Stonefly IPA - Saucony Creek Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +39.7%
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.
07-28-2014 22:38:42 | More by woodychandler
4.36/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
02-04-2014 19:18:05 | More by JohnF
District of Columbia
4.29/5 rDev +19.8%
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
12-05-2013 03:57:29 | More by Sludgeman
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
05-13-2013 17:03:39 | More by Al262
3.89/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-23-2014 00:56:42 | More by Act25
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
07-31-2014 00:46:14 | More by metter98
3.84/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
10-03-2013 15:19:42 | More by MikeWard
Stonefly IPA from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.