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 thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, hops, and malt. The flavor was of massive hops, grapefruit upon sitting on the palate and swallowing. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew. Usually I will get the hops on the followthrough but they came upfront in this one and were balanced/counteracted nicely with the refreshing fruit followthrough. Very nice touch for a very good beer.

Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to pint
Paired with garlic-panko crusted Ahi and veggies

A: Pours a very cloudy yellow-orange with white hues (is there such a thing as a white hue? Well, there is now), almost as if someone had poured cream in the beer. This brew is opaque and almost no light passes through the glass. Seems to be well carbonated, and a frothy, 1 inch head forms that leaves lots of lacing

S: Strong pine and citrusy grapefruit, reminiscent of a West Coast IPA, but some unique fruit tones are noted, apricot and orange. Has an earthy overtone that's distinct from any American IPA I've sampled

T: Typical pine and citrus up front, and very bitter (this IS Stone, what would you expect?), but this is quickly followed by an earthy, semi-sweet malt. The alcohol is noticeable here, but quite proportional for 9%. As the pint warms, the earthy tones become distinctly tobacco-like. Finishes bitter and relatively dry. This brew has a completely unique and delicious flavor profile.

M: Creamy, oily, but the ample carbonation leaves your mouth dry.

D: I have trouble with this rating category. Did I find it drinkable? Yep. Perfectly so. Could drink it all night. And, objectively, it is really well crafted and balanced. I just wouldn't introduce it anyone to who's not well acquainted with bitter IPA's (like really, really Stone-y bitter). And with an English twist on it? Well, I remember finding Samuel Smith's array of beers absolutely delicious when I was in college, but everyone else thought I was crazy. So, drinkable for me, maybe not for you. But I'm kinda shocked to see fellow BA's finding this beer out-of-bounds. It seems like Stone is becoming a master and combining styles and collaborating, and this is no exception.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As an English IPA brewed to Imperial IPA strength, Stone shows more refinement and elegance but still with the aggression that is unmistakably 'Stone'.

Spicy, earthy, and pungent hops set the tone of the nose while soft and light Pale Malts give structure to the hop scent while contributing light cracker and biscuit breadiness. Low on its ester profile for an English Ale, the beer boasts a clean scent while giving up a little on complexity.

The pale malts are truely evident in the lighter colored ale- deep golden to very light amber the beer remains on the lighter side of the style, color-wise. A significant haze hints toward the aggressive use of dry hops. Light but creamy carbonation leads to a froathy and stubborn head that laces and retains very well. The beer isn't over carbonated which may lead to a more pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is more timidly carbonated, obviously trying to imulate a cask ale appearance.

Unusual in English Ales, this one lead the flavors with aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Very spicy, earthy, and pungent, the hops straddle flavors of pine and resin. Because of the lightly kilned malts, the sweetness and malt contributions remain subtle and only offer up a light bread biscuit vebal attempt to balance. Again, the fruity notes are low and are completely swamped by the hop taste and bitterness. As with American IPA's, the beer is a showcase for hop character with only supportive malt and yeast contributions. Balance is not on the agenda.

The mouthfeel is also heavy in favor of American IPA's. Medium weight and creaminess fades very quickly to a aggressively bitter bite and crisp fleeting sweetness. Hops and alcohols work in conjunction to ensure a clean but dry finish. Only a bitter linger remains, but sustains well into the next sip. The lower carbonation allows for a less bitey or stinging sensation and seems smoother which is a real plus- again working toward cask ale textures.

Stone 14th may use English ingredients (and they absolutely get the most out of them), but the brewing techniques and ingredient proportions and their introduction into the brewing process has the fingerprints of an American Double IPA all over it. This beer reminds me a lot of Hopback Summer Lightning, except with Double IPA proportions and strength.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a large, creamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind large, thick spots of lace.

Smell: Buttery malt with grapefruit and other citrus/fruit, but there's also a strong soapy aroma that takes a lot away.

Taste: Begins piney and spicy and remains so throughout. The middle shows some buttery malt character, but the finish is very pleasantly hoppy with a lot of herbal character- despite the intense hop profile, this beer is not a palate-destroyer but will leave you with hop-breath for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good brew that masks its alcohol content well. This is an IPA I would love having for special occasions.

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bomber from BevMo today for $5.99.

Beer poured an golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that is long lasting - 4.5.
Nose is bready malts with hints of citrus hops - 3.5.
Taste buds were initially met by those bready malts well balanced by lemon zest hop. Pepper lingers in the background - 4.5.
Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and pretty darn smooth - 4.0.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol was felt on the initial sip but it is not noticeable after.
This is a well balanced brew, the recipe is very good. I like the ramped up English ingredients - I am sure our friends in the UK would love to sample this! Glad to have tried!

