Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. Since its inception, Stone has crafted some of the most insane and sought after beers. Over the past two decades, they have collaborated with brewers all over the world to create some crazy concoctions. One of their latest is a joint effort with Homebrewer Juli Goldenberg and Monkey Paw called 24 Carrot Golden Ale. It is described as “a carrot cake inspired golden ale,” brewed with carrots, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla beans.
The beer pours a slight hazy golden color with orange hues. The thin white head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a minimal spotty lacing behind. The carbonation when first poured is very active and lively.
Aromas of Belgian yeast hit right off the bat. Spices of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon hit next along with a sweet carrot note. A nondescript citrus aroma can be found looming amidst the carrot and spice. Creamy vanilla aromas make an appearance and a bready note rounds out the bouquet quite nicely.
The palate offers notes of spices like nutmeg and coriander. Bready malts and Belgian yeast notes are in no short supply. A sweet vegetable taste, probably from the carrots, is notable and a light boozy note of sweet dried fruits can also be detected alongside the cinnamon. There is a slight bitterness that is accompanied by the same citrus notes in the bouquet. There is a hint of vanilla, but it is not as pronounced as it is on the nose.
Overall this is a well-made beer from the folks at Stone, in collaboration with Homebrewer Juli Goldenberg and Monkey Paw. Try this one with aged Gouda, butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sauce or cinnamon swirl bread pudding.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints