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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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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Apr 13, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Apr 17, 2017
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vidisad from California

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 05, 2017
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

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

May 21, 2017
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calcnerd from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2017
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 21, 2017
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whatname from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

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

May 05, 2017
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kdown from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 15, 2017
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buckyp from South Carolina

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

Apr 30, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Apr 29, 2017
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dertyd from California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 02, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 11, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Apr 29, 2017
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user785335 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2017
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 01, 2017
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 19, 2017
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

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

Apr 14, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ OMH.


Apr 18, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

Apr 12, 2017
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jdell15 from Arkansas

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 30, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone can glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and melon with pineapple. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of cracker, biscuit, and grains with lager yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Bitter and juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and melon along with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of grains, cracker, and biscuit along with some lager yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and pretty oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good hop bomb Lager. Big juicy and piney hops with a nice lager background.

Apr 30, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +3%
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

Apr 23, 2017
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