Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased way back in August 2006 when it was released. The color is orange and transparent. Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones. The taste is very tropical fruit with sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn. While the hops are not as explosive as they were when I first bought a case, they are still a big factor here. I think this is still holding up very well and is possibly one of my favorite brews. (428 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.66/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed orange-copper. Thin and creamy off white head. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, caramel malt and tropical fruits. Alcohol is the easiest to pick out. Taste starts out boozy and ends boozy. The Green Flash IPA I had before this was much more enjoyable. Hop traits in this are ghostly. I get a tropical fruit melange of sorts. But the alcohol overrides it all. Fussel-like in nature. To me this is what Arrogant Bastard would taste like if it were 15-20% a/v.

Hands down, my least favorite of their Anniversary beers. And not even in the same ballpark as their 5th Anniversary IPA. (616 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (500 characters)

Photo of petemorris
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic beer. It's all Belgian in spirit, smoothly hiding its alcoholic strength behind some very full and balanced flavors. But speaking of flavor, it's all English: a bready-sweet malt melody, matched by a nice background harmony of hop bitterness. Indeed, rather than a classic west-coast (or San Diego) double IPA, I'd be inclined to classify it as a double ESB (Fuller's X 2?). My only complaint is that as I made it deeper and deeper into my glass, the malty sweetness started to get a little cloying. But just a little. A truly world-class brew. (554 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with an eggshell colored head. Head has great retention and leaves spotty lacing as well. Smell has a rich scent of pine and grapefruit, leaning more towards the pine-like and resiny aromas. I also get a hint of malt, but it's hidden beneath the bouquet of hops. Taste starts out grapefuity and leads into more pine, but I get more grapefruit and citrus in the taste than in the nose. Taste is full of hops but definately has a strong malt backbone to it with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Carbonation is at about medium levels and the body feels rich and full. Drinkability is good; I could drink plenty of this and wish I had more of it. In comparison to a strict definition of IIPA, this leads more towards the barley wine side being as how a barley wine tends to have more body and a IIPA would be expected to have a more dry finish. Either way I thought this was an excellent beer! (916 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big head that falls and doesn't go away completely, but leaves a great lacing. The color is a nice brown color. The smell is light in hops, but they are very nice for what they are. The flavor is very hoppy, to the point where the hops turn into an earthy flavor. The mouthfeel is ok, a little over carbonated, but ok. Overall it was ok, but there was just something a little off about this, something small, maybe the way it was handled. It smelled pretty good, but just a little off. (493 characters)

Photo of ruinationation
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pourd a hazy copper color with a thick white two finger head.

Smells of hops then right away malt follows, some citrus in there of course.

Like the smell hops bite first but then the malt comes through strong. Alcohol is present no doubt, for a sec it reminded me of a barley wine, melon fruit in there also.

The feel of this beer is its best quality to me, like liquid velvet.

Not one of my favorites from my favorite brewery. I would prefer a IIPA Ruinationation any day but have three to age so I'll see. (519 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Drafting Room Best of 2006 night last night. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with a fairly thick white head with some very active carbonation. There is a nice piney, citrus aroma with good grapefruit tones as well. The taste of this one is really dominated by the hops but in a good way. There are some really intense grapefruit and pine touches to the taste with a nice malt backbone to finish things out. Nice full body makes for a big but tasty sipping beer. (482 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bomber onto a New Belgium Chalice to celebrate getting a job!

A: Beautiful ruby amber color with a 2 finger white head that lasts and lasts (and leaves some nice lacing too!).

S: Hops, some sweet malts and a bit of an astringent smell.

T&M: Where to start? Man, I love this beer! Wonderful, fresh piney hops hit you at the forefront. Transitions to some citrusy hops, followed by a wonderful bitterness! Backing this is a nice strong sweet caramel malt base, with a bit of tropical fruit sort of flavor (just a bit!). It's also wonderfully sticky and deliciously thick on the tongue. If I didn't already say this, I love this beer. It's a strong, thick DIPA, but one I would drink any day!

D: Yes, it's strong. Yes, it's bitter. Yes, it's thick. And yes, I would choose this over 98% of the beers out there to drink a bomber of. Yes, a full 98%! So yes, for me at least, the drinkability of this beer is indeed quite high.

