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Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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RATINGS: 277   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1166) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
A- pours a lightly hazy fluorescent copper. Looks like an electric current should be flowing through it. Nice finger if light beige head and great lacing. S- large soap and yeast with a hint of bread factory. Tropical fruits and pepper follow. Floral, grass, coriander, honey, pine malts, caramel, and a muddled pollen all follow. Dusty leafy greens. Some orange pith. M- medium sticky body with a medium resin palate. Decent carb. T- flavors are the life of the party. Creamy caramel at first with some resin to follow. Very sweet entry. Turns bitter quick with hops, tropical fruits, orange and grapefruit (maybe some elderberry). Malts return towards the end with some spice, grasses and soap. The hop character is pronounced and wants to be recognized (maybe the Vicís Secret?), but cannot quite separate from other huge IPAs. Still a beer any ipa-phile would appreciate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (444) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Sweet and nearly shockingly bitter. Hop oils galore on the nose, feel and flavor. Very fresh. Citric and oily. Elderberries are buried but the coriander comes through a bit, especially in the dry for a beer of this size finish. Nice treat for the unapologetic hop lover. Not sure if their prices are climbing or this was an anomaly...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
2014-08-08. Crisp golden orange body with a modest off white head. 3+ Aroma is pretty interesting with a melange of hops at first the spice of elderberries and coriander seems to take over when I come back to it. Lots of greenery. Flavour is similar with modest bitterness throughout, fruity notes, citrus and tropical fruit, it gains more significant bitterness as it goes on. Lovely elements that all come together a bit strangely but itís pretty good overall. Average bodied palate, modest carbonation. Bottle shared by Blankboy

"There was time when I would have shit my pants twice, gone home, changed and come back for the beer."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bomber from Ram Liquorís. Appearance: 2 fingers khaki head, amber color, clear, head lasts, good lacing. Aroma: caramel, floral, grassy, light lemon. Palate: medium body, bitter lasting finish, sticky texture, average carbonation, alcohol warmness. Taste: light fruit sweetness and caramel, with hard hitting bitterness coming through quickly after, and then fading to a nice peacefull bitter. Overall, really nice, unique, not a full bomber per person beer, but enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
650 mL bottle. Big American hops, a little caramel, and unless my nostrils deceive me, some sort of berry. Just a generic berry; nothing specific. Nicely balanced (relatively speaking) IIPA flavour. And something interesting from the berries. Nothing from the coriander. Not sure Iíd guess then nine percent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit and earthy aroma with grapefruit. Pine and grapefruit flavor with an herbal note. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit linger with light herbal notes and light mat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (476) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Shared bomber, tulip glass. Medium copper/orange. Medium head. Coriander/elderberry/ oat combo works well together. I like how the character changed between first sip and the last. Mild hoppiness at first, then bitterness at the end.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bomber from Whole Foods. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of warm toffee malts, dark fruits, spice, resin and pine hops. The taste is candied citrus, candied ginger, heavy spice, strong herbal notes, anise, toffee malts, bitter hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness. Interesting, but not really doing it for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Sweet malt aroma from a medium amber body with a white head. Aroma goes straight through to the taste with a saccharine sweetness thatís a bit overpowering. Raspberry flavor with a dry, seedy bitterness followed by pineapple sweetness. Thistly. Not sure whatís going on here, but itís a bit unbalanced. Overall, itís a decent beer, but a little goes a long way.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle. Light to moderate grain for the malt, heavy grapefruit for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with pepper and dried apple, pear and cherry. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is medium amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish. Damn good DIPA every good aspect of the style is represented here.


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