Stonefly IPA | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States
sauconycreekbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stonefly IPA has been refreshed with the addition of Citra Hops and introduction of a new dry-hopping process we call Alle Zeit Hopfen. A new dry-hopping contraption we custom built called HopfenKubel that we designed to slowly release dry-hops continuously for 48 hours into the fermentation tank. This will allow more surface contact time with the hops and beer fully maximizing the aroma and flavors from the hops. The addition of Citra Hops deliver a spicy, floral, strong citrus and tropical tone of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee. Stonefly IPA will continue to support the efforts of the Schuylkill Action Network and donate a portion of proceeds to the Berks Watershed Restoration Fund to protect the source waters and health of the Schuylkill River watershed.

Added by JTSbeerislife on 03-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
178
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Firewolf13
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JimPottNY
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice balance clean taste throughout

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Pours an apricot orange color that has a glow to it. Twho finger head that hangs around. Very cloudy.

Smell- Strong fresh aroma of grapefruit and orange peel. Light toasted malt aroma also lingers.

Taste- A light, dry crackery bread taste with a touch of caramel quickly progesses into a citrus forward blast of flavor. The grapefruit really picks up midway in the flavor profile. Next come heavy pine flavors that go into a lasting bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body. Dry finish. Well carbonated.

Overall- I was surprised by the freshness and big taste of this beer. Impressed by this hop bomb, as it was my first Saucony Creek offering. Keeping up with the PA brewing greatness. Aside from the freshness, the appearance was of a top notch IPA. Plus it says on the label that proceeds go towards locla stream restoration, so that is awesome. Very well done IPA to be had here.

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Photo of JohnF
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tvghost
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JArena13
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GregStoner
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dopen993
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz bottle.
Golden orange in color with medium whit head.
Good citrus smell with hints of hops, not over powering of either.
Get a good amount of orange and lemon taste. Might be lacking a little on the finish. Very nice balance and VERY easily drinkablele.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best of a group of beers from these guys I've recently tried!

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Photo of 50marathons
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great balance and nice citrus flavor.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No visible bottling date info but the Wegman's pasteover label suggested it arrived at the store Sept. 30th. So it would be at least a month old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's Finest Liquids tulip.

a: Slightly hazy amber with a two inch tall white head which receded to persistent heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Floral, pine and citrus.

t: Follows the nose with medium hop bite over a bready malt base. Rather bitter finish.

m; Medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptional medium strength IPA, tasty with no shortage of hop bitterness or initial flavor. Inviting durable head and lacing too. Main drawback is the hop flavor fades and bitterness builds. However it is hard to say how old this bottle was when I bought it in a mixed six, and age tends to cause the hop flavors to decline.

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Photo of Al262
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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