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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

752 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TheBronze, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

rrryanc, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of pushstartnow13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jorgemir
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one is a beautiful orange in color with a light and fluffy head that screams of delicacy.

Smell - The hops are light and very fresh, sharp but easy on the nose. This is a complex and refined hop aroma that is hard to describe. It is very non-traditional and as I understand it made with British hops. There's a kind of citrus, fruit-like character to the nose but not the big orange or grapefruit that you find in a lot of American IPAs. It's not a hop monster like Ruination but more like if you take the lightness of a good British hopping then "Stone it up" about 100 degrees then there you have it.

The balance of the nose is near perfection and would be even more interesting with a year in the cellar to grow the malt a bit. Right now though it is still properly balanced if a bit on the hop side. There's a classic ESB-type of yeasty note to the malt base and a bit of sweetness that is again very pure and natural.

Taste - This travels true from nose to tongue. The hops seem more floral here and mate squarely with the sharpened ESB yeasty notes. The sugars up front are incredible and really not like anything I've had before. It is a very pleasant sugary kind of sweet flavor like sugar water.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer leaves its mark. It's borderline medium-bodied and not at all heavy like an American DIPA but OMG is this thing bitter. This is more bitter than any other Stone beer that I've had and is so dry it will make you scream uncle a few times. This is self-generating revenue here as every sips just makes you want to take another one.

Drinkability - I am a big fan of creativity and this is just amazing. It is so different yet so good and really was a very daring project that IMO could not have been done any better and certainly not by any other brewery. In almost every other case when an American brewer of "big beers" takes on a non-traditional style and beefs it up it is a holy mess, but here the folks at Stone showed why they are the top brewery on the West Coast.

RoyalT, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow/gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet and fruity with flavors of citrus along with some caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in but isn't over-powering. The malt character is a little on the thin side but it provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style with a well-done twist, this is a very good beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Stretch270
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into tapered Stone glass

Appearance - a very clouded light amber color with a bubbly thick cream colored head.

Smell - certainly the hops come across in the smell both in the nostrils and the back of the throat.

Taste - fir fans of imperial IPA I think this will be an enjoyable beer to try. What you ask for when it comes to imperial is hops and Stone never fails to impress. It combines nicely with a fruitiness, almost apricot like that gives the beer a nice balance of flavor as opposed to pure bitterness.

Mouthfeel - what I really enjoy about this beer is that the carbonation doesn't weigh too much on the tongue. It allows you to focus on the flavor. That is not to say there isn't carbonation because there is, but that the carbonation doesnt mask the wonderful hoppsy flavor.

Overall - stone IPA's hold a special place in my heart, and the 14th anniversary dies a fantastic job at defining an emperial IPA. That said, it is not doing anything to redefine, which is what i imagine 5's are reserved for. Regardless, it reminds me of the Stone tours hops room and just brings a smile to my face.

Stretch270, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges a golden copper color which I find to be the most ideal DIPA color. A beer with this color tends to lean more toward hoppy and fruity than malty, which I prefer in the style. A huge, rocky and dense white head forms on the beer, is about three fingers in size, and has great retention. Looks a bit like Pliny.

I was expecting the aroma to be west coast hops but instead it seems as this one leans more toward east coast or English. Piney, slightly fruity, quite earthy, and grassy. Almost like EKG and Saaz; sounds weird right? Malt is "well hidden" but there is a slight sweet aroma.

Flavor profile is marvelous. Quite bitter with large doses of piney and very earthy hops. Slightly alcoholic and warming. This is my kind of beer. What malt there is lends toward the Munich malt and not the specialty malt category. Fruity.

The bitterness hits the tongue immediatley and then lingers long after the swallow, making this one a long and bitter finish. Perhaps a little thin on the tongue, but certainly not watery. Being a hop head, I dont mind my DIPA IPA being a bit out of balance toward the bitter end of the spectrum. I really liked this beer alot. Perhaps a bit too "English" for me but certainly a great beer.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 12, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at ACBF in Boston 2 weeks ago, only a 2oz pour. But now I found my first bottle in Columbus, $6.99, and I'm gonna buy a lot more of it. The best looking Stone artwork to date, including the gargoyle from Stone 10th but this time with a cool parchment colored background.

The beer is crystal clear, a light orange shade of copper with a huge pillowy and rocky foam and big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and floral, pungent kick-ass hops. Apparently Kent East Goldings, Boadicea, and Target based on the bottle description. Mitch Steele and company kicked ass with this formulation.

The taste is strongly hoppy, no malt balance in sight, just loads of English hops. Peppery and spicy, floral, a little chalky and turing bitter in the aftertaste.

Delicious, like I noted above I'll be getting lots more. My favorite Stone Anniversary beer.

TurdFurgison, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of tmalone510
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this IPA. I typically prefer a lighter IPA with aggressive, but not over the top, hop flavor and aroma. I prefer color on the lighter side which yields a more drinkable and refreshing taste in my opinion. The Target hops are a clear standout and in my opinion make the beer. This is a true success.

tmalone510, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of JustinA1
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Gorgeous wheat gold color, Ivory white lacing. I'd look more but the aroma is everywhere.

S - This beer is all about the smell. Once the bottle is opened: Candy. It's everywhere. Floral, Light, Sugary, like a sweet scented candle or incense. It's nothing like any Stone beer you've had before, yet it still retains that bright hoppy characteristic of a solid IPA.

T - Good, dominated by spicy/peppery hops for sure, but with hints of sweet caramel deep within. The taste parallels the aroma, a feature so often missing in a good IPA.

M - Couldn't ask for more, light yet smooth body. Perfect condition, slightly more bubbly than one expects for an IPA but it works.

