677. Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA

Stone Collective DistortionIt seems like Stone is releasing a new big IPA bomber almost every week and I have stopped trying to keep up. Came across this one at a local store and decided to give it a try as the elderberries and coriander sounded like an interesting combination.

The appearance may be the best part of this beer as it pours a bright orange with a single finger white head. Aroma had some citrus, some pine but was underwhelming. Taste was OK but I didn’t get any elderberry or coriander, all tropical fruit with a sticky sweetness and a fair amount of alcohol.

Overall this was a pretty good beer but I was hoping for something different from Stone. 
Alcohol Content: 9.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: 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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