Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #93
Ranked #802
4.37 | pDev: 7.78%
Sep 06, 2021
Oct 26, 2014
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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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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
Rated: 4 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5%
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
Rated: 4.35 by Almighty1 from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by egrandfield from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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
Rated: 4.46 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by mhjipa from Vermont

May 27, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Apr 29, 2018
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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
Rated: 4.08 by rab53 from Washington

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by HopEnthusiast from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2018
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Rated by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very nice juicy New England style DIPA.
Great smell and look.

Excellent beer,
Jan 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Rated: 4.2 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Maudrey from New Hampshire

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by larryrestuccia from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 4.63 by ypehmish from Connecticut

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Mthomas1221 from New Hampshire

Aug 06, 2017
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Reviewed by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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
Rated: 3.77 by JOSHRINARD from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by KellenPsych from New Hampshire

May 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Rated: 3.98 by Gawz from New York

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by mkyer from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2017
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Rated by AGawinski from New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
.....amazing, even better than the regular ipa and very less pine taste close to a Maine Lunch but better
Feb 02, 2017
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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
Rated: 4.2 by JoeK89 from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2016
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Rated by Dfoley123 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Good round mouth feel. Stays on the pallet. Crushable
Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by Yanks017 from New Hampshire

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by rossracing from Illinois

Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by smi69 from New York

Oct 31, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 235 ratings