Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Imperial IPA
4.37 | pDev: 7.78%
Sep 06, 2021
Oct 26, 2014
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
Hopulization from Stoneface Brewing Co.
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