Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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: 14.29%
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 BigIrishman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy orange color with a super sticky and soapy head.

Smell: Herbal earthiness with hints of a pine forest in the background. The malt presence is fairly low. I was a bit skeptical of the all English hops and malt but so far it's pretty good.

Taste: Huge herbal earthy tone that is slightly balanced by a sweet bready english malt. This is a super ramped up English IPA and it doesn't take it's self lightly. The super herbal flavor is pretty nice and not too unsimilar from your standard English strong tea. Overall not bad as long as you don't expect your standardized American style.

Mouthfeel: Super dry with a medium to heavy body, fairly sticky as well.

Drinkability: Taken for what it is, this is fairly good. They were going for something different and they really hit on something pretty good hear. I'll look out for this style in the future. Keep pushing the envelope guys...

Photo of rwf08
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium hued straw color. Dense white fluffy head. Clear and clean looking. Some dense sticky lacing.

S: Very pungent hop aroma. Some vegetal qualities. Smells of fresh hops. Very pungent as I said before. It is good though.

T: Hops up front with some light thin malty sweetness on the finish.

M: Carbonation isn't too high. Fairly thin mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: Pretty good for a higher ABV beer. I don't notice any alcohol in this. The smell is kind of off putting as it is very pungent almost skunky hop aroma. All in all pretty good though.

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy golden yellow color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled down to a constant foam cap. Good sheeting that slowly slides back with good amount sticking.

The aroma was initially heavy on lemon zest but as that faded the floral and pine hops started to dominate. This one has a few months on it so the hop aroma has faded a bit but it's still very good. Usually more of an American vs English IPA fan but this one represents the English style very well. Peppery spice starts off the flavor with a quick malt presence and then the bitter, but not overly bitter, hops wrap it up. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation. Slightly dry. Good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good English IPA. I still prefer the AIPA but if I had to go EIPA this would be near the top of my choices. Another great offering from Stone. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time limited release but if it was regular release maybe the rare one [O;O]

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8.9% abv. Pours a slightly hazy golden color, maybe a slight peach tint. Great looking rocky white head. Excellent head retention and lace.

Nose is full of juicy malt, floral, herbal, and peppery hops. A nice amount of fruity notes.

Malt character is on the lighter side, but very nice and clean, which allows the hops to shine through. Herbal and peppery, with some lingering bitterness that coats the tongue. A few random fruity notes. A bit of a mineral-like flavor as well.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is there, but not as strong. I like this. I would really love a smaller version of this beer, but this will do. Happy anniversary Stone!

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: into a piraat chalice, looks fantastic, frothy bleach-white head atop a deeply hazed golden beer that looks very much like a yeasty hefeweizen, suspected as chill haze as the effect is reduced with warming, good retention

s: immediate punch of crushed sweettarts on the nose, pinapple, orange, kiwi, candied peach, big pale malt base with a thorough yeasty aroma, mineral, lemon-lime, like it much

m: carbonation low and smooth, body medium-full

t: first thought on the aroma was "what's the bfd", but all the chatter makes a little sense now...it's certainly an interesting flavor sensation, a powerful astringent bitter begins immediately and grows well into the finish - think somewhere between crushed aspirin and biting into a lemon rind, big body of ultra-pale malts - very clean, with a noticeable yeasty component, crisp mineral water, very citric

d: not a problem at first but this one begins to creep up on you quickly, the division makes sense, but it works for me, certainly unique

bomber from Whole Foods, Arlington, VA

Photo of mjaskula
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pilsner glass. This beer is hazy golden with a thick white head. The head gets rocky and thins to a thick film while leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma is strong of earthy and floral hop character, but still smells like a stone brew. A little bit of the malt sweetness shows through in the aroma. Flavor is largely standard DIPA. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt flavor. The sweetness reminds me of strawberry and green apple. There is some faint biscuit and bread flavor. And of course there's hop flavor, grassy and earthy with an assertive but pleasant bitterness. Alcohol flavors begin to present them selves as the beer warms.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish suit the beer well. Overall very nice, but not as great a diversion from the standard stone offering as I was hoping for.

