Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 470
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice copper color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. A bit murky. Average lacing. The nose brings forward a pretty heavy amount of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. A bit nutty as well. A bit doughy. The flavor continues on this path with a really nice amount of brown-sugar sweetness as well as light dark fruits and a bit of sherry character, likely from oxidation. Flavor is fairly lasting and the moderate sweetness carries things through nicely. Bitterness is light at this point, though still there. Medium body. This has really moved toward an english barleywine and it was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
2.57/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


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.

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Photo of RichScherle
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional on all fronts.

Appearance - Beautiful gold/pale with lots of floaties. Wonderful dense and frothy head.

Nose - deliciously hoppy nose! As soon as i popped the cap you could smell the citrusy hops. Mind blowingly intense nose.

Taste - Fascinating! Very bright and fresh malty notes combine with an aggressive tropical hop profile. Some tropical fruit notes - possibly pineapple with some passion fruit? The brightness of this beer is wonderful. Really glides across the palette and sparks the wonder factor hugely. Malty notes are sparkly and refreshing with a bitter finish that is very refined and appreciated.

mouthfeel - exceptional. perfect mouthfeel - bright and hoppy with a fullbodied but not cloying in any way.

drinkability - excellent. potent brew though.

conclusion: one of the most exceptional IPAs i've had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely spot on for the style and my favorite of all the stone brews. Three thumbs up!

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Photo of wchesak
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into allagash chalice

Beer pours a ruby copper color with an off white/buttermilk colored head, about a fingers worth. About halfway through the head is gone, almost looks like i have poured some bourbon in my chalice.
The hops have definitely lasted much longer than expected, however they are not taking a leading role like they would have earlier in the life of this beer. It is more sweet, resiny like a chocolate covered hop or chocolate covered pineapple upside down cake.
The hop in the taste comes through differently, more medicinal and piney. The malt is a bakers/bittersweet chocolate that is rather intense. The last half of the glass is full of settled dregs. The consistency of a watery chocolate milk.
Overall glad to get a hold of a bottle even if its almost 4 years old. Paired it with homemade tandoori chicken, basmati rice, and naan. Good stuff.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with small light brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is sweet, honey, apricots. Very pungeant.

Taste is sweet, piney hops, medicinal, light malts and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium+, lightly cleansing. Smooth.

Overall, good brew. Drinkable. Nice complexity. Definitely not a typical IPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from an internet ordering website just for the heck of it. It has been aged for a while so it will have lost most of what makes it good (probably) but what the hell.

A-the color is a deep redish copper color, extremely hazy, with a thick two full fingers of an off white head that lingers for about a minute and leaves huge lacing on the glass. i couldn't ask for any more.

S-as expected, not much hops. huge notes of sweet malts with caramel and lots of caramilzed brown sugar. there is some resinous taste to this with hint of citrus hops at the very end but they are faint

T-again, the hops have faded, bit sweet malts, this is more like an american barley wine and i think i'll rate accordingly (as it is an aged high abv beer). the sweet malts are the same, lots of brown sugar, some sweet caramel, and hints of citrus towards the finish. there is also some notes of oxidation at the back

M-almost a full body, extremely syrupy, still lots of carbonation but very smooth.

D-its still pretty solid even after all this time. just no hop presense and i'm going to look at past reviews, but i'm assuming (being a stone imperial ipa) that it was a hop bomb!) cheers and this was fun!


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Photo of hrking
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From the 3 of the anniversary brews i've tried 8,9,10,this is the best one.Had this one in a bomber at the Peach.This is the most drinkable of the 3.All the Stone stuff smashes ur face but this one is a treat has a citrus bite to it first off but easy on the finish,malts present,great carbination, not enough to kill the fish just right..Two thumbs up..Beckons from the glass a golden amber with a foamy, bready off white head. The aroma is very hoppy, bready, and some floral notes. From the first sip I knew for sure buying a swing top 3L 3 years late was not a bad call by any means. Tons of hops still punch through this baby, lots of floral and citrus accompanied by a distinct biscuit/bready flavor that produces a hint of staleness but not enough to negate the hop deliciousness. A very sweet taste overall, maybe some honey. .

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Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into a 22oz beer glass. Beer has been aged in the fridge for the past 3 years.

A - A clean pour into my glass with a good finger of tan head that dissipates in the glass leaving a nice cover of lacing. There is a lot of carbonation and foam for a 3+ year old beer. The color of the beer is dark copper and the beer is exceptionally clear for an aged DIPA.

S - The smell is spicy with a strong malt presence. There is a strong toasted malt, caramel and burnt sugar flavor of this beer. As for a high powered hop presence it is not there. There is a hint of pine and citrusy hops but the malt is the clear winner here.

T - Strong hop presence and bitterness on the front end which segues quite nicely into a spicy caramel malt flavor that finishes with a fruity kick to it. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The beer tends to grab more flavor as it warms up a bit.

