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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Stoker Red Ale by Worthy Brewing Co.

June, 2018
Judges Rating: 
89
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Stoker Red Ale by Worthy Brewing Co. was judged as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (21B). The aroma has hints of pine, wood, and cane sugar. A rich, fluffy off-white head rests on top of a slightly hazy, copper-amber colored beer. The flavor is malty (slight caramel, a touch sweet, but not cloying), and some modest fruitiness accentuates the resinous hops. The bitterness is pronounced and lingers for some time after swallowing the beer. The balance is clearly leaning to the hop qualities over the malts, but some malt fullness also carries through to the finish. The body is medium, and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is a well-balanced Red IPA, but one that strays off the more common formula and uses hops that are more herbal and earthy rather than citrusy. This makes for a well-made and quaffable beer that may be a little different than you usual IPA variant.

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