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Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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In bringing together artisans from disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warped cacophony, shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Alice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone. We all enjoy turning things up to 11, and that is represented in this collaborative offering, an imperial India pale ale ably backed by Nugget, Comet and Calypso hops, and amplified care of a healthy dry-hopping with Vicís Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph. To give this modern masterpiece some soulful, classic character, we traced the roots of brewing to the days when Old World herbs were used to spice beers, adding in coriander and, a first for us, elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we added golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and add body and enhanced mouthfeel to the brew like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary jam solo. Sit back, crank the volume and get lost in this operatic incarnation of genres combined in the name of invention.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3778) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Clear copper pour. Citrusy tropical fruit tones. Bitterness picks up as an earthiness on the finish but overall very sweet. Not sure what the elderberries or corriander are doing here as I canít really pick them up? Iíd love to try the base beer for comparison. Pretty solid DIPA though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (706) - - SEP 27, 2014
Nice hoppy bouquet. Peach, apricot, weed, decent maltiness, smooth with a pretty clean finish. Another solid Stone brew, I can feel heavy rocking riffs of hoppiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickvega82 (38) - Maine, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Pours an opaque orange amber color with almost no head. Smells overwhelmingly piney. The flavor is all piney hops up front. Not too aggressive as far as IPAs go but aboust as aggressive as id like. Theres a little toasted malt taste on the back end but its pretty muted. I will say for the lvl of hops its pretty clean and smooth. It almost has a session IPA quality which you donít often get out of a 9%. If you like a beer that is a big slap of pine and orange peel to your mouth then youll enjoy this

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8461) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Etched glass. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of flaked oats, dry bread, dried grapefruit pith, dirty earthy caramel. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3126) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to old mate. Pours vibrant orange with a small, firm white cap on top. Nose is very much toffee biscuit, red berry tang and damp wood. Itís definitely old but smells solid. Taste is very much caramel, bright berries, mild pine, earthiness and a touch of zest and spice to finish. For how old it is, itís solid

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2623) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
20 June 2014, bottle. Yellow, clear, no bubbles. nose is grassy and light granola malt. Thin body and mildly fizzy. pine hop bitterness. decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1655) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber orange with a huge off white head. Aroma is mainly pine with some fruitiness - juicy fruit gum. Also slight spiciness and some malt in the aroma. Flavor has some, but not much bitterness, lots of pine resin. Some floral flavors. Some maltiness. Very clean and smooth. Not a ginormous beer, but a nice, drinkable DIPA. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3416) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 650ml ($9.50): Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is full of citrus, berries, spice, and a heavy malt backbone. Taste is bitter, plenty of fruitiness. It was also somewhat sweet. Body was thicker than I would have liked. Aftertaste was long and sustained. I didnít really love this beer. I donít know if the bottle was old or if this beer is just not for me, but I did not have a great time drinking this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (857) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.79 Purchased: Aug. 26, 2014 Consumed: Aug. 31, 2014 Misc.: Bottled on May 19, 2014 Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with two fingers of khaki-white head. Above average-to-good semi-layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.92) Smelled a whole mix of different flavors. First got a dose of earthy, rye hops. Then caramel, wet Cascade hops, citrus hops, coriander, floral hops, orange zest, tropical spices, mango, buttery malts and touch of soured fruit. (Smell - 3.66) Tasted pretty much like I thought it was going to, a lot like the nose. Earthy, grainy, rye hops, citrus hops, bitter orange rind, coriander, caramel, wet Cascade hops, floral hops, boozy, mango, tropical hops, tangerine rind, honey wheat, grassy notes and light buttery malts. (Taste - 3.77) Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.62) A decent IPA and a great beer for the value ($5.99). Iíd have this again, but I do prefer their pale ale. (Overall - 3.71) 3.73 84 B

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (246) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2014
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