Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

409 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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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Photo of techdiver
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a modest head that dissipates slowly.

Great piney hop aroma.

Taste is superb, very well balanced for such a hoppy brew. The finish, however, brings the full asault of the hops.

Mouthfeel is quite good, very smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability is good for the ABV. Has to be if I'm going to get through this 3 L. bottle. (371 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine brought this to me in a bomber from the Saratoga area because I was unable to find it anywhere in Syracuse. Stone once again does a wonderful job. This beer is extremely drinkable for 10% ABV. Smell is citrusy and zesty with a clear copper color. I feel it begins to taste better as the temperture slowly increases. I pray that they keep this recipe and continue to brew it, does anyone know if they will? If you can find this, grab as many as your wallet can afford, because I know in my area they aren't easy to find...good luck! (548 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

stone 10th bomber in a stone 10th pint glass. how "official".

second bottle of three as i thought the first was a bit young. not that a few months would do much to alter the taste of this bad boy. i just thought my taste buds needed the time to recover.

pours almost a syrup like consistency into the glass. glowing orange with little carbonation. the few bubbles that are there struggle to the surface causing a delayed reaction in forming any head. said head is a lightly tanned and pillowy in texture. several minutes pass to allow it to settle to a thin lace which leaves ample amounts of lacing.

aroma huh? for complexity its a 5 easy. seems like three different beers from the smell alone. double ipa, barleywine, and...you know...something else to make the review sound better.
first impression is alcohol. i seem to pick that up pretty easily in most beers though. concentrated citrusy hops. they seemed a bit stronger four months ago when i first tried it. overall much less hop aroma now. i remember picking up some pine as well, but not so much now.

taste still blows me away. just about the most powerful flavor of any beer ive tried. however...
strong bready malt to the point of, well being too strong and bready. not one of those double ipas with a lack of malt presence. this one has plenty there to balance most any other beer. yes...most any other.
stone beers normally dont lack for hops and this is no exception. serious bitterness to accompany the bready malt on the journey past the palate. hop flavor is right there as well coming in thick.
trouble is, alcohol is ever present playing stow away on this 747 of hops and malt. and thats one passenger this beer certainly doesnt need. the added baggage makes it cumbersome and awkward where it really needed a bit less weight.

and how thick is this beer?? not only does it pour slowly, mouthfeel is thick and slow (if that makes sense), and taste comes across heavy, as well as that other stuff above.

my first impression of this beer was one that was trying to be a barleywine and double ipa, but just couldnt decide. bitter and hoppy, but super strong too. and on the negative side way too sweet which i feel is its biggest infringement. im in no position to tell stone how to make beer, but this is my review and my soapbox so here goes:
cut back the abv, which seems like a gimmick, and drop the final gravity. its just a beer done to excess for the the sake of it. stone is better than that, and the competition is better than this.

thanks to my cousin and his wife for bringing a few of these down. (2,606 characters)

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

The Stone 10th Anniversary IPA is a very tasty entry level IPA ( I rather prefer the Dorado Double IPA or even any of the # IPA's from DogFish head).

The color was a light straw color with nice legs in the glass, which seemed to cling to the glass as it was "quaffed". The drinkability was good but of would been a little better if the beer was left to get a little warmer, as it was a little to cold right out of the fridge but the last dregs from the glass where considerably smoother although it might have been the 10% ABV talking.

The finish was a little on the sweet side with subtle pineapple flavors with a underlying pepper finish as well..

Aroma: Has slight citrus tones followed by light grassy undertones with a little bit of caramel slipping in @ the end.. (778 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz Imperial Pint glass.

A: Pours a very nice looking copper color. Off white one finger cap of foam that as it recedes, leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S: Big nose of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and piney hops.

T: Big whack of sweet caramel/toffee and alcohol burn right off the bat. Sweet fruit flavors take over and lead the tongue on a neat voyage towards resinous, oily, piney hops. The finish sticks to the tongue (teeth, lips, roof of the mouth,...) and alternates between sweet tropical fruits (mango, guava, pineapple) and bitter piney hops.

M: Mouthfeel seems slick and almost slimey. Strange how something described as slimey could be such a good thing.

