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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | 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 dac
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA

Golden Amber color, slight chill haze.

Earthy & floral hop aromas with hints of biscuit and caramel malt.

Flavors are definatley tipped to the malt side. Toasted and caramel malt flavors with a certain "graininess". Hop bitterness backs the malt, however it is lacking up-front hop
flavors and the impact of a big hop nose.

This beer is full bodied and almost goes down like oatmeal. Alcohol is evedent and warming
which is this beer's most redeeming quality.

I tried this same beer from a 22oz bottle about a year ago and I remember it as having much

more hops flavor and aroma. Now without all the hops going on it is much less intersting.

It is still a decent beer, but there are many better ones.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely bright copper amber color with nice off-white head, some lacing in streaks and fingers. The nose is full of fruity esters, more barleywine nose than IPA. I imagine the the last year has mellowed out the nose quite a bit from any hop bomb, but even still it has nice pine citrus notes.

Taste is delicious. Warm and inviting, a full body and divine carbonation, its a thick and tasty brew, full of malt and hop both. They just roll over one another, sweet sticky malts full of orangy hop juicy goodness. Don't know what it was like fresh, but I have a habit of having these Ani. ales a year old, and that seems to be how I like them.

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  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.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle via jasonjlewis

A: Pours a deep amber/copper under a creamy white head. OK lacing, good retention.

S: Hoppy with a nice malt backbone which gives way to some caramel. Hops are more piney than citrusy, but have obviously faded because the malt is so easily picked up, but that's not to say the hops are any where near gone. The hop character does fade with temperature and gives way to more hints of alcohol.

T: A nice sweetness up front with a piney hoppiness to finish. Good amount of bitterness and slightest hint of alcohol. Taste has a medicinal quality to it that throws it a little off between beginning and end.

M/D: Feel is pretty thick, medium to high medium, and a little oily. Carbonation is a tad high on this one. Drinkability is good. I didn't have this one fresh, but it seems to have held up reasonably well.

Photo of pershan
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Amber colored, with nice, thick, creamy white head. Beer was fairly cloudy, maybe because the keg was nearly empty and might have been picking up some sediment from the bottom.

S: Beautiful hop aroma, with pine scent dominating.

T: A big alcoholic warmth with sweet malt undertones, fading into a strong, but not overpowering hop bitterness. A really nice balance, in my opinion, but you can definitely tell that this is a high ABV brew.

M: Much different than the 11th Anniversary beer, with alcoholic warmness dominating over hop flavor and bitterness.

D: A great beer, but not something to be imbibed in large doses. Would be great on a cold winter day.

Photo of zdk9
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ashleys after a year of age- still hoppy.

A- Pours a very cloudy dark orange. A finger of head dissipates quickly but leaves thick lacing. It's hard to call it spiderweb when there's this much of it. More like sheets of white.

S- Carmel and toffee and then a blast of tangerine and orange. The smell doesn't compare to the strength of the taste.

T- Wow, after a year you'd think there wouldn't be much hops on this one. But you'd be wrong. A strong hop waft of sweet orange, tangerine, and flowering pine. Then there is sweet syrupy malt, like a delicious pecan carmel roll. The blend between these two is great, where sweet malt leaves off, sweet orange takes over.

M- Syrupy and coating my mouth, leaving a taste of hops around the tongue, and in my burps. Delicious.

D- A great beer, with hidden alcohol, and a great blend between the malt and hops, but strong on both accounts.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep copper with a small amount of head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Biscuity malt followed by big notes of alcohol. Slight hints of hops are present.

T: Lots of sweet, caramal malt, followed by big booming notes of warming alcohol. Somewhere behind this are some subtle citrus hops notes. I can only imagine what this was like fresh. It's still tasty, but has aged into almost a barleywine type drink.

M: Viscous, yet smooth.

D: This is a tasty beer, despite losing a lot of the hops from when it was fresh. It's strong, but good.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the anniversary beer that bucks the recent trend of anniversary beers I've been on lately. Had this in the cellar for some time and finally got around to trying it. Well worth the wait

A - deep reddish brown color with a billowy white head
S - Cut a grapefuit in half, coat with brown sugar, bake till the sugar carmelizes --> crack open and stick your nose in. Yeah it's hoppy but there's a sharpness in the nose for emphasis.
T - Hops as noted above with a wonderful rich smooth caramel malt effect and a definite ABV warmth. Melds very nicely across the tongue.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, creamy smooth and resiny hoppy.
D - Enjoyed each and every sip! Definitely worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of cabsandking
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange/brown color with a beige head showing fair retention. The nose displays a developed malty richness over time; dark buttery caramel, toffee, hot alcohol esters, slight piney hop touch and a little sulfery funk. The malt sweetness shows range; caramel and buttery toffee, molasses, roasted grains, nutty. A piney hop bite in the back balances out the malt characters and herbal floral hop characters that are soft at times and oily, resinous other times jump around from sip to sip. A little metallic, hot alcohol spice hangs on the palate, boozy...reminds you of its strength. Much of the hop fruitiness has faded with age and mostly noticed in the finish with larger fruity, piney, pineapple and acidic citrus notes come out. Full bodied and a thick, oily mouthfeel and creamy carbonation is very nice.

