Fruitallica, Stone Brewing (San Diego, California), Beavertown Brewery (London, England), Garage Project (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hop mavens at Stone Brewing have let loose a series of “metal-inspired” collaborations this year. First came Megawheat, then Dayslayer and now there’s Fruitallica. Don’t let the grizzly names and gnarly art scare you away, though. Like its predecessors, Fruitallica is boozy, hop-forward and yet very much approachable. A globe-spanning collaboration with England’s Beavertown Brewery and New Zealand’s Garage Project, the 8% double IPA is infused with the unlikely combination of yuzu, kiwi and habanero. The resulting beer is vibrantly juicy—a quality enhanced by its citrusy Wai-iti and tropical Riwaka hop—with the slightest hint of heat from the pepper.