Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -14%
A bomber that I got to sample last spring. The colour was a cloudy-amber. The aroma was teeming with hops and caramel but there was an interesting musty quality, as well. On the palate, there was a sweet maltiness, as well as caramel, toffee and creme brulee. Interestingly, there was not much hop character on the palate. Still, a nice glass!
11-18-2009 04:30:57 | More by slaintemhor
3.6/5 rDev -15.9%
Thanks to Mike and Mike for cracking the 3L. Poured into a snifter. Appears transparent dark orange with a fantastic frothy, creamy, sea foam head. Excellent retention and nice lacing is left behind.
The nose is citrus hops with a slightly sweet caramel malt presence. There's s decent amount of oxidation that can really only be described as stale cardboard. This bears similarities to a barleywine, but the oxidation isn't at all complimentary.
The flavor still has a moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness. The malt is slightly sugary and that cardboard oxidation is again evident. Booze is strong. Bitterness, cardboard, and booze linger in the finish. This beer has seen better days.
11-17-2009 08:13:24 | More by HopHead84
2.9/5 rDev -32.2%
Thanks to t0rin0 for an interesting extra. I didn't think I'd have a chance to try this, past its prime or not.
Technically it's a no-no to review a beer that is known to be bad, and a (to say it politely) "well-aged" DIPA is almost certainly that. But on the off chance that people use these reviews to track how a bottle is doing NOW, might as well submit a current status.
A: Pours a murky, dark amber body with a half-finger of cream-colored head in my Chimay glass. The bubbles retain decently, receding in clumps and forming a pangaea of foam that is circled by a thin donut around the edge and a few register marks during the first sips.
S: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, rum, and a small presence of spicy pine hops. Interesting. I can tell this isn't going to be an amazing barleywine, but it's not entirely lacking in presence.
T: Still surprisingly bitter! Mostly in the aftertaste, which has a residual pine flavor, but there is an undercurrent of it through the main taste that prevents the otherwise malty profile from going nuts. The malt elements picked up in the smell are quite strong, along with green apple that I didn't pick up in the smell. But they're also lessened by a spicy cinnamon-like flavor that provides quite nice balance.
M: Medium-thick body, mild carbonation: overall smooth sensation. Slight dryness in the finish. Lingering pine bitterness, but nothing too strong.
D: Wow, for a 3-year-old DIPA this is outstanding. I can only imagine how good it was fresh.
11-06-2009 01:01:41 | More by Arbitrator
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to roymunson for the bottle. 22oz. brown bottle poured into a tulip. Notes.
A: Pours a copper hued apricot, glowing. Decent head with some retention and lotsof lacing.
S: Aged hops. Still plenty of citrus and some astringency. Lots of pine and resin. Some alcoholic phenols.
T/M: Lots of bitterness left. Must have been a monster when fresh. Plenty of citrus and pineaple, mango. Pine and resin. Bready and buttery caramel malts. Candy sweet. body is about medium with a slick oily feel. Carbonation has held up well.
D: Still a very good beer and I'm sure a bit more drinkable now.
10-28-2009 01:59:56 | More by pwoods
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Got this in a trade with KAME - thanks dude. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.
A - Poured with 1.5 fingers of tan foam that dissipated slowly and left lots of sticky lacing. Murky orange-brown with tons of bubbles racing upwards and adhering to the bottom. Good foam and carbonation after 3+ years, but I don't really dig the color.
S - Anyone expecting much in the way of hops at this point is going to be sorely disappointed - I'm not going to penalize the brew on that basis. There's a strong caramel, burnt sugar, and rumcake malt profile, and actually some residual spicy, zesty, piney, hop notes - think slightly aged Behemoth or Big Foot. As a barleywine it's solid but not mind-blowing.
T - The bitterness is a big shocker - can't believe it has persisted for this long. There's some apple, burnt sugar, and caramel malt character that give way to slight tropical fruit and peach notes. Perhaps Simcoe holds up better long-term? Minimal booze. Seems to gain more flavor depth as it warms up a little bit.
M - Medium-thick body, slight carbonation tingle, Finish is dry with some oily resinous qualities as well. Smooth and soft texture, with a bit of alcohol warmth after swallowing.
D - The booze is very well-hidden, and the flavor is still interesting, even after 3+ years. That being said, a bomber was sufficient and I won't be looking for more bottles of this aged DIPA. I can understand why Stone trots it out at the occasional festival, as it's still an interesting brew (I'm assuming they aren't making new batches, but they are instead aged kegs). Still it'd be really nice if they brewed up a new batch a la Sublimely Self-Righteous.
