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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

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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bigbelcher

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this beer after all I've heard about it. Totally unimpressed by it though once I had it. Aroma was extremely floral, almost prfume like. Flavor was pretty well balanced but it tasted more like an IPA than a Double IPA. The hop bitterness may have been there but the alcohol was really missing. Give me a Ruination over this beer anyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 06:33:47 | More by bigbelcher
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice crisp golden look to it. Kind of like a pilsner but a bit stronger. Really nice strong frothy head. I get refreshed just looking at it.

S: Very tart and a bit sweet white grapefruit. Very piney and sharp hoppiness. Smells like an IPA I have always dreamed about. Nothing like an English IPA.

T: Sharp hop bitterness but just before that you do get a citrus zing kick. Grapefruit is more of a team player than overwhelming the field. One of the better hoppy beers besides Ruination. I have been really burnt out on sweet IPA's lately and this will satisfy.

M: Nice and oily and carbonation finds a happy medium. The only downside it does have a bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable! Really hits the spot if you are dying for bitter. Just the heat makes it a little less desirable.

Really glad I got this one. I saw English IPA and wasn't interested. The reviews really changed my mind. Hopheads can buy this without worry.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 04:51:52 | More by generalnotsew
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very straw yellow and slight haze. The head is very white and sticky but it fades quickly.

S- Unique hop smell. Its sharp and piny with huge gin notes but earthy at the same time.

T- Same sharp and edgy hop taste. Gin and pine with earthy grass tastes. Good Buddhas Hand and other citrus notes.

M- Good mouthfeel medium body but the hops are destroying my tongue for later reviews tonight.

D- Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:52:17 | More by Wetpaperbag
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:03:05 | More by BEERchitect
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

a - pours dark yellow. like what my piss will look like tomorrow morning. its that color, but it looks good. good carbonation

s - big citrus hops. quite fruity. malt sweetness.

t - wow thats bitter. wasn't expecting that much off the nose. big hop flavor. grapefruit rind. this one is strong.

m - med-light body. nice carbonation.

o - very nice IPA, although I think it might be a DIPA. easy drinking, and hides the 8.9% very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:37:48 | More by levifunk
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fastsrt

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 22 ounce bottle in pint

A: amber, decent head

S: pineapple, fresh hops,

T: spicy hops, has the malt character, i was expecting something more mild but am pleasantly surprised,

M: carbonation feels spot on with british ipa

D: smooth drinker, refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:17:30 | More by fastsrt
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops, spices and mild smokiness. Not much on the nose, but it could be my allergies.

T&M: Definitely has the characteristic bitter hop taste of typical English IPA's. Very dry and full-bodied. Some citrus fruit and alcohol presence. Big, bitter, dry, earthy, spicy finish.

Very nice, different flavor that is completely hopped up. The bitter hops hang around forever, but don't rip your tongue apart. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 20:06:22 | More by cdizinno
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xraided81

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a nice yellow-orange color, thin off white head that leaves lots of lacing/legs.
Smell- smell is eathy herbal, a hint of brett is present, i am getting the sweaty horse blanket aromas that are present in belgians, i havent had too many english ipas i am not sure if this fits the profile
T- is not what you would expect from a stone beer, im getting a strong grapefruit bitterness, with a lingering sour note in the back of the palate.
M- effervesent light body, lighter than expected for an imperial beer.
D- i would be able to drink 2 pints of this max, i am a bit of a hop head and this beer only teases my palate, i get an aggresive bittering hop/ grapefruit taste but not much hop presence in the aroma

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:58:31 | More by xraided81
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/28/2010

Bottle purchased at Stone. I've had this on cask and tap, now it's time to try it from the bottle. Pours a magnificent yellow orange with a big, thick, and frothy head which has excellent retention and leaves scattered lacing. There's a slight haze to the beer. The color reminds me of a wheat beer, I don't recall having seen an IPA/DIPA/EIPA of this color. Very interesting.

The aroma exhibits a nice blend of citrus, floral, and earthy notes. The citrus is redolent of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The earthiness is decidedly English in character and there's a noticeable spiciness. The malt is bready. The aroma is great.

