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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (164) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours a golden color with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing. Piney citrusy hoppy scent is intense. Flavors of a lot of hops that hits right up front. Citrusy afterflavor, hops really punch you in the mouth if you let it sit. Very nice mouthfeel for an IPA a little heavier than you expect but works well for this beer. Definitely a worthy beer from Stone and any hop head should seek this one out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zsb19 (155) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours clear golden with medium fluffy white head. Aroma is juicy citrusy hops with some sweet malty notes. Taste is floral and grassy hops upfront that fades into some sweet bready malt on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering bitter spruce hops with some notes of sweet malt coming through. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall a nice balanced double IPA with sweet and bitter playing together nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (155) - - DEC 24, 2013
Bomber pours a hazy golden orange with thin lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Spicy hop flavor lingers with a bitter finish. Very tastey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (152) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours golden, slightly hazy, finger thick white head, nice lacing. Aroma big noble hops, sweet pilsen malt, fruity esters. Taste bitter spicy noble hops, then the slight sweetness of pilsen malt shows up, then more spicy, peppery, slight onion hops. Mouth feel is on the thin side of medium body, good carbonation, very spicy, dry finish. Overall very good, unlike anything I?ve had, well made and very interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Claves77 (152) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Nice consistency, but pale color belies the body. Mild smell for Stone with different hop smell. Great mouthfeel with lasting palate, but flavor doesn’t suit me. better than most, but no comparison to other Stone brews.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_MedievAle (151) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Aroma: Pineapple and tangerine with a subtle floral note that I cant place because I am not that knowledgable about flowers. Appearance: beautiful and clear light gold. Head retention is terrible, though, otherwise this would be a five. Taste: pineapple and dank grass give way to light notes of black pepper, soft alcohol. Palate. Crisp and not as oily as Id expect for a pretty hoppy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Pours light orange/ gold in color with dense white foam. Aromas of grassy/floral and spicy noble hops with a touch of crisp sweetness. Taste is malty and crisp with hints of toffee, floral notes, mild spice, sublte citrus and grass trimmings. Finish has a lasting, almost astringent, bittering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Look: Brass orange body, 1/2 finger white head. Smell: Tropical Flowers fused with fruits (like a woman’s perfume), citrus, tobacco and faint alcohol. Taste: Floral, citric rind, spicy, fruits, tobacco, strong bitterness, mild alcohol bite. Feel: Medium body, active carbonation. Overall: 17th reminds me of a certain other beer named Victory Hop Wallop. Nothing wrong with that though the malt sweetness is a bit brighter with Stone. All the flavors and aroma are the practically the same. I sipped this and Hop Wallop came to mind. The only thing that sets them apart is the bitterness and pilsner malt sweetness. Other than that this brew is worthy. Nothing earthshattering but still very solid.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kroney (150) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 everything an ipa should be plus extreme drinkabilty. floral and fruity nose with some sweet malt backbone. same flavor profile with some resin and tropical fruit undertones. extremely smooth but extremely bitter at the same time... hope this makes its way to the full production line.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rick_91709 (149) - USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours a clear gold with an off-white, creamy head. Lots of lacing. Piney aroma and taste. Nice bitter aftertaste. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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