneface has distinguished themselves among NH brewers with this beer. I am thoroughly looking forward to sampling some of their other offerings. As an occasional drinker of IPAs, I might add that this may become one of my more frequent sources to satisfy my need for Hops.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy honey color with a huge frothy white head. Retention is excellent and there is tons of webbed lacing. Smell is a bit muddled. Earthy and floral notes with some spiciness and citrus. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and smooth. Just a bit of stickiness on the back. Overall a very good beer although I think the aroma could use some tweaking.

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Photo of FFreak
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the CBC somewhere in NH. Poured into a hotel room glass. The initial pour was a clear golden yellow, but I noticed a ton of sediment at the bottom. After adding that, it's very hazy and aromatic. Thick white head that leaves some lace. Aromas are a combination of tropical fruits and spice. Taste is great - sweet and tropical up front, spicey hops, followed by a soft and balanced bitterness. Mouth is just right - medium-body, smooth, nice carbonation. Overall, an impressive IPA.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date 01/15/16
Reviewed on 2/23/16

Pours slightly hazy light golden yellow with a billowy white head, clinging. Lasting the length of the glass.

Feint smell. Weak.

Bitter, thin, just ok. However it's balanced.

Overall an OK IPA in a sea of great IPAs

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Photo of Horbar
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, I have know clue when this was bottled.
Hazey peachy color.
Smells of fresh citrus.
Nice juucey taste tangerine, and grapefruit
Pretty soft, very drinkable.
Would have been much better if kept refrigerated at the store an or canned.
A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden Amber with a thin foamy white head. Piney and citrus hop with toasted malt. Piney hip flavor up front with some juicy citrus notes, medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish. Solid IPA

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Photo of andrenaline
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruity nose, floral hop notes, and hints of cotton candy. The citrus hop notes dominate the palette with a solid butter caramel malt backbone and a bitter citrus rind finish. Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet. A solid IPA well worth seeking out and a fantastic first brew in New Hampshire.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours a very, very sexy deep orange. Not hazy but deep and full in color. A lot of thick head, lots of lace.

S - Floral hops, nothing special but nothing wrong. Light peach and grapefruit as well. Very soft.

T- Perfect balance. I really am blown away right now. Packed with hops which are most present on the back end but the malt up front masks them from being overly bitter. You wouldn't know this was a 7.2% abv by taste. A bit of spice on the back end I can't quite put my finger on but I like. Every sip of a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, bread and some tasty tasty hops.

MF - Perfect, medium-heavy. The big head and lacing help it feel even more full.

O - Moving up towards NH soon so I'm guessing a lot of fresh Stoneface is going to be in my future. This is a lovely IPA, sliding into one of my favs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Very clear, bright copper orange color with a huge, frothy, thick, white head. Lacing is very thick and frothy.

S - Earthy, herbally, some chalky, dry, hop pellet citrus, with some spicy character.

T - Follows the nose. First and foremost - herbally and earthy with some grapefruit and lemon citrus. Very well balanced. Some citrus rind spice.

M - Medium body with very gentle carbonation that's borderline creamy.

O - Balanced all the way. Very solid IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with 011516 on the side. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy coppery orange with over an inch of fluffy, thick head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is lots of lemon and lime with light piney and floral hops. The taste is much like the aroma. Lemon and lime up front but with a bit of stone fruits this time around, followed up by the floral hops. Pine comes out towards the end along with more lemon and lime. Lightly toasted malts in the background. Herbal, almost peppery aftertaste. Heavy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Overall, great New England IPA that I need more of.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 into tulip. 12/7/15

L. Copper, Apple in color. Light head maybe a finger and average lacing. Perfectly clear.
S. A good amount of floral hops and pine, but I am also getting some nice tropical fruit notes as well, mango and peach.
T. Spice and pine with nice hop notes. Not much of the tropical fruit notes from the nose. Pretty dry finish
F. Good carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

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