Stony Face Red Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Stony Face Red AleStony Face Red Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brent on 03-31-2003

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Drinkerofales:
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber, with golden highlights. A light khaki head leaves tons of lacing from the ring that forms around the glass.

Smells tang, malty, a bit roasty.

Taste is similar to smell, a bit of roasted malts, and tangy hop. Nothing that sticks out, but not horrible.

Texture has a bit of bite, not as smooth as a red should be, imo. Feels a tad thin, but is easy to drink.

I have been curious about this company, but this beer doesn't inspire me...


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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a dark reddish-brown in color with a big head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This cheap yeast bomb had the most basic of malty requirements but none of the offsetting hops. How the hell do they call themselves Hoppy Brewing?

Taste – The malts lack depth and are too sweet for the style and, again, although a balancing towards malt is OK and even expected, there has to be some hops in an ARE.

Mouthfeel – This was disappointing. The big body you look for in the style was nowhere to be found and the carbs were cheap and fizzy.

Drinkability – This ale wasn’t as bad as the review would make it seem. It was an OK beer to drink, but it certainly was no American Red Ale.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joe_sf
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice reddish amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty typical for a red ale. Faint bready malt, a hint of caramel and not much in the hop department. Not a lot going on in the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some malt and caramel flavors with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Decent, but nothing special.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I didn't dislike this beer, but didn't like it enough to buy again. It is pretty much run of the mill to me.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent reddish caramel with 2 fingers of tan fluffy head. Superior head retention, 2 inches stacked at the bottom as the liquid beer runs out, impressive; plus good lacing

S: Big-time breadyness & toffee

T: Big time cakeyness with some grainyness & touch of dryness up front. Some herbal hops, fruittyness, caramel & some tannic type hoppyness as this warms. finishes dry, with a bit of vanilla, leafy hops, & a touch of baker's chocolate

MF: Very chewy for the ABV with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy if you like an amber that skews malty & I sometimes do, give this a try. I thought this was pretty good amber, will check out other beers from this brewery

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. The smell was decieving, hops are up front in the taste. Some malts are evident at the finish, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from

The body is dark orange/red/amber and holds a fluffy off white head comprised of a legion of fine bubbles. It sort of collapses slowly rather than diminishing.

The aroma holds a lot of sweet malt with caramel, raisin, sweet breads and faint chocolate notes making a play and some very faint, but sharp, hop notes.

Fore is caramel, chocolate, dry fruit notes, some light riasin notes and a faint hint of tobacco. I started this a tad on the warm side, but I think it benitited from it if anything. It’s very lightly hopped for a West Coast Pale Ale and manages to be pretty damn refreshing. Definitely my kind of pale ale....the malt is the main player and it’s almost into christmas beer/brown ale territory in that regard. Nice.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz pour into the XL tulip, and this XL beer belongs here. It is shades deeper than I would have guessed - well into the ruby, rusted red oxide, cooling but still molten lava and chocolate brown territory. You know what I'm talking about. Dense, almost opaque. Much more of a beast than I would have guessed. Nice khaki colored 1 finger head, starts with plenty of action then calms and sits thickly on top of this puppy, leaving its mark with some viscous lacing throughout the drink.

Delicious smelling dark malts bombard me wee unassuming nostrils. Bread, Tobacco and plums show up right behind, then this nose eases away with some grain and hints of bitter earthy hopiness. Straightforward but still very impressive. I feel like I am in a brewhouse with the intensity of the roasted malts I'm sniffing.

Starts out surprisingly subtle (and a bit disappointing), light on the lips and the front of the tongue. Opens up with some bright roasted malt, with a hint of earthen hop on its back and then really starts to shine towards the back of the palate, notes of caramel and cocoa shine on the top of my mouth and in my throat. Now we're cooking. At the very end there is enough of earthy hop to leave a strong mark - it does battle on my tonsils with roasted malts, leaving a bit of a show on the way out. The malt inevitably conquers and I am left with pools of semi sweet cocoa in the back of my throat that are supremely enjoyable and redeem the weak start. Not complex per se, but damn solid.
A standout in the mouthfeel dept - medium body, creamy enough but with an abundance of carbonation that keeps this show clean. wowzers.
Drinkable, certainly. enjoyable in almost all respects - but enough of a bruiser that I am shying away from anything past this bomber.

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Photo of Brent
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An odd beer. Does not fit the red ale style at all. This brewery seems to specialize in hybred, non-traditional interpretations, but this one did not work out as well as other products I've had the opportunity to sample. Poured a brown color, not at all red or amber. Aroma was dark and yeasty - Belgian dubbel immediately came to mind. The flavor was likewise unusual. Slightly fruity, with yeasty phenols. If a Belgian dubbel and a German dunkel wheat got together, this might be the offspring. I checked the brewery website, but they had no information on what they were trying to accomplish with this beer. Not a bad beer - but quirky and not too well put together.

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Photo of supercolter
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was definately the most malty brew at the brewery. Very thick for the style which is a defianate plus. The beer smells and tastes like Christmas nuts that have been roasted, and it is better smelling than to taste. Drinkability is ok, a bit carbonated.

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Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good-looking clear red brew.

Smell is sweetly malty and mildly hoppy, also has the scent of toasted bread and a mild sourdough scent.

Taste is fairly neutral what hits you first is a rye flavor and a mild edge of citrus from the hops. Definite grassy flavor and a mild sourness like sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

A good chewy beer, it is a great unchallenging satisfying brew.

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Photo of Tertullian007
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Two-thirds of the way through my area's offerings from this brewery now. This one pours a clear deep garnet topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises moss, soil, light cocoa, dark toffee, dank grass, and light vague flowers. The taste holds notes of dark greens, grass, cocoa, burnt toffee, flowers, and light balsa. There may or may not be some light leek flavors in there as well, but I'm still not entirely sure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky finish. Overall, a pretty sad red all around. Not a fan.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mzwolinski
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, with a medium-tan colored head, thin in size. The aroma is rather nice -- caramel malt with hints of chocolage. Quite sweet in the mouth, moreso than I expected. This actually goes down a bit more like a heavy Scottish Ale than a Red. Big, chewy mouthfeel, a bit buttery and nutty in its maltiness, with decent bittering and a moderate toastiness to the finish. Decent enough, though it struck me as a bit heavy tasting -- perhaps this is just because I was expecting something a bit different from the style.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: May 3rd 2006. Every time I have this brew I bump the points up a bit, hell in a few weeks this could be mid 4 range. Very complex and the hop profile strikes the right chord. Nice.

Poured into a pilsner glass it forms a nice off white head that dissapates quickly, leaves lacing with each pull. Has an amber reddish color to it. Rather malty in the nose, some bready aspects to it as well.

Hey now! this seems to considerably better once this hits the tongue. Hop profile is somewhat stinging in the end which really grabs my attention as it mixed nicely with the thick malts. Quite dry and lingering in the end, its one of those beers that will stick to your teeth and takes a while to eventually clean up.

Notes: I would say this is an interesting, unique brew. One of those beers where it would be difficult (although not impossible) to compare this to another offering, truly unique mix of the big ingredients and its subdleties, like a slight wood flavor that hits more in the aftertaste, are nicely placed. I'm in....

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Stony Face Red Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 57 ratings