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Gold Stock Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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4.24/5
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164 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,564
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
164
pDev:
10.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Phishagonia
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at local restaurant in southern Connecticut. Poured into a US pint glass. This English IPA/pale ale pours a golden amber color, with some nice bubbling, medium sized head, and really nice lacing. Smell is of mild hops, maybe even goldings or fuggles, but with a hint of caramel/two row malts. The taste is perfectly balanced, just as this style should be. The hops are faint, and not in your face. This paired perfectly with fish and chips. If you are a huge fan of New England Brewery's IPAs like I am, set those tastebuds and expectations aside, and picture yourself sitting in a quaint English pub. I am kicking myself for passing on a growler of Gold Stock the last time they had it at the brewery. Well, there is always next time. NEBCO nails this style. Cheers!

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newcastlemike
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazy deep golden amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. The head has excellent retention, and leaves a fair bit of cobweb lacing as it dissipates. Beautiful looking beer.

The aroma is quite faint, but there are notes of sweet citrus and oak, as well as some cereal grains on the back end.

The taste brings loads of vanilla and oak on the front end, followed by some spicy yeast and cereal grains. The finish is quite citrusy and hoppy.

The feel is medium-light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Relatively dry finish with some lingering hop spiciness.

Overall, a very good and very interesting beer. The oak and vanilla works very well with the hops, creating a wonderful balance. Will definitely snag another growler of this if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psweendogg
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcflorian
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dipaslife4me
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tregan_20
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwent91
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. That unique smell/taste next to the nice German hops? That's oak.

This is a very nice beer. They managed to get the oak-aged notes while still keeping the hoppiness fresh. Solid malt base that stands up and keeps the balance. The oak is borderline astringent but not too much, it stays on this side without going overboard. It might get to be a bit much after a whole pint though.
Give this beer a try if you can find it, and remember it is definitely different from your usual American IPAs. As they say, "Drink it, it's good."

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Photo of Burkbom23
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of neutralaction
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emount91
2.93/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wehabeertrader
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

NEBCo calls this one a "mutant Pale Ale", but on here it's an English IPA. IDK!

Light bodied and oddly hoppy. Had it in February of 2015 and I don't often see this one in the rotation. Worth going to the brewery and checking out. Nothing crazy like Coriolis of FBD, but it hits the right marks. The recipe has changed a bunch of times. Matt has changed it recently with a blast of dry hopping to reflect a changing in palates of the consumer. Used to be a lot of german hops aged on wood. Tried it a long time ago and didn't like it as much as I did in February. Good melange of hops now and I would drink this any day.

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Photo of Tylerhurlburt
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Gold Stock Ale from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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