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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Every brewery has to have an IPA, right? The Stinger is our IPA and it is slightly different, because we use locally-sourced honey as a main ingredient. What makes that special? Well, honey ferments almost completely out of the beer leaving very little flavor, the honey flavors that do remain blend very well with the floral and cirtusy hop flavors. By using honey, we were able to cut back on the malt flavors in the beer while pushing forward and showcasing the hops... and there is no shortage of hops in this beer with increasing amounts of hops added during the boil and multiple dry-hop additions of Cascade, Columbus, Magnum, and Summit hops. The end result is a clean, crisp, bitter, and hoppy American IPA that really lets you know you’re drinking a hoppy beer, without it being a ’hop-bomb’ that goes all nuclear on your taste buds.

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rjplumer (1198) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Starts with a sweet citrus and honey aroma.Honey colored body with a faint haze. Moderately bitter with sweet honey taste. Decent and unique.

ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Draught at the Kinsale, 12/23/15.
Deep brass color, with high clarity and an off-white head that fades quickly to cover.
Light pine mixing with grapefruit and orange rind in the nose. Lemons, limes, a touch of bready maltiness and light caramel. Not hugely aromatic with just a ton of citrus getting somewhat monotonous by the end. But clean, anyways, with no alcohol noted.
I like the commercial deScription talking about using honey so that they can use less malt to let the hops shine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do that at all. Instead, a bready, caramel character still shows through, but the lighter body allows too much acidity/bitterness to come through. And even the hop flavors themselves are just heavily citric, very monotonous grapefruit, lemon, orange. Little/no brightness or levity on the palate. A bit sweeter than it needs to be too, despite all of this bitterness.
I don’t know why people love brewing with honey so damned much. Get rid of that. Get rid of anything but the pale malts. Take most of the hops you used in the boil and put them at the end of the whirl. Not a poorly-brewed beer, just needs a big overhaul on the recipe.

Martinus (4715) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2015
Amber colour, white head. Hoppy aroma, citrus and tropical fruits. Fruity flavour, bitter, light sweet. Bitter finish, peach.
(from draught @ GBBF ’14, London)

fonefan (51532) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2015

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Bog Iron Stinger IPA ].
Clear medium amber yellow color with a small to average, open and frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, pine, hop oil. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hop oil, orange, pine - wood, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20140812]

Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2015
From my backlogg:

Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014. Clear golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy piney grassy fruity caramell citrus aroma. Hoppy piney hay floral fruity flavour.

yespr (48061) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
From cask. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is solid hoppy, grapefruity and peachy, light pine. Bitter, fruity, crisp hoppy and citrusy. Skooth fruity. Lingering hops fruity and slight bitter finish.

Leighton (22507) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Draft at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours clear gold with a light, white foam head. Nice rich citrus hops, some sticky malt sugars, perfume, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish with more juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit. Solid.

anders37 (27226) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2014. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy peachy aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy weak piney bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy bitter finish.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Sample at Great British Beer Festival 2014. Clear golden beer with a small head. Hoppy pine aroma, grass, hay, floral, caramel, citrus, mango, some peach. Hoppy pine flavor, hay, floral, peach, mango, some biscuits. Very nice.

Theydon_Bois (20849) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Gravity dispense at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14.
Lightly hazed orange amber with a moderate of white covering.
Nose is bitter orange, pine, straw, earthy hops.
Taste comprises more earthy hops, spice, straw, orange pith, soft bread dough, tropicana.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close peppered with hop bitterness and pine bite.
Decent IPA.

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