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18th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,288 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 231 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: jhartley on 07-20-2014

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.
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUduke
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brams17
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joegard
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When you pour this beer, it pours a Ruby colour with Golden sides and a medium white head. It really does look nice in the glass. It leaves dotty lacing on the glass as the head dissipates to a Thin Foam on the top of the beer. On the nose there's loads of Lemon, a little Liquorice, Pine and some slight Cocoa. The way this beer looks and smells makes you want to drink it straight away, I haven't written about a beer that looks this good in the glass for a little while! On the palate, the first thing you get is Toffee and Liquorice, followed by a big Lemony Citrus kick, ending with some bitter Orange peel and Pine. The Lemon flavour carries through the entire time, tied in with some complex coffee and toffee undertone. This beer feels quite light in the mouth, is medium carbonated and ends quite dry. What a fantastic beer, one that I wish Stone would brew again! I'd recommend it if you can get hold of one now, but in a few months it may be worth passing up.

Photo of CJNAPS
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rideguy64
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of murphius1118
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewlinson
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ridiculously dark burnt caramel and amber orange color. Forms a nice finger and a half of slightly tan foamy yet creamy head which persists through the drink. Whispy lacing left behind.
S - Crazy bouquet of aromas here. Hops, grapefruit, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, mangos, lemon, lime and a good amount of caramel and event brown sugar in the background. Extremely pleasant.
T - Medium sweet hops upfront which lend way, interestingly enough, to touches of lemon and lemon grass. Never tasted an IPA quite like this before.
O - A very good IPA. Definitely one of a kind in it's taste and a must try experience for fans of the style if you're able to get your hands on this offering.
V - Medium value, available in a 22oz bomber.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pinebarons
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kraj30
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft and fresh this was a great beer

Photo of ryko
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very malty and dark initial taste, then the hops kick right in. Not their best But alright. It's kind of like a finer hopageddon

Photo of Barnoloid
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to caramel in color, this comes across as a heavily hopped brown ale with an IPA profile. Truly ramped up hops meet the solid malt backbone. Lots to enjoy here.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark Cloudy Good head retention

S: Heavy hop scent

T: Good hoppiness without overpowering it

F: Good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Thicker than most.

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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18th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.