Stoneface Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #64
Ranked #713
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Notes: This New England style double IPA has the highest ABV of any IPA we brew. Double-dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Galaxy and Calypso hops, we achieve a big fruity aroma with lots of peach, citrus and passionfruit.
Fun Fact: This is considered the “citrusy” double in our portfolio. The name was born when Pete & Erol tried to explain ‘hop utilization’ (how well hops impart their taste and aroma into beer) and got tongue-tied calling it Hopulization.
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can. Dated 06/28/21, just over two months old. Bought it at Pint Defiance two days ago.

Pours a moderately hazy orangey-amber color with a medium sized head that settles into a fairly tame layer. Smell is tropical fruit, very ripe.

Taste is quite nice -- boozy, strong tropical fruit notes and a solid resinous bitter backbone.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty light and dry, especially considering the strength. Overall, this is a very nice IPA.

Sep 06, 2021
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, dense half finger head. The liquid is cloudy, darker gold. Nearly blanketing lace from the remaining thin layer of bubbles.

The smell leans to the malt with some lightly toasted notes. There's a light malt sweetness as if the beer wasn't completely fermented. The hop smells like a spice.

The initial taste is malty sweet, more so than the smell suggests. The hop is more pronounced but not terribly bitter -- just a stronger spice. High carbonation but the body is up to this level in terms of richness -- well balanced mouthfeel. The finish is pleasantly balanced while the aftertaste lingers to the remaining bitterness.

Mar 02, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More sticky than I expected it to be and on top of that it was sort of acidic. That said, it still tasted like it had a lower ABV than it actually did, so it really did well there. Overall, this was solid, very good even, but not something I would really go out of my way to get.

Dec 28, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 04/06/18.
A: Pours a hazy golden to amber color with robust head formation with a greater than one inch head, excellent retention, and rings of foamy lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon, apricot, pine, and honeysuckle. Spicy and peppery.
T: Flavors of lemon, caramel, resin, and pine with subtle, not overwhelming cumin and peppery bitterness.
M: Medium bodied and excellent carbonation.
O: A delicious and spicy DIPA. Drinkable and enjoyable.

May 01, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured into a fat Duvel glass. Canned on 4/4/18 " Robert Doubly Jr. Ironman" opened on 4/18/18. 8.9 % abv. 60 ibu

O.k New Hampsha, it's time to get in the game...the New England hazy, juicy ipa game ! Hazzy and opaque gold and amber coloration with white highlights. The foamy head is high, clumpy, rocky, sticky lacing as it recedes with bunches of creamy white left over floating around.

The aroma actually reminds me of some old school, west coast ipa's with a roastie, toastie, caramel like malty thing, bunches of herbs and spices, wet earthy and dry grass hoppy tones. Sour, herbaceous, wet golden wheat pops right out. Peppery slight citrus baser fruitiness is in there, but well hidden. Not your typicallly juicy, citrus fruit hop bomb aroms, that's for sure.

The mouthfeel and texture is on the full and heavy side of the douple NE ipa stylings. Dense but light malty effect liquid, crisp, full, smooth, long and lush. A silky, complex mouthfeel that has a big dry-earthy bite. Crisp, then full and thick, finishing very dry and earthy bitter.

A heady mix of peppery herbs and spices, earthy tones that hit your palate hard...and very dry! The hops feel thick, dry, seriously earth y, bitter edges with citrus, orange peel, and black pepper all over it. Tangy fruits, citrus based tang, no real sweetness or juicy effects last. It's Layed on thick with dry, bitter hops, all earth, no sweet. Malt is bright and crisp, with notes of dry golden wheat and light blonde ale style complexity.

The herbaceous, earthy, bitter and dry overall hoppy effect is really much more old school Dipa style, no real New England style adpects to be had except for the appearance. The malt ventures far away from light, highlighting some dense, toasty flavor's that enhance the bitter edged, earthy hop tones. Heavy stuff, man.

This is easily one of the most "bad-ass" ipa's NH has to offer.

Apr 18, 2018
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Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. The beer displaced a lovely lemon color with lacing. The smell was citrus and a little piney scents. Taste is a bit dry, with an explosion of orange and grapefruit. The flavor lingers and is medium bodied.
Overall, an extremely nice tasting.

Jan 20, 2018
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

so I found this bottle in a local liquor store and didn't notice that the bottle date was 1 year ago, so I feel like this beer is not as fresh as I would like for a rating, but in tasting this one it tastes like a strong DIPA. The smell definitely is heavy on the alcohol. look is cloudy with a great golden hue. Again, due to the aging the taste comes off strong, but even with that it is fairly balanced.

Jul 01, 2017
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with ample head, dense bubbles, great retention, nice lacing, a few floaties.

Aroma of peach, citrus, grass, pine, orange rind, and pineapple. Fresh bread and slight yeasty esters.

