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RATINGS: 596   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a mildly hazy amber color. There’s a pretty good head crowning the body, about a finger high, barely off-white, and rather foamy. Retention is pretty decent, and lacing is downright plentiful. S: Not as different as I expected. Orange marmalade helps counteract some of the grassy, floral hop notes. There also seem to be additional apricot and sulfur (not detracting) scents, as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected a radical aroma, because on its own it’s quite enticing. T: This seems to be a two part brew: first comes a large wave of floral bitterness, followed up by a surge of orange marmalade sweetness, with augmenting hints of apricot and peach. Some flavor definition exists within the bitter start. The distant aftertaste is probably the biggest problem of this brew - it’s not far off from being soapy tasting. Everything up to that point is damn good, and even the finish isn’t horrible. Hell, it even has some depth; granted, it isn’t the most refined or harmonious complexity by any means. M: It has a medium body, with carbonation that isn’t necessarily STRONG, just poking through the texture well. The off-dry finish helps give it decent drinkability, and the sweet linger helps conceal the alcohol. O: I think this tastes much like an IPA Victory would make - no, I’ll go one further, this isn’t far off from Hop Wallop. Ergo, it’s a super solid example of the style. Congratulations Stone, you’ve redeemed yourself for making the crappy 16th anny IPA. As a caveat, the soap really wore on me as I drank more of it. I won’t chalk it up to bad brewing, but to a fault of the German hops. For that, I’m still going to give it a very good score. Just share it with someone - problem solved.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Hazy golden tinted blonde coloured body with a nice light straw glow all with a large three centimetre tall white head. Aroma of fresh grassy and herbal hops, alcohol, very light malt and a ton of white grape juice - very strong and assertive. Medium-bodied; Strong herbal and grassy hop notes throughout with a good bitterness and a large body of the malt right behind. Aftertaste shows the depth and assertiveness of the flavours with the malt at first then immediately overtaken by the hops, the bitterness and especially by the grapey sweetness on the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good IPA with a lot of hop notes, a ton of white grape flavour and a smaller malt body that really hides this at 9,5% abv - I thought it was around 7,5% or so. I’m happy this was so good, since I usually don’t buy into names/reputations, but this one is a very good beer and should be had if you can still find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station on 11-November-2013 for US$7,27 sampled at home in Washington as my very first beer back in the states after a 2,5 week trip to asia - the land of mostly pale lagers - so this was a nice treat!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1222) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a clear golden with white head. Floral notes, pine, citrus, and grapefruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little grassy hop note.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (400) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber nice white head. Nose is mildly citrusy, Some pine. Some sourness here as well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5612) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
Bottle @ Maxi. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of bready malt, caramel, light yeast, light bitter flowery hops, pine, resin. Flavor is malt, bready, caramel, flowery, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some alcohol. Clearly not fresh. 120414

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (634) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2014
Bottle @ Maxi. Slightly hazy light orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, malty, sweet, hoppy, orange, faint pine, passion fruit. Taste, malty base with some sweetness, hops, pine, resin. Dry bitter mouth feel. Long bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
bottle. Golden with one finger head. The European hops used in this hop bomb provide quite a different taste that what I’m used to. While plenty hoppy, this seems less harsh, and maybe a bit more earthy than a typical Stone offering. Still delicious though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lothore (542) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A - pours a golden yellow color which a small, off white head which leaves lots of lacing on the way down S - mild citrus, hints of wheat. T - mild maltiness followed up by an absolute assault of hops. Deep piney, resiny bitterness. M - thick with ample carbonation. Very resiny D - huge beer that is a complete hop bomb. Unbalanced but delicious

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrenchbody (6) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
One full tick up from the unbelievable regular Stone IPA. This is one we should hope they keep in long term production.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (208) - - MAR 29, 2014
cloudy gold-light amber color; citrusy, floral hop aroma; a bitter, hoppy beer; light malt background with lots of hops and notes of alcohol; a little fruity; dry, bitter finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very sweet! There is a strong berry flavor to this - perhaps raspberry - yes I think it’s raspberry! Not my favorite IPA but certainly drinkable for a change of pace.


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