Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stone Brewing Company (collab with Beachwood BBQ and Heretic Brewing) Unapologetic IPA

All Apologies?
Yet another collaboration beer? Aren't these brewers supposed to be cutthroat competitors? You know, like Willie Wonka and Slugworth...wait, Slugworth actually worked for Wonka...never mind. How about...Edison and Tesla! Yeah, those dudes hated each others guts! Anyway, it looks like brewers are pretty darn lovey-dovey and collaborations are here to stay.

The collab I'm writing about today is a combined effort between Stone, Beachwood and Heretic called Unapologetic IPA. It's a double IPA with an ABV of 8.8%. I got it on tap at Oregon Hophouse. Was this three brewer effort worth the price of admission?

The beer was delivered to me in a stemmed tulip. It was a clear, golden orange color with a foamy white head. The head was about a 1/4 of an inch tall when the beer got to my table and it dissipated at a moderate rate. A good amount of webby lacing was left behind when the suds faded away.

Aroma was resinous pine and citrus. Sweet caramel malt with lots of tropical fruit and floral notes in the background.

Taste delivered exactly what the nose predicted. Lots of grapefruit and orange with a big blast of pine. When the beer warmed up a bit, the tropical fruit flavor really popped. Mango, pineapple and melon. Subdued malt flavor. Delicious!

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a sticky chew to it. Good carbonation. Barely a hint of alcohol. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors last for a while.

Overall, no apologies are necessary. Unapologetic IPA is a dang good beer. I'm giving this one a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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