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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010)
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Photo of pastradul
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. Stone always seems to impress. This is by far on of the most unique DIPAs I have ever tasted.

poured into a old gaurdian chalice. somewhat rough pour produces a ton of head. good 3 fingures worth. A nice hazy yellow with off white head, that leaves ton of lacing.

the smell is hops and... somethign else? sea salt, salt water...salty yeast? very ineresting.

the taste is more of that.... I honestly have never tasted anything like this... so I am at a lose for words? Has a great bitter hop finish that is expected... but everything before that is new to my palate.

get some of this and try it is all I can say.

pastradul, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice crisp golden look to it. Kind of like a pilsner but a bit stronger. Really nice strong frothy head. I get refreshed just looking at it.

S: Very tart and a bit sweet white grapefruit. Very piney and sharp hoppiness. Smells like an IPA I have always dreamed about. Nothing like an English IPA.

T: Sharp hop bitterness but just before that you do get a citrus zing kick. Grapefruit is more of a team player than overwhelming the field. One of the better hoppy beers besides Ruination. I have been really burnt out on sweet IPA's lately and this will satisfy.

M: Nice and oily and carbonation finds a happy medium. The only downside it does have a bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable! Really hits the spot if you are dying for bitter. Just the heat makes it a little less desirable.

Really glad I got this one. I saw English IPA and wasn't interested. The reviews really changed my mind. Hopheads can buy this without worry.

generalnotsew, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is really good! I don't know why this is only a B+, this is the epitamy of what an EIPA ought to be!

Pours in my sniffer a slightly hazy deep yellow color with a huge white creamy/slightly rocky head that has very good retention and great lacing.

AND THE SMELL IS AMAZING!!! It smells like fresh dank sticky icky hops fo sho. Huge resony/citrusy/floral hop aroma. I love it. In the aftermath of the hop blast, there comes through a beautiful soft and sweet biscuit malt aroma.

And the flavor is amazing too! Huge, very clean huge bitterness that lingers along a base of sweet biscuit malt foundation. Huge hop flavor that is so complex with citrus/floral/sticky icky-ness.

And the feel is full and creamy and oh so smooth. This wonderful beer has a very clean finish with a bittersweet finish.

Also is very drinkable, a beer that could be sessioned slowly fo sho. Man I'm so glad to have tried this, think I'll go pick up some mo!

hoplover82, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of AleMonger69
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served it from a 750 ML bomber into my St. Bernardus glass. This brew was especially delicious and on the back it says they used all English ingredients except for their Colorado spring water. It's appearance was a very hazy dark orange but if you hold it up to the light you can see many little floaty yeasts and the color changed to a peach like glowy orange. Smell was extremely hoppy with hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste is about the same as the smell and not as much of a bitter after taste as you would expect from such a hoppy brew. Lots of hoppy and citrus flavors. Mouthfeel was a good medium body I'd say. Drinkability is very good as it's not as bitter as many imperial IPA's out there and is easy to identify the different flavors. Would buy this again and definitely worth a try for anyone who hasn't had it yet.

AleMonger69, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really, really liked this beer.
In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a copious white head that was very sticky.
Peppery aroma, floral, sweet malt.
The taste was peppery up front, followed by some very sweet malt, with a late hops finish.
Incredibly smooth and balanced, great to drink.
Hope it likes my cellar.

lordofthewiens, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacking the seafaring vessel in which Stone recommends to age this, I decided to enjoy my stash fresh. This is my second one in as many days. According to the label text, this was brewed using all English ingredients, except for the "Burtonised" Colorado River water, of course.

Pours the color of a pear/pineapple juice mix, and it's as hazy as such a thing would be if unfiltered. The head is gleaming whiteness, with excellent stamina, leaving thick, clingy lace as it slowly thins and with each tilt of the glass.

Aroma is an airy, breezy, razor-sharp, ultra-clean hit of hops. The "white malt" this was brewed with surely aids in delivering such a bright smell, the kind of dryer-sheet intensity I also find in beers like 3Floyd's Gumballhead and Surly's SurlyFest.

This is obviously not brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, but Emperial IPA isn't that far from a Belgian IPA. It brings to mind the Cali/Belgique IPA Stone created not long ago. There's a pungent fruit essence that carries this beer--twisted pear, mutant white raisin and radiated pineapple. Intense herbal tea; salt; sugar cookie dough; shortbread. The hops are super-grassy and bright, while a sweetness lingers but never overtakes. Slight bit of soil/earth gives a dirty sort of edge here, but it's mostly the vivid hops and weirdo yellow/white fruits that hog the spotlight. Astringent/grassy hops mostly feature in the finish, and they linger a long, long time. Complex as fuck.

Slick, silky and creamy, yet somehow drying, with just the right amount of carbonation...a wonderful and complex texture for delivering the wild tropical/herbal intensities going on in the mouth.

