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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Our latest anniversary beer, starring an all-German cast of malt and hops, is yet one more glorious example of a Stone IPA brewed outside the box. Our brewers have brought their experiments with German hops to fruition, leaving convention behind to create this hefty IPA entirely with pilsner malts. These provide a superbly crisp mouthfeel, while a unique mix of noble and new-school hop varieties adds layers of bright, bitter flavors. Despite the daunting name, this beer isn’t designed to bring about the end of the world, but it just might destroy some of your preconceived notions of what an IPA can be.

Hops bill: Bitter-hopped with Magnum Late kettle additions: Herkules, Merkur and Opal Whirlpool: Emerald (aka Smaragd) and Strisselspalt from the Alsace region of France, which is just a stone’s throw across the Rhine from the German border. Dry-hopped with a 50/50 blend of German Hersbrucker and Sterling

Malt bill: Weyerman Pilsner Malt, Briess GoldPils Vienna


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Best by 31OCT13 It’s a toasted gold ale with a central weak cap of whites. Really looks like it could be flat. Smells like blueberries and cream oatmeal. Just so happens I fucking dig that oatmeal. A little vitamins, some resiny almost cigarette smoke smells also (Marb’s though, not Camel’s). Flavor is a little grainy for me up front, the bitterness is plain and evident but not nearly as one stroked as the coconut IPA. There are some bits of corn and maybe orange peel. Medium on light bodied with moderate yet spiky carb and an off dry finish. I like this beer, but not buy it again like this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (756) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle. Hazy light orange pour with a big white head. Herb, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Good and well balanced carbonation. Medium body with refreshing, mint-like, finish within some bitterness. Slightly sweet throughout in a good way. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Beautiful clear golden pour with large white head. Really nice IPA. But I don’t particularly dig the hop variety that was used. Lemongrass, earthy, cat pissy, but not in the way that I like simcoe. This was like pellet hops that i’ve tried before. Uber bitter on the tail. Creamy mouthfeel for an ipa. Don’t need it again, but it was damn good for what it was!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Very hazy, light amber color. Aromas of pine, grapefruit. Flavor is the same, with some hints of orange as well. Quite bitter, but not too crazy by Imperial IPA standards. The palate is smooth, but it’s sticky, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2013
(bottle) slighly hazy amber-orange (like dried apricot). Aroma of citrus and resin. Flavor is citrus/passion fruit, light malt and a bit of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (343) - Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber. Pours a light cloudy orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is a citrusy apricot pine. Taste is a fairly complex mix of hop forward grapefruit pine and citrus. I found it to be a smoother drinker for a hoppy IPA. Nice work Stone!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvanFriend (297) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
if you’ve ever had your hands sticky with pine sap and smelled them, that’s the exact same aroma. Taste is also pin-heavy, but with some citrus and tropical fruit thrown in as well. Another amazing IPA from Stone.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear gold body with a small fizzy white head that fell to a thin covering. Lots of fizzy active carbonation visible. The nose is bright and hoppy with a nice fruity quality to the hops. Nice clean bready pale malt base with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is pretty interesting, quite an unusual mixture of hops, especially for a Stone beer which usually take the big, brash, and super bitter route. Still fairly bitter, but way more hop flavor than bitterness. Clean and minimally sweet pale malt base. The alcohol comes off fairly hot on the finish. Still pretty light bodied given the high ABV, lots of fizzy carbonation, some lingering bitterness. Pretty decent beer, but not exactly my style as far as IPAs go. Still, good to see Stone trying something a little different from their usual.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Has a very citrusy aroma which is complimented by a citrusy taste. Seems kind of like a lesser ruinten, still very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5935) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bomber. Clear orange yellow pour with a soapy white head. Big herbal hoppy aroma and taste. A bit syrupy. Mellows out late. Very nice!


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