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RATINGS: 330   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 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.

jstonerock24's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a deep orange amber color. Aroma is of light citrus and floral. Flavor is bitter with a fruity orange sweetness. Probably of the coriander and lightest hint of elderberry. Not much in the finishing mainly bitter. Overall somewhat disappointing being a string cheese incident and stone ipas fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Pretty decent big IPAÖdark orange color. Slight pine, big citrus and tropical fruit. booze is there, really sweet, pale malts, and lots of fruitiness. Thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (344) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet, tropical fruit, pine, malt, bitter. Appearance is dark gold, off-white head. Taste is tropical fruit, malt, nice piny bitterness, dank as you swallow. Mouthfeel is good, great carbonation but just a touch light. Overall, itís pretty good but leaves room for improvement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (983) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a deep orange color with a thin off white head and some pretty good lace hanging around. The aroma is heavy malts and tropical fruits. There is a little bitterness on the back end, but it seems like this could be a malt bomb. The flavor is really dank and malty. There is a nice tropical fruit and light hop presence. The back end is still bright tropical fruits and then a bitter dank hoppiness. The mouth feel is thin and light, and there isn't really a good carbonation to help it out. It almost comes off a little slimy. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter and dank. Not bad, could be better for sure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (667) - Louisiana, USA - APR 16, 2015
Appearance: pours with a large light tan head, the beer is a hazy bronze with some orange hues, head settles into a nice density Aroma: orange, very light egg, creamy Taste: strong caramel malt backbone, orange throughout, strong bitterness, alcohol, Palate: soft carbonation, bitter aftertaste, medium mouthfeel Overall: very strong beer, lots of bitterness orange tangerine and alcohol, could use more complexity, this is a sipper ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Double IPA flavor and finish. Big beer this can and will sneak up on you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1676) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Most of these IPAs are really starting to just blend together. Sure one might say it has more spice and another might be slightly more roasted. For me, the sugar level in these beers which allow the near 10% alcohol just dominates my palate. They are becoming syrupy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (192) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Aroma: caramel, resin, citrus, Appearance: golden, hazy, minimal head, Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1969) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Draft at Good Dog. Very cloudy orange gold pour with an off-white head that left a fair amount of lace. Red grapefruit pith. Queen Anne cherries. Blood orange brulee. Slight smoke. Sweet but also strongly bitter. Strong woody elements. Fruity peppery hops. Surprisingly intense. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit. Taste is berries in the finish, malty backbone, fruity hops/mango. The hops are put in check with the malt and elderberry. Tasty IPA. Swirling the beer gets the coriander aroma out, but it is hard to taste. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3277) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a so-so off-white head. Aroma: Strong, rich maltiness, savoury/brothy/mashy malt, very deep and dark with lots of black pepper, very deep toffee/treacle, a little dark dried fruitiness, is that the elderberry??, not getting coriander, black licorice?, quite the big beer! Palate: Medium+ body, moderate to moderate-low carbonation. Flav.: Quite mashy/brothy/savoury with strong pepperiness, quite resinous, I canít find the elderberries or coriander, deep toffee/treacle, a bit too severe for my palate; dry with big bitterness and a long, darkly malty and peppery finish.

Too much and, yet, not enough. Oh well.

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