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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

468 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 468
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 NCSUdo
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle via jasonjlewis

A: Pours a deep amber/copper under a creamy white head. OK lacing, good retention.

S: Hoppy with a nice malt backbone which gives way to some caramel. Hops are more piney than citrusy, but have obviously faded because the malt is so easily picked up, but that's not to say the hops are any where near gone. The hop character does fade with temperature and gives way to more hints of alcohol.

T: A nice sweetness up front with a piney hoppiness to finish. Good amount of bitterness and slightest hint of alcohol. Taste has a medicinal quality to it that throws it a little off between beginning and end.

M/D: Feel is pretty thick, medium to high medium, and a little oily. Carbonation is a tad high on this one. Drinkability is good. I didn't have this one fresh, but it seems to have held up reasonably well.

NCSUdo, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear copper, darker than you'd expect an IPA to be, with a substantial blanket of foam on top.

S: Tropical and citric fruits combine with hops and alcohol for a pretty interesting aroma.

T: An extremely fruity, sweet entry becomes more citric and eventually finishes with intensely bitter hops and a slight alcohol kick.

M: Thick, slightly oily and chewy and with moderate carbonation - this is probably the heaviest IPA I've ever had.

D: Even for the style this is pretty heavy, boozy stuff. Not something I could drink a lot of.

A subtle beer it's not, but it has a remarkably complex, layered character. I generally prefer my DIPAs less sweet and fruity, but despite not necessarily matching my criteria for a perfect beer I have to give it points for being unique.

largadeer, May 31, 2007
Photo of ruinationation
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

ruinationation, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep copper with a small amount of head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Biscuity malt followed by big notes of alcohol. Slight hints of hops are present.

T: Lots of sweet, caramal malt, followed by big booming notes of warming alcohol. Somewhere behind this are some subtle citrus hops notes. I can only imagine what this was like fresh. It's still tasty, but has aged into almost a barleywine type drink.

M: Viscous, yet smooth.

D: This is a tasty beer, despite losing a lot of the hops from when it was fresh. It's strong, but good.

YonderWanderer, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having this beer many times, I believe it was the best the first time I tasted it. The delicate floral nature of the hops deteriorated after storage, though I should note that I stored it at higher temperatures than recommended (80-90 degrees at times).

The following is from after storing it:
A: Orangey-red, cloudy. Fine, limited head
S: Cantaloupe, sweet. Pinene from hops; perfumey
T: aftertaste of alcohol

dfillius, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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...

mzwolinski, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of becktone
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's 10th anniversary ale pours majestically into my glass. The pour begets a large and cascading creamy off white three fingered head. As it begins to shirnk it leaves a nice trace of lacing along the sides of the glass. The color of this beer is amber hued, light copper. Head retention could use some work.(That or my glass isn't very clean)

To the nose this beer has a pretty balanced aroma. Hop and yeast esters can be detected, a bit of alcohol is also present. From the hops I get a somewhat spicy character, the yeast strain is giving this beer a fruity aroma. Don't get me wrong, the beer smells great, amazing actually, but this isn't the aroma which is usually associated with IPAs or Double/Imperial IPAs.

Throw the aroma out the window when it comes to the flavor of this beer. The first sip actually made my eyes go wide. The aroma prepares you for something completely different that what is provided by the flavor. This beer is a hop assault on the palate. First thing noticeable is the hop character which dominates the flavor, after that alcohol is perceived and then the fruity flavor, which was so strong in the aroma, makes a cameo. This beer easily represents the flavor guidelines of an Imperial/Double IPA-strong, highly hopped and alcoholic. However, I have never tasted the hops that are used in this brew. That tells me that the flavor and aroma hops are probably not cascade, chinook or coloumbus.

The beer feels lighter on the palate than I would've liked. For being such a strong brew I would've expected something with a bit of a heavier body, alas the body to this beer is fairly light. Carbonation does not get in the way of the flavor, and alcohol is slightly warming as it goes down. I don't know if I could sit and drink this brew all night, might be a bit too intense with the alcohol so upfront. As to drinkability I won't be able to buy this brew again, because its a limited release and to be honest I prefer Stone IPA or Ruination Ale to this one.

becktone, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Scorpious
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Stone 10th Anniversary IPA is a very tasty entry level IPA ( I rather prefer the Dorado Double IPA or even any of the # IPA's from DogFish head).

The color was a light straw color with nice legs in the glass, which seemed to cling to the glass as it was "quaffed". The drinkability was good but of would been a little better if the beer was left to get a little warmer, as it was a little to cold right out of the fridge but the last dregs from the glass where considerably smoother although it might have been the 10% ABV talking.

The finish was a little on the sweet side with subtle pineapple flavors with a underlying pepper finish as well..

Aroma: Has slight citrus tones followed by light grassy undertones with a little bit of caramel slipping in @ the end..

Scorpious, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA pours a beautiful clear copper color with a flurry of small bubbles floating slowly flowing to the surface from the bottom. The color is bright and almost glows in the glass. On top a thick, creamy one fingered width light tan head forms. The foam slowly disolves to a thick ring around the beer and leaves behind a good amount of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with a strong orange citrus, some fruity notes of cherry and a medicine alcohol smell mixed in.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer feels syrupy and chewy. The flavor has lots of pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. A sweet caramel malt with hints of cherry help balance out all the hops. It finishes dry with an alcohol/medicine flavor which gives a mild burn when swallowed. Once gone some of the cherry, orange citrus and medicine flavors linger on the palate.

This is a beautiful beer with an intense flavor. Reminds me of a barleywine, but with a bit more balance. I'll have to revist this beer in a year or two to see if the alcohol flavors mellow out.

WanderingFool, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of kmudrick
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

kmudrick, Oct 01, 2006
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.

ThreeWiseMen, May 22, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, May 26, 2008
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

granger10, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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 :(

dbalsock, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of eballard
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

eballard, Sep 07, 2006
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.

LarryV, Oct 03, 2006
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.

Enola, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Thorpe429, May 15, 2011
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.

jhammerly, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

leftmindedrighty, Jan 04, 2007
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.

callmescraps, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of phishgator
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

phishgator, Sep 11, 2006
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.

jmz62565, Oct 04, 2006
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.

Gmann, May 19, 2007
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.