Stainless Steel IPA
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Stainless Steel IPAStainless Steel IPA
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IPA - American
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stainless Steel IPAStainless Steel IPA
Notes: Formerly Stainless Steel Obsession

Stuffed with hops, this flagship IPA pays homage to the material all beer is born in--Stainless Steel. Combining a traditional pale malt bill with a modern and aggressive hop profile, this new age American IPA is carrying EBC into the future.
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metter98 from New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of caramel malts along with notes of citrusy hops and bits of floral and piney hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The malt bill in this IPA makes it taste more like an IPA from the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 11, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

1.93/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is funky soapy floral fruit and caramel malt with a little green apple.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt and green apple with floral soapy hops and a medicinal finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a mess.

Feb 09, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber body; thick, sticky, rocky head. Zesty, spicy aroma; pine. Smooth, light malt grain base with a peppery, spicy hop quality. Medium-heavy body; spicy tickle on the palate.

A nice, well-rounded IPA. Toasty malt character with a well-balanced hop zing.

Feb 04, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium-amber color with thick slow fading head. Light aroma of fruit citrus, pineapple and floral. Berry like impressions with spice And hops on a light malty foundation. Nice American IPA at 7% ABV and 83 IBU’s.

Feb 02, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a two finger, fluffy off white head. Retention is well above average and there are many sticky rings of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very muted. Pine, citrus and sweet and bready malts.

Taste follows the smell, but is slightly more pronounced. The finish is piney and bitter. Hop forward, but well balanced.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is sticky and resinous.

Overall this beer is alright. It is a bit too malty and very indistinguishable from any other middle of the road west coast IPA. The commercial description is pretty funny though. I hope it's about 10 years old bc Ellicottville has to be pretty deluded to think this is a new age IPA and going to "carry their brewery into the future."

Jan 25, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy amber with a full off white head.

Aroma is sweet molasses malt with a resiny dank hop.

Taste is a straight balance between seeet caramel molasses and bitter dank resin hops.

This beer really has to be drunk from a glass to be appreciated. Out of a bottle it's super sweet but when you can fully smell and experience those hops it's delicious.

Sep 04, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal, citrusy hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and very bitter. Very good brew.

Apr 28, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to slam this review higher because I love this beer. Great discovery. Try 24.

A: Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Body is DARK coppery amber with a 1 finger khaki-colored head that lasts and leaves arcs and rings of lace.

S: Brown sugar, candy stove top, caramel apple and malt and piney, grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose, with a malty core of brown sugar, candy maker, caramel malt, and smoke, which is topped by grassy, piney hops with mint, wood, cedar, earth, combining into a long, drying bitter finish. Sweet to bitter see-saw.

M: Medium in weight, creamy in feel, and the smokey, long finish leaves you in a great place.

O: Different. AGREE WITH review who said it's heading slightly toward Stone Arrogant Bastard (an American Strong Ale) and is that kind of powerful, deep, woody, IPA / strong ale. Try 24.

Oct 17, 2016
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Rock_Glenn from New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dark color of caramel and copper. Not much head from the bottle, but laces nicely. Smells of citrus with a hint of pine, the aroma is very inviting and balanced, smells like straight hop pellets. Tastes balanced as well, very smooth, maybe a bit too much alcohol flavor. The malt is excellent not overly bitter, though some bitterness is present, the perceived sweetness of the hops counters the alpha bitterness. The name suggests a cold and sterile brew, but I find it warm and pleasant. I do have to knock the taste a bit, because of the flavor of the hops pellets. At times a sip tastes like I threw a few pellets in my mouth, and it's too strong in a bad way.

Aug 06, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 12.99/six pack ($ 0.180/oz) at Giant Eagle, Meadville, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma slightly piney, fairly weak – doesn’t last entire glass
Head average (3.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular four to eight mm frothy ring and a thin frothy layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy, no effervescence
Flavor definitely malty, some hop bitterness but no distinct hop flavor. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, approaching creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

Feb 23, 2016
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Jeffrey-Pulver from New York

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid IPA. Color is a nice dark gold. Small white head. Nicely carbonated. Flavor was a awesome balance of malts and hops. Very drinkable.

Oct 23, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resin, Balanced, Citrus, Bitter

In the modern world of IPAs this one ends up being a bit different from the rest. Dank and juicy with herbal overtones. Bitterness bites at the palate, orange rind and sweet floral resin join in, too. We’ve got a very bold and slightly “in your face” Flagship IPA here. Our appreciation grows taste after taste as the hop flavor opens up even more. It’s a true delight to run into an IPA that doesn’t follow the pack but instead makes its own path.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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fscottkey from New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Pours a very pretty copper color. The beer forms a 1/2 finger of slightly off white head. The ABV is listed on the lable (7.0%). I cannot find any date info.

S: [3.75] Brown sugar bread. Sweet and hearty aroma.

T: [3.75] Very sweet up front. The malts and maybe a hint of fruity sweetness dominate the early palate. There is a solidly bready taste too. The is a mild bittering at the back but not aggressive.

M: [3.50] There is medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. The is some bittering at the end that accumulates over time.

O: [3.75] I am impressed. The description on the bottle does not match the contents. Perhaps this is an old bottle. The bottle claims high bitterness and piney hops. I didn't really get that. I got much more of an English style IPA. Subdue hops with more malty sweetness. This is an enjoyable beer. I will drink more.

Jul 28, 2015
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GWalk612 from New York

4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my go-to IPA's. At 7% it packs a decent ABV and is also very drinkable. Has great flavor and aroma, and wonderfull amber-brown hue. This is a solid IPA that you will never go wrong with.

