(203) IPA | Stony Creek Brewery

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(203) IPA(203) IPA
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(203) IPA(203) IPA

Brewed by:
Stony Creek Brewery
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Thomas Hooker Brewing.

Our first Stony Creek beers are (203) India Pale Ale and (860) India Pale Ale. Each mildly different yet truly American IPA’s. Packed with Cascade hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley, Stony Creek IPA’s have a thirst quenching citrus flavor and aroma. We balance this with light crystal specialty malts to bring you a deep golden beer that drinks easy, and won’t leave your taste buds wanting for anything.

Added by shigg85 on 10-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with 1/2 inch white fluffy foam. Will lace a lot. Bready malt nose. Some bitter scent as well. Light caramel. Taste is full malty with a light bitter at the close. Some pine but buried below, Light on bitter, high on malt. Good blend.

Clearly I like this better than others on the site,

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Photo of JoyJer
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

David really are diversified. It's like being in Massachusetts and knowing that you're going to know all types of people. But you don't really don't know who they're from Japan or Thailand or Korea. It's a normal typical ,very plain IPA but it's tasty to the top nice mouth feel nice love.

Thor probably wouldn't smash the glass and scream I'll try another. He probably say what else do you have an IPAs. And gentle hand the glass back to the waiter/ bartender

Definitely worth a try though

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Rust color orange, cloudy. It has a nice creamy looking head. Looks are appealing.

S- Floral hops with a slight citrus accent in the background. Scent is equally as malty. Touch of breadiness. Slight toffee notes. Nice change of pace for an East Coast style IPA, but mostly a familiar smelling IPA.

T- The initial sip is of a citrus type juice (maybe grapefruit and orange mix), but finishes all florally. The malty taste is great. It really rounds out the hop flavor nicely. Not bready like in the aroma. Drying in the finish. Almost makes this feel ever so slightly chewy. It just dries out the back of the throat. Interesting, but not in a bad way. Just a good example of an East Coast style IPA here. No complaints.

M- Carbonation makes this taste crisp for sure! First sip is slightly watery with that juicy quality, but ends up with a medium mouthfeel overall. Not real heavy at all, but sitts a little too heavy to be quaffable.

*Overall this is a great example of an East Coast IPA. There isn't a dominating floral taste, but true to an East Coast IPA, it's certainty there. I'm starting to think Connecticut has some real nice craft beers and IPAs in general. I need to try/review more from the state.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a light yellow with a thin head. The smell is mostly hops, seemed a bit one dimensional. The taste was very bright with a lot of floral bitterness from the hops but with some balance from the malt. The only thing I really didn't like too much in this one is the aftertaste is not very good and it sticks to your mouth and lingers far too long.

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Photo of Smoke
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into glass. Born on Date – 09/05/12. Poured into glass with a minimal head and a hazy light amber color. I heard this one was different from the 860, but it was tough for me to tell the difference. It may have a bit more grapefruit to it than the 203, but it still is quite earthy and balanced. The profile is a little thin for the style.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall - Not a personal favorite. I preferred the 860 over the 203, although I wasn't too impressed by either.

A - Golden with a 1 finger white head. Nothing to write home about on this one...

S - Smell is off-putting, sorry to disappoint, but I'm not too enthralled with it. No scent of any maltiness, no fruity hops, no floral hops, just an astringent bitterness. It smells like it came straight out of an aluminum fermenter.

T - 1-dimensional bitterness. Not sweet, not syrupy, not much of an alcohol bite, not sour, just a metallic bitter bite.

M - Slightly watery, not thick, not effervescent, not bubbly or smooth, just blah...

O - I would pass on this beer if I were you. There are many others I would purchase before this one again. Certainly an "AVERAGE" rated beer in my opinion...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a cloudy pale straw color. Looks like Hefe or a Witbier. Thicker white head leaves long lacing stripes.

S-Very boring. I initially thought my order was wrong, it didn't look like an IPA nor does it smell like one too much either. Its really quite bland with some vague yeastiness and some defunct hops with grain.

T-Nope! Its missing so many things. Just a mixture of semi-off and unmemorable flavors.

M-If it doesn't taste very good how can it really feel that good?


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Photo of shigg85
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at the Mark Twain House beer festival in Hartford, CT. Poured into a pint glass. A nice American IPA with lots of Cascade hops in the smell and flavor. Light gold in hue with a thin white head. Smooth aftertaste and a solid IPA without being overly hopped. If you have a chance, try this!

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Photo of tim6298
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Home restaurant in Branford back in late 2014. Poured into a pint glass. Interesting to drink this beer that was brewed at Hooker when the new Stony Creek Brewery is being built near by. Pours a lighter color of amber, near orange, not a lot of head. Smell is pretty malty and light, touch of hops. Taste follows suit, it's pretty bitter but the hop flavors don't come out much. Malt backbone is pretty prominent. Not a great IPA, similar to that of an old Harpoon IPA. Pass.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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(203) IPA from Stony Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 61 ratings