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always a good time of year when Stone puts out their anniversary beer. Interesting choice of an "Emperial" or English-style IPA. Looks like a beaut - crisp yellow-orange and clear with a great looking white head. You can tell there are a lot of hops in this beer just by the type of foam. I can tell it will lace well too... Wow, really crazy aroma flying out of the glass here. Fruity, but not citrusy, as in pineapple, mango, and something like candy. Sweet tarts or something. Mmm, nice hoppy flavor. Pretty one sided, very little malt presence here. Not as much fruit as in the nose, but more dry, and excellently bitter. Bit of a hot kick to this one too. Lighter on the palate than most beers weighing in at 9%. A little more balance and this would be a bit more approachable, but still an awesome and unique one-off from Stone.

Photo of muskabeatz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review for a while. Got to drinking this beer and thought this would be a good time to get back to reviewing.

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

A- Pours a pale, slightly murky orange hue. Fluffy white head plumes above the rest of the beer, dissipating fairly quickly and leaving some patchy lacing.

S- A nice burst of floral hops, backed by a zesty citrusy hop presence. Very lemony. Also get some bready yeast, and sweet malt in the nose. Just a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Not the juicy hop presence that would be expected of an American DIPA, but still retains a bit of the zesty, lemony hop profile. Nice big surge of spicy, bitter hops, supported by a bready maltiness. I really like the mix of the bitter, piney hops, and the sweet bready malt. Really gives this beer a nice finish.

M- Has a nice chewy, bready mouthfeel. The kind of body I would expect from an english style DIPA. Excellent carbonation level throughout.

D- An intriguing beer that definitely gets better as it goes. However, it doesn't really leave you screaming for more at the end. Possibly a bit to full bodied to be a "very drinkable" beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass.

A slightly chill-hazed deep golden color. Love the thick white head, a couple fingers worth. Nice dense bubbles, and nice lacing forms as it clings to the glass with authority.

Nice spicy pine hop aroma, with some citrus also noticeable. The EKG's come out nicely amid the other hops present. Malt balance is not present in the aroma, but the complexity of the hops in the nose is a treat in and of itself. Taste is also big with piney and earthy hop spice. Sweet malts and alcohol form the middle and the self-described long complex and decisively bitter finish does it's thing. I couldn't have said it any better so I didn't try. It does dry out in the end and the alcohol only then shows up on the tongue before it goes bitter.

Oh this is a nice drinkable big IPA.
This EIPA has a big thick body but does not fill you up.

Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy peach-orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has excellent retention. There is no apparent active carbonation in the liquid.

S- Lots of pine with a bit of a sweaty sock aspect. There is some citrus at the end.

T- Sweet malt blends nicely with the bitter pine, citrus, and the slight sweaty sock aspect. Everything works nicely here, I can get the English aspect of it along with Stone's personal touch.

M- Creamy body with a lasting bitterness and dryness.

D- Most definitely bitter which takes down the drinkability a bit, but the alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are good. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it makes for a worthy anniversary beer from Stone.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was anticipating trying this beer, I thought it was solid, very hoppy, but the fruit flavor was a little strong for me. Bitter and hoppy as you would expect from a Stone Emperial IPA, but there was a strong citrus flavor I found a bit over powering. Not much different than other Stone IPAs but with a fruit flavor. Nice pour, relatively sticky, pretty drinkable, has a nice light yellow color, almost glowing, sort of like and IPA combined with a summer ale.

All in all, worth a try, Stone never lets me down, but not as good as I expected.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz into Piraat tulip.

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow with a frothy two finger bright white head. Great lacing down the glass.

S - Orange, belgian characteristics are present with bready, yeasty with some grapefruit on the nose toward the end.

T - You can taste the claimed 100+ IBUs. There is smooth citrus up front, orange present. Soft malt present thanks to the English style.

M - Cheek puckering bitter. Medium carbonation, medium body. Dry.

D - A slow sipper in my books but very nice after a hot summer day at work.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy, golden body under a big white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice, clean citrus hops, slight hints of pepper, malt backbone is there is small quantities, overall pretty balanced.

T: Hops much more peppery in the taste, big bitterness, some clean citrus notes come out in the back end. Not really finding the malt, taste is much more hop focused than the aroma. Hops are really f'n big in this one.