Apr 26, 2015
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full hoppy smell that doesn't carry into the taste. Hints of toasted malt. Golden amber in color. Decent take on the ipa from ellicottville brewing, ny.

Apr 01, 2015
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a semi~weizen/pint size glass from the bottle. A month old.

A: it is a deep copper golden hue with a 2 finger head. Active carbonation throughout. Light lacing and decent 4 mm head retained throughout.

S: Has a musty mango nose with some pungent hydrocarbons and spicy white pepper.

T: Some tropical gentle notes, mildly astringent with good bittering.

M: medium-light bodied with slick finish and tart, sharp mango laced out-breath.

O: quality IPA with some curious notes. Leans to the lighter, tropical side of IPA's. Will seek again when local to EBC.

Dec 28, 2014
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generallee from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7.0%.

Appearance: The body has a hazy deep orange amber color with a thick creamy head on top. The head is light beige in color and has good retention. This makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has big grapefruity and orange like citrus rind character with lighter hints of peaches and mango.

Taste / Palate: The malt offers a nice layer of bready sweet that blends well with a solid citrusy and fruity hop presence. Hop bitterness slowly moves in and leads into the finish with some dank deep resinous hop flavor. The palate feels smooth and full which I would expect from a 7% beer.

Sep 08, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours into a nonic a clear deep bronze with a pretty sticky half finger white head atop.Aromas are of earthy and herbal hops,not a citric and pine bomb by any means,a bit of caramel and toast is there as well.More dryer earthy hops on the palate along just a little pine,not much frutiness here,some mild caramel/biscuit and toast with some more earth in the finish.To me it almost has a porter hop profile not an IPA profile,not bad but a little off.

Sep 02, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades very fast leaving some foamy rings on the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a rather decent showing of some pine hop and a little bit of a grassy hop smell. Some light fruit aromas of orange and tangerine as well as a little bit of a bready smell and some slightly sour lemon aromas.

Taste – The taste begins very bready and somewhat sweet with a decent amount of caramel and toffee sugary tastes. Upfront there is some grapefruit hop flavor which starts weak and gets a bit stronger more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the grapefruit increasing the sugary tastes fade ever so slightly, but are replaced with some lighter tropical flavors of tangerine and pineapple. As the taste advances some resinous pine and some earthy and woody flavors work their way onto the scene. The fruit that developed in the middle, later end up fading toward the end, leaving a somewhat resinous and decently hopped bitter but thick bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. The thick and chewy body in combination with the lower carbonation really accentuate the hop and bready flavors nicely, really allowing the dank and resinous flavors to shine through the sweeter flavor of the brew.

Overall – A fairly nice and decently hop blended IPA. While nothing super out of the ordinary, a good one to try if you get a chance.

Aug 04, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Beautiful head. Sea-foam like, with great retension and sticky lacing.

Oarangey sappy pine on the nose.

The taste is pine sap, orange rind, and a hint of grassy and verbal notes; a bit astringent on the finish, like herbal bitters. After taste has a suggestion of citrusy barnyard, but is overshadowed by bitterness. Malty, but not necessarily balanced.

medium bodied with great combination.

Overall a lackluster IPA that comes off unbalanced, with no underlet ng harmony or unifying character.

Aug 01, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Copper-colored with a one-finger head
S: Malt, citrus and caramel but not bold or distinctive
T: The notes match the nose. Tasty but plain
M: Medium-bodied and crisp
O: No flaws but nothing unique; an average IPA

Jul 10, 2014
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Kendo from New York

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a small khaki-colored head that leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Brown sugar, caramel malt and some piney, grassy hop bitterness.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with a malty foundation of brown sugar and caramel malt, which is followed by green hops: pine, grass and even a minty or floral taste at times. A bit of woody earthiness lingers on the palate after a surprisingly bitter finish.

M: Medium in heft, decently creamy in feel.

O: Different. Reminds me at times of Smuttynose Durrty (a strong Brown ale) or even Stone Arrogant Bastard (an American Strong Ale) more than your typical IPA. As something different, I like.

May 22, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Darker orange/amber color with one finger of off white head, good medium lacing, but the color is more of an amber or red ale.
S - Aroma is quite pleasant. A little pine and grass, big sweet orange juice and citrus, sweet caramel malt, a hint of some tropical fruits in the mix too.
T - Flavor drops off, has some piney bitterness, but a mix of caramel and bread malts are more dominant, there's some dry bitter flavor, even a little bit of spicy hop bite, and after a while i've notice even a little earthy/nutty quality to it.
M - Finishes quite nice though, medium feel that's balanced.
O - This beer has its ups and downs, but overall its a pretty good unique IPA. Nothing in the realm of amazing, but definitely worth having. The aroma rocks, and I really wish the flavor followed up to it, but its got some unique traits that make it good.

May 21, 2014
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CabbageA19 from Pennsylvania

2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not your prototypical IPA. Generally I like the brewery but not in this instance. In my estimation this is a foul ball. The smell and initial taste remind me of the dundees IPA. The beer is just average but below average IPA.

I also disagree with labeling. Don't catch the piney hops. Has a malty start and alcohol type finish in mg estimation.

May 09, 2014
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T-34-85 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I was expecting at all when I bought it. It has a suprisingly dark copper color and has suprisingly little hop aroma. Based on the description on the bottle, I expected a light straw colored beer and a sharp piney hop aroma.

Although the beer was very different from expectation, it was also very pleasing for what it delivered. The beer has a very appealing taste and a nice creamy mouthfeel. For what aroma is present there is a mild scent of sweetness.

For those fellow hop heads, this is a bit of a divergence from the norm, but a nice tasty change of pace.

Mar 04, 2014
Stainless Steel IPA from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 122 ratings