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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%


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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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Stone Anniversary brew 22oz bomber poured into tulip glass. a yellow hazy orange with a puffy 2 finger head, nice layered lacing. I found myself really enjoying the appearance and thought this is going to be a great beer.
The aroma of pine, citrus, lemon, faint caramel malt
Taste is citrus hops, some orange, pepper, layered nicely with earthy hops at the end ties everything up together
Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation with nice dry finish.
Drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer and will go get some more while its available.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:14:03 | More by BayouBengal1537
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pale yellow with slight orange highlights that had a half finger head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: lovely citrus grapefruit aromas alongside piney hops that stand out with a good malt presence and hints of grass.

T: very nice piney hops upfront with citrus grapefruit that propels the overall bitterness and good sweet malts that balance out the hop bomb.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation that had a great hop bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: another great drinkable hop bomb from stone brewery that has a different take on the IPA using only british ingredients but has a san diego stlye hop punch. This beer is actually really bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 06:20:48 | More by Gobzilla
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a very hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off-white foamy head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice clumpy rings of lacing. Eventually reduces to a faint cap and ring.

Aroma is some pungent hops and funky yeast, floral, grassy, and earthy hops, citrus rind, spice, light malt sweetness. Strength is good at first, but tapers off through the glass.

Flavor is really nice, good juicy citrus up front, some spice, earth, grass, moderate light malt sweetness in the middle and then finishes with an excellent lingering citrus bitterness. Very little alcohol is noticed in the flavor but there is a bit there at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, oily, medium carbonation.

I've been on a bitter binge lately and this one delivers nicely. I should probably pick up another one soon as now is the time to drink it. Delicious. A little something different in this one. Just how "special" is this yeast? Perhaps the malt too. Plus I love how it is so bitter, hazy, and even a bit funky. Under 10% ABV is another plus. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 03:20:15 | More by elgiacomo
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GregoryVII

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this straight down the center of my snifter and it produced a pleasantly frothy off white head a good inch thick. The color was a yawning straw gold, and there was a decent parade of bubbles swirling about.

The aroma was spicy hops, but also damp and earthy, like a morning forest floor mixed with some pleasant herbal notes.

Taste is a good hop rush that is spicy, sharp and crackling. Lemon pepper, bits of earth and leafy/grassy goodness. The malt is sweet and powerful as well. I can detect a bit of that hard water character associated with Burton Ales. These hops linger with you; spicy, earthy, musky and grassy green all at the same time.

The carbonation is lively and very spritzy. The body is medium.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 19:26:02 | More by GregoryVII
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magnj

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body with a white frothy head that subsides quickly but still hangs around enough to leave some lacing on my snifter.

S - Awesome. IPA but not American (not that they are bad). Hops are very aggressive but not the typical "C" hops that give off pine and tropical fruits. These are more grassy and herbal, still some citrus but that may also be attributed to the English yeast a bit. Aside from the hops which are the main show you get a sugary sweet character.

T - Just like it smells this thing is all business with a ton of hops up front, grassy but pungent. There is a mildly fruity thing in there, not sure again if it's yeast driven or hops or both. Malts really don't come through much except towards the end and even then it seems to be a simple recipe, clean but nothing fancy. Overall really enjoyable and I'm just starting the bomber. ABV so far is not an issue though I suspect as it warms it will pop up.

M/D - Full body but backed up by the huge hops additions and strong ABV it seems appropriate. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:38:45 | More by magnj
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BrewIndy

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is definitely not clear. It's a muddy orangish color with a nice white head on it that stayed throughout. Nice lacing comes with it.

S: There are hops present but not nearly what you'd think you'd smell with an IPA that is 100 IBU's. Actually it's absolutely not at all what you would expect from this beer. If anything I pick up a little malty sweetness over a hint of earthy hops. It's quite pleasant.

