Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, meet Corsendonk tulip.

Pleasantries exchanged, Stone's Emperial IPA fills the glass with a glowing, goldenrod-peach body. Sticky lace clings to the edge as the soapy white head slowly recedes to a fat cap of foam. Tropical-smelling hops, very familiar to Stone's highly hopped beers, but Emperial has just enough variability to keep it unique. Pineapple and mango with a good dose of spicy booze. Pale malts and a hint of medicine. Not much "English-ness" to the aroma, but I'm not complaining.

The hops hit the palate with a spicy, piny blast that congeals with the alcohol mid-sip and finishes with a phenolic, wooden bitterness. Liiinnngggeeerriiinnnggg hoppiness, so much so that the tastebuds never fully recover. But unlike the sheer joy I experience when getting my palate smashed by Ruination, Emperial just doesn't have a comparable supporting cast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but on the thicker side of medium and too cumbersome for the style. I've come to expect a lot from Stone's Anniversary releases, and perhaps that influenced my opinion of their 14th, but that's the nature of the beast (or gargoyle). One-and-done for me, but definitely give it a try.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow straw color with nice fluffy white head and moderate retention.

There are citrus and tropical hops, but somewhat muted. It's just not that aromatic.

It's hoppy and bitter, for sure. Pineapple and grapefruit flavors are dominated by sheer bitterness. I wish the flavor was more pronounced. It was a tease. It felt like it was starting strong but never quite peaked.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, ok carbonation. Finish is not as dry as I'd prefer.

Good drinkability and overall an ok beer. From Stone, it was a little disappointing.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- golden color, nice looking head, nice lacing

Smell- hops, citrus, light spice

Taste- malt, hops, spice, citrus, nice bitter flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would like to grab a few more while I still can.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours an orangeish shade of yellow, pretty cloudy. Head is 2 fingers thick and very white. Head sticks around for a really long time...impressive

S- grassy, floral hoppy aroma with a little bit of citrus in there too. Its an interesting combination that works pretty well together

T- SUPER bitter! A lot of those grassy and floral hops are coming through, as you'd expect in an English style IPA. Not really citric at all, which is how I like my IPAs, but that's alright. Still tasty

M- good, solid body...carbonated well. Nothing earth shattering here, but I'd maybe like it a little thicker

D- this is a sipper. VERY bitter. Good beer, but it will absolutely destroy your palate

Photo of semibaked
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark yellow with some brown highlights and produces about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and really nice carbonation.

S - Lemons, spices, and floral and bitter hops.

T - Tastes like spice laden lemon candy, the spices are complex and hard to put my finger on what they are I get a little pepper though. The hops come through more throughout drinking, but there is a little taste that reminds me of dish soap, kinda weird.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and lots of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good but the more I drink the spice and hops come out. This is definitely one of the most different IPA's I have had, it is worth a try.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1.5 finger frothy head in my tulip glass that is fades slowly, leaving a slight lacing. The beer is a hazy murky orange-yellow wheat color.

The nose emanates with musty fresh hops, dry hopped with some resinous hop oils, some floral, very light pine, and lots of earthy hops. There is also a slight malty sweet aroma coming behind all that hop presence, but enough of a malty sweetness that a hint of alcohol will probably make it's way out.

The taste is somewhat as expected, lots of fresh hops, almost like I'm chewing on hop pellets actually. It has that dry grainy feel to it that just sucks the water from my mouth like chewy on a hop pellet would do. Lots of grassy and herbal and super earthy hop flavors, pretty bitter and very dry. A touch of a malty backbone in there, somewhere. A hint of a warming booze also sticks its nose out.

The mouth is medium body with decent carbonation, and a really dry chewy kinda feel that really does give the feel like chewing on a dry hop pellet, and slightly grainy.

The finish is pretty bitter, but not overwhelming. Lots more dryness, again like it sucked the water from my mouth it was so dry. Still have that long lingering feel and taste like chewing on hops pellets. A slight malty presence, but not much. It's just pure earthy and herbal hops basically.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways, poured into a deschutes globe. Reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: Fresh hops, light floral, herbal, spicy, mild citrus, great hop aroma, alcohol

Ap: Fine haze straw, creamy head, great retention, lacing

T: Earthy/herbal hop, good bitter end, light floral, fresh hop, clean pale malt, lightly sweet in balance, nice lasting hop bitterness, helps dry beer out, light alcohol, hints of candy sweetness

M: mouth coating resin, medium fine carbonation, light alcohol warmth at end

O: good and unique, i like a good us ipa more but good

Photo of thetomG
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents.

