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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

463 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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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racer2k

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into a 22oz beer glass. Beer has been aged in the fridge for the past 3 years.

A - A clean pour into my glass with a good finger of tan head that dissipates in the glass leaving a nice cover of lacing. There is a lot of carbonation and foam for a 3+ year old beer. The color of the beer is dark copper and the beer is exceptionally clear for an aged DIPA.

S - The smell is spicy with a strong malt presence. There is a strong toasted malt, caramel and burnt sugar flavor of this beer. As for a high powered hop presence it is not there. There is a hint of pine and citrusy hops but the malt is the clear winner here.

T - Strong hop presence and bitterness on the front end which segues quite nicely into a spicy caramel malt flavor that finishes with a fruity kick to it. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The beer tends to grab more flavor as it warms up a bit.

M - This is a medium bodied beer that has moderate carbonation on board. The beer starts with a bite but finishes very smooth and somewhat dry. Slight feel of warming alcohol on the back end but not overwhelming.

D - Very drinkable and well aged after 3+ years. The alcohol is extremely well hidden but does catch up to you after you finish the entire 22oz. This is a nice beer that seems to be off the beaten path compared to your traditional DIPA offerings. I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 17:14:16 | More by racer2k
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well ye west coast lassies, ye've been achin' for a breakin' fer a while ne, 'aven't ye? What with always fillin' the BeerTrades section with obscene offers fer things loik 'Dreadnaught' and other middle-western double IPAs, eh?

Well, Oi gots news fer ye! A pox on ma un' ma family fer ever doubtin' Stone (one of Americers most premier breweries) fer this beaut' is none other than a wonderful Dreadnought clone.

Sher, I'm na sayin' they are the same shade. This is a wee bit darker, to be sure to be sure, what with the copper body and off-white head.

And I'm na sayin' they smell exatically the same. There is less Amarillo here. The strong marraige of so many hops is hard to tell, so all I can say is that it is pure Pacific North-West, but that aspriny-bite that us lovers of FFF call 'ome just is na so strong. But otherwise it is truly top class. Hops hops hops, all of 'em citrusy and piney they wey they ought be!!

And the taste? Sacchine sweet married to the bitterest memory you've ever had. A true sweet-bitter, like Dreadnaught. Balanced in the most obscene way possible. It's hoppy. It's malty. It's sugar sweet. It's crushingly bitter. A wonderful combination that keeps ye guessing with a wee bit o' alcohol ensuring that boi tha bomber's end you're in no condition to reaally judge.

The mouthfeel, 'owever is a wee bit thin. Good, but too rich to be dry, to small to be full. It works, but is na amazing.

I could na' drink more tha' one o' these. But boi golly was it a fun ride! A perfect anny bier, for I would na' want it any other time!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 00:46:26 | More by shbobdb
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ridedammit

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A and I tried this at Redbones in Somerville, MA a few days back and I was impressed with the brew. The coloris a bit darker than I would expect, but then again its dark in Underbones so I should not be surprised. I was expecting a bit more hop seeing as its Stone and its a 10th Anniversary, but I was pleased with the amount, not too heavy handed. What suprised me most was the maltiness and sweetness. It paired nicely with the hop for an overall lovely flavor. I gave it a lower score on drinkability simply because you can (and should) only have one. It is sweet and has a high ABV, so your session with this brew will be a one and out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 19:24:35 | More by ridedammit
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the anniversary beer that bucks the recent trend of anniversary beers I've been on lately. Had this in the cellar for some time and finally got around to trying it. Well worth the wait

A - deep reddish brown color with a billowy white head
S - Cut a grapefuit in half, coat with brown sugar, bake till the sugar carmelizes --> crack open and stick your nose in. Yeah it's hoppy but there's a sharpness in the nose for emphasis.
T - Hops as noted above with a wonderful rich smooth caramel malt effect and a definite ABV warmth. Melds very nicely across the tongue.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, creamy smooth and resiny hoppy.
D - Enjoyed each and every sip! Definitely worth a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:17:54 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Domingo

