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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

752 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying to make room in the cellar.

Pours a murky deep apricot with a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving thick lacing. Visible chunks are present.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness in the background accompanying pine, and substantial doughy malt ties things together. Surprised it's still this hoppy.

Orange, tangerine, and bitter pith flavors emerge first. Bitterness is quite high throughout. Citrus is accompanied by floral hops to dominate the profile. The finish is fairly dry and peppery. Grassy, earthy notes emerge as out warms. Caramel malt adds a substantial sweetness initially, but is dominated by hops in the finish.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

More citrus character than anticipated. Very bitter.

barczar, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev +3.9%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I imagine this would have been a stunning beer when fresh and clearly Stone can't be blamed for my poor cellaring choices, but although the taste has held up remarkably well, other elements don't shine as much.

Not a visually appealing beer, as it pours a yellowish-orange with limited head and many large floating chunks. Aroma has faded remarkably, so that now hops are barely present, just the "fresh blood" copper smell that comes with their passing. However the faint citrus tang in the background hints at what must have been. The flavour still has some bitter punch and is nowhere near as simple as the aroma. Tropical fruit and citrus with a decent caramelized malt backbone and a bracing alcohol warmth fitting its 8.9% ABV

I’ll state again how sad I am to have lost this bomber at the back of the beer fridge! This beer should definitely have been enjoyed fresh.

hopsolutely, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Kahmal
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kahmal, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev +3.9%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Philousa
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I tried this first at Stone's NYE celebration ringing in 2012. Thought it was interesting and then I saw it in a bottle at Lone Hill Liquor. Decided to grab it. Glad I did.

It should be noted that this is incorrectly labeled as an American Imperial IPA. According to the bottle this is an English Imperial IPA.

Somewhat opaque pale gold with a dense white head. Aroma is (unsurprisingly) hoppy. Mostly a perfume of flower and nectar notes with some grapefruit and lemon. Slight alcohol and biscuit. Flavor starts with white bread crust and lemon rind. Fades to bitter orange and then grassy, earthy bitterness of aforementioned hops. Feel is appropriate and finish is dry. Actually, the finish is the most unorthodox thing about this beer. The hops and malt are English, but this is more floral than I'm used to, so I view that as Stone's take on the style. The dry finish is a bit grating, the only flaw really. Definitely like this one. A different take on a tried and true style that is overlooked in the states. Glad I tried it, now I wish I had it fresh to compare.

Philousa, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JohnK17, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tom-Peters, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +3.9%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ryanpj, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of bassist286
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bassist286, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Goldfishman, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -22.1%

pavpav12, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sittin' around the cellar for some time now, I thought I would pull one of these out to see how it was doing.

eyes...
audible sizzle fizz, one full finger of head (the craggy soapy kind), hazy straw color with a good amount of carbonation running through, the head settles in a hurry into your typical O-ring configuration, no lacing to speak of, minimal legs, so far this is far from impressive

nose...
piney hops with some malt backing, not too much else, I bet it has calmed down from being set down

taste etc...
for as much carbonation as seen in the glass it barely seems detectable in the sip, also, there is barely any flavor here, kind of a mild orange flavor with almost zero bitterness, there is some of the ABV felt in the gullet. This is a tamed tiger. It drinks really easy in this form but I would not recommend it to highly. This has been perfectly cellar kept since the release (no sunlight, no anything).

verdict?
this one has definitely lost its punch

Ego, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Yoda22
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Yoda22, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Fire yellow orange color. Very clear appearance with a ton of large carbonation bubbles that lead to a large two finger head that is off white in color and medium creamy in appearance. Lace isn't sticking that well.

Smell is very rich in caramel malts. Sweet, some earthy aromas like grass and just a bit of bread.

Taste is on the malty side. Sweet, but not super sweet, mild caramel, light kayro syrup. Some earthy yeast or hop flavors. Some mild alcohol at the end but very mild.

Mouth is round, carbonation is rather light and creamy. Body is medium and the finish is not very long and on the weak side of wet.

Overall for this being 2+ years old I think it is still drinking pretty nice. I don't remember it having the earthy, grass tastes when it was fresh but I didn't review it then so I could be wrong. If you are sitting on some of these I don't think there is a hurry on drinking them because I don't believe this has dropped off that much.

azdback, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Moderate head with some lacing. Very citrusy with grapefruit and some piney hops. Moderate malt and moderate body. Finishes hoppy and bitter. A bit of an astringent aftertaste. A satisfactory IPA, but nothing really stands out. Not as well balanced as other Stone IPAs.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

hagbergl, Jul 13, 2012
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.