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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Flawless orange caramel with bright tangerine borders. The beer entered the glass with a luxurious creamy solidity and has created a head of the same description. A beautiful shade of pastel orange-tinted golden ecru, the cap looks for all the world like it belongs on an IPA (let's hope that has something to do with the hop load). Lightly shredded sheets of sticky lace complete what is one of the best red ale appearances that I've seen in quite some time.

The nose has two major faults. First is a lack of power. Second is a preponderance of caramel maltiness coupled with a lack of hoppiness. I guess that's actually three faults. The Nugget and Cascade hops might as well be absent and the beer might as well be a peatless Scottish ale; an abrupt turn of events that doesn't bode well for the flavor. Shouldn't Hoppy Brewing Company brew hoppy beer?

Better on the palate, yet still not earthshaking. A few hoppy tremors perhaps, nothing more. As in the nose, caramel malt is running this show. Actually, the website states that both dark caramel malt and chocolate malt are used in Stony Face. Why anyone would want to cover up the majesty of Cascade and Nugget hops with loads of sticky caramel malt is beyond me.

Actually, 'loads' is overstating the case. In spite of the sound and feel of the pour, this beer isn't bursting at the seams with malt. It is more than respectable for the style however. There's enough brown sugary grapefruit flavor and bitterness to keep the malt in check, but I'm still waiting for a resinousness that looks like it'll never arrive. I'm reminded of cold tea dregs on the finish and there's no ganja-like flavor that I can detect (never smoked it, only smelled it).

I'm on the fence with respect to the body/mouthfeel. It's firming up a little with warming, but doesn't quite hit enough of its marks to earn the higher score. Even though I don't often wish for more carbonation, a more lively mouthfeel would be beneficial in this case.

It's apparent from the bloodshot-eyed, dreadlocked, Rastafarian Smiley Face on the label what Stony Face Red Ale is in reference to. It's too bad that the quality of this ale isn't as 'high' as its mascot and it's too bad that the beer that I've had from Hoppy Brewing hasn't been all that hoppy.

I'm reluctant to pass judgement on this brewery after only sampling two of their wares, but if you have the option, buy the similarly styled beer from the Hoptown Brewing Company instead.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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 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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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 Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated, ruby red color. Aromatic notes of sweet fruit (berries), caramel malts, toasted biscuits and herbal, almost pine-like hops are noticeable in the aroma. After trying to dissect the aroma for a bit a mix of malt and hop character makes me think of sharply tart grapefruit and lightly roasted coffee (or perhaps burnt tea leaves), the combination of which leaves me slightly confused because I swear I get a hint of cinnamon. An interesting aroma, that has a good mix of aromatic components.

A light carbonation cannot hide a smooth, almost creamy mouth feel that just coats the mouth. Sweet caramelized malt notes are quite noticeable, but are not quite as dominant as a biting hop character the is definitely bitter, but also adds touches of citrus and a definite mix of pine notes that leans towards menthol in a long finish. I would not call this beer a malt or hop focused brew (at least by today's standards), but that does not mean that this beer does not have a lot of flavor, as both the malt and hop character play a prominent role here. This is almost like a precursor to Arrogant Bastard, or perhaps better put, like a little brother. As the beer warms a bit a hint of roast coffee flavors start to peak through.

I remember always trying Hoppy's brews at beer festivals in the mid 90s and I am pleasantly surprised so far by the beers as I go back and try them again. A solid, easily drinkable, yet full flavored brew.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of tan head and residual foam. You have to be REAL careful how you pour this beer so teh foam doesn't overflow. Semi-sloudy copper and bronze amber color. Can't make out any bubbling.

Nice toasty malts combine with spritzy, astringent hops for a clean and malty aroma.

Flat and thin palate from start to finish. Good toasted malts and earty, astringent, almost lemony at times, hopping. Pretty simple overall. Finish is bitter and slow on the fade with some heavily toasted malts.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Funky looking Bomber, which along with 2 other beers from Hoppy Brewing immediately grabbed my attention from behind the glass doors of the Coolers at Morry’s of Long Beach. The second of which is the Stony Face Red Ale. Plain brass colored crown cap, and just one main obverse rather Psychedelic looking label with an attractive Californian Tie-Dye coloring, as per the BA Database picture. The label on my bottle has a strength of ‘Alc. 5.6% By Vol’ listed in the bottom right hand corner of the label, but no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark red mahogany body, with some cherrywood hints. Tanned head that is voluminous when first poured creates a roaming frothy head that collapses easily leaving an uneven crusty rock-pool surface. Decent carbonation levels. Looks pretty good in a tall straight-sided Pint Glass.

Nose: Malty nose with a metallic hints at times, some caramel and a light hint of clean hops. Some milk chocolate and Camp coffee in the back end.

Taste: A light spicy hop feel sits precariously balanced in a vast swathe of roasted malts, milk chocolate and sweetness. Some fruit in the middle, with an astringent caramel, chocolately finish that is surprisingly bitter. Long lingering dry bitter finish on this one.

Mouthfeel: Thick in the mouth at times, yet it retains a rather nice feel in the mouth overall, the soft bitterness helps to smooth out the predominant malts I feel.

Drinkability: The first beer to be cracked after I got back from work today, I don’t usually work Saturdays, but things have been busy and rather stressful of late - so this one was soon consumed to enable the maximum chill state to be achieved in a minimum time. Not bad, not quite a 4, but not far off.

Overall: Rather a pseudo-Red Ale, it tastes more like a malty bitter Pale Ale to me. Even so, this is still an above average offering that neither excites, nor depresses. Overall, it really didn’t do much for me to be honest. Cool Label though.

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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 Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber. No ingredients listed on the bottle or website.

Pours out to a cloudy dark caramel, forming a creamy light beige head with very good retention and awesome meringue lacing. Swirling the bottles deposits large chunks of sediment and looks quite nasty. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma of strawberries, chocolate malt, some sweetly citric hops, some cool sour Belgian Funk, a wisp of alcohol...nice. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, wet, and has a nice finish of cigar humidor. Taste begins with a nice hint of strawberry sourness, tobacco, leather, roasted barley, mild herbal bitterness...nice lightly astringent cedary finish with peppery alcohol, which is thankfully brief.

I really dig this brew. It's not amazing, but unique. I would purchase this again. Easy to drink.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color. Large head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malts. A medium bodied American Pale Ale (red Ale) Malty and hoppy. Malts are slightly roasted, somewhat sweet and with a very definite chocolate flavor component. Hops are mildly grapefruity and kind of spicy. Very drinkable APA, but not as hoppy as most. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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