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While Ruination's not really my cup of tea, I'm a HUGE Stone IPA fan, so this was a "must buy" for me.
Pours a copper color, which is darker than the somewhat pale normal IPA, or even Ruination.Head laces the glass and sticks around the whole way down.
Smell is floral hops, sweet fruit (peaches come to mind), and...more hops. It's not all hops like you might expect, but there are definitely plenty there.
Taste starts of sweet. Again, I'm reminded of peaches. Then the hops hit. These are floral and because of the fruity malt, they bring out kind of a tropical pineapple flavor. When you swallow - then the bitterness hits. It's strong! There's a little booze kick in there that makes it a definite sipper.
Mouthfeel's very thick, which also lends itself to this being more of a sipping drink.
Drinkability takes a slight hit just because of the sheer potency of the flavor. When I was done, I found myself craving something milder.
It's a wonderful beer, and a must try for any hop fans. Not my favorite Stone offering, but still great in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 17:01:35 | More by Domingo
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle design #3/10. Pours a brilliant clear light auburn with an off-white head that lasts and laces. Smells like spiced plum and "carob" with warmth. Mango. More mellow and muted than expected, but also more pleasant and rounded than expected too! Flavor starts with a caramel body and a sizzly top. Mango again - must be those Simcoes. The flavor seems to develop at first, then hits a brick wall and peters out. Nothing interesting happens after the first bit. Oh well, at least nothing bad happens either. Boring yeast just fails to seal the deal on the flavor. Yeah, the hops win out in the end, but the malt made an impressive showing in sweetness, toastiness, and caramel flavor.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but will not remember it. The aroma and flavor just fail to stand out from other beers that I have had and/or brewed myself. However, it must be respected that the smoothness and drinkability are insane - after 22 ounces of a 10% DIPA I still yearn for more? Wow.

A one-night-stand beer that is great while it lasted, but lacks that certain pizzazz that would make me call her again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 23:54:44 | More by waughbrew
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slight haze in an orange hued amber body. Slowly rising two inch head took a few minutes to shrink. No carbonation to be seen at all. Lacing was super sticky thick ribbons.

Hops abound in a mainly citric body that also has a nice hint of fresh pine. Mostly has an orange strength with a minor hint of lime. Very faint hint of a malt aroma.

Bitter citrus fruit. Taste is smoky and has none of the sweet orange from the nose. Light raspberry presence dies quickly behind a strange aftertaste. Interesting and somewhat overpowering.

Leaves a waxy coated feeling on the tongue. Carbonation tingle is surprising despite appearance.

Overall a good offering. This is a great beer for a plate of blue cheeses. I think this one seems to be declining based on other reviews. Hope to reevaluate it again in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:27:27 | More by RedChrome
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored this 22oz bomber from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA last week. No freshness dating, but the bottle says it sports commemorative label #5 of 10, with the usual, rambling soliloquy on the back (this time from Dave Dyer)... Time for some 10th....

I poured it into my Portsmouth Imperial Pint glass... clear, light copper colored, with a thin, beige head. Topping is almost an afterthought, and lacing is minimal... Aroma is heavy on hops, though some toasty malt also comes forth. Has lots of piney, resiny action here, plus hints of the heat to come (10% abv). Mouthfeel is top-shelf, with the body being a solid medium to medium-plus. 10th also has a creamy, velvety feel on the tongue. Jawohl!

Flavor has caramel lurking here and there, but comes a-calling strongly with hops. Alcohol hits hard as well, and cuts into the piney hoppage present. Flavor is rough and grainy, and also has a character akin to orange peel, and even a smidge of mint. All of this leads into a syrupy, sticky finish which has lupulins lingering on the palate. Another solid, well-made Stone offering, though the "heat" is a bit of a distraction, leading me to peg 10th a bit lower than other Stone biers.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

935

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 20:32:12 | More by Bierman9
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is rust-orange, slight chill haze. Head is 1/2 inch and lingers well. Aroma of strong piney hops with mild citrus notes present. Slight hint of a soap-like smell in there, and the alcohol also becomes more evident as it warms. Overall a nice bouquet for the nose. The taste is loaded with orange and grapefruit tang and sweet sugary malt. Dank and resiny on the hops. Moderate bitterness in the finish with some astringence from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium thick, bordering on syrupy.

From the first whiff I was pretty excited about this one, but the flavor wasn't as spectacular. It's big on taste, but way overdone. The alcohol was just a bit high also. Stone likes to brew big, so that's what you get here. It's no doubt good, but sometimes it pays to be more subtle and complex...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 23:33:13 | More by bennetj17
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, light reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is resiny, piney, grapefruity, floral, peppery hops. More tropical fruits and some alcohol come out. As it warms, the alcohol gets to be a bit much. The original whiff was a 10, but the fusel alcohol and mustiness brings it down some.

