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RATINGS: 594   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (584) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours a light golden yellow, much like a pilsener. Rather muted aroma, with some floral and hops notes. Flavor is quite peppery, with a bitter finish. There are some hops present, some citrus, but this is a much more bitter beer than most IPAs. This is an interesting experiment in what can be done with different hop and malt varieties, but I’m not sure it’s really up there with some of Stone’s better IPAs.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bengibbs6 (32) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Little dark, but the aroma gets you past that. The taste is piney, getting very bitter, and then as you swallow it you get a second wave of hoppy, resiny flavor. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Growler pour from WFPM courtesy of Pedro. Pours a beautiful clean gold with fluffy off-white head and seafoam lace. Nose of pine, honey, hay, citrus. Creamy mouthfeel, nice hop flavors, but a something off – maybe some DMS. Solid bitterness. I love the idea of the German IPA and it is pretty solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2569) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz. bottle. Aroma of strongly herbal, leafy hop, fruity and lightly malty with notes of lemongrass, faint green onion and peppery spice, biscuit and resin. Clear light-medium golden amber color with a thick, foamy, lasting head, plenty of visible effervescence and copious amounts of lacing. Flavor profile is lightly fruity and malty to start, bready, very lightly sweet and grainy with a slight berryish, almost tropical fruit/bubblegum tone, this being quickly overrun with huge herbal, leafy, fruity, German-style hop flavor, seeing a substantial amount of bitterness appear and somewhat alcoholic towards the finish, which is tinged with herbs, lemon, orange, spice and pepper, faintly grassy at the end as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated with an alcoholic warmth and prickliness, coupled with a full body. This is honestly almost exactly what I pictured it being from the description, a Stone-style mega-amped up, hoppy-ass, strong fuckin’ German Double IPA/Strong Pils combination-type beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdmuel (250) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours a crystal clear orange, with a small very bubbly head. Very interesting nose, there’s a nice grassy musty hop note up front, really reminds me of an imperial pilsner, some kind of ripe fruit, and a subtle berry note. Tastes great, has that awesome grassy hoppy pilsner taste and not overly bitter like you’d expect from a stone beer, nice citrusy notes, almost a light funk reminiscent of a saison, very crisp and smooth. Very tasty, and a refreshing change from Stone.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sitzds (261) - - AUG 28, 2013
Hazy copper with thin head that fades quickly. Apricot, grapefruit, butter, pine on the nose. Orange cream and grassy bitter flavors up front fading into a long bitter floral finish. Oily/soapy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation that cuts through.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1259) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pine and earthy hop notes start this beer off, with a pour that shows a clear light amber with a full white head. Notes of spice, citrus, and earthiness come from the hops, with a long lingering bitterness. Light bodied, and really easy drinking. A fine addition to the Stone line of IIPA’s.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Flasche serviert in Tulip: gießt aus einem tiefen Goldton mit einem schönen ersten prickelnden Kopf, nur sporadisch lace ... So bin ich links mit dieser missliche Lage gebracht, ist dies ein Imperial IPA oder ein Imperial Pils? Wenn ich mit DIPA als Grundlage, ist es in Ordnung, ein bisschen zu süß und Rasenflächen für eine Pacific gebraut IPA IMO. Wenn ich Imp Pils als base line, es ist in Ordnung, aber nicht sauber oder erfrischend genug und natürlich auch feucht fröhlichen für ein Pilsener. Auch die Nase ist sehr grasig, ein wenig feucht und scharf gewürzt mit einer fast extract wie Malz dämpfen.

Cotton Candy and gin... really Mitch? Nice try but you just swung at a pitch in the dirt

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods with Tim and Billy Dregs. Pours copper with medium white head. Aromas and flavor of skunky hops, cheese, citrus, pine, and malt. A little ashy and grainy in the throat. Decent finish. Light carb on a light to medoum body for a doub ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Orange copper pour with large white head and lacing. Aroma of citrus and bittersweet hops and a hint of earthiness. Flavor is more citrus, hint of grapefruit and lots of bread, really heavy on the bread and malts. This is very heavily bodied and sweet on the finish. Not as refreshing as most IPAs/DIPAs as this just gets closer and closer to the Barleywine territory, minus the color of course.


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