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

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Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPAKyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,007 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 04-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with elderberries and coriander.
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Ratings: 1,007 | Reviews: 128
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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a snifter this beer was a pink-tinged orange color. There was a small white head with a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma of spice, sweet fruit. Floral/piney hops.

The very first taste is the coriander. Then berries, and finally the hops. The hops stayed around for a while.

This was a nice enough beer. To me the spice, fruit, and hops just didn't go together that well.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and dank hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus, berries, and spice. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Hints of the elderberries and coriander spice. Scent of earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Sweet malt background with hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a juicy, fruity, and earthy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and berries. Citrus hops with some upfront notes of grapefruit, mango, lemon, orange peel, apricot, and pineapple. Good taste of the added elderberries. Some notes of the coriander come through as well. Floral and earthy hop notes as well with some cut grass and pine. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and pretty oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on an imperial IPA. The elderberries and coriander add an interesting kick.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into fluted snifter; amber-gold and clear with a fluffy off-white head made of tiny bubbles that fades slowly leaving dense, sticky lacing everywhere.
Smells of spice, dry piney hops and tropical fruit/citrus.
Taste follows nose exactly; coriander spice melds into dry piney hops which then turn juicy with citrus and tropical fruit. Some dry floral qualities too from the Calypso. Trying to find anything unique I could pin to the Vic's Secret, but can't find anything. Nothing wrong with another citrus/fruit AUS/NZ hop though, so I'm certainly not complaining. I have no idea what elderberries taste like so I don't know where they factor in here; there is sort of a berry-like sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and wet, finishes semi-dry.
Overall, a tasty IPA. I don't see the point of the superfluous ingredients (stuff like that is usually Dogfish's MO) but the elderberry isn't offensive. Could do without the coriander though. If I wanted a dry crisp beer with spices in it I'd drink a saison.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Appears a deep copper nearly ruby hue with the elderberry and spice additions it leaves me thinking in terms of the movie "Big" where Tom Hanks is watching the presentation of a new toy and keeps saying "I don't get it"..."I don't get it". What's worse is once I try the beer I think the same thing I don't get it, who likes this spiced Elderberry IPA, it has a four average...that's fanboy nation ringing in guys! It does look pretty good creamy khaki head sits above this glimmering ruby bodied IPA, aroma gives out hints of orange citrus potpourri with the elderberry/coriander combo mixing hardcore. Harsh first few sips, onion/garlic hints of abrasive hops weigh in with a weird bitter spice sweetness, warming alcohol, hodgepodge of competing flavors caramelized malts and exotic fruit leaves me wanting to scrape my tongue. Mouthfeel is a weird texture slightly too thin of a mouthfeel for any Stone beer, carbonation heavy unrelenting again not trademark of most Stone beers. No more defending it ho alcoholic finish bad mix of fruit, malts, hops, and spice. Overall not a fan Stone, keep it real this sucks!!

Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Born 5/2/2014. 22 ounce bomber into Beer Geek Nation tulip.

Appearance (4.75/5): Beautiful burnt orange/reddish hue with an off white head. Hop haze, lots of soapy lacing. As good as an IPA is going to look, and I do not kid.

Smell (4.75/5): The first whiff of this stuff let's you know it's super fresh. TONS OF HOPS! Smell is of candied orange, very pronounced tropical fruits, like pineapple and peach. Not bracing or biting smell like many of the older West Coast IPAs. Absolutely no booze.

Taste (4.75/5): pink grapefruit bitterness right in the front, peach and orange hop notes follow behind giving you a good dose of sweet. With the finish, the bitterness comes rushing back in, but with the elderberry addition really showing up. This is what makes this beer unique: the elderberry flavor is quite bitter, analogous to the taste of an underripe blueberry, and it complements the bitterness of the hops perfectly while adding a distinct new layer to the beer's flavor. No booze to speak of. Not much malt here to speak of; all the work, flavor-wise, is being done by the hops and added elderberries. The coriander doesn't really show up to me.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): Textbook feel for a Double/Imperial IPA. Medium carbonation, slick and slightly oily, but not chewy. Great moderately dry finish to this beer that is nice and refreshing. As far as drinkability goes, this one is astonishingly easy for a 9.3% ABV beer. The aforementioned refreshing finish and lack of booziness certainly contribute to this.

Overall (4.75/5): This is a really great offering from Stone and another very successful collaboration brew. This beer really succeeds in doing just enough different with the style without letting things get overly elaborate and therefore out of hand. The addition of elderberries is quite successful, and it really puts the beer over the top in terms of flavor. Get it while it's fresh, because right now, it's drinking spectacularly.