The flavor is sweet and fruity caramel malts leading to a big peppery hop bitterness. There is a little alcohol bite in the finish, but it's masked fairly well. Some of the flavors are a bit harsh, and not well blended. This is a bit of a nitpick - maybe some aging would help smooth it out a bit. The mouthfeel is full and velvety.

Overall, a very good DIPA! I liked this much better than the Ruination. The first few sips were excellent (right up there with Hercules), but as I drank more, it started getting a bit harsh and alcoholic. On the plus side - one of the coolest bottles ever.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 06:17:47 | More by Beaver13
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Osiris9588

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one-time-only brew pours a lush amber color from a capped 750ml bottle. There was very little head to speak of, and what was there, dissipated quickly, leaving lacing. It gives off an aroma of roasted malt and a characteristic that is light, sweet--almost maple syrup-like with a zest of lemon. The hoppy bitterness for which Stone is know dominates the flavor, along with toasted malt, big alcohol (ABV 10%), and some sugar; in fact this beer was far sweeter than anticipated. It is rich and somwhat complex, yet the literally "bitter/sweet" finish is a bit overwrought for my taste, lowering the drinkability. I like the more balanced bitterness and overall flavor of Stone's other strong ales, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, and am thankful that those are here to stay.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 03:57:31 | More by Osiris9588
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby red with 2.5" of lacing, great lacing & head retention

S: Oaky

T: Loads of hops & vanilla, fruitty then a persistent alcohol burn that detracts from this one's flavors. Finishes dry & fruitty with more alcohol burn

MF: Chunky & prickly could use more hops or time to balance out

Drinks great for the abv, but don't get the hype

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2006 06:03:19 | More by russpowell
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 01:12:13 | More by bonbini26
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jletts

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10th anniversary Stone IPA

Smelled bready malty with hops and tasted hoppy bitter with grapefruit and malty earth tones and some weak grassy notes. Alcohol is perceived at the end with a slight tongue burn and a peppery bitter finish warming the stomach.
Mouthfeel- well carbonated but thick and smooth. Tasty, but a sipper for sure.

Notes: It's hard to differentiate at times from all the IPA's offered by Stone. Their IPA, Ruination IPA, 10th anniversary, and various dry-hopped IPA's are most excellent but at times seem to meld together in my mind. An excellent IPA, as they all are, but I would recommend trying the near-by Green Flash Brewing's Imperial IPA if you want a completely different take on strong hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 01:51:00 | More by jletts
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lpayette

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- Poured into a tulip. A perfectly clear copper with a nice white head that produces ample lacing. Textbook perfect Double IPA as far as looks goes.

Smell- The aroma is very floral and hoppy as expected. This beer is packed with citrus notes which I love. Pine as well. A rich amber malt characteristic is there too, unwilling to be shoved to the side by the beastly hops. In fact, I think it may even smell a bit sweeter than the majority of double IPAs out there.

Taste- Rich and malty with a full bite of hops. Hints of apple with a piney aftertaste. Moderately complex. Not my favorite tasting double IPA, but still very good. Piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A bit tingly with an everlasting hop aftertaste. Medium to more than medium bodied- but I wouldn't quite consider this to be full-bodied.

Drinkability- Drinkable considering the high alcohol content, but not overly inviting either. This was a delicious brew that I'm glad I sought out, but not my favorite stone brew to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 06:00:50 | More by lpayette
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:08:16 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 22:15:51 | More by MasterSki
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark copper in color, clear, with a small cream colored head that slowly fades. Aroma has a lemon sweet tart aroma, some tart citrus hops as well as some sweet orange and alcohol. Nice hop aroma but not overpowering. Taste displays some of the sweet orange citrus along with a berry like sweetness and a good bite in the finish of alcohol and bitterness. Fairly chewy mouthfeel, nice size malt body gives way to a large spicy dryness. At first the alcohol is close to being over the top but eventually dies down some. A nice DIPA-barleywine hybrid, may age nicely but is enjoyable now.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 02:04:14 | More by hoppymeal
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 20:28:56 | More by alovesupreme
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this!

Commemorative Label #9 of 10: "I'm not worthy" haha.