D: Drinkability would rate higher for me if it was a little less sweet with less alcohol heat. I also believe this could use a tad more bitterness. Overall this is great but, to me, this doesn't hold a candle to Dreadnaught. (986 characters)

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

This beer has a very slow, creeping carbonation toils its way through a hazy penny-copper beer to a large and sturdy eggshell head. There is a very soft and understated bouquet of peaches, soft florals, faint yeast, and notes of cherry and tangerine.

Resinous and spicy hops hit first, followed by a slight alcohol burn. Pineapple, apple, and peppery flavors come out a bit later. There is a buttery character that turns to something more like honey as the beer warms. This beer is remarkable because it maintains a very forceful bitterness while staying pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel was alittle on the light-bodied side for the style and this was very drinkable considering the bittering. (692 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The brew pours a clear amber to mahogany color with creamy beige head that recedes to a sturdy edge layer, leaving tight lattice work.
Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and a hint of caramel. Further sniffs get some grassy notes as well.
First sip reveals an average body and gentle fine carbonation. Texture is slightly sticky and leaves some residue on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet caramel that rolls to citrusy and grassy hops just like the nose. the finish becomes a little dry and bitey but not over the top like I expected going into the brew. Very drinkable for a 10% beer! (644 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous clear ruby color with nice head and lacing, very pretty. Smells sweet and floral, very light. Taste is a big punch of hops- both lightly bitter and sweet, as well as some grassy, earthy hops which balance it all out smoothly. There's a wee bit too much of an alcoholic taste in here, but that's to be expected. A little harsh. Still, it's pretty tasty. An appropriate brew from Stone- tasty, tingly, and refreshing. If Ruination had a slightly more old-fashioned, mature, wisened daddy, that wouldn't beat you up so bad the next day- this would be it. (560 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's pretty like a girl.
And smells pretty like a girl.
It sure does taste pretty
but more like a guy.
Not Leonardo DiCaprio, nor Brad Pitt...
... maybe if Johnny Depp was a beer...
He might taste like this.
But not in a gay way.
It seems appropriate that Stone might come up with something like this for their 10th anniversary. (336 characters)

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

Originally revied on 10/12/2006.

This one has been sitting in my fridge for 6 weeks. Ive been waiting, Ive read the reviews, now its my turn.

Lots of carbonation that continues to push the head to a taller nice tan mountain, even after your done pouring. Almost 2 and a half fingers tall. Body is a rich beautiful orange amber typical of many Belgium styles. Nose is a vibrant citrus, fruit sweet hop explosion to the system. Very inviting. Enters the mouth silky and fruity sweet with a very even slightly oily hoppy backbone. Amazing balance and personality. Finishes with a candy sweet ting and a hoppy bitter bite. Alchol hides very well but you know its there trust me. Excellent landmark brew. (706 characters)

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

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA was clear, copper/brass in color and topped by a large, off-white head. Aroma had notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange, with a bready undertone. Flavor begins sweet and bready, followed with lemon zest and orange, and finished with bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Body was in the medium-full range and the carbonation was in the mid-range.

Stone 10th is a big, bold, and bitter beer, but still is remarkably balanced. I feel a bit guilty that I didn't share this IPA. Oh well, I'll get over it. Seek out this beer. (548 characters)

Photo of zuggy9
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received a 3L growler of this treasure and what a gift it was! It pours a deep rich coppery amber. Nice head retention thinning to a nice crown. The aromas that are clear are citrus and good hops. The taste is fantastic, very hoppy but not too bitter. The mouthfeel is perfection and it drinks well, and isn't hard, even with the high ABV (340 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is after A - Poured a nice deep amber color with an off white head that was very fluffy. Leaves a lot of lace.

S - Pine, pineapple, peaches and grapefruit. Caramel toasty notes. TONS of alcohol.

T - Caramel and fruity, pineapple flavors. Most of it poured over the toasty notes. All of it balanced very nicely.

M - Very smooth on the palette. The bitterness shows up in the end mixed with the alcohol. Smooth and creamy.