09-26-2009 22:15:51 | More by MasterSki
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
NEW NOTES FROM TASTING THANKSGIVING 2009:
Tasted again Thanksgiving 2009-same as prior notes but with much richer, bolder and more integrated flavors.
Big pineapple nose;
big rich flavors-bourbon/whiskey flavors but super well balanced and drinking incredibly.
Currently drinking so well (and having been properly stored) I would call it one of the best all around beers I've ever consumed at this point in time. It currently has the flavor profiles of the "cask version" tapped at Stone during it's WinterStorm but with more carbonation.
This beer is currently wonderful. Please, if you have one try it now. This is exactly what one strives for and desires when aging a beer. Just my opinion.
ORIGINAL NOTES FROM 6/25/09:
Bottle - Dark orange honey color with a nice white head.
Mildly sweet orange nose with underlying malt and a hint of banana.
Bold rich and creamy mouth feel with a front palate flavor of sweet fruit, carmel and malt and a finish of grapefruit hops and light burnt toast. Some creamy coffee flavors throughout.
Complex and layered flavors. Interesting example of the bottle being better than the tap.
06-25-2009 07:04:04 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
really interesting IPA. Having with my friend Paul B. and we both note the differences between what we're drinking and the commercilal description. Hardly any piney qualities. Poured with some head and lace. Color is dark & hazy amber with cherry highlights. Aroma is a little grapefruity, some malty, rotten fruit, caramel, and grain. Wrap around the tongue body. Silky. Sweet finish. Not a session beer though. This is about 3 years old. Killler.
06-10-2009 02:02:55 | More by drpimento
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.
A - Copper/rusty in color, mirky, white head. Lots of random bigger bubbles left behind from the head floating around on top. What's left of the head is pretty sticky, leaving some lacing behind.
S - More sweetness/malts then hoppy citrus/bitterness on this one. In fact, very little hoppy flavors and a lot of malts up front. I don't know if I'd say "fruity" sweetness, but a sweetness nonetheless. Probably because it's been a few of years since this was brewed, it has changed a bit. I don't think it's for the worse though, as I enjoy something different (which is what Stone is all about).
T - Sweetness, sugars, malts with a miniscule amount of hoppy bitterness. Almost reminds of of an American Barleywine in some ways, but the sugary sweetness is a good balance and not overly in-your-face. I probably would like some more hoppy citrus but I do like it as-is.
M - Very nice, medium in body, rich. Perfect amount of carbonation.
D - Easy to drink and I would do so again. Although, I think most of its hop characteristics are down to the bare minimum. I think a year or so ago, this would have been just about perfect but I think this one is past its prime.
06-05-2009 23:08:16 | More by Sean9689
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
On tap @ the rattle n hum 05-27-09
There were about 14 stone beers on tap at the time from there Stone event and this was one of them. I was excited to see this on tap remembering how good it was when it 1st come out and was interested to see how 2 + years later it held up.
Pours a hazy dark orange with about a two finger white head, a lot of lacing on the way down. The nose is a fruit explosion of tropical ones, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit, some alcohol, oak. The taste is of peppery hops, high alcohol malt, very complex in flavor, caramel malts and sweet fruits mix togetherThe mouthfeel is thick, hot with alcohol, malty, hop bitterness is still there but no where what i remember it being when i had this 2 years back. A boozy finish and high alcohol content makes this one a sipper
06-04-2009 01:12:13 | More by bonbini26
3.85/5 rDev -10%
Acquired in a recent swap with Swimsum. Thanks Brent!
Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy, orange-amber body with thin, fizzy-ish, off-white head. Body looks thick and oily; shows just a bit of carbonation within. Head dissipates to bubbly splotches pretty quickly, and drags no lacing. Reminds me of FW Unfiltered DBA a lot, but with added body and cloudiness.
Smell: Lots of cascade hops in this one. Caramel, pine, citrus, hop oils, booze, yeast, and a sturdy malt backbone. I bet the aromatics were much juicier and hoppier when fresh, but this still smells quite good.
Taste: Biscuit-like malt and tons of cascade hop resin. Bitterness has probably fallen out quite a bit over the past two years (certainly tastes like it), but this is still pretty bitterness that remains is still pretty strong. I can imagine this was a total hop-bomb in it's heyday. Pine, sea salt, maybe some wood and spice. Rich boozy character appears midway through and provides some nice heat on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Oily with low carbonation. Hot, dry, and bitter(ish). Pretty hefty DIPA. Leaves sugary coating on the lips.
