Stone 5th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DrewS:
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
I had some of this a while ago and really enjoyed it. I just got ahold of some more and was able to examine it more closely. Beautiful copper orange color with some slight haze. The citrusy floral aroma hit me as I poured and formed a nice creamy head that did dissapate somewhat quickly. Was expecting a serious hop bite but was greeted by a well balanced floral and citrus flavor, definate grapefruit. I might be losing it but was also sensing a hint white raisin, call me crazy. This beer was no slouch in the hoppy bitterness department, but was not over the top. All in all, a great beer, I really liked it, get some if you still can. I'm sad that this will be Stone's last year for their anniversary beers.
04-23-2002 18:50:01 | More by DrewS
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4.22/5 rDev -3%
Appearance Luscious and slightly hazy orange in color with a beautiful head that was tinted with orange coloring. This one pitted nicely and left some good lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.
Smell Man, this thing has a strong aroma. The grapefruit is monstrous but blends well with the big malt base. The hops are so mellow they are difficult to find at first. All these smells come together amazing well, though.
Taste This is a mouthful. The sharp grapefruit leads the way, followed by the huge malt balance. The malts have lots of butter and toffee. This ale is rich!
Behind that Im getting the complex and mellow hops along with a slightly bitter finish and a touch of grass. There are just too many flavors to list!
Mouthfeel Probably one of the creamiest beers that I have had to date. This ale just oozes in between the teeth, and the malts are gooey and chewy like none other. Dr. Atkins is probably rolling over in his grave at this one.
Drinkability A session Stone? Impossible! And, I dont know how much this has mellowed with age since this is my first tasting. I certainly wouldnt cellar it any longer (if you have some put away), but this is one fantastic brew.
02-04-2004 01:29:30 | More by RoyalT
4.83/5 rDev +11%
Presentation: Big 750ml brown bomber bottle, with a painted lable. Bottle in September 2001.
Appearance: Pours a sem-hazy orange-amber beer with a magnificent creamy, pillowy foam head with great head retention.
Smell: One of the most aromatic beers to touch my nose in a long time. Floral, herbal, perfume, citrus, pine, pungent, fruit, biscuit, caramel and alcohol spice are all present.
Taste: A tremendously malty beer with a sensually smooth and creamy palate. Rich and full-bodied with a syrupy texture. Malt flavours are toasted, biscuity, bready and hold a smoothed-in dose of caramel. It's not overly sweet, however there is a strong base of sugary sweetness that mingles around. Hop profile is indeed intense, not intensely bitter, but rather extremely intricate with grapefruit, leaf, wood and pine flavours that are fairly in check and balance extremely well with the bold malt profile. Alcohol is quite hidden within the malt and hops, however as the beer warms you can taste a slight spicy alcohol finish and you can feel the 8.5% assassinate your brain cells. The finish itself makes your palate scream for help with lingering reminants of all flavours and hop burps.
Notes: Holy ba-geezus! This is one crazy-ass beer! Over the top, like everything else American. Each year they up the additions on this beer, and being the 5th year ... well, just try it. It's a knock your off your ass beer, physically and mentally.
01-20-2002 13:28:17 | More by Todd
4.83/5 rDev +11%
Lovingly savored at the 7/24/04 Richmond gathering. Monstrous thanks to the Innsbrook Capital Ale House for donating this 2001 classic to the group.
Appearance:My pint glass had a burned orange-colored color and a thin layer of off-white head. Quality lacing of the glass with distinct sticky rings.
Smell: I've gotta wonder what this must have been like when it was new. Hefty doses of citrus and resinous pine cone oils were surprisingly balanced by a sweet and malty caramel aroma. Not the expected kick in the nose hop aroma I'd expected.
Taste: Stupendous. The multiple years of aging this beast has brought the flavor in line nicely. Don't get me wrong. This is a bitter beer. But in a joyfully smooth way. Up front inital sweetness was quickly cast aside by a cascade of hoppy chunks. Finish was dry and long-lasting, with a twinge of honey mixed in with the resinous oils of hop left on your palate.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-full body with almost perfect carbonation. Stupidly drinkable. I'm very lucky to have been able to try this wonderful brew from the gang at Stone.