D - except for the high alcohol content, this is a very enjoyable beer. But over hyped due to the unbalanced, more so unmelded tastes. (575 characters)

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

appearance: Pours into my favorite beer glass with a fluffy, off-white head that slowly falls to a nice layer on the surface that lasts for quite awhile. Light lacing is left behind as I drain the glass. The beer is a bright copper-amber in color. Reverse label #4 of 10.

smell: At first sniff, I find a full-on hop assault of the nose. Juicy, dark, evergreen hops that lend lovely notes of tropical fruits. These hops are backed up by a sweet, malty caramel aroma. Ethanol presence is low, at most, and a boon to the aroma. Notes of tangerine, concentrated fig pulp, and vanilla iced lemon poundcake. Exceptional mix of badass hops with sweet malts and fruits.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low-medium. The body is a full medium, somewhat slick on the tongue, though it cleans up nicely in the finish.

taste: Big, grainy caramel malt sweetness supports a thick American hop flavor. Unrelenting pulpy, dark evergreen hops coat the palate from sip to finish. Notes of tropical fruits and citrus, sweet Turkish fig sugars, and golden raisins. Sweet cake. I'm guessing the IBU's are high here, but it really doesn't come across that way. Not a drop of ethanol is noticeable. Moderate bitterness in the finish with long-lingering grain and hop flavors.

drinkability: easy, considering...though i do feel the alcohol after the first 1/3 bottle. An extremely well rounded beer for such a monster. The only DIPA I've had that can touch YuleSmith.

the "surprise" in my latest box in an ongoing exchange with dirtylou

08-22-07: Still good, but already going downhill. The malts have backed off, revealing more of the ethanol that was well hidden before. Hops still nice but also pretty faded. Past its prime for sure. (1,726 characters)

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, a clear, bright orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger off-white head. Left some chunks of lacing as I drank my way down the glass.

S: Immediate assault of tropical fruits dominated by pineapple -- sugar dusted, honey-coated pineapple -- and grapefruit and mango. Also evident as it warms is just a hint of pine and a peppery spice, presumably from the 10% ABV. Nice.

T: Sugary-sweet pineapple juice follows the nose to the taste. A peppery spice is evident briefly up front, along with a honey-caramel malt sweetness. But both flavors are quickly beaten back by the tropical fruit salad of the hops. A palate-shredding bitterness tears the roof off my mouth, but then repairs it by coating the hole it left with mouth-watering sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit and even tangerine or maybe mandarin orange. It finishes with a nicely balanced menage-a-trois of peppery spice, malty sweetness and fruity hop bitterness. An interesting experience all around -- it literally makes my mouth water after each sip, simply demanding that you take the next sip.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, maybe just a tad bit oily.

D: Excellent. As I said above, it creates a Pavlovian desire for the next sip. As a heavier offering you're going to go a bit slow, but it's not a chore to drink this at all. 'Tis a pleasure.

Notes: I shared this (a small portion, that is) with a wine drinker who was wowed by the complexity of flavors and balance going on here. Another person who sampled from his glass asked "is there pineapple juice in this?" giving me a chance to explain that it was the hops (Simcoes I believe) that imparted that flavor, nothing else. This is a remarkable beer that I believe now rates atop my list of reviewed beers. Highly, highly recommended. (1,808 characters)

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

I bought three bombers of this at Downtown Wine and Spirits several months ago. I've been putting off trying it since it's 10% by volume, but I felt like an IPA or a DIPA tonight. I let this warm to around 50º F and served it in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/copper with a thick, off-white head that fades to a sudsy layer leaving snaking trails of lace.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of malts, fruit and hops. There's a bit of toastiness, caramel, tropical fruit aromas, resiny hops and a spicy alcohol that's fairly strong.

Taste: Toasty malts are evident first, but are quickly eclipsed by sweet and fruity flavors in the center where there's also some tart citric character. The finish has a nice, firm, hop bitterness that's resiny, citric and a tad grassy. There's also an alcoholic spice that starts at the tip of the tongue and mellows before reemerging in the finish as a strong, spicy bite.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A smooth, velvety character appears once the carbonation has died down.

Drinkability: Balanced, with a nice maltiness that moderates the intense hop bitterness.

Overall: An excellent DIPA. The balance is nice, without being cloyingly sweet, which is my main complaint with a lot of other beers of the style. (1,303 characters)

Photo of Alkey
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle label # 2 of 10 Big thanks to metallitone1 for sending this my way.

