Stoneface Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #37
Ranked #1,013
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Notes: IPA is our most popular brand, representing about 70% of all sales. This hop-forward IPA features bright citrus notes with a clean, balanced malt profile. It has been liberally dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo creating unmistakable aromatics.
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can marked STEPHEN HOPPING 01-08-21

Pours a murky nearly opaque orange amber with a compact creamy off-white head. Well laced.

Scent is grapefruit, spice, floral, soapy and citrus with a hint of pine.

Taste is tropical fruit with an interesting twang in the finish that I can't quite identify. Citrus. Tangerines. Grapefruit. Orange rind. Some pine resin. Spicy and even mildly dank (oniony) hop notes. There are some pretzel-like malts and some dark bread crust but they sit beneath the hops in the mix. A touch of chewy sweet caramel as it warms.

Mouth is creamy with very soft carbonation and a nice bitter dry finish.

Excellent IPA. Really hits the sweet spot for me. Somewhere between East and West coast in style; not obviously either.

Feb 06, 2021
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one may grow on me. Similar to Trillium Stillings Street, it's got something a little odd and intriguing in the hops bill, but maybe a little too sweet. I'll keep trying it. It would be great to compare it to that one and to the Stoneface DDH IPA.

Sep 27, 2020
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I made a quick stop to the local super and needed to grab a pack - as you can expect the selections were limited. Since I was in NH I thought why not give this a try. So now I better understand the meaning of “hop forward,” and I like it. But, this brew has a slight saccharine profile which throws me off.

Jul 19, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with a piney bitterness and citrus kick.

Jul 05, 2020
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Natidea from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Piney with citrus front, comes around to a grassy bite on the back end that reminds me of Substance from Bissell Brothers. Really good and as someone locally this is always in my fridge as a standard.

Mar 20, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw orange with a small fluffy enduring head.

Starts out with a strong resinous hoppy aroma and taste that diminishes as the beer warms.

Light body and carbonation.

Jan 17, 2020
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Maugan-Ra from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Slades in Nashua.

Proper straight pint glass. Little head but good carbonation level. Well balanced malt/bitterness. Nonexcessive aroma hopping.

Get the strength down to a sensible drinking level and this would be truly awesome. A great east coast brewed, west coast style though.

Sep 11, 2019
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Acesbeer from New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can. Pours a hazy yellow witha big white head that disappeared slowly and has plenty of lacing. Nose is very citrusy, mouthfeel is medium carbonation and a bit thin on the tongue. Taste is citrusy up front and slight bitter on the backend, overall a decent IPA, a nice end of day beer, I would pick this up again.

Aug 14, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is starfruit, peach and tangelo. Light bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. One of the better beers from the brewery.

Aug 11, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 2018...pours brownish dirty gold, thick and murky with patchy ringed white foam. Strong citrus fruity nose - tropical fruits abound. Sharp citrus tart open, lemon, strong rind flavor. Malty thick taste. Juicy. Really tasty citrus loaded IPA>.

Sep 03, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can the bottom reads : (Billy Mays Haze IPAS 4 Dayz YAY! ) 7/20/18 opened on 8/8/18 update on 10/26/18.

A very slight white haze to an otherwise yellow-golden color. Chunky, all white, sea foamy sudz are towering, slow dissipation, sticky icky lacing leftover.

The hoppy dominated aromatics within the nose is pretty heady. Citra style : Citrus>sweet>spicy earth>dry grasses>tangy pineapple is a seemless effect.

The light and crispy body of this golden toned malt flavor is just an outline for the Citra based hop flavor's to explore further. Colored in brightly with tones of Earthy citrus, black pepper and spices and a dried, dark wheat and a malty tinged finish. A sour bite in the citra hop taste is a bit off, not exactly as "clean" as one would hope the hop taste could be. The malt might be dialed in too high, with too much heavy tones, but damn, it sure is complex and interesting. Citrus and woody pine flavors really dominate as time lingers on in the session. This crisp and refreshing feel actually finishes very smooth with a medium bodied ending.

Overall, it has some charms, and is one of the more reliable ipa's readily available in NH. Balance and complexity do not seem up to par with some of my favorite ipa's, but it's not one you should turn down.

Aug 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-clear burnt golden almost copper color with a half finger's worth of a white foamy head. Mild dissipation that left some semi-stringy lace, and spider-webbed appropriately.
The aroma had a nice floral sweet hoppiness up front with a nice pizazz of some green grassiness, freshly and permeating, with a little bit of dank and then earthiness.
The flavor opened up with the floral sweet hoppiness and then that dank and earthy grassiness. A touch of pine and then the beer decided to end in the aftertaste with some of those floral sweet hops.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. There's a nice sweet finish of those floral hops that seem to take a good stride and not subsist on anything that could be cloying.
Overall, very nice American styled IPA well worthy of coming back to.

