Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thiestru:
4.83/5 rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle into my lucky-as-hell Terrapin pint glass.
Appearance: Pale, hazy golden with a nearly two-finger white head. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Strong, bitter, floral hops. My first thought was, 'This reminds me of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner', my most-missed beer of all time.
Taste: Holy shit. I don't like to swear much in my reviews, but I can't help it here. This reminds me so much of Imperial Pilsner I got goosebumps, I'm not kidding. That overwhelming and delicious hop flavor is paramount here. It's not AS strong as Imperial Pilsner, but my God is it a close call. There is a faint malt presence, but it just provides a little balance, and is not at all the focus.
Mouthfeel: Nice and full, to the degree expected of the style. Crisp, too.
Drinkability: Yes, yes, yes! HIGHLY drinkable. I'm so stupidly happy right now; thank God for this beer. Stone just cemented their place high in my list of favorite breweries, based on this one beer alone. Get it.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2010 00:08:42 | More by Thiestru
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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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