Hopulization | Stoneface Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NHbeerguy on 10-26-2014

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

Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ronl12
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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,

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Photo of Craig-er
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.

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maudrey
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryrestuccia
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ypehmish
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mthomas1221
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KellenPsych
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppy_Time
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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!

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Photo of Gawz
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mkyer
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGawinski
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of ichorNet
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.

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Photo of JoeK89
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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