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Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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RATINGS: 295   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3392) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (855) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (245) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2014
8.......4........8..... 3.....15..........comments to follow at later date..............

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (339) - - SEP 15, 2014
cloudy amber color; citrusy hop aroma with corriander notes; a smooth, bitter, hoppy beer; lots of citrusy hop flavor with spice and alcohol notes on a medium bodied malt base

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pours hazy orange-amber with a 1-finger white head. Aroma of grapefruit hops, with the coriander beneath as well as a touch of berry. Medium body, smoother than expected, with a bitter and dry finish. Flavor of grapefruit hops with some coriander underneath. The hops are strong, but more restrained than usual. Some of the berry comes through as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4523) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a thin white head atop an orange body. Nose of total orange marmalade. Very pine, Curtis and preserved. Nice. Thanks Left4Beer. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Hops (67) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a medium/dark gold. Froth spotty lace. Vinous resiony aroma, clean stone fruit.Fresh malt. Berry comes out stronger in taste. Slick buttery malt. Sweet but gots bite. Clean malt bite. Peppery bitter. Sweet citrus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bomber from Trader Joeís. Amber with a huge frothy white head. Smells of heavy pine, citrus, juicy fruit... Tastes of pine, grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, and light pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Hazy golden coloured body with a nice thin, single centimetre tall white head and no movement at all - nice but not great. Aroma of pungent citrus and grassy hops with a lot of white grape notes, some mineral smells and a hearty dose of passionfruit - very nice indeed. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich and pungent hop character with the white grape bitterness, some subdued earthiness, but a lot of herbal, grassy and yeast qualities as well. Aftertaste shows mostly a grassy and hop kick with the tropical fruits and sweetness abound and some noticeable but not horribly pungent alcohol warmth at the end. Overall, a very nice Imperial IPA that almost shows as a traditional IPA - full of flavour and not overly done. Generally, I despise beers that exist on reputation alone, but this one is a very nice one - a great beer that is worthy of a high rating, and it would get it whether it had a label or not. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tysonís Corner) on 22-May-2014 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 07-September-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper pour with a fluffy head. Floral peppery hops and a good amount of coriander in the aroma. Bitter and peppery hops at the start of the flavor and the coriander comes up right after that. Really enhances the hops. The elderberry sweetness is more prevalent at the finish and on the aftertaste. Rather nice.

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