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18th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

997 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 174 | 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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Reviews by DIM:
Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This was a clear, golden tinted light brown color, it came with a thick, sticky head.

Just when I thought all the IPA colors had been used (white, black), Stone finds anew one! My first brown IPA and I really liked it.

The hop profile was earthy and piney with a little citrus pith coming through. The malts were what really made this stand out as different. I tasted something candy-like that reminded me of a good amber ale. There was also a lingering licorice bite that was almost black IPA like. The alcohol was well masked and this went down way too easily.

DIM, Sep 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 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 oberon
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Had on tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit a few days back.Came to the table in a 10 oz stemmed glass a slight hazed deep burnt orange with a thinner head atop.A big shot of tropical fruits and sweet alcohol,it seems bigger than it is alcohol wise.Caramel sweetness and alcohol soaked sweet tropical fruits on the palate,with a bit of pine in the finish,still pretty sweet.

oberon, Yesterday at 08:31 PM
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Tiernan, Sep 17, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +14.6%

tbryan5, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Ben7773, Oct 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

SmellTheGluv, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

freshflesh, Aug 26, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

Madschwaper, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

warnerry, Sep 28, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

Afroman, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Fcip78, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JakerLou, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Beerswag, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

megamass, Friday at 06:43 AM
Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +2%

Love the excessive flavors, just a tad too hot during the initial sips.

Jason, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Billolick, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

aquazr1, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Was pleased with the west coast flavor. Another great IPA from Stone. Look forward to more.

Mangbus, Aug 31, 2014
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18th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.