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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Draft. Clear golden color, fluffy whitebhead. Aroma of floral citrus. Taste is similar. Decent enough.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Pour is orange with lots of head, great lacing. Tons of fresh floral hops, some citrus as well. Flavor is nice, but doesn’t compare to other Stone IPAs. Very good beer, $7/bomber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours golden amber with white two finger head. Smells of huge hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine needles and floral notes. Taste is bitter floral hops, fresh grapefruit, pine and a resin finish. Not as balanced as other Stone beers. Clean hop refreshing beer, but not in the same category as RuinTen, and Ruination.

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
JFParnell (41) - Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Another swing and a miss Stone IPA for me. Has that disgusting bitter aftertaste that I abhor. I continue to be amazed that Stone while capable of producing such great Imperial IPAs such as Ruin Ten, and Ruination, are still able to let me down entirely with beers such as Gotterdammerung and Enjoy By.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7898) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Tap at Mohawk Bend. Thanks to ChinoSkillzian. Clear orange. Sheety white lacing. Nose is candies, orange rind, fresh fruit. Taste is juicy, squashy, big noble hop squash and honeydew and cantaloupe. Doesn’t get sticky or alcoholic. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3148) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 25, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Rerate-2nd bottle-The aroma on this one was very clean leading me to think that the previous bottle was infected. This one has less cereal/husky malt profile as well with no diacetyl. Good but still not great. Bottle purchased at Celebrate in Las Cruces, NM August 2013. Pours bright orange hue with a nice soapy white head and sparse lacing. an exploder? i didnt have any carbonation issues as some have reported. Nose is wierd-pils malts, lite butter (i dont know if that is diacytl or not) yet somewhat medicinal and floral. I cant get passed the butter. Flavors showcase the german pils malt, herbal hops, lite butter (still there), floral and lite spicy hotes. the malt profile here is very grainy and leaves a very dry finish. lingering minty notes in the finish alongside the dry cracker malt profile. What is up with the diacytl? I have never had a stone beer that had Diacytl. Like the finish and appearance but other than that, this one is a strikeout for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
8/25/13. 22oz bomber from Five Points. Lightly hazed orange pour with a nice khaki head that cuts in half but lasts and laces quite well. Really nice, fresh floral hop aroma, like my nose is deep into a colorful flower, with grass, straw, pungent citrus, and doughy malts. Rich, bitter flavor, doughy malts, resin bitterness and a citrus kick, lots of grass, lingering doughiness and grass. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tobias (200) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2013
22 oz bottle: pour is an almost clear bright golden color. Tight white foam. Hoppy aromas comprised of citrus, herbs, resin, and pine dominate. Hints of bread and cereal. Favor is intense hoppiness up front with a malty backbone to balance the bitterness. Herbal, floral, citrusy flavors explode forward with toasty malt flavors playing the support role. Clean flavors. As someone who prefers American hops, i am a fan of this beer. Well balanced and easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tendency (24) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
hmm..basics: pours thick golden..nice head and retention when poured properly. strong malt backbone like good pennsylvania steel. you know you’re driking a 9.5% beer with this one as the booze is not well hidden at all. beer has a definite hard on. malt burst through at front of mouth touch sweetness then the hot bitter hop bite. however, well, shit ill just say it: it kinda tastes like a super hopped budweiser on steroids. very bitter kudos for that but the flavor profile is too restrained and a touch bland for my taste. complex, nuanced hop feel lacking this drank more like a punch to the mouth and get the hell out attitude.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pour was full amber orange with a normal dIPA head, some lacing, weak retention. The aroma was citrus and pine hops. The flavor folllowed with a strong grassy and firmly bitter hop finish. This was impressively bitter although the malt base was a little distracting, some caramel and bready notes, not sure what it was that didn’t totally work for me across the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was moderate to full but not sticky nor hot.


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