T: Up front there is an awesome malty goodness to this beer that lingers to the point of asking yourself if there are any hops at all. Then it hits you. A bit of dryness starts to creep in and you can taste the hops. Your mouth gets more and more bitter until you find yourself taking another drink. All I can say is this is amazing. I spent some time in England and although I had some really tasty beers over there I don't remember having one as good as hits. I welcome any of you Brits to send me an IPA you think can beat this one out :) The more I hold on to this beer the less I get of the malt and the bitter hops shine through. This one feels very complex if not for any other reason but that I'm just not used to the hops in here. You owe it to yourself to pick this one up, it won't last long.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:47:14 | More by BrewIndy
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just spent 5 minutes reading the bottle. Those cats over at Stone are a trip.

Poured into my trusty Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, yet bright orange, with about 1/4 inch head and lots of carbonation.

S: This is not just your average Stone: IPA, Arrogant Bastard, or Ruination fare .... this one is just straight up orange .... the hull, meat, peel .... the whole friggin' 9 yards!

T: Surprisingly, this one is not nearly as hoppy as most of their other IPAs. It doesn't bite you and is very much like carbonated orange juice. Very strong malt backbone, as opposed to the Ruination (which I still kind of like in a sadistic way). Emperial doesn't wage war on your taste buds like Ruination.

M: Even though I had this in the fridge for several days, it stayed surprisingly warm. After a while, the bitterness starts to hit, but the [orange] citrus (and also maybe honey?) mutes that bitterness. Very pleasant.

D: I'm halfway through the bottle and I'm not having any problems.

Overall: To be honest, I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world. I get tired of the same type of beers over and over again. But this one is different.... and it may actually be my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:19:36 | More by Chaney
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DaveHS

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A: Hazy dark yellow/light amber, with an inch or so of foamy, off white head. Leaves lots of beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Wow, tons of pineapple on the nose. Hard to smell anything else behind it. Traces of pale malt and floral hops.

T: Really interesting. Plenty of bitter hops up front, but they quickly yield to fruitier, lighter hops mid-palate. The finish is...salty. There's no better word for it. I really like it. The sharpness of the salt offsets the bitterness of the hops in a really pleasant way.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate, slightly chewy carbonation.

D: High. This is one of the best things I've had from Stone in a long time!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:42:17 | More by DaveHS
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Midnight Sun stem. From notes.

A - Pours a nectarine-orange with a fluffy white, retained, head.

S - Relatively subdued, in a good way. Mainly piney hops followed by citrus.

T - Piney/resiny hops up front which then gives way nicely to grapefruit, pineapple, orange and some dry malt.

M - Medium body with a nice dry finish that hides the alcohol well. Lingering stickiness to finish.

D - The style tones down the hop 'slap' typical with large IPAs (and Stone brews) making this an easy drinking, delicious, IPA. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 17:20:55 | More by OakedCanuck
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kgrober

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll apologize in advance for this thin review, but this was the final beer I had at a Stone tasting and while I remember citrus notes, particularly grapefruit and lemon, the hops were the star of this brew...as you might imagine.

In a word, it was a MF'er. Huge nose, Huge taste, and Huge (but not overpowering) alcohol. Finished dry...almost tart.

I don't know if I could many of these, but I sure enjoyed what I had.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 17:59:03 | More by kgrober
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white head, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and lemon, backed by resinous pine notes. Some light, bready malt in the background.

T - Lemony hops with moderate bitterness up front along with a note of pine and some bready malt. Orange begins to creep into the hop character in the middle with some herbal notes and increasingly sweet, biscuit like malt. Finishes with a sweet, candied orange character of hops and soft malt, which is balanced by moderately high bitterness. Lingering orange hops and lightly toasted malt imparts a savory, herbal note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I love the hop character in this beer. The sweetness of the malt blends perfectly with the citrus and spice notes from the hops, especially in the finish. I am strongly reminded of Oscar Blues Gubna, though from the blurb on the bottle this is apparently made with entirely different hop varieties than that beer. Another great IPA from Stone!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 06:02:37 | More by nickfl
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Appearance: Orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hoppy grass.

Taste: Malty hop, some citrus, and a slight candy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and malty.

