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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Stash IPA is defined by the hops. 7 additions of 4 different varietals, Columbus, Galaxy, Nugget and Cascade create a hop explosion that finishes clean. A dank, resinous and enlightening hop trip. It’s got mad hops.
Head Brewer Michael Waters: "The Stash is a reincarnated beast. It makes sense to go to the source, and IPA for me is defined by the West Coast. Three pounds of hops per barrel, 100 IBU, and a large dose of Columbus hops so the aroma matches the name."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3884) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of sticky, hop lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral, fruity hops and backing caramelized, crystal malt notes. The malt character pretty quickly takes a supporting, subtle role that is more appropriate for an IPA. Specific notes of huge lychee, pineapple, tangelo and candied citrus zest slowly morph into danker leaning herbal notes that are certainly “hemp” influenced, menthol leaning, tobacco like, and pine-sap laden. The beer remains fruit focused in its hop intensity, but has a nicely supporting, ample enough, herbaceous quality to it that provides just enough balance for my “tastes” (in quotes because it is the aroma I am talking about).

The beer has a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the hop-fruit character, but there is lots of herbal notes as well. The bitterness is actually quite smooth and not as biting as I expected in my first sip, but subsequent sips are more biting, but it is more herbaceous and astringent in a green, raw hoppy way, rather than in a clean bitterness manner. The beer has more of a herbal balance than the aroma, and this allows it to be equally balanced between the fruit and herbal notes up front and in the middle, but the finish is all about the lingering, fairly dank, bitter herbal character. Specific hop flavors of lychee, big pine, touches of menthol, raw hop astringency, and woody notes. The body has a medium’ish viscosity to it, and this is well with in the amply quaffable zone that a decent IPA needs to hit; having said that, it could be a touch lighter bodied, but it would then lean further towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum.

A beer that hits the spot for this hop head. I like the balance between fruity and herbal hop character here; both are prominent enough to keep this beer interesting from beginning to end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
12oz bottle. Cloudy orange body with some white head. Nose of citrus, caramel, and pine. Flavor is pretty balanced with some earthy and pine hops, more caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2370) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Juicey fresh pine hop aroma. Copper-golden in color with thick white head. Full bodied pine hoppy up front with solid malt backbone and lingering earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2012
12oz bottle: Appearance is a cloudy light brown with slow fading off white head. Aroma is of piney hops. Taste is an impressively balanced hop and malt combo. Initially filled with some pine like hops, then balanced with a fair amount of barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Cat pee hops, citrus, and light caramel malt. Funky caramel malt, strong hop bitter, and citrus. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1065) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours orange with a small white fizzy head. Smells hoppy, hints of citrus and lots flowers. Taste is bitter with some sweet notes underneath. Medium-bodied with slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Independence Brewing Stash IPA finishes with a resiny feel and very mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6097) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2012
On tap at Whip In during RBWG
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a medium sized white head and good lacing
Aroma and Taste: Tropical fruit and light caramel, some citrus. A nice mellow IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4833) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Location: Draft at Ginger Man-Austin, 2/17/12

Aroma: The nose is mostly citrus hops, with some malts and honey notes as well
Appearance: It pours a cloudy orange color with a. White head and medium heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is medium plus bitter, with a decent malt backbone for some balance
Palate: Medium bodied, a creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is average, and it finishes fairly dry
Overall Impression: I thought that this was a pretty solid IPA. It is fairly on target for what I’m looking for from this style, and it drank pretty nicely. They did a good job with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Not much in way of aroma pale malt, a little honey, not much hop. Golden amber pour thin head. Pale malt grain and light hop. Light honey. Detergent possibly. Not overly flavorful. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
The new version of this beer is way improved. Better balance and hop flavor. Good malt backbone. Good citrusy hop character.

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