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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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409 Reviews

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 470
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of ruinationation
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pourd a hazy copper color with a thick white two finger head.

Smells of hops then right away malt follows, some citrus in there of course.

Like the smell hops bite first but then the malt comes through strong. Alcohol is present no doubt, for a sec it reminded me of a barley wine, melon fruit in there also.

The feel of this beer is its best quality to me, like liquid velvet.

Not one of my favorites from my favorite brewery. I would prefer a IIPA Ruinationation any day but have three to age so I'll see.

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Photo of eballard
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a light lace head. A strong spicy smell with a clear IPA hops smell. This beer has a sweet hops spice taste with a heavy malt flavor. This is a very strong IPA made for IPA lovers. If you’re light of heart I would not recommend it but if you love a well blended IPA with a nice strong hops spice Id recommend this one. The mouth feel is a bit heavy but the finish is fairly clean. In all this is a great 10th Anniversary IPA. Strong and flavorful, truly this is a testament to a hard working breweries first decade.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color was exceptional, a brilliant mahogany with an off white head. The only drawback was the lack of head retention.

Smell: This was pretty normal with no unattractive scents. Piney and grapefruity hops mainly.

Taste: A very thick backbone of malts supported the intricate hop layering. Piney hops, grapefruity hops, and more sutble plantish hops all came together in this festival of flavor. The malt could have been intricately woven, however, and provided a standard sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I found this brew to glide easily around the palate. The alcohol wasn't present and the bitterness quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: I can't find any reason to say why this isn't so drinkable for me... the lack of alcoholic taste makes it easy to drink, but it was so intricate in other respects that just drinking a bomber took me almost an hour and a half. There are more drinkable dipas out there, but this one is still smooth and succulent.

Notes: Sorry lpayette, I never found this in a store... just a restaurant :(

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

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

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

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

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Photo of granger10
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brighter amber color with a thinnish egg white head. Strong hoppy fruitiness in the aroma. A touch of alcohol twinges the nostrils as well. Very resiny. Flavor is sweeter than I was expecting. Caramel flavors at first. Good creaminess on the mouthfeel. Some resiny flavors but not piney more just green hops. Gets fruitier farther down. A bit hot but not too bad. Nothing too great about this beer. I don't quite get all the hype. Solid but I was expecting to be blown away. Maybe age will help but I don't really think so. Good is as far as I'll go. Still, it's good.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's good to see Stone getting back to their roots. Big-ass IPAs. That's what made 'em famous, and there's a reason for it.

Ya gotta love the new logo. Very sleek looking gargoyle. And the stories on the back of the bottle are a nice reflection on where the company's been and going.

Anyways, on to the beer! The hop aroma hits you in the face right upon cracking open the bottle. Resiny and strong with a strong pine character and subtle notes of tropical fruit.

The flavor starts off juicy like you wouldn't believe. Luscious and ripe. Surprisingly (and a bit unpleasantly) sweet, actually -- it reminds me a bit of a young 120 minute IPA from Dogfish Head. The alcohol heat is noticeable, but unexpectedly understated for such a strong beer. Big time bitterness present throughout, but it doesn't hit quite as hard in the finish as I would have expected.

Very full bodied and bitter, but a littlle bit on the under-carbonated side. The beer goes downhill as it warms with both the undercarbonation and the over-sweetness becoming much more noticeable as defects.

All in all, I'd say that the beer has potential for aging. There are some nice surprises in the flavor profile which I expect will strengthen with time, and the defects, I suspect, will mellow. Don't be shy about putting this one away for a couple years! By extra now if you're weak-willed...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Enola
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kmudrick
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clearish ruby brown - very clean with no visible sediments. Ended up with a slight swell of head which dissipated into a scattering of pools of lacing. Initial nose is deep, earthy, and hoppy - heavy on the malts. Further scents reveal a pulpy aroma with hints of hazelnut. First taste is powerful - a burst of hops blended with a fruit punch-like flavor. Very complex - more than I'm used to in an IPA (an entirely pleasant surprise) - with swirls of grapefruit and pineapple. Mouth-feel is medium in thickness, creamy up front on the tongue, tart and biting towards the back. The smack of alcohol, unfortunately, is a little too evident and detracts from the fun flavor battles going on each each sip.

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Photo of phishgator
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this last night at Stone. Drank a glass today. Poured it into my Old Guardian Barley Wine glass since I heard it was drinking like a BW.

Appearance: poured like a barleywine with little head but some good lacing.

Smell: Smelled of bananas and citrius it smelled awesome

Taste: tastes like a barley wine with a slight thickness and smoothness but intense and sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel: slightly thick like a barley wine and feels like one as well

Drinkability: could not drink this stuff all night but it was very good but could prob drink no more than two glasses.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 :)

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Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MVassar
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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