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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (767) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
22oz bottle pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, light bread notes. Medium bodied, crisp and chewy at the same time, interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1750) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Pours a gold orange with medium large white head. Smell is massive orange, almost like a dreamsicle, with some spicy, floral and grapefruit notes as well. Taste is actually strange, I for some reason cannot get the orange dreamsicle flavor out of my mind. Orange, citrus, sweet cream. Very different IPA feel and taste, but I dig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamhorror (84) - USA - AUG 21, 2013
If you buy one, but two. I drag this last week and forgot to rate it. Was very similar to Ruination ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, spicy hops, light grapefruit zest and light lemon zest. Palate was medim bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, spicy hos, earthiness and lighht grapefruit zest with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pullins10 (18) - - AUG 21, 2013
This beer was recommended to me; enjoy it but I'm not sure I would get it if I also had a chance to have ruination ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (908) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Growler fill from brewery. Pours a mostly clear golden amber hue with two fingers of off-white foam showing good retention. AROMA of very spicy and fragrant hops, earthy-grainy malts, grass, pine/spruce, and some stone fruit. FLAVOR full of spicy and earthy hops with additional notes of pine resin, fresh-cut grass, citrus, and some balancing caramel malts (though the hops certainly win here). Moderately bitter but with a VERY dry finish. The high ABV is completely concealed here. Stone produces yet another great hoppy ale. This one is kind of an anomaly since the noble hops are so prevalent, but it’s great to see Stone explore this "other" / traditional kind of hops, and with the usual Stone abandon. (79, 808)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a bit hazy, dull golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, cream, sweet grain, bread in the nose all with a bit of spiciness. A little chewy, toasted bready, cracker, slightly tangy, herbal hoppy, slightly dank flavor with a slight veggie note. Probably my least favorite IPA released by Stone to date.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours clear orange gold color with a thin soapy white head that fades to a soapy wispy film and collar. Aroma has soft floral herbal scents which are slightly minty and earthy flower. Taste has a crazy bitter hop flavor that turns right into a minty earthy flower and herbal characteristics, there is some spice/pepper which is probably from the mint. Palate is medium and drying with a warming finish. This is a complex beer with some not so common flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Big citrus hops, spicy menthol notes. Medium-bodied, spicy hops, cool citrus, malt and spicy earth. Big spicy citrus hops into a long herbal bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2013
walk into the forest... walk DEEP into the forest... look around.. listen.. find an old pinetree.. find a very old pinetree.. locate the bright green tips.. grab a large handful of those needles.. shove them in your mouth and chew.. slowly, firmly.. until the bittersweet resin coats your teeth.. your tongue.. and your soul.


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