The flavor opens with a burst of upper moderately bitter citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit) that segues into a tantalizing and restrained bready/biscuit/caramel sweetness that compliments the aggressive hop profile quite well. The finish is earthy, with floral notes, finishing with a strong bitterness, a little alcohol, and a lingering taste of orange pith and grapefruit rind. The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel.

This is essentially a San Diego Pale Ale with a slight English flair. Purists will probably not like it, but I can't argue with my taste buds, I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:44:16 | More by HopHead84
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Bitterness,light pepper English malts and grass

T: Bitterness and grass. Some English malt and perhaps some melon with light pepper

M: Medium to full bodied with plenty of hop bite

D: Wont go back to this and my least fav of the Stone Anny beers so far

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:23:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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rye726

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a orangish tan with a silky beige head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has fresh earthy and floral hops, spicy alcohol, caramel and bready malts.

Taste has really herbal hops up front followed by a lush candy malt body with a long finish of bitter, resiny hops and peppery alcohol.

Clean, crisp body. Delicate carbonation and a great finish.

Simply fantastic IPA from stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:57:52 | More by rye726
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. I had this a couple days ago at a tasting but my palate wasn't up to snuff at that time so I didn't review it.

A - Golden with an orange hue. Big eggshell colored head. Lots of lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Interesting aroma, different than anything else I've had before, maybe a little like a less pungent Gubna? Definitely a lot of herbal hop flavor and kind of reminds me a bit of a piece of cheese. Kind of smells a little salty.

T - Grassy/herbal type hop flavor up front before finishing with a flavor similar to grapefruit rind. Pretty bitter but the bitterness quickly fades and leaves a more subtle bitter flavor in the mouth. A little salty. Not much of a malt backbone in this one and while it has a hint of grapefruit flavor it doesn't have a sweet citrusy flavor. The more I drink the more I pick up the saltiness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not really that great of a beer. I really dislike the saltiness and it just builds and builds as I drink this beer. My lips feel a bit dryed out like after taking a swim in the ocean. This beer is unique but not really all that great. If you can get a hold of this beer I think it is worth trying but I won't be picking up any more of this and will not be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 00:50:36 | More by jpmclaug
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:49:03 | More by beertunes
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Westsidebuddha

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods Torrance, Calif.

Poured a light golden color into tulip glass. Slight head with bubbles. Smell of grapefruit and hops and spices. The taste of hops and a slight peppery backend hits the palate. Mouthfeel of different English hops gives this a different taste that I'm used to. Good drinkability with the different hop taste and spices on each sip hitting the taste buds. Had this first on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena and the hops was definitely present. Almost a "bud-like" taste! A different anniversary ale for sure!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 08:25:56 | More by Westsidebuddha
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a refreshing twist: Stone making a Double IPA with English ingredients. Nuff said. On to the beer:

It's grapefruit juice colored, much paler looking than expected. No complaints about the head and retention, they're good. The most is mostly bitter. Bitter citrus, with no maltiness coming through. It's a white grapefruit I'm smelling, and one that's not overly aromic.

I don't know what to make of this. White grapefruit isn't a bad flavor to have, and it's even a little fruity. I'm tasting salt now, and this flavor especially shows up in the aftertaste. It's interesting overall...I guess I was expecting something different from what I got. It does a well conditioned mouthfeel, one that isn't too hevay, light on it's feet for the ABV. Solid drinkability.

I must give Stone some credit for doing something different, even if it's something I only kind of like. In that respect, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:44:23 | More by DoubleJ
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Stone IPA glass

A: cloudy golden color nice bright white head with good lace and head retention

S: Orange peach tangerine and apricot tangy citrus no grapefruit in here however.

T: Peach apricot tangerine a juicy hop flavor

M: I am shocked but this has a light Mouth

D: very tasty and drinkable

overall: as usual stone hit this one out of the park all English hop and malt beer that is damn good, Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:37:58 | More by JamisonM
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froghop

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a very small egg-shell head, and very good lacing.

smell is of orange, floral, lemon, some caramel, hops, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, light grapefruit, hops, citrus, some caramel, pine, and a touch of pepper, ends very bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 14:58:24 | More by froghop
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HalfFull

California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a gargoyle emblazoned 22 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Shows a hazy goldenrod in color with a frothy inch of bubbly off white foam. Offers very nice retention and lacing. A bit lighter than expected but pretty solid.

