Bomber/stone Blood From A Stone Red Rye Ipa

Back in October of this year, the craft beer world in Western Canada was extremely excited when it found out that Stone Brewing Company, out of Escondido, CA, would begin shipping its world-famous bold and flavourful beers to Alberta and British Columbia. To coincide with Stone’s arrival into the Canadian market, a team of Stone representatives went on tour to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver between the dates of October 20-24th to host a series of “tap takeovers” to help introduce Stone’s line-up to the eagerly-awaiting Canadian public.
In addition to these bar events, brewers from Stone also did a collaboration with local Vancouver brewery Bomber Brewing. Born out of a beer league hockey team, Bomber Brewing is the shared dream of three friends with a passion for playing hockey and savouring good beer. These men brought together their combined knowledge of home-brewing, the hospitality industry, and marketing and in February of 2014, they launched the newest micro-brewery to hit the Vancouver craft beer scene. The folks at Bomber Brewing admit that these two breweries are “an unlikely duo, separated by distance, borders, and an undeniable contrast of stature”. Be that as it may, the BC newcomer and the California giant came together to do what many thought was not possible.
Blood From A Stone is an ale brewed using and “hops and yeast cultivated and propagated in America and malted barley and rye from the fields of Canada,” plus “Australian hops and German and Belgian malts that impart further international flavours.” The resulting beer is described as having “tropical notes with a smooth spiciness and clean hop finish.”
Tasting Notes: Pours a dark amber colour with orange/ruby highlights. The pour creates two to three fingers of foamy tan head that leave copious amounts of sticky lacing upon dissipation. Aromas of sweet toasted malts, grapefruit, light pine and floral hops. Flavours of caramel, spicy rye, orange and grapefruit rinds, pine resin, grass, and mild tropical fruits. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a slightly slick mouth-feel with a drying finish. Overall, with the nice complexity provided by the multitude of international ingredients, this interesting a flavourful collaboration beer is a winner in my books. I would have liked to see the tropical notes make a stronger showing but that’s just my personal preference. If you’re a fan of  sweet and toasty rye malt notes or you like bitter resinous hops, I think you’ll really appreciate this brew. I rate this beer 8.5/10.

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