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Gold Stock Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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Gold Stock Ale
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BA SCORE
95
world-class

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 55
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-13-2013 02:15:51 | More by polishkaz
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dcoux09

Connecticut

4.98/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance: Gold, cloudy, white head, lovely lacing.

Smell: Gold Stock is well balanced. You certainly had a hop presence, however it was balanced with orange oil, coriander, and citrus notes.

Taste: In one word: smooth. This beer was so well balanced between an IPA and a wheat beer it was unreal. Imagine a Lagunitas IPA mixed with a less yeasty Allagash White, and that’s what this beer was. If I ever see this during the summer, I will buy every keg… it’s a perfect summer brew. Gold Stock was easy to drink, perfectly carbonated, and a joy to pour out of the little brown jug. It finished with some spiciness and was very satisfying.

02-09-2013 22:32:57 | More by dcoux09
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-04-2013 01:45:11 | More by thegerm87
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CTJman

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-02-2013 05:17:24 | More by CTJman
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

02-02-2013 02:11:49 | More by alexgash
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -3%

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!

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-30-2012 19:31:26 | More by seplo
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gamanley

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-25-2012 00:06:53 | More by gamanley
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-18-2012 22:25:19 | More by HopsHopenstein
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-15-2012 14:04:56 | More by RMoeNay
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-06-2012 02:11:50 | More by hoppymcgee
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-29-2012 16:32:00 | More by Pete27lax
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-28-2012 20:39:28 | More by Adrianized
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

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

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

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Light yellow-orange in color, with a cloudy poor. Whiffs of glorious citrus and herbal hops fortified with a little oak. On the tongue it starts off hoppy and bitter but leaves you with a moderate amount oak flavor, a tad of vanilla from the wood, and lingering hop citrus. The flavor to ABV ratio is off the charts. It's big flavors are unique and deliciously packed into a relatively low amount of alcohol that just begs you to have another!

03-08-2012 22:33:54 | More by foodplusbeer
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donohuer

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -19%

03-06-2012 04:05:12 | More by donohuer
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nicholas527

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

03-04-2012 20:05:53 | More by nicholas527
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abrand

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

02-27-2012 20:26:02 | More by abrand
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smutty33

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-20-2012 15:51:04 | More by smutty33
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-14-2012 14:24:36 | More by PeteRiz
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks 1stbiermeister for the surprise appearance bearing a growler of this brew I have wanted to catch up to for some time. A worthy subject for my 200th review!!

Very hazy pale yellow color with a bone white head that doesn't last too long, but leaves a thin layer of foam and plenty of sticky lacing.

Pronounced and complex aroma - pear, melon, coconut leads into a big hoppy flavor. The flavor builds in a crescendo, starting with tropical fruits, building through resiny pine flavors, and topping off with a vanilla oakiness. Modestly bitter finish is really more spicy than bitter.

Mouthcoating medium body. Overall this is a very drinkable ale - a hop lovers delight, blending fruity and spicy hops with oaky vanilla notes. Rustic but well balanced, and certainly unique. I would definitely snag this one any chance I got.

I am not sure what an American Strong Ale is - the BA description says it is a "catch all" for ales > 7% abv. So how does this qualify at 6.5%? Maybe it is not bitter enough to be an IPA, but it is damn hoppy. Regardless, it is a nice beer and I rate it on its own merits.

02-12-2012 01:51:31 | More by CliffBrake
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +15.3%

A-Pours a supremely hazy honeyed orange color. Head is smaller but leaves popped bubble lacing remnants on the glass. Head is bleach white.

S-A very interesting nose. Very hoppy. Hops are of ripe and juicy melons foremost. This really smells like a ripe melon. Fruity hop derived aromas of other tropical fruits. I even get a distinct aroma of coconuts. Light vanilla and oak too. An extremely unique and complicated nose.

T-This beer is so outstandingly original. Great hoppiness. Grass and herbal hops combine melodically with pine, citrus, melon, and a ton of pineapple. Definitely tastes like coconuts. I taste almonds, too. Smooth, sweet malt and a light oaky finish. Wow, there is just so much to comment on here.

M-The most buttery feel I have ever come across. Medium boded with plenty of carbonation. The feel of this beer is simply perfect.

O/D-I didn't know what to expect from this beer here, but I did have high hopes. This blew me out of the water. This is a beer set from its own unique mold. I love the flavors and the complexity. NEBCO kills it once again. I absolutely love their brews. This is perhaps the best beer I have encountered.

02-04-2012 03:14:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-16-2012 07:47:28 | More by chrispoint
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matthewpaul

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-13-2011 22:36:56 | More by matthewpaul
Gold Stock Ale from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.