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RATINGS: 604   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wisdomsolo (453) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
This is a good one! Pours a nice golden with a fluffy head. Complex but not overpowering aroma of hops. The flavor is hoppy and sweet. It has a tingly feeling on the tongue. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3200) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a clear, light amber color with a large off white head of foam. The nose is hop forward (no surprise as it is from Stone). Citrus and resin notes. The hops hit your tongue right out the gate. Big citrus notes, a little pine resin finishing with an almost aspirin like bitterness. Light to medium body with a very long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle to tulip. Pours clear orange with a medium white foamy head. Nose is hops, citrus, spice. Flavor is citrus, hops, malt, spice. Medium mouthfeel and a pretty bitter finish, fitting for a Stone beer. I liked this as much or better than the Enjoy By beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Flavor is earthy hops, pine, resin, slight floral notes. Enjoyed 22 ounce bomber and decided not to share it with anyone. ;-)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper with frothy white head. Aroma is bread, caramel, but mostly floral and citrus hops. Taste is very bitter. Texture is oily. Great IPA by stone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1391) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Hop-head’s dream. Sticky icky pine, resin, grapefruit, sour mash. So long, so bitter. Kind of a Symphony No.9 of hops. And in some cases those hops are so woody and dark as to substitute out for the pils malt entirely. A big risk in a beer that really pays.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
This beer pours a clear pale orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and minty spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and spice. The finish is moderately bitter with a zesty citrus and spicy hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bomber. Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a decent head and interesting aromas. I’m so used to American hops blasting their way into my sinuses and across my palate in IPAs that this one took me by surprise. It has a little bit of an orange and grass odor, but it’s kinda subtle. Flavor is much more interesting, though, with a little bit of honey bun sweetness, some orange blossom and a little grass and resin. I would definitely say that I prefer the American hop profile to this, but it is definitely interesting. Something doesn’t quite work here, and it comes across as a little bit landfill-like at times. That flavor is a very ephemeral one that I can barely detect at times, but at others it seems a little more dominant. Other times it is completely absent and I find myself enjoying the sip. It’s an odd beer, but definitely worth a try.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle from The Common Market. Pours a clear orange color with a white head. Aroma of resinous hops and a slight bit of grape. Taste is subtly bitter but even across the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1189) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
A- pours a clear and smooth golden orange with a finger of off-white head. S- aromas of pungent orange blossom, grapefruit, flower petals, honey, bready malts, fresh cut grass, and wet pine needles. M- a medium palate that is somewhat creamy with a tacky end. Body is also medium with a decent carbonation. T- resin and citrus hops to start. Lemon and grapefruit. Bread malts and a powerful orange juice come in next. Faint peppery spice as well. Some dry and bitter herbal, earthy and grapefruit notes in the end. Mild soap and slightly vegetal as well.


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