Nose is soapy through the foam with a hint of melon when first poured. Warming and exposure helps add a nice hop presence along with a light wheat sense and some subdued lemon. Becomes more intriguing as you delve into it, and offering a subtle yeast character later, working well with the hop notes. Still at odds for an IPA, English or otherwise.

Flavor offers a myriad of complexities as the beer warms and morphs. Initially an orange citric grain presence dominates. A light lemon sweetness follows and accompanies an expanding hop nose. Pretty smooth on the palate, neither bitter nor sweet. A bit dry perhaps nonetheless, yet that is an illusion as for the true nature of the beer.

Full bodied with a good feel of carbonation. Somewhat dry and chalky on the finish. A robust and interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 06:46:31 | More by HalfFull
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clean light amber hue with a decent head that leaves some lacing in the glass.

S: Floral (jasmine-like) and grassy, some sweet & earthy citrus notes in there too.

T: Similar to the smell with a powerful hoppy bitterness that comes through real nicely. There's some matliness there but not much in comparison to the hop - not to say it's out of balance by any means, just that the hop dominates this brew (as should be expected with Stone). Big time peppery citrus at the end - very lemony and grassy. Some insanely delicious stuff here.

M: Very rich - medium/full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Man, as much as I dig this stuff, I can't imagine drinking more than one or two of these - the 8.9% will catch up with you quickly. Easy to drink though, just dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 03:59:12 | More by DeanMoriarty
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of piny and grassy hops with an undertone of melon and biscuity malt.

Tastes of a big dose of hops layered on top of biscuity malts. Hops dominate with a big pine and grass taste with some underlying fruitiness. Plenty of bitterness adds to the mix. Malt is primarily bready but has a grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:27:54 | More by ocelot2500
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It's the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there's no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:13:22 | More by Impfan
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Halcyondays

California

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a full white head, very good retention, leaving nice lace.

S: Melon rind, hint of white pepper, green smelling.

T: Extremely bitter pine and grass flavours overall. Malt is very mild. Lots of bitter melon, white grapefruit, and pine.

M: Medium/full-bodied, sticky, resiny. Hoppy long aftertaste.

D: An OK DIPA, but for me it was just bitter without a complexity in the hop character which made me disinterested as I drank the beer. I always try the Stone Anniversaries, but I don't think I'll pick this up again, I like the overall idea though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:09:43 | More by Halcyondays
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into a pint glass.

14th is a hazy golden yellow color, classic American IPA actually, with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is so incredibly hoppy and wonderfully fresh. Great citrus and grass notes here.

Flavor is intense and hoppier than any other beer in this category by far. Big time grass flavor and tons of earthy bitterness. It's way different than any other IPA out there (imperial or emperial or whatever) that it has me taking sip after sip just to experience the unique style that Stone has basically invented.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Very bitter but not completely out of balance.

Overall an amazingly different beer. One that you soon won't forget. In fact, this may be a style that grows in popularity because of this particular example.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:40:49 | More by GilGarp
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour of Hefe-weizen like cloudy golden color. Head is thick, creamy, and pure white.

Nose is lighter than anticipated, with some bready-biscuity notes & melon rinds.

Chalky dry on the palate with herbal & garden vegetable earthy hop flavors.

Intense flavor lasts awhile on finish

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 19:20:06 | More by yemenmocha
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: a mis-spelling on the Emperial on here.

Pours a light apricot, golden color. Clean and clear. Large white, fluffy head at about 2 fingers. Settles to a collar of white, quick swirl with bring back the head.

Sharp aroma of spice and floral, wet biscuit, white pepper.

Quick light malt up front, followed by faint herbal. The bite picks up at the end. Minerally with hints of floral and soft citrus. Dry dry dry. Very nice.

At 8.9% avbv, it's not an easy drinker, but darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:52:52 | More by Mebuzzard
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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