Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stone and other breweries have collaborated on some imperial IPAs this summer, and the ones I've had have been delicious. I loved Collective Distortion, and I like Unapolgetic IPA every bit as much. This imperial is a true experiement, too... the brew incorporates experimental strains of hops that are so new they haven't even been named yet. This is like getting a taste of what might be commonplace in a few years, and the future looks bright, dry, and bitter. I love it.

Unapologetic pours a light gold color with average head and lace. The aroma is mild. I picked up on a little malt, a little bit of white grape, some cantaloupe. The flavor is kinda like a dry version of Stone's Enjoy By IPA, and it's delicious. Enjoy By's tropical and citrus notes are there, but they're not as juicy and not as forward. The finish is strong and bitter, and the 9% ABV is a definite presence on the tongue and in the nose after the sip. Stone, Beachwood and Heretic knocked this one out of the park.

I know a lot of people are getting tired of IPAs these days, and I admit that there are a zillion of them on the market. But big hops are absolutely Stone's domain, nobody does the composition better. When Stone works with other breweries on new variations on the style, it seems to bring out the best in everyone. Speaking just for me, I don't care how many of these hopped up monsters are on the shelves these days. I hope Stone keeps churning them out. It's like a long jam by a favorite band; I don't want it to ever end.

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