Tastes of mango and orange up front, some pineapple and apricot, a little herbal grassiness, sticky resinous pine and piney bitterness. Slight yeast bite. Sweet caramelized malts give way to the moderate bitterness.

Light to medium body, nice carbonation, fairly smooth, little warmth and bite of the ABV.

Overall it's a pretty tasty IPA, but it seems a bit muddled, having trouble deciding if it's East or West or both. The flavors don't play over each other great for me.

Mar 26, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston.

Pours a fairly clear shade of amber, with little head.

Smell is juicy, tropical, with mostly pineapple, but citrus and stonefruit as well. Superb smell.

The taste is also tropical, balancing all the fruit with a robust bitterness and some pine. Now, this is an IPA!

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and almost oily in texture, this is joy to pour down your throat.

Wow, Stoneface, this was world class! So much flavor, and great mouthfeel. An epic IPA!

Mar 07, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy gold orange color with a 1-2 finger bright white foamy head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving a trail of sediment along the glass as it goes down and a thick foamy layer on top. A very nice looking DIPA.

Smells of lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, clementine, guava, tropical fruit, citrus hops, graham cracker, biscuit, toasted grains, faint brown sugar, sharp piney hops, earthy notes, yeast, wheat bread crust and peaches. Nice hoppy nose that was fruity and juicy but could have used some more malt backbone.

Tastes of citrus and hops up front, with grapefruit, clementine, guava, tropical fruit, lemon zest, pineapple, melon, mango, biscuit, graham cracker, toasted grains, faint brown sugar, sharp piney hops, earthy notes, yeast, wheat bread crust, apricot, sour white grapes and peaches. A very complex flavor that hits a lot of good notes for a DIPA, but didn't differentiate itself from other brews in this style.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a mild bitterness, mellow carbonation, a medium body and a finish that is sweet, grainy and full of toffee and citrus notes. Goes down easy considering it's 8.9% ABV.

Overall a very enjoyable beer that went down easier than it should and hid the ABV quite well.

Jan 29, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one, since I'm pretty sure I've had it before on tap and probably in a bottle as well. Just couldn't really remember what it was all about, though I remembered I enjoyed it. This is double dry-hopped with Simcoe, Galaxy and Calypso hops, demonstrating an attempt to kinda bridge the gap between older-style West Coast hoppiness and the newer-school fruity/complex hop character.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with moderate haze that I can nevertheless make out quite a bit of ambient light through. The head is compact and modest, bearing a solid sheen of pure white and lacing fairly nicely as well. Not the most beautiful beer in the world, especially not in this style, but it's solid looking.

Nose is pretty interesting, for sure, with equal parts pine resin, astringent citrus rind and pear. This definitely has some uniqueness to it, that's for sure, but at times I also feel like this combination is maybe a little too out-there. That said, I appreciate the complex way Simcoe's heavy earthy pine note works with the orchard fruit and citrus characteristics. This comes across fairly floral and herbal as well at times. Definitely not an ordinary DIPA nose, and for that alone it's interesting and worth a shot.

On the tongue, it's kind of malt-forward and chewy with a solid base of soft white wheat and mildly-doughy yeast working closely in tandem with light notes of caramel, providing a canvas for the hop varietals to do their thing. The complex pear and pine sap come across hugely here, too, though I definitely get some candied grapefruit and orange. The Galaxy hops seem to get a bit lost here, sort of blending in with the Simcoe in my opinion. Ethanol is mildly present, though probably not as much as it could/should be considering the just-under-9% ABV here.

Feel is, as previously stated, pretty chewy and viscous with a heavier complexion than many other similarly-styled DIPAs. I actually appreciate this, as, even though it's not a "milkshake"-like IPA or a modern "NE IPA" by any means, it benefits a lot from the suspended proteins, which bring a nice, drinkable balance to this slightly-experimental recipe. Solid work here, as usual for Stoneface. Maybe a tad overrated, as I feel nothing touches their regular ol' IPA, but I appreciate it regardless.

Jan 15, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A friend of mine sent me this DIPA and I thought it was really great.

Look - Cloudy amber/orange like apple juice with a two inch white head.

Aroma - The aroma was fruity, citrus, a bit floral.

Taste - The taste was very fruity, grapefruit, mango, papaya, as well as some pine and grassy taste, perhaps some yeast too.

Overall - Very juicy, relatively light, delicious.

Oct 14, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I'm up north Stoneface is a must stop - love the brewery n love the brews. This is one of - if not their best. Very juicy and flavorful. Go's down super easy - very smooth. Not a juice bomb - just a tasty brew that seems to get better with each sip. Well done

Oct 13, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white head. With nice lacing. Nice aroma of hops. Taste is hops, malt, pineapple, grapefruit,oranges, pine cones to an earthy finish. Complex yet smooth. Another great brew from stoneface.

