Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Tasted on 6/11/14 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle purchased at Bangor Wine and Cheese. Pours clear, burnt orange with an average off-white head that leaves an average collar and some messy lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is fairly malt forward with citrus and floral hops, and an almost black tea aroma. The flavor is really more focused on that tea with a ton of bitterness on different levels, from hops, a bit of roast, and that elderberry really kicks in. The body is fairly full with average, but stinging, carbonation, and a long bitter elderberry finish.

HogTownHarry (7466) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 19, 2017
August 8, 2014 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs and mabel. Bomber. Clear refractive gold with a decent creamy/foamy off-white head. Low-level resin aroma with a fair amount of sour mash-type grain, some alcohol. Taste is citrus, resin, light grain (not sour) - sharp, aggressive building bitterness. Average body - astringent, decent carbonation with a long, long increasingly bitter back-palate coating bitter finish and linger - not shy, but very nice.

GarrettB (1747) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2016
May 21st, 2014 - All kinds of collaboration names and co-conspriators on this one, and I recognize too few of them. But the beer is full of familiar tastes. It is mildly sweet, and a little nutty, but predominantly filled with caramel and honey, and all of it a smell that suggests I rein in the sip, anticipating a hefty dose of sugars. But the flavor has a bit of bitterness to it, alongside star fruit and kiwi, introducing a foretaste filled with sugar. There’s a long bubble gum and starburst flavor, too, which I find pretty nice, if just a tad too sweet.

j12601 (13659) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2016
BCTC 2015. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Big musk, citrus, funk. Medium bodied, malty, spicy citrus. Musk, long grapefruit with warming alcohol on the finish.

hotstuff (5314) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Rated on 7-19-2015 (Bottle) The appearance of this beer is a medium sized smooth off-white head that mostly diminished, golden transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and there is one ring of lacing. The aroma is citrus, pine hops,, tropical fruits, earthy, and berries. The flavor is moderately bitter, sweet, citrus, pine hops, tropical fruits, coriander, and spicy. The mouthfeel of this beer is moderate carbonation and this beer is light bodied. A very drinkable beer that is not overly hoppy tasting for the style. It is a beer with a very good flavor and it is well worth trying. This is a beer that I would definitely partake in again as it is another well brewed beer by Stone.

zvsn (2584) - ISRAEL - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Yoav. Hazy yellow orange with a big head. Aroma - candy, caramel, peach and citrus. Sweetish, fruity, a bit green and fruity, strong earthy hops bitterness. Medium-bodied, dry bitter finish.

rayaron (2280) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin, Tel Aviv. Thanks Yoav. Cloudy orange with white head. Aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple), a bit piney, sweetish. Flavor of tropical fruits, piney, some citrus, grainy, "green", sweetish, somewhat acidic, a bit alcoholic, dry. Medium-bodied.

DSG (15759) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Yoav. Hazy deep golden. Aroma of stale hops, some spice. Flavor has sweetish malt, stale hops, bitter finish with a spicy note. Medium-bodied. Too old.

tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle from the back of the fridge, sadly not fresh. Orange with gross-looking foamy head. Smells perfumy and fruity- and cereally. Sweet & plasticy with a mild bitterness at the finish. That final note actually tastes pretty good and complex, I hope that’s what it tastes like when it’s fresh. But now its too sweet.

thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy off-white colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a very softly carbonated transparent orange brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of bitter mild citrus mild caramel and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

BeerRenter76 (1070) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 6/9/14. A hazy, deep, orange to copper colored body with a thin, foamy, off-white head that leaves some ringed lace bands around the glass. Aromas of sweet tropical fruit, berries, orange peel, hop resin, and toasty malts. Flavors are berry and tropical fruit forward, with a tangy sweet and resinous undertones. The body is medium with a resinous and tangy fruit sweet aftertaste. Overall a rather nice beer, especially the aroma.

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