Well, if I haven't extolled enough of the virtues of this beer to make you believe I like this beer, well...I love it! Go get some if you can, and enjoy it! Highly recommended! (1,134 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

WOW! After elbowing through all the surging hordes of people trying to get this beer, I finally found the opportunity to sit down and try it only to find out that it is quite over-rated. Too much alcohol dominates the flavor, and this gives the assertive hoppiness a hot, wild, weedy flavor. I am a fan of the Ruination, and this ought to have been Ruination Plus, but the clumsy balance of alcohol to beer flavor rendered it unenjoyable to me. Sorry folks. I'm not hatin' on it though. Nope. Relax. (499 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that my lovely girlfriend bought me for Christmas. Stone 10th pours a hazy red orange with a thin but clinging head. Smell is pungent hops, citrusy and bitter, with hints of alcohol and sweet malts. The taste is big in your face hops, bitter and assertive. More bitterness than flavor from the hops, but there is a heavy citrus and pine flavor. Alcohol is apparent in the flavor but not over the top, it melds well with the fruity esters and sweet malt flavor. I'd like to see this one become a regular from Stone. (527 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. I just wanted to enjoy the first few of them I had and not worry about thinking so much.

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves decent lacing behind.

Nice hop scent filled with many kinds of citrus and some pine. Sweet caramel/biscuit malts linger in the background with a bit of spicy alcohol to kick it up a notch. The hops have died down some since this first came out, but it still smell really tasty.

And the flavor still doesn't disappoint. Nice hop profile is still there. Orange, grapefruit, light pine resin, caramel, lemon pepper, sweet bread, and the alcohol all mingle together nicely. Damn, this is good...but I liked it even better a little fresher.

My mouth gets a nice coating of hop oils from this creamy brew. It tries to dry it out, but the oils keep it feeling slick. Semi-puckering bitterness adds a nice touch. If this was a little lower than 10% ABV the drinkability would be higher...but I wouldn't have it any other way. Maybe this one could make it into the rotation under a different name? Here's hoping.... (1,127 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a snifter.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Off white one finger head dissapates into small floating islands of micro bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Topical fruit. Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight malt presence with an earth or herbal undertone. Warm spicy alcohol.

T: First taste reveals grapefruit, mango, and peach. A bitter citrus and pine hop bite is followed by a strong malt wave that tries to balance things out. A wet earth or herbal taste is overtaken by a spicy warming alcohol tingle. Fruit in the nose.

M: Syrup like but smooth. Slick to oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Spicy, warm and dry finish.

D: Extremely complex. A fruity hop lovers dream come true. The high ABV limits the amount embibed in one evening but a treat none the less! I am interested to see what this beer will taste like after being aged one full year.Highly recommended! (887 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer that I have sampled often. The pour is an off orange color with good copper hues throughout. A mostly hazy view but with a good pour it leaves a large head that remained through the whole tasting. A sticky foam as well that has good staying power.

The nose is nice and hoppy. The aroma has a nice mix of distinct pine and distinct citrus. There are other hop essences that support the specific nose, such as a floral and herbal notes and some nectarine and tangerine esters. The malt has a smaller presence but some bready and biscuit notes with not much caramel qualities.

The taste is similar with a stronger hop presence as a good IPA should have. The hops are balanced well with a nice citrus, somewhat lemony and peppery bitterness. Definitely fruity complexity that continues into the finishing hops with more of the grapefruit, tangerine and lime mix. As my palate get more familiar more mango and pine comes out, especially in the finishing hops. The malt has a slight caramel hint, but the biscuit/bready flavor comes out more. Some light honey hints as well.

The body is closer to full then mid feel to it. Good carbonation that seems high but supports the bitterness for the hops. A very nice complexity with some detectable alcohol esters and some creaminess that becomes more apparent as you go. I really enjoy that they beer does changes as you drink it and add more complexity. Enjoy. (1,416 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Stone classic – those that can readily get these are indeed fortunate.

I mean, check this out: semi-hazy amber, poured hard in case the 10% tries to knock down the head. But it didn’t, got a nice ivory cap that left sticky laces. TONS of citrus, orange and hops in the aroma. Very sweet and sticky quaff, can’t believe the amount of orange in here. NO hint of alcohol, it slides oily and smooth.

Nice. Enough said, what more can you say about a superb brew>

Muchas Thanks to boolshot for sending this for my BA annv. (539 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
2.41/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma - Thick caramel malts, light citrus fruits, sherry and oxidized hops. Slight alcohol detected. Misses the marks for a double IPA, closer to a barley wine.

Appearance - Medium copper color, thin yet long lasting halo of a white head. Slight haze.