The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?)

Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should.

I'm glad I tried this but not sure that I'd really seek it out again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Left some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Piney hops right off the get go with this nose. A little citrus thrown in there too to offset the bitter earthy hops. Toffee forward malt base. There is a hint of alcohol toward the ending of this beer. Hmmm...seems to have held up a little bit.

T- Bitter piney hop bite right off the get go. Citrusy hops also in the front end of the beer off set once again the bitterness. There is also some light spicey hops in there as well to add the extra element. Middle of this beer shows off the toffee malt backbone along with some sweet raisins. Backend of this beershows more of a bready malt with stronger alcohol notes and citrus hops blowing through the backend.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops and more hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly citrus hops, bready malt, and alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were hop forward and secondly malts which off set the hops a little but not much. Clean flavors except the medicinal alcohol flavor was a bit much at itmes when it warmed.

D- This beer was above average but not great with this year on it. The hops held up really well but there was something I didn't like about it. ABV was a little higher which might have helped to taste it a little more. Overall a drinkable beer but as far as buying it...a one and done for me.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange. Stark white fluffy head, with bubbly lacing. This really just looks like a mimosa sitting in my glass. I'd give it a 4 if it were a hefe.

S - The smell is not very forward. It's fairly pleasant, with slight citrus notes and a sort of lingering bitterness.

T - Rather bitter throughout. It's not TOO bitter, it's just a hair off balanced. Mostly bitter, piney and acid, but not quite enough malts to combat the extremities of the hops.

M - Crisp and medium bodied. Works well enough for the style.

D - Easy to put the bomber away. It's interesting, and since it's a one time thing, nothing to get hung up on. Maybe with some age, or mock vertical it might be much better.

Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden hue that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention behind it. Some tiny bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A big resin-like pine dryness up front with plenty of lime citrus with a twist of pineapple. A light honey sweetness.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A big resin-like pine dryness up front with lime and pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very very much a hop forward beer with massive pine resin and citrus. This actually gets rather bitter as it goes on; very very bitter!

(D)- A fun beer that I enjoyed in a style often overlooked by the more popular American DIPA. Fits the style it is in well, but gets really bitter the more I have of it, but its still enjoyable.

Photo of kels
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy gold color with some bright apricot highlights. The initial 2 finger head of smooth, thick white foam retains excellently at a solid finger and leaves behind tremendous amounts of lace. The foam holds so well that it continues to lend nicely to the overall feel of the beer throughout the drink.

Not as much aroma as I expected out of this one, especially with the overwhelming flavors in the taste. I just get hints of the grainy malt and a bit of the citrusy, grassy hops. Overall it smells really dry, if dry can be a smell.

Wow...taste in this beer was not really what I was expecting at all. I typically find English IPAs a little more mild and balanced than American, but that is certainly not the case in this one. It is Stone, so perhaps I should have expected that more. When first held in the mouth, not much flavor comes out. I get a nice foundation of crispy grain and a hint of the hops. The burst of hop bitterness really explodes when I start to swallow the beer and it hits the back and upper parts of the palate. There's huge bitter citrus and some grassy hops as well. The hop concentration is so high that I feel a thick layer of sticky film all through my mouth and across my lips. The well-retained head really helps cut the stickiness, giving the beer a smooth and creamy dimension to match. End of the drink is crisp, probably in part due to the sharpness of the finish, and the aftertaste holds for quite some time.

Not very high drinkability on this one. I do like the taste, but the overall sharpness might mean the second half of the bomber gets left behind.

Photo of PCmofo
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After pouring this beer I wasnt very excited about drinking it. It had a cloudy yellow/orange color to it almost like a wheat beer. It did have a pleasant, citrus aroma. The bitterness of the Imperial style was apparent on the first sip and almost overwhelming.

The beer was not very carbonated yet had a thick mouthfeel. The citrus, almost lemony bitterness had a slightly sweet after taste.

