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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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752 Ratings
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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 SkunkWorks
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Total Tap Takeover Tour at the Rattle n Hum in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hazy straw color with a little orange. Big off white head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind.

Smell: hops dominate, obviously. Citrus, pine, and earthy hops are present.

Taste: citrus hop flavors followed by toasted malts. There's no alcohol taste.

Feel: medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly light.

Drink: drinkable but not exceptionally drinkable. I think this is a case of it being sessionable but why would you want to?

Overall, this is decent but it is not in the same league as Ruination IPA. Not even close. Worth a try though if you get a chance.

SkunkWorks, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a beautiful orange-ish straw color into my pint glass. Very clear and enticing with a large foamy white head. Ringed lacing intermittent along the glass.

S- Not a whole whole lot here in the nose. I get a sweet malt aroma closely followed by a grapefruit hoppy smell.

T/M- Very nice balance of the malt and hops for what it should be. I get a nice malty base that turns to a nice mouthful of hops that Stone always produces. The hops are citrusy and piney and balance well together. Nice medium body and medium carbonation make this a great beer to eat with my bleu cheese burger on a hot summer evening!

D- Very drinkable. I wish I could have gotten a six pack rather than a bomber. I found that in writing this before actually enjoying with my meal- I accidentally drank about half the bomber. So, I'm going to wrap this up so I can pair this with my food!

TheGordianKnot, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Lacing is incredible and present throughout.

Smell: Hop overload. Very grassy with hints of pepper and lemon. The overwhelming hop aroma hides any evidence of malt.

Taste: POW. Once again the hops are very strong and overwhelming. I wouldn't call it an English IPA as it is listed on BA. The beer is clearly called Emperial IPA which suggests a very hoppy brew and this one delivers. Nice grassy hop flavor with hints of pepper and citrus as in the nose. Biscuity flavor allows me to taste the maltiness which was hiding in the aroma. That 8.9% abv doesn't hide at all. Very boozy beer. Definitley a sipper.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure why this beer gets a lot of bad reviews. It's an Imperial IPA so it's supposed to be hoppy. It delivers. Very nice hoppy brew. Another solid beer from Stone Brewing!

Beerbuddha, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A - Hazy pale straw color, nice two finger head. Minimal head retention, but lacing is good, leaving rings around the glass.

S - Very interesting. At various times I get spiciness and bitterness of the hops, and an almost cotton candy-like sweetness. Probably one of the more unique smelling beers I've had to date.

T - Pretty damned bitter. It's bitter in the front, bitter in the middle, and bitter in the long, dry finish. Bready and maybe a little funk in there, but only hints. Maybe just a bit of alcohol.

M - Similar to many Stone beers, medium body, good carbonation. Not oily, pretty light.

D - Okay, so I wasn't sure at first. But after the first third, I found myself reaching for this one over and over. The ~9% abv hurts it a little, but not much.

O - After having their Saison Du BUFF, this isn't a complete shock to me. I honestly don't get the ugliness directed at this beer in the forums. I think a lot of people don't really understand the style, especially using hops that many Americans aren't familiar with (not that I really am either). At any rate I enjoyed it, and will be buying a few more.

djmichaelk, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Paid $5.99 for a bomber and poured into a pint glass to review.

Nice white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a thin sheet of retention. Much rising carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very cloudy straw yellow in color. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of grain/wheat, citrusy/grassy hops, toasted malts. Rather mild aroma for this being just under 9%.

Taste is lemon citrus up front with a decent amount of sweetness coming from the balancing malts. Dank citrus hops that remind me a bit of freshly cut grass. Much more full flavored than my nose suggested.

Medium body, good carbonation, relatively thick and creamy.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not my favorite style. The grainy and citrus taste gets a bit overwhelming to me as I near the bottom of the bomber. As it warms more, this taste takes on an unpleasant soapy character and becomes a drainpour.

ibbjamin, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a white head that sticks in nice rings down glass.

S- Lots of hops but not the usual Stone hop profile, this is herbal, grassy and floral.

T- The hops dominate over the pale and clean grainy malt base. The hops follow the nose pretty well; herbal, grassy and floral. The alcohol lends a little bite, but is not too noticeable overall.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- A really nice IPA, but I don't think it really fits the English IPA style too well; just a little to hop-forward. That said, it's still a very nice beer.

TommyW, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intrigued by the concept. Always willing to try something new from Stone.

