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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

468 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.
Disappointed.

Mebuzzard, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

gmcfarre, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

picked up a few bottles at oak tree buy rite, edison nj, the store that sucks... the money out of my wallet.. gladly :)

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

taste etc...
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.

verdict?
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.

Ego, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of joecast
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

joecast, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a mahogany brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter hops, sweet malt, citrus, and stale urine. Flavor is quite malty and sweet, also got some apple skins. Kind of muddied as I didn't find it complex in flavor. Ok but not one of the better Stone offerings.
6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- clear auburn and orange, massive three finger fluffy/foamy white head, excellent retent

S- hops, oily and leafy, citrus and caramel

T- just as hoppy as it smells, hop flavored alcoholic heat at finish, grape skin, grapefruit, caramel, butterscotch, fruit like characters, hop oils

M- medium body, lots of alcoholic heat, dry after, smooth, hops abuse palate much

D- lots of interesting things happening here, but i think the alcohol presence was out of control, not to mention this might as just be hop juice. don't get me wrong, it was still enjoyable

tonistruth, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's Place in Redondo. Had the bottled version too.

The beer was a nice amber hue with a small off-white head.

The aroma was of resiny hops and tropical fruits.

The flavor of the beer was bursting with citrusy, resiny, and tropical hop flavors. The maltiness of the beer was sweet. A little too sweet for my taste. I'm not sure what yeast Stone used, but it left the beer tasting slightly vinous - somewhere between a malty double IPA and a barleywine. I also tasted slight amounts of fusel alcohol, which left a "hot" feel in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was too heavy and a little syrupy to make this a very drinkable DIPA.

Overall I think this beer, like many of Stone's beers, has been greatly overrated. It's easy to confuse the influence and impact of a brewery with the quality of it's product. I'm gratefull for the lifeblood Stone's injected into the microbrew industry, but I feel that impact transcends the quality of their beer.

SacoDeToro, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of bit citrus hops is clearly dominant as expected with some nice trace of caramel malt. Taste is bitter as hell with the dominant force of the citrus hops with a good base of caramel malt. Body is a bit thin and less filtration would have been appreciated but alcohol is very well hidden. Well done for the style but not necessarily something I would go for very often.

Phyl21ca, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge hops creakily supported by a slightly syrupy malt. A hops overload is expected from this beer, and it certainly does not fail to deliver. A well-done study in excess for the consumption of hop heads (into which category I fall), but overall it is a novelty, something to be experienced more than enjoyed.

Brent, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of BitterBrian
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Capone's on Germantown Pike. - I had to give them their props as they are striving for a stellar selection and doing a fine job.

It poured a clear honey/amber into my "imperial" pint glass. It had a nice linen colored head, but it disolved into some sticky lacing rather quickly.

The initial smell is awesome. Grapefuit, honey, and pine sap are the most evident smells, but there is a faint metallic smell on the very backend of it. The hop aromas are complimented by some biscuity malts.

Dear LORD this is a hoppy beer! I've had most of the heavy hitters in this style and this one takes the cake! The "balance" is left in the aroma, because there isn't much in the taste. It tastes like a Stone IPA with a mouthfull of grass clippings.

As for drinkability, this one is waaay to excessively hopped to be a drinker. One of these and I'm done. Actually, I would have rathered a 12ozer. I feel like I just washed my stomach with a strong detergent.

Mouthfeel: I'm left smacking my lips like a dog eating peanut butter.

I'm glad I tried it, but I'll stick to Ol' Horace or Double Simcoe for this style. They seem just a bit more balanced and enjoyable.

BitterBrian, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a nice frothy, slightly off-white head that retains well. Decent lacing.

Smells of HUGE citrus and piney hops with a certain sweetness from a nice malt backbone. Grapefruitiness also present.

Taste is of grassy, very piney, and floral hoppiness. Sweet malts come through as well, even a tad bit of biscuity flavors try their best to fight there way through the hops but come and go very rapidly, right up front. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish which makes this beer a little less enjoyable/drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very oily, full-bodied and good carbonation.

I wouldnt consider this beer to be very drinkable on the fact that the alcohol is just way too present in the taste.

Overall, I feel that this beer is very overrated.

Doomcifer, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is after A - Poured a nice deep amber color with an off white head that was very fluffy. Leaves a lot of lace.

S - Pine, pineapple, peaches and grapefruit. Caramel toasty notes. TONS of alcohol.

T - Caramel and fruity, pineapple flavors. Most of it poured over the toasty notes. All of it balanced very nicely.

M - Very smooth on the palette. The bitterness shows up in the end mixed with the alcohol. Smooth and creamy.

D - except for the high alcohol content, this is a very enjoyable beer. But over hyped due to the unbalanced, more so unmelded tastes.

quasimoto, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear reddish orange body with a white head that dies quickly.