07-28-2004 03:32:58 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5 rDev -21.8%
Pours with a regular white head over finely carbonated orange/golden liquid that has a slight haze to it. Nose is ...hops!! First taste is a massive hoppiness with an undercurrent of malt backbone & a late citrus tanginess that continues into the finish. I'm just a bit underwhelmed after drinking this, I expected a bit more. But I have to add...for a high-octane brew the alcohol is hidden well.
07-06-2002 21:33:30 | More by beerluvr
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
Man, I was glad to see this one on the shelf. We don't get enough stone products out here in VA. Can't waitto dig in.
Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with a white 1/2 inch head.This is very malty for an IPA. Still nice and hoppy but the malt separates this brew from the pack. Caramel/alcohol in the smell with the hops taking a back seat suprisingly. Taste is very sweet for an IPA but the hops balance it out very nice. Excellent!! Very smooth and easy to drink while still letting you know this beer ain't no joke!! I tried regular stone IPA and I don't remember it tasting anything like this at all..it was hoppier (or were they just more noticable?) and less malty...can't decide which I like more, but this tastes more like a barleywine than an IPA. Great brew nonetheless
02-21-2003 20:17:34 | More by avylover
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a hazy orange and golden color with a big ecru tinted head that left behind sheets of lace.
Aroma is big grapefruit and orange juice tied in with back notes of caramel and wheat. As beer warmed some of the grass, herbal tea like notes of the hops just rose up.
Flavor is dominated by grapefruit and orange juice with some additions of caramel and pale malt with a hint of buttery bread.
Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, sweet and sugary that is cut at the end with some very citrus and resined hops.
Drinkability is excellent, age may have taken some bite out of this but the mellowing produces a very subtle and delicious beer.
11-21-2004 23:15:33 | More by CRJMellor
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours a nice golden orange with a thick creamy head. Nice citrusy, hop oil aroma. The taste is full of hops but not in the sense that I thought. I expected to get my tastebuds singed off. It definitely has a strong citrusy hop flavor but there is a nice malt balance to it. Not a malt that is perceptible but the presence is detected just through the balance. As the beer warms the hops assert themselves a little stronger. The mouthfeel is crisp and extraordinarily smooth. The beer is very drinkable as well. This is one kick ass beer. Another must for hopheads.
04-18-2002 20:01:48 | More by Murph
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
The beer pours deep amber with a modest beautiful light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Large hop floral nose, malt under tones barely detectable. Start is malt and semi-sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is "wallopingly" hopped as one would expect, the high alcohol warms the tummy, also dry, masterfully acidic, and it has a long lasting wonderful hop bitter aftertaste that I like, a great IPA to be sure, but maybe not as good as the 4th Anniversary IPA.
10-16-2002 08:55:36 | More by Gusler
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
Bottle-conditioned, cloudy amber. More head than basically any Stone Ive encountered. A living proof of the sillyness of some top microbreweries to stop bottle-conditioning their double IPAs... Huge fruity aroma explodes with orange and citrusy flavors, dried apricots. Big malt bill here, almost vinous and slightly earthy. Taste displays a more pleasant than usual for the type citric acidity. It indeed IS vinous, and quite tart at that. Pineapple, grapefruit and melon flavors. Soft yet powerful hop profile marries the sweet malt with class. Long aftertaste has a pleasant alcohol backbone in it. In terms of mouthfeel, I assume it has lost some, but the carbonation is still more than adequate while the body remains medium in size. Big thanks to Skyhand for this rarity.
09-06-2004 22:05:16 | More by Rastacouere
3.6/5 rDev -17.2%
Originally sampled 19 June 2002.
This is a very good IPA, but Ruination & Stone's regular IPA are better, IMHO. The 5th Anniversary IPA has a beautiful Hoppy flavor. It's finish isn't as clean as their Ruination, but it has more of a full mouth finish. I certainly wouldn't pass this up, but I figure that Stone will come up w/ another great IPA at another anniversary in the future. Great beer.
