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RATINGS: 607   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7059) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to Bruce at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is pine, fresh citrus, floral and grassy notes. The taste is crisp, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, Irn Bru, dry grass, resin, alcohol and some hay with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Interesting and pretty tasty stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to my mom. Pours a orange with a gold hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine with a bit resin and light dankness with a sweet grain backing. Flavor is full of strong pine with a good amount of resin with a touch of grain backing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6704) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma brings out cotton candy, lots of residual sugar, caramel and some slight hops. Flavour brings out peaches, caramel, residual sugars, resinous hops, and cotton candy. Quite sweet, with loads of residual sugars without being too malty. Nicely balanced with good use of malts and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22 oz. bottle via in-person trade in STL. Pours a clear, bright orange-gold with about two fingers of frothy off-white head. Rising carbonation bubbles, some trailing lace. Aroma of spicy, sweaty, citrusy hops, toasted, pils and caramel malts, grass, rye crackers, some straw- unmistakably German in influence. Flavor of spicy, citrusy hops, pils and sweet malts, herbs and florals, melon and mango, and a hint of honey. Medium-bodied, with a bready, bitter mouthfeel and medium-high soft carbonation. Long, lingering bitter finish. Potent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6607) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6589) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
On tap at City Beer. Pours amber with a thick white head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor that starts sweet then turns more bitter. This is sort of a cross between a DIPA and an imperial pilsner, and it works pretty well. It’s got lots of grapefruit but also plenty of malt flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On tap at Dutch’s... Two snifters’ worth. After hearing about this a month ago, and having the keg spray in my face a half hour ago, I’m very excited to finally get to try this now. Our keg is labeled as batch #3533, filled 7-22-13, 9.6% ABV. Nose is a very nice floral and citrusy hop bouqet, balanced with bready, moderately peppery pilsenry malts. Tasty, big, floral and citrusy DIPA, but still distinctly german in the flavor profile. Creative and impressive, and still tasty and hoppy in that classic stone anniversary IPA way. The body is a perfectly clear orange-gold color. Thin off-white head, that leaves decent splotches and short ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, kind of creamy texture and mouthfeel, with a more dry finish, but a nice fullness to the body. Really easy drinking for a 9.6% DIPA. Seems like a great choice to enjoy outside on a breezy 74F day like today. It’s big and flavorful... But not heavy nor assertive. Good big bitter taste, lightly spicy, minimal sweet. Just a light alcohol warmth in the nose, but the fantastic flavor overwhelms it in the finish. Awesome, surprisingly easy drinking DIPA. Finished my portion easily, so easy-drinking. The pilsener of big hoppy DIPAs. The floral, lightly spicy, citrusy long hoppy aftertaste leaves me wanting a revisit after every sip. Love the creative concept. Earlier this year I was trying to guess what Stone might do for their 17th, I didn’t come anywhere close to guessing "German-style DIPA". And it works. Kudos.


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