The nose is dominated by a resin filled oily hop nose. Mild touches of alcohol, but

Taste is over the top hops. FULL bodied and smooth with a candy like sticky sweetness in the finish. Rotting citrus peel dominates the taste. From start to finish it's like licking the outside of dirty lime that is covered in white fur. Mmm, mmm, mmm penicillin. On a lime, bad, but when it comes to DIPA's this is a killer. There's a decent malt base, but compared to the hops it's so far in the background as to be non existent. Has a long lingering bitterness.

For fans of the Ruination, this is sort of like Ruination on acid and speed at the same time. Which at first may seem cool, but honestly becomes a little too over the top. Definitely a departure for stone which seems to balance the big hops and malt and blend them together. Honestly this just feels like a grandstanding hop monster. Maybe age it a couple years to mellow it out, but right now it's just too over the top.

taez555, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Mike for cracking the 3L. Poured into a snifter. Appears transparent dark orange with a fantastic frothy, creamy, sea foam head. Excellent retention and nice lacing is left behind.

The nose is citrus hops with a slightly sweet caramel malt presence. There's s decent amount of oxidation that can really only be described as stale cardboard. This bears similarities to a barleywine, but the oxidation isn't at all complimentary.

The flavor still has a moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness. The malt is slightly sugary and that cardboard oxidation is again evident. Booze is strong. Bitterness, cardboard, and booze linger in the finish. This beer has seen better days.

HopHead84, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is different. I mean that will all respect to Stone.
This beer looks and smells great, however, the taste is a little different. The taste is a little stale and odd. It's spicy but its stale. I would have loved to try this and the 9th ann fresh. I really wish I had been of age to try these brews fresh.

Overall, I this this brew would be good. I really think I had a bad bottle. Fresh or aged (properly) this brew should and is good.

iconoklaztor, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone shaker pint glass.

Beer is hazy, big white head, almost grapefruit in color, low retention, some lacing, nice looking.

Aroma is very hoppy, pine and citrus with a strong malt sweet backbone.

This is about as heavy as an IPA can get. The palate is like chewing on hop pellets soaked in malt syrup. Strong, a little dry on the finish, maxes out on the IBUs, very strong beer overall. I'd have it again but it is a sipper, couldn't go through much of this in a sitting.

drabmuh, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a full two finger dirty tan head over a cloudy orange apricot liquid. Smells oranges, pine, tangerine, and woody dry. Hint of caramel and a bit of alcohol sting.

Tastes ester fruity to start with a smooth, almost creamy, hop flavor. Hop bitter is present, but not intrusive. Some rough grassy co-humulone early, but it's overwhelmed by a wet sweet late. This sweet is then dried out by a touch of acrid carb and a raw alcohol that's a bit rougher than I would have liked.

Esters include pear, apricot, and dry-ish citrus. Hops flavor is oragnes with some piney resinous and woody dry character. The sweet comes across as crystal sugar with caramel. While not a distinct flavor by itself, the alcohol taints the finish. A bit less alc and I'd find this beer much more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is med-thick with a creamy character remniscent of oatmeal stout silkiness. Drying finish with a peppery sting from the alcohol.

mentor, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of slaintemhor
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber that I got to sample last spring. The colour was a cloudy-amber. The aroma was teeming with hops and caramel but there was an interesting musty quality, as well. On the palate, there was a sweet maltiness, as well as caramel, toffee and creme brulee. Interestingly, there was not much hop character on the palate. Still, a nice glass!

slaintemhor, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of idResponse
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nice pintglass with a ruination IPA logo on it that stone kindly sent me. I didn't get much head from it as I'm a very careful pouring sort of fellow who tries to avoid head. The little head I did get is still laced around the edge without much hanging to the glass. Being a huge Ruination IPA fan I was expecting a lot from something touting both "Stone" and "Anniversary" celebrations in the same sentence. They have done a wonderful job, although I think there might be a little bit too much alcohol to the beer. It looks superb as an IPA should but has no noticeable sediment as usual with Stone brews. It smells excellent! I wanted to guzzle at first but I minded myself and didn't. At 10% I'm getting drunk just smelling the stuff, and the 10% really shows in the taste. It doesn't have much bite, and kind of has a bit of belgian style aftertaste in it. You can taste the alcohol but it blends in fairly well. The mouthfeel is flat and a little bland. Overall the drinkability of this beer is okay, but it is hardly able to match up to the Ruination. I'm not entirely sold on this being an actual IPA. Something doesn't quite stack up in the taste. It's a bit over fermented or something, I can't put my finger on it. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent beer, but it's certainly not what I was hoping for.

idResponse, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of markb40
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not terribly awe-inspiring.

The nose is where I'm starting to get excited. A deliciously sweet grapefruit hops smell.

First taste is a quick shot of hops followed quickly by a sweet, chewy malt taste (which I can't seem to describe) which again quickly gives way to the pleasant warming/burning of the alchohol. Finally, a settling on an overall numbness from the hop/alchohol combo.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Really pretty nice here.

For a DIPA, this is better than average, but I think that one glass is enough to satisfy me and that working my way through an entire bomber may wipe me out for the week.

Tastes to me like a more restrained version of the Ruination.

markb40, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Kevincredible, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Geuzedad
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.