Bottle poured into my snifter a light amber color with a nice head leaving lots of lacing around the glass. Big west coast hop aroma. Taste of grapefruit, citrusy bitter hops with a bit alcohol and a dry finish. Mouth feel seems right on and the drinkability is pretty high considering the alcohol and the big hops. Looking forward to drinking this one while it last. (454 characters)

Photo of sjstraub
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Figured I should chose a good one for my first review, so take everything with a grain of salt. Drank from a thin lipped tulip glass.

A: An amber orange color. Not so thin that you can easily see through it, but not cloudly like a weis. Nice head with very tight bubbles. Good retention on the head. A quick swirl will re-invigorate the head.

S: Holy hops! The sweetness of the hops aroma is very strong and certainly lingers in the glass. I don't smell the pineapple of the previous poster, but certainly almost a flowerly sweet.

T: Complex tasting beer. The hops flavor is very strong and brings the sweet aroma into your mouth. The tartness lingers for quite some time. What an IPA should taste like.

M: A smooth lighter feel. Tingling on the sides of the tongue. Great carbonation. Enough to really make the beer explode all over.

D: Overall a gorgeous looking and feeling beer. I have never been a huge fan of IPAs, so I can't say that I would drink a number of these, but for the style, very good. (1,019 characters)

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

Poured a cloudy amber/orange color out of a 22oz bomber. There was a fairly decent sized white head, considering the ABV. The aroma was of big floral and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness as well. Very pleasant.

This is one big IPA. The taste starts off with some slight sweetness and a bready quality, and soon after, the hops come and seize your tastebuds. Pine, floral, citrus, they're all there, and well-balanced to boot. There is a certain warming quality to the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, which adds to the experience.

This beer is quite drinkable for being 10%. It stands up there with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute as the best Double IPAs I've ever had. (687 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep honey-golden brown with a thick, sticky layer of foam. Slight haze. Excellent lacing.

Juicy hop aroma, but not quite as huge as it could be. Combo of floral and citrus notes with a little pine.

Taste: Five. I don't think a double IPA could surpass this, only perhaps match it. A huge hops presence without excessive bitterness. Flavor profile closely follows the nose... floral and citric notes mix, with mild resin following. On the sweet side, malt holds up well to the hops assault but isn't especially assertive. Just enough alcohol warmth in the finish to be enjoyable without seeming boozy.

This is now my measuring stick against which all DIPAs of the future will be judged. (695 characters)

Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature in a half liter pilsner glass.

Pours copper-colored liquid with a swirling mass of fine bubbles rising up in circles to the top of the glass, leaving a two inch cap of orangey-beige foam with an eneven lunar surface of craters and peaks. The head recedes slowly with long legs of lace reaching toward the rim.

Fine aroma of citrus hops and candy malt, some bubble gum and candy and a bit of vanilla.

Complex flavor of honey and cinnamon, puckery resinous hops with hints of ripe grapefruit and wildflower, grainy candy sugar and ripe green apple. Surprisingly small hint of the power that lurks within.

Mouthfeel is a little slick and syrupy upfront, but delivers a fine alcohol tingle over the tongue, finishes with a little carbonation fizz and leaves a slight burn in the back of the throat.

Awesome beer, thanks to BeerRun13 for throwing this into a recent trade. (911 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a medium-sized, foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of strong hops, sweet citrus and caramelized malt.

T: Sweet flavors of citrus and caramel start off, and then the hops bitterness quickly comes out, followed by a mild rush of alcohol warmth. It’s a little sweeter and not as hoppy as I expected, but it’s very well-balanced. It tastes very similar to but a little bit better than the 9th Anniversary Ale from what I remember of it. Wish I had saved a bottle of that one to compare.

M: Super smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of the style, but the high ABV makes this one an excellent sipper. This is yet another great beer from Stone. (1,006 characters)

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

presentation: 22 oz collectors bottle #5 of 10, poured into large duvel tulip glass.

app: stunning clarity and golden orange hue with some rosey red highlights in light. pours an off white almost light tannish head that stood about a half inch tight and creamy before slowly collapsing, leaving signs of nice clingy lace.

smell: pow, sweet wonderful malt woven with fruity tropical hop notes, some citrusy spice, minty pine, and a waft of pleasant balanced subdued alcohol.

taste: mirrors the smell very well, nice malty backbone with tropical fruity hops, citrus pine and caramel, very well balanced, some dried fruits such as cherry and sweetened cranberry. For a big beer a very clean fermentation in which the complexity of tastes develops from the mix of malt, hops and alcohol as opposed to esters.

