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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

467 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Gasp100
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

A - This pours a clear amber bronze with orange highlights and an off white, fluffy head. Serious sticky lacing down the glass.
S - The smell is pure, citrusy, sweet motha hop glorification. I opened the bomber at least 2 feet away from me on my work desk and was assaulted by the hop beauty.
T - Hardcore hops, dominated by orange citrus blends... not twangy grapefruit, but real, clean, sumptous orange and tangerine. The malt backbone is sweet, caramel, solid and smooth. This is a really, really big beer.
M - A very slick hop oil mouthfeel which keeps the taste buds dancing and researching the entire time. Once again, one sip at a time to splendor in this beauty.
D - There is just way too much going on here to waste it by drinking more than 2 bombers in a sitting. I would wait until the end of a session (or make this a session by itself) letting this be your nitecap, weekcap, monthcap or dare I say yearcap... believe the hype. This is a great beer.
The alcohol is hidden EXTREMELY well -- a great, warming sensation in the gut. I love Stone beers, I appreciate extreme beers, but this is something more. More balance, more attention to detail, more of everything. A great 10th Anniversary brew.

Gasp100, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Served in my arrogant bastard pub glass.

Pours a coppery-orange color with large beige head that last throughout the drinking. Super lacing.

Smells slightly piney, earth and floral hops. Strong citrus and tropical (pineapple mainly) smells along with a caramel malty sweetness. Very complexly aromatic.

Taste. Simply perfect. Very juicy in the taste while being well balanced with the maltiness. I can taste a raw cane sugar. Perfect balance of earthy and piney hops and caramel malt. Very fruity, pineapple and grapefruit are most pronounced, but there are other flavors that I can't quite tell what they are that balance it all out.

Medium plus body, slight oiliness without being filmy. Finished with a nice grapefruity dryness. The alcohol is well presented. I just can't stop drinking this!

Easy to drink, tastes so good. I must stop geekin' and get back to drinkin'!

laintringulis, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

Dangerously drinkable and very potent, this beer lived up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. The beer pored a deep brown color with a beautiful thick off white head. The beer smelled like candied hops, that's the only way I can describe it. Great sweet maltiness mixed in with huge citrus hops and a candy like scent. The flavor was outstanding. Reminded me of a more complex and aged Arrogant Bastard. Very hoppy but what I love about the beer was the great tasting malt(s) used to balance the flavor and add more character. Very citrusy hops and the malts were nice and robust and mixed in nicely with the slight alchoholic flavors in the finish. All in all this one is great to drink now but I have a feeling that it will only get better with age.

Dmann, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

I was glad to finally find this one in my area, as it seems East Coast finding s have been few and far between thus far.

It pours a very nice looking amber/copper colour with a big creamy head that has a fair amount of stickiness to it. Nice and inviting overall.

The aroma is hoppy as hell, with pine and citrus in the mix, along with a lot of spice (I picked up general pepper scents for the most part but some other stuff was there in the mix as well). There a nice sweetness here as well that's more akin to candy or sugar than fruit.

The flavour picks up right where the aroma leaves off, with hops and spice mixing nicely and leading the way. The finish is a bit tinny and overly alcohol flavoured but still very nice. A bit of earthy malt actually mixes in toward the finish as well. This one comes at you hard the whole way through with flavour. Mouthfeel is nice but again a bit rigid at times, like the finish of the flavour. I know it's a high ABV brew, but it could be masked a tad more than it was. Still, very solid overall.

What can I say? One minor grips aside (and one that didn't detract from the brew much at all) this is another fine offering from Stone.

SixpointJMH, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Stone 10th anniversary pint glass.

A-Dark amber in color. 1/2" head with mild lacing as I went. It looks like a precious gem, rare and beautiful (or, at least, rare around here). Made my mouth water as I poured it.

S-Pine, sour citrus, sage and alcohol. Now my mouth is REALLY watering. The sage is really very slight, but mixes well with the scents of indeciduous trees and grapefruit.

T-Actually, a deceptively sweet start. This, however, is brief, and I really got a wallop of citrus, followed by that luscious piney character. The sage I smelled is the longest lasting flavor, and the hop bitterness lingers on alongside it. Not much burn at all, considering it's 10% ABV. This is a fantastic DIPA, with Stone's characteristic over-the-top bitterness melded with a great array of complementary flavors.

M-Present without being thick, carbonated without being too effervescent. Drinks like an IPA should: it's an easy drinker, but refuses to be ignored.

D-I could drink this all night. I just couldn't get up in the morning if I did.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of akahn
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a nice golden-amber color with a healthy off-white head.

