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Pilsner - Imperial
4.01 | pDev: 6.23%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Maine Beer Company

Bold. Sharp. Golden. Like an axe used to cleave the bitter tongue of its drinkers, Day Slayer is here to delight in the destruction of your palate.

Deep in the darkest reaches exists an elite group of brewers formed in the image of chaos. Destined to ravage the earth, sowing bitterness upon the tongues of beer drinkers everywhere, the warrior brewers of Maine Beer, Societe Brewing and Stone Brewing have sharpened their axes and grown in might and fury, anticipating this day of reckoning. A swath of nobly-hopped damnation has been carved, eradicating the sun, yet lulling you into confidence with its soft golden hue. Day Slayer is here to destroy the weak and huddled masses, unleashing upon the world a mouth-shattering crescendo of palate destroying hops, fermented with the finest of Pilsner strains, delivering a beer as sharp as their blades. Enjoy fresh. Rock hard.

Tasting Notes: Bold in character, this clean and crisp imperial pilsner has intense bready character before turning sharply bitter with hints of pink peppercorns on the mid-palate. Finishes clean and dry.
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Northeast Seafood in Ocean View, DE. Slightly hazy pale gold with a modest off-white head. Initial impression is an interesting mix of resinous, piney hops and bready, slightly sweet malts. Mouthfeel is slightly on the sticky side; carbonation is middle of the road. Finish is slightly bitter, but not objectionably so. I tend to think of the Pilsner/IPA mix as somewhat of a conflict, and this reinforces my opinion. OK, but I wouldn't seek out.

Nov 11, 2017
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doktorhops from Australia

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yepski: Stone DaySlayer India Pale Lager. I haven’t been a fan of this newfangled “India Pale Lager” style as hops and Lager don’t generally go well together for me (due to the sharp bitterness the hops seem to bring in all the IPLs I’ve tried thus far). But this is Stone. Plus it’s got a wee bit of age on it now so: hop fade. Maybe DaySlayer will be just the beer to slaaaa-ke my thirst. Either that or it’s going to be the shittest beer I’ve had yet from Stone, and damn that is one short list - Stone brew pretty awesome beers. Oooo, featured hops are Motueka and Amarillo - I love those guys. Scratch that stuff I said about how this might be Stones shittest beer: Motueka and Amarillo says otherwise.

Poured from a 650ml US bomber-sized bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slight hazed golden straw body with a nice white cappuccino foam head on top. Bit ‘o lacing, bit ‘o head retention, she’s looking sweet - not literally sweet, figuratively sweet. 8/10.

S: Definite hop fade, oh well, it happens. Aroma is citrus notes, dry cracker and bread middle, peppery/spicy notes towards the back. Hint of grassy hops in the finish as well. S’alright, not quite the heady hop face-cannon it would have been fresh, but still decent enough. 7/10.

T: Hellooo! Piney and spicy/grassy hop characters right upfront, bit of a dry cracker/bread middle (as expected) with a peppery/herbal note towards the finish, which is mid to light bitterness, mellowed with age. Overall the flavour combo is interesting because it’s all grassy/spicy/peppery/herbal - it’s like eating a bowl full of rocket. I happen to love rocket (I eat it practically every day #superfood). Flavour-wise this has been the nicest IPL I’ve encountered - trust in Stone my friend! 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and even a smidge of creaminess, nice work. 8/10.

D: Would like to have tried this fresh, but I’m still working on my DeLorean-based time machine... soon I’ll have enough Plutonium to power that thing, till then I can wonder about the DaySlayer that might have been. However till then, the DaySlayer that is: is rather tasty. Tasty enough for me to consider buying another marked-down bottle of this from my local (you see it’s been reduced in price because of the best by date: win-win here) IMO this is a tasty beer with a bit of hop fade that I would def drink again. Stone you ripper! 8/10.

Food match: Hard to go past pizza when thinking of rocket.

Oct 12, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - golden color slight head and skimming
Smell - pine resin
Taste - good malt piney resin bitterness but not overaly bitter
Feel - full body with a medium carbonation
Overall - interesting and good

Sep 10, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine and bready malts.

T - The taste is bready malts, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and grassy hops. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPL. Bright flavors and easy drinking.

Sep 10, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

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

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead 4-15-17 for $7.99. Bottled on 3-23-17 and Enjoy By 6-21-17 - stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is bready with some pineapple notes.

Taste is a nice bready malt base with notes of citrus and pineapple woven in. Finish has a very small touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Glad i got the opportunity to try it!

Jul 23, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a full one finger fluffy white crown atop.Big tangerine and grassy-like hops jump out in the nose,a slight doughy malt presence is detected as well.Much dryer and crisper than expected with citric notes and that sharpness promised coming in more as I drink more.Slightly sharp in the mouth but it goes down easy,a different take than many of the style,I like the peppery sharpness in the beer.Well done.

Jul 17, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: this one pours a clear, golden color. Small white head and minimal lacing. Bready, spicy and peppery nose. Some malts also. The taste is very good. A bit bitter and peppery, with tasty maltiness behind it. Very tasty!

