Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -17.5%
Huge hops creakily supported by a slightly syrupy malt. A hops overload is expected from this beer, and it certainly does not fail to deliver. A well-done study in excess for the consumption of hop heads (into which category I fall), but overall it is a novelty, something to be experienced more than enjoyed.
06-26-2007 14:00:18 | More by Brent
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
This is a clear, somewhat amber, attractive beer. The head is solid, but modest. Its got a wonderful fruity aroma lots of citrus, pine, and wood in the aroma. The smell is certainly centered on hops, but theres 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. Theres a touch of hotness, but it lasts only a brief moment. Lots of hops kick in by the mid-taste. Its surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol concentration. Fairly smooth, with a full-to-moderate body.
03-30-2007 00:12:20 | More by Suds
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4
10-22-2006 20:32:12 | More by Bierman9
4/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-23-2006 18:36:17 | More by UncleJimbo
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a rather cloudy, dull orange. Almost a brownish tint to it. Moderate amounts of lace on the glass from the two finger , frothy off-white head that had decent retention. Smelled strongly of citrus fruits, piney hops, and minor hints of alcohol. Tasted of orange, maybe some grapefruit hidden in there, lemon zest, and hops with a little bit of pine coming through. Needs to be a little warmer. Nice bitter hoppy brew that was smooth with a nice warming alcohol finish. The alcohol isn't too overpowering. Just enough carbonation. Glad I have a few of these kicking around because the drinkability is great. Definitely a new favorite of mine.
11-07-2006 01:24:10 | More by jaxon53
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Found this at The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana, last week. Haven't seen it in Evansville, yet. Beautiful bottle. The Stone Gargoyle has never looked better. Pouring into a large pint glass the body is a radiant orange amber. Excellent clarity, with a two finger ecru head that stays around for several minutes. Lacing is lavish and quite attractive.
Aroma is initially very hoppy, with lots of citrus. Pink grapefruit, orange, and lime zest are complimented by a solid spruce pine note. Bready malt is also noted, and reminds me of DFH 120 Minute. A hint of red apple is sensed in the background, seemingly from the malt.
Mouthfeel is a full medium. Carbonation is ideal for melding the big malts and hops here.
Lovely taste boasts big and juicy citrusy hops. Orange, tangerine, and pink grapefruit add an ideal bittersweet character. Malt character is very intriguing. Reminds me of the rounded breadiness of some of the DFH 90 or 120 Minute IPAs. Works better here. More complex than Stone Ruination or IPA. Uniquely Stone, this is a really fine DIPA. Happy Birthday Stone!
09-10-2006 01:45:27 | More by merlin48
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
Another Stone classic those that can readily get these are indeed fortunate.
I mean, check this out: semi-hazy amber, poured hard in case the 10% tries to knock down the head. But it didnt, got a nice ivory cap that left sticky laces. TONS of citrus, orange and hops in the aroma. Very sweet and sticky quaff, cant believe the amount of orange in here. NO hint of alcohol, it slides oily and smooth.
Nice. Enough said, what more can you say about a superb brew>
Muchas Thanks to boolshot for sending this for my BA annv.
02-03-2007 22:09:57 | More by Vancer
3/5 rDev -29.9%
Nice looking brew, dark/burnt orange , slightly hazy with a lovelly thicj creamy off white head ( eggshell). Nice bitter hoppy, citric aroma, still quite fresh, so good so far. But the taste, I will have to go against the grain, its way too sweet. Yes there is a great amount of hoppiness swirling about the mouth but underlying sweetness sort of messes this up for me, it sticks to my tongue and becomes cloying, putting me off the great hopping. To cloying on the palte, too sweet. Man i really feel bad about going against the grain on this..i love most everything Stone does, but even for a Scot who likes sweet beer this was too much
10-19-2006 19:23:16 | More by Reidrover
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-05-2009 23:08:16 | More by Sean9689
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Enjoyed a pint last night at Concordia Ale House from "...the VERY LAST keg of Stone's 10th Anniversary in the state of Oregon..." [according to "Meet the Brewer" event posting, 12.14.06]. Certainly there can't be much left in that keg, since it's been tapped for 4 days... Tried this beer earlier in the year from a bottle and thought I'd give it another shot before it's gone for good.