Pours a murky golden/brown/red color, little head with little lacing. Second pour gives much more head, more frothy looking, with slightly more lacing.

Smell is not as hoppy as I expected, although there is a decent deal of hops, a strong fruity aroma is present with some citrus, very inviting.

Taste is a little different than other DIPA's I've had, pretty unique as I've sure it's mellowed out since bottling and matured. Piney hop bitterness is highly melded with the malt and a fruitiness (most likely orange as I'm picking up some orange peel). It's also fairly syrupy with low carbonation.

It would have been interesting to have tried this when it was first released as the hop presence has certainly decreased. It seems as if this DIPA has crossed style barriers as it seems more like a barleywine now.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:25:48 | More by deltatauhobbit
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Look: Stored on it's side, the bottle showed a noticeable ribbon of sediment down one side and I uncapped and poured it. As expected from that sediment, the beer was faintly hazy with a toasted orange color. The pour was viscous, as the 10% ABV would have you guess, and the head formed in a slow but powerful uprush of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, rising to a sticky, off-white head of two finger thickness. Lacing comes in sappy, iridescent bubbled, concentric rings that multiply with each sip and go nowhere. Looking good!

Smell: Citrusy west-coast American hops, leaning toward sweetly juicy, in the vein of a ruby red grapefruit drizzled with light honey. Not much to report in the malt department other than the detectable sweetness. Some florals; crisp and fresh.

Taste: Well rounded, medium bodied maltiness helps this beer begin with a very nice sweetness that's not overdone. The almost unhideable alcohol comes in without pause in the middle, setting up the hop whipcrack on the back of the tongue. The finish is quite dry and the aftertaste is that of wet hops. An all around pleasant journey for a DIPA, when you put aside the heat from the alcohol.

Feel: Slick and slightly syrupy on the way in, with a good puffiness and tingle on the tongue shortly thereafter. The swallow is slick and sticky, leaving hop residue all the way down, and ending with embers in the belly.

Drink: Well, there is no doubting that Stone's hop-bomb beers are all very well crafted and quite tasty to boot. They've certainly gotten that aspect of their craft down, along with a penchant for keeping the ABV pumped up. This beer is no exception, even though personally, I think DIPAs are a little overplayed in the game of "extreme brewing". Nevertheless, this beer is easy to drink, and a nice treat for your bitter taste buds. Happy Anniversary, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:52:42 | More by EPseja
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Stone on Saturday.

A: I was worried about cabonation so a fairly aggressive pour which revealed a slightly syrupy but clear deep orange with a tiny bit of red/brown in the middle. Big fluffy white three finger head that slowly dissipated into a thick film.

S: Mild tropical malts, somewhat reminiscant of Double Bastard but not nearly as strong, with a mild citrus and pine hop scent. The smell is really not overwhelming, not nearly as strong as some of their other brews.

T: Sweet tropical esters come on strong and linger to the finish. Soon after the sweet malt base comes a mini hop blast. Mostly pine and not the typical Stone citrus.

MF: Carbonation is not really a problem, although it's very mild for an IPA. I do wonder if this was more carbonated a year ago, or even right off the tap. Syrupy and thick with a strong alcohol flavor.

D: This is quite good, but not nearly as strong as I had expected. At this point, it's quite similar to Double Bastard, although the flavor is toned down quite a bit. Really a pretty mellow beer flavor wise. I guess I would call it a malty IIPA, reminds me a bit of the summer Yulesmith. The drinkability is a bit deceptive because of the flavor, and I think it would be easy to put away a few pints of this before realizing that you were pretty messed up. Glad I got to try this, but the 11th was better, IMO.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2008 03:50:17 | More by rxdrewthejew
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ejquin

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppper color with white head.

S: Smells of hops mostly, some caramel, and a nice sweetness in the back.

T: FIrst of all I definitely like this better than ruination. It's much deeper. It starts out malty and carmaly, and then fades to the hops. On the finish the hops really come through bordering on overbearing, and it made me downgrade the drinkibility, but all in all head and shoulders above Stones other IPA's.

M: Heavy and slick with good carbonation.

D: Good for the abv, but the hops keep it the drinkibility rating down.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 22:47:08 | More by ejquin
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 01:50:04 | More by Phocion
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akahn

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 01:29:45 | More by akahn
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.