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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jethro6191 (436) - Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours a hazy gold with a white head. The aroma is floral with some mustiness. The flavor is floral and spicy with some berry notes. At the beginning the flavor is sweet but the bitterness kicks in at the finish and dries out your mouth very quickly. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and a medium to high level of carbonation. The 9.5% abv is not apparent at all and could sneak up on you. This beer is very drinkable. I really enjoyed it and the unique flavors it offered. It is definitely not your typical IPA. Another solid offering from Stone.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rustbucket0873 (275) - Krikville, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
pours a hazy golden color with white fluffy head. the aroma is grapefruit, citrus, earthy, and some malt. the flavor is bread, grass, earth, citrus, and really sweet. the flavor is definitely unique. very complex flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2029) - 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."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1331) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/17/2013. 22 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Honey/golden yellow/orange with two fingers of off-white head. Aromas of German malt, honey, cat piss. Tastes of pine, resin, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pilsner malt, light booze. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Clear golden color, fluffy whitebread. Aroma of floral citrus. Taste is similar. Decent enough

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9162) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
From notes. Pour is hazed straw yellow with a white ring. Nose is bready with a fair bit of dough, notes of tangerine and citrus hops. Taste is also doughy, lots of doughy malt with a balance of citrus hops and some golden fruit. Moderate bitterness through the highly carbonated finish with a medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, malt, peaches. Flavour is pine, herbs, hop, peaches, alcohol, tea, pine, herbs. Full body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
At GABF 2013. Pours clear yellow, medium head. Aroma is earthy and a little spicy hops, some pure orange pulp, floral hops, citrus grapefruit, lemon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Nice clear golden pour. Pine, citrus and grass for aroma. Heavy pine flavor with a tinge of soap. Nice heavy mouthfeel with a sharp bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Hazy golden tinted blonde coloured body with a nice light straw glow all with a large three centimetre tall white head. Aroma of fresh grassy and herbal hops, alcohol, very light malt and a ton of white grape juice - very strong and assertive. Medium-bodied; Strong herbal and grassy hop notes throughout with a good bitterness and a large body of the malt right behind. Aftertaste shows the depth and assertiveness of the flavours with the malt at first then immediately overtaken by the hops, the bitterness and especially by the grapey sweetness on the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good IPA with a lot of hop notes, a ton of white grape flavour and a smaller malt body that really hides this at 9,5% abv - I thought it was around 7,5% or so. I’m happy this was so good, since I usually don’t buy into names/reputations, but this one is a very good beer and should be had if you can still find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station on 11-November-2013 for US$7,27 sampled at home in Washington as my very first beer back in the states after a 2,5 week trip to asia - the land of mostly pale lagers - so this was a nice treat!


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