Gold Stock Ale
New England Brewing Co.

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From:
New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Style:
English IPA
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,651
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
176
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 01, 2023
Added:
Aug 18, 2001
Wants:
  88
Gots:
  15
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!
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Rated: 3.98 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I'm rating this from a can today but having had it a bunch on tap, I'll point out that this is a little different - the wood is firmer here and masks some of the hop character at the front. I don't know why this is classed as an English IPA. It's really what the "pale ale" category should include. Maybe there's too much hop character? Anyway, pours a beautiful golden, amber color - has that classic nebco hoppy nose. Sweet, piney, floral, juicy character. And the taste follows though this batch, 1/10/2022 give or take, carries just a load more wood in it. Anyway, deserving of #1 here albeit perhaps not a classic english IPA, it's great, whatever you choose to call it!
Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at New England Brewing Co in New Haven, CT.

This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like piney hops, cedar, golden maltiness, tea, and grassy hops.

I've randomly wanted to try this one for a while now, and it's pretty nice stuff. Dry hopping with German hops give this a unique and separate character from a typical West Coast or NE-style IPA for sure, and that's intriguing to me. I get tea, grassiness, lemon, and maybe even lime - along with some more typical grapefruit. There's a bit of maltiness, but it's sort of welcome here - it's a golden biscuity type of flavor and just a light bit of sweetness.

This is crisp, and dry, with delicious smoothness on the back end. It's quite drinkable.

I'd certainly love to see more IPA takes that aren't just Northeast juice bombs. The uniqueness wins me over here.
Mar 08, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; little lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is grassy and earthy;

T: follows the nose with a touch of lemon in the background; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little creamy; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; would pair well with a lot of food;
Mar 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by Magnapinna from Connecticut

Mar 13, 2019
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Reviewed by DFV from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance – Medium to thick of head and hazy, yellow body.

Aroma – Citrus, pine, and floral. Hint of vanilla or oak

Taste – Deep and complex. Not very hoppy for an IPA. Some Spicy and again vanilla or oak.

Mouthfeel – just right. Refreshing while not thin

Overall – Favorite beer from New England. Right amount of hoppy and malt flavors. Unique in that I can’t find another beer like it.
Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance – Thin layer of head on a hazy, deep yellow body.

Aroma – Citrus, pine, and floral hops all blended together, very complex.

Taste – Hop resins, caramel malt, a little grainy. Not what the aroma led you to expect.

Mouthfeel – Good for an English IPA, not heavy but not too thin either.

Overall – Not too bad but the taste could have been a little more layered and complex.
Mar 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by nebula1999 from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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!
Apr 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.62 by swierczt from Connecticut

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Feb 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.
Feb 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Feb 15, 2017
Gold Stock Ale from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 176 ratings