Cranky IPA
Stony Creek Brewery

Cranky IPACranky IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,654
Ranked #42,014
3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
Stony Creek Brewery
Connecticut, United States
Cranky IPACranky IPA
Notes: Assertive hop character enhanced by a smooth malt backbone are what define this IPA. Crankyâ„¢ showcases citrus and tropical fruit hops balanced by notes of black pepper and pine. At 6.8% ABV and 68 IBUs this IPA is cranky enough to satisfy your bitterest of dispositions.
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Munka from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer. Got it as a birthday gift. Very juicy and full of flavor. Just enough bite and carbonation, with a great golden color. Sweet smell and an attractive can, can't go wrong here

Aug 30, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mild hops. The taste is slightly bitter and follows the nose.

Jul 15, 2018
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very tasty IPA, by one of my favorite local breweries in CT. Ive had the big old cranky which has a bit more horsepower to it and a more full flavor but this is no slouch by any means. By the way the big old cranky is in an orange can vs this green one if someone was wondering. But this is full of flavor and just like the other one I had with just a lower ABV and a tad lighter overall. Still worth a try.

Feb 01, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: floral and pine - nicely aromatic;

T: floral from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation;

O: no complexity; very little bitterness; boring;

Jan 15, 2018
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Crentist from Connecticut

2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can poured into glass. Local purchase.
S- muted scent, had a bit of skunk at first that disappeared after a few minutes, muted floral hops scent remaining. A little citrus as the beer warms up.
T- yikes, this can has a bit of a strange flavor. Hard to describe but it's somewhere between aluminum and ammonia. There is something off with the production here. Definite chemical flavor that should not be there.
F- thin for a beer of this alcohol content.
O- I will try again next year when hopefully they have ironed out whatever the problem is with production. I like to support the local breweries so I won't give up hope; the Snow Hole from Stony Creek I have liked very much in the past, as well as the Crumb. This is one to avoid for the near future.

Dec 13, 2016
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Andy25 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly floral smell and taste. Average feel. Color was light orange. Decent ipa, wouldn't go out of my way to find it but worth a try if you haven't had it. Would try it again but nothing other than average.

Oct 30, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Impressive, rocky head that settles very slowly. Leaves large 3D chunks of lace. The liquid is orange-amber color and very cloudy.

First impression is of a refrigerator-like smell, almost like stale ice. There's a mild floral hop touch. Light earthiness.

The taste is definitely off. At first, I thought it was a strong yeast bite, but I think it's closer oxidized home brew (i.e. stored way too long). Almost undrinkable. Light body with an above average carbonation level. The aftertaste is long and quite unpleasant.

Oct 21, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 07/07/16 on bottom of can.

A: Light amber with 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with good retention and spotty lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Heavy caramel and woody aromas with some grapefruit

T: Flavor is also woody and herbal with a lot of hop resin but not a lot of bright hop character. Caramel is medium or more and I think weighs this beer down. Moderate to high bitterness for 68 IBU. Very light alcohol bitterness.

M: Sticky-tacky with medium body and moderate carbonation, again hurt byt hte hefty caramel character.

O: Not all that enjoyable -- not looking forward to the other 3 Double Cranky IPAs I have left.

Sep 16, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on August 23, 2016.

The pour is golden-yellow under a tremendous white foamy heady that eventually settles back. Good clarity.

The aroma is white bread, sour dough, grass, herbs, and a touch of citrus. But everything is muted.

Medium body but quite smooth and lovely on the tongue.

The taste tends to highlight the white breaded malt notes rather than the hops but the hops are more herbal than anything.

Aug 23, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The can releases a slightly cloudy deep golden, almost orange, brew into my tulip glass. A thick and foamy white head ascends up to a finger and retains well. A thick blanket of lace at the top and plentiful webs below that.

S- An aroma of light-medium strength where citrus hops are far and beyond the main thing showcased with hints of lemon and grapefruit rind; they do not approach pungent and fade somewhat quickly. Hints of spicy and fruity hops beyond that next to slight sweet malts.

T- As noted above the citrus hops manifest themselves in the forefront of the experience but here the malts and other hop notes become more pronounced. Less-than-bright orange rind and ruby red grapefruit off the top as the crackery, lightly caramelized grains form a base that does cause some interference with the perception of the hops. Grassy, spicy, herbal, floral, biscuit and tropical hints come to mind as well.

MF- The texture is mainly creamy but it falls of and does not really reach chewy. Light-medium overall thickness and a high level of carbonation. Finishes with a gripping citrus rind bitterness.

Certainly nothing really wrong with a brew like this as oranges and grapefruit rind lay atop medium malts and sweetness. Just comes off as a bit dull especially comparing it to the top notch IPAs of today.

Aug 05, 2016
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance- Orange amber in color, cloudy, and pours a foamy two finger head.

aroma- Citrus, mango, and pineapple.

taste- Citrus hops upfront with a little bitterness. Jucier hops follow with orange and mango, and a cracker malt providing a creamy yet clean finish.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy/soft texture, and a clean overall feel.

overall- Very solid beer all around with good flavor and a great feel. Definitely would have this again, but it doesn't quite pack the punch I'm looking for in an IPA. If the flavor could be pushed up a notch this would be great beer given the quality of the texture/feel.

