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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPAStone 10th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

465 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006)
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2012 02:38:49 | More by keanlacrosse
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-18-2011 05:17:16 | More by jerz
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-26-2013 13:29:40 | More by petermethot
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

22oz bomber -> american pint
no date

Pours a clear orange almost amber. The nice thick head off an agressive pour sticks around before settling into a thin blanket. Sticky thick spiderweb lace. Persistant carbonation.

Nose: Fruit, fruit, fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, oranges all mashed together, smells almost like a garbage can full of fruit grain punch like we used to drink in college. The fruit would all be floating on the top so that was all you could really smell was fruit, but beware of what lies beneath. Not able to pick up any malt, but there is some alcohol in there for sure. Probably the strongest citrus hop nose i have ever smelled.

Taste: Whoah. Nice juicy malt profile upfront, caramel, sweet fruit followed by a mellowed oily hop finish. Not nearly as bitter on the aftertaste as i would like. Very warming on the finish from the noticeable high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a warming quality that is undeniable.

I hope i can pick up another one of these to try in about six months. Right now i have very little desire to drink another one of these but am glad i got a chance to try it.

09-12-2006 23:09:18 | More by beerphan
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%

A bright copper color, slightly hazy with a full finger of bright white head with a very aggressive pour...gotta earn your head with this one. Fades pretty darn fast with some spotty lacing left behind.
Huge bouquet up front...boatload of citrus, pine and orange peel.
Tremendous hop profile...accompanied by a touch of alcohol, but well masked when served slightly colder than room temperature.
The malty sweetness, while heavy, is taken over by the overly dry back end...finishes very clean with just a hint of citrus remaining on the pallet.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick and the carbonation is where I like to see it. Not a sipper, but by no means a session brew either...will be feeling just right after this bomber.
Overall, a great job by a new brewer to Stone...look forward to many more of his makings.
Fantastic brew to celebrate 10 years!!

10-24-2006 00:07:41 | More by warriorsoul
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Stone- 10th Aniversary

Appearance- Dark orange with a big thick head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight alcohol presence too.
Taste- Big chewy pine cone and orange/ grapefruit rind hops. Alcohol eventually kicks in.
Mouthfeel- Nice and dry with a big citrus bitterness. The strong 10% alcohol kicks in at th end.

Overall- This was a very tasty IPA. The alcohol is very noticeable at the end, but otherwise a very good 1! Find it and enjoy!!

11-05-2006 20:50:22 | More by NJpadreFan
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MiScusi

California

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Appearance is just as I expected, although I do not get much head, or retention. The color is a clear burnt orange-copper and what little head had been there was a light tan.

Aroma is sweet, with some resiny hops.

The taste has a lingering sweetness that is combined with a fairly mild bitterness, which fades into hop oils (a little grassy) and alcohol in the aftertaste. This DIPA is balanced very nicely by the malts.

Mouthfeel is very slick like a light syrup. The carbonation is towards the lower end.

Nobody is going to have a session with these, but the glass you have in front of you will be very drinkable in the sense that you will enjoy it the whole way through.

10-14-2006 18:51:30 | More by MiScusi
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%

22oz. bottle thanks to Luchman

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a white had that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Lots of piney and citrusy hop aromas emitting from the glass. Distinct grapefruit smell with just a hint of malt and a nice overall fruitiness. Becomes boozy as it warms.

Fruity upfront with a boatload of hop flavors, loads of piney and citrusy flavors. Lots of grapefruit, and some lemony and peachy flavors. A light amount of caramel malt appears here and there, which is a testament to how balanced this beast is. Becomes boozy as it warms up.

Full body, solid carbonation.

An overall nice DIPA, and rather drinkable for the ABV. Better on the cool side, as the booziness starts to overwhelm it as it warms. Stone certainly knows how to get a wide array of flavors out of the hops.

