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This next brew comes courtesy of my wife.  We had a brie cheese tasting planned for the night and she wanted to get me something to compliment the meal.

Beer Name: Fruitallica

Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA/Richmond, VA), Beavertown Brewery (London, UK), and Garage Project (Wellington, NZ)

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Description: A worldwide collaboration effort, this double IPA was brewed with kiwi, yuzu, and habanero.  You can read the full metal description on Stone’s website.

Appearance: A bright, hazy hybrid of yellow, orange, and amber topped off by a thin white head that formed with the pour.

Smell: Light fruits and some piney bitterness.

Taste: Light and fruity upfront, featuring kiwi and assorted tropicals.  Perhaps even yuzu, but I can’t honestly claim to know what that tastes like.  The back-end brought on a nicely balanced amount of heat from the habanero that rolled into a piney, resinous bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for the style.  Medium, slightly creamy feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: Elevated personally, though I suppose most grizzled beer veterans don’t get overly excited about these anymore.  Stone will probably always have a special place in my heart though.

Overall: I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t quite consider something I’d drink every day.  It did, however, go quite well with the brie I so in that sense the beer delivered exactly what I wanted.  Nice blend of sweet fruit and spice without going too far into extremes.