May 24, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; difficult to read but canned imprint looks like 04/22/2018.
A: Pours a hazy, golden color with aggressive head formation leaving a greater than one inch, foamy head with really excellent retention and foamy lacing.
S: Subtle lemon fruit, honeysuckle, and tea cake aromas.
T: Semidry. Perhaps citrus, cracker, and pine. Bitterness moderate and subtle.
M: Light to medium bodied with strongly persistent effervescence. Creamy.
O: A light leaning leaning AIPA. Nice flavor profile. Would certainly drink, serve, share.

May 03, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned ~8 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a moderately hazed orange body with a three-finger dense white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Grass, earth, grapefruit rind, and pine
T -- Rindy, grassy, piney, herbaceous. Super hop-forward. Only the slightest bit of honey-bread malts
F -- Moderately fluffy. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb. Long-lasting, bitter finish
O -- An old-fashioned styled American hop bomb


Nov 18, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very hazylight orangish yellow, but not turbid big white head
Aroma: Pine and citrus, light malt
Taste: Big orange citrus (a little grapefruit too) and piney flavor, ends with a powerful citrus and pine bitterness
Feel: Oily mouthfeel from the hoppy bitterness, drinks full bodied
Overall: A really good IPA

2 month old can

Oct 16, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Parker's in Portland. Watching Pats lose to the Panthers.

Appearance: Mostly clear gold/straw with basically no head. Surprisingly clear.

Aroma: Fruity, tropical. Hops. Pine. Pretty classic inviting IPA nose.

Taste: Follows nose. Mango. Grapefruit. Pine, hops. Lemon. Some grass. Herbal character.

Mouthfeel: Easy and drinkable. Surprisingly pleasant aftertaste. Lingers on the palate with hops and lemons.

Overall: Really strong IPA from a brewery I should really try out more. Glad this on the tap at my local.

Oct 01, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; cloudy; pale gold in color; a 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is earthy for a moment, then grapefruit and pineapple;

T: nicely balanced; grapefruit and pineapple are predominant, but there's a nice malt backbone behind that; moderate grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very nice;

Jun 23, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had it out of the can that i bought at the brewery, so pretty fresh (fill date was 2 days ago). In speaking with the brewer, it appears this is their flagship beer, but I didn't really feel this one. a little dull on the nose and it had a bit of a bitter aftertaste. look was light golden, but cloudy (and I wouldn't call it hazy). definitely better IPAs in the area.

Jun 23, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a tulip nonic. No freshness dating. Pours a dull orange with a fluffy, tight, quarter inch, bright white head and a murky clarity. Nose is somewhat subdued but suggests tangerines, a hint of pith and some biscuit malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, more pith forward than citrus. That said, it comes off a bit dull. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, not sure this beer warrants the hype and the price tag based on this offering. Perhaps an old can?

Jun 16, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out honey colored and hazy with a modest head; a few strands linger

Smell: Floral and tropical fruit tones, with a hint of pine and caramel

Taste: A modest caramel sweetness lays down a base and then the tropical fruit and pine elements emerge; juicy, with some bitterness through the mid-palate; the finish brings back some malt balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA; generally I like them dryer, but the malt is effective here

Jun 12, 2017
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Eddiemay1 from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Visited Stoneface while on vacation and picked up a 6 pack of their IPA. Very easy drinking with a relatively low IBU of 50. Poured into a tulip glass, head dissipated quickly to leave a golden hazy appearance. Taste citrus with a mild hop bite. If your in or around New Hampshire pick up a pack you won't be disappointed!

Jun 09, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a 4pk of these white visiting NH. nice citrus and pine notes, bready malts providing some balance. mouthfeel is on point. will definitely get more of this next time i visit. nice stuff!

Jun 02, 2017
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ah2golf from Connecticut

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer on the easy coast, unless you talk of their Blip, or other special releases. It is the closest to a West Coast IPA I have found here.

May 31, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a half clear light orange. Fine, soft foam.

The smell is earthy, with lots of piney resin, and a tropical chaser.

The taste starts off with a sweet note, followed by a massive dose of piney hops. Citrus becomes more pronounced during the long, lingering aftertaste. Great stuff!

Medium bodied and pretty sticky, good carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA. More west coast than NE, and the long aftertaste is superb.

May 28, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34 in Boston, MA.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange amber, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pine, orange peel, grapefruit, grassiness, and slight malt.

This is super solid- a great straightforward IPA that seems to be a nice mix of West Coast and NE-Style. It's got a firm bitterness, with a nice crisp juiciness- orange peel, grapefruit rind, marijuana and grassiness, with just a slight hint of malt, enough to prop it up.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

These guys should not be disregarded.

Feb 04, 2017
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