Mega-refreshing. Leave it to Stone to say "we're brewing an English IPA using all English ingredients," and then have the final product taste nothing like anything ever brewed in England. This is more San Diego than Surrey, more Belgium than Birmingham, and brighter than any given day in the foggy English countryside. And ultimately, another unique creation from Stone, and I do mean "unique," as I've never tasted another beer quite like this. Well done.

Metalmonk, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy light orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy, big surprise, but there seems to be a fruity flavor that seems to be a little like lettuce. There are some citrus fruit flavor in the nose but no grapefruit like expected but more toward a tangerine.

The taste is full of surprises, there is some grapefruit for just a moment that goes into nice malt flavor and establishes the balance of this beer. Toward the end there is a real pop of bitter hop flavor that stays for a short moment then disappears.

This beer was a real surprise, still a west coast IPA but was a bit more balanced than hopped till you fall over. The feel is a little more balanced than most Stone IPA's but was still hoped quite well. This beer goes down with a nice crisp feel and is pretty smooth. It goes down well and is a really drinkable.

Duhast500, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, grapefruit yellow. Frothy white head that vanishes surprisingly quickly leaving one giant lace ring - the alpha ring. Some other retention slips and slides down the glass but doesn't stick.

Smells exactly like Yikes Strips grapefruit bubblegum. Some herbal tones there as well, so maybe not exactly. Bready focaccia malt. Taste is more grapefruit, more herbal, and maybe some white pepper. Baguette malt with some sourdough character in back.

I think the herbal character of this beer would get to me after awhile but for 22oz it rocks my socks.

donkeyrunner, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

scottfrie, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a orangish tan with a silky beige head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has fresh earthy and floral hops, spicy alcohol, caramel and bready malts.

Taste has really herbal hops up front followed by a lush candy malt body with a long finish of bitter, resiny hops and peppery alcohol.

Clean, crisp body. Delicate carbonation and a great finish.

Simply fantastic IPA from stone.

rye726, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Taken from notes) 2010 bottle enjoyed on 6.26.11 in a snifter.

A beautiful glowing peach-yellow golden color with a very foggy look (likely due to the sediment I may have stirred when negotiating this from the fridge). Aroma is a deep and delectable citrus blend of sweet ripe orange and peach nectar. There's no doubt that from start to finish, there's a hop cornucopia in my glass. The appropriate malt is present to hold the reins on the bitter wave that breaks down on the palate. Notes of peppery peak ripe tangerine citrus and pine fill the bitter taste here.

albertjr21, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of mzrebiec
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I got 2 bottle of this beer in the cellar and did not want to open them due to the rarity of the beer in my location. A local bar had it on tap so I had to try it. It was simply incredible. The hop character was very earthy and not as citrusy as a normal IPA. I am getting ahead of myself. It poured a nice golden hew with a minimal white head that laced all the way down the glass. The aromas that came out of the beer were fantastic. Earthy, hoppy, and some pale malt came through. Now, back to the flavors. It was a very drinkable beer for the ABV and the smoothness kept me wanting more. Hats off to Stone on their 14th anniversary beer. I cannot wait to see how it tastes in a year or two.

CHEERS!

mzrebiec, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice head and retention with a cloudy yellow/orange color.

Smells like I stuck my nose in a bag of English hops...ridiculously woody.

Body is dry by has a malt sweetness. Bitterness and woody hop character are apparent with some fruity esters.

God mouthful. Somewhat dry with a hint of fuselage alcohol.

jasonjlewis, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a 1/4th of the bottle on myself and desk as the sleeve of my shirt caught the bottle neck. the rest in my duvel tulip

A: pours hazy yellow-orange a finger of white head that slowly fell to a thin layer which also leaves a small bit of lacing.
S: a dry citrus and pine along with a bit of grass and flower.
T: mainly bitter hops, wrap under the tongue a little, flavor is mainly pine. there is a less noticeable malt sweetness right on the front-end but fits with a west-coast IPA. i wish more IPAs could be in this bitterness range or more hoppy

M: very crisp. carbonation is low but thats probably due to the spill, i have another bottle to compare to.
D: i lean more toward the overly bitter and piny so this a easy drinker

rootbeerman, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of orsulacp
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly cloudy orange/golden body with a small quickly dissolving white head that was poured in to a small brandy snifter. Spicy nose, some pine, mostly white pepper a little caramel, fresh cut grass and a little citrus. The taste is awesome, the spicy pepper hits hard and then is washed away with a sweet malt and then the earthy not quite bitter hop flavor takes over. The finish is a little bitter but there is enough malt to keep it down. The thing that impresses me is that you can taste all the individual parts and they don't step on each other. It has a slick/oily mouthfeel with small biting carbonation. I can feel the alcohol burn, but it is so tasty I have to drink more.

orsulacp, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright orange/straw color with about 2 fingers of head that is foamy and dissipates to a thin layer on the surface and leaves some lacing on the glass.

As soon as I pour the beer I can smell grassy hops. I can pick up pepper, light floral, earthy aromas, a hint of pineapple and some sweet malt.

