Thunderstruck IPA | Stone Brewing

Thunderstruck IPAThunderstruck IPA
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91.7%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 971 ratings
Thunderstruck IPAThunderstruck IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
-
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
971
Liked:
890
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
7.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 971 |  Reviews: 259
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
Photo of ChrisMon02
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It has been a long time since I was blown away by any IPA/DIPA. Stone's Thunderstruck has changed that.

L-goergeous clear yellow color with a nice soft fluffy head that sticks around for a bit.

S-heavenly mix of floral, dank, herbal hops. Little to no malt-mouth is starting to water...

T-WOW! Just like it smells. Intense bitter hop oil on the front of the tongue, slight sweetness in the middle and lingering dank herbal hops in the finish. Dry finish keeps me wanting the next sip.

F-spot on. Perfect for a hop bomb.

O-what can I say? This beer is the very reason why I hold Stone in such high regard. Sure they miss sometimes but when they hit, they knock it out of the park. Very unique and highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JMS1512
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: Stone’s 22 oz. XIX Anniversary Beer, Thunderstruck (bottled 7/23/15)

Poured into: Stone pint glass, with some force to produce a nice head.

S: Clear, bright straw-gold colored body with a stark, thick white head. After a while, the head reside into a small but dense half-thumbnail cap. It leaves lots of lacing, evident of fresh beer and a clean glass. Bubbles rise from the bottom, lazily as if on vacation… in Australia.

A: Citrusy, peachy, piney hops leap off the head along with the subtle cracker-like hint of pale malt. A bit of flowers and licorice from Ella hops. This is a wonderful, complex blend of hop aromas due to the use of many Australian varietals.

T: It tastes quite similar to its aroma. Light malt, plus lots of hop flavors show off here. While there is significant bitterness, most notably on the end, there are lots of fruity, piney, floral, and even spicy flavors. Those wondering- this beer clocks in at 8.7% alcohol by volume, and 95 IBUs (international bitterness units). It is a Double IPA (or DIPA). The dryness helps keep the beer drinkable, causing the drinker to go back for more and more.

F: Medium bodied, well attenuated (dry, little remaining sugar after fermentation). There’s a nice amount of scrubbing bubbles present, it makes you go back for more. The bitterness sticks around.

O: I appreciate the fact that they change the details of this beer every year. This is one Double IPA I can get behind. Drink it fresh. Good example of the style, while providing something unique. I wonder what Stone will do next year?

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

Very cloudy appearance. Huge and I do mean huge amounts of tropical and dank aromas. Flavors of pine, grapefruit, pineapple . . . similar to the nose. Mouthfeel is sticky and crisp. A really well done dipa. I had this on draft and am usually satisfied with that but I do believe I will go grab a bomber now too.

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Photo of dd43
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After listening to the Beerists go nuts for this double IPA on their podcast I decided I had to give it another go. My previous encounter with it from a bar wasn't entirely memorable. In my controlled home environment (clean palate, proper glass, correct temperature) I was left with a much better impression of what is really a special beer in terms of the hop bill.

Much hazier than other Stone ales that I've had. Pretty bright on the srm scale for an imperial but it was pretty nonetheless. Kind of apple juice color. Head wasn't that pronounced.

Big blast of citrus on the nose, grapefruit and peach primarily. Also a mix of earthy pine but that's kind of stretching. This quality manifested more in the flavor. Which to be blunt was fantastic. Nice citrus hit, more of that pine, and up front the bitterness is aggressive. Stone aggressive.

Malts are present in the mouthfeel and the finish, where the up front hoppiness fades and allows the backbone to make an appearance. It's extremely drinkable and refreshing for such a big beer, due in no small part to how well these Australian hops play with the other ingredients as the beer moves from start to finish. I'm loving this.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, orange color with a thick cap of fine-bubbled white head. Retention and lace are both pretty nice.

Daaaamn Gina! Tropical, citrus galore. Pineapple, mango, oranges and papaya...really nice hop aroma. Malts take a backseat and so does the yeast.

Taste throws down a smooth blend of tropical fruit, doughy yeast and biscuity malt. ABV is well integrated and it is not over-the-top bitter. This one is all about hop flavor and that is just fine by me. Mouthfeel is very soft and supple, glides with ease. This would make a great six-pack but at $10 a bomber, Im not running to the local bodega to buy more.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The head is pretty good looking even before looking at the beer itself. The beer itself is absolutely beautiful to look at. The beer is a nice orange pale gold color that is clear. It really is something to behold.

The smell is even better than the look. It has a nice bouquet of various hop notes mixing with a light sweet malt backbone. The hop notes range from orange to pine to a nice grapefruit; the hops really shine and aren't too overwhelming, which is unusual for a Stone beer.

The taste has the same notes but the hop bitterness isn't as complex. The stronger grapefruit notes come out with a bit of the malty backbone.

The feel is pretty good. A nice smooth and medium (on the slightly lighter side) body with tickling carbonation provides a nice experience. It's like drinking clouds.

Overall, a very good IPA and one of Stone's best. I really recommend getting this while you can. The beer isn't too hoppy and is just good.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone's 19th Anniversary "Thunderstruck IPA" continues their tradition of pushing the envelope for their anniversary offerings. The Australian hops and malt base used in this ale, do seem to "tone" down what Stone typical offers as a DIPA, as far as bitterness is concerned, but the smell, taste and feel is all IPA. The 8.7% abv is well-hidden too, adding to the uniqueness of this ale. Would I be presumptuous to suggest Stone is the standard-bearer for "west-coast" style IPA's?

