Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.35/5 rDev -45.1%
Pours out a copper amber with a thin yet frothy head of bubbles of varying size that sticks throughout the pint. Leaves splotchy lacing. Smells very sugary sweet with a medicinal quality from the mix of sweet and alcohol. Lots of pine with milder citrus aromas. The malt smells overly toasted to me. Flavor is way too sweet, cloyingly so, and medicinal in the alcohol. Lots of pine resin hops and a finish of aspirin and cough medicine. Mouthfeel is thick, slick ,oily, and kind of flat. Not all that drinkable.
12-31-2006 19:54:34 | More by goochpunch
2.4/5 rDev -43.9%
Aroma - Thick caramel malts, light citrus fruits, sherry and oxidized hops. Slight alcohol detected. Misses the marks for a double IPA, closer to a barley wine.
Appearance - Medium copper color, thin yet long lasting halo of a white head. Slight haze.
Flavor - Strong, sweet malts dominate and a slight alcohol note are the front runners. Alcohol bite is still strong even months after release. Moderate hop bitterness and catty resinous hop flavor. Balance is way off on the caramel, sweet and malty side ... the hops used here aren't all that pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied, sticky and cloying on the palate. Both the hops and the malts are cloying. Its over the top and too much. Less crystal malts and a stronger attenuating yeast would really make this shine, perhaps a sugar addition would help to dry this thing out.
Overall impression - Too many big and deep malty flavors infused with an alcohol note that make this just way too much. With some age this will probably be better, but at that point it will be even less Imperial IPA like than it already is.
I'll stick with Stone IPA or Ruination if I'm looking for a well done IPA.
02-02-2007 07:32:13 | More by kmcnair
2.55/5 rDev -40.4%
Another great extra from my buddy Greg, although I'm afraid this might be way past its prime. I popped the cap and was not surprised to only hear a slight hiss. I poured into my DFH snifter straight on and was left with a very thin and spotty tan colored head. When I hold it up to the light it appears muddy and murky like old pond water. Deep copper brown with some yeast chunks lingering around, with no light passing through. Viscosity is fairly thick for its age.
Right off the start loads of caramel, brown sugar, some wet cardboard, papery aroma. Faded muted hops, earthy undertones with some slight garlic and onion notes.
Pretty thin, muddy, onions, brown sugar, some raisins with no real hop presence. Like a weak poorly made barleywine. Honey, slightly sugary quickly tangy finish. As I predicted was past its time but still fun to try and see the aging on this.
01-08-2011 17:31:48 | More by Bmoyer0301
2.63/5 rDev -38.6%
Slightly hazed orange-copper. Thin and creamy off white head. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, caramel malt and tropical fruits. Alcohol is the easiest to pick out. Taste starts out boozy and ends boozy. The Green Flash IPA I had before this was much more enjoyable. Hop traits in this are ghostly. I get a tropical fruit melange of sorts. But the alcohol overrides it all. Fussel-like in nature. To me this is what Arrogant Bastard would taste like if it were 15-20% a/v.
Hands down, my least favorite of their Anniversary beers. And not even in the same ballpark as their 5th Anniversary IPA.
03-10-2007 05:05:42 | More by Bighuge
2.7/5 rDev -36.9%
08/22/12 On tap. Part of a Stone's flight. I was looking to re-appraise my appreciation (or lack thereof) for Stone's stuff. This was a bitter lightweight compared to the 16th Anniversary. Unfortunately all the hop jiggery-pokery went to waste on this un-hoppy guy. Better than most, but not enough for me to change horses.
06-17-2014 18:16:15 | More by seedyone
2.8/5 rDev -34.6%
WOW! After elbowing through all the surging hordes of people trying to get this beer, I finally found the opportunity to sit down and try it only to find out that it is quite over-rated. Too much alcohol dominates the flavor, and this gives the assertive hoppiness a hot, wild, weedy flavor. I am a fan of the Ruination, and this ought to have been Ruination Plus, but the clumsy balance of alcohol to beer flavor rendered it unenjoyable to me. Sorry folks. I'm not hatin' on it though. Nope. Relax.