M - This is a medium bodied beer that has moderate carbonation on board. The beer starts with a bite but finishes very smooth and somewhat dry. Slight feel of warming alcohol on the back end but not overwhelming.

D - Very drinkable and well aged after 3+ years. The alcohol is extremely well hidden but does catch up to you after you finish the entire 22oz. This is a nice beer that seems to be off the beaten path compared to your traditional DIPA offerings. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to t0rin0 for providing me with a bottle of this. I hadn't tried it before, and this has basically become a pretty decent barlewyine, from all accounts.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing.

S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma.

T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side.

D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, there's only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh.

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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!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to roymunson for the bottle. 22oz. brown bottle poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a copper hued apricot, glowing. Decent head with some retention and lotsof lacing.

S: Aged hops. Still plenty of citrus and some astringency. Lots of pine and resin. Some alcoholic phenols.

T/M: Lots of bitterness left. Must have been a monster when fresh. Plenty of citrus and pineaple, mango. Pine and resin. Bready and buttery caramel malts. Candy sweet. body is about medium with a slick oily feel. Carbonation has held up well.

D: Still a very good beer and I'm sure a bit more drinkable now.

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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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted again Thanksgiving 2009-same as prior notes but with much richer, bolder and more integrated flavors.

Big pineapple nose;

big rich flavors-bourbon/whiskey flavors but super well balanced and drinking incredibly.

Currently drinking so well (and having been properly stored) I would call it one of the best all around beers I've ever consumed at this point in time. It currently has the flavor profiles of the "cask version" tapped at Stone during it's WinterStorm but with more carbonation.

This beer is currently wonderful. Please, if you have one try it now. This is exactly what one strives for and desires when aging a beer. Just my opinion.

Bottle - Dark orange honey color with a nice white head.

Mildly sweet orange nose with underlying malt and a hint of banana.

Bold rich and creamy mouth feel with a front palate flavor of sweet fruit, carmel and malt and a finish of grapefruit hops and light burnt toast. Some creamy coffee flavors throughout.

Complex and layered flavors. Interesting example of the bottle being better than the tap.

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Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

really interesting IPA. Having with my friend Paul B. and we both note the differences between what we're drinking and the commercilal description. Hardly any piney qualities. Poured with some head and lace. Color is dark & hazy amber with cherry highlights. Aroma is a little grapefruity, some malty, rotten fruit, caramel, and grain. Wrap around the tongue body. Silky. Sweet finish. Not a session beer though. This is about 3 years old. Killler.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

A - Copper/rusty in color, mirky, white head. Lots of random bigger bubbles left behind from the head floating around on top. What's left of the head is pretty sticky, leaving some lacing behind.

S - More sweetness/malts then hoppy citrus/bitterness on this one. In fact, very little hoppy flavors and a lot of malts up front. I don't know if I'd say "fruity" sweetness, but a sweetness nonetheless. Probably because it's been a few of years since this was brewed, it has changed a bit. I don't think it's for the worse though, as I enjoy something different (which is what Stone is all about).

T - Sweetness, sugars, malts with a miniscule amount of hoppy bitterness. Almost reminds of of an American Barleywine in some ways, but the sugary sweetness is a good balance and not overly in-your-face. I probably would like some more hoppy citrus but I do like it as-is.

M - Very nice, medium in body, rich. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and I would do so again. Although, I think most of its hop characteristics are down to the bare minimum. I think a year or so ago, this would have been just about perfect but I think this one is past its prime.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the rattle n hum 05-27-09

There were about 14 stone beers on tap at the time from there Stone event and this was one of them. I was excited to see this on tap remembering how good it was when it 1st come out and was interested to see how 2 + years later it held up.

Pours a hazy dark orange with about a two finger white head, a lot of lacing on the way down. The nose is a fruit explosion of tropical ones, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit, some alcohol, oak. The taste is of peppery hops, high alcohol malt, very complex in flavor, caramel malts and sweet fruits mix togetherThe mouthfeel is thick, hot with alcohol, malty, hop bitterness is still there but no where what i remember it being when i had this 2 years back. A boozy finish and high alcohol content makes this one a sipper

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a recent swap with Swimsum. Thanks Brent!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, orange-amber body with thin, fizzy-ish, off-white head. Body looks thick and oily; shows just a bit of carbonation within. Head dissipates to bubbly splotches pretty quickly, and drags no lacing. Reminds me of FW Unfiltered DBA a lot, but with added body and cloudiness.

Smell: Lots of cascade hops in this one. Caramel, pine, citrus, hop oils, booze, yeast, and a sturdy malt backbone. I bet the aromatics were much juicier and hoppier when fresh, but this still smells quite good.

Taste: Biscuit-like malt and tons of cascade hop resin. Bitterness has probably fallen out quite a bit over the past two years (certainly tastes like it), but this is still pretty bitterness that remains is still pretty strong. I can imagine this was a total hop-bomb in it's heyday. Pine, sea salt, maybe some wood and spice. Rich boozy character appears midway through and provides some nice heat on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Oily with low carbonation. Hot, dry, and bitter(ish). Pretty hefty DIPA. Leaves sugary coating on the lips.

