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Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

938 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with elderberries and coriander.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 04-01-2014)
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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: burnt orange to reddish orange color. two fingers of a foamy head that leaves behind a fairly strong lacing on most of the glass. opaque due to haziness.

Smell: passionfruit and other tropical fruit. some of the fruit comes off almost candy sweet. a whiff of an aromatic honey

Taste: unlike the nose it starts off with coriander along with malts, bready, some lemon bread sweetness, rich caramel and some strong flavorful honey. back end is full of fruit, but not quite the hoppy tropical fruit found in the nose. Some slight alcohol to it.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. extremely dry and very strong lingering bitterness. some alcohol warmth.

Overall: The last to IIPAs from Stone were very good so i decided to give this one a chance. I am always a fan of experimental IPAs to change the pace. This one is good not great. the smell and taste are almost completely different and the taste might just have a little bit too much going on to do the most good. all in all a cool beer to try but not a must have.

SportsandJorts, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden copper with a one-finger white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of floral hops, citrus (grapefruit & orange), and light elderberry.

T - Big hop punch upfront. Hops are followed by sweet caramel malts and lots of citrus (orange and grapefruit). The elderberries show up very faintly in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky resinous mouthfeel.

O - This is a tasty west coast DIPA. On the sweeter side, but definetly worth trying.

TreyIsWilson, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 05/02/14.

Pours a fairly nice creamy fizzy like head that hits a bit more than a finger, fades semi slowly, spotty lacing, fairly clear reddish orange amber colored.

Nose brings candy malts, caramel, toffee like, reddish malts, etc, with lots of orange peel, little bitter orange peel and candied orange, a bright citrus, orange citrus, with an interesting fruity note, a little bitter like elderberry note, a flash of booze with mild phenolic note, and some coriander as well, little fruity like note.

Taste brings orange peel, fair bitterness, candied orange mostly, with a decent citrus and mild fruity note, generic background fruit. Lots of malts, sweet candy malt, syrupy without being too sweet, little toffee, lots of caramel, candy bar like notes, etc, like a real candy bar. Little stone fruit note, some mild bitter berry most likely the elderberry, and even almost like an apple or pear like ester flavor, with some mild estery booze character that warms a bit. Fair bitterness, to balance the sweetness a bit as well. Just a touch of coriander when I really search for it. Finish is sticky sweet, some candy flavors, caramel, toffee, etc, with a little candied orange peel again, mild citrus and bitter rind notes with touch of elderberry lingering, more caramel and toffee candy.

Mouth is fuller bod, fair syrupy, nice fluffy carb, some warming almost tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a bit too malty and candy sweetness for a typical nice Stone IPA, but not bad. Decent hops but not great, too much sweetness, too much candy caramel malts, elderberries and coriander barely come through as they're drowned in all the rest of the big beer, but a decent one. Probably won't get again, not one of Stone's best.

jlindros, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy gold color with some amber hues and a nice 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bigger bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down, as well and a layer on top. Stone beers almost always look great when poured from a bomber and this beer kept up the legacy.

Wow, I could smell the juicy citrus hops from 6 inches away; aroma includes grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, tangerine and light caramel, but then it shifts to grains, fruit, herbs and I assume the elderberries listed on the bottle. Spices and coriander did not show up in the nose, and this smelled like a very citrus centric IPA.

Tastes of pink grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, pepper, coriander (showed up quick, first sip) and other mild spices, toasted grains, honey, fruit like a sour apple, herbs, tea leaf, biscuit or a saltine cracker, and the elderberries listed on the bottle since that is a strong taste that I can’t pin down otherwise. The herbal and spicy hop flavors are almost minty and dry hop-like, with a lot of floral feel considering how citrus forward the smell and initial flavor is. Maybe that’s the trick with these “special” ingredients, as it is different from most DIPA’s in a way that’s hard to describe – almost like dry spruce or pine cones are in the mix for an earthy feel and flavor that then revert back to grapefruit and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium to almost chewy body, light to average carbonation, and a slightly bitter aftertaste that is on the dry side and seemingly chalky. Definitely a different beer, it hides the ABV quite well and has nice juicy citrus flavors, but there is almost a tart funk or bitterness that has stick like characteristics, which may be from the elderberries. I can’t tell if it was balanced as the malty or grainy cracker backbone do add balance but not much real value to the overall brew, so each sip is an evaluation of the dry hops and herbs after the citrus fades. I liked this beer, but if they brewed it again I am only 50/50 on buying it again – it was very good, but not mind blowing, so my advice would be to buy a bottle if you’re seeking a different kind of DIPA.

CHickman, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"We all enjoy turning things up, 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 generous dry-hopping with Vic's Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph. To five 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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale. Available in limited run 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing pint glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a light tan color over a moderately hazy smooth copper-amber body with light, relaxed carbonation Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Soapy, grapefruit and resinous hops form an accessible but delicate hop nose with a modest potency over a lightly toasted caramel malt body with a soft sweetness. Deeper exploration reveals a subtlety of elderberry, somewhat tangy and brisk but suggestably sugary sweet. Altogether it doesn't clash, but things fairly simple. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is notably more bitter and hoppy up front, with resin and pithy citrus most dominant, fruitier and floral notes more to the background. The malt profile is standard light toasted crystal syrup with a dash of roasted grain lingering in the background, perhaps a touch milder on the malt graininess than the median Imperial IPA, if not slightly distracted by the subtle variations. Sweetness is moderate but not cloying or sharp. Elderberry and coriander are both nearly too overlooked in the flavor to make a significant contribution to this beer overall, although the finish is where they are best revealed, especially a lingering juiciness as the hoppiness pulls away that nods to the elderberry. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a smooth, frothy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. The alcohol presence is mild and there are no discernible off characters. 3.75

(Overall) From the first sip, it's hard to view this as much more than another Imperial IPA with nothing out of the ordinary. The more interesting notes of Elderberry and especially coriander are just not audible enough for even the distinguished drinker to notice. Coriander, an especially potent spicing ingredient in beer, is supposedly overshadowed by the bitterness of the hops. Considering that Stone crafts an excellent year-round DIPA on a routine basis, this isn't an overly impressive or even distinguished beer for their profile. Anything that makes it original is drowned out in the sound of the bitter and audible hop profile. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Collective Distortion IPA

Jadjunk, Oct 04, 2014
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Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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