Solvent alcohol aroma accompanied by sweet fruit -- peach and tangerine. Quite a hoppy pine needle aroma, as well.

Taste and mouthful work together beautifully -- simultaneously bitter and prickly. Sweet, in a clear sugary way. Alcohol is prominent but not unpleasant. Resinous, piney hop character, very spicy, too. Surprisingly smooth despite the palate assault. In conclusion, I think I prefer Ruination IPA to this beer, but this, too, is liquid poetry.

akahn, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that last quite a while. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: Oh baby. Tons of pine bitterness, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol. Makes you want to sip it immediately.

Taste: big malty caramel backbone balanced with loads of sharp and dry bitterness, grapefruits, green grapes, and honey. The alcohol is clearly evident and provides a warming feeling with each sip. Big and bold flavors here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Super long aftertaste as the bitterness stick to the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: the noticable alcohol warns you to not over indulge in this great beer. But then again, you should enjoy the few bottles you probably got your hands on over different evenings.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottled version, purchased at New Beer in NYC, nice looking bottle, but I'm a sucker for the whole Stone scheme of things. Anyway, this much anticipated treat was poured into a worthy chalice and upon examination revealed itself to exhibit the following characteristics:

A- pours pretty tame/typical almond amber, pretty clear, golden hues, the head is tan, tiny bubble and not particularly long lasting. This one leaves moderate, thick and scattered lacing.

S- Plentiful sniffs of grapefruit rinds, oranges, candi sugar, and "some" alcohol, ha!

T- More grapefruit, brandy, vanilla, honey, gin, hoppy oils. This brew is fresh, big, bold and brash. DIPA, to the core

MF- smooth, large and inviting, this one just says, "drink more of me"

D- A treat to sip, the 10% quickly going to my head, it will be a sad day when this one is but a memory.

Overall, this is heady, stunningly tasty brew, great job STONE, why not make this one a regular player on the Stone team?

Billolick, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

This beer pours a candy orange and amber with an irregular film and a big collar of frothy white.

Smells of huge nectarines and pine sap with a little honey, dry wheat and oats.

Starts with an electric, tingly sting but beneath there’s some creamy oats, honey and a little powdered sugar that fades into a smoky, dehydrated nectarine and a woody pine.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight thickening carbonation.

This one’s very nice. The 10% is undetectable. Also, this beer is a welcome addition to the family of Stone IPAs. It smacks of Stone’s other beers, but it definitely brings something new.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a clear golden amber with a very thick and creamy white head. Head quickly sinks to a finger or so but remains after that. Nice frothy lacing all around.

Nose is sweet citrus and malts, with very earthy undertones. Not too hoppy for a double, though they definitely do make themselves known, as does the alcohol.

Initial taste is alcohol and hops. Very fruity -- oranges, tangerines, and a very firm earthy/pine taste. Malts are a bit overpowered here, and in my opinion not as well balanced as most of the Stone brews. .

Very warm mouthfeel, and thick for an IPA. Goes down soft, but the drinkability is hindered by the high ABV and the unbalanced bitterness. Hopefully it'll get better with age.

Phocion, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of beerphan
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.

beerphan, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish golden color worth a 1/4" head of tight white bubbles. The head was maintained by many bubbles rising, but it really only lasted for about 30-45 seconds. There are still quite a few bubbles rising, but the head ends up just being a small ring across the top of the beer. The beer leaves a thick coat of lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Oh my god, this beer smells like hop juice concentrate! I get a whole bunch of citrus hops that leave no room for the malt within all of this. There are so many citrus fruit in here that it is hard to pick out any in particular. I get grapefruit and lemon along with some lime and orange. That is the most obvious. The rest is just overwhelming.

Taste: This beer is something else, and I am sure that I won't be tasting anything else for at least the rest of the night. The second sip is a little more forgiving because your palate is already blasted. Oh my, the burp is like regurgitating a Christmas tree! This beer is WAY over the top. The finish is not as chalky as a lot of the offerings from Stone are. It has a whole lot of oils from the hops to coat your throat that almost makes it seem like it is a malt balance in the finish.