02-19-2007 00:09:49 | More by dedrinker
2.83/5 rDev -33.9%
Bottle courtesy of DrJay on BA. Pours a rich amber color with a big offwhite head and some light lacing. Smell is malty with caramel like sweetness along with some sweet citrus. Little to no hop prensence left. Taste is caramel, alcohol, and candied orange peels. Somewhat surprised that the hops have basically entirely faded and that the alcohol is still this present. Decent, but not what it was intended to be any longer, I'm guessing.
04-06-2008 00:23:44 | More by JDV
2.9/5 rDev -32.2%
Thanks to t0rin0 for an interesting extra. I didn't think I'd have a chance to try this, past its prime or not.
Technically it's a no-no to review a beer that is known to be bad, and a (to say it politely) "well-aged" DIPA is almost certainly that. But on the off chance that people use these reviews to track how a bottle is doing NOW, might as well submit a current status.
A: Pours a murky, dark amber body with a half-finger of cream-colored head in my Chimay glass. The bubbles retain decently, receding in clumps and forming a pangaea of foam that is circled by a thin donut around the edge and a few register marks during the first sips.
S: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, rum, and a small presence of spicy pine hops. Interesting. I can tell this isn't going to be an amazing barleywine, but it's not entirely lacking in presence.
T: Still surprisingly bitter! Mostly in the aftertaste, which has a residual pine flavor, but there is an undercurrent of it through the main taste that prevents the otherwise malty profile from going nuts. The malt elements picked up in the smell are quite strong, along with green apple that I didn't pick up in the smell. But they're also lessened by a spicy cinnamon-like flavor that provides quite nice balance.
M: Medium-thick body, mild carbonation: overall smooth sensation. Slight dryness in the finish. Lingering pine bitterness, but nothing too strong.
D: Wow, for a 3-year-old DIPA this is outstanding. I can only imagine how good it was fresh.
11-06-2009 01:01:41 | More by Arbitrator
2.98/5 rDev -30.4%
Commemorative bottle #9 of 10. Karen Westfall, Team Stone since April 2000. Karen's life story is on the bottle but I will not divulge such information.
Poured from a stenciled 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Muddy sort of orange brown in color with a nice sized head of little retention.
Aroma is sweet and bready and not as hoppy as I hoped. Doesnt quite seem up to Stones standards (compared to Ruination, of course). Not bad but smells more Amber aleish to me and sweet. Not what I am in the mood for.
More sweetness in the flavor and not enough hoppiness. Needs more hops to even be an IPA.
This beer seems too sweet to me. Almost cloying. Drinkability is not high due to the sweetness and strength of the beer. Not bad but I wouldnt actively seek this beer out again. Received in a trade (from mcallister maybe?) and so I am thankful.
04-18-2007 22:57:02 | More by SaCkErZ9
3/5 rDev -29.9%
Nice looking brew, dark/burnt orange , slightly hazy with a lovelly thicj creamy off white head ( eggshell). Nice bitter hoppy, citric aroma, still quite fresh, so good so far. But the taste, I will have to go against the grain, its way too sweet. Yes there is a great amount of hoppiness swirling about the mouth but underlying sweetness sort of messes this up for me, it sticks to my tongue and becomes cloying, putting me off the great hopping. To cloying on the palte, too sweet. Man i really feel bad about going against the grain on this..i love most everything Stone does, but even for a Scot who likes sweet beer this was too much
10-19-2006 19:23:16 | More by Reidrover
3/5 rDev -29.9%
22 ounce bomber, commemorative label #5 of 10, but no dating that I can tell. Lots of entertaining chit-chat.
Appearance is deep slightly hazy orange, with a big, creamy, open head that leaves massive lacing.
Aroma is intensely fruity, with some spicy grassy hop behind it. But mostly fruity. As it warms up, some sand-like notes come out.
Taste is intensely fruity, massively hoppy, creamy hoppy, and starts with a fairly hot, intense alcohol, and distinct solvent notes. Good, but interesting, and not entirely in a good way.
As it warms to room temp, it starts to taste of bubblegum, and have coarse, unpleasant resin notes. Solvent and hot alcohol also distinct. (Note: it's not a good sign when a DIPA gets to room temp for me, or for Ms. Warmstorage... it started out at low cellar, 47*F according to the beer fridge thermometer.)
