19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
Stone Brewing

19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
977
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California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA
Notes: 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.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/23/15; drank 9/13/15 @ the Palace.

See-through dandelion appearance.

White head; nice lace.

Pineapple, honey & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & honey flavors; a bitter bite on the finish.

Drinkable but too bitter to truly enjoy.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 6th, 2015 - Thunderstruck returns Stone's glorious bottle art to the age of swole demons and triumphant poses. Thank goodness. As much as I like seeing caricatures of Will Wheaton I prefer the old school demons. This IPA is a bit cloudier than normal for Stone, with an herbal and lemony scent, and a touch of baseball glove leather to finish the smell. I live for this hop profile, and it works well here. The flavor is more of the old school and by now very familiar Stone happiness. Mellow, and a little sweet, this beer lacks the dankness I was expecting, as well as the strong, bitter grapefruit notes. There's a bit of broiled grapefruit in the aftertaste but that's a sweeter touch. Instead we get more lemon notes and a tasty grassy quality that has a bit of bitter "mizuna" leaf in it. Very Japanese, and very hoppy.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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 DVoors
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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 hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of delta490
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with a creamy white head the mostly melts away. There is a small amount of residual that leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is distinctive hops, with tropical fruit and citrus. The taste leans much more to the citrus (thinking grapefruit) than the tropical side. There really isn't a malt profile. It's just doing what it can against a massive onslaught of hops. The body has a nice weight and feel to it, slightly thick. There's a solid bite throughout.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is really dank, pine, onion/garlic aroma - overall fairly pungent.

Taste is caramel malt sweetness, heavy citrus and pine, and a pretty bitter finish. I get very little of the described tropical notes (which in all fairness is likely due to me drinking this almost five months after bottling). Mouthfeel is oily, which goes well with the taste and I feel is characteristic of many Stone IPAs. Overall, another solid IPA from Stone but not as unique as I was expecting.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This really was an exceptional brew. Shared a bomber with my wife who really liked it as well. Yellow/Golden in color with foamy head that slowly fades; aromas were multiple citris and dominated, smooth feel and finish, pleasant hop levels. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinking this August 2015 product in late November, so it's well past its suggested date. And yet, still robust in body, piney, and crisp. Prefer this to all Enjoy-Bys this year, except for the February version (which was fantastic). Good beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a copper/amber hue and a nice, fluffy white head that is about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles to a thick ring lining the surface of the beer and the inside of the glass along with a nice surface layer of foam and decent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malts and tropical citrus hops that also have a piney and earthy quality to them. The taste is exactly the same, and the flavors really come out more as the beer warms. Such an excellent mix of the malty sweet notes and the different hop aspects. The bitterness is much more dialed back here than what tends to be the norm for Stones' beer but it is still quite tasty nonetheless with it's fairly crisp, somewhat smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Eric

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Photo of Duhast500
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1pt. 6fl. oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

The color is hazy orange with yellow highlights and two fingers of foamy white head. There is some nice webbie lacing left on the glass that is all around the rim.

The smell is earthy hops that are setting the tone here from the beginning. A touch of pine comes out but leads into an earthy character here. There is a small amount of grapefruit coming out here in the nose but it is slight and is gone quickly.

The taste has a bitterness that comes up and meets you before letting you get a taste of this beer. There is fruity flavor here that gives off a touch of pear and a touch of orange. There is a harsh bitterness holding the flavor hostage but when it is let loose great fruit flavor comes forward. Cinnamon comes out in the flavor as a mild fruit flavor bleeds into this beer. A small grapefruit flavor is here as well as a touch of peppery flavor that leads into a bitterness that has a presence before passing into the background.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but can feel like it is trying to get away from you at some points before settling back down. There is a smoothness that is not lost beyond the bitterness. A balance at the very end makes up for a balloon of hops that show up in the flavor.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $8.99 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for a minute before film out. Medium gold colour and semi filtered clear

S- Lots of hops here. Grapefruity good

T- Touch sweet but nice malty base. Good hops and overall balance to their brew

M- Dry and tart just as expected

O- Very good blend overall. Not the best IPA out there but it is good.

Food Pairing

This rather good brew went well with........ Curried goat!

Enjoy

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap poured into a tulip glass. The mix of Australian hops provide a distinct smell and bitterness. Well balanced flavors with a bit of grapefruit.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light tan-gold color with crisp, cottony foaming. Onion bomb! I get a big nose full of oniony dankness. There’s a slight green onion note on the palate, with a drying, bitter finish. Green, dank, hoppy, interesting. Happy 19th anniversary!