Drinkability: Very cool to see what two years of age will do to a massive imperial IPA. I liked this one, though it was a definite sipper. Large amount of heat and fairly heavy body made this one drink a bit like hard alcohol.
05-22-2009 15:01:11 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Draught at the Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 14 oz pour into wine goblet.
Pours dark orangey copper, hazy, very thin off-white head.
Nose is loaded with sweet caramel, tangerines, peaches, almost tropical, some alcohol heat underneath. No real bite from the hops at this point.
Taste is probably the best argument I've ever seen FOR aging DIPA's. Caramel malt and sweet fruit notes of tangerines, grapefruit, mango bend underneath the prickly bitterness that still shows through clearly after two years. Malt shows some toasty and maple notes as well as the beer warms - so rich, this is much more Barleywine than DIPA at this point. Finish has a firm, lingering bitterness, notes of toasty malt, grapefruit, rich tropical fruits linger.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy, with a nice crisp carbonation underneath that doesn't bite too sharply.
05-20-2009 12:39:12 | More by JohnQVegas
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with brothercannon. Poured into nonic pint glasses. Appears a murky rich apricot color with around two fingers of dense, lingering amber/tan colored foam. The head leaves a thick sticky lacing on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose and flavor are predominantly of fruits such as pineapple, peach, ,mango, plum, nectarines, grapefruit, orange and lemon, as well as a huge dose of sweet medium toasted grains and caramelized malt and a hint of mint. This one has aged nicely, becoming akin to a barleywine and there is still a bit of alcohol burn lingering about. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation.
05-12-2009 03:34:05 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
A huge head that mellows to a small coating with great lacing.
This beer is more like a barley wine at this point, with a bready character surrounded by citrus and a hint of pine and spearmint.
Grapefruit, orange rind and a minty character all contribute as well as a bready character that has clearly changed over time.
A full syrupy body with great carbonation.
A fantastic beer that has changed over time into something different but equally delicious.
05-10-2009 20:28:56 | More by alovesupreme
4.45/5 rDev +4%
In a snifter, three-ish years old.
This beer looks fantastic. An opaque copper body with amber and pink colorings is blanketed by tons of sticky white head. I can smell it from two feet away, and I can't even wait: blood orange, clove, lemon... and a wonderful sweet character. A bit funky, has this beer converted into a barleywine?
The taste pretty much proves that is has: HUGE flavor. Peach, more blood orange, a touch of clove and pepper, overwhelmingly sweet with a fantastic bitter finish. Good body, good. The only reason this isn't perfectly drinkable is the fact that this beer just inundates your palate with flavor.
05-10-2009 20:20:33 | More by schroederm
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to akorsak for this - I tasted this when fresh and took notes recently of the cellared version -shared w/ octopus87. Poured chilled into a goblet and 1/2 pint and savored for a couple hours.
A - an extremely hazy deep apricot amber w/ a 1/2 inch band of pale rocky head. The cap settles to a ring, there is a moderatelly high amount of lace w/ a very fine bead.
S - A huge fruit note -plums, ruby red, mango, and pineapple in the nose w/ subtle pine in the nose. The nose is of a 10% IIPA so it has an odor of alcohol, mild cedar type woody scents and more grapefruit - the malt gives a kind of candy accent
M - The feel is viscous, w/ a heat of most barleywines w/ equivalent abv. The acidity is high and astringency is also intense. The malt is very sweet to cushion the hop intensity w/ a very bitter boozy finish
T- The malt is rich in the taste, but high in alchol flavor as it is swallowed, pepper and flowery resinous hop tastes w/ a citrus accompaniment. The flavor is of bitter herbal hops, there is a woody essence that permeates the taste buds w/ acidity of hops surfacing w/ a fruit taste like pineapple and rum. The hops contribute highly w/ slight pinesap qualities, but nice bitterness w/ the dark sugar of the malt. The flavor is very pleasing w/ considerable complexity and strength
D - A great IIPA, fun to drink even when sampling at two years old. Definitely a West coast double Ipa with hops oozing out of every possible place. The drinkability is good considering the abv. The attention given to matching malt to the intensely bitter hops is what makes this so good, you don't get the feeling the recipe is all about hops even though slanted in that direction steeply.
