Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
Crystal clear red-orange body, topped by a highly whipped four fingers of milk shake like froth. Excellent lacing.
A haymaker of pine punches the nose, and as the head spins it notes the grapefruit and orange groves on the outskirts of the pine forest.
Thick chewy caramely malt hits the tongue like the troops at Normandy, but its quickly engulfed by luscious juicy pulpy oranges, and then a pine tree falls on you. It all big and bold, except the alcohol, which adds shading but never takes the spotlight.
Solid, well-crafted mouthfeel has some viscosity to it. Drinkability is delightful and perhaps dangerous.
An outstanding example of an Imperial/double IPA. If you like IPAs at all, and haven't tried this, run to your nearest store.
11-23-2006 06:48:23 | More by RonfromJersey
2.9/5 rDev -32.2%
Thanks to t0rin0 for an interesting extra. I didn't think I'd have a chance to try this, past its prime or not.
Technically it's a no-no to review a beer that is known to be bad, and a (to say it politely) "well-aged" DIPA is almost certainly that. But on the off chance that people use these reviews to track how a bottle is doing NOW, might as well submit a current status.
A: Pours a murky, dark amber body with a half-finger of cream-colored head in my Chimay glass. The bubbles retain decently, receding in clumps and forming a pangaea of foam that is circled by a thin donut around the edge and a few register marks during the first sips.
S: Caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, rum, and a small presence of spicy pine hops. Interesting. I can tell this isn't going to be an amazing barleywine, but it's not entirely lacking in presence.
T: Still surprisingly bitter! Mostly in the aftertaste, which has a residual pine flavor, but there is an undercurrent of it through the main taste that prevents the otherwise malty profile from going nuts. The malt elements picked up in the smell are quite strong, along with green apple that I didn't pick up in the smell. But they're also lessened by a spicy cinnamon-like flavor that provides quite nice balance.
M: Medium-thick body, mild carbonation: overall smooth sensation. Slight dryness in the finish. Lingering pine bitterness, but nothing too strong.
D: Wow, for a 3-year-old DIPA this is outstanding. I can only imagine how good it was fresh.
11-06-2009 01:01:41 | More by Arbitrator
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with brothercannon. Poured into nonic pint glasses. Appears a murky rich apricot color with around two fingers of dense, lingering amber/tan colored foam. The head leaves a thick sticky lacing on the inside of my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose and flavor are predominantly of fruits such as pineapple, peach, ,mango, plum, nectarines, grapefruit, orange and lemon, as well as a huge dose of sweet medium toasted grains and caramelized malt and a hint of mint. This one has aged nicely, becoming akin to a barleywine and there is still a bit of alcohol burn lingering about. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation.
05-12-2009 03:34:05 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Bright, hazy orange color with an off white, fluffy head. Very smart looking indeed. Big piney, resin laced aroma-sickly sweet malt and a tinge of alcohol. Meal in a glass. Big malty flavor with a moderate "burn" of hop bitterness-this puppy is potent. Slight toasted flavor. Syrupy mouthfeel-finish is somewhat dry. Very, very drinkable. I could do many of these. While not outstanding-very solid effort. Somewhere I heard this described as a "trainwreck". No way.
01-01-2007 06:48:22 | More by lackenhauser
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Huge thanks to Papago Brewpub and Stone Brewing for putting on a Stone showcase including this amazing beer.
Gorgeous appearance; dark orange with good tan head. It throws out a powerful pine/citric aroma, and offers up an outstanding, pepper-tinged flavor that showcases the full body.
This beer is a huge hop bomb, without losing any more drinkability than necessary. It's a treasure, and deserving of its reputation.
03-01-2008 02:01:00 | More by BretSikkink
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Big thanks to tyrawlings for the chance. Poured into a Dobbelen tulip.
Appearance: Rust colored body, big off-white head, very slow fade.
Smell: Sweet caramel in front sharp alcohol and floral hops (a lot of them). There is also a strong fruit and honey scent that makes it a very interesting beer to smell.
Taste: A rich and maly, yet highly hopped DIPA. Sweet, yet never cloying, a well above average DIPA. The alcohol is noticable, but an asset to the experience.
Drinkability: While not the best in the style, not too far from, top notch. Happy 10th, Stone.
