Thursday, June 19, 2014

Collective Distortion is Stone's most recent collaborative brew, and I think it's their best in at least two years. This is a strong, aggressive IPA that firmly returns the brewery to it's roots. Collective Distortion pours bright amber and clear, the body reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar, one of the cleanest looking IPAs out there. The head fades to a rim ring, there is little lace. The aroma has nutty, cereal-grain qualities behind the hops. Way behind... this thing is all bitter, all the time. This is a seriously strong imperial. A little coriander is present mid-tongue, but I didn't detect the elderberries mentioned on the label. The ABV, north of 9%, is drowned by the hop flood. This thing compares favorably to Ruination and the Sixteenth Anniversary IPA. I'll have a few more of these. I'm glad to see Stone brewing angry beer again.