Jul 08, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish-straw color with almost a finger of head. I expected that classic Stone hoppy nose but instead I was surprised by a nice floral and bready bouquet. The body is solid if not slightly hefty for the style and the flavor is citrusy and only slightly bitter.

Jul 01, 2017
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obywan59 from Virginia

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

Pretty close to crystal clear, showing great carbonation. Yellow to golden in color with a 2 1/2 finger big bubbled white heat that leaves great lacing.

Really bready aroma upfront with citric/spicy hops and tons of pepper.

Sweet malt and taste of alcohol early on. Then a peppery taste develops before the bitter hops rise to dominance in the end.

Crisp, with syrupy malts that leave the mouth slightly sticky. Somewhat oily as well.

Great brew! It has good balance, the sweet and bitter are well matched. I'd buy it again.

Jun 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium to light golden pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly with great lacing.

S: Biscuity malts and lager yeast. Citrusy hops.

T/F: Bready malts... biscuits and grains. Lager feel with a bigger hop character. Citrus and pineapple... a little peppercorn and spice. Clean and crisp. Finish is slightly sweet and citrus. Medium in body... highly drinkable.

O: Another nice stone collaboration. Great flavor.... either a hopped up lager or a lagered up IPA, but whatever it is the flavor works nicely. My 2nd time drinking it and hopefully this one will make a reappearance in the future.

Jun 24, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear gold with a massive foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Orange zest, metallic, yellow grapefruit, pine, crisp biscuit malt, a touch of apricot or pineapple, basil/cilantro/herbal dankness.

T: Big orange zest and orange peel upfront, along with a little grapefruit. Biscuit malt backbone, made crisp by the lager yeast, with faint pineapple notes. Finishes with a solid bitterness comprised of piney flavor and some more orange peel bitterness. Alcohol is hidden, but the big malt backbone reminds you of its abv.

T: Medium-full bodied, well-carbonated, lending a full feeling.

O: A solid IPL. Chock full of hop flavor, yet very drinkable.

Jun 22, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only some specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spicy hops, gooseberries, and lemongrass are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the peppery spices are more evident in the finish than in the initial taste and there are also hints of bitter grapefruit up front.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting complexity of aromas and flavors from the hops. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 16, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear, with just a slight haze. Golden in color with a tall, brilliant white head. The aroma is clean, with an earthy hop note. The taste has lots of malt and hop character. Serious bitterness and little dry. Fruit is notable in the flavor, along with grass and spice. Full in body and a bitter hop finish.

Jun 11, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The golden pour is crystal clear and capped by two fingers; the head retains in position and leaves a few clumps of lace

Smell: Floral, tropical, grassy and bready

Taste: Tropical fruit forward, with mango and pineapple prominent and papaya in the mix; the mid-palate is hit with bread and grapefruit, but the finish is a grassy salute to its pilsner roots

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Here is an IPL that will give the IIPAs a run for their money

Jun 04, 2017
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BattleRoadBrewer from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw color with a light haze you might mistake for a summer wheat, lightly carbonated. Nose is practically absent, wonder if because it's served in a goblet. I expected a big hit of Saaz. Taste is superb. Lovely bItter bite from the tip of the tongue and lingering. Really like it. Straw malt flavor and lots of body. Nice oily, malty, hoppy aftertaste clinging to the tongue.

Most Impy Pils miss the mark IMO, this is the best I've had since Sam Adams' Imperial.

May 30, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden with a light haze, little fine bubbles of carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of strong hops typically used in west coast IPA's. Big tropical fruit notes, pineapple, peaches, pine, ripe jackfruit, garlic and onion.

Garlic, chives and onions, floral and fruity notes of oranges and pineapple. A solid bitterness on the end. A dry biscuit note, almost umami rice cracker quality as well. Slightly sweet but in a big balance.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Feels extremely light for the ABV with a smooth and powdery finish.

Got the last bottle at Namton's House Bar in Chiang Mai tonight, and now drinking it at home this 29th of May, 2017. Phenomenal brew.

May 29, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle with 3.23.17

L - Pilsner yellow, with clarity, 2 fingers of head and lots of lace all over the glass

S - Crisp hops, lemongrass, citrus, biscuit

T - Much like the aroma, crisp and citrusy. Nice malty backbone and well balanced. Definitely a strong pilsner - no such overly hopped IPA characteristics

F - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - A tasty strong pilsner. 2 of my fave breweries. Well done

May 29, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a mainly clear, just slightly cloudy/hazy golden color with some steady streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice white head that's about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first served that settles to a very thick surface coating of foam along with a fairly think ring lining the inside of the glass and excellent lacing all around. Aromas of bready/biscuity, just slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness along with a definite citrus hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with a just slightly toasted, bready/biscuity, caramel malt sweetness that gives way pretty quickly to a citrusy, zesty hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors, especially as the beer sits to warm up a bit. Not the most complex flavor profile, but that's just fine here. Has a crisp, mainly smooth, frothy, and even creamy, medium to fullbodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Drinkability is superb! Yet another very good beer from Stone and friends!


