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

Bomber.

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.

Padron4KM, Oct 06, 2006
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.

Sammy, Dec 10, 2006
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 :)

auntfloyd, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Suds, Mar 30, 2007
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.

drseamus, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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!!

warriorsoul, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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!!

NJpadreFan, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

MiScusi, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

ndekke39, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of MVassar
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

MVassar, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.5%

DrBier, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of joewsorenson
4/5  rDev -6.5%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of Jdiddy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Jdiddy, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -6.5%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Focusf111, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev -6.5%

BDeibs, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

illidurit, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

UncleJimbo, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

beermanbrian, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of keanlacrosse
4/5  rDev -6.5%

keanlacrosse, Mar 02, 2012
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.