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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

409 Reviews
THE BROS
93
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Reviews: 409
Hads: 470
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
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.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 oz. bomber with two good friends. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a welcoming honey/caramel color, lightly cloudy and with a small, light brown head. Smell dominated by really strong hops and grapefruit. Hints of pine, too, but the grapefruit really comes through. Taste is hoppyx3. The grapefruit shows up as well - sort of a bitter citrusy flavor. The hops are wonderful, although they don't travel as well as some IPAs, and they linger for a while. The mouthfeel is very creamy for an IPA, which I really like. Overall a great sipping beer, but the heavy hops slow you down. (596 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright copper color, slightly hazy with a full finger of bright white head with a very aggressive pour...gotta earn your head with this one. Fades pretty darn fast with some spotty lacing left behind.
Huge bouquet up front...boatload of citrus, pine and orange peel.
Tremendous hop profile...accompanied by a touch of alcohol, but well masked when served slightly colder than room temperature.
The malty sweetness, while heavy, is taken over by the overly dry back end...finishes very clean with just a hint of citrus remaining on the pallet.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick and the carbonation is where I like to see it. Not a sipper, but by no means a session brew either...will be feeling just right after this bomber.
Overall, a great job by a new brewer to Stone...look forward to many more of his makings.
Fantastic brew to celebrate 10 years!! (857 characters)

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

Stone- 10th Aniversary

Appearance- Dark orange with a big thick head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight alcohol presence too.
Taste- Big chewy pine cone and orange/ grapefruit rind hops. Alcohol eventually kicks in.
Mouthfeel- Nice and dry with a big citrus bitterness. The strong 10% alcohol kicks in at th end.

Overall- This was a very tasty IPA. The alcohol is very noticeable at the end, but otherwise a very good 1! Find it and enjoy!! (485 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge hype on this beer, probably the most hyped beer of 2006. In some way it lives up to it, in other ways, it's just another overpowered, indulgent DIPA.

First off, probably one of the sweetest bottles I've come across. Typical Stone, cleverly marketed (not they need a gimmick), so much so that what it lacks in actually appearance is made up for by the bottle.

Humongous nose. Crazy fruits, plums, raisons, and grapefruit. I usually don't preface other beers in a review, but this one is so strikingly similar to Smutty noses' Finest Kind, it's unreal. You could check my review of that beer if you want... I’ve matured a little.

A crazy brew to say the least. I can see this becoming a classic with a year or two of aging. Oh yeah, by the way, I got the last three bottles at Table and Vine in Northampton. (821 characters)

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Labvel #5 of 10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant tangerines and a touch of pine, with lots of underlying sweetness. Flavor is syrupy to start, but quickly overpowered by the immensely fruity yet prickly hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit limited just by the intensity of the flavors, at least for me. Probably this will not be such a problem after some subtle tongue-numbing sets in. Certainly an impressive beer for an impressive occassion. (654 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4/5  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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach.

Dark straw color with an orange hue to it. Dense and sticky head with massive lacing and nice retention.

As expected from an IPA made by stone, this beer smells like HOPS. Citrusy and piny, probably quite subdued compared to when it was newly released a year ago, but still strong. Doughy, thick malt aroma is also present.

Not all that hoppy in the taste, unfortunately. Age has really changed this beer. The dominant flavor now is a viscous maltiness and a kick of booze in the finish. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Thick and robust like a Stone beer is apt to be. Pretty standard for a double IPA. Pretty easy to drink for such a big beer. (684 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Liars' Club.

This IPA poured a clear, amber color with creamy, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was hoppy, but not overly so, and malty. The taste was dominated by the hops: bitter and fruity with flavors of orange and grapefruit. There was a good malty backbone to balance the hops. This was not a "hop bomb". The flavor of alcohol became more noticeable as the beer warmed . The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied with modest carbonation feel. Very warming. The aftertaste was hoppy with some bitterness. This was a good beer, but less hoppy than I expected. (612 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tasted 8/28/14. Bottle was about 8 years old. Surprisingly no signs of oxidation at all. Poured a murky brownish gold color. It drank pretty much like a barleywine. Again, no oxidation could be detected in this bottle. The beer had nice prune and fig notes with a malty backbone and surprising bitterness that's still hanging on from the hops. Really interesting to try such an old IPA. (386 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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! (1,577 characters)

Photo of Jdiddy
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, the wait is over. I cracked this bottle with much anticipation and it was indeed worth it. Poured a nice amber and the hops hit the nose instantly. eGrapefruit juce all the way with a bit of pine for good measure. This had elemnts of Arrogant Bastard (mainly in mouthfeel) but the hops are on a whole other level.
Nice thick, chewy mouthfeel and a great balance of the hops. I wouldn't really call this the most drinkable as you will feel it after one glass and after a few, the taste will be a bit much. This is a beer to savor and enjoy in moderation. (564 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color. An off white head foams up with a heavy pour but it dissapears quickly as expected with the 10% abv. The film that's left behind does manage to leave some trace lacing. Not much carbonation to give this one any life in the bottle. Smell of piney resinous hops and sweet rum like alcohol notes. Taste is all hops. Very piney with a chewy finish. You know the alcohol is there as it warms on the way down. The hop burps start about 1/3 of the way down this one. About what I would expect from Stone. Nice brew and glad I tried it. Congrats on 10 years Stone and keep up the good work. (601 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of beerphan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber -> american pint
no date

Pours a clear orange almost amber. The nice thick head off an agressive pour sticks around before settling into a thin blanket. Sticky thick spiderweb lace. Persistant carbonation.

Nose: Fruit, fruit, fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, oranges all mashed together, smells almost like a garbage can full of fruit grain punch like we used to drink in college. The fruit would all be floating on the top so that was all you could really smell was fruit, but beware of what lies beneath. Not able to pick up any malt, but there is some alcohol in there for sure. Probably the strongest citrus hop nose i have ever smelled.

Taste: Whoah. Nice juicy malt profile upfront, caramel, sweet fruit followed by a mellowed oily hop finish. Not nearly as bitter on the aftertaste as i would like. Very warming on the finish from the noticeable high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a warming quality that is undeniable.

I hope i can pick up another one of these to try in about six months. Right now i have very little desire to drink another one of these but am glad i got a chance to try it. (1,150 characters)

Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,391 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of ridedammit
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of jletts
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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... (798 characters)

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