The Stonewall Inn IPA
Brooklyn Brewery

The Stonewall Inn IPAThe Stonewall Inn IPA
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IPA - American
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3.63 | pDev: 8.82%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
The Stonewall Inn IPAThe Stonewall Inn IPA
Notes: The Stonewall Inn IPA is a Citra-hopped session IPA. It features a hint of grapefruit and citrus peel on the nose, with a crisp yet mellow finish. We partnered with The Stonewall Inn to brew this beer to celebrate their history and to support the continuing work of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative.
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scootny from New York

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a lovely session IPA. Great head and lacing. Golden hue and clear complexion.

Light citrus nose. Nice grapefruit bite.

Solid flavor. Pilsner malt body. Citra hops. A light bit of hop oil in the finish.

Crisp feel with a bit of a thin milkshake creaminess.

A solid session IPA with a very drinkable personality.

Oct 25, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Straw color and clear. Modest head which settles to ring bubbles. Only a few minute bubbles.

Mostly floral aroma. The malt in the background has a graininess to it.

The body is thinner than most IPAs. The carbonation seems higher as well. The flavor is dry and grainy. The hop is not overwhelming but is the strongest flavor. Moderate aftertaste.

Oct 24, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Let's face it - this is a Brooklyn beer and they'll always mean a lot to me as the Brooklyn Lager was one of the brews that got me into all of this 20 years ago, and their brewery was one of the first I was able to visit. Hadn't had as much from them in recent years but a friend of mine had an extra can and I do like session beers - to the point where I think they should be in a separate category than IPA's or even Pale Ales.

With that being said, this was enjoyable, easy to drink, and had a nice flavor and body to it although it didn't blow me away in any aspect. The pour was arguably the best aspect of this as the golden hue had just a bit of haze and a nice amount of bubbles coming up through it for the entirety of my review. A nice head filled up most of the remaining space in my pint glass as the lacing left behind was quite a sight to behold. Wavy and deep, it nearly covered the bottom half and was quite extensive above that as well. Lots of lemon, grass, floral notes, and tangy citrus peel in the nose as the taste followed suit. A bit rustic and slightly spicy, there was a bit of a mineral feel underneath everything as that also lingered into the aftertaste, with some bread complementing all of those flavors nicely.

Booze? It's here but with so little of it, who's to care? I only had one can here but another would have been easy to crack open after finishing this off. A light slickness lingered on my teeth and yeah, a sip of water might be called for to fully get this down. Regardless, this was fine for this end-of-summer season and fit in well with the rest of the mix pack it came with. Glad I was able to give it a go on this relaxing night!

Sep 16, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 08/2020
Pours a pillowy creamy rich 1 finger head with moderate retention, soapy lacing, hazy pale orange-gold color

Nose brings some nice old-school citrusy slight piney Cascadian hop-like aromas which surprises me that this is Citra, juicy creamy orange and tangerine citrus, a bit of grapefruit pith, light cereal grainy malt

Taste brings more grapefruit and citrus up front, again has a Cascadian like character, quite a bit like Centennial, getting a little spicy after the grapefruit and citrus, a little candy hop citrus note, enough grainy sweet malt to balance the hops and give enough flavor but still be light enough for session IPA, med bitterness with a long bitter finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, higher foamy carb which gives a bit more body to the lighter session beer and balances the bitterness as well

Overall this was a very well done session IPA, just the right malts to balance the big bitterness and give body without affecting the sessionability, nice hop profile, I swear it has Centennial (description says Citra so maybe both), very enjoyable

Jul 07, 2020
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

very slight haze, so light it looks out of place. aroma is fresh citrus rind, very slight candied lemon and floral, and a trace doughy note. taste very quick citric floral then quickly finishes thin and linger light bitterness. For a 95 cal beer, this is very drinkable but not super memorable. would pick it over most of its competitors, can't go wrong.

May 17, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In recognition of the storied Stonewall Inn, Brooklyn Brewery devises a light, crisp and clean Pale Ale with certain British roots but also a sassiness from Citra hops.

Pouring slightly on the honey amber side of gold, Stonewall Inn has an airy, racy body with streaming bubbles to build a light and frothy cap. A light but rounded scent soon follows with a mild nutty scent, citrus, stone fruit and a fine caramelization. And that caramelization carries over to taste with the light nutty, toasty character of granola early on the palate.

