Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Manoftyr:
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance-Pours a hazy light yellowish gold with about a half finger of bubbling white head that leaves whips of white dotted on the surface and rim as it recedes. Looks like your standard IPA really, only hazy...maybe there's a Belgian Yeast strain?
Aroma-They definitely use English hops here as this doesn't smell much like your standard west coast IPA; it smells a lot like a really hoppy ESB to me actually, I like it. I get a lot of herbal tea-like aromas in addition to the typical grassy fair, only much gentler; the more I smell, the more I like.
Taste-Again, I draw comparisons to an ESB; it tastes like a really, really hoppy ESB and that is in no way a bad thing. I get the same flavors as in the aroma with more of that herbal tea-like quality and a more pronounced grassiness as well as an underlying, and unquestionably English, pale malt character.
Mouthfeel-Maybe it's because of the English ingredients but this is much thinner and in a way 'smoother' than what I'm used to in my IPAs. It's a nice change of pace that suits what they were going for in terms of flavor.
Drinkability-The more herbal and tea-like character of the English hops really make me more inclined to sip this rather than gulp it, not quite sure why but the flavors don't really lend themselves to quick sips the way, say, Stone's Ruination IPA does. I don't mind though, it'll last longer this way.
Notes-I hope Stone makes this a seasonal, it's a great change of pace when one is craving a hopfix but wants something different than the typical west-coast fare.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2010 20:24:44 | More by Manoftyr
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pour is straw gold with some hints of orange. quite hazy and thick.
Nose is surprisingly potent. Lemon, orange, little booziness, little mustiness.
Taste starts off alright, some little bursts of melon and tangerine. Follows with rather odd, dry, woody boozy malt. Really tastes like plywood in some ways. Not totally in bad way.
Feel is pretty medium full. Not syrupy.
Neat. Would love to go back in time and try it fresh to compare. Oh well. Still a decent IIPA, but clearly has fallen by the wayside and had some interesting metamorphosis go on with time.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 00:16:30 | More by dheacck11
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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