M/D: I would say a medium to maybe heavy body, certainly lighter than I originally expected, alcohol is hidden, carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good. Taste department is no where near balanced, but the hop profile works well to make you forget about balance. Very solid beer.

Photo of cooncat
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Riverside in Kent, OH. for $7.99 for the bomber.

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. An easy pour produces a golden apricot yellow beer, with a 1" head that has good retention and some nice lacing.

Nose is quite hoppy, but then, this is Stone isn't it? A mixture of citrus and pine in the nose with underlying toffee sweetness.

The taste is big, with hops to the forefront. Some grapefruit and lemony zest, with a piney or spruce backup. Pretty awesome hop profile. There is a sweetness behind the malt, which is almost completely buried by the hops. Not quite bready and not quite toffee ... just a sweetness which I would equate with fresh sweet citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is medium, with pretty good carbonation ... just on the edge of prickly. I'd guess close to 2.5 volumes.

Drinkability is always tough for me to vote on for these big beers. If I just based it on the pure joy of the flavor and in-your-face hops, I'd have given it a '5', but this beer is *not* a session brew. I think I'll be nicely mellow after finishing the bomber ... any more and I wouldn't be able to drive. Enjoy this one responsibly!

Stone is one of my favorite breweries. They consistently put out great beer after great beer. This is just another one to add to their portfolio. I luv Stone .. I think you will love this one too. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje!

Photo of mikereaser
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe on 1/14/10

A - Pours a light golden yellow with a really nice white cap that left plenty of lacing as it faded.
4.5
S - Aroma is dominated by by citrus, pineapple and orange, i'm even picking up a little bit of cherry. There is a nice malty backbone but it steps aside to let the hops take charge.
4
T - Lemon, orange and pinapple all mixed together. A malty biscuit base shows through in the middle ending with a nicely bitter citrus finish.
4
M/D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a fairly dry finish, the bitter finish is nice but a little too much to make it very drinkable. I could have another but definitely not one to have alot of. I like this one alot though, and I hope to have it again.
4/4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Faint tangerine orange with an eggshell white head. Head is rather large despite gentle pour and has very good satying power. Chunky lacing left on the glass

S - Earthingess up front, somewhat chalky. Faint fruit aromas but nothing too strong. Remains very earthy throughout the drink with floral notes becoming more prevelant as it warms

T - Sweet biscuity malts quickly matched by an earthy and floral bitteness. Hops bounce back and forth between floral and earthy. Light chalkiness in the finish. Basically an over the top American IPA using English hops in place of big C-hops. An interesting beer, very much what you would expect when Stone takes on an English IPA.

M/D - Light and crisp with a nice dryness in the finish. Very easy drinking. Not sure if the over the top English hops are my thing, but this is certainly a beer worth checking out.

Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw gold with 2-fingers worth of very thick light cream head. Nice retention and excellent thick lace. Wish the color was a bit stronger though.

Nose reminds me more of a Belgian than an English IPA. Faint whiff of malt and clove are all I get. Slightly flowery.

Quite a bite to it, though, despite the weak nose. A faint taste of dried fruit is quickly overpowered by intense flowery hop bitters. No looking back after that first hit. Slight biscuit taste at the back end. Intense hop burn. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Feel is a little maltier than I would want, but this may be what they are going for.

Very nice IPA. I've got one laid away to compare in 6 months or so.

Photo of vande
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A thick looking hazy gold....kinda looks like melted butter with about a half inch of foam floating on top...

S: some citrus, some hay?, a little dank something or other... Not to sure...

T: unAmericanized.. Not your typical Micro Hop bomb - which is fine..bit maltier, dryer.. but pleasant..I think my mouth though, is still trying to make up its mind on what's going on here...

M: buttery/creamy... Carbonation isp resent...

O: Interesting

Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

upon pouring the beer reveal a rather large amount of cloudiness. its a bit frightful. in appearance i thought the beer had gone bad. the nose said otherwise. lemon zest more so than most other beers. i'd like to think that pollen was murky in the beer due to the ridiculous amount in the palate. a soapy floral feel some something a bit sweet. tad bit-o-honey with perfume astringent quality on the gums and teeth. finish of bitter, honey, candied pineapple. pretty good. would recommend aging for about a year. could even out the inconsistencies.

