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RATINGS: 610   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1163) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Germany isn’t known for their really tasty hop varieties, mostly made for bittering agent, and this shows that. Not what hopheads that expect a typical West Coast big DIPA are looking for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
From notes: Poured hazy golden amber with a 2-finger white head. Aroma of mildly citrusy hops, with some pine and a light caramel note. Full body with a moderate oily thickness. Citrusy up front, giving way to resiny hops and a note of stone fruit behind it. A touch of caramel underneath.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
1/17/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Light cloudy amber color with a short white head. Spicy hop aromas with caramel. Dry, bitter, spicy hoppy flavors with a bitter and refreshing finish. Excellent!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Alcohol winks through powerful herbal hops and coniferous resins in this rich and bitter brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-Citrusy whispers add complexity.
-Mouthfeel could be drier, crisper.
-Malts aren’t very well defined.
-This remains nicely different for a strong hoppy brew.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Not bad 22 oz bottle. Nice aroma. Very earthy. Slight dirt but not too too bad, different character for sure. Enjoyable. I may enjoy it more as I drink more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Another big DIPA from Stone for their anniversary, yet this time with all German hops! Bonus point in the Overall for flying in all them cones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
FDBK 2010. The head is ok, body cloudy. It smells hoppy, bit alcoholic, bit sweet. The taste is sweet, hoppy, bitter-intensive, bit alcoholic-creamy. Ok 3.4

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (235) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Golden blind color with a small white head. Nose is spruce, pine, grass, very bright with a nice creamy balance. Notes of vanilla and caramel compliment the hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (178) - - DEC 24, 2013
Bomber pours a hazy golden orange with thin lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Spicy hop flavor lingers with a bitter finish. Very tastey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (961) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bomber pours a hazy orange with small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus, melons, and pine resin. Taste is bitter with some caramel sweetness in the middle and a somewhat dank aftertaste with no alcohol burn. Body is medium to full with slight carbonation and a surprisingly crisp mouthfeel. This was a nice substantial surprise which I’d gladly try again.


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