Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alchemist | Ninkasi | Stone collaboration: More Brown Than Black IPA

type: IPA
origin: Waterbury, VT; Eugene, OR; San Diego, CA
price: $3.29/12oz
abv: 7.4
websites: Alchemist | NinkasiStone

I'm obviously a big fan of the Stone collabs, but I'm not so sure about this one.  Our bro-dy Brent likes it, but he's a snob so scratch that from the record.  It's got some big-time hoppage going on, but not in an overwhelming way.   I'm not so stoked on the flavors, even though I'm intrigued at the idea of a brown IPA; I cant' say I've had that before.  It does have complexity on it's side though, so by the time I finished I still had no idea what I was really tasting.  I liked it enough to drink every drop, obviously, but I don't think I'll be quick to pick another up too soon.  I do hope they develop this idea further though...

Side note: According to the label the proceeds go to rebuilding the Achemy Brewery, which was apparently damaged by Hurricane Irene.  Not exactly cutting edge philanthropy, but certainly a great gesture.

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