The long awaited and much rumored collaboration brew from Kane and Troon Brewing finally came out this past weekend. The Sea Stares Back is an Imperial IPA clocking in at 8.1% ABV. Additionally, this is a wheat IPA that seems to border on something of the less citrusy, yet creamier, though still delicious spectrum. It's an elegant IPA with Citra with a double dry-hop of one of my favorites, Nelson Sauvin... amongst a few others. The taste isn't so much citrus or grapefruit as it is a melon on the sweeter, but more restrained side.
Two years ago, I probably wouldn't have been able to appreciate an IPA like this because it's not really in your face full of juicy, hazy flavors. This is a refined IPA ranging on a creamy end that needs to be sipped to be enjoyed. The aroma is intoxicating as you go further down the glass and into the beer more and more. This is probably one of my favorite IPA entries that I've purchased from Kane in 2017. You can tell there is a refinement from the Kane end with an elegance from the Troon end. I could be wrong about that, but it's still obvious that these two New Jersey breweries could compose a hell of a classical (beer) symphony together. Salud!