Aug 02, 2016
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fank2788 from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a pint glass
Great orange gold color with a nice frothy off white head that falls slowly. The smell is a strong dose of caramel malts along with a multilayered hop experience with notes of grass, spice, pine and a bit of citrus all apparent. Tinglingly bitter yet the hop flavors are a bit restrained as the spicy and piney are the only two that really come through. The base is solid but really not sweet at all as the hops are the focus. Overall this is fairly dry and a little on the bitter side the relatively high alcohol is nicely masked making it quite drinkable. Overall this is a new favorite of mine from another great local brewery!

Jul 10, 2016
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a very small, white head. The smell is strong on citrus, as is the taste. One can notice the hop profile in this beer, as the citrus is balanced with heavy hop tastes.

Jul 04, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, grassy, spicy, and piney hops followed by caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Grassy, pine, lemon, and spicy hop glavor with toasted, biscuity, and caramel malts. Lingering bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, lingering bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice IPA from CT. Good flavor and worth revisiting.

Apr 25, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice foamy 1/2 finger head, nice lacing, hazy golden pale color.

Nose light, touch lemon zest, grassy, little spicy and resin, little husky grainy, pretty light.

Taste grainy little cracker doughy toasted malt, then grassy hops, little floral and mild fruity, fair bitterness, some noble hop grassy characters later. Finish little dry crisp, fair bitter grassy noble hops, little malt.

Mouth is med bod decent carb.

Apr 18, 2016
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far333 from Connecticut

2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear honey colored with a low head of white foam that disappears quickly. Aroma so low that I can't pick up anything. Flavors of hop bitters, more bitter than flavorful, but notes of pine and grapefruit pith come through. Balanced well with honey malt, but not much complexity of flavor. Watery and thin mouthfeel. Average beer.

Jan 23, 2016
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CTBeerBari from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy this one frequently as it is available almost always at my local shop in central CT. This is very bold and bitter at first taste out of the fridge, with a lot of grapefruit and pine up front and a bit of the acidic alcohol edge. It becomes more enjoyable as mellows towards room temperature in a glass or from the can. Definitely worth a try but not as balanced as some others. Nonetheless due to availability and my support for the local scene I'm a repeat customer.

Oct 27, 2015
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little less than your typical orange hue for a high hoppy IPA. It did have a nice pine resin grapefruit nose, not too strong, but inviting.
The initial taste was a bit on the light side, the typical bitterness of a nice IPA was there, but not too dry.
Overall, pleasant, but something lacking in the total overall balance.

Sep 17, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a pretty nice floral nose on it like most northeast IPA's, but the flavor isn't very balanced. I got a lot of bitterness on the backend and there just isn't enough character for me.

Aug 07, 2015
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hoppymcgee from Maine

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Appropriate cloudiness.

S: Nothing to note here.

T: Despite this being a fresh can, it tasted oxidized and like the candy shell of an orange tootsie pop.

F: Good level of carbonation. Appropriate thickness for the ABV and style.

O: Stony Creek has better beers.

Jul 31, 2015
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite being exceptionally fresh, canned 7/1, there was nothing pushing boundaries here. I only wish the can hadn't promised me the tropical notes with hints of pepper that led me to the cash register. Oh well, glad to support local brewing.

Jul 14, 2015
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CayseyW from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh tasting, canned on 7/1, tasted on 7/8.
L: Clear, copper coloring with a solid off-white head, but almost no lacing.
S: Malty with hints of melon and stone fruit. It's decent but it's not going to blow anyone away.
T: It's pretty well balanced. I expected it to be much more malty given the smell. That said, it could still use more hops. There's a subtle sweetness, but the hops do fight their way in, offering some mellow tropical, melon and stone fruit flavors. I don't think its unreasonable to assume these flavors would be totally gone if the beer wasn't so fresh.
F: Thin... very thin. I've actually had sessions with more robust bodies than this beer. However, it's impressive that the 6.8% ABV doesn't show up with that thin body and light flavor profile. The carb is on point too. I was generous with the score here because of these last two points.
O: This will not be a go-to for me, but I'd drink it again. I think this beer has a good foundation and could be made great with some tweaks. I don't know if they're looking to mess with it, but they should. It's a good- to very-good beer that could be more.

Jul 10, 2015
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color with two fingers of off white head.
Retention is above average and the lacing is sticky and ample.

S: Pepper. Lemon. Toasted malts. Light citric smell.

T/M: Smooth. Malty. Nice pepper and pine taste. Light citric hop
presence. Malts seem to stand out a little more. The aftertaste is
on the bitter side but mostly clean. Basic light IPA taste.

O: Pretty much a session IPA. Light on hop taste. I've had better
session IPA's before. Still it's crisp and goes down easy.


Jun 23, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had many times at the brewery into a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, small head barely sticks around. Balanced aroma of sweet and caramel malts with some good herbal hop notes, little bit of pine. Aroma overstated the hoppiness of this one. It's mostly malt (tastes like extract that's a touch oxidized) with a bitter finish and a quick taste of leafy hops. Notes of fruit due to the malt sweetness. Feel is heavier than expected, overall not a great beer.

Jun 17, 2015
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jhavs from New York

3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Falls under the category of very nice place with moderate to mediocre beer.

They are new so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Golden straw, foamy head, aroma has sweet malts in the forefront. Citrus is the only hop characteristic I smell.

Smooth and crisp, would be an easy drinker. Nothing major off, but nothing bringing me back form more.

Jun 11, 2015
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