Finishes with some sort of sand-like earthiness, something which I see from my last review I got in the aroma last time around. Okay, as it warms, sand int he aroma, too. The bottle had a little crud around the underside of the cap, around the crown-top. Not sure what this is about.
It seems like the last several bottles of this I've had have all been different (even though all three have been from the same store, purchased at the same time, treated exactly the same way.) I can't account for this, and it's definitely a little odd.
Overall, it's a drinkable beer, but I'm glad I decided to pop something special tonight: this beer isn't aging well at all. I'm sad to say it, but it's becoming something of a disappointment. The drinkability is above average, but has some serious flaws.
04-12-2007 02:39:45 | More by warmstorage
3.1/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Clear body was a true amber color. The off-white head dissolved quickly leaving a collar and a little island of foam.
Smell was sweet citrus, marmalade. Jolly Ranchers candy. Fall leaves (dry, organic matter).
Taste was spicy, resinous. Intense hops bitterness, flavor not just bleaching. Summit hops flavors. Alcohol presence. This was a good beer but it did not live up to the hype.
Mouthfeel was firey in the throat and prickly on the tongue. Syrupy thick with minimal carbonation. I'm glad I tried this one but I won't seek another bottle.
12-24-2006 14:32:03 | More by Cresant
3.23/5 rDev -24.5%
22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a hazy murky brown with a very small light brown head, no lacing but. Not flat. Nose is oxidized, boozy, almost like bourbon but there's none, odd...
Taste is still quite bitter, earthy and chewy, booze is still strong given the age. Mouthfeel is crisp and quite sweet. Overall pretty acceptable.
11-11-2011 23:03:18 | More by kingcrowing
3.23/5 rDev -24.5%
Now listening to: Gits - Here Is To Your F**k
Age note: It seems that with the release of the new 12th anniversary that some of the older anniversary beers are slipping out from distributors, as well. I had this back when it was originally released, but this specific bottle is 2 years old.
A- Amber color with a 1 finger beige head that quickly sinks to a thin disc of a head.
S- Not much smell at all to this. Malt...yes, hops...yes, but I have a feeling that this may have been a snout full when originally released.
T- I have to say that this is very reminiscent of the Greenflash Imperial IPA up front. Lots of malt and hops battling it out and switching around. But with thsi beer, that intensity fades quickly.
M- As the flavor fades, the hops start to really bite the back of my throat and actually caused excess saliva (OK, I know...gross, but that is what the mouthfeel was)
D- Even as my only beer of the night, I couldn't finish a 22.
08-21-2008 05:25:49 | More by opwog
3.3/5 rDev -22.9%
Served on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Golden Amber color, slight chill haze.
Earthy & floral hop aromas with hints of biscuit and caramel malt.
Flavors are definatley tipped to the malt side. Toasted and caramel malt flavors with a certain "graininess". Hop bitterness backs the malt, however it is lacking up-front hop
flavors and the impact of a big hop nose.
This beer is full bodied and almost goes down like oatmeal. Alcohol is evedent and warming
which is this beer's most redeeming quality.
I tried this same beer from a 22oz bottle about a year ago and I remember it as having much
more hops flavor and aroma. Now without all the hops going on it is much less intersting.
It is still a decent beer, but there are many better ones.
01-11-2008 01:47:15 | More by dac
3.3/5 rDev -22.9%
Pours a big head that falls and doesn't go away completely, but leaves a great lacing. The color is a nice brown color. The smell is light in hops, but they are very nice for what they are. The flavor is very hoppy, to the point where the hops turn into an earthy flavor. The mouthfeel is ok, a little over carbonated, but ok. Overall it was ok, but there was just something a little off about this, something small, maybe the way it was handled. It smelled pretty good, but just a little off.
03-03-2007 04:37:46 | More by Erdinger2003
3.35/5 rDev -21.7%
3L Growler stored in my cooler, and opened 5/24/08, aged approx 2 years.
I remember having this fresh, and enjoying it immensely, this being the IIPA that introduced me to just how fruity/citrusy an IIPA could be. Let's see how's it's held up...