11-25-2006 05:00:18 | More by MaltyGoodness
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Labvel #5 of 10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant tangerines and a touch of pine, with lots of underlying sweetness. Flavor is syrupy to start, but quickly overpowered by the immensely fruity yet prickly hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit limited just by the intensity of the flavors, at least for me. Probably this will not be such a problem after some subtle tongue-numbing sets in. Certainly an impressive beer for an impressive occassion.

11-14-2006 22:06:25 | More by ppoitras
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Split a 22 oz. bomber with two good friends. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a welcoming honey/caramel color, lightly cloudy and with a small, light brown head. Smell dominated by really strong hops and grapefruit. Hints of pine, too, but the grapefruit really comes through. Taste is hoppyx3. The grapefruit shows up as well - sort of a bitter citrusy flavor. The hops are wonderful, although they don't travel as well as some IPAs, and they linger for a while. The mouthfeel is very creamy for an IPA, which I really like. Overall a great sipping beer, but the heavy hops slow you down.

09-05-2006 15:59:49 | More by ndekke39
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MVassar

California

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Very attractive clear amber/honey color, with a sturdy light-cream colored head. Lacing absolutely coats the glass.

The nose is somewhat one dimensional. Some impressive pine, but not much else. Maybe a touch of malt and caramel.

Rich, powerful, and decadent. Tons of herbal hops, sweet malt, followed by a lingering bitter-citrus zest. Strident alcohol.

Feels great in the mouth. Full-bodied, almost chewy. Wonderfully creamy and luxurious in texture.

I love the bitterness in the finish. Keeps me sipping.

12-16-2006 23:51:57 | More by MVassar
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Wafting aroma greets me, a barleywine aroma in there. A great bubblyhead, lace in the glass is abundant. Its c-hoppy and it remiods me of a barleywine, some cross-style. Aggressive carbonation, and big in every way. Full mouthfeel and balanced not as bitter as expected from hop city.

12-10-2006 02:58:00 | More by Sammy
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auntfloyd

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone IPA specialty glass. Like many (most? all?) people reading and writing reviews of this beer, I am a total Stone fan, and also a huge IPA fan. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see this available in my area.

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA pours a very hazy bright amber color with one finger of white head and decent lacing.

The nose is spicy sweet fruit (pineapple and grapefruit are most apparent) and sugar.

The taste... well, in true Stone fashion, this is a huge tasting beer. Rather sweet, with a piney hop flavor at front, with a sweet, almost sugary malt backbone; finishing strong with bitterness and alcohol. Definite alcohol notes, which is not a surprise as this beer is brewed at 10% abv.

Mouthfeel is somewhat is slick, much like Stone's Ruination IPA, and not altogether pleasant, as this beer is rather spicy and strong.

This is by no means an easy-drinking beer; that said you would be crazy to want to crack open more than one bomber of this brew at a time. This is a very strong ale, and should be savored, so as far as I am concerned it is certainly drinkable enough. That said, there is something to be said for being crazy.

At the end of the day, this is a good Stone IPA. If you like Stone's regular IPAs, you should try this one. If you like DIPAs in general, you should try this one. This is such a quintessentially Stone beer that it is almost moot to review it: they pretty much never screw up, and Stone fans will continue to love to big ales they brew, and everyone else will not. That said, this is a limited release, so try if you're remotely interested, try it if you can find it. Otherwise, leave it for those of us who are :)

10-17-2006 23:51:48 | More by auntfloyd
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

03-30-2007 00:12:20 | More by Suds
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drseamus

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

A: Rich red body with a nice off-white head. Pours a bit syrupy.

S: The aroma is still pretty strong, even with a year plus on the bottle. It's very sweet with piney notes and a touch of citrus.

T: The flavor is pretty sweet as well with decent bitterness. The hop flavor is mostly piney with a hint of orange though. It leaves a lasting bitterness.

M: Pretty heavy on the tongue. It is a bit syrupy and there isn't much carbonation left.

D: Not too shabby, but probably on the downhill.