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Photo of charlzm
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed on August 26th, 2015. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber dated "bottled on 07/30/15" into a shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a medium, intensely clear yellow. However, the white head is a little bashful, rising up only about half a finger and providing minimal lacing.

Aroma is garlic and onions. Oh, joy. And a little peppery note, on the plus side.

Flavor is maltier than expected at first. After a split second of light caramel malt, the garlic and onion train pulls into the station. A little salty tasting, too. Lingering, highly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a little thick. Resiny.

Overall, this beer does not work for me at all. The hops are the only real factor in the flavor to consider and I don't care for the blend of flavors here at all.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, pours a nice bright yellowish orangish, decent amount of head, nose is kind of tame though (disappointing), taste is a little better, definitely a bit more bitter than refreshing.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aroma is mild with piney hops and a light malt presence as well. Maybe a hint of citrus. Flavor is more complex and the character of the various hops come through. Pine, citrus, and floral character. Moderate bitterness with little lingering aftertaste. Light body but it really lets the hops come through.

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

Look: This one has a pale golden and semi-hazy body. Upon pouring, the head is immediate, pillow like and creamy looking. This looks inviting. I enjoy a great head.
Smell: Coming in first are passion fruit and pine. Somewhat fruity with a resinous fragrance.
Taste: BAM! Nice sharp and resinous hops, with tropical fruit and supporting pine flavors.
Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat crisp, but . Nice, dense lather at the bottom of box.

Overall - This is a winner. Nice and new line-up of hops. Well-made, very drinkable, and solid.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: perfectly clear golden yellow. Faintest hue or amber Clear as crystal. Thick foam loose Bubbles in the middle.

S: spice. Onion. Pine. Citrus lemon peel. Orange pith

T: more of that onion. Slight spicy ness . Malt finish. Bitter resiny flavor

F: spicy coating. Medium plus carbonation. Decently creamy.

O: I don't read any fruit or tropical notes or flavors as others have stated. Tons of spicy onion. Decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is so stone, its so much like all their hoppy stuff, bitter to a fault, but i happen to like this one a whole lot better than most of their other recent releases. it has a lot going for it, starting with a really light pale malt base. unlike some others, this isnt thick or sweet or full bodied, but quite delicate in terms of structure, and i think that suits the unique hop blend. major australian hops on this one, led by galaxy and some lesser known strains, i think they go together really well. juicy red apple and orange slices, its fresh and fruity but quite dry and more bitter than sweet, very stone again there, but really flavorful and seemingly expertly put together. the alcohol is really well hidden for what it is, it drinks almost like a bold pale ale, its strength is hard to guess. it also warms up really well, opening up an oily floral hop side, very fresh on tap, and overall a really excellent combination of hops flavors here. still, i liked that all german hop anniversary beer better, that was the highlight of the anniversary series so far for me.

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Photo of pagriley
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz about 5 weeks old into a snifter

Firstly a disclaimer. I am Australian; and patriotic. Bias about to follow

L - Pours clear golden orange with 2 inches of fluffy white head (Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!)
S - Dank'a'lank. Lots of tropical pineaple, mango and citrus. And dank. (Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!)
T - A touch grassy with lots of tropical fruit and hints of peaches. Soft and smooth bitterness and a well balanced malt sweetness. (Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!)
F - Fine carb, with medium body. (Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!)

Overall fan-bloody-tastic! One of the best IPAs I have ever had. Crank up the Acca Dacca to 11 and bang this one out! AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSE!!!!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015-09-05
22oz bottle served in a large mug. Bottled on 7/23/15.

Pours very hazy yellow-amber. Medium-small head that fades even smaller fairly quickly. Lots of fine carbonation lurking in the haze. Smell is very nice. Lemon rind, pine, a little tropical juice.

Taste is less flashy than the aroma. More of a flat, vague bitterness with a moderate straw-like sweetness. Not bad, but not exciting.

Mouthfeel is full and nice. Overall, not bad. Not great.

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Photo of Casey3236
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, I'm not one of those people who can pick out each hop used in a beer, but something they used in this beer creates a very strange, and not pleasant, aftertaste. Bitter but also perfumy, it just doesn't sit well with me. First beer I've ever had from Stone that wasn't great.

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

Bottled on 7/30/15.Pours into an oversized wine glass a pale light golden with a sticky half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and sweet onion is what I get in the nose with some hefty alcohol sweetness as well.Sweet onions,tangerine,and mango hop flavors upfront on the palate,alot of hop complexity,it gets a bit sweet and sticky after awhile but the flavors are nice.I like the hop profile with alot going on,solid.

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Photo of legalag11
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with a very thin head. The smell is very tropical with some resin and slight alcohol but it doesn't detract from the beer at all. The taste is a full blown tropical paradise! Amazing orange and pine notes. Maybe some mango?? Medium carbonation give Thunderstruck a pleasant and light mouthfeel. Man! This is a good beer. I will be picking up another while they are fresh.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a clear golden color. There was a small white head and no lace.
Strong citrus aroma, a little bit earthy.
Grapefruit! Resinous and earthy.
A nice, hoppy beer. Would drink it again.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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