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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
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Pours golden / orange with a smallish white head. The aroma has sweet malt, grass, candy, floral hoppiness, mild pine and some alcohol warmth. The beer has a medium / full body that is grainy and husky and there is a decent amount of semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with big pils-like malt, some sweetness, grass and floral hops. The finish has more grassiness, sulfur and alcohol warmth. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (605) - ISRAEL - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle sample at Stone tasting. Clear golden with a white head, nice lacing on the glass. Aroma - mostly hoppy with pine, grass and citrus in the nose. Sweet, grass, floral, herbal, light alcoholic notes, light maltiness, long lasting bitter finish, very well balanced flavors. Medium-bodied, sticky on palate, easy drinking for 9.5ABV beer. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle:   Orange hued straw, pale haze, thin to moderate frothy white head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet tropical fruit up front, citrusy, a little burning alcohol on the nose.   Strong citrus hop presense on first sip, but also comes across as tropical without being too sweet.   Big malt body, fruity, citrusy, reminds me slightly of 15.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Assertive hop finish, citrusy, mildly sweet.   Very respectable.   Not as juicy as their 15, but still tasty!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5827) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle sample at a Stone tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Clear golden with a white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, citric, grassy, piney and resinous. Flavor has some sweetish maltiness, a bit bready, and very tasty hoppiness, citric, piney, grassy and herbal, with a great strong bitterness. Medium-bodied, a bit chewy and heavy. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2113) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Aroma: German Malts, Mildly Floral, Mildly Piney Appearance: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing Taste: Bready Malts, Mildly Piney, Mildly Floral Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Hoppy aroma, lots of citrus, with malt, sugar, grass, and a hint of pine. Taste is smooth and bitter, of citrus and pine hops, malt, grass, sugar. Lingering smooth bitterness. Nice IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiveacestx (595) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bomber - light orange in color with a medium head. Nice citrus hop flavor and extra dry all the way through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy orange pour with white foam that left some sporadic lace. Fuzzy tangerine notes. Tons of flavor! Slight tartness. Apricot fuzz. Peach pits. Crystallized ginger. Peppercorns. Passionfruit. Starfruit. Quince. Apple seeds. Chanterelle mushrooms. Oak planks. Nice deep flavor palate. Juicy amber fruits with a big dry spicy finish. Great stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle from Sun Devil Liquors I found lurking in the back of the cooler. Clear gold-amber color with a long lasting, foamy white head and decent lacing. Big aroma of pine needles and sap but also some sweet malt mixed in. Pretty nice flavor where the bitterness is not overpowering. You can tell the German ingredients do make a difference compared to the bigger, typical west coast IPA. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Corrinado711 (80) - - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange /golden color, clear, very thin, fine white head. Aroma hops, bread, light citrus. Taste is mostly hops, bread, sour, acidic with a nice bitter, wet hop finish. Mouthfeel us nice and full. Rare lacing. This ipa has a strong wet hopped character without the usual super bitter finish.


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