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RATINGS: 291   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 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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1375) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pretty standard Stone IPA with citrus fruity hops, a bit of pine resin character, fairly bitter, a little hint of berry fruitiness. A solid IPA though not particularly great in any respect.

   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 (4515) - 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 (52) - 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 Joe’s. 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 (4729) - 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 (Tyson’s 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 (3466) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1074) - Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1434) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
With Z at home in Orlando, pours a rusty orange color with a nice creamy white head. Nose is fruity, and citrusy with mixed berries. Taste is bitter and fruity ( berries ) and spicy . Finish on the same tasting notes, full of flavor, and very drinkable. A nice flavorful bitter sweet finish. Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2014
640mL bottle Bottled 05/02/14 Hazy pale amber beer, holds a tight white foam. Plenty going on aroma-wise; unripe mango, melon, cut grass, woody herbs, pine sap, stonefruits with an background of rich biscuity malt. Has a properly chewy texture to it - you know there’s a considerable abv there - with moderate carbonation, drying booziness. Aggressive beer - lots of woody spice, hop resin, green tropical fruits & melons, powerful nearly woody/tannic bitterness & warming booze on a drawn out finish. What you kind of expect from a big Stone beer; brash, unapologetic, packed full of flavour. Do think the berries & coriander are lost in the mix though - why bother?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - AUG 27, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Cork and Bottle Liquors
Pours cloudy golden with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel and fruity. Taste is the same with some pine resin in the finish
I’m loosing faith in Stone. A malty, sweet mess

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