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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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573 Reviews
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Reviews: 573
Hads: 754
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 11
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:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 ...

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled June 2010. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal spices, floral, some pine resin, and light spicy alcohol. Fairly nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, herbal spiciness, pine resin, biscuit, honey-like sweetness; and other light fruits. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal spice, pine, and bread on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden at 8.9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall, for being and DIPA, this has held up quite nicely since 2010. Nice hop flavor profile is still present; with nice flavor balance.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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

The thick, dense head settles in rocky fashion, leaving lots of stringy, clumpy lace. The liquid is very cloudy with a relatively unusual yellow-ish color.

Classic Stone fresh, floral hop aroma. Beautiful and inviting.

A very brief moment of paler malts that instantly bursts into a bitter hop explosion. This lasts throughout the taste into the finish and long after the swallow. It's not quite enough to be an extreme beer, but it's awfully close. Full body with ample carbonation for a richer mouthfeel.

Hopheads will find this very drinkable. Others may find it too bitter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/2 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an amber, murky-golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells very weird. Got some earthy malts and manure. Not enjoyable at all.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, sweet fruity hops, citrus, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a nice beer except for the smell, which was awful. I asked several other people who ordered it as well and they all agreed on the smell. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.

T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.

O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyebacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Decent retention with some sticky lace. Color is a pale golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy floral hops. Light citrus. Bready malts. Has some herbal notes like a saison would.

Taste: Much different than the aroma. Lots of English malts. Bready. Floral grassy hops. Light citrus. Very odd. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol showing. Ends with a bitter hop bite.

Overall, not a bad English IPA. It was worth a try and I was able to finish the bomber. Glad it was hopped up. Just a tad too much malt for me.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. Poured a bright orange, almost yellow color with a sticky white head already clinging to the sides of the glass. The head faded to a thin and spotty dusting but left some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong European, earthy, spicy, hoppiness to it. It has a bit of underlying orange peel, lemon zesty citrus coming through as well. A sweet, bready, almost wheat like malt comes through to round out the flavors in the nose. Definitely an interesting mix of hoppiness to it.

The taste shows some of the classic earthy, spicy, almost peppery European hop flavors right off the bat. The finish becomes very dry, bitter, and somewhat grassy. A little citrus is present in the taste as it was in the nose. A hint of sweet malt peeks through just before the extreme bitter finish takes over.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is OK, I'm not sure the European hops lend themselves as well in extreme quantities as the American ones do. The extreme dry, earthy, grassy, spice was a interesting but not something I would buy regularly in a beer. They could have just as easily called this one Euro Ruination though as hoppy as it was. Very interesting and cool beer though overall.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a mildly aggressive hop nose. It's quite bitter with some excellent yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite that hits hard up front and resinates in the finish. The malt profile is pretty standard. It has a solid pale malt flavor with little else to speak of. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an easy drinking DIPA. It's nothing too spectacular, but it's still better than most. I guess it's a bastardised version of an English IPA. That explains the hop profile and the overall feel of the beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is an unattractive mix of grassy hops and sweat. The flavor is orange citrus hops, grassy hops and bready malt. I also get some resiny hops and medium to high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not near the beer I expected this to be. Not terrible, but still disappointing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Bierkraft in Bklyn, NY, "June 2010" etched on the side of the bottle. Pours moderately clouded, dull and soft tangerine. The off white head is large and lasting, slowly going to moon craters, leaves thicker blobs of stuck on lacing and then nice looking low sheeting sticking around. Moderate hop nose, leafy and floral at least to my nose. So smooth, so tasty, so much depth of the flavors, what else is to be expected from the quality brewers of Stone?? Moderate (relatively speaking) hop presence, mostly leafy and with tea like qualities, malty base providing the under support. Enjoyable DEIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short 1/4" head breaks apart immediately.

Smell: lemon zest and a somewhat sharp bitterness. Some earthiness in the aroma too.

