The final release in the Partner Ships Series for 2016 will bring together Baltimore, Md.-based Heavy Seas Beer and Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co.
The resulting beer will be named Imperial Brown IPA, which as its name suggests, is a 9 percent ABV imperial brown IPA brewed with Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Palisade and Simcoe hops as well as blackstrap molasses that is being added into the kettle. This is an update from the original version of the beer, which was going to be a 7.5 percent ABV brown ale brewed with brown, crystal and pale malts as well as centennial and Simcoe hops.
There will be a total of four releases in Heavy Seas’ series of collaborations with breweries around the country named “The Partner Ships” for this year:
- Red IPA, a 7.2 percent ABV IPA brewed in collaboration with Maine Beer Co. of Freeport, Maine.
- Hoppelbock, a 7.25 percent ABV lager brewed in collaboration with Hershey, Pa.-based Tröegs Independent Brewing
- Rye Wit, a 7.25 percent ABV witbier brewed in collaboration with Athens, Ga.-based Terrapin Beer Co.
- Brown IPA, a 7.25 percent ABV brown IPA brewed in collaboration with Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co.
In an email, Christine Shaffer, spokesperson for Heavy Seas, told Tenemu that Imperial Brown IPA will be brewed sometime in October and will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles when it is released in mid-November.
Update (Sept. 4, 2016) — This post was updated to include new brewing details. It was originally published on April 19, 2016.
Update (Sept. 9, 2016) — This post was updated to include specific hop details as well as information on the brewing date and release date.