Overall:
This is a tasty, malty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:23:56 | More by megahurts4
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber' bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with an attractive, fluffy,
whipped-eggwhites head of foam
Aroma-Earthy hops and citrus notes
Taste-Spicy, lemon zest zing,bittering earthy hops, peppery, citrus-rind, rather dry finish.
Very interesting and complex. Lots of character.
Each sip tastes a little different. Alchohol very well-hidden in the hop profile. Not a "gulper" by any means, but pretty easy-drinking for the strength.
Overall, a very interesting and tasty interpretation of the style. You can almost hear the "reserved" English hops squealing with delight at their new found freedom!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 15:46:57 | More by hosehead83
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pinkwheels

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two bottles of the 14th anniversary from the brewery store in San Diego to take home with me. Color is a bright golden color; not a ton of head. Flavor is initially sweet and crisp with some nice hoppyness. It reminds a lot of Oskar Blues Gubna.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 19:40:00 | More by pinkwheels
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance - pours a very cloudy, hazy light orange color with a thick white head that leaves lacing over every portion of the glass. Notice a decent amount of floaters in the glass.

Smell - Nice citrus hop aroma, tons of ruby red grapefruit with an undertone of pepper and biscuit underneath.

Taste - nice bittering hop upfront with a hard dose of citrus flavor...lemon, grapefruit, and a little bit of pine. A slight bit of fruity malt sweetness on the back that gives just enough balance.

Mouthfeel - Nice smooth fullness in the body with an ample amount of carbonation. Very easy going down with a finish that coats but keeps some level of dryness.

Drinkability - great drinkability for a big IPA. I keep wanting to go back for another sip and feel like I could take these down much more easily than many IPAs with similar ABV and bitterness. Very balanced and very nice interpretation by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:13:29 | More by dgfair
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SaazWarz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Al's as well on draft.Super with hot wings! Simply a great beer. I find it funny that folks find it funny stone made an english Dipa! Whats it to them...but to dog this beer is just wrong(IMO). The E in Emperial is maybe for the great Empire that England once was. And can someone tell me what the hell is a cat box taste? What are you guys eating?

A- Cloudy, blonde, nice white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,grapefruit, nice pungant burst of hops

T- Grapefruit,sticky sweet, piney resins,

m- tart,nice bitterness on the palate and back of tongue

D- easly drinkin if your a seasoned IPA consumer. So good I had to take a growler home.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 17:47:32 | More by SaazWarz
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Wildman

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, floral and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pepper and spices. Medium light body with a spicy, yet astringent finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:55:34 | More by Wildman
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bomber of Stone Emperial 14th Anniversary English IPA poured into my Stone imperial pint glass, quite appropriate indeed. Pours a hazy light orange/copper color. White head is about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a good 1/4 inch with good lacing. Aromas of piney cirtus hops followed by some nice caramel malt tones. Good mix of citrus piney hop flavors and sweet caramel malt, especially once the beer warms up a bit. The piney citrus hops dominate when the beer is first poured, but after a bit the flavors balance each other nicely. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that well crafted beer should be. I really like this and certainly would go out of my way to drink it again.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 04:17:23 | More by neenerzig
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a yellow golden colour with the very slightest tinge of cloudyness to it. Smells so damn fresh too. Glad I got to this when I did. Tastes just as the description on the bottle suggests. Very earthy hop/piney notes with a slight peppery not quite spicey finish to go with the hops and slight sweetness. Drinks down so goddamn smooth and there is no hint of the 8.9% alc at all. Its been so long since an ipa/iipa actually effected my palate. Thank you Stone for something different from the norm of the ipa style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:02:38 | More by WeedKing4
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary pours a hazy, gold with a decent head that leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is upfront in the flavor, with tons of earthy, spicy, herbal and damp piney hop flavor. Sweet pale malt squeezes it's way in here and there, but a lingering, slightly resiny bitterness covers it well.

Yet another delicious IPA from Stone, they are amazing at squeezing the best flavor and aroma out of whatever hops they use!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:07:29 | More by ericj551
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a straw yellow with an impressive frothy head.

S: The aroma is excellent. Spicy and refresh. Floral and fruity. This IPA smells very refreshing, but is not as aromatic and complex as an IPA can be.

T: The taste is great. The hop bitterness is refined and the slightly toasted and bready malt really ground this beer. The yeasty and Belgium influence add a spicyness to this brew that complements the hop profile very well.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is full and carbonation is full also. The drinkability is superb.

