Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 750 | Reviews: 575 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-15-2010 17:48:17 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
07-01-2010 21:37:13 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
09-15-2010 19:51:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
"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!
06-24-2010 00:51:52 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-13-2012 02:07:00 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-07-2011 18:14:31 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-12-2010 21:32:34 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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?).
07-16-2010 21:17:41 | More by TMoney2591
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
A - Poured out a hazy, orange-gold color with a two-finger, white head of pillowy foa,. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. There were mild bubblegum notes, too.
T - It tasted of sweet citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange mostly. There was a sweet caramel maltiness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a tasty beer but seems a little sloppy. I really couldn't get a feel for what it was.
07-26-2010 01:36:16 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-19-2010 05:01:01 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
I've had a bottle of Stone 14 sitting in my fridge for a while. Looking at it I could tell that it was totally hoppy because I could see the haze through the brown glass. I decided to open it tonight to find that it's not actually hop resins that are making it hazy (it's actually cloudy), it's just yeast! It looks like a Bavarian style hefeweizen in the glass (except for the quick rising bubbles of a higher carbonation). In fact I can see fairly large chunks of yeast suspended an inch or so above the base of the glass. There's also a lot of sediment, but I'm surprised that there's so much floating about. And this is the first pour!!!
It holds a good head though, continually maintaining a 1/4" thick lid of creamy white foam. Rings and sheets of lace are also left behind with each sip.
Surprisingly, it's not that hoppy in the nose. Ahh, I see. After a quick look at the label I understand that it's an English style IPA (although a bit strong), hence the title "Emperial". It's gently citrusy, leafy, mildly floral, a touch piney; and fruity from the yeast (apple, some pear). But does being an English style allow for a cloudy appearance? Hmmm?
In the mouth it's medium with a gently dextrinous edge, and a moderate carbonation that gently bristles the palate (I guess that's English-style as well).
The flavor is fairly basic, except that it is a bigger beer with more alcohol and a lot of bitterness. I find pale ale malt with perhaps a touch of light crystal; but this could simply be "Golden Promise" or some other UK malt. It's not Maris Otter. The hops are as the nose suggests, although a bit more grassy and spicy, and less leafy. They remain floral. The fruitiness of the yeast is present throughout, and it's reminiscent of other Stone beers, however, I think it's a different strain than they normally use. Is it just White Labs WLP023? I initially thought WLP002 but that's a little sharper than the "Bass"... ... could be, but who knows? I find it amazing how the same strains of yeast can taste different coming out of different breweries based on how their fermentation program.
As to drinkability, I enjoyed it. It's not an English IPA by any means, but it sits well as a west coast interpretation of an English IPA. Could it be described as anything else? No. That said, it's a bit bitter and the alcohol shows. Is it too bitter...? Nah, not really. As far as micros go it's still well within reason, especially for Stone. But should the alcohol be so apparent? Probably not. Is there enough complexity to keep it interesting? Ahh, not really. But that goes back to the style. On the other hand, the alcohol and bitterness throw off the balance a bit.
01-12-2011 23:00:52 | More by NeroFiddled
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow/gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out sweet and fruity with flavors of citrus along with some caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in but isn't over-powering. The malt character is a little on the thin side but it provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style with a well-done twist, this is a very good beer that is worth drinking for a long time.
10-26-2010 02:36:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white head, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace.
S - Strong citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and lemon, backed by resinous pine notes. Some light, bready malt in the background.
T - Lemony hops with moderate bitterness up front along with a note of pine and some bready malt. Orange begins to creep into the hop character in the middle with some herbal notes and increasingly sweet, biscuit like malt. Finishes with a sweet, candied orange character of hops and soft malt, which is balanced by moderately high bitterness. Lingering orange hops and lightly toasted malt imparts a savory, herbal note that lingers on the palate.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - I love the hop character in this beer. The sweetness of the malt blends perfectly with the citrus and spice notes from the hops, especially in the finish. I am strongly reminded of Oscar Blues Gubna, though from the blurb on the bottle this is apparently made with entirely different hop varieties than that beer. Another great IPA from Stone!
09-30-2010 06:02:37 | More by nickfl
3.85/5 rDev 0%
22oz brown bomber.
While the head looks awesome and the retention is out of this world the cloudiness only goes away as things warm up. Pungent hoppy nose with orchard, citric and evergreen aromas. Very smooth, nice creamy back. West coast hopping style with English hops screams with pungent bitterness and a long linger of earthy rind and woody flavors. Maltiness stands there and say to the hops "What the he'll?!" Bit of grain and yeast but clearly the hops own this brewski. 8.9% ... Yeah it is there, clean and warming with some vague fruit.
Ok, so Stone goes the English way ... All the way with unforgiving handfuls of hops. I dig it ...