Photo of Shaw
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright cloudy gold with a big off-white head.

Grassy and earthy hop aroma. Reminds me of smelling hops before brewing.

The taste is great. Citrus hops flavors mix with light grainy sweetness and finish with a nice bitterness. This isn't as sweet and is more earthy than a double IPA. Alcohol is noticable, but big whoop.

Smooth body with plenty of heft.

Another winning "angry" beer from Stone. Seek this one out; it's worth it.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden color with a fingers width head that recedes fairly quickly leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S-Definitely Hoppy with only a faint malty sweet scent. I am also picking up something else something umm for lack of a better term earthy..

T-Nice and Bitter Hops up front mellowed only slightly by malts sweetness and a whole lot of spiciness, saison IPA mayhaps?

M-mouthfeel is good no stickiness just a nice residual Hop bitterness that as a "Hophead" i have come to know and love.

D-Nice Take on the English IPA style way to keep it fresh and creative,that being said my next beer will be an american IPA. back to where i feel safe and warm..lol.

Prost!!

Photo of ncfranklin
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a big Free The Hops Snifter

A : Strong pour gives a finger high bubly off-white head. Strong orange color, very murky, can't see through it at all.

S : Fresh hops, a citrusy quality with spices, mild sweetness.

T : Rich bitter hops up front, with a powerful grassy flavor. Small sweet yeasty notes that dot the tongue. A dry, crisp finish.

M : Very pleasant tingling as the bitterness sets in. Medium body. A long aftertaste of hop.

D : I quite enjoyed it. As a English Emperial Ipa (er... imperial) it offers something unique.

Photo of Soonami
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a difficult beer to judge because of the drinker's expectations and the how this beer would be categorized based on the ingredients used and the description from the packaging. One wonders if this "Emperial IPA" is a British IPA as the ingredients would lead you to believe or if it's a double IPA as the 8.9% ABV and Stone's reputation would lead you to think.

This beer is a very pale in color with a billowy head, that is more reminiscent of a Saison than an IPA of any variety. The foam was finely knit, white, and persistent, providing very nice lacing. The aroma was intensely hoppy with tones of fresh cut pine boughs, savory herbs, and a floral perfume. The beer was very bitter with little body and not much malt character to speak of, not surprising considering the color of the beer. The beer finished dry with clean bitterness and was very pleasant even as it warmed up.

I would say that this beer is a bit one-noted, just hops and not much else. This is not a bad thing, but I feel that an English IPA should have much more biscuit and caramel flavors from the malt. Overall, the alcohol was well-hidden and the hop flavor was very good, but not as balanced as expected.

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a, at first hazy, golden copper that then clears up considerably as this sits, topped with about a finger of bright-white head. This stays put with VERY robust looking 1/2 finger that absolutely COATS the sides of the glass a cascade of soft creamy lacing. Great look here! The aroma is fresh, sharp, and bitter in the nose with grapefruit, rind, a spice, while some sweeter tropical fruit help soften things up some with notes of mango, apricot, and orange. Flat smelling bready biscuits combine with that higher ABV to give this a warming grainy presence in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is quite well balanced, with the malts giving up more sweetness than they did in the nose, helped along by the sticky twang of fruity citrus. The hops here are really more felt in the latter half of the profile, with tons of bitter fruit, pithy citrus rind, earth, and a deep spiciness all being felt, parching the palate after each sip with a heavy lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a nice creamy softness to the carbonation (although there is just the tiniest bit of sharpness here which delicately prickles the tongue) which helps offset most of the alcohol heft that is present. The ABV helps add some sharpness and intensity to the overall profile but is still VERY well hid here, as this possesses a pleasant smooth slickness that runs the whole way through the body and keeps this drinking great.

I have to admit, that when I first heard that Stone was going to attempt at West Coast versions of an Imperial English IPA I had some initial doubts but man, they really pulled this one off nicely! That juicy tropical fruit character was needed to battle the fierce pop of those fresh and biting earthy English hops, while this drank unbelievably smooth for nearly 9%. After being somewhat disappointed by later years Anniversary entry, I'm pleased to see Stone get things back on track with this one. Great stuff!

Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Brewing Co. releases an anniversary beer every single year - and it should be no surprise that their anniversary style of choice most of the time is something hoppy. Stone has by now become widely known for their self proclaimed and widely celebrated arrogant approach to brewing. The beer that began it all was an American IPA called the Arrogant Bastard. So Stone loves IPAs. They love hoppy bitter beers, and they love unique beer styles. Each IPA that they have produced as an Anniversary beer has been richly unique - this, th 14th, is a celebration of the origins of the IPA; England.

In February of 2010 Mitch Steeler (Head Brewer) and Steve Wagner (President and Brewmaster) went over to England to research India Pale Ales and how they are made in their home land. This inspired the guys to create fully English-influenced IPA called the Emperial IPA - one brewed only with English ingredients. The malts, hops and yeast are all sources straight from Great Brittan. They even treated their water to make it reflect the water of Burton on Trent (the famous English producing region of IPAs) appropriately. So we have a West Cost take here on a classic English IPA.

These Anniversary Beers are brewed only once and are available as long as they are on the shelves, and thats it! There have been exceptions though; Stone's 11th Anniversary beer was the Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA, and because of its popularity it made its way into the permanent lineup. So there is some potential we may see this again. However the didstance that its ingredients must travel to get here would make me doubt it. This Emperial IPA comes in at 8.9% abv, and is reported to be over 100 IBUs bitter. Just for reference, the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is 60 IBUs, so when you start to reach 100 the beer gets very, very bitter.

I opened the 14th cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into the Stone 14th Anniversary Glass that the guys at Stone were nice enough to send me (thanks guys!!). The pour was smooth and oily building huge rushes of bright white foam in an explosion of excitement right away. I eased my pour and created a remarkably pretty pale yellow and golden beer. The beer really did beam color in a golden state of sunshine. It was cloudy and deep in color showing copper oranges and a rich caramel amber gold. The head was lifted a good 2 or 3 inches above the beer and stood proudly with excellent retention. It was pure white with neatly packed bubbles and a soft foamy cap.

The nose is malty sweet with smooth fruity flavors that make me think of apricots, orange zest, peaches and apples. Right in behind the malt is a melange of spicy, herbal and earthy hops - a much difference rush of bitter than I am used to from Stone's beers. The English hop varieties bring more subtle aromas but Stone has managed to bring them right to the forefront of this beer. They rush into your nose with grassy bitterness that reaches light spice and pepper. Gently sweet aromas of pale malt match the sweetness of the hops perfectly - the 14th shows clean and smooth aromas that I expect will be reproduced very well in the beer's flavor.

Much to my delight, Stone has proven me right. The first gulp mimics the aroma well but its more hop focused with the malts playing the balancing act. Big rushes of clean bitterness and dry herbs stick to every inch of your palate. My tongue, cheeks, and the back of my throat have all just been engorged by a smoothly clean English hop sensation pounded at me by the arrogance of a west coast brewer.

Light white pepper and a hay field like grassy flavor flow in with hop aromas that add a great deal of complexity and earth to the beer. They stand firmly on a biscuit like malt backbone that is otherwise very simple and easy to understand. Only 1 single variety of English Malts were used in this brew, and it does a good job. Malt is not meant to be the front runner here - rather it plays the support role by holding up the hops enough to form a beer with easy drinkability and richly unique hop qualities.

Still though, I get hints of caramel and biscuit and a smooth and silky mouthfeel. The finish is bitter and dry with a spice and earth flavors again. Hints of hop sweetness and light fruit also make themselves known again. It ends perfectly with a smooth texture, medium carbonation and just the right snap. A very well done Imperial English Style IPA, one I don't think we will see again, and I feel privileged to have been able to enjoy.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/08/tasting-the-stone-14th-anniversary-emperial-ipa/

Photo of HosP
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured after a long day, helped get me through knowing it was waiting for me!

A - Poured nice golden color with slight haze to it. Nice white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Full of hops in the nose. Pretty sweet smelling with citrus and pine hops right up front! Seemed to get a hint of orange in the aroma as well.

T - Like the smell, lots of hops to this! Pretty bitter that stays with your mouth.

M - Medium body with small amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with bitterness bite towards the end.

D - Good IIPA! Will have to hope they still have another bottle left at the store. Very nice solid IIPA!

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden honey in color with about two fingers of creamy head that lasts a bit and has very nice lacing.

S - Smells very sweet at first, full of citrus, hops, and a strange kind of pine aroma that I am not used to.

T - Nice balance of hops, pine, malt and bitterness that lingers for a while after it goes down.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, no alcohol burn, and a nice dry finish.

D - Awesome, glad this one made it into town and hope it's around for a little while to continue drinking it.

Photo of mjurney
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
Pour it in a generic tulip glass.

