Tonight’s offering is a huge, 102 IBU monster brewed by Stone Brewing Company for their 17th anniversary of brewing awesome beer. It’s another outside-the-box IPA that Stone really outdid themselves on, with a knock-your-socks-off hop profile, daringly balanced with the pilsner character of German malt.

The result is a very drinkable, unique creation that is worth trying. Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.09/5

look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Enjoy by 11/13/13.

Appearance- Pours a straw-yellow, completely clear body with a small 1-finger white head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves little lacing. Not outstanding looking.

Smell- Smells pretty malty, heavy, and hoppy. Subtle bread and pine notes, pretty sticky, floral, and resinous. Citrus zest. You have to strain for a good whiff of this one.

Taste- This is very interesting and unique.. starts off pretty sweet, the German malt is really shining here, caramel, spicy, peppery notes, which give way to a pretty bold, sticky, resinous, piney hop punch that lingers on the tongue for a while. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden behind the nice balance of hops and malt. It’s like a pilsner mixed with an imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel – Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body but it’s pretty drinkable.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one – the choice of malt and hops really went well together and created good balance and drinkibility. Worth a try.

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