Photo of Auraan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous clear amber with a one finger off-white head that quickly receded and left no lacing. A good looking DIPA, par for the style. Scents of citrus, with notes of lemon peel and lemon juice, elderberry aromas are also noticeable and contribute a nice tart berry-like quality. Tropical fruits, particularly pineapple and slight hints of mango are present in the background. A presence of alcohol is also discernible. Hints of pine and grassy hops are also present. A wonderfully complex aroma that is at once the familiar West Coast DIPA aroma profile of citrus, tropical fruit and pine, yet with a pleasant tart fruitiness added by the elderberries. Very nice. Taste begins with notes of citrus peel, pine resin and tropical fruit with a slight alcohol warmth and nice fruity berry-like flavors in the background. In the middle flavors of orange, pineapple and elderberries shine through, backed by bitter pine resin and citrus peel hop character and a more pronounced presence of alcohol. Finishes dry with notes of pine resin, citrus pith and coriander, with a faint alcohol warmth and hints of berry-like fruitiness. Aftertaste is pine resin, citrus pith and coriander. A very good DIPA flavor profile. It combines the bones of the style with a more robust tropical fruit presence and a nice alcohol warmth throughout. The elderberry and coriander additions also shine through making this quite the complex treat. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, slick, with a bit of a resinous feel on the finish, a nice low alcohol burn and a medium-low carbonation level. Quite nice, very easy to sip and very pleasing. Overall this is one of the better one-off DIPAs Stone has put out recently. It's true to style, yet adds some interesting and unique flavors that add to the beer's aroma and flavor profiles. Very well executed and well worth trying.

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy off-white head from a turbulent center pour. Firm, with impressive retention. Brew is a hazy, translucent orange copper, almost pulpy in the center. Scattered lacing.

Tropical, citrus, and pine hop notes, but with a very noticeable crystal malt backbone - not at all in a stale way. Slightly sweet tropical fruits; ruby red grapefruit; pine resin; honeyed bread and caramel. Very nice, complex, yet balanced IPA aroma.

Taste lives up to the aroma profile: sweet and hoppy up front, with plenty of malt backbone hiding out, a massive amount of bitterness, and a huge grapefruit peel hop finish. Hop loadout features plenty of pine resin and citrus peel, with a more elusive - but present - juicy tropical fruit flavor. Hard to pin down to a specific fruit flavor.

Slightly flat and syrupy mouthfeel, but fairly active and lively. Little sting. Despite the syrupy feel and massive bitterness, it's pretty damn drinkable (for hopheads, anyway).

Overall, this is a very good, raw, back-to-form DIPA from those who do it the best. It reminds me of Ruination in its overall bitterness and strength, with a bit more juicy hop sweetness typical of newer DIPAs. I like it a lot; I'd definitely consider throwing it into rotation alongside other big DIPAs like Ruination.

Photo of dannydetox
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

interesting amalgamation of aromas and flavors. appearance threw me off; little visible carbonation, but giant, amphibean-egg like bubbles comprise the head. garlicky hopspredominate. with hints of candied orange and dank earth follow in the background. since this is stone, the bitterness of the brew asserts itself across the palate. long finish - this one is a palate killer, not that it is always undesirable, but it does throw this beast out of balance. malt adds body without being too sweet. freshness is probably essential here in order to avoid boozy heat from taking over.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, nearly amber body. Small head that is just a tinge off of white. Medium collar and a few wisps on the surface.

Smell - Very peachy. Floral hops. Lots of sweet caramel malt. As it warms, the coriander comes out more.

Taste - Stone fruit and some tropical hops. Lots of sweet caramel. The coriander is a mild flavor in the very back end before even a mild bitterness overwhelms it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Too sweet.

Overall - I couldn't tell you what elderberries taste like so I don't know if I get them here, but either they taste like a hop varietal or they aren't very imposing. And, as I often find, it's too sweet for an IPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed & effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Stellar lacing, almost as good head retention

S: Breadyness & pineapple, & woody hops

T: Woody hops, breadyness, pineapple, coriander, pears, & leafy hops up front. Orange peels, a little bit of caramel, pineyness, mango & grapefruit as this warms; some grassiness as well, a little boozeyness. Finishes with grapefruit, a little lemon, much pineyness, woody hops & pears & boozey

MF: Medium bodied/chewy, subtle carbonation, decent balance, warming

A nice DIPA, not their best, but on the cusp of it in many aspects, the off-beat additions drag this down a bit

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a large wine glass. The Collective Distortion pours clear and with a light copper/amber color. No haze of note and offering a half inch cap of foam.

Clean and steely hops on the nose with light citric notes and more prominent floral attributes. Bit of peppery spice throughout.

Taste of pepper/coriander, and shows a light caramel sweetness on the finish. Still quite dry in delivery for the ABV of this brew as spice becomes more dominant with warming. In the end the spice additions trump any hop contributions for this brew. Lightly hopped(apparently) and vigorously spiced, this beer still drinks well for its heft. Enjoy in moderation...

Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a bright sun golden yellow with a slint orange hue.

Smells like, surprise! Elderberries, coriander, and piney hops.

Tastes like, surprise again! Elderberries, coriander, and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly too carbonated. The extra carbonation gives too much bite to the tartness of the elderberries.

Overall a mediocre offering from Stone, glad to try it, but will not be purchasing again.

Photo of richj1970
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass. Bottled on 5/2/2014.

A: Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with fluffy two finger off white head that settled quite slowly leaving some decent spotty lacing.

S: Big hop assault mixed with plenty of tropical fruits and an earthy dankness.