A: Deep amber w/ ruby hilights with a 1 finger off-white head, which is creamy but with an unusual sheen. Glistens in the light, almost like soap bubbles. Some clinging lace.
S: Loads of hops - resinous pine - melded with sweet fruit. Something juicy and citrusy, like tangerines. Caramel malts and a zesty spice too. Other reviews have commented on their beers smelling of all hops, so I was surprised by the balance I found in my pour between hops and sweeter malts.
T: Hops tend to dominate at first - a tastebud-pounding scotch pine flavor. Then the malty sweet backbone develops and unleashes a rich caramel/grainy flavor. Some spiciness and alcohol warming in the finish. Flavors are fairly typical of other Stone beers I've had - big, bold, complex.
M: Full mouthfeel and body, active carbonation. A sticky, sweet residue is left on the lips along with a bitter and slightly yeasty aftertaste.
D: I prefered this beer on-tap rather than the bottle I tried several months ago. It's a fine tasting, bold DIPA - nicely balanced and quite satisfying. At 10% ABV, it's one to sip and savor. It has my endorsement for certain...
12-19-2006 20:28:30 | More by msubulldog25
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy medium copper with an off-white low persistent head which laced the glass.
The aroma was deeply malty with a strong caramel malt presence which was bready and almost biscuity. The hop character was lightly spicy and citrusy, but not over the top in terms of hop aroma. Some alcohol was present in the hop and malt mix.
The flavor was malty with a super strong citrus bittering which contained grapefruit, orange and a twist of lemon. The hop flavor was also piney and resinous and just a bit spicy. The malt was no slouch either with a strong caramel presence and a bready character.
The finish was dry with lasting long and strong malt and hop flavors into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous and had a bit of a creamy mouthfeel despite the fairly low level of carbonation. Alcohol was present throughout the beer. While notable in the aroma and the flavor, it really showed what it was made of in the warming that occurred after consumption. A very nice IPA. If I secure another bottle I'll age it to see what it may become.
22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!
01-01-2007 21:41:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.58/5 rDev +7%
Well... needed something special for my 100th review. I think this should work fine.
Pours a clear amber color, with a nice head. A great looking beer.
Nose is sweet, a bit dusty, and citrus like. A bit different than I expected. Still a pleasant beer to smell.
This somewhat innocent looking beer really knocks you upside the mouth when you first taste it... whoa! Really bitter and pine like up front, has a sweet and tart middle, then finishes with a bit of creaminess, some alcohol making it's presence known, and then the bitterness from the hops hits you again. This is extremely well balanced for such a huge beer.
Mouthfeel is unbelievable. This is a huge well rounded beer that really coats your mouth. Almost perfect!
This is an amazing beer. It loses a few points for being a bit over the top, but I would never turn one of these down. However... I'd probably only have one per night.
12-06-2006 02:47:40 | More by flexabull
4.28/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz Imperial Pint glass.
A: Pours a very nice looking copper color. Off white one finger cap of foam that as it recedes, leaves sticky lace on the glass.
S: Big nose of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and piney hops.
T: Big whack of sweet caramel/toffee and alcohol burn right off the bat. Sweet fruit flavors take over and lead the tongue on a neat voyage towards resinous, oily, piney hops. The finish sticks to the tongue (teeth, lips, roof of the mouth,...) and alternates between sweet tropical fruits (mango, guava, pineapple) and bitter piney hops.
M: Mouthfeel seems slick and almost slimey. Strange how something described as slimey could be such a good thing.
D: Drinkability would rate higher for me if it was a little less sweet with less alcohol heat. I also believe this could use a tad more bitterness. Overall this is great but, to me, this doesn't hold a candle to Dreadnaught.
01-21-2007 19:36:58 | More by GbVDave
4.47/5 rDev +4.4%
22oz. bomber: This one pours an amber color. There was a fair amount of an off-white head on it. Some lacing. Strong but not overpowering piney hops is the main aroma. Some grapefruit also. The taste is quite good. Medium bodied, With some malt sweetness actually coming through. The hops are potent without being overpowering, so the sweetness was a bit of a surprise. This is quite nice. Now, how can they get this into some kind of regular production??
