Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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409 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 409
Hads: 470
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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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Reviews: 409 | Hads: 470
Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, a nice dull copper color with a big off-white head. Good lacing as you drink it. Nose is heavy on hops and sweet fruit. Taste is more hops and a whole citrus field- mostly grapefruit and lemon. Malts come in the middle, but are surrounded by hops. There's a sweet stickiness to the finish, almost like a barleywine. Mouthfeel is just about right for a DIPA, and drinkability is great considering it's 10%. You don't taste the alcohol at all. (465 characters)

Photo of delicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 20 fl. oz. bottle adorned with commemorative label #1 of 10.
Hazy copper body beneath a foamy off-white head.
Ton of hops in the nose. Citrus, leafy, spicy hops with a bready background.
It tastes like a warm and bitter mouthful of fresh hops. There isn't an overwhelming rush of hop bitterness; it holds a strong presence indeed, but it doesn't deliver a militant blow to the tastebuds, and nor does the alcohol. Instead they both come in smoothly, warming the cockles pleasantly with glowing coals rather than combusting them as ten percenters are want to do. As the beer warms and breaths, some malt character comes out, sweetening it ever so slightly.
Anyone who loves to sip warm hoppy beers should put in the extra effort to find this one. (767 characters)

Photo of jerrymiller
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange hint of maroon. Leaves a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is fantastic, hoppy, citrusy, slight alcohol presence.
The hops in this brew dominate as this is a big IPA. The alcohol in this brew is pretty subtle but by the end of the bomber, I felt its presence clearly.
The finish is smooth and grapefruity. Malt presence is evident, but not overly strong.
Great beer, can't buy enough… (424 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear copper, darker than you'd expect an IPA to be, with a substantial blanket of foam on top.

S: Tropical and citric fruits combine with hops and alcohol for a pretty interesting aroma.

T: An extremely fruity, sweet entry becomes more citric and eventually finishes with intensely bitter hops and a slight alcohol kick.

M: Thick, slightly oily and chewy and with moderate carbonation - this is probably the heaviest IPA I've ever had.

D: Even for the style this is pretty heavy, boozy stuff. Not something I could drink a lot of.

A subtle beer it's not, but it has a remarkably complex, layered character. I generally prefer my DIPAs less sweet and fruity, but despite not necessarily matching my criteria for a perfect beer I have to give it points for being unique. (787 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bomber. Pours a slighty hazy brownish copper color with an above average head that left awesome lacing on the glass. The smell is piney with hints of orange. Has a smokey grapefruit flavor, piney, a tad too sweet. I am on the fence on whether or not I like a sweet IPA; I think I prefer a little less sweetness. This brew does pack some flavor and noticable alcohol presence. Good feel, moderate body, the bitterness and sweetness null each other. A very good brew, a bit too sugary for my IPA preference. (516 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant, clear, goldeny orange. No much head from the first pour of a big bottle. Glorious pine hops with a touch of citrus for the nose, tending toward english taste-wise. Sweet and sugery, heady hops balanced nicely by the malt. Has some of the sweetness and flavor of a barleywine. Coating, but not too much, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

A darn fine way to celebrate 10 years. (395 characters)

Photo of PicoDeGallos
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the brewery in Escondido, CA. The beer was on tap and it was good. Great flavor and consistency. I am not a big fan of the IPAs, but Stone Brewery is very impressive. Their ability to bring out the super hoppy aroma and taste is very unique. Maybe I still need to try more IPAs, but regardless I am a fan now. (319 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought I'd write another review of this beer 8 months after having this for the first time. Poured into an oversized wine glass. I acquired this bottle from a trade with mookow some 6 months ago and some 8 months after it first hit the shelves. This excellent beer pours a clear, deep reddish medium golden color with an orange hue lots and of little bubbles rising up. The head was a good 2/3 inch when poured before settling to a nice surface film layer and a nice white ring lining the inside of my glass along with some damn fine lacing. Even after aging in my cellar for 6 months this baby is still dominated by hops aroma wise. Sweeter aromas of malt and some floral, fruity aromas of grapefruit are also present. Although this beer is not quite the bitter hop monster it was tastewise when I first had it 8 months ago the taste is also still dominated by hops upfront followed by surprisingly sweet malt and a hint of sour grapefruit. Extremely well balanced tastewise. Has a fairly crisp, but also smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied mouthfeel as well with moderate to high carbonation. I found the mouthfeel to also be sort of chewy or syrupy, but in a good way. This beer sure mellowed with age, but is also certainly more drinkable now. In fact it is surprisingly drinkable. The 10% ABV is well hidden taste and drinkability wise, but you really start to feel it after a few sips. Definitely not a session beer. Not that I have any more of this anyways. This was sadly my second and, at least for now, last bottle. I sure hope I can get more and that Stone decides to brew this on a regular basis, even if is just as one of their yearly seasonals or even becomes a rotating release. This beer does the winning like few others! WOW! Anyone who has any extra bottles of this they don't want or want to trade for please beermail me ASAP!