06-05-2003 08:21:08 | More by jcalabre
4.9/5 rDev +12.6%
Crystal clear light copper hue. Steadfast head. Wow. Intensely pungent, citrusy, piney, obnoxiously American hop nose. The hop flavor is no surprise... intense and essentially a continuation of the aroma. Assertively bitter. Finishes surprisingly dry... I think there may be some malt there... who knows!? This is a hop lovers dream. Can't really tell that it's 8.5% by vol due to the assertiveness of the hops. Hop character overshadows any alcohol presence. Superbly drinkable.
12-20-2001 10:48:21 | More by marc77
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle from the 2008 Stone Winter Storm
Appearance is clear orange/honey hue, thin layer of creamy bubbles dissipates to a ring, moderate lacing
Smell is pine and citrus hops, considerable malts, some sugary fruits and light spices
Taste is moderate pine hops with big malts stepping out, light syrupy fruits in the background, finishes oily and bitter, quite delicious
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, syrupy smooth texture, and smooth carbonation
Drinkability is high, the 5th has considerably more of a malt presence than the 4th, but both have aged extremely well with good balance and flavors, I look forward to trying this again at the next Storm
01-29-2008 07:16:25 | More by Stoneman78
3.75/5 rDev -13.8%
Thanks to my friend Lloyd for breaking a 3 liter of this open at his retirement party(from the marines).
Believe it or not drabmuh there was some still floating around.
A-A few bubbles but no real head. Dark amber, brown like tea.
S-Malt bomb! Sweet just a touch of alcohol. Fruit, tropical fruits. Very nice nose like a weaker Old Guardian. Bready. Caramel.
T-malty, sweet, fruity no real hop character. I get some bitterness on the finish.
M-Light body almost thin mouthfeel. Surprisingly good carbonation for the lack of head.
D-more like a barleywine now not a sipper but not a chugger either. Pretty smooth and easydrinking.
I can't give this a higher score because although it held up amazingly well it's not really an IPA anymore it's a mild barleywine.
08-30-2010 02:24:51 | More by ZX6Chris
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Presentation: Sampler at the Stone Brewing Company Special Event at the Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel, California, held on 24-26 July 2003. This was the Third of the Eight Stone Beers Samplers. Originally released in August 2001, and served on draft.
Appearance: Orange-amber color, infused with a rather murky look. The Sampler was of a similar color to that of the 4th Anniversary IPA I noted, slightly less turbid, but a little more orange in nature. The sampler, like the others, had a thin light cream colored head that formed a thin ring-collar on the beer and had a broken bubbly covering on the surface.
Nose: The 5th, like the 4th, had a very bitter nose, with a musty aged dank hoppiness that was all pervasive, but again it lacked the fresh floral aspects that the 3rd Anniversary had. Some grain malts are entrained in the musty hoppy nose that broke through. Slight bread hints at times.
Taste: You could be forgiven for wondering where the hops are in this one, but they are there though, they are just wearing a different hat. They have an aged musty taste to match the aromas. The malts have a greater presence than they probably had when this baby was first released, but the overall mature feel to this IPA is rather enticing.
Mouthfeel: Another solid offering from Stone, that has stood the test of time extremely well. The hops and malts now both contribute to the give the beer body and a more rounded IPA feel in my book.
Drinkability: As with the 3rd Anniversary, and the 4th I tried extremely hard to treasure the sampler, for this was likely to be the only time that I would ever treasure the 5th Anniversary IPA on draft. But sadly, it too disappeared just as quickly as the previous two vintages. It seemed such a tragedy to have all of the Anniversaries on sale at the same time; I just wanted to drink them all. Yet again, Stone mastered an IPA that handles itself confidently. Another seriously quaffable IPA, even after 2 years in the keg. Quite remarkable!
Overall: The years have definitely taken the edge off of the hops, but this somehow does not detract from the beer at all, it just adds a maturity and a rounded confidence that allows the malt (finally) a chance to dance with the hops as an equal partner. And what a couple they make! Awesome.