12-02-2006 01:07:15 | More by Boto
4.58/5 rDev +7%
22 ounce bottle from Naja's Place
Poured into a chilled pint glass with a 1/2 inch head
Amazing double IPA with some fruit accents and a strong bitter taste
Hopefully the 11th Anniversary will be as good because I have been hearing a lot of good things about it as well
Highly recommended if you can still find this one floating around somewhere
09-03-2007 16:51:34 | More by Floydster
3.98/5 rDev -7%
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!!
11-05-2006 20:50:22 | More by NJpadreFan
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
Hell of a brew. Had it fresh years ago (dimly remembered), and recall loving it, but was surprised to see bottles of this reappearing.
Pours a bright orange with hints of amber. Two inches of off-white head.
The aroma ... breathtaking. Exotic fruits (pineapple? Mango? Guava? Mandarin Orange?) and a bunch of sweet white grapefruit with ... is that malt I detect? Wow, the flavor is pretty balanced. Sweet, viscous caramel, delightful brown sugar, and a bunch of sweet grapefruit and tropical notes.
This is a splendid beer, and I'm shocked at how well it's aged. Going back and getting more. Many more. I never cellar any hop-based brews, but I'm going to make an exception. This has really gone through a barley-wine style maturation process (10% ABV?), and while it may be a different animal, it's still one I'd like to butcher and consume.
**I spotted this review after writing my own: I agree, and would like to know how the tenth was stored.
01-25-2009 08:15:18 | More by Overlord
4.75/5 rDev +11%
One of the best looking pours I've witnessed in awhile. Brings a tear to my eye. Clean bright ruby/amber red with an awesome fluffy thick cloud of a head that is an off white/yellow/brown in color. Damn good looker.
One complex nose this beer posseses. Piney sweet hop and malt, hints of toffee, hints of fig, freshly picked flowers, dried golden raisins as well.
For how complex the nose is the taste has it beat. Not just complex but almost perfect balance as well. The toffee thick malt lends itself wonderfully to the layered hop flavors. Starts with a piney resiny hop than hits the middle with a sweet floral accent, and ends on the 50 second finish with a twist of citrusy fruit goodness. And in between is dried fruits and even some nutty characteristics that leave an oily palate enamoring sensation.
Rich, creamy, smooth, medium carbonated mouthfeel all equals a beer I'd be more than happy to drink on all day and night and well into the next day.
10-12-2006 18:40:31 | More by mcallister
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!
pours a light copper colour with a big, dense yellow head. head is slow to drop and leaves a nice layer of lace behind.
aroma is great. first sniff was a touch catty, but after that the other dimensions come out. fruity, orange and tangerine. just a hint of grapefruit. not piney/resiny at all. no real alcohol noticeable.
taste is great. really nice bready malt, decent bitterness level that isn't over the top, and a wonderful hoppiness. alcohol comes a bit, but well balanced. really complex, much more than the average dipa. bit of sherry/dried fruit. maybe cherry. nice.
mouthfeel is great. nice body without being overly full. good moderate carbonation level.
drinkabilty is suprisingly high. hides its 10% really well. i could easily drink a few of these, and fall over. but it's good!
11-04-2006 23:09:29 | More by grub
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
I had this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The brew pours a clear amber to mahogany color with creamy beige head that recedes to a sturdy edge layer, leaving tight lattice work.
Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and a hint of caramel. Further sniffs get some grassy notes as well.
First sip reveals an average body and gentle fine carbonation. Texture is slightly sticky and leaves some residue on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet caramel that rolls to citrusy and grassy hops just like the nose. the finish becomes a little dry and bitey but not over the top like I expected going into the brew. Very drinkable for a 10% beer!
01-20-2007 02:45:20 | More by sulldaddy
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap poured into a snifter.
A: Dark ruby red in color. Off white one finger head dissapates into small floating islands of micro bubbles. Minimal lacing.
S: Topical fruit. Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight malt presence with an earth or herbal undertone. Warm spicy alcohol.
T: First taste reveals grapefruit, mango, and peach. A bitter citrus and pine hop bite is followed by a strong malt wave that tries to balance things out. A wet earth or herbal taste is overtaken by a spicy warming alcohol tingle. Fruit in the nose.
M: Syrup like but smooth. Slick to oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Spicy, warm and dry finish.
D: Extremely complex. A fruity hop lovers dream come true. The high ABV limits the amount embibed in one evening but a treat none the less! I am interested to see what this beer will taste like after being aged one full year.Highly recommended!
02-08-2007 23:56:27 | More by Tyrawlings
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.