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Gold Stock Ale - New England Brewing Co.

Gold Stock Ale
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%


Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This one’s for the beer geek in all of us. The Gold Stock is a cult classic that’s offered up only one or two times a year. If you catch the rare sighting of this “draft only” beer, rejoice. What we did first when we made this was we brewed a full-bodied, golden ale. Then we went absolutely nuts with the pricey German hops. This smooth but biting beer is our own individual take on the pleasant India Pale Ale. It’s one of those beers you have to try. Look for it and order two!

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Stoneman78

California

3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Delaney's Tap Room on a recent trip to New Haven
A- Pours a murky golden orange hue, head is white and creamy foam that dissipates, thick swaths of lacing
S- Subtle pine hops, grassy tones, crisp biscuit malts, subtle hints of funky mildew
T- Initial taste is grassy, almost musty/funky, hops, very earthy, opens up to pale malts, finishes dry and bitter
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, amped up carbonation
D- A nice balance of malts and earthy hops, low alcohol presence, but the musty mildew essence detracts from drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 10:27:45 | More by Stoneman78
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a thick white frothy head. A nice amount of sediment was visible as was a good deal of carbonation. The retention was excellent and this led to quite a good deal of side glass lace. There was a tremendously hoppy aroma, and this took me a bit by surprise, however I am learning this seems to be the norm from the brewery regardless of the style. There was defiantly a light fruit, peach, pear yeast component to the aroma as well, but the quick crisp citrus hoppiness of it really put it over the top. Such a nice medium body with great carbonation really let the flavors really pop and then linger to let you get the full experience. Very nice bright flavor profile, lots of lemon, and coriander mixed with a pronounced yeast flavor and a very nice light but noticeable bread backing. A slight hint of alcohol but nothing overwhelming and it was actually a nice little extra punch to it.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2011 03:46:37 | More by mikesgroove
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass with one fingers worth of white foamy head.
Slightly hazy pale golden body. A slight ring of head remains and not much else.

Smells of citrus and lemony hops and bready yeast. Some
sticky an sweet pale malts and some pineyness.

Tastes mostly of pine and lemony hops. Some bready yeasty notes and a finish of what some may say is an oaky tannic quality.

Medium thin bodied. Low carbonation. Resinous piney sticky finish.

Overall this is a good beer. Nice smell, good taste and fairly complex.

$5.50 a pint

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 00:05:57 | More by Homebrew35
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New England Tap Takover Prime 16

A- Poured a nice golden orange with not to much of a head other than a 1 finger white layer on top.

S- Strong orange and tropical citrus fruits with a good amount of hops. Slight malts but mostly the fruity notes took over.

T- Wow a very different strong ale. Strong citrus up front, just pure orange and tropical fruits with a nice hop bitterness in there to even things out. Not to much malt presence suprisingly, it's as though they took ghandi bot and up the fruitiness.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish from the hops.

SkÅL!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 06:35:18 | More by Arenbeer
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a golden yellow, rusty amber color with a thin veil of white foam and moderate carbonation. Brew left a bit of sticky lace on the glass as well.

S: Smells good and hoppy, with complex floral and fruity ale notes mixed in with the pine and grapefruit acidity which dominates the nose.

T: Flavor holds a complex blend of rich buttery malts and strong, fruity esters coupled with an alcoholic sting and lush citrus hop profile. The brew is slightly astringent and the finish a nice, slick oily citrus hop flavor. Quite tasty, if not a little rough around the edges. Some decent complex malt bitterness is present as well, as it isn't just a big hop bomb.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a slick hoppy residue and a moderately crisp, fruity ale character.

D: One of those notorious "is it an IPA" strong ale cases for me; the saving grace is the complex ale fruitiness that maintains around the citrus hop notes and alcohol presence. At 6.5% ABV and with a palate as sharp as the Gold Stock presents with, it could be good to split a growler of and move along. All in all another good local brew from NEB.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 04:12:42 | More by Gambrinus1184
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far333

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Never had this one before NEB went away, and now they're back and it's great. A honey copper color with a low off-white head. Aroma is very faint, but I smell some hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly, very fresh. Flavor is floral hops, with a distinct grassy taste throughout. The chewy hops flavor lingers long. This is a very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 01:58:47 | More by far333
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well after a little over 6 months of wanting to try this beer today was my lucky day! Went to the bar to get some work done and surprise this was on. Not the most attractive beer in the glass, cloudy yellow with a little crystal white head and poor retention. The aroma is straight forward and hoppy. The flavor surprises me on the first sip. This beer must be the most flavor for the lowest alcohol I have tasted in a while. Big oak-y flavor that delivers vanilla, toast, and a light caramel note. Then a wave of hops bitter, pithy with a hint of citrus that leaves an indelable impact on your palate. The body of this beer is pretty good and the oak adds a rich quality. There is a bit of a cloying aspect to this beer which gets to me after a while. I'm glad to try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:51:56 | More by pmlondrigan
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jastack for sharing this growler with our table at Ebenezer's on 2/27/10.

