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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours pale copper, with a bright clarity and thin white head. Aroma is thin slightly sweet caramel malt with floral citrusy hops. Taste is big dry sweet rye malt with plenty of bitter hops to balance. Grassy, earthy notes dominate the hops, with a hint of floral and citrus notes. Finishes a lingering bitter. The thin pilsner malt is an odd match with the huge DIPA hops, but it’s a great concept. Can’t expect Stone to just keep cranking out standard IPAs, this is a nice diversion from their typical fare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4167) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours transparent amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of floral and almost fruity hops and light, pale malts. Flavor the same, with a nice blend of the malts and hops. Average texture. A pretty good beer, definitely not tasting like 9.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bomber shared. Poured bright yellow with white frothy head. Nice big citrus/pine aroma. The flavor is to me like candied fruit I’d citrus and then on the back end is oily almost resinous. Full bodied beer. Many many flavors in this make it very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5825) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent light orange with white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; a nice balance of hops with a sweet but mild backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer; I really like what the pilsner malt does to this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with an average to large frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus, earthy and floral hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex change of pace standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Very clean, pilsner-like malt, barely detectable under a cascade of floral and grassy hops, a bit of pinching astringency with black pepper and mild stone fruit. Bitterness is steady and leaves a fine mouth coating. The malt and hops are delicately balanced and mask the alcohol well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kroney (158) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 everything an ipa should be plus extreme drinkabilty. floral and fruity nose with some sweet malt backbone. same flavor profile with some resin and tropical fruit undertones. extremely smooth but extremely bitter at the same time... hope this makes its way to the full production line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1081) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at Anthill. Pours a nice golden with white head. Aroma is slight orange peel, and some dankness. Taste is fruit and sweet. Not really any of the "Stone" house taste which is a plus for me. The 9.7% definitely doesn’t come through. A few odd notes I can’t place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
22. Pours a cloudy medium amber. Loose white head. Plenty of lace. Big buttery nose. Seriously buttery...shocking that they would ship this, what with all the extra attention that an anniversary beer from a big brewery gets. Malty, biscuity, sweaty. Creamy slick medium body. Soft carb. Medium toasty caramel, earth, biscuit, and plenty of movie popcorn butter on the mid palate. Slick finish. Toasty, herbal, grassy, buttery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (665) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours a bright yellow with white head and no lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Taste is bitter throughout. Grassy with some cough syrup aftertaste. Slightly oily and lingers in the mouth. I think my mouth is numb. Very nice 2IPA even if it’s not a west coast style.

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