10-07-2006 21:49:13 | More by TastyTaste
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
A rich copper brown color with a creamy tan head. The nose is a mixture of aged piney hops, candy malts and ripe fruits. The taste follows nicely. Again a big sweet malt profile followed by a dulled yet delicious hop variety. Full silky body is well carbonated. A fantastic ale that has aged well.
09-17-2008 02:10:34 | More by rye726
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
09-08-2006 06:17:47 | More by Beaver13
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Picked up a bomber from AJ's Labor Day weekend for $4.99.
Beer poured an orange-amber color with a nice white head that is leaving a good lacing behind. Nose is heavily tinged with grapefruit floral hops and is also bready. Taste is very well balanced for the style. Initially the palate is hit with the malts and finishes with a counterpunch of citrusy hops which actually does not overwhelm the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability improves as I go. Initially the alcohol was extremely warming but since has mellowed. This is an awesome beer that I would recommend to fans of the Double IPA style.
01-27-2007 23:04:43 | More by arizcards
2.83/5 rDev -33.9%
Bottle courtesy of DrJay on BA. Pours a rich amber color with a big offwhite head and some light lacing. Smell is malty with caramel like sweetness along with some sweet citrus. Little to no hop prensence left. Taste is caramel, alcohol, and candied orange peels. Somewhat surprised that the hops have basically entirely faded and that the alcohol is still this present. Decent, but not what it was intended to be any longer, I'm guessing.
04-06-2008 00:23:44 | More by JDV
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
Very cool bottle design. This bottle had the story of Karen Westfall (#9 of 10). The label is much more simple than most of the other Stone offerings. It is pretty cool to read up on an employee on an anniversary bottle. This 10% beauty pours an orange/copper color, with a thick rocky off-white head. Very good head retention for a beer of this size. Raw piney hops combine with citrusy hop aroma, particularly orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Candy coated caramel malt, with a lot of sweetness goes to battle against the hop army in this one. Piney, citrusy, sticky sappy hop flavor, goes perfect with this sweet malt. Medium body, with just enough carbonation to carry. Nice patches of sticky lace cling to the glass at the end. The alcohol is not very noticable, however there is some warming at the end. This is a tremendous beer. Happy Anniversary Stone! Another great example of American Craft Beer at its best! I must have more!
08-26-2006 03:01:38 | More by Bierguy5
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
22 oz'er bottle pours with a cool Stone gargoyle!
Crack this bad boy open! Pours with a bright polished copper penny hue topped with a sloppy soupy vanishing vanilla head cap that skids down the glass with a lace streak.
Nose is a bright blast of honeyish grassy fresh leafy crisp hops.
First swigs: Sharp and instantly bitter copper penny hops rip through the initial flavor. Some rummy awl-kee-hawl booziness seeps through. Middle is a tart orange peel freshness. Acidic hops gone wild. Brisk peel of lemon and orange. Slight gripe is that thee seems to be a light malt backing. Much more marmalade than balance here.
Feel is slippery slick with an ephemeral finish that vanishes. Sizzled orange pulp and floral linger rules this bad boy.
Last swigs: Did someone steal my Stone 10th and hand me a HopWallop? This is the BIGGER Brother to Bells Two Hearted and a sister to Victory HopWallop!
Beer is good. Happy big hop beering.
09-20-2006 05:12:07 | More by blitheringidiot
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz. bottle courtesy of DBhog - thanks!! Poured into a cervoise and split w/ a non-BA friend, as this one's hefty in both size and abv%!
Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, sunset orange- to ruddy amber-hued brew. The finger and change of slightly off-white to perhaps lightly tan head has average retention, perhaps even above average for the style, settling down significantly after the initial fade and leaving a mass of clingy, bubbly, rocky-around-the-edges fluff. Faint carbonation is visible around the edges of the glass, fine-bubbled and well dispersed but also surprisingly fast. The lacing itself is rocky, clingy, and sheet-like, thin and delicate all over the sides of the glass. A very good start.
Aroma: Huge fruityness, spicy and intense. Pineapple makes itself known in a huge way, with grapefruit - sweet and zesty - not too far behind. Tons of other stray fruity esters - orange and lemon peel, apple, pear - grapple with tobacco and other leafyness, as well as a light and pungently sprucey pine note. Everything is vaguely sweet, lightly roasted and caramelly, doughy and pillowy, lending everything a very candied, fruit juice-esque note.