A - Poured a hazy, rusty orange body with a thin, wispy white head that reduced to a ring of retention and deposited spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Nose is rather spicy with hints of pine needles akin to a spruce Christmas tree. Malt character is sweet with mild caramel and syrupy notes. There is also a subtle "beach" scent (you know... what you smell when you're at the beach) as well as a slight waft of alcohol.

T - Similar to the aroma, the flavor is heavy on pine but with a more spicy flair suggesting peppery notes and tree sap. Sweet caramel malt balances the intensity of the hops, although Gold Stock ultimately finishes with quite an aggressive hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with light syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Finish is quite bitter with moderate alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - This is an aggressively hopped brew that drinks like a strong IPA with a unique piney character and plenty of residual spiciness.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 16:02:55 | More by ffejherb
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beerman599

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rob and pete built a beauty with the gold stock ale. full malty with a balance of noble hops. fresh hint of hops in the aroma backed up with a bitter finish with enough malt for balance, and a lingering noble hop aftertaste that made me go for another

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 22:37:00 | More by beerman599
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aliza for sending a growler of this to the Chicago crew - split with Joe, Dave, Justin, and Matt. Served in a stange-like Dogfish pint glass.

A - Not sure when this was filled, but a nice hiss erupted when we turned the cap. Pours with a few fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a thick cap and some spotty lacing. The body is a transparent coppery orange color. Really nice looking beer!

S - Spicy noble hops, lots of pine, and maybe a touch of soapiness. The profile is reminiscent of the Mikkeller German IPA I had recently. A bit of hop fade has set in during the six weeks since this was released, but it's not overly apparent. Malt backbone is one of toffeed apple.

T - The taste evokes a nice hoppy altbier. There's some fruitiness, with some bread and yeast, and light caramel notes. The hop character is more in the periphery, as these German hops just don't seem to have the ferocity of American ones. The finish is surprisingly clean, and the alcohol is not apparent at all. Probably more of a 3.75 here, but I'm feeling generous.

M - Soft, smooth, lower carbonation. Very clean finish with a bit of light stickiness. Body is medium, and sufficient for a 6.5% brew.

D - This was not what I expected, but it was super easy to drink. I suspect it was better a few weeks ago when the hop character was more intense. I'll give another spin sometime down the road.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 15:23:32 | More by MasterSki
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Brez07

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a growler into several pint glasses

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color. Leaves a one finger head with lots of soft lacing

S: Nice pine scent with subtle amount of citrus in the background. Also a little bit of malt present

T: Not overly complex, but great tasting. Pine and lemongrass flavors

M: Medium bodied. Slight bitterness in the finish

D: Pretty sure this beer is in the wrong category. Tastes like a cross between a pale and a pilsner. This makes sense as the brewer said it would be a German IPA if such a category existed. Very easy drinking. The growler went a lot quicker then I thought it would

Serving type: growler

03-01-2010 23:17:16 | More by Brez07
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Lars3

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into a .5L Stella Artois glass.

The beer has a smooth amber quality to the color. The head on my pours were small, I had trouble holding the glass at a good angle while pouring from the growler. The smell isn't remarkable, but the hops don't make themselves nearly as present here as they do in the taste. I flavor is something else. As others have mentioned before me the brewer referred to this beer as a German IPA if such a beer existed. The flavors in this beer make you think it should have more alcohol, it is great to have such a flavorful beer at only 6.5abv. I would like to have seen more carbonation. I've only had a few growlers before this, and I was a bit afraid that this one was flat before I saw other reviewers mention the lack of carbonation. I'm not a big drinker, I rarely drink more than 24oz in a sitting, but I could easily down an entire growler of this if I tried. I wish it was available year round in cans.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2010 02:11:11 | More by Lars3
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lousy weather on the East Coast, must be Gold Stock Week! Poured into a tulp glass, this has to be a Bot predessor! Frothy head, nice citrus nose and just a little vanilla. Go to beer pluss! I forget that every year this is such an easy drinkable beer. This should be canned!

