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RATINGS: 601   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle shared by Pinkzambia. Slightly hazy golden light orange. Moderate citursy and resiny aromas and flavors. Didn’t taste as big as it claims. A tasty and manageable DIPA

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1460) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle: Gold color with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Basic hoppy earthy aroma with a solid backbone of hop flavors. A worthy beer of praise this is!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Brilliant yet slightly haze golden yellow body with a decent foamy white head. Slight vegetal scent along with a white pepper spicy note. That made me think I was about to get my tongue stung with some kind of crazy hop juice (not that Stone *ever* does that! :). Instead, there was a mildly sweet floral/citrus flavor like honeysuckle! This was followed by a more vegetal, thistle-y, bitter flavor that balanced out the sweetness without clobbering it. Good caramel malt base here, but the hops really shine here. I just looked at the description and it’s no wonder now why this is so different and complex! I have even heard of some of those hops! There’s a good alcohol bite too although it doesn’t seem like 9.5% and I’m guessing all the other things floating around in there take the tongues mind off it. Finishes sweet, semi-dry, floral and bitter. Once again, Stone knocks it out of the park in a crazy unique way. Happy Anniversary!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours hazy amber with an ample off-white head. Complex fruity hop aroma. Bright, floral, citrusy hop flavor with a very long bitter finish. Do I have enough knowledge and a sophisticated enough palate to tell that these are German hops? Nope. Do I enjoy drinking it? Certainly.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jstonerock24 (117) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours a hazy orange color. Very rich flavor with German hops that aren’t noticeable. Too much malt and not enough good hop flavors. Normally I am a fan of Stone brews but this one did not hit the mark.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with sticky white head. Slight aroma that shows the aroma. As it warms, the German hops are surprisingly sticky and flavorful. Light to medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3016) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Light hazy gold pour with white head. Aroma is piney really resinous, spicy old-world hop aroma. Crisp malt flavor, definitely pils, however also quite bitter and a tad boozy, still quite enjoyable though. Palate is lightly carbed and oily. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5798) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Nice floral, tropical fruit, citrus, ganja bud, pine aromas. Medium body with average carbonation. Tooty fruity Columbian, tropical fruit, light booze, pine flavors. Mild alcohol twang to finish---tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5471) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Albany, Ga. - Warehouse Package Store - 22 oz bomber.Hazy medium golden pour, soft white head, light lacing. Very earthy aroma with hints of spruce and yeast. Full bodied flavor with some fruity peach accents a touch of citrus bitternes some raw cookie dough. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2013
I said to Melba I smelled powdered sugar and she said i meant cornstarch & sugar. So aromas of powdered sugar, white crackers, honey & a bitter spice. Powdered sugar is a definite but minority element in the flavor, dancing beneath pine & alcohol , a hint of lemon & peach. Clear slightly orange yellow. My palate is confused, as is the finish. A Californized super Pilsner with a Belgian accent? I’m a big Stone fan, including the anniversary IPAs but this one doesn’t work for me


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