An IPA blending recipes from four different existing beers has been created in a collaboration between four breweries led by Stone Brewing.
Packaged at 7% abv in 500ml cans, it is to be launched at the Independent Manchester Beer Convention (IMBC), or Indy Man Beer Con, which runs at Victoria Baths in south Manchester from 4-7 October. It will be rolled out across the UK and the rest of Europe.
It is the fourth release in Stone’s Uniqcan series – a programme of unique small-batch beers in cans which have also been made available on draught at selected restaurants and bars around Europe.
The beer’s full name is the IMBC / Buxton Brewery / Magic Rock / North Brewing Co / Stone Fellow-Sip IPA, or Fellow-Sip IPA for short, featuring elements characteristic to each of the breweries involved.
Brewers from all four partners came together in Berlin to develop the recipe, which draws on Buxton’s Axe Edge, Magic Rock’s Cannonball, North’s Transmission and Stone IPA. ‘For the Fellow-Sip IPA, we took the best of those recipes to create a very new, very awesome beer,’ explained Thomas Tyrell, master brewer at Stone Brewing Berlin.
‘If you taste the Fellow-Sip IPA and you know some of the inspiring beers, you will surely rediscover some of the original hop and malt components.’
It is made with a selection of the malts and hops found in each of the four IPAs: Pilsner, barley, wheat, acidulated and Golden Promise malts and Citra, Mosaic and Ariana hops.
The new recipe took about five weeks and several meetings to develop before being brewed. ‘We discussed different ideas and finally brewed a test batch everyone liked very much,’ Tyrell said. ‘Of course, brewing with four partners, instead of just one or two, makes things a bit more complicated – but also challenging, and it brings in even more ideas.’
According to Tyrell’s tasting notes, the unfiltered IPA has a golden opalescent haze with a white foam head. It offers aromas of pine, citrus and hints of cherry and lychee paired with ‘dank hoppy’ notes, with a balanced bitterness and full-bodied citrusy and resinous taste.
Stone Brewing’s next collaboration will be with a Scandinavian brewery, building on the success of its previous Uniqcan releases which began in July with Stone Tangerine Express IPA – the European debut of a beer originally made at Stone’s brewery in California in 2017.
The other two Uniqcan releases were Stone CoCo-POW! Porter and another collaboration, Quince-Essential Hazy Ale, with Hanscraft & Co in Franconia in Germany.