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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: 14.03%
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:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 753 | Reviews: 574
Photo of rrryanc
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of pushstartnow13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of orsulacp
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of jorgemir
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of dfillius
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of vtfan77
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light, orange-straw color that pours with about a half inch of head that slowly dissipates, leaving quite a bit of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Big, juicy hop aroma of blood oranges and very ripe strawberries accented by hints of basil and mint. Very interesting and complex. Outstanding.

T- Starts out with a gooey candied berry sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by some intense earthy hop flavors. Grass, pepper, dirt, and even a hint of melting plastic come through in the highly bitter finish. Extremely complex and, despite how it may seem from the description, enjoyable.

M- Fairly thick, but balanced nicely by the carbonation.

D- Well, it's a pretty intense flavor experience, and one that would prevent me from drinking more than one bottle in a sitting. However, that one bottle will definitely go down, if only to see what sort of flavors will emerge.

One could easily consider me a Stone fanboy by looking at my reviews. Perhaps one would be correct. I don't really care how it seems; I simply love Stone's beers, and this one is no exception. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it, but it definitely won me over. It's very complex and one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. It is by no means an English IPA, but it's not meant to be, so I won't penalize the beer based on its classification on this site. I highly recommend it for people who are looking for something a bit different.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy golden with a big, thick head that leaves solid lines of lacing

S- Bitter hops and mineral water smells like an English IPA

T- Juicy, spicy hops on top of a mellow, honey-sweet body. Some tangy yeast shows up in the aftertaste

M- Slick with silky carbonation and a juicy body.

D- Great balance for a DIPA. I usually find these beers too potent in all respects, but this one I respect.

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang fluted glass. Gave a nice 2 finger pale tan head, that lingered and laced very nicely. Smells of spicy hops, a light apple juice scent, and something I'm placing as fruity bubble gum. Very nice spicy hop flavors, as well as some light malt. Amazing lingering bitterness. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A great beer. I'm impressed by Stone again.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of SteelKettle
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.