T: Juicy fruits and bitter hops. A hint of spices and a bit of biscuit.

M: Very creamy texture with a crisp dry finish.

O: A very nice DIPA. Dangerously drinkable, and very refreshing.

Photo of StHopNick
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice white head that was surprisingly thick for an IPA. Some hints of spice but great hop aroma and flavor. I wish I had another bottle but the supply is very limited where I'm at. This is a very drinkable beer and really doesn't seem like 9+%. I tried with another person who felt the aftertaste lingered a while while I thought the aftertaste faded surprisingly fast.

Photo of antott0523
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

5/10/2014 bottle date

Stunningly bright translucent tangerine. Off white head that leaves nice lace. Moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Some more tart notes of lemon citrus. Dryer floral notes. Flavor profile beings with sweet, wet hops of grapefruit juice and a touch of pine. Finished with some more dry grassy notes. Booze comes through as the beer approaches room temperature. This makes up for the disappointment of Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA, which is the last "new" IPA I had from Stone. That special mouthfeel where the beer has a strong presence but dissipates on the palate leaving an airy foam feeling. This beer is the perfect example of crisp, fresh and extremely drinkable IPA with strong citrus hop notes, backed a faint malt profile. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Beautiful copper color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Nice pencil head that leaves a nice velvety coating of bubbles on top with a nice collar but minimal lacing.

S: Nice scent of spices, that is primarily that of coriander. Sadly, I don't know what elderberries smell like but I believe I can place them in the fruity earthiness that goes along with the spice that can tickle the nostrils. The hops are they but they seem to just belly the other notes. Interesting combination overall that I quite enjoy.

T: Thank God for Stone's IPAs. I can always turn to them when other IPAs just don't seem to cut it or satisfy my lupulin needs. It tastes like it smells. The spice and elderberry flavors hit you first, but then as more liquid pours in they blend together with the delightful hop notes and it just tastes delicious. This is another great IPA with flavors that really complement the IPA.

M: Surprisingly smooth with no roughness, just a bit of bubbly texture but felt more in the unevenness of the liquid texture.

O: Another great IPA from Stone. They don't disappoint with the hops. This was very satisfying and I love the accompanying flavors as well because they are just that.

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle Sampled on June 25, 2014.

Golden caramel-colored pour with lively carbonation zinging its way up he glass to form a big, foamy cream colored head. Long lasting head at that.

Aromas of floral and citrus hops with a lesser emphasis on the coriander and elderberries but both characters can be found.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is as good as all Stone IPA's with a vibrant floral hop character except this time I pick up the dark fruit notes of elderberries and a mild spice character. But hops lead the way. I expect hop heads will enjoy this one immensely.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/amber color with a couple inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, mango, orange peel) hops, bready malt, and some earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice, elderberry, and some floral hops. There's a good long lasting bitter finish. I don't pick up any coriander in this brew, but that's not a complaint at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, a nice bitter and enjoyable IPA. I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle while it's still around.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light copper color with a tight white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of big hop notes with citrus, pine, and grass.

Tastes of the big hop character with plenty of fruits and a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango along with pine and lemongrass. Malt sweetness adds to the fruits with a syrupy note along with a touch of coriander. Hop bitterness rushes in and scrubs away most of the sweetness. Finishes with an herbal note and a touch of warming alcohol that leaves a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good DIPA with plenty of hops and fruits.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The body is extremely hazy, light golden hues flow throughout the beer and it looks like a golden haze emanating from a wheat field early in the morning. The head is an off white color, thick and billowy and creates a generous lacing around the glass.
Smell:
Hops and lots a fruity aromas, mild citrus but I do pick up on some wild berries, this could be the elderberries, coriander and mild fig. The aromas is very pleasant.
Taste:
The hops are up front and the berries follow closely behind, bitter overall, this IPA is nice to drink. The citrus zest come out just as it hits the middle of your mouth and slowly turns into a mild alcohol taste as you swallow.
Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodies, the hops really envelope your taste buds and leave wanting more than one sip.
Overall:
Smooth and very refreshing because of the berries, this IPA is great and really warms up your mouth.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau glass.

A great deep mix of amber red and crystal orange body colors. Great clarity and rising carbonation throughout that crawls at a perfect pace not too fast. THe head is fistfull large, evenly bubbled, nice and thick hinting at both cream and soapy, with a vanilla cream color. Thick retention, not going anywhere. Love this body color.

Great classic hop front nose. Juiced body of tropical fruits, and dank aroma. Some fruit aroma carries quite a lot and nicely. Mellow sweetness. Very inviting. Starting off gangbusters here.

Woah. What an interesting palate. Big creamed filled rush and texture, with a nice berry like sweetness. Hop classic mid palate and quite dry and airy hop quality. Fruit juicy mid palate, almost punchbowl like in character. Palate feel looses a little bit of texture with some hop sting cutting through quite a bit. I am getting a salinity action to my tongue a bit which is very odd.

This was really turning into something special at first, but then sort of had some out of control settling to do. It's still a great beer, they did a fun job on this one.

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Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.