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RATINGS: 610   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slubgob (195) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Tap into snifter. Golden yellow, small had of fine bubbles sticking to edge of glass, off white.intense hops nose, pine and grapefruit dominate.well balanced with a solid malt flavor up front, some middle grain, almost like a good bourbon, hops come in in the back and finishes with braving pine and a bit of residual sweetness. Well balanced for the amount of alcohol and hops

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rick_91709 (191) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with a small off white head that fades quickly. Nose is all kinds of savory herbs, rosemary being prominent, floral notes, bright lemon zest and some sweet grain. Flavor is moderately sweet with some strong bitterness. Spicy herbs and floral notes along with some doughy sweet malt and lots of bitterness that takes over and lingers. Grapefruit and pine flavors start to emerge after a few sips. Medium body. Pretty interesting but the some of the herbaceous notes imparted by those hop varieties aren’t my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lupulucid (189) - - SEP 12, 2013
Not an overwhelming DIPA but not pedestrian either. The unique aspects of its construction are a bit subtle and the most prominent feature is hop expression. Malt adds some flesh for a round but structured mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours one of the nicest golden oranges I’ve seen. Aroma is subtle with hints of hops and a nice malty tone. Taste is very hoppy up front with a toasted malt middle and a bitter finish that lingers. Palate is similar with a very nice mouth feel. Nicely balanced. A very hearty and "warm" IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (178) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours golden amber with white two finger head. Smells of huge hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine needles and floral notes. Taste is bitter floral hops, fresh grapefruit, pine and a resin finish. Not as balanced as other Stone beers. Clean hop refreshing beer, but not in the same category as RuinTen, and Ruination.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zsb19 (168) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2013
A good IPA, the hops are good but could be a bit stronger. Worth grabbing the bottle to try the series, would drink again.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crash_the_dog (162) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Beautiful blonde color with creamy head. Nice lacing and a gentle hoppy aroma. Balanced full flavor without being overwhelming. Really amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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