04-29-2009 01:42:22 | More by Slatetank
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz. bottle courtesy of DBhog - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise and split w/ a non-BA friend, as this one's hefty in both size and abv%!
Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, sunset orange- to ruddy amber-hued brew. The finger and change of slightly off-white to perhaps lightly tan head has average retention, perhaps even above average for the style, settling down significantly after the initial fade and leaving a mass of clingy, bubbly, rocky-around-the-edges fluff. Faint carbonation is visible around the edges of the glass, fine-bubbled and well dispersed but also surprisingly fast. The lacing itself is rocky, clingy, and sheet-like, thin and delicate all over the sides of the glass. A very good start.
Aroma: Huge fruityness, spicy and intense. Pineapple makes itself known in a huge way, with grapefruit - sweet and zesty - not too far behind. Tons of other stray fruity esters - orange and lemon peel, apple, pear - grapple with tobacco and other leafyness, as well as a light and pungently sprucey pine note. Everything is vaguely sweet, lightly roasted and caramelly, doughy and pillowy, lending everything a very candied, fruit juice-esque note.
Taste: Fruit juice strikes again!! Whatever bitterness was once likely prominent in this one has faded substantially, replaced by a dull prickle, blended well with the spicy spruce notes. Fruit notes (and hop notes generally) run the gamut - orange, lemon, pineapple, mint, kiwi, leather, tobacco, grapefruit, pear, mango, lighter floral notes - and are enveloped in a sweet, roasty malt cloud, slightly grainy but fantastically delicious. The alcohol is hardly noticeable at all, even at 10%, and I'm very pleased with the way this one has seemingly aged. It's still "spicy" - I actually think it's equal parts piney notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol heat, but all things considered, eh.
Mouthfeel: Nearly immaculate, with a light and fluffy but still crisp and wonderfully smooth, even, and creamy mouth. The body is thick, but it doesn't FEEL thick - it feels breezy and pillowy, and compliments the flavor components well.
Drinkability: This beer is near perfect in almost several ways. It falls short on all points, but it's still drinking remarkably well at this stage in the game. Count me as another vote in bringing back Stone Xth as a regular, akin to the return of Stone XIth as SSA (is that a recognized acronym yet?). The alcohol is mellow, well-integrated, and - though, yes, 10% - about as good as you can expect it to be. This is one big, flavorful, enjoyable, intense brew, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone - drinking just great.
04-10-2009 04:38:35 | More by CrellMoset
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a clouded brown orange. Nose is malty alcohol tones. Flavor is quite smooth malt tones. Aged hops are clearly present. But the malts rule here. Touches of caramel and apple tones. (As well as a fairly firm alcohol tone.) Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation. Man. Amazing still though a totally different beer aged than fresh. A real pleasure to drink and a vibrant example of how good double IPAs can age.
04-10-2009 00:43:09 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
I love Stone offerings, but have typically shied away from their pale, IPA, and Ruination because I think the rest of the lineup is better. But, the other day, the beer buyer told me he had a bottle of this in the back and asked if I would like to buy it, and because of all the wonderful things I've heard and continue to hear about this beer, I accepted his offering. Consumed on February 1, 2009 during the Super Bowl. On to the review...
I poured from the bottle into a Unibroue tulip and held the glass up to the light. The body is bright apricot, topped with a frothy, two-finger eggshell head.
The smell is out of this world with the volume turned up on the juicy, citrus aromas. I never had this beer previously, but I would've never guessed this was a two year old, double IPA. It smells like it was dry-hopped yesterday. Wow, consider me floored. Also, there's zero detection of fusel alcohol. The aging really brought some balance (I would assume) because there's zero alcoholic aroma in this 10% beast.
This still tastes like a double IPA. I wouldn't say the barleywine characteristics have started taking over, and I tend to lean toward big and malty. The hops are still very forward and in your face. Awesome.
Silky smooth and very satisfying.
I don't think alcoholic content has anything to do with drinkability. It's a combination of all the previous characteristics, and if I get lit in the process, nice. Anyway, drinkability is excellent. I wanted more, but ran out after splitting the bottle with my buddy. If I ever find more of this, I'll get more than one bottle.
02-06-2009 01:24:22 | More by kinnaird
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
Hell of a brew. Had it fresh years ago (dimly remembered), and recall loving it, but was surprised to see bottles of this reappearing.
Pours a bright orange with hints of amber. Two inches of off-white head.
