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