Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hazy yellow-orange pour with nice two finger head and decent lacing. Surprisingly light colored for an Imperial IPA. Huge floral, tropical nose with tons of pineapple and mango along with grapefruit and spicy hop resin. A touch of caramel malt peeks through also. The taste is a hop assault right off the bat, but a very unique one. Spicy, herbal, earthy and resiny with a great citrus bite. You can definitely see the English influence, albeit magnified to West Coast standards. Surprisingly complex. It's a hard beer to review because there's so much going on. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA on steroids. Very peppery but citrusy at the same time. It finishes crisp and dry and the alcohol is almost non-existent which makes it a very scary drinkable DIPA. I am shocked at the reviews for this one. For me, it's probably the best double/imperial IPA I've ever had. It's a unique and in your face version of West coast meets traditional English IPA. I love this beer!
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2010 16:11:31 | More by beerdrifter
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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.
87 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.