Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion IPA

Double IPA
Kyle Hollingsworth, Homebrewer & Keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident
Keri Kelli, Rocker & Publican
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

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 Australian hop Vic Secret, 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 and added coriander and elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we included golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and bring body and enhanced mouthfeel to the beer like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary solo.

About This Beer

Release Date
May 19, 2014
Package Types
22oz bottles & draft
Featured Hops
Calypso & Vic Secret™

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
Pours deep gold with light haze and a rich creamy head.
An interesting blend of floral, citrus, stone fruit and coriander. The elderberries provide a fruity, earthy component and the coriander blends well with the lemon aspects of the Vic Secret hop.
Coriander comes through first, followed by the abundant blend of fruity flavors—elderberry earthiness, berry notes and citrusy hop notes—against a sturdy malt backbone.
The beer is dry and smooth with a nice lingering bitterness.
Developing this beer with two professional musicians from such different backgrounds was a fun and unique experience. Besides loving to play music, the three of us also share a common love for craft beer, so we were all excited to combine music and brewing. The jam sessions with Team Stone after each brew day were awesome, and it was an honor to share the “stage” with Kyle and Keri. The historic throwback of using elderberries to spice the beer, in addition to hops, was an interesting choice and makes this beer distinct and unique.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
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