Taste is light malt, peppery hop flavor and some sweet fruity flavors. Starts with a lightly sweet malt and some mild, clean hop bitterness that transitions into a more hop focused flavor with more bitterness and some lightly sweet floral and fruit flavors. Toward the finish it is a clean hop bitterness with notes of pepper, herbal qualities and mild sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and it coats the mouth well without being sticky or cloying.

Overall this IPA is different than many American versions (as it was intended) and I find it quite nice. It strikes a nice balance between light, sweet malt and a pleasant hop bitterness while hiding it's alcohol well for being so strong.

trevorjn06, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of vma
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

vma, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada signature tumbler. Label says June 2010.

A- Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a 3/4 inch head that retains shortly before it becomes just a 1/4 inch sheer head. Melty lacing.

S- Smells funky like bleu cheese with hops in the background.

T- Highly bitter but citrusy enough to provide balance and meaning. Intense grapefruit notes abound with high levels of alpha acids. This is a hop bomb but has a crisp, fruity bite rather than an earthy, herbal one. After multiple sips, the chaos evolves into a controlled balance and becomes very easy to drink.

M- Tight, dry and snappy. Medium-high carbonation has held up well in the bottle.

O- Amazing. Cracked at the perfect time.

Immortale25, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cloudy straw-yellow haze with floating green hop chunks, Emperial IPA opens with a fruity, hoppy, effervescent nose bubbling over with not the expected pungent grapefruits and pines one would expect from a beer with, reportedly, 100 IBUs, but a floral, almost bubble-gum like sugary rosewater flair, as if rose petals and rose hips had been infused into a light grapefruit spritzer, then sprinkled with Candi sugar. Touches of toast crust provide grounding, but the beer is largely sugary in aroma, and so saturated with sugars that the bottle's mouth is sticky. The effect is enticing, but strangely so, the aromas not quite resembling those of a beer, but still delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a brown sugar rush, then moves quickly into a bitter, hop-based middle, the hops providing pine and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus notes. Hints of anise and pepper linger in the background, and the soft palate burns gently under the 100 IBUs. A good toast and biscuit base helps offset the sugary bitters, and brown sugars bring sweeter notes, joined by touches of orange liqueur and apricot. The aftertaste is largely bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with hints of toasted wheat stems, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensations on the tongue.

Overall, this is excellent fare, though I suspect many will find the hops overpowering, especially in their tendency to reproduce stem and twig flavors, as if one was eating the plant as well as drinking the plant infusion. Still, the beer is nicely balanced, the hops providing a lovely palate of mingling and delicious flavors, and the malts bringing good fruit esters and biscuit flavors. Well worth trying, and a beer worthy of being bottled again.

jondeelee, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Telestic, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden with a thin but resilient white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Dank and spicy. Grassy, a little bit of lemon, comes out more floral as it warms.

T: Interesting. Cracker type flavors stand out up front to me just before the hops overwhelm it. Pine, nice bitterness to it. Finishes quite clean but bitter.

M: Surprisingly creamy, moderate carbonation. Well done.

D: Certainly different, but not in a bad way at all. I will have this again.

aggiearcher13, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Moderate to gentle pour yields 1 finger of just off-white head with good retention. Hazy gold liquid with lemon highlights. Pretty and looks almost like a hefeweizen. Light color for the style.
S: Citrus, grass, marijuana hoppiness, biscuit, slight skunk?/DMS. Smells good but kind of restrained.
T:Quite hoppy, aggressively so. A little cucumber flavor. Grapefruit. Wow, fairly balanced at first with the heavy handed hops coming in the aftertaste. I like it a lot!
M: Bitter, very much so! Definitely a DIPA in bitterness.
D: I want another pint and would buy regularly if it was year round.

dfillius, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, hops, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, hops, pine, and malt. Well-balanced and bitter, though never too bitter.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Excellent. One of the most drinkable English IPAs I've had.

avalon07, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/28/2010

Bottle purchased at Stone. I've had this on cask and tap, now it's time to try it from the bottle. Pours a magnificent yellow orange with a big, thick, and frothy head which has excellent retention and leaves scattered lacing. There's a slight haze to the beer. The color reminds me of a wheat beer, I don't recall having seen an IPA/DIPA/EIPA of this color. Very interesting.

The aroma exhibits a nice blend of citrus, floral, and earthy notes. The citrus is redolent of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The earthiness is decidedly English in character and there's a noticeable spiciness. The malt is bready. The aroma is great.

The flavor opens with a burst of upper moderately bitter citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit) that segues into a tantalizing and restrained bready/biscuit/caramel sweetness that compliments the aggressive hop profile quite well. The finish is earthy, with floral notes, finishing with a strong bitterness, a little alcohol, and a lingering taste of orange pith and grapefruit rind. The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel.

This is essentially a San Diego Pale Ale with a slight English flair. Purists will probably not like it, but I can't argue with my taste buds, I loved it.

HopHead84, Jun 29, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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