Stone 19th Anniversary

Thunderstruck IPA

IBUs: 95 ABV: 8.7%


Our 19th anniversary beer brings the boom, delivering it to the palate in a voluminous, hop-driven thunderclap backed by the power of our brewing passion and intensity. This double IPA owes its considerable oomph to a quartet of Australian hops-Topaz and Galaxy, plus newcomers Ella and Vic Secret. We also had Fairview malt shipped in from Australia just for this brew. The beer's striking tropical fruit, citrus and peach hop flavors and slightly resinous and aromatically dank earthiness are sure to electrify your senses.
We have many special beers planned for release to celebrate our 20 years of brewing, so let this serve as the first course to what will be an undoubtedly epic feast for craft beer enthusiasts, with particular thanks to those who've been with us for the long haul and helped us attain such longevity. Consider this the first of many Thank-Yous... for years to come!



Events: Stone 19th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
Stone Blog: Stone 19th Thunderstruck IPA


Tasting Notes

By Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance

Pours a gold color with a white head of foam.

Aroma

Aroma is amazing; massively hoppy with exotic tropical fruit, peaches, citrus and pineapple characteristics, balanced with a bit of peppery-herbal dankness.

Taste

Lots of fruity hop notes, ripe fruit, pleasantly malty and lasting intense bitterness.

Palate

Medium bodied, bitter and dry.

Overall

Over the last several years, we have developed an intense and thorough hop-evaluation program that involves brewing a standard IPA test recipe on our five-barrel pilot system or our ten-barrel brewery at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station. With this program, we identify experimental, new or old-favorite hop varieties to evaluate, and these test beers are late-hopped and dry-hopped exclusively using the variety we are exploring. We've discovered a lot of great hops via these test brews, and the hops used in this release are great examples of the success of our program. We have developed a real affinity for hops grown in Australia. Australian Galaxy, for example, is a mainstay dry-hop varietal in Stone Enjoy By IPA. In the case of Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA, we dry-hopped the beer with two Australian hop varietals that went through our evaluation program-Vic Secret and Ella. Both are flavorful varieties with complex fruit profiles.

To make this beer even more authentically Australian, we also imported close to 400,000 pounds of an Australian malt called Fairview, all in 1,800-pound Super Sacks for use as the base malt. The result is a uniquely Australian beer, Stone-style. Thun-da!