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18th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

735 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
As we compose the text for this celebratory beer—a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops—we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross-planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped-down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

(Beer added by: jhartley on 07-20-2014)
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Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottled 8/8/14. Purchased from a case display three days ago (9/11)

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip pint.

a: Clear copper withy an inch tall offwhite head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pine and citrus

t: A tasty pine/citrus flavor over a smooth medium mildly caramel malt base, followed by moderate bitterness which lingers, then dissipates. The caramel malt presence increases as it warms, and becomes really delicious.

m: Medium and smooth. Lots of carbonation tingle

o: An exceptionally smooth, hoppy and eventually tasty-malty brown, Happy Anniversary Stone!

scotorum, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Pours brown. Nothing gold about it, just brown. What the hell is golden brown, anyway? Head retains okay.

Aroma has a good bit of toasty malt to go with both earthy and papaya-ish tropical hop notes. Mineral, malty. Very much a hoppy brown ale.

Fruity hops up front on the palate, papaya/mango and some bubblegum, a little saccharine when combined with the sweeter malt profile. Toasty, bready. The hop profile is pretty decent here, but it's clashing with the sweet malt backbone. Finish is sweet and bready.

Not a huge fan of this. The brown ale malt foundation clashes with the hops. Wish Stone would get back to making good regular IPAs for their anniversary beers (e.g. Stone 10th) instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every year.

largadeer, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottled on 8/4/14.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and lots of spicy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spicy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with lots of really nice citrus and spicy herbal hop characteristics that remind me of Christmas fruitcake for some reason.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%

A hoppy golden brown ale right here. Not sure what to expect, but it'll probably be bold

Pours a glowing brown, a little light. Wouldn't call it golden brown, but semantics...
A small off white head appears and lingers a bit

Aroma is strange. Boozy, caramel, malt, some herbal hops and a bit of florals

Taste is bold, of course. Tannins and booze. Some hot caramel without the sweetness. Malt is fading and I get herbal notes and some spice. If drinking an IPA I would say it needs more hops to challenge the booze and tannin. If it's a brown, well swing and a miss. Too hot and sporadic with flavors to warrant "very good"

Mebuzzard, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I figured there would be a lot more reviews on this one at this point. Bottled 7/29/14.

Pours a somewhat unusual brown amber. (What is it with the dark IPAs lately? This is the 3rd in a week.) Lots of lacing on the glass. Flavor is not overly obnoxious, which is fine by me. Stone has delivered no shortage of punch in the mouth IPAs before. This one is more rounded, with smoothed out pine as the main characteristic. Very easy to drink. I like it. It seems a departure from the typically boisterous hop-harsh offerings that Stone typically does.

RblWthACoz, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Allurex
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Allurex, Today at 06:05 AM
Photo of HopHead_
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from growler into a 24 oz pilsner glass. Pours brown with a white head. Good lacing on glass. Smell reminded me of opening a bag of el dorado hops during a recent home brew. Taste starts with a tropical fruit hop flavor followed by toffee. Smooth with a medium body. Overall I'm pleasantly surprised with this beer.

HopHead_, Today at 02:24 AM
Photo of dtm426
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

dtm426, Today at 02:16 AM
Photo of Johntomk
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Johntomk, Today at 12:43 AM
Photo of wafers
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

wafers, Today at 12:30 AM
Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

PretzelCity, Yesterday at 10:51 PM
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

neckbeered, Yesterday at 07:50 PM
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

While not awful, the hops used by Stone in this beer just aren't working for me. On the nose, there's a strong onion and soap aroma, along with some floral notes. The soap and onion component is even more pronounced on the palate, and I don't think it blends well with the malty sweetness and noticeable alcohol (I would have guessed the abv. was higher than 8.5%; that's how boozy this beer seemed to me).

Just not my cup of tea I guess. I've like most of the prior DIPA efforts from Stone in the past, but this one just isn't working for me. Very glass I only ordered a "taster" size glass at the Bier Stien (which even then, was too much for me).

John_M, Yesterday at 05:56 PM
Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date is a little smudged but I think it says 08/08/14.

A: Pours a clear, golden brown. Very tall, very frothy light brown head. Great head retention but minimal lacing.

S: Toasted bread and herbal hops. Spicy herbs.

T: Immediately toasty with lots of spicy, herbal, almost piney hops but it's mostly the herbal quality. Always thought El Dorado was tropical but this tasted like a heavily herbed bread from start to finish. Fairly substantial wave of bitterness in the finish, leaving a dry, stale bread and lots of that herbal spiciness to linger around seemingly forever.

M: Medium bodied, spicy and dry.

O: Interesting toasty, spicy, herbal IPA. I expected tropical fruits but I guess my palate is all warped. It's pretty decent but I'm just not a huge fan of the over-abundant herbalness in this one. Good but not great.

Dope, Yesterday at 05:43 AM
Photo of tclipse
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

tclipse, Yesterday at 03:49 AM
Photo of RobTheKnob
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

RobTheKnob, Yesterday at 01:53 AM
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/08/14

In a DIPA kinda mood, so this was in the fridge. Hope it's at least a bit different than typical Stone anniversary ones.

Pours a nice creamy thick frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with lots of nice soapy lacing, clear chestnut brown almost cranberry ruby like hue.

Nose big hop presence, a mild floral hop character, with some fruity, a mild tropical like note, guava perhaps papaya, melony too, touch of stone fruit, touch rindy too. then sweet amber malts, a little crystal malt character, caramel candy like, faint booze aroma, a chewy candy malt aroma.

Taste brings sweet candy like malts out front, amber slight toasty reddish like malts, some caramel and candy chewy like notes, chewy caramel candies bring mild sweetness and some warming booze as well. Then hops kick in, a little spicy and mild earthy, before back into fruity flavors, a little melon rind, touches of stone fruit, dried candied apricot and pear like fruits as well. Fluffy malt feel, with little sticky syrupy note, and some sticky hop resin like. Fair bitterness, less than I expected, faint esters as well. Finish is an unpleasant rindy bitterness, like pure melon rind and spicy chewy hop pellets, more melon and dried stone fruit lingering, a little caramel chewy candy malt lingering too.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, mild booze warmth.

Overall meh, has that typical stone malt profile with extra chewy caramel candy, and stone yeast profile, and base hops as well, so typical stone DIPA like with the extra malts as mentioned, and other hop notes added like the dried candied stone fruit and melon. Also unhappy melon rind spicy bitter finish. Overall just not a great beer up to Stone standards... actually come to think of it, most of the Stone beers I've had lately don't seem to be up to standard.

jlindros, Yesterday at 01:44 AM
Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear brownish ruby red with a three finger off white head.

S- Fruity hops, some wet grass, pine, citrus, some carmel malts.

T- Sweet, fruity, citrus, piney, sweet malt backbone.

M- A little thick/full body.

O- Not as good as past Stone anniversary beers, but still good. The maltiness and body kind of remind me of a barelywine, Bigfoot to be exact. Worth trying, might pick up another bottle to share with friends.

larryi86, Yesterday at 01:25 AM
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18th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.