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RATINGS: 604   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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (2778) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Hazy golden-orange body, medium sized off-white head, minimal lacing. toffee, orange marmalade, honey, biscuit, citrus. Odd blend of flavors. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, assertive bitterness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (1426) - - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma and taste are bitter with tropical fruit notes. Pilsner malt does not make an appearance as far as I can tell. I like the concept but the execution is lacking.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frank0830 (60) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Wtf! IPA? Hello Imperial Pilsner. Blah. I expected a lot more from Stone for a 17 year anniversary batch. Disappointed. Call this what it is, and I would rate it much higher! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2184) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Draught at Black Birch. Pours a ripe golden color with a finger or two or tight sticky foam. The nose is spicy earthy and a touch of grass and bready malt. The palate is an onslaught of spicy bitterness, way to heavy handed on spicy hops for my drinking pleasure. I understand the concept and tried it for that but there is a reason DIPA’s work better with certain hops varieties and this is proof to that.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
(Draught) deep gold, fine white bubbles. Nose of rich sweet citrus zest, candied peel, green tea, orange pulp. Taste is exceptionally bitter, pine, citrus zest oils, just too bitter for me, quite a bit of sweetness too.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Germany isn’t known for their really tasty hop varieties, mostly made for bittering agent, and this shows that. Not what hopheads that expect a typical West Coast big DIPA are looking for.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very sweet! There is a strong berry flavor to this - perhaps raspberry - yes I think it’s raspberry! Not my favorite IPA but certainly drinkable for a change of pace.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (3768) - - AUG 18, 2013
bottle. slightly hazy pale gold with a stable, fluffy, white head. a blend of citrus, pear, and tropical hop aromas. surprisingly not floral as would be expected from noble type hops. the flavor is soapy and intensely bitter, almost harsh. lemony, citrus rind with pith. the pilsner malt doesn’t seem to provide enough residual sweetness to balance a numbing hop addition. lightish body and dry. extreme palate crushing astringency from alcohol and hop bitterness. not really my thing i suppose.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beaver (1290) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2013
22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/26/13. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts, ripe fruits and floral, grassy, slightly resiny hops with some alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet fruity toasted malt (slightly soapy) with a big floral, grassy, slightly resiny bitterness in the finish. There are some notes of cream ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA, I think going German was not a wise choice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Flasche serviert in Tulip: gießt aus einem tiefen Goldton mit einem schönen ersten prickelnden Kopf, nur sporadisch lace ... So bin ich links mit dieser missliche Lage gebracht, ist dies ein Imperial IPA oder ein Imperial Pils? Wenn ich mit DIPA als Grundlage, ist es in Ordnung, ein bisschen zu süß und Rasenflächen für eine Pacific gebraut IPA IMO. Wenn ich Imp Pils als base line, es ist in Ordnung, aber nicht sauber oder erfrischend genug und natürlich auch feucht fröhlichen für ein Pilsener. Auch die Nase ist sehr grasig, ein wenig feucht und scharf gewürzt mit einer fast extract wie Malz dämpfen.

Cotton Candy and gin... really Mitch? Nice try but you just swung at a pitch in the dirt


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