A: Mostly clear, dark amber-gold. Not too much head, but I think asking for the growler to hold all the carbonation for 2 years is asking a bit much. Looks inviting nonetheless!
S: The malt has definitely over-taken things here. Plenty of caramelly goodness, but there's a distinct honey tint to the aroma as well. That's interesting. The citrusy hops are still there, but just in the background now.
T: It's pretty much a barleywine now. The maltiness is a really nice, mellow caramel/honey sweetness. This is followed by a bit of citrus rind bitterness/dryness, and a hit of raw alcohol on the finish. The fresh fruitniness I remember from the fresh bottle is gone. Sadness.
M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Even with a lower carbonation, the beer coats the mouth nicely, and provides an excellent fullness.
As an IIPA, I'd say this one is definitely past it's prime, but as an experiment in aging beer, it's pretty damn interesting.
05-25-2008 05:43:17 | More by k3n
3.35/5 rDev -21.7%
Cool bottle. Poured a light/medium brown nut color with a nice fluffly head. Some lacing.
Smell of hops and citrus, but not quite as strong as some other 2xIPAs i've had. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose.
Tasted of a regular IPA; hops, some grapefruit, passion fruit, some malt to balance the experience.
Felt oily and thin. Nothing special. Leaves a film and did not finish as crisp as others.
09-23-2006 15:36:24 | More by Mebuzzard
3.38/5 rDev -21%
22 oz bottle poured into
Poured at 48 degrees
Cellared for one year and opened in time to compete with the newly released 11th anniversary.
A - Pours a dark brownish-orange with 1/2 inch tan colored head. Lacing is nice when tipped, but drops quickly.
S - Incredibly biscuity malt flavor that seems buttery, sweet, and breaded. Caramelized sugar. Light grapefruit citrus hop scent that seems to have faded with time as it is not the most prevalent compared to the sweetness.
T - Starts with a caramelized sweetness reminiscient of the top of a creme brulee melds with a quickly approaching alcoholic burn. Grapefruity hop flavor is hidden in there somewhere. Alcohol is surprisingly apparent.
M - Sticky, molasses-esque mouthfeel with a mild carbonation and slight alcoholic burn. MIldly bitter aftertaste competes with the burn.
D - Flavor grows on you as you sip, but the taste after a year is a bit harsh and hard to truly enjoy. Definitely want to share this bomber at a strong 10%.
Didn't review this one originally, but I do recall enjoying it more when it first came out. As of now I certainly enjoy the 11th Anniversary quite a bit more. Might be time to finish off the rest of my 10th's before they become undrinkable.
10-12-2007 03:16:16 | More by gmcfarre
3.38/5 rDev -21%
The beer pours a deep golden color with touches of orange. On top is a creamy white head which sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing on the glass.
The nose is sugar, alcohol and hops - not necessarily a bad combination. Honey - like sweetness underlies a more acrid alcohol sweetness topped with a clear leafy green, citric hop aroma. Quite a bit of hop oil on the end of this baby...
Flavor is excessively sweet which is a shame because the hops are very well done. Light golden grain notes with echoes of corn syrup and cane sugar. Alcohol sweetness is dominant throughout each sip. Hops are very green and herbal with only a touch of citrus peel and pine (I'm guessing more Amarillo than Four C's) Sweetness overpowers and leaves an unbalanced impression.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Residual sugars leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. Alcohol burn is minimal and hop bittering isn't enough to overcome the sticky sweet sugars, leaving a cloying coating on the palate.
I'm guessing the 10% ABV was a gimmick because it's the 10th anniversary and that's a shame... With a bit less OG and a bit less alcohol this might have been a very tasty beer. The hops are presented very well but the beer is so unbalanced the the green notes are eventually lost. Not something I'll be cellaring in the hopes that it'll improve with age.