As the ale rolls across the middle palate, the hops show up with a slightly over ripe orange flavor with hints of red grapefruit and fine herb lingering closely behind. The underlying character of yeast esters allow for a light apricot and nectarine flavor to bring a mild jammy taste but with a crisp and snappy texture. A mild bitterness has the beer seeming like a British Pale or Golden Ale.

Medium light in body, the nearly militant carbonation lightens the body considerably but expands on the palate and stomach somewhat unnecessarily; finishing with elevated hop aromatics on the after palate and a medium length linger of hop spice and herbal bitterness in its wake.

Apr 22, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BB 08/2020.

Appearance: Pours a light yellowy body, just a touch of haze about it and a nice, airy topping of white foam.

Smell: Welcoming citrus notes of orange and lime and grapefruit, going juicy and fruity without much in the way of any edgy pith notes or heady, sharp oily rind hints. Floral stems, a little white loaf and some subtle tropical fruitiness, chiefly passion fruit.

Taste: Slender, pale malts with a delicate breadiness. Minimally sweet. Fresh, zestful citrus flavors, though it's got some modern, new-fangled tropical touches to it. Very, very minor floral, herb. Medium bitterness. Remains citrusy through the drying, reasonably crisp finish, though a little kernel of rock candyesque sweetness reemerges from time to time.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Likable, tasty. Provided liquor stores and Brooklyn Brewery still exist in the future, I would revisit this one again.

Mar 21, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, citrus and floral notes. Sweet citrusy taste with toasted caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Jan 17, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The brew is served a lightly hazed yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is strongest of some light malt and lemon along with some aromas of grapefruit and herb. There is a little bit of grass and herb as well.
Taste - The taste is light and crisp, with a biscuit malt and touch of orange and grapefruit. As the taste of the brew advances one is left with a nice crisp and moderatly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light and crisp with a light and easy drinking feel. The feel is great for the style and makes for a easy drinking IPA.
Overall - A nice brew with an easy drinking feel and taste.

Nov 22, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Hazy, light yellow in color, white head. Nice orange citrus aroma. Taste is a bit thin like a lot of session IPAs. Medium bitterness. Thinner bodied.

Sep 07, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this citrusy session IPA at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas on 7/13/19 with a friend. It was crisp and light but still with just enough body. Sorry to hear that it will retire as it was brewed to celebrate the righteous Stonewall protests.

Jul 14, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this bottle the night before my surgery at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA owned by a fellow former Navy Storekeeper (SK) & his wife! I had planned to drink it during Pride Month, but time kind of evaporated on me until now. Without further ado:

From the Bottle: "The Stonewall Inn"; "Brooklyn Brewery is a very proud sponsor of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative."; "Pour Proudly"; "Session IPA".

I Pop!ped the cap with great glee since that is the only thing that I am currently Pop!ping. Another result of my prostatectomy has been impotence, which I am hopeful will right itself over time. Even if not, I CAN simply get a scrip from my doc for pills, as needed. I went with a hard, aggro pour that produced a LOT of head! Yes, it's going to be one of THOSE reviews. The bottle was sweating, the glass was sweating & I was sweating like one of those guys at a burlesque shown in a Daniel Clowes illustration! Baby, is hot in here, or is it just you? Gee, Bro. Woody, aren't you hot in that monk's robe? Baby, yer the hottest thing here! It formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white (what else?) head with premature dissipation, quickly turning flaccid. 8=( Color was a beautiful rainbow, oh wait, I need to move the label away from the glass. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), causing The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas to decline, saying "Not that there's anything wrong with that!". The liquid penetrated my lips & laid on my tongue like it belonged there, although it was kind of watery for the style. I rolled it around in my mouth, swallowed & then stuck my tongue out just to make sure that everybody knew that I am a swallower, not a spitter. What does this look like, we're at a wine tasting?!? I see you spit beer, you had best have a good reason for doing so! Finish left me finished, but unfulfilled. If I can just get this thing working again, I'll be ready or another go-'round! I just felt like I needed more hops & hopping in my misbegotten life. YMMV. Peace, pieces! Cheers! Mwah!

Jul 07, 2019
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HipCzech from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Shake Shack (Houston, TX) served in a plastic beer cup. Light aromas and taste of lemon and grapefruit citrus with malty cracker sweetness rounding out the flavor into a crisp, lightly bitter finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Almost too light; good to wash down a burger or a hot day.

Jun 18, 2019
The Stonewall Inn IPA from Brooklyn Brewery
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