Appearance:
Bright golden color, very cloudy. Tons of fine bubbles. Head looks very nice, very nice lacing.

Smell:
Tons of fresh hops, citrus-piney, hint of tropical fruit, mild sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Juicy hops up front, citrus, slight piney-grassy, just a touch of earthly. Sweet malts, biscuity, maybe a little dash of honey. Slight tropical fruit in the middle, pineapple-mango. Finish off really crisp with slight dry peppery aftertaste. Body is light-medium. Carbonation feels nice.

Drinkability:
It's really good.

Photo of beersensei305
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a hazy gold with lost of carbination. Pearl white head thats foamy and lacy with good retention. Has a grassy citrus (smells like lemon/grapefruit) scent. Sweet to the tip of the tongue followed by a hint of pepperiness- the beer actual has a slight burn to it if you let it mellow off your taste buds. Very bitter from the hops, dry and the taste lingers. I really like this, but this is a good Imperial IPA to sip to let all the flavors come out.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy, light honey gold body with a large vanilla hued head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Lovely aroma boasts lemon and orange zest, honeyed biscuit, and an herbal mintiness.

Medium body has a zesty carbonation and prevailing dryness.

Taste has a lot of dry and bitter lemon zest hoppiness, with an edge of grapefruit. Honeyed biscuity malt sweetness balances well. There is a herbal mintiness throughout, the only English trait(if that can be called such) I can discern. Finishes clean and dry with a lasting lemonrind aftertaste.

Satisfying and highly drinkable. Another solid product from the folks at Stone. Happy Anniversary!

Photo of PBoegel
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bright golden and slightly hazy with a bright white head, lots of lace as it drinks.

Very crisp spicy hop character, some mint and tree sap (birch, cedar, faint pine) malt profile is baked bread, biscuit and pie crust with slight sugary note. Alcohol is well masked.

Flavor is very hop forward, spicy more mint and herbal character. Nice firm bitterness, crisp and what a true IPA should present

one of my favorite anniversary beers that Stone has put out. Might not have the wow factor found in 10, 12 or 13 from a hopheads perspective, but the balance and hop bitterness make it an IPA that would be a welcome year round brew. Reminds me a great deal of Youngs Special London Ale in character and profile.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is fruity hoppy - candied orange and some lemon - with herbs & spices - fresh cut grass, lemongrass, and something akin to cinnamon. Smells good.

Pours clear medium gold with lots of head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose with some heavy sweetness, lots of candied orange, deeper spices - clove, slight peppermint - and a moderate tea-like bitterness. Mild grassy/leafiness and raw hop oil. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Nice IPA. Stone have outdone themselves.

Photo of beagle75
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Rich, hazy golden color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the smell, with a surprising presence of strong grapefruit citrus, as well as melon. Light butterscotch is also detectable, adding considerable depth and complexity. No alcohol is detectable in the smell.

T: Begins with off-dry piney and tropical fruit aromatic hop flavors, then sharp toasty malt emerges in the middle. Bright fruit flavors linger as the bitter, slightly mineral finish arrives. No alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity--juicy, creamy, very satisfying. Carbonation is light, staying out of the way.

D: The conspicuous combination of English and West Coast qualities present in this DIPA plays wonderful tricks on the palate and the mind, conjuring appearances of the familiar and the unknown. It tastes and feels like Russian River's Pliny the Elder for the first few beats, until the diacetyl and burtonized water are detected. That said, Stone's celebratory brew in honor of their 14th year has its own identity, and is delicious in its own right.

Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with sunny edges and good retention but little lacing. Very earthy, cut weeds/grass aromas. Pure earthy hop taste up front, like I would imagine putting a hop flower in my mouth with a bit of the vine, too. Earthy and peppery with no malt flavor to speak of. However, once accustomed to the bitter, earthiness, an odd sweetness, not unlike wheatgrass comes through with a bit of alcohol and balances out the hops. Then, the peppery, earthy hops come back, more subdued but linger on a bit longer. Strong carbonation lends a semi-dry finish some help.

I for one am happy to have an IPA with some different hops for once. I can understand some people may not like the earthy flavors but I really like them. An absolute gem for those looking for a different IPA flavor but definitely not for everyone... like Gubna.

Photo of Foxxypants
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone has been, for me, one of those breweries that I have to be in the mood to have a beer from. I received my Emperial from my brother (liquor store manager) for my birthday. While I was very happy to get one because of what it is, I was iffy simply because I'm not a huge hophead. I've had a lot of IPA's that I do love, but I know how Stone likes take their brews to the extremes. But, I got in one of my Stone moods, so I cracked it open and poured the first half into a glass.

