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Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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RATINGS: 326   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5100) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1637) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (35) - 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,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1846) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3182) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6580) - Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
10/4/14. Sampled at Billís Oktoberfest party, I believe. Orange amber pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Okay aroma, mild fruitiness, grainy pale malts, a touch of citrus and tropical fruits. Good bitterness, okay hop character, mild citrus and tropical fruits, grainy pale malts. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7097) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours murky amber with a decent off--white head and a citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a hint of berry and a bit too much coriander. Finish is very bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4921) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
22oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. a hazy amber pour with a tight cream head; aroma of spicy aromatic hops, but also with some fruit; the taste is interesting and complex, a grainy, toasted oat body, some delicate fruit, and a well-balanced spicy hop bitterness, that completely masks the alcohol; the finish is sticky with lingering hops and fruit and some warming spice. Rather good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fantomasus (259) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours a very cloudy orange amber with a nice head of off white bubbles. An odd appearance. It almost looks good but the cloudiness throws me off for some reason. It has ample aromas but they arenít completely pleasant: caramel, toast, herbs, cheese, some clove. The taste is interesting but wildly off balance. Itís all sour/bitter and then overpowering umami. Palate is the worst element of this brew, a lingering astringent bitter finish that resembles sour unripened blackberry. Itís obvious that this is a craft brew that some love and thought went in to but nothing seems to jell here. Worst offering I have had from an amazing brew crew.


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