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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
More of a sweet malty aroma than a hoppy aroma. Semi-cloudy golden color with small white head. Definitely a unique hop profile, and I'm not sure how to define it...not citrusy, not particularly piney, maybe slightly floral? Has a sort of lasting mustiness to it.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11600) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
On tap @ Stone Liberty Station. Golden orange pour with a white head. Light butter on the nose. Orange, Fruity Pebbles, and pineapple. Light pine, booze, and grass. The flavor is decently fruity. Some orange and grapefruit, light pineapple, and some pine bitterness. Malt sweetness, grass, and minimal butter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoju777 (152) - FRANCE - SEP 6, 2013
Smells like strawberries and beer. Blonde color. Tastes punchy, sour, and bitter and sweet. Is that a good thing? Nice and thick palate. Overall, a weird beer that’s easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station, Portland, Oregon, USA. A golden/orange coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, pine aroma. Tastes hoppy, pine, citrus, malty and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Best by 31OCT13 It’s a toasted gold ale with a central weak cap of whites. Really looks like it could be flat. Smells like blueberries and cream oatmeal. Just so happens I fucking dig that oatmeal. A little vitamins, some resiny almost cigarette smoke smells also (Marb’s though, not Camel’s). Flavor is a little grainy for me up front, the bitterness is plain and evident but not nearly as one stroked as the coconut IPA. There are some bits of corn and maybe orange peel. Medium on light bodied with moderate yet spiky carb and an off dry finish. I like this beer, but not buy it again like this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (917) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2013
I said to Melba I smelled powdered sugar and she said i meant cornstarch & sugar. So aromas of powdered sugar, white crackers, honey & a bitter spice. Powdered sugar is a definite but minority element in the flavor, dancing beneath pine & alcohol , a hint of lemon & peach. Clear slightly orange yellow. My palate is confused, as is the finish. A Californized super Pilsner with a Belgian accent? I’m a big Stone fan, including the anniversary IPAs but this one doesn’t work for me

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Draft... Clear amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of toffee, honey, tea biscuit and peppery hops, and. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with metallic bitterness to go with the honey and toffee malt sweetness. Finishes bitter, metallic and a bit alcoholic. Meh.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tendency (26) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
hmm..basics: pours thick golden..nice head and retention when poured properly. strong malt backbone like good pennsylvania steel. you know you’re driking a 9.5% beer with this one as the booze is not well hidden at all. beer has a definite hard on. malt burst through at front of mouth touch sweetness then the hot bitter hop bite. however, well, shit ill just say it: it kinda tastes like a super hopped budweiser on steroids. very bitter kudos for that but the flavor profile is too restrained and a touch bland for my taste. complex, nuanced hop feel lacking this drank more like a punch to the mouth and get the hell out attitude.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland. Herbal, onion hop aroma with a lighter underlying malt sweetness. Some metallic character and a little yeast ester character. Transparent pale golden body with a medium whitish head. Good retention. Starts herbal, and fairly bitter with decent hop flavors. Becomes a little sweeter and chewy in the middle. Finishes with more herbal and earthy hop flavors. Ethanol is hidden well. A decent beer. Nothing too exciting, though. Surprised this is 100% Pilsner malts.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (290) - - SEP 15, 2013
Pours clear amber with light head and tart aroma. The beer will please hop-heads, but I think that the bitterness can come across as overpowering (not surprising, given the beer’s name). Sweet citrus flavors come through, but they’re dominated by the hops. A good beer, but not as mind-blowing as other reviewers seem to suggest.


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