Appearance- A nice orange, gold. Half inch of stark white head rings nicely. Decent lacing. Very nice looking bev.

Smell- Some pine, and earthiness from the hops. Some grass. Very clean. Not a ton going on.

Taste- Lots of pepper and spice. Some definitely grassy. Bitter, grass, pine. Very subtle malt. The finish lingers. Dry. Grapefruit rind. Not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel- A little light. Wish it had some more carbonation to make it shine.

Drinkability- The grassiness and bitter rind is a little much.

Once again, more concept than product. Stone has better IPA options out there. West coasts IPAs are great. English IPAs can be nice and different. The combination brings out the lesser qualities in each. Oh well.

callmescraps, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden honey in color with about two fingers of creamy head that lasts a bit and has very nice lacing.

S - Smells very sweet at first, full of citrus, hops, and a strange kind of pine aroma that I am not used to.

T - Nice balance of hops, pine, malt and bitterness that lingers for a while after it goes down.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, no alcohol burn, and a nice dry finish.

D - Awesome, glad this one made it into town and hope it's around for a little while to continue drinking it.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mcorwin, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a snifter.

This is a big IPA. It's pours a hazy golden amber with ample head. The aroma is pure hops. It's pungent and a little funky.

Taste is dominated by hops. It's intensely bitter. I'm a hop head, but the first sip was jarring even for me. It was so bitter. However, as the beer warmed a little, the bitterness mellowed to an enjoyable level. The beer starts bitter and it ends bitter with only the slightest of malt interregnums to interrupt the hops avalanche..

It's oily and thicker than expected. The carbonation is present throughout, holding a pleasing fizz to the end.

It's incredible how a beer can change its flavor and character from beginning to end of the bottle. At the end of the first sip, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish the entire bottle and by the end of the bottle, I was thinking of picking up a second.

pburland23, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of obywan59
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost tramsparent, slightly cloudy. 2 1/2 finger white head. Nice carbonation.

Pleasant biscuity floral and fruity citrus aroma backed up by sweet malt. Smells like a good summer time brew. Refreshing. Plenty hoppy, as you'd expect from Stone.

I get lightly sweet malt up front, soon overpowered by bitterness with a bit of tart citrus. Aggressive bitterness to finish it out.

Moderate feel. Peppery. The bitterness lasts and lasts. Peppery. Acidy burn in the throat.

Very drinkable, but the ABV slows me down just a bit.

Nice summer brew, but atypical. Kicked up a couple of notches. Way more bitter than the usual summer offerings.

obywan59, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bronze color with a lively carbonation that produces a big, fluffy white head. Excellent lacing and retention lasts the whole glass.

The aroma has a strong, English hop presence with leafy, earthy and herbal notes. Very little fruitiness contributed from the hops, keeping a dark tone. The malt provides a firm, rich base to the nose that accentuates some fruity yeast and alcohol warmth.

I thought the bitterness was overbearing at first, but as it warms and my tongue gets used to it, the extreme bitterness grows on me. The malt flavor comes mostly from a high amount of English-tasting base malt, which brings a bright sweetness to play off the dark, earthy, bitter flavor from the hops. On the finish, there is a slightly fruity hop flavor that wasn't found in the nose.

The mouthfeel is a standout for this beer. It's firm, tight, and smooth through the middle, and dry in the finish. It compliments the flavor of the beer nicely. This was a nice beer, and another worthy purchase from Stone.

jeffthecheff, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a decent sized white head that has good retention and leaves lacing throughout.

Nice aroma that starts out with some strong woody and grassy notes, then the hop explosion continues into fruity notes of lemon and pineapple. A peppery presence is evident throughout.

The strong hop presence is felt again in the taste, with a big burst of lemon, grapefruit and pepper upfront with some earthy and grassy hops in the middle. A slight touch of pineapple and some more lemon hangs around into the finish. The end is also a little malty with some bready flavors showing up alongside the fruit notes.

Medium body and medium carbonation. The alcohol presence is obvious but not too powerful. Overall this is a very interesting creation from Stone. Different than what I'm used to when it comes to (D)IPA's, but this was great to try and I'm glad I got my hands on a few bottles. Took a little getting used to, but fun to sip on once you've warmed up to it.

Vengeance526, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light gold with a sizable head that has good retention and lacing.

S-Somewhat tart citrus hop aroma leads with a biscuity malt backbone coming in late, a bit of spice as well.

