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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

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
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden with white topping head. Floral aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness, much like a superior ESB. Some melon. Will try this again.Seek it out.
Bottle from Mike's newly obtained case.

Sammy, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange/yellow with a big 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of puffy lacing on the drink down. Smells of sweet malts, extreme pine/citrus zest hops, and nail polish remover. The chemical nail polish smell is really throwing me off. Taste is all up in your face with the pine/citrus zest hops, almost like chewing on pine needles and grapefruit rinds at the same time. There is a sweet malt finish and surprisingly the bitterness on the palate after each sip is quite mild. Mouthfeel is weird because there is carbonation but the beer is still somehow flat and thick. Overall, this is a good DIPA from Stone. They really know how to pack in the hops and this anniversary beer is just another example of their love for the green stuff.

UCLABrewN84, May 07, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

acurtis, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn't really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn't really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Emperial" IPA. Pours a yellow gold with hint or orange and a short white head. Nice looking although head fades fast.

Nose is huge fruit esters. Big sweet candi sugar nose; huge assertive ripe banana. Smells like a rich Belgian which is what I would guess if I had it blind. Nose is super assertive and appealing.

Mouthfeel is creamy, big, bold and rich with wonderful balance. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel alone leaves you wanting more.

Initial impression is that it doesn't have the big fruity charachter and flavors that the nose promises, but on a second and third taste big sweet fruit and malt hits you hard on the very front palate before the flavors "explode into bitter."

The juxtaposition of sweet to big bold bitter is fantastic and give this beer lots of complexity.

Pine/grapefruit oil back palate and finish is appealing and long. The sweet to bitter character really works and this is the best of an "Emperial" IPA. I suspect that this is not one to age.

(Note, I've now looked at the bottle which says to drink fresh or age in the hull of a sea faring vessel for a year or more. Yes...I'll likely age a few myself "just to see what happens.")

This is a remarkably good, drinkable and versatile beer. I'm a Stone fan and I think that this is one of the better efforts! The sweet front is great; the bitter finish is huge and lasts forever. Nice!

GRG1313, Jun 24, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright hay color ale with a huge pure white frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is quite singular and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some floral malt notes with bitterness and astringent notes well complementing the malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. This one is a lot more complex then your standard IIPA.

Phyl21ca, Nov 15, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber in color with lots of orange highlights. This was a beer drinkers DIPA for sure. Big head of white towered over the top and only settled down slightly into a thin film across the top. The aroma was loaded with piney hops. Huge notes here of deep resin and hints at a buttery, biscuit like mid palate were prominant. Full medium body here with a lots of carbonation and a smooth mellow like coating on the tongue. Long drawn out finish here with the most mellow of touches on the final taste.

Overall a very solid and very big IPA. I would have no issue at all with serving this one all the time. Rich, full and loaded with flavor we have a winner here.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger frothy white head on a murky golden body. Wet sock hop and lemon aroma. Some pine notes. Flavor is mostly piney hops, a little bitter. A little paper-like. The hops are subtle, more so than I expected. medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor grows on you as you drink it. It is definitly different than I expected with a much stronger floral note to the flavor than I usually see in imperial IPAs.

kylehay2004, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.

S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.

T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).

M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.

D: I usually like Stone's anniversary beers, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. I guess if I'm going to have any more of these, I'll have to drink them quickly.

womencantsail, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out as a lightly hazy golden color, the head was pretty thick and left behind a good lacing too. The smell of the has a great amount of hops on the nose, giving off a piney citrus aroma that to me smell really good. The taste of the beer follows up with the smell. The flavors of citrus fruits and some pine blend together to make a very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a dry tingly feeling. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Looking forward to the next Anniversary.

Knapp85, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an unabashedly cloudy, dark yellow-orange body with a large, churning, white head.

Smell: Strong, pungent hoppiness in the aroma, smelling sharply of pith-packed citrus rinds, biting spices, pine sap, and tropical fruits. It's a real task to discern the honeyed, biscuit-toned malts beyond the hops.

Taste: The initial biscuity, lightly sweet malts with a kiss of honey are all-too tired and timid in the face of such a heavy-handed, West Coast hop assault. Gratingly citric lemon, black pepper spiciness, some resinous pine, even some sliced pineapple with a brutal, tongue-scalding bitterness that continues to build with each subsequent mouthful. A little pinch felt from the alcohol as well. Quite bitter on the dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whew. As easy to put down as the treasured family pet - there will be many tears, lost sleep, and certainly an undetermined period of mourning.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 15, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this years Anniversary offering is a great idea,going to the style roots but with enough American "pizazz" to make it interesting to the American hophead palate.Poured into a imperial nonic a dulled lighter golden with a light infusion of orange,a very well defined white head atop,the proper glassware worked wonders.Big leafy hops in the nose,as green as all get out,light citrus but not the grapefruit rind,resiny feel of an American IPA wich is right for the style,a noticeable sweet dough/biscuit malt base holds true as well.Hop flavors are slightly medicinal and leafy from the start,a light mineral note as well,light caramel malt again holds true to the finish,alcohol only becomes noticeable after it warms a bit.A "not in your face brash" offering for this years anniversary beer from Stone.

oberon, Jul 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

largadeer, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

An EIPA? Dammit, these acronyms are out of control. The beer pours an amber-orange cloud topped by about a finger or so of quick-dying white foam. The nose comprises biscuits (or are they scones?), floral and citrus hops, wheat, and what seems to be strawberries at the end. Not sure where that came from...maybe my nose is crazy. I dunno. Regardless, it does smell pretty good. The taste is an unsurprising blast of hops, mostly citrus backed-up with some sticky pine, all against a backdrop of somewhat wheaty biscuits. Those strawberries seem to come back in the very back, but it could just be my cracked mind. The body is a decided medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a full, robust, though somewhat sticky, feel. Not a bad brew overall...unless you're not a fan of hops (...but, then, you wouldn't be going after Stone products, would you?).

TMoney2591, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 1000th review, I thought it would be, um, nice, to go back to what started it all for me - Stone Brewing. For those of us north of the 49th parallel, obtaining a Stone beer is a reason to celebrate, and that's what kicked off my BA reviewing experience - a bomber of Stone IPA. So now, with another Stone bomber, this time procured from a dash across the Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park last month, I close this particular millennial loop.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky white head, which leaves a thin wall of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. Looks pretty much like a hefeweizen. It smells of bitter orange citrus, lemon, pine needles, soft biscuity malt, and a mild soapiness. The taste is pretty in line with the aroma - bitter orange and pine, a soft underlying bready, biscuity maltiness, with some mild zippy spice, muted tropical fruits, and a bit of grassiness. There is only a soft warming from the close to 9 points of alcohol. The carbonation is average, the body a bit on the light side, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes dry, bitter, and uh, more bitter.

The ingredients may be as British as Stone could have practically made them, but this is still one of their West Coast hop Acme brand falling anvils for the palate. The edgy, sharp bitterness, that just persists, and overshadows otherwise worthy flavours, is here in spades. And I thought that they would wuss out or compromise when implementing this obvious (to hopheads, anyway) collision of worlds. Silly, silly me.

biboergosum, Sep 19, 2010
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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.