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Stonefly IPA - Saucony Creek Brewing Company

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

Photo of JohnF
4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
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

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of tvghost
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of JArena13
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No visible bottling date info but the Wegman's pasteover label suggested it arrived at the store Sept. 30th. So it would be at least a month old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's Finest Liquids tulip.

a: Slightly hazy amber with a two inch tall white head which receded to persistent heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Floral, pine and citrus.

t: Follows the nose with medium hop bite over a bready malt base. Rather bitter finish.

m; Medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptional medium strength IPA, tasty with no shortage of hop bitterness or initial flavor. Inviting durable head and lacing too. Main drawback is the hop flavor fades and bitterness builds. However it is hard to say how old this bottle was when I bought it in a mixed six, and age tends to cause the hop flavors to decline.

Photo of Al262
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Genx
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of blibby05
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dougbassett
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of KDizz
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of wertschy
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of croning
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is murky yellow in color and has some fine particulates visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of grapefruit hops and has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness. Both the grapefruit flavors and bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA really packs in lots of flavors of fresh grapefruit hops and bitterness, but seems like it could have used a little more crispness and underlying malts.

Photo of MikeWard
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Stonefly IPA from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
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