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RATINGS: 601   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Battle from capitol beer and taproom. Color is yellow with white head. Taste is very fruity

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bright 24 karat pour with a massive ivory crown that left excessive lacing inside the glass. Evergreen, lemongrass, and leafy crisp hops along with grapefruit pith and bitter orange peel. Honey, caramel, and candied citrus in the backbone. The German profile is definitely unique and distinguishable. Quite different than west-coast varieties but a nice change of pace. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1716) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Clean, clear golden orange body, clarity off the charts. Foamy white head gone in seconds to a collar. Aroma very grassy and fruity like Fruity Pebbles. Tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too, with heavier hops. Hop oil, lupulin strike with zesty fruity and citrus collage. Mildly bitter, more towards the back end. Oily and a little sticky, heavy carbonation. Interesting but quite tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Grabbed a bottle of this today. Clear golden color with a tight eggshell head on top. An herbal, biscuity malt aroma, with grass, spruce, and some grapefruit. This is very bitter and hoppy; sharp pine, a little grass, and lots of crackery malt flavor. The pilsner malt is definitely prominent and provides an interesting twist to a Double IPA. Dry, bitter finish, spruce notes and biscuits linger. There is a sharp alcohol bite so the 9.5% doesn’t hide. It’s a good beer but something is missing to make it a great one. Maybe it’s just I feel I’ve had the same beer from Stone for years now with just a little twist each time to make it different. I think I’m just bored with Stone Double IPAs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a clear orangeish color with white. Aroma is citrusy, resin. Taste is sweet with some sharp bitterness. Dry finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Sweet herbal oranfe marmelade. Gets better as it goes with a creeping bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to my mom. Pours a orange with a gold hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine with a bit resin and light dankness with a sweet grain backing. Flavor is full of strong pine with a good amount of resin with a touch of grain backing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3344) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
This is the first time I’ve been excited about a Stone beer in a long time. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a nice orange color with a fairly stable egg shell colored head. Aroma of grass, pine, spruce, and more grass. Flavor is very bitter, strong herbal and grass flavors, complimented by the crackery pilsner malt. Finishes with a strong german hop note. Real talk: this is the best beer Stone has made in years.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1233) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Clear gold with a full three-finger head from an aggressive pour. Head dissipated to a solid film and left very nice lace. Aromas of pine and grapefruit with a little pine and orange. Big citrus hop character up front with some bready malt and pine. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, and a moderately bitter finish. Extraordinarily soft and smooth mouthfeel, almost like a well-crafted pilsner, highlights what would otherwise be just another great IIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Honestly thought this was a bit of an onion bomb. And I am a Stone fanboy. Pours perfectly to style clear gold with white head. Taste is not sweet enough up front and is just a little off in its bitterness. Scent is citrusy. Carbonation is solid but beer seems a tad thin. Was really hyped to try this and felt a little let down. Bottle - Sherlock’s - Decatur, GA


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