19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA | Stone Brewing

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19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 19th anniversary release brings the boom, delivering it to the palate in a voluminous, hop-driven thunderclap. This double IPA owes its considerable oomph to a quartet of Australian hops—Topaz and Galaxy, plus two newcomers, Ella and Vic Secret, that scored impressively in test batches. We’re also applying the all-Aussie theme to the malt bill, which is composed entirely of an Australian variety called Fairview. The beer’s striking tropical fruit, citrus and peach hop flavors and slightly resinous and aromatically dank earthiness are sure to electrify your senses.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-16-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
261
Ratings:
974
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
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Photo of KMcGrath
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moondawggg69
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my Stone 13th Anny shaker pint
Noted on 08/13/15

A soft yellow peach color body with mild look of hop haze. A good 2 fingers of sudsy ecru foam develops over. Tracked lacing and splotches of stick noted.
Passionfruit and spiced guava tropics meld over dank lemony herbals, grapefruit, mango, and peach. Very pungent, fruity, and floral. Getting some malt cookie like sweetness.
An intense charge of tropical hops hits up front then twists into more earthy herbals and dank greens. Peach, mango, passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, and pineapple. Quite impressive the diversity of flavors here. Malt is a secondary of sugary sweetness with some soft baked bread and honey like qualities to it. Stone delivers again with upper amounts of scrubbing bitter hops here and an ABV that is well and present while still kept moderately within check. Finishes dry and rushing full of resinous hop oils.
Bold and intense with some really unique flavors – what I would come to expect from a Stone Anniversary brew.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DVoors
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer. Super dank and tropical hop aromas and flavors are the star of the show with just enough candy/cookie-like sweetness in the background to balance it all out.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ella, Galaxy, Topaz, Vic Secret-no, these aren't the names of the performers at your local "gentlemen's club" (at least as far as we know). Rather, these are exotic, and admittedly rather sexy, Australian hop varietals that have been dancing on the minds and palates of the craft brewing intelligentsia around the world of late. We've been openly flirting with them via test batches and they've become popular around our brewhouse thanks to their sensual flavors and aromas. So in developing our celebratory anniversary beer we decided it was time to seal the deal and take these down-under-wonder beauties to the main stage at Stone. And what better way than allowing them to strut their stuff in the spotlight as the sole focus for the lucious tropical, peachy, citrus-like flavors and slightly resinous, aromatically dank earthiness of this special, all-Aussie consummation! Also invited to the stage as a special guest performer is Fairview malt, which we had shipped in from Australia specially for this brew." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA featuring 100% Australian hops. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft, this is Stone's 19th anniversary ale.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth head of a milky white color over a hazy golden amber body with moderate sediment and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Hop notes of tropical and citrus juice, summer fruit and delicate resins, slightly herbal and dank with a moderate bitterness. The malt aroma is a pleasing light pale malt with a high level of cleanliness, very accessible. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Hop characters of dank herbal lemon tea, pine resins with a moderate bitterness. Malt characteristics are simple with a pale malt body of a lightly fruity undertone, with some creeping graininess and a nip of alcohol. Slightly more aggressive on the hop bitterness than the aroma suggested, but with its fair share of subtleties that drive the curiosity of the malt and hop profiles and keep the consumer engaged. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slightly creamy, lightly grainy, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is moderately hoppy bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters overall. 4

(Overall) Stone continues their trend of "Travel-inspired DIPAs" with Thunderstruck, and the hop and malt characters going into this beer were quite unique and distinctively different for me. The hop selection created most pleasantly light fruitiness and hints of citrus on a very subtle level, arguably a bit out-of-sync with the bitterness level of the hops, which were just a tick short of traditional Stone fashion, but very evident. The malt notes are equally unique- light, but distinctive in providing a mellow fruity undertone which really contributed positively to echo the hop profile. Appropriately bitter for the style without a heavy malt bomb backbone, and a reasonable amount of graininess and alcohol edge. This is one of Stone's better Anniversary IPA releases over the past few years, and even with some age on it drinks fantastic. I guess we'd better look to some outstanding Aussie-inspired hops and malts coming forward in light of this tasty DIPA. 4

Stone Brewing Co.'s
19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
3.92/5.00

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Photo of Butznutz
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of William-Wade
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best stone has but really pretty good overall.

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4.16/5  rDev +1%
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a goblet.
Clear gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Fragrant bouquet of catty, tropical hops.
Taste-Piney, tropical, dry and a catty hops come on in a big wave that ride your tastebuds all the way to the finish.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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