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House Innsbrook for Beer Geek Week '07

A: Pours a deep, opaque amber hue, glowing orange, roughly 1 finger of head that showed decent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet maltiness with notes of grapefruit citrus; has a mellow, candy-like orange scent to it.

T: Hop complexity that's second to none. A malty base provides a smooth intro for a big dose of bitterness. Floral and citrusy hops wash over the palate and flood the mouth with one the better hop profiles I have yet to taste. Immaculate.

M: Big, creamy, and mealy... a bit of syrupy hop residue with a fluffy, full mouthfeel.

D: Outstanding brew, and it's evident why this was only brewed once. I originally enjoyed the last bottle available to the public at Capital Ale House downtown with nickss and roughsax; part of one of our original BA gatherings. This time around, after a year had gone by, this thing had changed a bit, but was still just as great.

Photo of younger35
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with JohnGalt1. I gave him a few FFF’s and Victory brews and he gave me this and an Abyss. What a guy! Comes in a really really cool looking bottle with half of a book written on back by Mr. Koch. Drank out of my Bear Republic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark orangeish red with a bit of chill haze. Big billowy two finger off yellow head that slowly recedes leaving a nice big cap and collar. Decent lacing follows the beer down the glass and the beer because much more clear as it warms.
Smell- Lots of deep fruity hoppiness that seems to almost jump out of the glass. Very pungent and piney with huge bursts of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine and apricot. The alcohol is very very strong as well allowing only peaks of a thin, caramel/toffee malt to show. Doesn’t really matter though, the hops are the focus and they shine.
Taste- Smooth as silk with nothing obtrusive or harsh. A bit more malt is allowed to show on the palate than in the nose. It’s sweet but could maybe be a bit sweeter for just a touch more balance. Alcohol is prevalent but so are the hops! Big earthy waves of piney bitterness that slowly works to citrus and touches of dark fruits. Lots of orange, lemon and grapefruit round everything out nicely.
Mouthfeel- Oily and slick with nice medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Lots of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability- Overall I think this is a pretty decent IPA that I enjoyed for the most part. The nose was fantastic and deceiving in what was to come. I think I thought it was going to be a bit better than it was, 1. Because of the nose and 2. Because of the great things I’ve read. I’d take Ruination over this any day but it’s still a quality brew. Thanks again to JohnGalt1!

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a burnt orange color with a thick rocky head – decent lacing. The aroma is strong of malt and hops. The taste is initially sweet from malt followed by noticeable hop bitterness. Wow! This is a wonderfully balanced beer with a strong hop flavor that is supported well by the malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is full and compliments the beer. It is easy to drink with enough character to make it quite impressive!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a very dark and hazy amber, I would almost call it a hazelnut brown but not quite. Just a very deep orange. Nearly opaque from all the haze and sediment in it. Ample carbonation was visible in the form of streams of bubbles that were churning up towards the top and then being condensed into a tight two inch foam head. Very sticky and frothy and leaving behind a ton of lace, this one gradually faded down and left behind a thin film on top and copious concentric rings along the sides. Very full look.

S – Aroma was very very hoppy, which was exactly what I had been expecting. Unrelenting aroma of orange peel and lemon were by far the most dominant here. These gradually melded in with the more sweet notes that started to percolate through and rounded it out nicely with a good touch of malts. Very well rounded flavor I must say. Extremely well put together and just the right amount of bitterness on the nose. No hint at all at the ABV lying within.

T – Wow, now this was one very big brew! From the first sip it was obvious I was going to be in for a hurtin here. This was a full out attack against my taste buds, but defiantly in a good way. Huge explosion of citrus and pine resin just gets you right from the start. Lots of ABV defiantly present here, no where near overpowering, or objectionable, but there was no way you did not know it was there. Big sugary notes start to follow in an attempt to balance out the bitterness, which actually works quite well and changes this one from a mouth ripper to something a tad more drinkable. Great dry finish with a huge long lingering taste. This was a very mean IPA, and I loved it so.

M – Great full mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation which stayed around till the very end and really helped in breaking up some of the thickness and keeping it from getting the syrupy kinda texture. Nice and easy going down, almost too easy as this was really starting to catch up to me by this point. This was a good sipper, and excellent late nighter.

D – Again this was defiantly a sipper but was soo yummy I started to treat it like it was a little more then that, and once half the bottle was gone, I knew I was gonna be in trouble. Probably should have been sharing this one but it was too late so I just pushed on and finished, boy did I regret that the next day.