Oct 10, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours hazy cloudy amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells floral, fragrant and tropical with some mango, passionfruit, guava, pineapple, papaya, orange, grapefruit, some caramel bready malts, with woodsy herbal earthy grass and resinous pine. Tastes slightly roasty with some toasted caramel bready malts, some tropical fruits, mango, passionfruit, guava, pineapple, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, with woodsy herbal earthy grass and bitter leafy pine. Feels smooth, medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA.

Aug 23, 2016
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mrblonde37 from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super juicy, very good DIPA. This brewery is already good, and getting better. I will search out this beer each time I go to New Hampshire from now on.

Aug 16, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden pour with minimal white top that leaves some lacing. Color is really nice. Aroma is chock-full of citrus and fruit with a touch of malt. Flavor is so well-balanced, with a blast of citrus and bitter hop up front giving way to the smoothness of the bready malt. Finish is top-notch balance with no lingering throat burning bitter. Super drinkable.

Jul 23, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains a very strong fruity citrus scent, along with floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. There is a touch of booziness which is rare for a 2IPA at this ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Jul 23, 2016
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FetusMemories from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy yellow orange with great looking lacing that sticks well at every layer. The nose is certainly tropical and citrus fruits but there's a sweetness that concerns me it might taste too sweet like some other DIPAS. Medium body, not overly carbonated with a great mouth feel.
The taste is delicious, there are many layers of flavor to this beer and I'm loving it. I instantly notice a juicy strong papaya/peach flavor which you also notice in the nose a bit, almost candied. The juice is accompanied by some grapefruit and resin. There's definitely a healthy amount of malty sweetness but Stoneface did a nice job of not overdoing the sweetness. The sweetness is balanced well with the bitter hoppy flavor and booze. Extremely drinkable.

Jul 21, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into tulip glass bottled on 6/21

A: Hazy opaque orange amber body with a soapy white head.

S: Grapefruits, pibeapple, peaches, herbal, with a light bit of floralness

T: Huge grapefruit and pineapple nice herbal undertones sweet candy tastes light bit of bitterness.

M: Light to medium feel softer on the palate not as heavy as you would think of a DIPA.

O: Very good fruity beer nice soft grapefruit pith and a lighter mouthfeel. Tgis is one of Stoneface brewings better beers. This is worth finding if you can.

Jul 09, 2016
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

061616 so only a few weeks old. Super smooth all around. Nose, flavor, and feel all incredibly hoppy and fruity and full of resin. So drinkable. Huge hop bomb but not bitter and not overwhelming. Not boozy but the high ABV really snuck up on me and led to an interesting night. Very well-crafted.

Jul 05, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the half liter bottle, it pours amber with a nice head that lasts a bit. Lacing as you enjoy it. Nose is pleasantly hoppy and the mouth revels in the well balanced malt and powerful hops. Yum! This ages pretty well overall - my bottle was a bit old for the style, dated, I think 120815.

May 29, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I love this beer. Pours a nice cloudy yellow with lacing that lasts and lasts. Smell is wonderfully dank, like good weed. Citrusy up front and the malt provides a smooth finish. Be careful, it's smooth and the ABV can sneak up on you. Respect it. Glad to see they are pushing this throughout New England, have found it in Jamestown, RI and Hadley MA. Priced right as well.

Apr 13, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with maybe the lightest orange tint to an otherwise yellow-golden body. An okay initial amount of head on a moderately light pour - spotty lacing mainly with a few sheets early.

Nose is tropical in nature. Sweet fruity notes, papaya, a little green pineapple, and some candied grapefruit. From the nose I might think this is going to be sweet. A little unripe fruit is all I get from the nose to indicate hop bitterness.

The taste sorta flips the nose. I get that unripe tropical fruit bitterness combined with a little dose of grapefruit pith early. There is some malt backbone to this, but it seems fairly neutral. The back end brings a little resinous pine, but it joins the party and fits right in. It takes a couple seconds, but eventually the beer dries my tongue.

This beer doesn't feel as soft as many other NH beers I've have, but does have a somewhat pleasing smoothness to it. There is more hop (and perhaps alcohol) bite that disrupts the feel slightly.

Another nice beer from Stoneface. Both offerings I got to try are strong representations of solid beers that meet their styles very well without trying to test the extremes.

Apr 04, 2016
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GeorgeNH from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour into a snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with darker color towards the top. Nice thick head with retention. Lots of carbonation below that thick head which is a nice sight. Mouth feel is strong, maybe a little bitter on the sides of the tongue, but very full bodied. Smells good, but not more distinct than an IPA. Taste is very good, but not quite as exciting as expected based on the look and mouth feel. However, for an 8.9% alc I am very pleased there isn't a hint of alcohol: all malty and hoppy goodness. I do get a hint of the Simcoe hop as they mention on the label, but not enough for my taste (I'm a fan of Simcoe). Also, it must be unfiltered even though it doesn't look like it initially. I rolled the bottle and got a little yeast on the last pour. Overall: I'm very pleased, just could use a little more Simcoe for a more lasting finish.

Apr 03, 2016
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