Taste: Fruit juice strikes again!! Whatever bitterness was once likely prominent in this one has faded substantially, replaced by a dull prickle, blended well with the spicy spruce notes. Fruit notes (and hop notes generally) run the gamut - orange, lemon, pineapple, mint, kiwi, leather, tobacco, grapefruit, pear, mango, lighter floral notes - and are enveloped in a sweet, roasty malt cloud, slightly grainy but fantastically delicious. The alcohol is hardly noticeable at all, even at 10%, and I'm very pleased with the way this one has seemingly aged. It's still "spicy" - I actually think it's equal parts piney notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol heat, but all things considered, eh.
Mouthfeel: Nearly immaculate, with a light and fluffy but still crisp and wonderfully smooth, even, and creamy mouth. The body is thick, but it doesn't FEEL thick - it feels breezy and pillowy, and compliments the flavor components well.
Drinkability: This beer is near perfect in almost several ways. It falls short on all points, but it's still drinking remarkably well at this stage in the game. Count me as another vote in bringing back Stone Xth as a regular, akin to the return of Stone XIth as SSA (is that a recognized acronym yet?). The alcohol is mellow, well-integrated, and - though, yes, 10% - about as good as you can expect it to be. This is one big, flavorful, enjoyable, intense brew, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone - drinking just great.
04-10-2009 04:38:35 | More by CrellMoset
4.88/5 rDev +14%
I don't know how I possibly could have gotten this any fresher than I did. Fresh off the dolly as it entered the beverage wharehouse and cold. 20 cases rolled in, 19 were left standing. Pours a perfect, shiney copper with a seafoam type, loose head that leaves sliding cover all the way down.
Hoppy nose for sure. Comes across more balanced in the taste and is done very well. A darker candied feel to the malts, caramel comes to mind. Citrusy, Orange, mild spiceyness. Some American Stong Ale characteristics in the malt balance. Peppery in the aftertaste. In short, this brew has a little bit of everything: Silky smooth mouthfeel that later shreds at ya and clamps down. Citrusy, Spicey hops that battle with a rather large malt bill and the alcohol splash is pleasing? Yes sir, please open another.
Notes: Incredibly complex.
08-23-2006 05:29:16 | More by DogFood11
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, a clear, bright orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger off-white head. Left some chunks of lacing as I drank my way down the glass.
S: Immediate assault of tropical fruits dominated by pineapple -- sugar dusted, honey-coated pineapple -- and grapefruit and mango. Also evident as it warms is just a hint of pine and a peppery spice, presumably from the 10% ABV. Nice.
T: Sugary-sweet pineapple juice follows the nose to the taste. A peppery spice is evident briefly up front, along with a honey-caramel malt sweetness. But both flavors are quickly beaten back by the tropical fruit salad of the hops. A palate-shredding bitterness tears the roof off my mouth, but then repairs it by coating the hole it left with mouth-watering sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit and even tangerine or maybe mandarin orange. It finishes with a nicely balanced menage-a-trois of peppery spice, malty sweetness and fruity hop bitterness. An interesting experience all around -- it literally makes my mouth water after each sip, simply demanding that you take the next sip.
M: Definitely full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, maybe just a tad bit oily.
D: Excellent. As I said above, it creates a Pavlovian desire for the next sip. As a heavier offering you're going to go a bit slow, but it's not a chore to drink this at all. 'Tis a pleasure.
Notes: I shared this (a small portion, that is) with a wine drinker who was wowed by the complexity of flavors and balance going on here. Another person who sampled from his glass asked "is there pineapple juice in this?" giving me a chance to explain that it was the hops (Simcoes I believe) that imparted that flavor, nothing else. This is a remarkable beer that I believe now rates atop my list of reviewed beers. Highly, highly recommended.
01-14-2007 13:57:07 | More by Kendo
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
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
06-04-2009 01:12:13 | More by bonbini26
3.85/5 rDev -10%
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.
04-22-2007 18:03:08 | More by WanderingFool
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
From notes. 22oz bomber. Pours a copper orange hue that's quite dark. A nice half inch of light tan head on top as well. Looks great in the glass with good clarity. Aromas burst out of the glass with an onslaught of thick hop oil fumes. Pine aromas intertwine with massive citric/tropical notes. I get a big pineapple/mango aroma off this brew. Smooth caramel malts underneath. Quite simply a beautiful, enticing aroma that makes it hard for me to put my glass down.