Flavor - Strong, sweet malts dominate and a slight alcohol note are the front runners. Alcohol bite is still strong even months after release. Moderate hop bitterness and catty resinous hop flavor. Balance is way off on the caramel, sweet and malty side ... the hops used here aren't all that pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, sticky and cloying on the palate. Both the hops and the malts are cloying. Its over the top and too much. Less crystal malts and a stronger attenuating yeast would really make this shine, perhaps a sugar addition would help to dry this thing out.

Overall impression - Too many big and deep malty flavors infused with an alcohol note that make this just way too much. With some age this will probably be better, but at that point it will be even less Imperial IPA like than it already is.

I'll stick with Stone IPA or Ruination if I'm looking for a well done IPA. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained several bottles through trades with several BA's. Thanks guys.

This beer is a lighter orange that is clouded a slight bit. The head is thick and there is a good amount of lacing. The beer actually looks like a pale ale. Not as dark as typical for a DIPA. The smell is bannannas, pine scent and citrus. The alcohol is evident. The taste is hoppy and very sweet. A blend of fruit tastes are hidden in this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little alcohol burn. This is a big beer. A sipper for sure. One should be carefull with a bomber if this stuff. This is not really what I was expecting, but good at any rate. It will be interesting to see how this beer changes over time. Another fine brew from Stone. (721 characters)

Photo of crwills
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a tasting in December with biegaman, grub, and northyorksammy. Can't remember who brought this one (think it was grub), so thanks whoever it was!

Poured a dark orangish brown with no head to speak of. Aroma is powerfully hoppy, especially grapefruit, with some supporting sweet malts. Taste is really, really well balanced -- very impressed. Tangerine, orange, and grapefruit-like hops with a solid malt backbone and a toasted malt undertone/aftertaste. Solid mouthfeel, and a great beer overall. (510 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a ridiculous allergic reaction to this beer that included an 8 hour long migraine like sinus headache and a sinus infection that lasted a couple of days but if I had to go through that again to taste this beer, I might consider it. It’s that good. Note to self, I need to figure out which hop/hops in this beer really bother me: Summit, Chinook, Crystal and Simcoe hops. I have a similar problem with Ruination.

Appearance: Dark pumpkin with ruby highlights and a long lasting, clingy, sticky lace.

Aroma: Ridiculously aromatic. Topical and citric with a surprisingly hefty amount of sweet caramel. Fruit salad served in pine resin.

Taste/MF: blistering. This one really stings. Full bodied, oily, lip smacking, bitter, boozy goodness. Grassy and piney with loads of tropical, citrus, and berry fruits.

Very drinkable in general but sadly not for me. 10 ounces into it my nose was clogged, 5 ounces later I started wheezing, by the end of the bomber I was getting a head ache. Curse these damned allergies! (1,026 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a couple months ago in a big IPA/DIPA session with chonyr and raider. Much thanks to bennetj17 for this treat, he's a damn fine trader.

A brownish-amber hued ale. Whitish head tries to linger, diminishes to decent collar of lacings. Finely and lightly carbonated ale.

Scents of a creamy, almost nutty, toasted bread malt backbone greet the nose. Fruity hops with notes of pear, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit also there in abundance.

Almost more of an american strong ale/barleywine, as this is a richly malted but very hoppy beer. Creamy and almost buttery, nutty and caramel malt backbone. Complimented by big hops with nice tropical fruit flavours, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, pear, and a hint of banana.

Very nicely balanced, refined ale. Rich malts form a very solid backbone which is complimented quite nicely by big, bitter and fruity hops whose bitterness likes to linger.

Quite drinkable for a big, rich, bad assed bitter beer. Would make for a rich, big and bitter session brew best reserved for hop heads. Wouldn't recommend this one to a hop newbie unless they were very adventurous. Very glad to have had the chance to taste this treat, thanks again bennet. Definately something I would recommend! (1,290 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass. the liquid is a cloudy orange amber with very good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers, a fluffy looking, off white that leaves some lace.

The smell is great nice strong piney hops and lots of malt.

The taste is very good. Some go for the hops. I love this stuff for the BIG malty twist. The hops are great too. most excellent and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is good, thick and sticky full body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. A great beer i wish I did not have to send out for. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK (588 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's Labor Day weekend for $4.99.

Beer poured an orange-amber color with a nice white head that is leaving a good lacing behind. Nose is heavily tinged with grapefruit floral hops and is also bready. Taste is very well balanced for the style. Initially the palate is hit with the malts and finishes with a counterpunch of citrusy hops which actually does not overwhelm the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability improves as I go. Initially the alcohol was extremely warming but since has mellowed. This is an awesome beer that I would recommend to fans of the Double IPA style. (647 characters)

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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