10-17-2006 02:41:22 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.38/5 rDev -21%
picked up a few bottles at oak tree buy rite, edison nj, the store that sucks... the money out of my wallet.. gladly :)
gargoyle hoisting a brew (I sense a theme from stone...), deep amber with orange highlights, 1 full finger of pure white head with varying bubble size, from soapy crag on the top to tightly packed bubble wrap floating on top of the beer, lacing is mostly good, not great though (retention is good), jeezus, I can smell it a foot away... but I'll get to that. a good looking DIPA, nothing wowing me though to warrant more than a 4.
grapefruits shoved up your nose, and then stomped down on by dyke boots until the citrus comes out yer ears, some "green" hops smell but mostly a huge citrus odor with pine accents, zero detection of the 10% abv lurking in the depths waiting like the kraken (hopefully medusa is not around, or her head). This is pretty one sided, not always a complaint with DIPAs but I have sniffed better, not too many better, but certainly some.
this is pretty hot tasting ie alcohol, the hops do not fight off the alcohol enough imo, definitely needs mellowing out (but I wonder if mellowing this out will also mellow the hops unfortunately). Once you are used to the alcohol you can focus in on the other flavors a bit more. The hops are exactly as they smell, except the "green" taste is much more apparent, it is a nice green wood taste that lingers along with the citric bitter notes. I happen to like the bite the carbonation provides, very prickly and refreshing, a nice foil to the heavy handed hop oils that want to do a valdez on the wildlife of your mouth. this is definitely not one of the top DIPAs I have had. The flavor is a bit unbalanced but at the same time I can not call this "a hop head's delight".. something is missing.
a nice attempt but right now as is this beer has it's flaws. Just because it is Stone does not make it the end all be all of beers. When Stone hits it out of the park, they hit the cover off the ball, this is more like a ground rule double. I have plenty of bottles and will continue to taste it but right now I can't go ape about this one.
09-23-2006 02:43:24 | More by Ego
3.4/5 rDev -20.6%
I'm going to have to call over-rated on this one. It was a nice brew, but overall tasted like a bitter fruit salad. There was a sizable sweetness that I've seen in some DIPA's but dont particularly like. There was a mix of orange, grapefruit, and lemon flavors, but it didn't come off as complex to me. Actually reminded me a bit of the big hoppy beers from Avery which a good, strong brews, but cheaper. If I'm going with Stone I'll stick to the Ruination and Arrogant Bastard.
03-03-2007 06:48:51 | More by tempest
3.4/5 rDev -20.6%
stone 10th bomber in a stone 10th pint glass. how "official".
second bottle of three as i thought the first was a bit young. not that a few months would do much to alter the taste of this bad boy. i just thought my taste buds needed the time to recover.
pours almost a syrup like consistency into the glass. glowing orange with little carbonation. the few bubbles that are there struggle to the surface causing a delayed reaction in forming any head. said head is a lightly tanned and pillowy in texture. several minutes pass to allow it to settle to a thin lace which leaves ample amounts of lacing.
aroma huh? for complexity its a 5 easy. seems like three different beers from the smell alone. double ipa, barleywine, and...you know...something else to make the review sound better.
first impression is alcohol. i seem to pick that up pretty easily in most beers though. concentrated citrusy hops. they seemed a bit stronger four months ago when i first tried it. overall much less hop aroma now. i remember picking up some pine as well, but not so much now.
taste still blows me away. just about the most powerful flavor of any beer ive tried. however...
strong bready malt to the point of, well being too strong and bready. not one of those double ipas with a lack of malt presence. this one has plenty there to balance most any other beer. yes...most any other.
stone beers normally dont lack for hops and this is no exception. serious bitterness to accompany the bready malt on the journey past the palate. hop flavor is right there as well coming in thick.
trouble is, alcohol is ever present playing stow away on this 747 of hops and malt. and thats one passenger this beer certainly doesnt need. the added baggage makes it cumbersome and awkward where it really needed a bit less weight.
and how thick is this beer?? not only does it pour slowly, mouthfeel is thick and slow (if that makes sense), and taste comes across heavy, as well as that other stuff above.
my first impression of this beer was one that was trying to be a barleywine and double ipa, but just couldnt decide. bitter and hoppy, but super strong too. and on the negative side way too sweet which i feel is its biggest infringement. im in no position to tell stone how to make beer, but this is my review and my soapbox so here goes:
cut back the abv, which seems like a gimmick, and drop the final gravity. its just a beer done to excess for the the sake of it. stone is better than that, and the competition is better than this.
thanks to my cousin and his wife for bringing a few of these down.
01-24-2007 09:42:44 | More by joecast
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.