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Photo of Auraan
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous golden body, cloudy and deep with a half-finger bubbly white head and visible carbonation bubbles. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice DIPA, an enticing appearance. Scents of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, at medium-light levels, leafy, and slightly dirty herbal hops, medium-light grassy hop aromas, moderate pine resin, some light citrus, passion fruit and peach, mostly as the beer warms, light dank herbal hop aromas and a bit of vegetal hops and a very light catty aroma and a light background alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is of a good hop-forward DIPA, with a couple of hop aromas I am not fond of, namely the catty aroma that plagues some hop varieties. It is also not as bright or fruity as expected from the hop varieties used, though I feel that may be due to the bottle being a few months old. A solid aroma, but it could be better given the hops used. Flavor bitter and hoppy with heavy notes of pine resin, and dank, herbal hop flavors, mingling with moderate flavors of grapefruit peel and hints of tropical fruit, including passion fruit and mango, though at low levels. Middle adds light flavors of mango overshadowed by pine resin and some grassy hop flavors. Finish is hoppy with notes of pine resin at forefront, with dank hop flavors supporting and a medium-high presence of warming alcohol and some grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is hoppy with notes of floral and herbal hops, alongside pine resin and grapefruit peel. Overall impression of flavor is of a typical Stone DIPA, big and hoppy with a boozy finish. Not bad, but again, as with aroma, the bright fruitiness the hop varieties used usually imparts is muddled and buried beneath a high bitterness. Not a bad flavor profile, but disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation and a slick, resinous feel with a light alcohol burn on the finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, strong DIPA. Appealing. Overall this is a mixed bag. The strengths of the hops used does make itself apparent in aroma and flavor, but not at the levels expected, instead becoming muddled in an aroma and flavor profile of pine resin and alcohol that I have come to expect from the Stone DIPA limited releases. The mouthfeel also follows that tradition. It's not a bad beer by any means, it is a quite good DIPA, but the unique hop bill used is simply not given enough of a starring role.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had tonight at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport, pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing. Pretty big beer on the nose, prominent malt bill and fruity hops. The flavor is very fruit-forward. Big malt sweetness, stone fruit, hop wallop is pure fruit with some raisin, some notes of pine and resin. Overall a nice DIPA, but too much malt for me. Body got a little too heavy near the end.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours hazy golden yellow with white head. Aroma is mango, grapefruit and citrus. Taste is citrus, orange peel. resin and hops Very nice indeed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 10/25/2015 at Stevie D’s, in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong grapefruit, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Piney and resinous with citrusy, tropical fruit notes with a bit of malt sweetness.

A: Golden yellow and quite clear with a thick white head and adequate retention with some lacing evident in the glass.

T: Big citrusy, floral hops with some malt sweetness to hold it all together. The beer is crisp and there is a moderate amount of hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for being a big beer.

O: Pretty clean with interesting floral and citrusy hops that I haven’t seen too much.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, hazy, golden-yellow with a 1" head...decent retention and lacing.
BIG tropical fruit in the aroma a little weedy as well.
Medium to heavy mouth feel - second pour was much thicker and definitely a heavy mouth feel.
Lots of fruit, citrus, and medium-high bitterness from start to finish.
Not a huge fan of the tropical hops but enjoyed this beer and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden / light Amber. Has aroma of pine and citrus peel. Flavor is meh, bitter hops and strong malts. Does have some of the pine notes but overall forgettable. I can live with or without this one

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is resiny, with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango complementing a lightly toasted malt backbone.

Flavor reveals floral hops throughout, on a toasted malt backbone, with highlights of muted citrus. Finish is fairly bitter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 07/30/15
Stone 19th Anniversary
August 2015 Release

Poured into a Stone pint glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a small fizzy off-white head, which did leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with a very nice touch of citrus and pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, bitter, with some nice citrus/piney notes. Medium body, with a slight chewiness, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one is pretty tasty. I would definitely buy it again if seen.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: a nice hazy peach. messy off white head and lacing.
smell: grapefruit and exotic tropical fruits with some juicy sweetness.
taste: a bit like the nose at first with a fairly harsh blooming finish that's dry, spicy and bitter.
overall: Stone knows IPAs and this is interesting but not one of their standouts imo.

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19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 977 ratings