MF: big and creamy not too dry, sweet upfront malty bittersweet finish, right on for the style in my opinion. This is the way I like my Imperial/Double IPAs.

Drinkability: not a session beer by any means but it masks the 10% abv very well. For a big ipa this in an elite example and one to be enjoyed slowley by the fire, or in your favorite reading chair. (1,176 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

Smell is not its shining feature, its smells very hot, but hoppy.

Taste, thankfully, does not follow suit. Still a little hot, but with a solid hop flavor, on the oily side, but very solid. This brew is a little hot, but with the malt and hops washing over the tongue, its just a beautiful thing.

Overall, I'm glad I drank this sooner rather than later. I will still be keeping one bottle in the cellar for at least another 9 months, but its mostly for S&G's. We'll see what happens then. If you can find this, buy and drink it right away. (586 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to open up and give this beer a try. I've been saving this for quite some time and I thought that since it's my first review that I'm writing in this year, so what's a better way to celebrate the beginning of 2007 with a hard to find bottle of Stone 10th? Hopefully it will live up to the hype it's been getting!

The Stone 10th bottle sure as hell doesn't disappoint my eyes. It's so beautiful that it's art. Everything was so beautifully silk-screened on the bottle that it looked like the muscular silver/blue Stone Gargoyle (who was raising a pint of beer to Stone) was going to jump off the bottle and toast Stone's anniversary with me, beat the hell out of me, or just rip my head off for a quick victory. He's extremely muscular, so I wouldn't have much of a chance against him unless I had some kind of supernatural weapon that I could use against him. Since this was #6 out of #10 Stone 10th commemorative label, it had a large paragraph (it wouldn't be a Stone bottle if it didn't) about the history of Stone through the eyes of Connie Green silk-screened onto the back. I sure hope that the other 9 commemorative labels are just as nice as this one. I can't say enough good things about the bottle itself, but I have to end it somewhere. It's something you need to check out for yourself to believe.

Appearance: When I poured it into my small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter, I thought to myself, "is this all I get?" It had a real nice color of a blood orange with some amber coloring tied into it, but the head of foam was the disappointing part. The head of foam might had have been affected by the high alcohol ABV%. It started out real nice with a 1 finger head of white fluffy foam, but that just disappeared way too fast and left a small trace of white rings and no lace around the glass. Everytime I poured more into the glass, I got the same result. The appearance of the beer didn't pop out at me like the Stone Gargoyle on the label almost accomplished.

Smell: The majority of the aroma was from the citrus fruits that were up front and in your face. Behind that were some citrus flavored hops, green apples, toasted malts, and with a touch of pine tree in the background. The citrus fruits were nice enough to leave some room for the other aromas to shine. Don't expect for the aroma to knock you down on your ass, to me it's right for this beer. It's just a joy to just smell this beer.

Taste: I don't remember having a beer anything like this one. The bitter citrus fruits are in the initial taste and then they give way for the toasted malts, juicy fruits, hint of caramel, and citrus bitter hops at the end. I couldn't taste the slightest bit of alcohol to this. What separated this beer form the rest I've had (besides for a beer with a 10% ABV, I couldn't taste any alcohol in it), was the fact that after all of those bitter flavors go through, they just leave. I'm trying to say that it tasted like they gave all the flavor they could give away and then they just got up and left. To me it was unique, but probably not to the rest of you.

Mouthfeel: It's full bodied with little or no aftertaste of bitter citrus fruits or any flavor for that matter. It's like what had happened in the taste. Bitter citrus fruits gives way to no strong bitter aftertaste. I also have to say that's it very smooth, but probably too smooth for it's own good. I had no idea that this was a 10% ABV beer until it's was halfway done. By then it was too late, it had already done it's damage to me. You are a slick one Stone 10th!

Drinkability: What a way to honor your brewery for being in business for 10 years. I could drink another one if given the fact that I could find another one. A very good beer that actually lived up to it's hype. If you plan on drinking one, just be careful, it is a slick one. Before you know it, you're doing something you didn't plan on doing. It made the perfect beer for starting the year off! (3,977 characters)

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