T-Bitter, earthy and citrus hops take the lead here and hang around through the middle and finish in a more subdued fashion. A pleasant, bready malt backbone is there as well, but it serves as a subdued compliment to the hops.

M-Medium body, somewhat creamy and oily, crisp carb bite.

D-Its a sipper, but it is a pleasant experience all the way down.

Another good job from the fine folks at Stone.

Lerxst, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of abrand
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled in June 2010.

The 14th Anniversary IPA pours a cloudy orange color. Fluffy 2 finger off-white head and lots of lacing on the glass. No visible sediment but a lot of haze in the pour. Aroma is full of hops and citrus fruits. Some floral notes as well as bread dough. Taste is predominately hops. The 100 IBUs are very noticeable. I wonder how this would mellow out in the cellar and let some of the other flavors pop out. Some sweetness is noticeable up from the grapefruit and nectarines. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. This is a pretty drinkable beer. The taste is spot on, but the dry finish may hurt the flavor profile somewhat.

abrand, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of mklinger
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with some friends. It looks like a Stone beer to me. Very golden -- color was similar to Stone IPA or Ruination. Very white thick head that left lots of lacing. Clarity was good.

Aroma was very English in character. Grassy, earthy, and floral. It was almost too much grass & earth to be as desirable as it could be though.

Taste was less dominated by earthiness though. Really nice bitterness here as you'd expect from a Stone beer -- a clean bitterness with some toasty malt but not overly assertive & not caramelly. Still some of the floral earthy character but more in balance.

Mouthfeel was crisp for a strong IPA. Plenty of carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

mklinger, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip glass, pours a peachy golden shade with a creamy head that lingers forever, great lacing

smells of english hops and more hops, herbal, woody, earth/grass, sweet malt to match

taste is quite spicy and bitter off the bat - the noble hops start off and the more americanized stone hopping comes in the back - spicy and peppery finish, bitter bitter bitter, lingering oils ruin the palate, sweet malt, creamy body, a nice take on an english dipa for sure

mouthfeel is quite creamy, oily hop resins get you, spicy

overall not something i would drink often but a nice beer by all means

drxandy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of TheBronze
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TheBronze, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a very hazy a golden-apricot color with a about a one finger, light off-white head. Scant lacing, which is uncharacteristic compared to every Stone beer I have had. Second pouring more vigourous produced a two finger head, but still scant lacing. Never taken so long to finish a bomber of any Stone beer.

S-Bitterness, light pepper English malts, and lemongrass.

T-Bitterness with lemongrass from the hop bill. Spicy with some English malts with taste reminiscent of honeydew melon and cracked black pepper.

M-Medium to full bodied with plenty of hop bite. Alcohol presence at 8.9% ABV is very well masked.

D-This is probably the least favorite Stone offering I have had. Don't much care for this, and I'm not going to bother finishing reading the story on the bottle. Very disappointed. An anniversary should be something to be celebrated, to commemorate the good thing that started it all. If this had been Stone's first beer, they may not have had a one year anniversary. Stone sometimes is too enamored of itself. They should stick to what they are very good at, instead of trying to interpret what is now an anachronistic style. This Independence Day weekend has me glad we parted with the English. Ben Franklin would not have cared for this. I much prefer the American Imperial IPA.

velosuds, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, with an eighth-inch white head that fades slowly. Decent lacing.
Smell is bready malts and strong, fruity, grassy hops. Strong notes of pineapple, as well as some pickled mango and melon.
Taste is heavy, breaded malts, as well as more fruity, grassy hops. Heavy citrus notes, as well as some pineapple, mango, lemon peel, and melon. Stong, bitter rush near the finish. Finish is malty and hoppy, with the bitterness carrying through and lingering.
Mouthfeel is smooth up front, with the hops coming in to give it some bite halfway through. Finish is crisp. Medium body.
Drinkability is good. Very good, quite bitter IPA.

Parrotbeak, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel tulip. Hazy creamsickle orange in color with a thick white head. Surprised by the appearance...lighter than I expected.
Aroma of pencil shavings and lots of citrus. Citric bitter up front. Navel orange rind, tangerine and pink grapefruit juice. Tart and tangy for sure. Fungal bitter in the middle with a pronounced minerality. Tons of citrus. Finishes bitter (a tad harsh and woody.) I would rate the mouthfeel and drinkability higher but the harsh bitterness stopped me. Overall, good IPA.

RustyDiamond, Jul 14, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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