01-30-2008 23:53:12 | More by drseamus
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a clear amber honey color with a huge three finger tan foamy head. A very impressive looking beer. The smell is a strong citrus grapefruit aroma that's both pungent and pleasing. The taste is a crisp bitter hop explosion. Citrus flavors abound,grapefruit?, with a creamy texture. The hop bitterness,however, is extreme making this a little hard to drink. A very good sipping beer,but a little hard to take in a big pint glass. Cellar aging might help. Cheers.

10-04-2006 22:49:21 | More by jmz62565
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

05-19-2007 03:09:40 | More by Gmann
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

Bomber.

Hazy burnt orange with a thick orange cream head.
Head diminishes at a medium pace and settles to a half inch cap. Rings of sticky lace coat the glass.

Aroma is fruity, piney, woody, and alcohol.

Flavor is caramel over grapefruit. A little sweet at first, then the hops kick in. Piney, grapefruity, resiny. Still, enough maltiness to keep it from getting out of control. A touch of alcohol burn on the way down.

Finish starts out a little sticky sweet, but ends up lip tingling bitter. One for the cellar for sure.

10-06-2006 05:41:22 | More by Padron4KM
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

This beer has an aroma like hop perfume. Big, bold, brashy. Color is a beautiful orange-amber. Poured without much fanfare, just a light lacing of foam. Taste is like a slice of grapefruit with a sweet malt backbone and hints of tangerine. There's also an underlying mustiness. A good beer, perhaps slightly over the top in the hops balance. I'll let my last bottle age for a bit, I think 6 months might be just what this bad boy needs.

10-03-2006 22:37:29 | More by LarryV
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Enola

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

01-31-2007 21:54:03 | More by Enola
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Served in a tulip.

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

05-15-2011 12:00:08 | More by Thorpe429
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jhammerly

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

After finally finding and getting this beer, I can sit down and enjoy it. This is one beer that I have been anticipating since I ordered it.

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Levitation tulip-style glass. A copper body with a creamy, off-white head that retains quite well.

I smell a slight pine aroma under a very heavy pineapple scent. I never experienced this before and couldn't quite place it at first. A little unusual, but it works.

Very malty for an IPA. Has a lot of hop bitterness (of course).Also, the pineapple makes an appearance in the taste, though not strong, just a hint. This could be that it's in the nose already. Some notes of alcohol are present.

This is a full-bodied beer that is heavy on the tongue. I can handle a bomber, anymore would be too much. That doesn't mean that this isn't good, because it is. It's just so big, you don't need anymore.

09-04-2006 03:01:14 | More by jhammerly
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

01-04-2007 01:06:46 | More by leftmindedrighty
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Just dragged this guy up from the cellar. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance - Nice, beautiful copper with a solid half inch of head. Some real nice lacing to boot.

Smell - Real nice hop with some definite fruit, almost orange and some candy apple.

Taste - Comes up with that hoppy goodness up front. Followed by some sweet maltiness with a serious alcohol kicker. This shit will get you drunk. Frankly, this is reminiscent of a good barleywine, which is hardly a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - Creamy goodness with lots of nice carbonation. Pretty thick but not heavy.

Drinkability - I like it, I even quite like it, but I'll call it a day after this one bomber. Plenty of kick, that's for sure.

Overall this was a pleasant experience. This is solid, hoppy, serious IPA-ness. If you are looking for a good IPA, this should be on the short list.

06-18-2008 21:10:48 | More by callmescraps
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phishgator

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a goblet from a 22 oz bomber. This the beer is a deep golden color with a moderate white foamy head. The aroma is floral hops. The taste is a little bit of heat from the alcohol and tongue numbing bitterness from the hops. Once you start this one you need to not need your taste buds for the rest of the day. The body is a bit on the heavy side, but it still goes down smooth. The overpowering hops (bitterness) on this brew might not be what some are use to, but if you are than drink to your hearts content.

09-11-2006 20:16:28 | More by phishgator
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.