A: First thing I noticed was how brightly colored it was. It's the the most vibrant yellow/orange beer I've ever seen. Head was pretty standard for an IPA, quick to recede.

S: Strong hop smell as expected, but incredibly strong citrus aromas to accompany. It smelled liked its color: vibrant.

T: Huge rush of hops, bitter enough to kick your tongue back, but then fades into bright citrus flavors to match the color and smell. Very interesting to let sit on your tongue and analyze. Finished with bitterness comparable to most strong IPA's, and that unique Stone aftertaste (I'm sure some of you know what I mean)

M: Dries you right out, lots of carbonation. Not bad to start, but I personally don't like the finish.

D: I don't think I'd pick this up again, simply due to my personal tastes. Overall: harsh hitting, but one of the better IPA's I've had, and uniquely Stone. Perhaps I'm just not worthy for this one.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got this at Wally's in Westwood.

One finger white head. Hazy golden body with quick effervescent bubbles when inspected more closely. Head settles to a nice layer of foam on top that never goes away. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

The scent is spicy, earthy, and resin like with some orange rind/lemon citrus.

The flavor is a hop onslaught, but not the typical west coast hop onslaught you would expect from Stone. Floral, earthy, piney, spicy (pepper), dank, hints of grapefruit citrus, and tons of resin bitterness. REALLY BITTER!!! Don't mess with this stuff unless you like European hops and lots of them.

Full bodied, very well carbonated, and a massive hop bite on the end. Pretty dry finish. Totally ruins you palate. It coats your mouth in hop oils/resin. Almost like smoking a good cigar. Come to think of it, this might be a good cigar beer!

I don't know how much I could drink of this stuff mostly because of how much it ruins your palate, but it is very interesting and quite tasty. Making a high strength super hopped all english ingredient DIPA is a great idea, and it worked out quite well. I will definitely be buying more before it is gone.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 7oz.snifter.

Appearance: Sits hazed and honey-colored in the glass, with a moderately thick layer of white froth on top. As the head descends, it drags a blanket of cobweb-like lace in its wake. Head retention isn't too impressive, nor is clarity, nor is the color or even carbonation. Other than the lacing, this really doesn't have much going for it.

Smell: Hop oils and flowery notes leap out of the glass! Sitting just beneath them are buttery malts, sea salt, lime, and a hint of grass. That's about all I can pull from this, but I'm diggin' the overall aroma. It highlights the English influence in a way that's both pungent and intriguing. That said, I've never had an English IPA like this before. (I suppose that's because I've never had an Emperial IPA.) As it warms, the hop aromas become more intense and alcohol enters the mix. Really enjoyable.

Taste: English IPA? Yes, I suppose. But this one is crafted in a manner that's decidedly Stone: loads of hops, followed by more loads of hops. There's no way one could argue that this doesn't deserve the "imperial" tag (or in this case, "Emperial"). Hops create the deep floral and grapefruit notes, trailed by long-lasting bitterness. Malts provide a buttery backbone, but other than that stay out of the way. Not as "English" as I was expecting, but certainly good.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, resinous, and lightly carbonated, which suits the style very well. Medium-bodied with a well-developed and long-lasting aftertaste. I dig.

Drinkability: This really grew on me throughout the session. I was a little unsure about it at first, but midway through the 22oz. bomber I was in the zone. Then again, I suppose I'm like that with every IPA from Stone. Damn good, let's leave it at that.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a decent sized white head that has good retention and leaves lacing throughout.

Nice aroma that starts out with some strong woody and grassy notes, then the hop explosion continues into fruity notes of lemon and pineapple. A peppery presence is evident throughout.

The strong hop presence is felt again in the taste, with a big burst of lemon, grapefruit and pepper upfront with some earthy and grassy hops in the middle. A slight touch of pineapple and some more lemon hangs around into the finish. The end is also a little malty with some bready flavors showing up alongside the fruit notes.

Medium body and medium carbonation. The alcohol presence is obvious but not too powerful. Overall this is a very interesting creation from Stone. Different than what I'm used to when it comes to (D)IPA's, but this was great to try and I'm glad I got my hands on a few bottles. Took a little getting used to, but fun to sip on once you've warmed up to it.

Photo of nickadams2
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale straw yellow with a sticky white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Earthy English hops,orange zest.

T_Grassy, earthy , English hops followed by citrus. Orange zest,honey,and a bit of lemon zest.

M_Thick and sticky.

D_ Pretty drinkable. Very differnt take on DIPAs.

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