Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Reviewed by on November 2, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Escondido, CA, US

  • Rated On: November 2, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled September 23, 2015

  • ABV: 9.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

24 Carrot Golden Ale is a collaboration between Stone and Monkey Paw Brewing, using a recipe from the current winner of the Stone Homebrew Competition, one Juli Goldenberg, who has constructed a carrot-cake themed Belgian-style ale that screams out late autumn comfort food, the sort that might show up as side dishes on American Thanksgiving – and due to the near 20-proof booze quotient, the tumblers on the table as well!

This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one chubby-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat silken ecru head, which leaves a bit of capsizing ship hull lace in places around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, sugary carrot cake (more the pastry side than the root vegetable one), zingy cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans, an indistinct dark fruitiness, restive estery yeast, a further weak earthy spiciness, and some sidling, and sort of probing metallic alcohol. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a twinge of caramel and vanilla sweetness, muddled vegetal notes (like a mix of carrot, zucchini, and yam), testy yeast, chewed-out bubblegum, more pleasant, if not particularly clear black fruitiness, some white pepper and clove spice character, and the same sneaky, snooping booziness originally ‘seen’ in the nose.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and occasionally festive frothiness, the body a rock solid middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, only the hovering alcohol petitioning for a tithe here. It finishes trending sweet, the caramel/vanilla and reduced veggie (an actually good thing, in this one) and fruity essences maintaining control of the kitchen.

Overall, an interesting and decent seasonal offering – the sweetened and spiced carrot notes possessing the staying power necessary for a long day of watching football, eating complementary food (who am I kidding, it’s all about the turkey, gravy, and bread), and yes, drinking. And, in the end, making light of this offering’s gag-worthy punny name with your favourite uncle who delights in such things.

Brady White

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