May 27, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow with a great amount of clarity and a thin white head that sticks around and leaves behind a good amount of lacing
S - Piney hops, sweet malt, and a little bit of citrus
T - Definitely hops up front which bring some pine and citrus notes followed by sweet malt and some biscuit notes. The lager characteristics remind me more of lighter lagers rather than dark ones which is nice considering I'm drinking this at the end of May.
F - Medium body and medium carbonation. Leaves behind a juicy mouthfeel from the sweet malt and citrus notes.
O - Overall, this is a pretty nice IPL. While it doesn't push the boundaries (which is what I expect from Stone), It's got a good amount of hop profile followed by the malty backbone of a lager with some pine and citrus mixed in which combined give this IPL a great, light, and refreshing taste.

May 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an unlikely duo to hook up and do a beer together in my mind. i think of maine as making such soft, well rounded, and juicy hoppy beer, while stone is the brash, abrasive, and overly bitter hoppy beer king, so this is sort of like a meeting of the minds or something, and the beer is pretty good, but in terms of those two approaches, this beer ends up more stone than maine, at least to me. this beer has a few great features, the big pale malt body, yet relative dryness and extremely crisp finish. it also has a nice lager yeast flavor to it, decidedly different in taste and feel than this would be if it were done with an ale strain, and i like that backdrop for all the hops. the hops even smell and taste great, rather juicy to the nose, more heavily citrusy and bitter in the flavor, but really fresh. i just think like a lot of stone stuff that the ibus are cranked up a bit high in the end. even with its strength, this was on track to be sort of delicate, until it comes in late with all this harsh bitterness and lingering almost chalky hop thing, its too much, and i think it overpowers what until that point was a balanced and unique beer. maybe not as refreshing and seasonally appropriate as it was about to be. i still liked this, but it would have been cool to see them each brew a version on their own so we could really see how they handled it. i liked it, but too much stone in the end, not enough maine beer...

May 25, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Costco in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $6.49
Purchased: April 24, 2017
Consumed: April 26, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Pilsner
Misc.: Bottled on March 23, 2017; Enjoy by June 21, 2017

Wife picked this one up for me on a recent trip to Costco. Anything with Maine Beer in the title and I’m going to try it. Really liked Stone’s previous collab with Marble and Odell and I expected this one to be on the same line.

Poured a pale clear color with three fingers of frothy-to-rocky white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding sporadic foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smell was kind of hidden for the most part in the beginning, but got better. Got dish soap, pine, lime, floral, hints orange peel, resin late, floral, icy grass (if that makes sense) and a touch of peppery spices.(Smell - 3.75)

Taste was slightly better. At least more flavors. Really got it right with the double/imperial pilsner. Got rather dank resin, bitter pine, hints of mango, lime zest and Amarillo spice. Nice balance, but slightly more DIPA than pilsner. Also lemongrass, more tropical notes and a lingering peppery spice. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good but I was a bit disappointed overall. (Overall - 3.75)

3.87 | 87 | B+

May 22, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at O'glee, Bangkok and also had it once from the bottle.

Crystal clear bright golden orange in color, it comes with very thick frothy white head that very well retains itself with great retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting bubble sheet atop and leaving massive sticky lacing wave all around.

Bold and crisp hop in the aroma, it consists of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, lime, pine, some grass, peppery spice, and floral. Malt is in the back end with its bread and biscuit.

The taste kicks off with hop in the lead with suggestion of crisp citrus, orange peel, mango, lime, peach tropical, some pine, grass, spice, and moderate bitterness while malt plays as the backbone of the flavor structure with its biscuit and bread. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with persistent grassy bitterness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and rather low to moderate carbonation that is well enough to carry along all the things with some good crispness and liveliness touch, finish is very dry and rather clean.

Overall, it is crisp, fruity, and clean that is straightforward for the Pils. Hop is solid plus with the rich malt bill while alcohol is well concealed, good IPL indeed. The bottle and tap is not much different except the bottle is more clean and crisp.

May 21, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer on draft at Press 195 in RVC.

Look is a pale orange amber with a thin bubbly head.

Aroma is light and fruity.

Taste is really refreshing, light citrus fruit giving way to almost a flowery after note.

Really good on draft.

May 18, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


LOOK: Light clear yellow. No head.

AROMA: Mildly hoppy, fruity, touch of farmhouse aromas.

TASTE: mildly hoppy and sweet, peach, ester, light ginger like bite in the finish. Mineral.

FEEL: very smooth, light carbonation

Nice collaboration.


May 14, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber with two fingers of white foam. Smells like most imperial pilsners, big bready and robust grassy hops, some lemon zest and general dankness. Taste adds some earth, white pepper, toasted caramel, and flowers. Feel is full, bready, but not overwhelmingly heavy. Fun collab between two favorites

May 14, 2017
DaySlayer from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 224 ratings