Overall, I like what Stone did here. They took tradition and made it American Craft. This brew is much better than the Belgium-Cali IPA they make. I wouldn't mind if this was it's replacement.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:15:24 | More by TKEbeerman
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ectomorph

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a tall flared pils glass. Bottle reads June 2010 and I'm told to consume fresh.

A - Deep golden body is really hazy but the bright white head builds and sticks like there's no tomorrow.

S - Wow, not at all what I was expecting. Citrus, pine, and a great floral hoppiness dominate the nose. There is next to zero malt character here.

T - Solid but not overpowering bitterness. There is an earthy quality in the hops. A woody interpretation of Ruination. The high ABV is masked under multiple layers of hops. Grassy hops, earthy hops, citrus hops, MY GOD THE HOPS! All this would be astringent without a substantial malt backbone, so it's there. Somewhere...

M - Great dryness without being light, the carbonation helps scrub the weary taste buds for the next sip.

D - This is no session beer, but for what it is, it goes down REALLY well.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:17:59 | More by ectomorph
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with an overtone of surprisingly sweet grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is richly hoppy and subtly bitter, just as an IPA should be, with citrus undertone - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that complements the hoppy bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a citrus finish that is both sweet and bitter. Hunt this one down!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:45:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA pours an opaque straw yellow with a two finger width, frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma is full of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange peel. A touch of sweet malt is noticeable too.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is moderately chewy, soft, and has a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor begins bitter with lots of citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. A touch of pepper spice is also present. There's enough sweet malt flavor in the background to take the edge off the bitter flavors. It finishes dry with some grassy hop bitterness. Once gone the peppery spice and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This beer is definitely on the bitter and hoppy side, but the malt does a descent job of balancing out the hops. It's quite drinkable for a nearly 9% abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 19:46:05 | More by WanderingFool
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of Stone 14 sitting in my fridge for a while. Looking at it I could tell that it was totally hoppy because I could see the haze through the brown glass. I decided to open it tonight to find that it's not actually hop resins that are making it hazy (it's actually cloudy), it's just yeast! It looks like a Bavarian style hefeweizen in the glass (except for the quick rising bubbles of a higher carbonation). In fact I can see fairly large chunks of yeast suspended an inch or so above the base of the glass. There's also a lot of sediment, but I'm surprised that there's so much floating about. And this is the first pour!!!

It holds a good head though, continually maintaining a 1/4" thick lid of creamy white foam. Rings and sheets of lace are also left behind with each sip.

Surprisingly, it's not that hoppy in the nose. Ahh, I see. After a quick look at the label I understand that it's an English style IPA (although a bit strong), hence the title "Emperial". It's gently citrusy, leafy, mildly floral, a touch piney; and fruity from the yeast (apple, some pear). But does being an English style allow for a cloudy appearance? Hmmm?

In the mouth it's medium with a gently dextrinous edge, and a moderate carbonation that gently bristles the palate (I guess that's English-style as well).

The flavor is fairly basic, except that it is a bigger beer with more alcohol and a lot of bitterness. I find pale ale malt with perhaps a touch of light crystal; but this could simply be "Golden Promise" or some other UK malt. It's not Maris Otter. The hops are as the nose suggests, although a bit more grassy and spicy, and less leafy. They remain floral. The fruitiness of the yeast is present throughout, and it's reminiscent of other Stone beers, however, I think it's a different strain than they normally use. Is it just White Labs WLP023? I initially thought WLP002 but that's a little sharper than the "Bass"... ... could be, but who knows? I find it amazing how the same strains of yeast can taste different coming out of different breweries based on how their fermentation program.

As to drinkability, I enjoyed it. It's not an English IPA by any means, but it sits well as a west coast interpretation of an English IPA. Could it be described as anything else? No. That said, it's a bit bitter and the alcohol shows. Is it too bitter...? Nah, not really. As far as micros go it's still well within reason, especially for Stone. But should the alcohol be so apparent? Probably not. Is there enough complexity to keep it interesting? Ahh, not really. But that goes back to the style. On the other hand, the alcohol and bitterness throw off the balance a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:00:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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