The aroma ... breathtaking. Exotic fruits (pineapple? Mango? Guava? Mandarin Orange?) and a bunch of sweet white grapefruit with ... is that malt I detect? Wow, the flavor is pretty balanced. Sweet, viscous caramel, delightful brown sugar, and a bunch of sweet grapefruit and tropical notes.
This is a splendid beer, and I'm shocked at how well it's aged. Going back and getting more. Many more. I never cellar any hop-based brews, but I'm going to make an exception. This has really gone through a barley-wine style maturation process (10% ABV?), and while it may be a different animal, it's still one I'd like to butcher and consume.
**I spotted this review after writing my own: I agree, and would like to know how the tenth was stored.
01-25-2009 08:15:18 | More by Overlord
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
I've had more than my fair share of this brew. It pours a very nice amber. A wonderful, piney smell with alcohol that is balanced well with the malt. The taste is similar. Reminds me of A lot of good times. Very hoppy, lots of piney chinooks and, pleasently, very few centenials and cascades. Exceptional taste, which is similar to the smell. Doesn't taste like a double but a well balanced, very hearty IPA. If you get the chance to taste this TAKE IT!!!!
01-20-2009 04:45:28 | More by jgap
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up a growler last night. Went for the 06 Double AB, but was pleasantly surprised with this 8 o'clock offering. Plus, I was told this would be the second to last growler release of this. Get it while you can!
A- Poured from the growler into a tulip glass. Dark orange, light copper color with a good one inch foamy head. Not quite opaque, more translucent in clarity. The head slowly recedes to buubly ring around the glass, and retained minimal head in the center.
S- First whiff, surprisingly caramelly sugars. Swirl it around a bit, get my nose deep in there- Is this an IPA??? I get caramelized grapefruit, some guava, watermelon and some sweet alcohol. It smells thick!
T- Definetly sweet malt up front, almost caramelly, and honey-like,transitioning into some slight pine bitterness, and finished with some anise.... like the lingering flavor of black licorice.
M- I never had this fresh, I had a bottle about a year ago...but I am convinced this has condensed or thickened up over time. This is the thickest feeling IPA I have ever had. Coats the tongue heavily. Rubbing my tongue against the roof of my mouth for like a minute and I can still detect its presence.
D- This is hard for me to gauge. A great beer (from what I have heard/read)that has developed into into an amazing, yet different beast. Great to have a glass of, but I am staring at a whole growler of this. I promise I will do my best though!!
01-18-2009 19:46:42 | More by m1ked
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
On tap at the Davis Grad. According to Greg Koch, as soon as the warehouse is emptied, will be brewed, distributed, and served as sublimely self-righteous ale (no arrogant bastard pun intended).
A - Red pour, slightly cloudy, dissipates fast, but no lacing.
S - Cirtus, pineapple, grapefruit, flower, and caramel.
T - Amazing. Citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very little malt, but who cares?
M - Smooth, full-bodied, excellent.
D - Excellent, so good, would love to suck on this one's teat for hours.
01-16-2009 07:08:57 | More by MisterClean
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
Out of the double-magnum Pours cloudy amber with a rocky white meringue-type head. Nearly overpowering hoppy nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, almost like fresh-cut wood. More citrus in terms of orange peel. Huge hop taste with a subtle alcohol burn. Loads of grapefruit and resin in this monster, biting you with every sip. Some sweeter citrus as well, oranges, pienapple, and even a little mango. The malt smooths it out a tad in the end, but overall the beer retains the nice hop bite. One of the best.
01-05-2009 19:56:35 | More by magictrokini
4.15/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark amber body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Fruit-scented, pithy aroma enveloped by a sweet-smelling caramel maltiness. Very minimal waft of alcohol.
Taste: Toasted caramel with a full, hearty sweetness. Earthy, fruity hop flavors of concentrated citrus and diminished pine resin that, though it's now two years old, still provides a solid jab of bitterness that holds until the hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is, I'll admit, a bit chewy.
Drinkability: Still delicious! Ah, my zest for life has finally returned. Stone 10th was good then and it's good now. Some beers arrive a mess and need years upon years to morph into something decent. Some beers are fantastic fresh but die quick, painful deaths. So, it's good to see some can stand the test of time.
01-01-2009 21:30:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev -19.9%
Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a mahogany brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter hops, sweet malt, citrus, and stale urine. Flavor is quite malty and sweet, also got some apple skins. Kind of muddied as I didn't find it complex in flavor. Ok but not one of the better Stone offerings.
12-27-2008 23:05:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.