I happened upon NxS IPA from Stone & Sierra Nevada the other day and wasn’t sure what to expect from the 8.2% ABV IPA after reading the descriptions, but typically the collaborations are quite tasty.
Here is the description:
This special-edition beer conveys the true character of collaboration with touches of inventiveness and creativity. Two batches of an IPA were brewed and expertly blended to craft this multilayered beer. The first batch was split down the middle, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the remaining half aged in rye whiskey barrels. These beers were blended with the fresh second batch of IPA, which was generously dry-hopped to impart rich aromas to accompany the citrusy, piney, woody, herbaceous flavors achieved from this truly one-of-a-kind collaboration.
I really enjoyed the beer, I must admit I somehow overlooked the Bourbon and had no idea about the gin. The beer was filled with citrus, pine and tropical flavors, but I just didn’t notice the barrel-aging, perhaps next time I should read the description fully to be on the lookout for that characteristic. In this case I was looking for a great IPA and I found one. Give this one a try if you see it, it is a tasty brew!