D - More, please. I hope, I beg, Stone's exercise in the 'Emperial' is a sign of more to come and not just that: an exercise. This beer shows refinement, care, and class. Rock on.

JustinA1, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice hazy yellow, almost like a belgian triple, with a one finger white foamy head. Great lacing all the way down.

Strong floral hops scent to this beer with some sugars present.

The taste is a great one. Lots of hop bite with a great sugary malt presence. Very well balanced and well done.

The mouthfeel is good with a very noticeable alchol presence.

Overall, another homer for Stone.

whoneeds8, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with a plush white head that slowly reduces to a thin sheen of tight bubbles. Nice lacing as the beer is swirled and consumed.

Smells of evergreen and resiny hops, tempered by sweet malt. The smell is quite intense and flavorful.

Has a spicy, hoppy taste, with strong notes of pine, white grapefruit, malt, and lemon pith. There's a strong astringency and bitterness which dries out the tongue and leaves a lingering dry bitterness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front, ending dry and bitter. Perfect for an Imperial IPA.

Quite tasty, this is a good example of an extreme IPA that I find enjoyable. Definitely recommend that you pick one up!

TheHoppiest, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that leaves chunks of foamy lace. I like the parchment background of the "label". Pale IPAs, love them.

Smell is big hops, lots of spicy herbal hops, some mint, a bit of cat pee. EKGs are the most prominent. The stemmy earthy component of the hops almost picks up a cocoa note.

Taste is also big earthy hops, very spicy, robust, a hint of peanut butter as well. The burtonized water accentuated the substantial bitterness, to which the base pale malts stand no chance. Which is fine, it's a good hop blast, as to be expected from Stone. The salts accentuate the alcohol, even though it's pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a huge IPA, perhaps English ingredients, but clearly American DIPA style. Very good, a nice change of pace from typical west coast DIPAs.

ccrida, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Why not celebrate the beer in a company glass?

I bought three bottles when this beautiful beer came out. I finally opened the third bottle of this incredibly hoppy beer.

On the pour I had a one and a half finger head. It retained the creaminess for a couple minutes.

The color is a deep yellow color. It has some nice haze to the shading to the beer.

I smell a nice bouquet of hops. There are a lot of different hops in the beer, but the cascade comes through. Your can smell the grapefruit coming through. Not a surprise with Stone. They throw lots of great hops into all their beers. This works for my hophead favortism.

I enjoy the flavors coming through from the first drink. I like how the hops come through in each drink. The hops have matured well with the additional aging. These extra years have added bitterness, but they mellow in each drink.

I am excited for the 15th to come.

ummswimmin, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Stone. Even after a year of aging, this IPA This beer poured a nice lightly cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Smell was quite fruity with lots of nice grapefruit and strawberry notes. Flavor was nice with peppery hops right off the bat followed by a nice semi sweet malt backbone and another dose of dry bitterness on the back end that begged you to take another sip. Match this with a nice light mouthfeel and this is a very enjoyable beer. Recommended.

Dmann, Aug 29, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: 1/8" head, yellow and cloudy.

Smell: Hints of fruit. Either lemon or grapefruit stood out.

Taste: Very good but it tasted like Dogfish Head 60 min. I was expecting a bit more because of the description and inspiration on the back of the bottle. Nevertheless is continues in the Stone Brewery fashion of excellence.

Mouthfull: Medium with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very good. Above 8% this beer could be dangerous. It hides the alcohol very well. Enjoy.

goofyfootrr, Jul 31, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of piny and grassy hops with an undertone of melon and biscuity malt.

Tastes of a big dose of hops layered on top of biscuity malts. Hops dominate with a big pine and grass taste with some underlying fruitiness. Plenty of bitterness adds to the mix. Malt is primarily bready but has a grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of SteelKettle
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Orange cloudy color with a good head and good retention

S. Citrus hob smell

T. orange with slight alcohol taste dry feel

M. full bodied smooth with slight carbonation

D. Very drinkable enjoyed in pint glass

Another great beer from Stone Brewing.

SteelKettle, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

a - pours dark yellow. like what my piss will look like tomorrow morning. its that color, but it looks good. good carbonation

s - big citrus hops. quite fruity. malt sweetness.

t - wow thats bitter. wasn't expecting that much off the nose. big hop flavor. grapefruit rind. this one is strong.

m - med-light body. nice carbonation.

o - very nice IPA, although I think it might be a DIPA. easy drinking, and hides the 8.9% very well.

levifunk, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Beautiful hue of apricot-orange. It's cloudy, but I can still see through it. Features good lacing and a small white head.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, and yeast

T - Floral and citrus hops right away, with honeysuckle, clover, and freshly cut grass showing up soon thereafter. There are traces of pepper in the back half. All of the above blend with the hops for an earthy, herbal bitter end.

M - Medium bodied; a little chewy at points. The carbonation is spot on, and the complex flavors make this a joy to swish back and forth over the different regions of the tongue.

D - If money weren't an object, I'd be drink another bomber right away.

Very impressive despite high expectations. Stone rarely disappoints and certainly not here. Highly recommended.

klikger, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9-28-10
Bottled in June 2010

Pours a cloudy bright golden color, with a thin white head and thick rings of lacing. Very inviting.

Smell is all strong hops, tons of citrus, with a great slightly sour malt and booze to back it up. Heavy and hoppy but very good.

Taste is huge lemon hops. Sour and sweet, with just the right amount of malt to thicken it up. The finish is sharply bitter and very dry, leaving a tart, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and right for the style.

Drinkability is very good, hoppy but very balanced and well made.

Overall, one of the best I've had, and that's saying a lot.

BMoney575, Sep 28, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.