08-27-2010 03:12:18 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
Okay, sweet label awesome story of why the famous west coast Stone Brewery wants to go all English Imperial aka Emperial on us. But it's a hard sell from the notion of an aggessive English IPA, that's an oxymoron to me. Body pours a glowing slightly clouded bright yellow orange hue apricot I guess...head forms thick bright white head fine sticky lacing clings to the sides of my chalice.
Prickly citrus rinds hits the nares with a touch of alcohol and a spicy yeast component, pretty intense nose so far. Sweet melon and a touch of peppery funky yeast edges collide, this is a strange brew for me.
Flavor hits with so much bitterness the English hops in American doses cause much abrasive qualities on the palate. It's like a burning citrus hop tequila, it burns the back of the throat and the nares and earthy, grapefruit, harsh herbal hops hit the palate like a sledgehammer. I usually find some sense of finesse from brewers at Stone even when their concept is as intense as this. I want a bit of balance to go with the massive hop bill then I want some nice English malts to fight back to create some nice balanced acceptable flavors. Not until the last pour did I get more malt and breads with the spicy/grapefruit/herbal/earthy hop bomb, too little too late.
Mouthfeel I'm getting hop chunks in this one that I literally had to chew on towards the end of the bottle. Carbonation is agressive upfront but not overdone body is medium to full definitely an aggressive palate wrecker of a beer, I have this beer and the other Stone alternative IPAs right down the street from me.
Drinkability is a rough subject as the beer starts to get more approachable and your palate is ready for the onslaught of hops, it begins to feel like I'm chewing on this beer it's one of the hardest 22 ounce bottles from Stone I've ever consumed. It reminds me of te first year that Sam Adams made an Imperial Hallertau hopped pilsner, it was pure hop insanity in a German sense...well, this is it's English brethren.
08-07-2010 05:37:06 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
07-13-2010 19:34:46 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +3.9%
On draft at Churchkey. Served in a nonic pint glass. Beer is yellow with a little haze and a broke white head of medium to big bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is minimal.
Mild citrusy / fruit hop aroma. Not much going on here.
Very dry beer. Thin to medium in body. Lots of hops, no sweetness, very citrusy and bitter in the back. Almost chewy in the mouth. It is pretty good but not my favorite IPA.
07-23-2010 17:29:24 | More by drabmuh
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
I had this on tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg - served chilled in a snifter.
A - A peachy colored ale w/ thick bone white cap which has a creamy appearance and holds well. The bead is very fine and the clarity is translucent. The lace sticks to glass in haphazard pattern
S - The smell while pleasant is also a little peculiar with hints of pear and musty pine esters the alcohol is evident and has a mild floral/herbal element
M - The feel is good, but the fruit and tang of yeast and subtle acidic tinged hop texture shifts midway to a warming and intensely bitter sharp aspect. It isn't that I didn't expect that considering Stone Imperial IPA's but it lacks subtlety the carbonation is moderate and sweetness is low with a moderate astringency level
T - The flavor is pleasant and mildly fruit w/ notes of golden apple and pear and mild herbal English hop flavors which seem slightly piney too. The flavor gets more peppery and the alcohol gradually comes forward with a very sharp bitterness which lingers into a very dry finish. The taste is like an English ipa pushed and molded to fit the American Imperial Ipa mold, it loses some of the English character and seems salty it is so bitter toward the end
D - The drinkability is average for me - the flavors start ok, but the intense bitterness doesn't help the overall character of the beer to me. I would say give it a try, but as I mentioned in the taste it is really lacking the English character and is an American Imperial IPA in English Ipa clothes - the bitterness seems to be more the focus than actual English hop flavor
07-11-2010 13:12:58 | More by Slatetank
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a nice 1.5 finger frothy head in my tulip glass that is fades slowly, leaving a slight lacing. The beer is a hazy murky orange-yellow wheat color.
The nose emanates with musty fresh hops, dry hopped with some resinous hop oils, some floral, very light pine, and lots of earthy hops. There is also a slight malty sweet aroma coming behind all that hop presence, but enough of a malty sweetness that a hint of alcohol will probably make it's way out.
The taste is somewhat as expected, lots of fresh hops, almost like I'm chewing on hop pellets actually. It has that dry grainy feel to it that just sucks the water from my mouth like chewy on a hop pellet would do. Lots of grassy and herbal and super earthy hop flavors, pretty bitter and very dry. A touch of a malty backbone in there, somewhere. A hint of a warming booze also sticks its nose out.
The mouth is medium body with decent carbonation, and a really dry chewy kinda feel that really does give the feel like chewing on a dry hop pellet, and slightly grainy.
The finish is pretty bitter, but not overwhelming. Lots more dryness, again like it sucked the water from my mouth it was so dry. Still have that long lingering feel and taste like chewing on hops pellets. A slight malty presence, but not much. It's just pure earthy and herbal hops basically.
08-28-2010 03:24:51 | More by jlindros
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.