Opinion: This beer is an anomaly. I am almost intrigued by the fact that this beer is so damn hoppy. I am not sure that I have had a beer that was this far out of balance unless it would be Victory's Hop Wallop. This beer is a bit more drinkable than the Victory beer because there is SOME malt to balance it out. This sample was enough for me, and I won't be drinking this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

how better to commemorate the work of stone brewing than with a bigass DIPA

darkish reddish amber with a long-lasting, bone-colored head. i'm not so sure i dig the color, though its clarity is nice and the head is very tight

the aromas are of...malt? well, not totally, but compared to some of their other hop bombs malt seems to be clawing for attention. who am i kidding...bigtime hops: simcoe, piney, fruit, tea. this beer has a big bitterness with an intense resiny thing going on. the alcohol shows up a little in the finish, but many 10% brews suffer from this

this is one of those beers that while drinking i say, "damn, this is a badass beer," but then while reviewing i think, "well...it's not so drinkable, cause i'd be lit after three, and maybe 'badass' isn't what we're looking for in a beer." then again, this is the DIPA category, which is (by definition) as balanced as klaus kinski

bruachan, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Iguana
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

So i'll start this out saying, I am not the biggest IPA fan. But man, after this beer, i'll start seeking out some of the better ones. Poured a amber/copper color into my pint glass with a nice frothy 1 inch head that went down to a thin layer on top. Smell was of nice resiny piney hops which is what I like in IPA's. Taste is simply amazing, citrusy, piney, hoppy with some nice bitterness settling into a nice rich malty background finish. I love it, I am not huge on the bitter IPA finish, but this finished sweet and tasty. Mouthfeel was rich, sticky sweet and bitter, pretty nice. Drinkability I will say is high, this is a great beer, refreshingly sweet and bitter, I love the citrusy hops this has, and man that 10% abv isnt tasteable in the beer, but boy does it creep up on ya. A truely amazing beer and quite possibly the best IPA this BA has ever had.

Iguana, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
4.58/5  rDev +7%

Pours clear copper with reddish hues, beige, tight head of a half inch height.
The foam dissapates quickly to reveal a skim coat on the surface of small to medium orbs of carbonation.
Nose is pungent and floral.
Very tropical in nature with mossy pine notes in the back.
Pears, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, and spruce sap.
Malt is subdued and aromatics finish with warming alcohols and more fruit.
Body is on the thick side of medium- sticky, sappy, and slightly chewy.
Pallet is massively bitter and alcoholic.
Pineyness is in the forefront now, with the fruit backing it up.
Neither the pine nor fruit are a match for the alcohol sting that is ...10%? Drinks bigger.
Malt is light enough to put the 10th anniversary spot on in the IIPA category, and pulls off some crispness despite the massive grain bill.

A huge, unapolagetic, hop and alcohol attack to the senses.
Big karma goes out a fellow BFD'er in San Marcos.

brewandbbq, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

I found this in the second place I tried on my Santa Barbara trip.

It had an off white head on an orange/copper body and was slightly hazy. The nose is citrus and piney hops, more piney than citrus with a bit of biscuity malt sneaking around.

The taste was more of the same, piney, and citric fruit with a real substantial malt background. The malt was more prominent than most DIPA's and that is a good thing; it really gave a great balance to the hops. There is a little bit of alcohol at the end of the taste.

The big malt background made this beer very drinkable. The malts really balanced out the bitterness of the hops.

The big malt background made this beer very drinkable. The malts really balanced out the bitterness of the hops.

orsulacp, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of SethB2
4.28/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep burnt orange in color with a very cloudy body. Head is off-white that stick around for a little bit, but fades a little quicker than I would like. That said, it's my only knock. The lacing is spectacular.

S - Awesome. This must be summit hops. Bright and lively tangerine on the nose with piney undercurrents. The body of this beer would lead me to believe that I would smell some roasted malts, but they are having a hard time breaking through the hops.

T - Huge initial pine cone blast followed by the citris on the nose. A malt sweetness peaks in for awhile before quickly going away .. beaten into submission by the oily hops. Finishes a bit "hot" and slightly on the boozy side.

M - Medium bodied and oily. Goes down smooth.

D - Pretty good, but the abv is very apparent. Warms a bit as it goes down, leading me to the conclusion that more than one of these in a sitting might make for a short evening.

SethB2, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

FINALLY got ahold of one, after lots of hunting and 2 long distance trips in vein.

Small head, fast carbonation, nice and pale.

Smells like fresh hops being broken up in your hand, plus sweet malts. Not very strong smelling.

Whoah! Strong like whiskey, but with tons of bitterness (even for IPA standards), maybe over 100 units. Nothing but pure bitterness, along with the tiniest bit of sweet. Finishes hot. This is "extreme" beer, bold and straight to the point.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thick, which I feel is keeping down the carbonation.

rayjay, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of phishgator
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.

phishgator, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Awesome job on the label design, on par with everything one would expect from Stone. Not that it makes the beer taste better, but soem eye candy is always appreciated.

Appearence: A light amber in color, nice white head that seemed to stick around a little while.

Smell: Grapefruit like, smells exactly like the last homebrew we did with all Simcoe.

