About this time last year Stone brought us their 19th anniversary beer, an IPA called Thunderstruck (important to note that is when I drank and made notes on this beer). Now Stone has had some incredible anniversary beers and a few that were forgettable. I do prefer when they stick to IPAs (or doubles) when releasing their yearly anniversary beer. Thunderstruck features 4 Australian hops, classics Topaz and Galaxy along with newer varieties Ella and Vic Secret. Thunderstruck IPA comes in at 8.7% ABV.
Appearance: Very hazy with a glowing orange color. 1 finger head with some really nice lacing and some active carbonation in the glass. Pretty classic Stone anniversary artwork.
Nose: Tropical fruit, citrus, peach, mango, pineapple and resin. Super juicy fruit notes, really a very dank and enjoyable nose. The fruit notes really come out and it is easy to grab all the different ones.
Taste/Mouth: Pine, grassy, earthy and solid hit of bitterness right up front and on the back end of the taste as well. Finishes dry and bitter, it has some malt sweetness in the middle which balances both ends of the beer nicely. The fruit flavors from the nose come through but not as strongly as I would have hoped. No heat or alcohol flavors despite the 8.7% abv.
Price/Availability: Part of the Anniversary series so it was brewed once to celebrate Stone turning 19. Great pricing as usual from Stone at around $7.
Overall: An awesome display of Aussie hop varieties, especially great to get some newer ones in there. Great juicy, tropical and citrus nose on this one was a highlight for sure, it was also very enjoyable and easy to drink. Stone kills it with (almost) all their IPAs, this one was definitely a winner.