07-29-2003 03:23:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5 rDev +11%
I had this beer on tap at Stone Brewing Days at the Stuffed Sandwich, 8-31-04, so the beer was aged 3 years. Served in a chalice-like Leffe glass. The beer had a thin and continuous head on top. The color is a red to orange amber showing medium carbonation. The flavors are malty and sweet with a good hops balance. Also it is a bit roasty and oily. Excellent all around flavor and one of th best IPAs I've had. I don't know how it tasted when it was originally released, but on tap 3 years later it is excellent. It goes especially well with corn chowder and garlic bread (my lunch from that day).
09-02-2004 14:19:19 | More by BrewMaster
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
09-25-2003 02:34:11 | More by beerguy101
4.95/5 rDev +13.8%
The beer arrived after pouring from the huge bottle a pale light golden with a slight haze and a white extremely long lasting head which laced the glass.
The aroma was malty with muted American hops present in a complex expression. The aroma lasted for as long as drops of beer lingered in the glass.
The flavor was malty with a strong hop flavor and bitterness present, but both had a complexity that added to the balance. The malt flavor was huge and the flavors are well blended.
The finish was dry with a long lasting muted malty bitterness well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.
3 Qt. 5.4 fl ounce bottle (probably better called a 3L) at CAH Innsbrook. Given by the CAH to the BA event. What a treat! 2001 on the bottle.
07-25-2004 17:22:03 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
An illogically old IPA, going on 8, from one of my favorite breweries, Stone. Part of my beer glassware project, photographing beers in the appropriate glassware. Beer is poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone 5th Anniversary IPA shaker pint glass. I wonder if my review of this beer will be the last review ever?
Beer is clear and amber to orange in color. Carbonation is steady but there isn't much of a head at all. Diffuse, white, broken, tiny bubbles.
Aroma is super strong, even after all this time. Although I assume it didn't start out as such a strong malt bomb as this beer smell like now. Muted sweetness overall, almost a barleywine aroma to it.
Thin bodied, strong caramel aftertaste, no real bitterness to this beer, its a shadow of its former self unfortunately. Completely past its prime.
02-11-2010 04:29:53 | More by drabmuh
4.97/5 rDev +14.3%
Man I love the nose on these Stone beers...SPECTACULAR!!...It want to smell it. Hop smell is sweet, fresh and spicy at different points...This is a truly outstanding beer..."Strong" malt backbone balances and accentuates the terrific hop profile...some caramel notes...not a real bitter finish, just a well balanced IPA with fresh spicy hops balanced by a caramel malty backbone...not many, if any, IPA's better than this...
07-18-2002 21:44:23 | More by ZAP
3.58/5 rDev -17.7%
Will mine be the last review for this? Maybe. Picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port Stone promotion.
Clearly a beer that's past its prime, there's still echoes of something grand here. Smell and taste are overwhelmingly grapefruit, orange, and some tropical blends. Pine and wheat tastes as well. Poured a big beautiful orange hue. Not much head, and what little there was settled down quickly.
This was a beer that supposedly aged quick. Still drinkable, and I bumped the scores a bit to take into account the excessive aging. Probably was awesome "back in the day."
11-20-2007 11:41:16 | More by Overlord
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
The beer pours a very nice copper color. It has really good clarity for an IPA. Medium bumpy head that clings to the glass nicely as I drink. A bombarding of the nose with hops. I like it. Great floral tones at work here. Fruity esters too. There are some nice complexities working on the palate. This is not as "over the top" as I was expecting from my first taste of a Stone brew. There's a really nice delicacy in the bitterness and hop tones. (The Rogue Horse Brass 25th Anniversary Ale was a lot more over the top in my opinion.) There seems to be a solid caramel malt backbone. The hop intricacies seem to work magic, because there are great floral and citrus and slight pungent tones all interplaying nicely.
Great IPAs (and great Pale Ales) are hard to come by in my opinion. This is a great one.
04-14-2002 20:35:07 | More by Bighuge
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
This is a terrific beer and quite a bit better than the regular Stone IPA. It's more complex, with hints of grapefuit and orange. It's hoppy but well-balance, and the malt flavor really makes its presence known. I'm heading back to my local store to pick up a few more.
04-21-2002 22:04:28 | More by mickeymac
Stone 5th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.