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RATINGS: 605   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1236) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Leave it to Stone to think outside the box. Definitely a unique IPA, while still not straying from IPA-ness. Syrupy, but just a hint of resin. Very malty thick, yet freshly hoppy-bitter. Best part is that there's a zing here -- from the German ingredients? -- that you don't find everyday in an IPA. And, balanced nicely to boot. A- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnielsen13 (245) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is resiny, bready, citrusy. Flavor is pine, resin, citrus, bread. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rick_91709 (170) - USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours a clear gold with an off-white, creamy head. Lots of lacing. Piney aroma and taste. Nice bitter aftertaste. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2673) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from beer dispensary apex. Yup. I’m feeling good right now. Over th h we top aroma. In a German way. Clean golden Orange color. Bitter flavor. Medium body thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet finish the farm tasty. Winner in a off way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdowns916 (9) - Travis AFB, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
Bomber bottle to glass. Pours light gold with a light white head. Citrus hints of Grapefruit and pine nuts. Slight resin and malt smell as well. Taste is bitter start to finish with a unique hop flavor in the middle. Over all a different approach to an IPA for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1189) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2013
A clear gold pour with a frothy, white head. The aroma has a mix of citrus and pine with some faint apricot. It has a full body with slick texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter from start to finish, good for hopheads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1054) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2013
The aroma of this brew is to die for due to the strong scent of diacetyl and resin and floral hops, and the color is the clearest amber with a large white head. The taste is a very balanced mixture of a touch of sourness, a mild bitterness, and a slight sweetness. The palate could not improve at all and fuses a medium body, average carbonation, slick texture, and a slightly bitter finish in such a way that it only accentuates the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1729) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Draft. Copper pour, off-white head. Some retention/little lace. Aroma of earth, spicy noble hop, biscuit, caramel. Taste is bitter, spicy, earthy, biscuit. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4674) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Shared a 22oz bottle with friends and co-workers. This one poured a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was plenty of hops, lots of German hop notes - cereal characters on the nose that remind me a bit more of a pilsner than an IPA. Flavor had notes of sweet citrus, nice grain balance in here. Alcohol is pretty well masked for tettering at 9 and a half. Pretty darn good, I liked it.

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