Collective Distortion

Tasting: August 14, 2014
Style: IPA
Beer #: 581

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Collective Distortion

I’m fast approaching six-hundred different beer entries in my web journal. To date, I’ve had thirty-three different Stone Brewing offerings – but on vacation last week I discovered that I have never had a Stone Arrogant Bastard. Of all their beers – I can’t believe I missed their flagship beer. I’ve had Double Bastard (95 points), Southern Charred which is Double Bastard aged in charred barrels (96 points) and Oaked Arrogant Bastard (89 points) and Lukcy Basartd (90 points). While I was ordering/wrangling kids at Costello’s in Mystic, my wife did the BYOB run. She called from the store and I negotiated her through a selection. It dawned on me as I was stuffing my face that I hadn’t had this beer. Lots of the same qualities I like about the other Bastard offerings – charred earthy caramel. It went great with my fried whole-belly clam dinner and the beautiful shipyard backdrop. I’d put beer # 582 at 91 points.

Onto Collective Distortion – now Stone Beer # 35. I admit it – I thought that Collective Distortion was the fruit of another winner of a home brew contest but in fact, this collaboration is one between Stone Brewing and two musicians – Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident and Keri Kelli guitarist of Alice Cooper fame. The only name that rings a bell with me is Alice Cooper. I’m not sure what these two have to do with the brewing of beer – I’m guessing they are big fans of Stone or visa versa. The label tags this as being 9.3% ABV and notes that it is brewed and flavored with elderberry and coriander. Coriander is a flavor typically associated with Belgian ales.

Bright hops up front – some fruitiness takes a minute to decipher it as berry. The coriander is plainly evident and battles with a crisp hop. Somewhat boozy and thinnish. I’ll put Collective Distortion at 87 points.

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