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RATINGS: 611   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7326) - 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
KyotoLefty (7312) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
Bottled. Interesting noble hop nose, very grassy, orange, bread and caramel. Sweet, malty, bready, grapes, maybe muscat, crackers, interesting. A bit thick, slightly syrupy. Very fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7305) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7297) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6091-20131203] Bottle. Mild grassy pine aroma. Clear, bright light orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter grainy citrus flavour has a long aftertaste. Medium body. Good, nice bitter brew. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9

[6162B-20140131] Bottle. Citrus resin hops aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Bitter resiny hops flavour has a grainy grass base. Medium body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
Overheard: "Here’s my monocle."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6937) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A sweet fruity hop nose with some honey. Big flavor of German hops, and it noticeably so with deep sweet lemon and honey, very grainy. Frischen Aromen. Ich konnte viel trinken. Vielleicht werde ich. Auf jeden Fall ist es gut. A big fluffy palate. Superbly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Blue monk. Golden with orange tint. Grassy aroma, noble hops, herbal notes. Grassy, herbal flavor, sort of a lime citrus finish. Tastes a like a big imperial pils. Pretty amped up grassy bitterness. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Grassy, piney, and spicy hops, with some light malty sweetness, and a nice lingering piney hoppy finish. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"I was a little apprehensive about the all German schtick, but if anyone’s earned the right to tinker, it’s Stone. Comes across as a delicious and incredibly hoppy yet soft imperial IPA/imperial pilsner hybrid, bringing the best of both into play. Unique yet familiar. Bready, sweet, yet piney and grassy and spicy and weed all rolled into one. Thanks ill have another. I imagine better now, after say September, it’ll fade."


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