Eric (1,861 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mandarin orange, smells floral like spring day, big mouthfeel, shot of alcohol, sweet hops, big malt, leperchauns pot o' gold. What a delicious and growingly good beer, had over 6 months after introduced. Hold this beer another couple years, just for the fun of it and see if it still tastes and looks like mandarin, I loved this beer and wish I had more. (361 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going off of some tasting notes here, for accually had the brew, mid-march, after it cellared about six months or so.

It poured a mild copper orange with a good tan head that laced somewhat as it faded down. The medium full body held the small bubbled carbonation in check but allowed the aroma of citric fruits and alcohol hop to tease the nose.
The taste was complex citric orange peel, grapefruit, lemon and lime. While good malts and alcohol hints balanced things nicely. The alcohol warms while a med-like hop oil lingers the mouth.

I enjoyed thisone, It wasn't as big a beer as I thought the tenth might be, but very pleased, indeed. (647 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slight haze in an orange hued amber body. Slowly rising two inch head took a few minutes to shrink. No carbonation to be seen at all. Lacing was super sticky thick ribbons.

Hops abound in a mainly citric body that also has a nice hint of fresh pine. Mostly has an orange strength with a minor hint of lime. Very faint hint of a malt aroma.

Bitter citrus fruit. Taste is smoky and has none of the sweet orange from the nose. Light raspberry presence dies quickly behind a strange aftertaste. Interesting and somewhat overpowering.

Leaves a waxy coated feeling on the tongue. Carbonation tingle is surprising despite appearance.

Overall a good offering. This is a great beer for a plate of blue cheeses. I think this one seems to be declining based on other reviews. Hope to reevaluate it again in a few months. (826 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
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 (567 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber color with dominant ruby hues. A full finger head that faded slowly. Not much lacing observed.

The aroma doesn't really thrust itself on you, but it's a classic sweet malty beverage with a fruity citrus character.

Don't be afraid...full bodied and sweet (an experience that I imagine could be appreciated by even the most concerning macro-lover). The mouth feel is complex yet off the charts smooth and creamy. Seems completely true to style anymore for Double IPAs. The 10% ABV is nicely designed into the mouth, but it burned a trail on the first pass down.

God bless the Stone Family...and best wishes for many more anniversaries to come!! Cheers!!

Has anyone recently done a back-to-back for Three Floyd's Behemoth and Stone's 10th Anniversary IPA? I think it would be interesting!!

STAIPA @ $6 and TFBB@ $18??? (851 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA pours a beautiful clear copper color with a flurry of small bubbles floating slowly flowing to the surface from the bottom. The color is bright and almost glows in the glass. On top a thick, creamy one fingered width light tan head forms. The foam slowly disolves to a thick ring around the beer and leaves behind a good amount of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with a strong orange citrus, some fruity notes of cherry and a medicine alcohol smell mixed in.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer feels syrupy and chewy. The flavor has lots of pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. A sweet caramel malt with hints of cherry help balance out all the hops. It finishes dry with an alcohol/medicine flavor which gives a mild burn when swallowed. Once gone some of the cherry, orange citrus and medicine flavors linger on the palate.

This is a beautiful beer with an intense flavor. Reminds me of a barleywine, but with a bit more balance. I'll have to revist this beer in a year or two to see if the alcohol flavors mellow out. (1,094 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a case of this right when it was released, so I have had it quite fresh and a few staggered every other month. This is my first one in maybe 2 months. I'm a huge fan of this beer.

A) Still pours nice and thick with a dark cantelope color.

S) Enormous, exploding aroma of hops. I don't know which hops have which flavor/aroma character. (i.e. amarillo, cascade, etc)

T) Huge and robust. I can taste a hint of pineapple overtones. I had this once on tap and that's when the pineapple was right up front.

M) Chewy and thick.

D) This could be a desert island beer for me! (595 characters)

Photo of TheBeerWolf
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I don't think I reviewed this beer right when it came out but I saved a few bottles for aging. Fast forward to today and beer has been in a wine fridge for about 6 months. And wow! I have to say at first I liked the beer but it was a bit too much for me. Like double bastard just a complete kicks in the balls. The taste was too much alcohol for my taste and the hops were just too up front. What a difference the 6 months made!

A - Pours a dark orangish copper like color. Decent head that leaves a bit of lacing but not much.

S - Man the smell, the one I cracked open just smelled like hops. I had just been working with some amarillo hops in homebrew and swore I could pick them out in the smell of the beer. Not sure if there is any amarillo but it sure smelled pretty similar. Mostly I was picking up the hops in the aroma and it was nice! At the advice of a friend I got an IPA glass and drank it out of this and just as he said the aroma while drinking the beer was great.

T - This bottle tasted just grand. That hot alcohol taste was not nearly as pronounced giving way to a catty hop flavor. Very small malt aftertaste the fresh hop taste was most pronounced.

M - Good medium body, nice carbonation that never gets "fizzy". As with most stone beers.