Drinkability: Very cool to see what two years of age will do to a massive imperial IPA. I liked this one, though it was a definite sipper. Large amount of heat and fairly heavy body made this one drink a bit like hard alcohol.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at the Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 14 oz pour into wine goblet.

Pours dark orangey copper, hazy, very thin off-white head.

Nose is loaded with sweet caramel, tangerines, peaches, almost tropical, some alcohol heat underneath. No real bite from the hops at this point.

Taste is probably the best argument I've ever seen FOR aging DIPA's. Caramel malt and sweet fruit notes of tangerines, grapefruit, mango bend underneath the prickly bitterness that still shows through clearly after two years. Malt shows some toasty and maple notes as well as the beer warms - so rich, this is much more Barleywine than DIPA at this point. Finish has a firm, lingering bitterness, notes of toasty malt, grapefruit, rich tropical fruits linger.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy, with a nice crisp carbonation underneath that doesn't bite too sharply.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with brothercannon. Poured into nonic pint glasses. Appears a murky rich apricot color with around two fingers of dense, lingering amber/tan colored foam. The head leaves a thick sticky lacing on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose and flavor are predominantly of fruits such as pineapple, peach, ,mango, plum, nectarines, grapefruit, orange and lemon, as well as a huge dose of sweet medium toasted grains and caramelized malt and a hint of mint. This one has aged nicely, becoming akin to a barleywine and there is still a bit of alcohol burn lingering about. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge head that mellows to a small coating with great lacing.
This beer is more like a barley wine at this point, with a bready character surrounded by citrus and a hint of pine and spearmint.
Grapefruit, orange rind and a minty character all contribute as well as a bready character that has clearly changed over time.
A full syrupy body with great carbonation.
A fantastic beer that has changed over time into something different but equally delicious.

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Photo of schroederm
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter, three-ish years old.

This beer looks fantastic. An opaque copper body with amber and pink colorings is blanketed by tons of sticky white head. I can smell it from two feet away, and I can't even wait: blood orange, clove, lemon... and a wonderful sweet character. A bit funky, has this beer converted into a barleywine?
The taste pretty much proves that is has: HUGE flavor. Peach, more blood orange, a touch of clove and pepper, overwhelmingly sweet with a fantastic bitter finish. Good body, good. The only reason this isn't perfectly drinkable is the fact that this beer just inundates your palate with flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle courtesy of DBhog - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise and split w/ a non-BA friend, as this one's hefty in both size and abv%!

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, sunset orange- to ruddy amber-hued brew. The finger and change of slightly off-white to perhaps lightly tan head has average retention, perhaps even above average for the style, settling down significantly after the initial fade and leaving a mass of clingy, bubbly, rocky-around-the-edges fluff. Faint carbonation is visible around the edges of the glass, fine-bubbled and well dispersed but also surprisingly fast. The lacing itself is rocky, clingy, and sheet-like, thin and delicate all over the sides of the glass. A very good start.

Aroma: Huge fruityness, spicy and intense. Pineapple makes itself known in a huge way, with grapefruit - sweet and zesty - not too far behind. Tons of other stray fruity esters - orange and lemon peel, apple, pear - grapple with tobacco and other leafyness, as well as a light and pungently sprucey pine note. Everything is vaguely sweet, lightly roasted and caramelly, doughy and pillowy, lending everything a very candied, fruit juice-esque note.

Taste: Fruit juice strikes again!! Whatever bitterness was once likely prominent in this one has faded substantially, replaced by a dull prickle, blended well with the spicy spruce notes. Fruit notes (and hop notes generally) run the gamut - orange, lemon, pineapple, mint, kiwi, leather, tobacco, grapefruit, pear, mango, lighter floral notes - and are enveloped in a sweet, roasty malt cloud, slightly grainy but fantastically delicious. The alcohol is hardly noticeable at all, even at 10%, and I'm very pleased with the way this one has seemingly aged. It's still "spicy" - I actually think it's equal parts piney notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol heat, but all things considered, eh.

Mouthfeel: Nearly immaculate, with a light and fluffy but still crisp and wonderfully smooth, even, and creamy mouth. The body is thick, but it doesn't FEEL thick - it feels breezy and pillowy, and compliments the flavor components well.

Drinkability: This beer is near perfect in almost several ways. It falls short on all points, but it's still drinking remarkably well at this stage in the game. Count me as another vote in bringing back Stone Xth as a regular, akin to the return of Stone XIth as SSA (is that a recognized acronym yet?). The alcohol is mellow, well-integrated, and - though, yes, 10% - about as good as you can expect it to be. This is one big, flavorful, enjoyable, intense brew, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone - drinking just great.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.