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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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 DaveJanssen
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is pale in appearance, grassy, bitter, and dry.

It poured hazy pale straw with a tall white head that quickly dissipated leaving one weak skinny ring. It looked like a hefe. The smell and flavor were subtle and earthy, dominated by grass and pine. There was a strong bitterness with a long-lingering dry finish.

With the heavily bitter feel, Emperial IPA leaves a strong impression; however, there isn't much flavor. Stone makes several great year-round ales and IPAs (e.g., Ruination and Arrogant Bastard). Among that company, Emperial IPA isn't much of a celebratory ale.

Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was very interested to try Stone's take on a "double" English IPA... Pours a bright, yet cloudy gold into a tulip glass, with a nice, sudsy, white head. Smell is dominated by earthy hops, pepper, maybe a slight hint of grapefruit and resin. Taste is dominated by the crucial, bitter, resinous finish. The malt profile is pretty clean - breadiness and a touch doughy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Wow, that finish is pretty brutal! An interesting foray for Stone, but I'd much prefer their American IPA / DIPA / Strong Ale styles. Glad I tried it, but probably won't seek out any extras.

Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ZenAgnostic
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Marked June 2010.

Appearance - Big white foamy head with decent retention and very erratic patchy stick. Opaque yellow-orange body with tons of floating yeast nodules.

Smell - Band-Aids. Peach? Very yeasty. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter and fishy. Some lime peel and something like yogurt and bread. Strange. Reminds me of Orval for some reason. Underlying maltiness like maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Good bite and mild astringency. Head offers plenty of froth.

Overall Drinkability - Complex. Different. Makes me want to travel time and have an old school IPA.

Photo of mklinger
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with some friends. It looks like a Stone beer to me. Very golden -- color was similar to Stone IPA or Ruination. Very white thick head that left lots of lacing. Clarity was good.

Aroma was very English in character. Grassy, earthy, and floral. It was almost too much grass & earth to be as desirable as it could be though.

Taste was less dominated by earthiness though. Really nice bitterness here as you'd expect from a Stone beer -- a clean bitterness with some toasty malt but not overly assertive & not caramelly. Still some of the floral earthy character but more in balance.

Mouthfeel was crisp for a strong IPA. Plenty of carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

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 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 charlzm
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed July 26th, 2010 in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

This "Emperial" pale ale is a mostly-clear deep yellow, sort of like morning urine. Right, anyway... there is a verrrry smooooth creamy head atop this beer, almost a cask/nitro texture due to the uniformly fine off-white bubbles that rise throughout the session with this beer.

Aroma: hoppy in the English style. Medicinal herbs, white pepper, vague dash of floral character. Not as strong as I had expected.

Flavor starts off with toffee and toasty malt which segues swiftly to a medicinal, earthy hop assault. The bitterness is there in the form of a lemon rind flavor, though it doesn't come out fully until after the somewhat tea-like finish (literally a few seconds after the swallow). There is almost an English barleywine character to the flavor, due perhaps to the copious English hops used in the brewing? While I didn't especially care for it, I'm sure it's exactly what Stone intended.

Texture is creamy with the slightest carbonation bite.

I found this one overbearing; if it had been hopped a bit less, it would have been more enjoyable but probably considered less "Stone".

Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 SolomonGrundy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love what Stone does so here goes...Pours nice, slightly hazy and pale Amber. good carbonation and creamy head that leaves great lacing. What you might expect from a doubel IPA. Pretty carbonated for a robust ale of this stature (8.9% ABV). Smell has great citrusy and hoppy characteristics - some grapefruit, some sour peach, some flowery-ish notes...Flavor is big and uber hoppy, typical of Stone. First sip carried an off, smelly foot flavor...gross, but has since then lost this off flavor. VERY smooth for a huge beer...Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Actually pretty durn good ale. Not overly complex, but tasty. $5.99 for a bomber, so mid-to-slightly high priced for everyday drinkage...Try and find it folks...

Photo of alleykatking
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 detlefchef
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours bright yellow, too cloudy to see through. Hefty, slowly fading white head. Smells bright, flowery, sweet, hoppy -- heavy duty citrus.

Taste is powerfully bitter. Concentrated grapefruit peel combined with pine needles, very long lasting bitter aftertaste, sweetness in the smell is barely detectable in the taste. Mostly, the other flavors are drowned out by the bitterness. Maybe it'll open up as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, drinkability hampered by the puckering bitterness, but I suspect this is one of those beers that gets easier to drink the farther you get into it.

Photo of PCmofo
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 ToddT
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 billab914
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 mikey711
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 portia99
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Spiekerbox
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange with a decent sized orange-ish head, Decent lacing with big bubbles as head dissipates.

S- Sweet hoppyness, citrusy with a mix of other hops as well.

T- Hops, and hops. Citrusy hops are definately the biggest player but a good mix of hop flavors thoughout the drink. Nice bitter finish with a warmth of alcohol involved.

M- Sticky, medium body and low-moderate carbonation. Alcohol definately noticable in the finish (as mentioned above) not sure if the warmth helps the finish or not.

O- Decent DIPA but nothing spectacular, could probably only have one of these in a night but this 22 will take a while to finish as it is.

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 EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 LordAdmNelson
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw color with big sticky white head. The nose is hoppy, but earthy, skunky, and weedy. Not sure I'm a huge fan. Do I smell piss? Taste, though, recovers a bit, with some spicy hops laid over a sweet biscuity malt. It's nicely balanced for what it is, though "balanced" in a more American way. Smooth and full-bodied, the feel was spot-on. A good drink, the spiciness of some of the hops in the brew did slow me down and kind of put me off a bit.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Down to my last 2 of a case of this one a realized i've reviewed yet so even though it's a little old here it goes.

Cloudy light gold appearance tha is actually somewhat blah for a stone brew. Big bubbled head that trails a few clumps of lace behind but nothing really special.

Faint citrus smells but maybe more like mango than strong grapefruit. Some honey sweetness appears also. Some musty earthyness also.

Taste is cloying sweetness upfront tha shows the bite of the alcohol. No fruitiness in the taste, i get more of earthy, slightly piney bitterness.

Full body on this one gives it some real meat. This is a big heavy beer.

Overall not the best of the Stone Anniversary beers but still better than most that you can get your hands on. Even the worst Stone is a treat that i will never turn down.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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