Overall what can I say, this was just really really good. A huge double IPA and a Stone Anniversay ta boot. A fantastic brew here. I had waited along time to get ahold of this and I was defiantly not disappointed. This was everything I had hoped it would be. A big, really big brew that accurately reflects what the boys ofver at Stone are doing. If you can get it, go for it. Me I am gonna go nail down some 11th anniversary now so it wont be so hard next year!

Photo of franksnbeans
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a burnt orange with a cream colored head that settles slowly leaving a thick ring of lace. Smells of many different juicy hops, big pineapple and some sweet malt. Tastes of piney, juicy hops with big pineapple and a nice sweet malty balance to finish. Not the hop bomb I was expecting but very delicious anyway. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. ABV isnt even close to feeling how it should except for the warmth from the alcohol. A delicious brew and a must try. Well done.

Photo of dfillius
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having this beer many times, I believe it was the best the first time I tasted it. The delicate floral nature of the hops deteriorated after storage, though I should note that I stored it at higher temperatures than recommended (80-90 degrees at times).

The following is from after storing it:
A: Orangey-red, cloudy. Fine, limited head
S: Cantaloupe, sweet. Pinene from hops; perfumey
T: aftertaste of alcohol

Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Back of bottle had a story from a Stone worker about working at the brewery (label #8 of 10). It was an orange amber and very opaque in the center. It had a small head but I think it was still a little too cold when I poured it which hurt the size. The aroma was hoppy, piney and fruity. Also could get a little hint of the ABV within. The taste followed the smell. It was pretty good but had more of a sweet finish instead of a bitter hop bite that is common in the style. This one is just past the 1yr mark so it probably has mellowed quite a bit. The mouthfeel was good with good balance of carb. Overall, it's a damn good beer that has held up well. Wish I had gotten to try it sooner and gotten more of the hop bite but still highly recommend as is. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach.

Dark straw color with an orange hue to it. Dense and sticky head with massive lacing and nice retention.

As expected from an IPA made by stone, this beer smells like HOPS. Citrusy and piny, probably quite subdued compared to when it was newly released a year ago, but still strong. Doughy, thick malt aroma is also present.

Not all that hoppy in the taste, unfortunately. Age has really changed this beer. The dominant flavor now is a viscous maltiness and a kick of booze in the finish. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Thick and robust like a Stone beer is apt to be. Pretty standard for a double IPA. Pretty easy to drink for such a big beer.

Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle from Naja's Place

Poured into a chilled pint glass with a 1/2 inch head

Amazing double IPA with some fruit accents and a strong bitter taste

Hopefully the 11th Anniversary will be as good because I have been hearing a lot of good things about it as well

Highly recommended if you can still find this one floating around somewhere

Photo of burnstar
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this at Zenos a while back- review from notes. Beer pours a nice deep gold/orange with a persistant head. Aroma is sweet, with lots of citrusy hops. Taste is quite sweet. Really powerful malt backbone here. Tons of hop character- nice citrus and pine flavor. A bit of alcohol is noticable. Some fruit notes. Very lush and complex. Creamy, syrupy mouthfeel. A very good beer. I had high expectations for this beer given the strength of Stone's other offerings and the magnitude of the 10th anniversary event. This definitely met, if not exceeded, my expectations.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The hounds seem to know when this yearly release will be good. The last two years, I could have bought cases and cases of the stuff. This year, I had to go far out of my way to obtain one bottle of the nectar. As it usually goes, the quicker it disappears the better it is. And this year is phenomenal.

Out of the precious bottle comes a slow-glugging liquid and head production, owning to its high-gravity. Streamy ruby-copper. Not so pale, but a great ghastly cling arises.

Nose is cheery and overflowing with hops; peachy, gummy, hop-candy. Like the best IPAs, this one seems to be the aroma personification of an actual hop-plant.

Taste is a mouth-numbing flash of goo-sugar (par for the Stone big-IPA course) heat, and tangy-citrus. Liquified hop-perfume.

Lingering bitterness clashes with the close-to-barleywine goo-slick. One bomber disappears quickly and administers proper brain-damage. I bet I would have bought many bottles of this had I been able to. As it stands, a great hat-tip for a great 10 years.

Photo of umustdrink
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to MiScusi for this special treat

A - Very dark peachy orange color, very hazy. Offwhite head starts out fluffy then fades to a rocky, thick quarter inch head. Lacing is average.

S - Rich toasty peppery malts complimented by a nice citrusy, slightly piny, hop. I know this beer may be past it's hoppy prime but still has a good deal of fragrant hops.

T/M - Starts out an almost thick consistency with a very oily hoppiness. Hoppiness becomes very defined: still very oily, very piny but slightly sweet and accompanied by a very present but not overpowering alcohol. After the intense hops reside, a warming alcoholic bready maltiness, much like a barleywine, finishes off. The finish is a citrus hoppiness with a spicy malt and an almost creamy texture. Carbonation was medium, working well with the beers complex flavors.

D - Now this is a double IPA. Exceptionally complex and nearly equally drinkable, but does have a definite alcoholic presence. I'm sure it would be awesome fresh, but old it's still pretty damn good.

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.