Glassware: Snifter/Tulip/Wine

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle

Look – A translucent gold, with a one finger white almost foamy head and little to no legs/lacing

Smell – Dank hops, sweet flowers, sugar, Christmas tree pine, bit of a booze note, mango, peach, a bit of pineapple (fresh cut) and smells of what I imagine Hawaii would smell like on a beautiful day.

Taste – Dank hops, ripe pineapple, sugar, fresh cut pine, bread yeast, sweet malt, chewy grains, crisp water (almost effervescent) and taste like the perfect spring/summer day.

Body – Medium body, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity and a danky bitter sweet ride from beginning to end

Overall (Drinkability) – very refreshing, goes down smooth, lots of taste with an abundance of dank hops to go around. Crisp, clean and very nice from beginning to end. If hops and especially dank hops isn’t for you, then this over the top hopped IPA won’t be either. Great spring and summer beer for sure. Not for the fant of hops!

Beer Review Score 4

Final thoughts – Very nice for sure, easy to drink and unlike most IPA’s. Doesn’t get more bland and bitter as it warms and the taste/smell profiles come out even more. $9 a pop is high but kind of the way beer is going especially the 22oz bottles. The 8.7% ABV will leave you no need for a second unless sharing. Stone always does a great job with their anniversary ales and this years is no exception.

A note from the Brewer:

Our 19th anniversary (Stone Thunderstruck) 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!


Brewed by: Stone Brewing Company

When available: Limited (brewed once)

ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 8.7%

Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA


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