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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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle... Poured amber-golden/orange with a moderate forming off-white head. Nice retention. Hops on the nose that came off earthy, herbal, and vegetal like. Hops offered a nice spice here, somewhat resinous but mostly vegetal and earthy. Not floral and perfumy. Some bitterness and bread-like malt tones and some sweetness considering the high abv. Wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one, but I’d buy it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomF (5) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013 does not count
Very unusual beer. Appearance is more like a pilsner, bright and bubbly. Hops are subdued on the nose, alcohol very well hidden in taste. I really enjoyed it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
A new realm in IPA's.. Big, rich and full bodied. Layers of florals, orange citrus, honey and sweet bread. Aromas and flavors truly reminiscent of jasmine tea with honey... Seriously! Balanced bitterness, which compliments the sweet malt backbone. Very enjoyable. A must try. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of snappy, herbal hops and pale malts. The taste is spicy, herbal, fruity hops, toasted caramel malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Sweet and smooth with flavors of peaches, hops, caramel, booze, and citrus. Very sweet yet hoppy finish. I like, but it is boozy- be prepared!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (1702) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Not much more to say on this one, one smooth double IPA. Buttery, velvety texture and taste. Malt comes through, not covered by, but in concert with the hops. Very well done indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1576) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear light orange-yellow color with a small foamy head that lingers nicely. Interesting aroma. Musty and very floral, lots of lemon, some orange and grapefruit, and biscuit malt. Taste is intense. Moderate sweetness and very strong bitterness. Flowers and citrus fruit mostly but the bitterness overpowers a bit. Very dry finish. Overall, it’s like an extremely bitter imperial pilsner. Good DIPA but too bitter and dry.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kayres (389) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Crystal clear yellow with a thin white head. Wonderful floral biscuity nose. Crisp full bodied huge hop flavor. Clean ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Golden orange pour with a fluffy white head. A nice citrus, lemon zest, and some doughy yeast. Nice and spicy earthy hops with a nice citrus and dry finish. Pretty tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at TAPS in Petaluma. Pours even gold with a white head. Strange lactose aroma with strawberry cheesecake notes. Flavor bears it out, crazy fruitiness and a sort of milky body. There are more typical IPA notes too, bitter piney resin especially. Strange beer but I kinda like it.


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