Taste: Great hop taste, the grapefruit carries through with some pine. The malts are present, which was nice to bring a bit of balance to this huge brew. Great hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, not neccessarily chewy but no mistaking its high gravity.

Drinkability: I don't think anyone expects a 10% beer to be sessional but I thought it went down with ease. A bomber of this will make the night perfect.

Overall, this has been an excellent beer, it lived up to everything I had hoped it would be. I don't believe I have ever given a 5, and I thought I would never but Stone really was on the money with this one. If only I could find more.

Come on Stone, give this to us all year long!!

tattooedtolley, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of mdnowak
5/5  rDev +16.8%

This is my first rating of a 5

A: Deep amber. Darker than I would usually think for an American Double IPA. A wonderful cross between honey and molasses.

S: APRICOTS and PEACHES and lots of them. There is as much fruit here as there is pine and citrus in Dreadnaught. The smell is fantastic and really hits the nose strong

T: Nice big double IPA flavor. The fruit in the hops makes way for some sweetness from the malt. Finishes with a mild alcoholic burn, but you would be hard pressed to think it's 10% abv -- it's just THAT balanced

M: Smooth as silk. Nice oily coating that stays on the roof of the mouth and the tongue

D: Absolutely amazing IMO. I would put this right up there with Dreadnaught, although maybe just SLIGHTLY not as good. Hard to say. Delicious!

mdnowak, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%

appearence: dark amber w/ a frothy 11/2 inch head that was slighty cooper. had a full lasting head w some good lacing.

smell: heavy malt and grapefruit scent w/ a small hint of alcohol. strangely enough my wife and I got a hint of cottoncandy.

taste and mouthfeel: full body, syrupy, lively carbonation feel. Initially started off moderately sweet but ends w/ a long lasting heavy bitter flavor. Also has a hint of alcohol.

drinkability: great thick sipping brew

Overall Stone's 10th Anniversary IPA rocks. Love how intense and well balanced this brew was. Leaving a nice feeling of warmth as it went down. The brew got better as it reached room temperature.

GimpyCane, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Nice bronze color. An off white head foams up with a heavy pour but it dissapears quickly as expected with the 10% abv. The film that's left behind does manage to leave some trace lacing. Not much carbonation to give this one any life in the bottle. Smell of piney resinous hops and sweet rum like alcohol notes. Taste is all hops. Very piney with a chewy finish. You know the alcohol is there as it warms on the way down. The hop burps start about 1/3 of the way down this one. About what I would expect from Stone. Nice brew and glad I tried it. Congrats on 10 years Stone and keep up the good work.

beermanbrian, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Beervis
4.45/5  rDev +4%

This one was tough to get a hold of, but managed to snag some!

Pours from the bomber a ruby red with a nice foamy head. The label artwork is very cool...it's label #2 of 10 written by Greg.

Smell is beautiful cirtusy grapefruit hoppiness, totally makes my mouth water in anticipation.

Taste is sweet and citrusy, with a nice strong bitterness and alcohol bite. Hops are very dominant, but somehow not too overwhleming. Makes me want to take another sip and I haven't even swallowed this one yet. Chewy hop resins and maltiness with a medium-full body.

Finish is long and bitter with a bit of a lingering alcohol warmth.

This is very drinkable for being as hoppy as it is. Stone has once again brewed a beer that sets new standards. Glad I have a couple more bottles of this, I already crave another.

Happy Anniversary Stone, and here's to many more!

Beervis, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of BitterBrian
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%

Found this at Capone's on Germantown Pike. - I had to give them their props as they are striving for a stellar selection and doing a fine job.

It poured a clear honey/amber into my "imperial" pint glass. It had a nice linen colored head, but it disolved into some sticky lacing rather quickly.

The initial smell is awesome. Grapefuit, honey, and pine sap are the most evident smells, but there is a faint metallic smell on the very backend of it. The hop aromas are complimented by some biscuity malts.

Dear LORD this is a hoppy beer! I've had most of the heavy hitters in this style and this one takes the cake! The "balance" is left in the aroma, because there isn't much in the taste. It tastes like a Stone IPA with a mouthfull of grass clippings.

As for drinkability, this one is waaay to excessively hopped to be a drinker. One of these and I'm done. Actually, I would have rathered a 12ozer. I feel like I just washed my stomach with a strong detergent.

Mouthfeel: I'm left smacking my lips like a dog eating peanut butter.

I'm glad I tried it, but I'll stick to Ol' Horace or Double Simcoe for this style. They seem just a bit more balanced and enjoyable.

BitterBrian, Sep 10, 2006
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.