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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7006) - 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 (6511) - 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 (3277) - 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 (1214) - 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 (678) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at home. Pour is clear orange with a big cream head and great lacing. Bright, lightly floral, a touch of citrus, fruity hop notes, soft soapy notes, noble hoppy, grassy, straw, somewhat spicy, and earthy aroma. Taste is grassy, floral, honey and big caramel with a very apparent butterscotch note, caramel corn, somewhat peppery, and fruity with a big bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation. The off-flavors don’t necessarily ruin it, but it is probably my least favorite Stone beer in recent memory.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1044) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2013
22oz bottle pours a light gold with thin white head. Pine and fruit aroma. A citrus hop taste

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimsRatings (405) - - AUG 23, 2013
From 22oz bottle. Clear amber with a touch of white head. Somewhat mild citrus aroma. And that is the last you will see of the word "mild"... The citrusy/hoppy flavor has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it is still very drinkable. Not as harsh as Palette Wrecker, nor the smoothness of RuinTen. I rate it just below RuinTen in the power- hop beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap for this anniversary beer. Decent strength - I like the German flair to the West Coast IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Look: Brass orange body, 1/2 finger white head. Smell: Tropical Flowers fused with fruits (like a woman’s perfume), citrus, tobacco and faint alcohol. Taste: Floral, citric rind, spicy, fruits, tobacco, strong bitterness, mild alcohol bite. Feel: Medium body, active carbonation. Overall: 17th reminds me of a certain other beer named Victory Hop Wallop. Nothing wrong with that though the malt sweetness is a bit brighter with Stone. All the flavors and aroma are the practically the same. I sipped this and Hop Wallop came to mind. The only thing that sets them apart is the bitterness and pilsner malt sweetness. Other than that this brew is worthy. Nothing earthshattering but still very solid.


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