Stone’s latest entry in their collaboration series includes contributions from Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, Oregon and Wicked Weed in Asheville, North Carolina. It is not clear by the description what each brewer contributed to this beer, but it is highly complex. This is a blend of two beers: a hoppy double IPA and a Belgian tripel. The tripel was transferred into barrels that originally housed red wine and were subsequently used to age tequila. After four months, the tripel was blended with the freshly-brewed IPA at one-fourth tripel to three-fourths IPA. It is definitely unlike anything I have ever heard of. Onto the review!
Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA; Ecliptic Brewing; Portland, OR; Wicked Weed; Asheville, NC
Style: Double IPA/Belgian Tripel/Barrel-Aged Beer
Price Range: $10-12 / bottle (22 oz)
Appearance: Clear, deep golden, small white head
Aroma: Grass, straw, spice, coriander, grapefruit, orange, wheat
Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a lustrous deep golden color and is completely clear with a small white head. The aroma is complex, with notes of grass, straw, wheat, and spice from the tripel and citrus from the IPA. Rich citrus bursts forth at the start of the sip, with some grassy notes in the middle and a significant spice in the finish that lingers. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish from the tequila as well, and maybe a touch of sweetness from the red wine in the middle. This is a big complex beer and might yield something different with each and every bottle. Very well done by an established craft beer giant and two lesser-known breweries who are doing some great work themselves.
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