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Maine / Stone - DayslayerMaine / Stone - Dayslayer

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of teromous
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the neck of the bottle: "BOTTLED CA 03/22/17 ENJOY BY 08/20/17"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light shade of amber with just a light bit of hazy opalescence. The head is short and white with good retention.

Aroma: I am getting some herbal and slightly spicy hop aromas mixed in with a bit of passion fruit and some cracker. The aroma is decent but very soft. The most prominent aroma is the herbal scent. After a while I started to pick up some alcohol.

Taste: The hop flavor is a lot stronger than what the aroma advertised. It is a refreshing punch of herbal, minty, slightly piney flavors with what tastes a bit like lime at the end. That slightly tart finish really helps clean up the palate.

Mouthfeel: This is the kind of beer that goes out of its way to deliver a great drinking experience. Above and beyond; it is just an enjoyable and refreshing beer to drink. There is a strong bitterness at the beginning with a great crisp middle and a slightly tart lemon-lime-like finish. The crispness and the feel of the beer seem to elevate the flavors and the drinking experience.

Overall: It is a fantastic beer. It would be a great beer to hang out with on a beach, by a pool, at a picnic, or at a cookout where the sun is shining and you want something that is both refreshing and has a lot of hop flavor. My only qualm with the beer would be that, although it is advertised as an "India Pale Lager," it doesn't really showcase any lager characters in either the yeast or malt choices; it might as well be an ale. Perhaps the lager yeast strain is extremely clean which delivers the clean crisp mouthfeel? Who am I to judge. The overall beer made here is really good and I would buy it again. I would recommend it to people who are fans of hoppy and bitter beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/23/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an awesome IPL style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modest bitterness. Great hop vibrancy and slightly dank, with a nice malt backbone; and never overly aggressively bitter or drying. A really delicious offering.

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Photo of babaracas
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lager time \m/
Pours a clear gold, one finger of white soapy foam, settles to a thin layer, streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: off the pour it was fairly weedy and a bit catty, but this faded in a minute. Pils-y...sweet and mildly bready, grape. Floral, berry skin, unripe mango. Taste: upfront it's sweet pale malts, grape and white nectarine, lemon-lime mid section, then jammy with some sweet orange citrus and a piney and grassy closer. Medium bodied, chill carbonation and quite creamy mid-sip, with a hop strewn finish that eventually gets around to (for a double) a crisp-ish and oily finish. Bottled 3/23/17.

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Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Three-finger head which recedes slowly. The liquid is clear with a light gold color. Nice lumpy streaks on the glass.

Smooth, well blended malt and hops. Exquisite nose.

The malt, while semisweet, is brief on the tongue. The bitterness is stronger than average but it is not overwhelming nor extreme. There's a bit of cream taste until the swallow which draws out the hop pellet flavor. Above average body with an average level of effervescence. The swallow is lightly bitter with little remaining malt base.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Sweet breadyness, a little tangerine, some mango,

T: Rich breadyness, mango, some dryness & faint lemongrass & astringency up front. Dryness, grassyness, mango, & grapefruit peel as this warms, a little tangerine as well. Finishes with tangerine, a little booze warmth & lemongrass

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, great lacing

Too easy to drnk, love this take on this style, would love to see this in sixers , the nose didn't quite hold up its end of the bargain

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz into Pilsener Glass. Bottled on March 23rd 2017.

L: Standard Pilsener yellow, quite clear. Two finger off-white head, good retention.

S: Pilsener malt, alcohol esters, floral and herbal hops, grassy, some fruit hops in there as well.

T: Follows the nose well, a bit more alcoholic on the tongue.

F: Light bodied, crisp carbonation. A touch astringent.

O: Not bad but not blown away.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a golden body topped by a decent off-white head that has good retention.

Feel: medium-light body with soft, medium+ carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Aroma: fruity hops; faint bread; citrus.

Flavor: strong. moderately complex. Hints of citrus, pineapple and soft pitted fruits.

Overall: an excellent IPA with restrained bitterness and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: light yellow-orange with a little bit of white foam.

Smell: first whiff was nothing so much as a standard AAL; as it warmed, I get mint, lime, acetone, and honeydew.

Taste: extremely sweet, with lots of Juicy Fruit, somewhat chemical/artificial fruity sweet notes. Some cedar and, oddly enough, almond, eventually make their way through the overwhelming sweetness. Some sips taste a lot like white grape juice.

Feel: medium body, with a fairly dry finish. Sadly, doesn't have the extraordinary fluffy feel of Maine's standard IPAs.

Overall: there are some interesting flavors, but this is just too sweet and slightly artificial-tasting for me. Lacking any element that really pops, though the aroma is the highlight.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Grassy, fruity hops with some grainy notes and some light earthy tones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the grassy hops and goes into some of the earthy and grainy notes. Picks up a light fruitiness and some bitterness towards the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice collaboration from two breweries who do hops extremely well. The hops definitely take charge in this lager, while remaining clean and straight-forward thanks to the lager yeast. Definitely worth a try if you're into hoppy lagers

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this from Total Wine in Northridge, CA.

L: Pours a really nice gold, no head of foam with very little lacing.
S: Great even balance of citrus and pine, with hints of tropical fruit.
T: Again, great piney quality but immediately followed by sweet tangerine and tropical fruit. Very similar in characteric to a Stone IPA until you get a very wheaty, toasty finish that really adds to the overall experience.
F: Even, nice carbonation, slightly dry.