Taste: strong bready malt sweetness balanced with a sharp earthy bitterness. Golden apples, some pear, and a bit of grassiness shows up late. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer wasn't as refreshing as I would have liked for the style. Slow sipping beer here.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010
A solid pour into my Oerbier tulip produces a fat, three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white head that is quite dense and leaves some pretty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazed gold / pale-honey color that shows orange notes when held up to the light. As the beer warms it becomes quite clear, showing that the initial haze was just a chill-haze. The aroma smells up front like a field of dried hay, sprinkled with some dried weeds. It picks up some soft pine-like notes as well as a citrus character that reminds me of Meyer lemons. Touches of menthol, hints of intriguing cinnamon, as well as a sometimes bright herbal note round out the hop aromatics. The malt character actually is fairly noticeable towards the finish with a hay like / dried grass grain character as well as some cracker like malt. The citrus character can at times be quite noticeable, in a soft manner, but at others it gets buried under the other hop aromatics.

The beer has a substantial herbal bitterness and even some hop astringency in the finish; both of which linger on in the palate after a sip. The hop character reminds me of dried grass up front but moves to a substantial herbal note and then a soft, but lingering citrus character that is a bit dirtier than lemon zest, with maybe a hint of tropical fruit character. As the beer warms more notes of meyer lemon and even some orange zest become a bit more noticeable. The malt character, despite its pale color, is quite substantial here; a nice cracker and pale-biscuit maltiness contributes a significant chewy grain character to this beer and there is also a soft pale malt sweetness that helps temper the herbal / grassy hop character. As the beer warms the biting bitterness and astringency softens quite a bit as it is tempered by the malt flavors. The body has some chew to it as it is fairly viscous and definitely coats the palate; the hops do a good job of scrubbing the palate in the finish though. This is a bit heavier than I prefer in my American Double IPA, though the hop character would likely be too harsh in this beer with out this body and malt heft.

While this is really not my ideal type of Double IPA, I always enjoy tasting over the top English hops in a beer because I get them so rarely and it is nice to experience the hops in an intense way from time to time. This point certainly makes this particular beer that much more enjoyable that it would otherwise be if this was a common thing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pale clear golden with a dense creamy white head; thick clumpy sheets of lacing. Pungent, floral hops balanced by a strong pale malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium thick and lightly carbonated. Flavor is oddly for style dominated from the start by floral, earthy hops (but I guess not unusual for Stone). Flavor is also very sweet and loaded with a strong pale malt body. Overall this certainly has a unique flavor profile, not really comparing to any English IPA or American DIPA I've had, but it's lacking any subtlety and balance. Oh well, at least it's different and worth one try, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy golden color, with no head. The beer has aromas of hops and flora. Initial hop forward bitter flavor, with sharp citrus undertone. There are bits of spice hidden underneath the heavy initial flavors, but very subtle. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, with a sour citrus finish. Aftertaste is mostly sour, with slight bitter hops blend. The beer is a bit unbalanced, and the strong flavors make this a "one and done."

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with pure white head that settles to a ring. Smells citrusy with a burst of pine at the end, and a base of bready malt. Nice bitterness up front, followed by some buttered popcorn flavors and lots of citrus rind on the finish. Very little malt comes through, and although I like the hop profile, it is a somewhat strange marriage here. Very smooth in the mouth until the bracingly bitter finish. I know this beer has a lot of detractors, and I'll admit its a long way from my favorite stone beer, but I think it works in a way. By no means do I think this is an English IPA, but certainly its got some English charecteristics while being dominated by the San Diego ones.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed beer with a fluffy white head. This beer is on the paler end of the beers I l like to call IPA Orange.

Good pine and pineapple scent with some mango in there. Slight peach aroma that reminds me of mango.

Starts out with a strong melon flavor. Wood and pine come through with a fairly bitter finish. After a while papaya really comes a strong part of the flavor. Definitely has a high malt content this is a little syrupy.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Good drinkability not a best of the style but a good beer for $6 a bomber. Currently much easier to get than something like Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pale yellow with slight orange highlights that had a half finger head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: lovely citrus grapefruit aromas alongside piney hops that stand out with a good malt presence and hints of grass.

T: very nice piney hops upfront with citrus grapefruit that propels the overall bitterness and good sweet malts that balance out the hop bomb.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation that had a great hop bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: another great drinkable hop bomb from stone brewery that has a different take on the IPA using only british ingredients but has a san diego stlye hop punch. This beer is actually really bitter.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.