Photo of spartanfan
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a nondescript goblet.

A: Pours a very hazy golden straw color. Nice fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving spotty lacing behind.

S: Aromas are overpoweringly of hops, but it's almost a sweet hoppy smell. Odors of pineapple, tangerines are prevelant. I've never smelled an IPA like this one, and I'm really digging it.

T: I would have loved to have tried this fresh, but as it is it tastes past its prime. Hops are present, but badly faded.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Just about perfect.

D: Quite drinkable considering the ABV.

As I said, I feel this beer is past its prime, but I don't know how it was kept so I can't say if it might age well under better conditions.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massively murky lemony orange with borders of sunshine yellow. A good sized crown of parchment colored foam has the usual quality Stone look. It's firmly creamy, develops all sorts of interesting topography as it descends, and is plastering the pint glass with a masterpiece in lace.

English-style IPAs/DIPAs gotta have all-English ingredients. This one uses a whole heapin' helping of Target, East Kent Goldings and Boadicea. The result is a powerful combination of floral, fruity, herbal and spicy goodness. I'll still take the tremendous tropical fruit quality of American hops any day of the week.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a beer that your average Englishman would not recognize as being English in any way, shape or form. For starters, there are more hops in this single bomber than in any 6 bottles of English IPA. That's why we love you guys, Greg.

Malt contributes very little in terms of flavor, though it does add a solid base of biscotti-like sweetness so the hops can do their thing without completely ruining the tongue after a few ounces. This brew is still raging from an alpha acid standpoint after 4 months in the bottle, so I wouldn't worry about much drop-off until 2011 at least.

Again, this hop flavor profile is not my favorite. That said, it's different, interesting, and still mighty delicious. Each sip delivers bitter grasses, citrus peel, assorted herbs, and an appealing white pepperinesss that takes no prisoners. This beer is definitely not for the faint of taste bud.

Alcohol is buried beneath a tidal wave of pungent hop flavor and abundant alpha acids. The mouthfeel, like the appearance, is classic Stone. It's large without being massive, hangs on forever, and has an ideal amount of semi-sparkly bubbles. Good stuff.

My experience with the Stone Anniversary Series started with 7th Anniversary Ale. Only 13th Anniversary is head-and-shoulders better than this year's model. Please don't go into this expecting anything even remotely English. Expect to be walloped upside the head (and tongue) with a massive barrage of English hops... San Diego style.

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle poured into a Hennepin glass

Poured a very light yellow and nice bubbly white head. This reminded me of a Saison. The body is very cloudy. Head stays around and laces the glass nicely.

Nose is floral with a hint of citrus.

Taste is really strong grapefruit and lemon peel. Probably the strongest of that taste I have ever had. The finish is citrus peel also. Stays around a long time.

Mouth feel is carbonated and nice. Alcohol is not apparent even though this is a strong beer. Very refreshing. A unique and enjoyable beer.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, translucent, about a finger of head, slight lacing throughout
S-Citrusy, not as hoppy as I expected
T- Very smooth and balanced for a DIPA. Nice citrusy taste up front followed by hop bitterness
M- Nice and light for a dipa, not as heavy as others I've had
D- I'm enjoying this, even at close to 9%, the alcohol seems well masked.

This beer almost has an ESB feel to it. I would get it again. I just wish it was fresher.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes...22 oz. chug into a pint glass...aroma is definitely different than the regular "Stone IPA" wheel (a great wheel nonetheless). Big malt tempered by hops, but as they say on the bottle, it's more of an English type of bitterness than a classic West Coast IPA like many of their brews. Strong beer...the alcohol isn't masked quite as well as it could be. It's its own beer though, and I dig it. Great mouthfeel. Unique beer. Recommended.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very interesting cloudy yellowy peachy color. white head that isn't that thick but doesn't vanish completely.
a kick-ass citrusy smell from the hops. wow its really pleasant and not over the top.
a very hop heavy taste, yet yeast is in the background too. the alcohol is hidden well.
mouthfeel is decent. more carbonated than preferred.
this is definitely a sipper, but its a fantastic beer.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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