Description: A collaboration brew between Vancouver-based Bomber and San Diego-based Stone, Blood from a Stone is a rye-based India Pale Ale that combines hops and yeast from the US, malted barley and rye from Canada, Australian hops, and German and Belgian malts to achieve a beer that is truly international in character.
Tasting Notes: As combination beers go, this was definitely an unusual experience. It started with a fruity, richly malty nose which gave way to an unusual flavor. Here, the combination of rye and European malts, along with a heavy dose of Australian hops, made for a beer that had tons of grassy hop flavor, but also had some discernibly dry, ESB-like characteristics.
Appearance: Deep ruby, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good malt, notes of baked bread, citrus, pineapple, dry hop aroma
Taste: Sharp malt, good tang, mild citrus and strong grassy, dry hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, strong grassy notes