Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA Review
Probably the best IPA that Stone has ever bottled. Get it now while you can. You can thank me later.
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It looks like Stone Brewing Company is back on my map, and in a big way.  They had kinda fallen off of my radar with some releases I was a bit bored with, but in recent years, that is no longer the case.  With releases like W00tstout imperial stout, Enjoy By IPA, and now Thunderstruck, I am keeping a close eye on what Stone is doing.   

I have to admit, I had drank this a few times before this review.  It’s not that I wanted to get a few samples before reviewing, the  simple fact is, that I forgot to write down notes each time I drank it the the first few times.  I recall it being very memorable, so I thought I’d buy a bottle and really sit down and analyze the beer. So I poured it into a Samuel Smiths pint glass and gave it a shot

Appearance: hazy, golden with a 1 finger head.  In the sun it had a slightly green tinge, but barely noticeable.  The suds were uneven, with a few big bubbles along with some little bubbles.  Once the pour settled down, there was a very light stream of rising bubbles.  The carbonation seemed to die off pretty quickly.

Smell: Not a huge aromatic beer but there were some distinguishable notes of mango, lemon, peach, and pineapple at the start.  The more the beer warmed up, it seemed to display a lot of earthy and resin notes.  

Taste: Bursting lemon rind, peach, and pineapple up front.  This is followed by honey, sweet malt and flaked corn tastes.  Once the beer warms up a bit, I tasted a bit of orange peel in the after taste.  The taste really is incredible!  As with all hoppy beers, this should be consumed fresh.  This particular bottle was about 4 weeks old and it did not taste as great as when I first tried it over 3 weeks ago.  The citrus flavor really is the most predominant flavor, but the peach and melon notes are what really made it unique.  

Mouthfeel:  Smooth with light carbonation.  I really didn’t get any warmth from the alcohol.  The 8.7% was well hidden among the strong Australian hops. 

Overall, Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA is probably the best IPA that Stone has ever bottled.  I really enjoy the Enjoy By, Ruination 2.0, Ruin 10, and many other IPAs they have bottled, but I have to say, Thunderstruck takes the cake.  This beer is so enjoyable, and I am really sad that is going away.  I am not sure what role the Australian malts add to the Thunderstruck experience, but I think this is a recipe for success.  I really hope they revisit this recipe sometime soon.  I hope you have the opportunity to try it before it’s gone.  

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Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review

Stone Brewing 9th Anniversary Thunderstruck Review


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