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Stonefly IPA - Saucony Creek Brewing Company

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Stonefly IPAStonefly IPA

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stonefly IPA has been refreshed with the addition of Citra Hops and introduction of a new dry-hopping process we call Alle Zeit Hopfen. A new dry-hopping contraption we custom built called HopfenKubel that we designed to slowly release dry-hops continuously for 48 hours into the fermentation tank. This will allow more surface contact time with the hops and beer fully maximizing the aroma and flavors from the hops. The addition of Citra Hops deliver a spicy, floral, strong citrus and tropical tone of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee. Stonefly IPA will continue to support the efforts of the Schuylkill Action Network and donate a portion of proceeds to the Berks Watershed Restoration Fund to protect the source waters and health of the Schuylkill River watershed.

(Beer added by: JTSbeerislife on 03-30-2013)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle backlog here at Chez Woody has caused me to give short shrift to a number of breweries. In some instances, it was because I bought the bottle and then realized that no approved pic existed, so I took a pic, resized it, submitted the pic, set the bottle aside and then got sidetracked awaiting approval. In this case, some of their beers had pics and others did not, but now, all is in readiness!

From the bottle: "From farm to pint our beer is alive! Unpasteurized keep it chilled!"; "A portion of the proceeds of this beer will go towards the protection and restoration of the Schuylkill River and its source waters."

It has been in my kitchen reefer since its arrival, so it is nice and cool, but I wanted to use an initial gentle pour in case any lees had built up. Once I had a sufficient pour, I agitated it in the glass to get a finger of fluffy, tawny head with reasonable retention. Color was a golden-amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and if I had been able to hold them off earlier, here were Croesus, Mammon and Midas! Nose had the sharpness that I have been noticing in DIPAs of late. Grassy, minty hops with some caramel malt beginning to come through as well. Drool. Mouthfeel was medium, but very effervescent, allowing the hops to really explode on the tongue. This is precisely what I like in an AIPA! It was approachable, not overly done with regard to its alcohol, and allowing both the hops to take charge but also for the malt to follow at a reasonable distance. Finish was dry, but just enough so as not to be gasping.

I have really refined both my love of hops and especially of AIPAs over the years so that I know what I like, and this was it! Not too alcoholic, not so hoppy as to seem like it was saturated, good use of malt to showcase the hops and act as their companion, great color, decent mouthfeel (and honestly, who cares about this outside of RISs?). Why do I mention all of this separate from my review? Check my numbers! This is supposed to be rare.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 22:38:42 | More by woodychandler
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JohnF

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Actually live near the brewery. Tried Stonefly on tap several times during the past few months and also buy cases at the brewery.
First time trying it, it was very good. Bought a case and it did not taste the same as the bottle. Late last year they changed the recipe a bit and it is much better.

Good appearance since they do not filter it is very cloudy, but I like that item. Pretty carbonated IPA with nice hop smell. It became my standard beer to have around this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 19:18:05 | More by JohnF
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass at Rustico/Arlingon. $6

A beer that any hop head should try and hopefully enjoy. Excellent aroma. On my list for American IPAs. 4.25

A - Cloudy pale orange with a rocky off-white head. Minimal lacing. 3.5

S - Super grapefruit and pine. 4.75

T – Some malty sweetness up front, followed by the grapefruit and resin with long bitter aftertaste. 4.25

MF - Medium bodied. Super dry finish. 4

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 03:57:29 | More by Sludgeman
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Tuckersmth

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-24-2014 20:35:09 | More by Tuckersmth
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

10-03-2013 00:21:38 | More by IdrinkGas
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tvghost

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

02-22-2014 03:06:35 | More by tvghost
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JArena13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

02-26-2014 23:31:39 | More by JArena13
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Al262

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clean with a light white head.

Aroma of citrus hops and mild malt.

A well balanced IPA that presented the hop bitterness without crushing the palate. Good overall body and presentation of malt. Enjoyable IPA that raised the desire for another. Nice job Matt.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 17:03:39 | More by Al262
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-30-2013 03:36:28 | More by JohnFatAss
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Genx

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-29-2013 21:30:22 | More by Genx
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-10-2014 15:09:42 | More by BeerCon5
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blibby05

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-26-2013 14:52:24 | More by blibby05
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-25-2014 22:05:00 | More by dougbassett
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-09-2013 12:06:37 | More by micromaniac129
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KDizz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-17-2014 00:05:59 | More by KDizz
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-30-2014 02:37:04 | More by wertschy
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croning

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-07-2013 21:34:28 | More by croning
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Act25

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm going on a limb to say this brewer's reinvention of its IPA is a success and I really like this beer, and want to try more.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip

A-Dense, rocky lasting, massive head sits atop very hazy amber-orange body. Nice lacing from beginning to end.

S-Bright and fresh. Grapefruit, lemon, pine, and maltiness. Grass, earth, pepper.

T-Sweet first following the smell. Then QUICKLY Bitter hop and a fresh long finish. Very juicy, ala a Sculpin. More west coast than east coast in its new configuration.

MF- Juicy, long finish. Medium body, unfiltered, peppery finish. A bit of alcohol.

O-Must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 00:56:42 | More by Act25
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Romas Restaurant in downtown Pottsville PA.

Bought to the table in one of those pint glasses with ads all over it, which made it difficlut to judge the appearance. Appeared to be somewhat cloudy, with a thin head. Head did maintain to the end however, and there was some lacing, again difficult to judge due tothe glass (I realize that this is out of SC's control)

Smell gave off a good strong whiff on hops.

Taste was very good, which I confess was a bit surprising since I've never given SC much credit. Full hops flavor in the entire mouth. Did leave just a bit of an odd unpleasant taste right in the back of the mouth. However this did not linger, and did not much hinder my enjoyment of this beer.

Mouth was above medium, very slightly syrupy.

Overall, a good beer to have with my wings. Nice and hoppy. I see it's only a limited one time release. Pity, I'd like to have this again. Oh, well, back to Romas later i guess.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 15:19:42 | More by MikeWard
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-13-2014 23:57:22 | More by megamass
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-12-2013 02:25:48 | More by whatname
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tclipse

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-29-2014 01:57:34 | More by tclipse
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-19-2014 01:34:58 | More by buzzy
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Stofko1992

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-20-2014 21:32:43 | More by Stofko1992
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-27-2014 00:50:12 | More by crowsnest
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Stonefly IPA from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.