In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a beer that had two breweries team up to brew it. I am talking about NxS IPA from Stone Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on either craft brewery from California, you know the history of both of these great craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know these legends of the craft beer world. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a complex citrus with other notes that I cannot pick out. The taste of this full body IPA has a citrus to whiskey bourbon notes with a nice rye spice note. It is pretty complex tasting profile. The aftertaste has citrus and bourbon notes of gin and whiskey rye finish. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.stonebrewing.com):
Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA
A California collaboration blend of dry-hopped IPA and barrel-aged IPA
For many, California is considered an epicenter for brewing innovation, particularly where hoppy IPAs are concerned. We teamed up with longtime craft compatriots and mutual hop admirers Sierra Nevada to create a truly one-of-a-kind IPA. 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.
Here is a their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: @stonebrewingco and @sierranevada
Ending, when either of craft breweries puts out something, I am there to try their new beers. It was a no brainier to pick up this beer. I started to read the bottle and I was all in for this complex taste profile. There is a ton going on in this brew. Each sip will give you something different. This is a well thought out beer with a high risk. It paid off in this beer. They did a great job on this brew. I love this beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser