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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 Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for this - I tasted this when fresh and took notes recently of the cellared version -shared w/ octopus87. Poured chilled into a goblet and 1/2 pint and savored for a couple hours.
A - an extremely hazy deep apricot amber w/ a 1/2 inch band of pale rocky head. The cap settles to a ring, there is a moderatelly high amount of lace w/ a very fine bead.

S - A huge fruit note -plums, ruby red, mango, and pineapple in the nose w/ subtle pine in the nose. The nose is of a 10% IIPA so it has an odor of alcohol, mild cedar type woody scents and more grapefruit - the malt gives a kind of candy accent

M - The feel is viscous, w/ a heat of most barleywines w/ equivalent abv. The acidity is high and astringency is also intense. The malt is very sweet to cushion the hop intensity w/ a very bitter boozy finish

T- The malt is rich in the taste, but high in alchol flavor as it is swallowed, pepper and flowery resinous hop tastes w/ a citrus accompaniment. The flavor is of bitter herbal hops, there is a woody essence that permeates the taste buds w/ acidity of hops surfacing w/ a fruit taste like pineapple and rum. The hops contribute highly w/ slight pinesap qualities, but nice bitterness w/ the dark sugar of the malt. The flavor is very pleasing w/ considerable complexity and strength

D - A great IIPA, fun to drink even when sampling at two years old. Definitely a West coast double Ipa with hops oozing out of every possible place. The drinkability is good considering the abv. The attention given to matching malt to the intensely bitter hops is what makes this so good, you don't get the feeling the recipe is all about hops even though slanted in that direction steeply.

Slatetank, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby red with 2.5" of lacing, great lacing & head retention

S: Oaky

T: Loads of hops & vanilla, fruitty then a persistent alcohol burn that detracts from this one's flavors. Finishes dry & fruitty with more alcohol burn

MF: Chunky & prickly could use more hops or time to balance out

Drinks great for the abv, but don't get the hype

russpowell, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with KAME - thanks dude. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Poured with 1.5 fingers of tan foam that dissipated slowly and left lots of sticky lacing. Murky orange-brown with tons of bubbles racing upwards and adhering to the bottom. Good foam and carbonation after 3+ years, but I don't really dig the color.

S - Anyone expecting much in the way of hops at this point is going to be sorely disappointed - I'm not going to penalize the brew on that basis. There's a strong caramel, burnt sugar, and rumcake malt profile, and actually some residual spicy, zesty, piney, hop notes - think slightly aged Behemoth or Big Foot. As a barleywine it's solid but not mind-blowing.

T - The bitterness is a big shocker - can't believe it has persisted for this long. There's some apple, burnt sugar, and caramel malt character that give way to slight tropical fruit and peach notes. Perhaps Simcoe holds up better long-term? Minimal booze. Seems to gain more flavor depth as it warms up a little bit.

M - Medium-thick body, slight carbonation tingle, Finish is dry with some oily resinous qualities as well. Smooth and soft texture, with a bit of alcohol warmth after swallowing.

D - The booze is very well-hidden, and the flavor is still interesting, even after 3+ years. That being said, a bomber was sufficient and I won't be looking for more bottles of this aged DIPA. I can understand why Stone trots it out at the occasional festival, as it's still an interesting brew (I'm assuming they aren't making new batches, but they are instead aged kegs). Still it'd be really nice if they brewed up a new batch a la Sublimely Self-Righteous.

MasterSki, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, opaque, big head, huge and creamy.

Screaming out load aroma, enormous pine and citrus, fantastic fruit, graperfruit, tropicals, big and fat and fruituous (is that a word?)...me, I like it. Wow.

Taste: Same, and then some. Big, fat, loud and proud citric fruit sour bitter hop domination. That's all. Don't like it? There's the door...

Smackitty, smack, there's the hops on the attack...don't mess with them.

Wow. This is a devil of an DIPA. Damnably delicious. No complaints here.

feloniousmonk, Oct 24, 2006
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 mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +11%

mendvicdog, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich malty scent that's bold with plenty of warmth. It's also loaded with plenty of hops; a fine balance. The taste is great as well. It has a damn good malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and full of hops. This is full bodied brew with tons of taste and adequate carbonation. This is another quality brew from Stone; an excellent way to celebrate 10 years. Cheers

WesWes, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, fairly good lasting, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that is a mix of finally beaded bubbles and ones that are a bit bigger. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, darkish amber color that shows a lightly, ruby hued, amber color when held up to the light. Initially the aroma is a massive hit of candied fruit. Notes of mandarin orange oranges in syrup (straight from the can) mix with notes of lychee, juicy fruit and sweet tangerine. A touch of menthol like pine barely is able to peek through all of the massive hop fruitiness. This beer is really sweet smelling, though it is mostly hop derived, but I am sure the malt character contributes to the sweetness. All in all this is a very smooth, yet massively hoppy aromatic brew.

Quite sweet up front, this is quite thick on the palate as well, or at least thick for an IPA or even Double IPA. The massive fruitiness of the aroma is definitely in the flavor as well. Perhaps it is not as sweet as the aroma seems, but it is still fairly sweetly fruity seeming. Candied fruit is still an apt descriptor; notes of lychee soaked in syrup are quite prominent, as well as notes of mandarin orange, and candied grapefruit peels. Starting somewhere in the middle is a light pine note that carries through to the finish, though it is mostly drowned out by the amped up fruit notes. This has a nice light lingering bitterness. I only say light because of the massive malt induced body and hop / malt induced sweetness, which tends to mitigate the otherwise ample bitterness.

This is a hop combination which is quite enjoyable, it really reminds me a whole lot of the Brewers Den Uwe's hop glow Triple IPA. I think that edges this one out though, and since I encountered that first, this does not quite seem as original. It is still quite tasty and I really like how smooth, yet incredibly hoppy this beer is. I must say that this is quite tasty though, and is definitely a huge step up from the 9th Anniversary ale.

Gueuzedude, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, about 1 and 1/2 years old at time of tasting, I'm estimating,

A: Pours a pale brown, amber, if you will, with a small white head, with some lacing into a pint glass.

S: Pine hops, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol and brown sugar.

T: As Gabe described, this beer, at this point in its evolution, is a lot more like a barleywine than a Double IPA. There is a major malt character that wasn't there before, when this beer was a hop bomb in 2006. Nice caramel and toffee flavour arises after aging, this is the major character, good, solid pine and citrus character from the hops. It's molded into a beer that's reminiscent of English Strong Ale, quite complex.

M: Smooth, resiny, oily, medium-bodied, nice hoppy feel in the mouth and in the aftertaste.

D: A nice, drinkable beer from Stone. It is interesting to see how this beer evolves from year to year. Hopefully, I'll be able to try it next year.

Halcyondays, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that last quite a while. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: Oh baby. Tons of pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol. Makes you want to sip it immediately.

Taste: big malty caramel backbone balanced with loads of sharp and dry bitterness, grapefruits, green grapes, and honey. The alcohol is clearly evident and provides a warming feeling with each sip. Big and bold flavors here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness stick to the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: the noticable alcohol warns you to not over indulge in this great beer. But then again, you should enjoy the few bottles you probably got your hands on over different evenings.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/22/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, Fall 2006 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker copper-amber colored pour. Full inch plus white and thick head. Very small tight knit bubbles. Patches, spots and streaks of lace left.

Smell- Sugary sweet grapefruit and pine hops. Very earthy toasted caramel malt backing. All around very nice meld.

Taste- Super caramel malt background. Perfect roasted malt flavor. Hops then explode with a nice and sweet grapefruit oil flavor. Also seems sticky sweet with a taste of pine sap. Yummo!

Mouthfeel- Thicker and sugary caramel mouth coating. Medium, maybe a bit higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Leave it to Stone! Probably the most well rounded DIPA's I have had. It's both a malt and hop bomb. It almost tastes like a combo barleywine and DIPA. Reminds me a lot of Speakeasy Old Godfather with a bit less caramel and more flavorful hops. Quite a delicious brew. Highly recommended. I'm fortunate to have a 3 Liter of this to share in a few weeks in celebration of my first child.

GClarkage, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of orangesol
2/5  rDev -53.3%

orangesol, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for opening up the latest Stone creation. Those of us who know Eric, know that he's one of the biggest Stone fans out there and always grabs the latest offerings. Split the bomber, while I continued to be cleaned out playing roulette...
Appears an opaque amber with a foamy, bubly off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuits, caramel, grassy, herbal notes, rich, piney hops with citrus. There is a little bit of Ruination being evoked in this beer with it's intense aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet and bitter notes all over the place. Sweet, woody, bready, sourdough-esque.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bready, sweet, sugary, and bitter.

weeare138, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version, purchased at New Beer in NYC, nice looking bottle, but I'm a sucker for the whole Stone scheme of things. Anyway, this much anticipated treat was poured into a worthy chalice and upon examination revealed itself to exhibit the following characteristics:

A- pours pretty tame/typical almond amber, pretty clear, golden hues, the head is tan, tiny bubble and not particularly long lasting. This one leaves moderate, thick and scattered lacing.

S- Plentiful sniffs of grapefruit rinds, oranges, candi sugar, and "some" alcohol, ha!

T- More grapefruit, brandy, vanilla, honey, gin, hoppy oils. This brew is fresh, big, bold and brash. DIPA, to the core

MF- smooth, large and inviting, this one just says, "drink more of me"

D- A treat to sip, the 10% quickly going to my head, it will be a sad day when this one is but a memory.

Overall, this is heady, stunningly tasty brew, great job STONE, why not make this one a regular player on the Stone team?

Billolick, Sep 15, 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 Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sslightly hazy dark golden/medium amber with very littl head and some spotty lacing. The smell is surprisingly faint, but there are notes of orange citrus and cherries as well as an underlying beeswax aroma. The flavor is more powerful and trhe beer has become somewhat integrated by now. No notes of dominant alcohol, but the hops have faded slightly into a waxiness. Somewhat grainy and with plenty of sweet malt, orange and grapefruit, and almonds as well as the beeswax again. Slick mouthfeel with some creaminess there as well. Coats the mouth, but its not sticky or unpleasant. Pretty drinkable at this point, but obviously one to be carefful of with the abv what it is. This beer seems a little more integrated than some of the big hoppy Stone's I've had while still retaining some of its hop proffile.

Georgiabeer, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tulip glass served at the Blind Tiger's Stone 12/12/12/12 day. Yes, this is the 10th Anniversary.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber color, showing off bright highlights when daylight pours through it. There is little head but thie beer doesn't need a head to shine.

S: The nose is American barleywine, full of thick grains and equally (if not greater) hops. The vinous scents wafting off the glass are incredible; the year has done wonders for the overall aroma even if it diminished the hops.

T: A sip, so exquisite! Thick malts emerge, struggling with thick hops for attention. This beer has taken on a new dimension, losing some hop kick but picking up a deliciously thick grainy body. The flavors have taken on a barleywine-like profile, with the intensity of the malts finally managing to equal the intensity of the hops. Further sips reveal that the hops are still a presence, adding a piney sweet flavor that seems to be full of sugars. The bitterness from those hops has eroded a bit but it still leaves a lasting presence.

M: Oh so delicious, this keg has withstood the test of time. The flavor profile has evolved but will not disappoint a fan of the original creation.

D: The intense flavors make more than a glass or two difficult, but if you happen to stumble across this beauty on tap, by all means get a glass. The dimensions that the beer has taken are impressive.

akorsak, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a burnished orange brown in the glass with not much head formation. I poured this a little cold at first but after about five minutes this becomes a crystal clear shade of dark amber.

Extremely rich aroma from the glass. Strong hop aroma as expected, this is much like the best Double IPAs. Sweet with a lot of hop aroma this is sensed as mostly tropical fruit. The scents of pineapple and mango are the strongest. A bit of pine and lots of grapefruit are detectable. Sweet to the nose I can't unravel the malt mix here is simply smells like pineapple juice.

Taste is spicy and full of melon flavor at the beginning. Melon flavor remains a major flavor but is joined with grapefruit and pineapple. Mango/peach joins the mix after a while along with mint and menthol.

Excellent Mouthfeel.

Outstanding drinkability. A new member of the best super IPAs in the world. In the same class as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught. I just happen to know where an under valued case of this is located, I must buy it.

Zorro, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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 Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, nice carbonation, the head was small creamy off-white, there is some small islands and sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy, some pines, and caramel. The taste is superb, hoppy, good dose of malts, citrus/piney, and some caramel tones, there is also a nice sweetness going on. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Nice chewyness as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one today, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Labvel #5 of 10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant tangerines and a touch of pine, with lots of underlying sweetness. Flavor is syrupy to start, but quickly overpowered by the immensely fruity yet prickly hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit limited just by the intensity of the flavors, at least for me. Probably this will not be such a problem after some subtle tongue-numbing sets in. Certainly an impressive beer for an impressive occassion.

ppoitras, Nov 14, 2006
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.