Serving type: growler

01-26-2013 22:19:52 | More by jimmy82063
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Ezone024

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I Can't say enough about the Gold stock ale..

i picked up a growler at the N.e.b and i was floored.

it pours out a very vibrant orange/copper color and it smells rich of bouquets of hops, a variety of floral and pale earthy notes... it is a very interesting brew as it is like a "german ipa"

extremely hoppy in flavor yet pale malts balance the end off for a delightful taste.

if you are lucky enough to be around to get some of this you have to now.

great job N.e.b!

Serving type: growler

03-05-2010 03:14:02 | More by Ezone024
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beauteous clear gold, large and impressive white creamy head and some thick sheets of lace to seal off the glass. POW! hops right in the schnozzle, sweet malt under pinning, citrus crisp, a real treat, the start is sweet, the top is middling. Finish is “Big Time Hops, moderately acidic, dry and lightly bitter aftertaste, a damn good beer and one I hope to see again, as I’m sure the beer God’s won’t let me down.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 23:36:12 | More by Gusler
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xanok

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see this on tap at Eli Cannons in Middletown. Lately they haven't had anything desirable.

A-Pours a hazy, somewhat transparent golden/orange color. Had about a finger of white head. Nice, sticky lacing.

S-Smells of piney hops and earth. Hints of malt and citrus but really a faint aroma overall.

T-Tastes of earthy and floral hops. Good malt backbone, but hops are the focus here. Very light and smooth. Finishes nicely bitter and a little bit dry.

M-Lower side of a medium body. I've noticed a lot of beers seem to have less body when drinking here, not sure why. Carb is medium but noticeable.

D-Low abv for this style makes it dangerously drinkable.. Very smooth overall.

This is another excellent offering from NEB. Between this and stout trooper, I think I'm in love.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 21:04:58 | More by xanok
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to woosterbill for this one. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, deep golden color with a good white head. Nose brings some really strong earthy, herbal, and lightly-citric hops. Really, really nice. Taste is along the same lines with a bit of earthy and floral characteristics plus a good deal of pine and some slight citrus. This is a cacophony of hops without any one type really dominating. Slight bready notes. Great bitterness levels and a bit dry. I was not at all impressed with Sea Hag, but this showed me that when they try, NEBC can really bring the hop attack.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2010 02:16:03 | More by Thorpe429
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Durge

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple growlers of this seldom available brew. It's been a couple years since my last and first taste of Gold Stock at a local brew fest. It shows a generally clear orange amber that hints at a little haziness. The off-white head borders on a light oatmeal color, big and foamy it dies down to a thin but tenacious cap with tremendous lacing. The aroma brings a fairly unique barnyard hop, slightly pine, with a moderately grassy highlight and a suggestion of earthy nut malt. Very pleasant though not what you expect from the average strong ale. The flavor gives you a bright grass/malt bite with a neat piny hop overtone. I do see the strong ale quality, it's just on the mild side, but like the aroma, it is probably not what you would guess. Just the same, I really like this stuff. It has a somewhat pungent quality with some nutty kicks here and there. I find this to be subtly complex, even some citrus ideas maybe. A bit hoppy for sure but not a typical IPA. And it feels so smooth going down even though it holds a crisp bright note at each mouthful. I would call it medium bodied and wonderfully drinkable. It's really a unique brew. It may not wow everyone but I think this is a pure winner, something you could enjoy any time of year. Refreshing, satisfying, tasty, not too heavy with little signs of alcohol presence. While it may not be a true strong ale, it is a welcome addition to that or any other category and one everyone should give it a try. I also find the hop flavors build as you work your way through a pint or two. This was worth waiting for and really needs to be available more often. The rest of the world just needs to discover it!

Serving type: growler

03-02-2010 04:17:38 | More by Durge
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abrand

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained from fantasy football league shared with friend.