Overall I really like this beer. IPLs have always been an interesting style to me, with many of the same characteristics of my beloved IPAs but with the smooth yet dry feel of a good lager beer. Easy to drink, well balanced, great hop profile.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a two-finger head of fluffy foam. It smelled pungent, catty and slightly floral. Nice bitter bite up front with some citrusy sweetness and caramel.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color with a finger of white head. Smells of sweet tropical fruits. Medium level of bitterness, very crisp, fruity, and grassy on the palate.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled 03/23/17

Pours crystal clear gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh passionfruit, blueberry, tangerine, grapefruit, grapes, apple, pear, bready crackery honey malt, minty tobacco spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like passionfruit, blueberry, tangerine, grapefruit, grapes, apple, pear, bready crackery honey pilsner malt, minty tobacco spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with smooth moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice IPL.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wifey who picked this up while visiting the states. Bottled March 23, 2017, so this is plenty fresh.

Appearance - very clear crisp golden color with loads of carbonation and a crisp finger of white head that shows impressive retention.

Smell - grassy hopes, earthy with some grapefruit. Other tropical fruits like lemon in there too.

Taste - juicy and easy flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple and some peach. Crisp grain backing and some greasy flavors interspersed amongst the tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - smooth, crisp, light bodied but more substantial than a traditional pils. Medium juicy finish. Booze is impeccably well hidden.

Overall - superbly easy drinking and a wonderful pilsner. A collab that lives up to both of these brewers lofty reputations,

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 3/23/17.

Pours clear, light gold with a small head and minimal retention. Aromatics lead off with some mild pine notes with honey-drizzled doughy bread. The mouthfeel is crisp with a medium body. Piney hops with shades of citrus and faint coriander. A firm bitterness with a mild, honey-like sweetness follow though. Finishes with some lingering pine and faint malt.

A pretty standard west-coast IPA with a hint of coriander as found in Maine's Lunch.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a pub style pint glass.

Light blonde. Crystal clear. Light carbonation.

Peach, pineapple, passion fruit, and honey.

Zesty florals, dank greens, and pine sap. Peach, grapefruit pith, and passion fruit. Light honey sweet maltiness. Finishes with pine resin and grapefruit zest.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, crisp, semi-dry, and moderately bitter.

A West Coast IPA in lager form. A bit underwhelming for a Stone / Maine beer collaboration.

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Photo of richj1970
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 3/22/2017.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with 1-2 finger white head. Crazy long retention and heavy lacing.

S: Cracker malts, fresh pine, grass, peppercorns.

T: Fresh grains with just a hint of caramel. Peppery hops with a touch of lemon.

M: Light body with lively carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: Highly drinkable imperial pilsner. Very well executed.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 03/23/17 into a nonic pint.

L: Pours bright golden with 2 fingers of white medium density head with moderate retention and left windshield lacing.
S: Nose is prominent citrus with bisquity/cracker undertones.
T: Taste follows the nose well, but perhaps more balanced between the citrus and cracker/bisquit attributes. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a little astringency, both linger but no EtOH is noticeable.
F: Light bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking a crisp and clean.
O: Nice to see more heavy-hitting IPA folks take a stab at an IPL. I really liked this beer, if it were in cans it would be in the late Spring/Summer rotation. Liked it enough to buy a second bomber even though the $/oz stinks.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshingly crisp, clean and yet full in flavor, the pilsner style never saw this coming. Teaming up with Maine brewers, Stone Brewing embarks upon an imperial strength German-style lager with all the complexity, balance and nuances to keep the ale within the framework of pilsner but a jolt of alcohol, because frankly, sometime you just don't have a lot of time.

Frothy, white and adorning the bright golden lager underneath, the beer's wisping sea foam carries a host of floral, grain and fruit aromatics. Grassy and peppery, the nose leads into a rich pilsner taste of fresh baking bread, light dough and a kiss of confectioner's sugar.

Across the middle palate, the beer shakes off its imperial weight and associated sweetness for a dry, wafter-like, crackery remnants of malt. Floral hops turn to a grassy and spicy bitterness, carrying along with in suggestions of apple, lemon and melon. Its soft ester and hop profile turns decidedly bitter, spicy and grassy in true Germanic style to close.

Medium bodied, the beer's imperial status never tries to become full or rich. Instead, its lager-like demeanor keeps the beer dangerously smooth, crisp and refreshing but with a bitterness in finish that'll make many a IPA blush. A quick aftertaste of matchstick sulfurs, alcohol spice and grain husk is outlasted only by the assertive peppery hops.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 7/11
Fairly clear light golden color with a decent sized frothy white head that persists. Sweet crackery maltiness with plenty of grassy citrus earthy floral apricot stone fruity hops. Pretty tasty Largahhh.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Collab between Stone and Maine Beer Company features Perle, Saphir, Aramis, Amarillo, and Motueka hops... As per the category, this is basically an IPA brewed in the style of a lager, and carrying a 7.5% abv. You get all the richness and warmth of an ale, but with the smoothness and drinkability of a lager. Pale, clear gold body with bubbles effervescing from the bottom and a tall head that slims but never leaves, trailing pieces of lace down the glass. Aromas of pale fruit equaled by fresh grain impressions. Cracker and biscuit tasting notes are complimented by some thing like fruit jam, perhaps marmalade and honey... More sweet than dry, but the sugars are held in check. Smooth and soft, amply carbonated and quick-drinking. A nice beer, and I'd expect nothing less from Stone and MBC. Cheers...

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cannabis. Dank. Large cracker malt profile. Lemon, grapefruit pith, some pilsner malt and pine. Super dry. Very light, crisp and refreshing. Drinkable. Real good easy drinking imperial pilsner. Lol.

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Maine / Stone - Dayslayer from Stone Brewing
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