D - Since the alcohol mouthfeel has subsided some it was much more drinkable. I enjoyed the bottle to the last drop but I do use a wine cork to keep half in the fridge till I am done with the first glass so I did not really let this one warm up.

kind of strange reading these other reviews maybe some bottles just don't age well? I have like 2 more so I will crack open another one soon and relay back if there is any big differences but if my other bottles are aging like this one this should be a tasty one! (1,792 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (862 characters)

Photo of jletts
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10th anniversary Stone IPA

Smelled bready malty with hops and tasted hoppy bitter with grapefruit and malty earth tones and some weak grassy notes. Alcohol is perceived at the end with a slight tongue burn and a peppery bitter finish warming the stomach.
Mouthfeel- well carbonated but thick and smooth. Tasty, but a sipper for sure.

Notes: It's hard to differentiate at times from all the IPA's offered by Stone. Their IPA, Ruination IPA, 10th anniversary, and various dry-hopped IPA's are most excellent but at times seem to meld together in my mind. An excellent IPA, as they all are, but I would recommend trying the near-by Green Flash Brewing's Imperial IPA if you want a completely different take on strong hops. (727 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.04/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,656 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours medium to dark amber, clear and bubbly with a cream-colored bubbly head. Nice caramel and floral aroma with a hint of roasted malt.

Flavor - One of my all-time favorites. Malty start with a nutty, sweet middle, and light bitter (for the style) finish. Very nicely balanced between hops and malt.

Slightly syruppy mouthfeel. "I could drink gallons." (360 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three fingers thick light tan head into a large weizen glass. the head was thick, billowy and incredibly long-lasting. left thick lacing and nice sheeting throughout.
s - as soon as i popped the cap i was hit with the aroma of grapefruit. very sweet and malty. the aromas mix nicely between hoppy and malty.
t - piney, floral and citrus tastes with a nice malt backbone that really balances out well.
m - smooth and sticky, it really coats the tongue.
d - you can really feel the alcohol after one bomber of this. i was feeling really good afterwards. it goes down so smooth you don't even know what hits you. i really enjoyed this beer. (655 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, somewhat amber, attractive beer. The head is solid, but modest. It’s got a wonderful fruity aroma…lots of citrus, pine, and wood in the aroma. The smell is certainly centered on hops, but there’s also a nice malt quality to the beer. The alcohol, surprisingly, is fairly well hidden in the smell. The taste is warming and slightly sweet. There’s a touch of hotness, but it lasts only a brief moment. Lots of hops kick in by the mid-taste. It’s surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol concentration. Fairly smooth, with a full-to-moderate body. (564 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Transpaarent amber body with tiny head.
S - Huge pine aroma
T - Amazing balance, big hoppyness, bitterness, and malt, but not huge and not big by Stone standards. Punch after punch but never getting old. This should be made a regular addition to their line up.
M - very smooth, heavy but silky and balanced.
D - amazing easy drinking for 10% alcohol (358 characters)

Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz Bomber. Man Im glad I cam upon a stash of this stuff.

Appearance was a light orangish amber color with brilliant clarity and an off white head that was slightly smaller than anticipated but stayed around a long while (perhaps a more vigorous pour was in order).

The smell was heavenly - Huge, wet pine hits the nose and penetrates all the way through to the throat. Hints of pineapple and grapefruit also seep through.

Taste was a fine example of balance. First the mouthfeel of a residually sweet malt hits you, earthy cherry and even hints of bubblegum are present giving way to a great hop profile. The hops hit you gradually giving you just enought time to tatse the malt before kicking in further in somewhat of an exponential scale until full bitterness and even a hint of peppery spiciness is achieved and the alcohol warms all the way down your throat.

As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more apparent but is still balanced by the huge hop presence.

Carbonation was spot on as well.

My only knock on the beer was initial small head but the retention was outstanding.

Grab some if you can. (1,145 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Major props go out to Aprilluvsbeer for trading this to me. I missed out on it when it was released and by the time I took to seeking it out, it was pretty much nowhere to be found.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cool looking orange red color with a good-sized sturdy beige head. It takes forever to dissipate and leaves thick curtains of lace all the way down the glass. Picture perfect.

SMELL: The aroma is very tangy and sweet. Very grapefruity and very piny. I'm also picking up some odd fruity smells, almost like apples. It seems a bit odd and out of place. Perhaps it's a product of the high alcohol.

TASTE: Holy crap! I expected this to be a big beer, but I was not prepared for the shock I just got. The alcohol and sweet hop flavors hit you so hard up front, you really have to pay attention to what comes after. And what comes after is really darn good. Very spicy hops make up the major flavor here. The finish is somewhat malty, but very clean. No offensive flavors anywhere to be found. This beer is incredibly complex and incredibly tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Very syrupy with a fine-bubbled crisp carbonation. Just what you'd want in a beer like this.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is a real heavy hitter, so it suffers in drinkability a bit. However I've had double IPAs that go down much harder than this one. For what it is, this beer is really crisp and clean, and dare I say, refreshing to some degree.

This really is a special beer and worth trying to find if any is left over anywhere. Lucky for me, I was able to find someone generous enough to share a bottle with me before it was all gone. Thanks again April. (1,627 characters)

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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