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RATINGS: 594   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
2013-09-01. Crisp dark yellow body with a modest white head. 3+ Aroma is hoppy, fairly alcoholic, grassy notes and muted fruit. Flavour is pleasantly hoppy, sort of fruity, relatively bitter sort if grassy. Touch of tropical fruit, vague pineapple undertones. Bitterness grows as you go. 7+ Smooth average to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Nice but the grassiness of the hops is a touch distracting from the pleasant fruit character. Pretty nice. Bottle from San Diego shared by a friend.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
This beer pours a clear pale orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and minty spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and spice. The finish is moderately bitter with a zesty citrus and spicy hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2013
22oz bottle: pours a clear deep brassy golden with a creamy froth of white head. Has a fresh floral herbal perfumy hop nose with a touch of citrus and clean biscuity malts. Starts with good fullness and sweet pale malts well-balanced with an assertive piny flavor hop profile and a healthy dose of bitterness. Finishes drier with lingering bitterness. A unique and well-made brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (7114) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Brewdown. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of yeast, citrus bread, pine and toasted malt. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2013
On tap. Poured light-medium golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up juicy floral and grapefruit notes over pale and biscuity malts.. peppery on the back of the nose.. very nice. The flavor found more of the peppery stuff and rye-like notes.. honey and bready notes supported.. finished warm and tasty. Heavier-bodied and a tad too hot.. otherwise very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7000) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle split at the William IV during the Rainbow IPA event, thanks to Leighton for this one, 21/09/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a white covering. Nose is grapefruit, caramel, orange, light pine resin. Taste comprises caramel malt, orange pith, bitter hop notes, light pine, grapefruit, grass. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the finish. Decent DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Pineapple and juniper/yew aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange-pineapple malt and moderately bitter juniper/yew flavor - reminds me of the shubbery in front of my parent’s house (yews and arbor vitaes) than first got me interested in my career as a shrubber.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head, Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit flavor with pine. Medium bodied. Very good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light earth and light tropical fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a crystal clear deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma is . . . hello rich Noble hoppiness. I get floral and dank spicy onion notes as well as earthy grassiness and some sweet candied lime. The taste starts by tossing up a load of rich deep sugary malt sweetened Noble like hops at ya all at once. These are Noble hops at a robustness and smoothness rarely attained, if ever, IMHO. I get floral, lime candy, earthy tea and some smooth dank onions that unleash loads of hop flavor and hop bitterness. Wonderful rich vibrant bitter and flavorful brew. Well executed. Love it.


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