The citrus flavors were a refreshing change for an Imperial and overall a fun beer to try.

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Decent gold with 2 fingers of head that left little to no lacing.

S- Wow, loads of citrusy hops and caramel malt... At first the hops dominate this beer and smells a lot like weed, as it warms the caramel malt brings forth which I didn't like as much.

T- Light caramel malt and almost a yeasiness followed by the typical English bitter hops, citrusy hops have vanished replaced by different earthy/loamy hops, quite bitter and light with a real heat on the backend.

M- At first I wanted to say medium, however upon the taste I must say a light body with loads of light carbonation that dance on the tounge, quite torn on the mouthfeel essence.

D- Pretty easy to drink this bomber, might look for more but I really didn't like the taste as much as I had hoped.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a huge cap of chunky white foam, that lasts forever in the glass... and upper lip... you get lots of thick lacing. The beer itself it golden yellow and strongly carbonated... Fizzy Yellow Beer indeed! Sharp, spicy hop nose with almost imperceptible traces of alcohol. The hops carry over as expected into the taste, but as the initial wisp of sweetness gets run over by the hop train, things go downhill a bit. The hops are more bitter than flavorful and have a unpleasant, astringent aftertaste. The flavor from initial sip through to finish is a roller coaster that oscillates between very good and not so great. Overall, interesting, but nothing I would stash away for the future... unless to see if it smooths out and tames some of the grubbiness.

Photo of ToddT
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow topped with an large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and a hint of pineapple, aroma is subtle in nature.

T- Bitter hops that slowly builds to a crescendo of hop bitterness, somewhat balanced out by a quick note of sweet pineapple. The finish is dry, clean and with a lingering bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation, the body has a slightly viscous feel to it, not unpleasant but noticeable.

O- Solid effort, could use a little more balance to make it more interesting though. The 8.6% ABV shows up a little as it warms in the form of some heat in the finish,

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish yellow with a nice inch of white head that had coarse bubbles, very good retention and decent lacing.

This beer had a very nice, well-rounded hop aroma. Not too sharp, bitter, floral or spicy, but a little of all of those. There was a bit more malt in the nose than I expected from Stone, a pleasant surprise. The taste followed along closely. Some malt backbone and a lot of different hop flavors. A dry, slightly bitter finish.

The body was full but not heavy or sticky. The beer lingered, but didn't stick around too long to become annoying (you know, like that guy at the party). Drinkability was very good, but a 22 by myself was enough for one sitting.

Overall, a very nice beer from a brewery that often makes beer I like and, equally as often, makes beers that are over the top boring. A must try. I wouldn't mind if this became a yearlt release.

Photo of billab914
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. Poured a bright orange, almost yellow color with a sticky white head already clinging to the sides of the glass. The head faded to a thin and spotty dusting but left some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong European, earthy, spicy, hoppiness to it. It has a bit of underlying orange peel, lemon zesty citrus coming through as well. A sweet, bready, almost wheat like malt comes through to round out the flavors in the nose. Definitely an interesting mix of hoppiness to it.

The taste shows some of the classic earthy, spicy, almost peppery European hop flavors right off the bat. The finish becomes very dry, bitter, and somewhat grassy. A little citrus is present in the taste as it was in the nose. A hint of sweet malt peeks through just before the extreme bitter finish takes over.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is OK, I'm not sure the European hops lend themselves as well in extreme quantities as the American ones do. The extreme dry, earthy, grassy, spice was a interesting but not something I would buy regularly in a beer. They could have just as easily called this one Euro Ruination though as hoppy as it was. Very interesting and cool beer though overall.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

14th Anniversary Ale is gold in color. It's hazy, and has a copper tint when held to light. A foamy white head tops it off. It stands over two fingers tall, and is very slow to disappear. Thick waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Not bad at all.

The nose is intriguing. Hops are very strong in the mix and greet the nose first. It's an interesting hop profile to say the least. It certainly smells like some form of English hops. They're grassy, floral, earthy, and even a little spicy smelling. Interesting. There's a slight citrusy scent to it. Mostly lemon. Pale malts are easily noted and give it a bit of a sweet smell. I'll go above average on this one. It's pretty good, but I'm skeptical about the hop selection for this one.