Pours a bright orange color with a nice sized white head. Very good clarity in the pour. Smell is full of hops with herbal notes. Some citrus as well as euro funky smells. Taste is amazing. Plenty of citrus and floral notes with a pleasant hoppy finish. Really good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decent carbonation from the growler. Overall this is truly a great brew. More of an IPA than a strong ale to me. Nice hop finish to the taste.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2012 20:26:02 | More by abrand
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New England Brewing Company is doing some good stuff. This old school recipe pours out into a cloudy orange and gold. Solid white foam head that settles and laces nicely on the pint glass.
Smells a lot like delicious hops. That's probably because of the massive amount of different hops that went into this beer. There is a slight sweet aroma of bread as well.
Tastes hoppy and citrusy right away. Flavors of orange peel and musty hops meld well together. Then comes the sweet malt and buttery biscuit hints to balance while the pine hits the back end of the throat.
This is a smooth easy drinking beer and the carbonation is present and hits the tongue, but is still mild. Quite possible that I finish this whole growler right now. I probably should have purchased two.
Drink it. It's good.

Update 2011 if I may. Picked up another growler. I'm updating my score as well. It is better than I remember before. I could easily drink this every day. A fantastic aroma of an array of citrus hops with a basket of oranges in the taste while being more drinkable than any beer should be.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2010 23:12:56 | More by ManVersusBeer
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erosier

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a tall and thick off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a big earthy, spicy, citrus-y hop aroma follows with a hint of something sweet at the end.
T: Tastes like it smells with a nice sweet toasted malt base followed by a slightly sweet taste and then a nice medley of earthy, spicy, citrus-y hops with a pretty clean finish.
M: Very smooth, slightly warming maybe more relaxing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this pint was done with ease and joy. With much less abv than most of the strong ales out there this was a nice break from them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 13:59:39 | More by erosier
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint poured from a 64 oz. growler, filled on 1/28/13.

Hazy, cloudy, golden body with white brassy edges. Finger of cottony, gauzy, casky, off-white head. Nice lacing. Solid hop nose. Strong on the spicy, herbal, peppery, slightly funky noble characters. Some citrus rind as well. Fruity malt aromas play bass. Faint woody, oaky twinge. Lovely!

Spicy, bitterish, gentle hops up front. Malt fills in underneath, with notes of biscuit, cookie, and light fruit (melon and pear). Mineral water bitterness picks up a bit. Grassy, sea-air funk hop flavors roll in nicely. Peppery, dry finish. Subtle woody notes and even a little oaky vanilla. Medium body, with a smooth, creamy feel. Interesting, complex, and crazy drinkable. A big time winner!

Serving type: growler

02-02-2013 02:11:49 | More by alexgash
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64oz growler thanks to Mr. ubufan2112, I owe ya for this one.

Poured into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Hazy gold/brown, dull in low light and vibrant with some light behind it. 1cm dense head settles into a dense outer ring of bubbles on the pint glass.

S- Pine sap comes off the top.

T- Bitter, earthy, herbal hops. A fantastic crispness that I was not expecting. Almost refreshing. Pale malt balances the earthy bitterness fantastically. The hops come on as bitter and earthy, also grassy and a bit spicy.

M- Great carbonation, balance, body, I am floored. 5 of 5.

D- High. One of the most unique beers I've ever had- they don't make 'em like this. A strong 6.5% ale that kicks ass- I need more!

Serving type: growler

01-25-2011 01:12:04 | More by ShogoKawada
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler I picked up 3 days ago from the NEBco. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing. Great aroma. Pine, hops, sweetness, and a hint of tropical fruits (namely pineapple?). There is a lot of flavor here. Nice blend of piney hops, tropical fruits, and a great bitter bite. A bit floral as well. Pretty smooth and easily quaffed. Wasn't sure how well it would keep in my growler. Not a lot of carbonation but there is enough. When I tried the plastic sample cup at the brewery I couldn't believe how tasty it was. Now I'm really glad I paid $10 for a growler. Such a deal. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2011 05:17:23 | More by PicoPapa
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy copper/orange color, producing a nice two finger creamy white head. It had minimal lacing as the beer was consumed.

S: Tons o' hops, very piney... not sure that I have really ever smelled anything like this before, not that this is dramatically different than other beers, but there is something unique to it. Overall, it smells great.

T: Starts off with a nice hop bite, very tangy citrusy taste. It then morphs into a really nice smooth finish, leaving a wonderful after taste in your mouth.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy... good amount of carbonation.

D: This is very drinkable and has a very acceptable ABV of 6.5%. I could drink this all night.

Note: It really is a shame that this beer is only available in bars or growler fills at NEBCO and that it is only brewed once a year. This is a true gem.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2011 04:46:01 | More by pjs234
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Gold Stock Ale from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.