First sip brings a rush of hop oils right off the bat along with a velvety smooth caramel maltiness. A superb hop profile with a mix of pine resin and vibrant tropical, citrus flavors. A touch of pineapple surfaces again. Flows down with a touch of alcohol and a big, bold bitterness that is to be expected. A massively tasty brew that brings the hops without remorse. Yum.
Mouthfeel is big and very smooth & creamy with just enough carbonation. The big alcohol is very well masked, making this one hell of a tasty, drinkable DIPA. I really wish I had more of this and I will keep my fingers crossed that this gets brewed again someday. One of the best DIPA's to cross my lips.
06-13-2007 23:42:45 | More by orbitalr0x
4.58/5 rDev +7%
Pours clear copper with reddish hues, beige, tight head of a half inch height.
The foam dissapates quickly to reveal a skim coat on the surface of small to medium orbs of carbonation.
Nose is pungent and floral.
Very tropical in nature with mossy pine notes in the back.
Pears, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, and spruce sap.
Malt is subdued and aromatics finish with warming alcohols and more fruit.
Body is on the thick side of medium- sticky, sappy, and slightly chewy.
Pallet is massively bitter and alcoholic.
Pineyness is in the forefront now, with the fruit backing it up.
Neither the pine nor fruit are a match for the alcohol sting that is ...10%? Drinks bigger.
Malt is light enough to put the 10th anniversary spot on in the IIPA category, and pulls off some crispness despite the massive grain bill.
A huge, unapolagetic, hop and alcohol attack to the senses.
Big karma goes out a fellow BFD'er in San Marcos.
09-12-2006 02:00:19 | More by brewandbbq
3.65/5 rDev -14.7%
Pours a full two finger dirty tan head over a cloudy orange apricot liquid. Smells oranges, pine, tangerine, and woody dry. Hint of caramel and a bit of alcohol sting.
Tastes ester fruity to start with a smooth, almost creamy, hop flavor. Hop bitter is present, but not intrusive. Some rough grassy co-humulone early, but it's overwhelmed by a wet sweet late. This sweet is then dried out by a touch of acrid carb and a raw alcohol that's a bit rougher than I would have liked.
Esters include pear, apricot, and dry-ish citrus. Hops flavor is oragnes with some piney resinous and woody dry character. The sweet comes across as crystal sugar with caramel. While not a distinct flavor by itself, the alcohol taints the finish. A bit less alc and I'd find this beer much more enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is med-thick with a creamy character remniscent of oatmeal stout silkiness. Drying finish with a peppery sting from the alcohol.
09-03-2006 23:43:32 | More by mentor
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
Served at cellar temperature in a half liter pilsner glass.
Pours copper-colored liquid with a swirling mass of fine bubbles rising up in circles to the top of the glass, leaving a two inch cap of orangey-beige foam with an eneven lunar surface of craters and peaks. The head recedes slowly with long legs of lace reaching toward the rim.
Fine aroma of citrus hops and candy malt, some bubble gum and candy and a bit of vanilla.
Complex flavor of honey and cinnamon, puckery resinous hops with hints of ripe grapefruit and wildflower, grainy candy sugar and ripe green apple. Surprisingly small hint of the power that lurks within.
Mouthfeel is a little slick and syrupy upfront, but delivers a fine alcohol tingle over the tongue, finishes with a little carbonation fizz and leaves a slight burn in the back of the throat.
Awesome beer, thanks to BeerRun13 for throwing this into a recent trade.
01-06-2007 02:04:11 | More by far333
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap in a pint glass.
Pours a dark amber red in color with off white lacing that doesn't hold, head dissipates relatively quickly.
Smells of coriander, grapefruit and pine, very hoppy on the nose.
Tastes fruit forward but this is quickly overtaken with a slightly sweet malty finish.
Interestingly complex beer with a great feel, I'm still chewing on it in fact. Good drinkability matches its hop/malt makeup.
This beer is apparently about 18 months old, released from Stone's cellar. I hadn't had the opportunity to taste it near its original release date.
05-13-2008 00:47:30 | More by HalfFull
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.