The flavor is likewise above average. It has a nice, sweet pale malt base that anchors things down pretty well. There's a hint of toasted malt, and a very slight caramel flavor. The hops have a really interesting flavor, but I'm not crazy about it. It's definitely a mix of English hop varieties that have a very earthy, floral, and grassy flavor. There's a little citrus lemon, and a bit of spiciness. It's very bitter. But, the hop flavor is not that great. Definitely could've been better. It almost has an astringent-like flavor to it. Alcohol is masked pretty well. It finishes bitter, grassy, and very dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation is mid-range. It has a smooth feel overall and goes down nicely. Drinkability is just above average. The flavor's okay, but not great. The hop flavor grows tiring pretty quick. I'll finish the bomber, but that's enough for me.

14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is probably my least favorite Stone anniversary release (of the ones I've tried). It's alright, but isn't a great effort. The hop profile is its biggest shortcoming. The end flavor just isn't that great. I'm also not sure the "English IPA" label is appropriate. It seems far too big and brash to be a real English IPA. It's alright. Definitely worth a try. But, I'm already looking forward to 15th Anniversary getting things back on track.

Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review # 400

A: Cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head that holds pretty well. more clarity would have been nice

S: Very grassy smelling with notes of pine and maybe a touch of citrus fruit. Some caramel is present in the background

T: Heavy bitter pine note with some grassy and floral notes. nice caramel sweetness. Some hints of orange citrus too

M: A bit rough around the edges. slightly oily and a touch of heat.

d: A nice solid drinking DIPA. The mouthfeel and the hops were a little overwhelming but not always in a good way as the pine got slightly astrigent tasting

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/19/10

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy orange/gold color with a white head

Smell: Loads of hops, an interesting profile - smells leafy, herbal, decidedly different than a West Coast hop bomb - some biscuity malts in the background

Taste: I've never encountered a hop profile like this before - very spicy, herbal, and leafy with some citrus in the background - super bitter and somewhat dry - the malts serve as a reminder that this is supposed to be slightly English in style - some biscuits here - ultimately this tastes like an English IPA tweaked to taste more American, if that makes sense - this works in theory, but the actual beer is only great, not excellent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some weird syrupyness that I did not really enjoy

Overall: A fun experiment, but nothing to write home about

Stone's 14 Anniversary has some good aspects, but overall I felt a bit disappointed. I felt that it could have been better, or at least slightly more balanced. I grew tired of this about halfway through the bomber. I'd prefer an English pale followed by a ridiculous West Coast IPA rather than trying to put both styles into one beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.

S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.

T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).

M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.

D: I usually like Stone's anniversary beers, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. I guess if I'm going to have any more of these, I'll have to drink them quickly.

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Shipyard imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color which is mostly clear but does have a slight, but noticeable haze. A thin finger of sturdy white foam sits a while before dropping to a thick foamy skim coat that stays the duration.

S - Grassy, herbal, a bit orangey, some earthiness for hops. Bready malt background with a very mild sweetness. An out of the ordinary smelling IPA.

T - Pretty bitter up front with a dominant and somewhat harsh English varietal hop flavor in the middle. Mild malty sweetness that barely makes itself noticeable. Alcohol is rather noticeable adding a bit of a different overall effect to this English IPA.

M - Just on the light side of medium body with a just high of medium for carbonation level. Lots of prickly bubbles in the mouth on every sip. Alcohol is noticeable. Overall quite dry.

D - Overall, no glaring faults, but the sum of all the things going on in this beer somehow misses the mark for me a little bit. An interesting take on the style, but the harshness of the hops and overall alcohol stregth and noticeability are making this a little bit difficult to get thru the entire bottle. Its a bit of a slow sipper for me, for sure.

Photo of detlefchef
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Attractive orange color with creamy off-white head.

Smells of honey and spice with apricot jam. Really a pretty nose.

The taste is somewhat surprising. Based on what they described they were trying to do, they seemed to have totally missed the mark. If they were trying for a truly English IPA, they still went for it too much with the hops. I mean, it's tasty, but it seems like a quasi-Cali-belgian gig without the banana.

Super ripe, malty and fruit profile with tons of mango and assertive bitter finish. Somewhat cloying though and that sort of casts a bit of a pallor on things. Makes me not entirely fired up about a second.

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