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Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 Vic’s 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5761) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Halftime web order. Pours unclear deep reddish/amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, tangerine and grapefruit, some weak sweet malts. Taste is light sweet caramel malts, loads of grapefruit and citrus hops, fresh oranges and weak spicy, good aggresive hops in the long finish, very nice DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6581-20140808] Bottle. Grainy orange floral aroma. Clear, golden orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Bitter orange resin leaf hops flavour. Medium body. Tasty. (7/4-/8/3/14) 3.6
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Didn’t you know this? Different owls make different types of hops."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (743) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 650ml bottle. Bottled 5/2/14. Pours a clear, but bright orange with a half finger, off white head that thins to a film. Aroma has great notes of pine, citrus, resin, berries, and bread. Taste is bitter but enjoyable. Pine, resin, tropical fruits, and citrus to start, then moving to bready caramel at the end. Big, bitter, resiny, bready aftertaste with a touch of alcohol warmth mixed in. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall a very tasty stone brew. Aggressive bitterness but with great flavours. Kinda an odd flavour mixed into the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ctplt777 (224) - - DEC 11, 2014
Stone has never made a bad IPA. This one is really good. It’s sweet, bitter, hoppy, fresh it is just a BIG beer. Brown sugar and hops. What else do you need? I’ve always loved all the IPA’s Stone does and this one is just as awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (768) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2014
From a bottle. Pours cloudy dull amber, fast fading head, big floral aroma, initial hop fruit mellows to a malty backbone with a slightly warming aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3672) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
bottle - Pours lightly hazy copper colored with a two finger head. It has a floral and citrus hop aroma. The flavor as expected is high on the bittering hops. The citrus and florals are there too. It’s got a full bodied malt backbone with a long bitter finish. As usual it’s another excellent IIPA from Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (801) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4oz sampler at Waldo Pizza. Pours Aroma of strong citrus, tropical fruits, somewhat spicy. Flavor is pine, grassy, tropical fruits. slightly dry mouthfeel. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (645) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Blonde dorée. Beau collet. Belle effervescence. Corps rond. Bonne amertume. Fruité. Fine chaleur d’alcool. Légèrement sucré. Sèche et bien rafraichissante malgré son haut pourcentage.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Super bonne double IPA. gros colle de mousse qui colle. Draft de pêches,abricots,mangues,petite touche de marijuana ont dirais. quelques choses d’exotique pas à peut près! en bouche ça explose , sa colle aussi , arrières goût d’agrumes avec une final longue et très longue qui s’étire, petite final chaude,léger sucre résiduel, Trop bonne . Bon souvenirs de Virginie en Août 2013 je vais tenter de m’en rappeler le plus possible Classique

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlennHendry (25) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
I’m getting a hint of something exotic - perhaps the elderberries though who knows what the hell elderberries taste like - or maybe the coriander, though that’ a spice that normally doesn’t agree with me. Whatever, it works. Really smooth and delicious but not overpoweringly bitter. Which is good because at 9.3 % this rock n roll collaboration brings a lot of heavy metal to the table. Stone Brewing can do no wrong


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