Stonefly IPA | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Stonefly IPAStonefly IPA

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

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

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3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is murky yellow in color and has some fine particulates visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of grapefruit hops and has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness. Both the grapefruit flavors and bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA really packs in lots of flavors of fresh grapefruit hops and bitterness, but seems like it could have used a little more crispness and underlying malts.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color; the head is very impressive, sticks like a champ and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Minty and slightly tropical, with a cracker malt aspect

Taste: Quite minty, up front, with a growing bitterness that builds above the cracker and nutty malt tones; surprising level of bitterness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A somewhat odd combination of flavors here; certainly different, but it didn't win me over

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saucony Creek Brewing Co. "Stonefly India Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Look: Slightly hazy golden body, possibly from dry-hopping. Creamy bright white head that holds well and leaves impressive lacing behind.
Smell: Lightly sweetish grainy malt with gently citrusy, tropical, and softly piney hops. As an American IPA I would expect the aroma to be a bit bolder, but the label doesn't indicate that. On the other hand, as an English IPA it would be remiss in that it's clearly utilizing hops from the American pacific northwest.
Taste: As the aroma indicates it will be, but fuller of course. The citrus, however, remains gentle and not particularly clear although at least orange is upfront, if not grapefruit as well. It's a little bit spicy and peach or apricot-like as well. A solid bitterness anchors it and conquers any sweetness that the malt might have left in it by the time it reaches the finish. Along with bitterness some earthiness, citrus pith, mild fruitiness with a hint of peach, and pine linger.
Feel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation that's gently crisp and then smooth.
Overall: While it doesn't stand out from the great hordes of IPAs on the shelves theses days it's certainly able to maintain it's position within the group. Nicely done. A well balanced and rounded, "solid" IPA.

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3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and a caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent IPA but there plenty of others in the style that I would pick first.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, darker gold color. Decent bar poured head which leaves some streaks of lace.

The nose started with cream and weedy smelling hop.

A straight up IPA. The malt begins the taste with a bit of white-bread toast. It lasts until the swallow when the black pepper hop bitterness kicks in. Long lasting aftertaste. High carbonation with a moderate body.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +39.3%
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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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy bronzed golden orange with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. A good amount of white clingy and ringy lacing glazed around the sides of the glass. The smell had a decent citrus to piney hops overcoating a delicate caramel malt. The taste had pretty much the same with a sticky piney aftertaste leading to sticky dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and the bitterness is there but allows a decent sticky citrus to sharpen and delicately stroll across my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again. It definitely had a different mouthfeel, but still everything else seemed spot on.

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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Stonefly IPA from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
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