Belt's Beer Garden: Monster Brews – Hustle Belt (blog)

Today I have a few monster brews for you. Let’s start with a up and coming Connecticut brewery – Stony Creek.

Stony Creek is located in Branford, Connecticut, a coastal town about 10 miles east of New Haven. The brewery likes to combine West Coast and East Coast styles to create hybrid beers that have the best qualities from each coast. Currently they are available in seven states, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

On my trip I discovered a beer called Crankenstein, which is a mash up of West Coast IPAs and New England IPAs with each variant having a different hop profile.

I found version #002, which is made with Enigma and Galaxy hops. A four-pack of 16-ounce cans costs roughly $14, which is a tad higher, but each can packs a very solid 7.2% ABV and 60 IBU.

The second edition of Crankenstein poured a super bright orange color with surprisingly little head. No more than a thin layer, half a finger high, of perfectly white bubbles ever appeared and very quickly faded away into a razor thin accumulation around the edge of the glass.

There was a nice balanced aroma emitted from the glass. It was subtle tropical fruits with a unique hoppy spice that was calmed by a smooth, sweet malt flavor with notes of caramel and bready malt.

My first sip began with a flash of light carbonation that quickly fizzled out, much like the head had done when I poured the beer.

From there, the hops started to pop. Tropical fruits – such as mango, pineapple, melon, and passionfruit – lead the way but were not alone. Hints of apricot, orange, and lemon rind followed close behind, creating a medley of fruits dancing across my taste

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