It can be a fun game to predict which breweries might collaborate on a beer. I certainly did not have Tarantula Hill and Mumford on my collaboration bingo card. But here they are with a Beastie of a hazy IPA complete with a dangerous robot.
I am actually kinda surprised that there have not been more Guild beers out there currently. Maybe the All Together and Black is Beautiful initiatives took all the thunder combined with a few CCBA beers.
No matter, it is here now and for us in L.A., lets lend our hand to our neighbor to the south.
Collaboration No. 6 will build on the blending know-how of Firestone Walker with a brewing dream team of Matt and Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels will be pulling beer from Boulevard’s stockpile and then will “brew, ferment and age Firestone Walker beers at Boulevard in Kansas City using recipes created by Matt and his team in Paso Robles to complete the final blend.”
More concrete information on the beers included in the blend will come later.
The beer is slated for a July release, will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles throughout Boulevard’s distribution network.
This IPA that was kindly provided to me by Stone pours a bright and cheerful orange. The first taste that comes through is Concord grape. Grape Ne-Hi to be exact. Then a heavy bitterness hangs like a shroud.
The aroma is great on this one. Zippy and filled with grape notes. But that promising start is undone by the heaviness. There is just an astringency that makes this below average. And then the cat pee notes kick in a little too harshly as well. And since these are such new hops. Belma? Yakima #’s without catchy names? I don’t really know what is causing the high points or the low.
This just verifies that the Stone IPA palate is not mine. That is no knock on Stone. Their Hophead fans are legion, so they are playing to their customer base for sure. And I know they have a session IPA out there that is more in line with my delicate sensibilities but I would have liked to see less hops here. Toned down the ABV a skosh as well.
All apologies but this IPA is not for me.