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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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746 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
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 Sixpack595


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a huge cap of chunky white foam, that lasts forever in the glass... and upper lip... you get lots of thick lacing. The beer itself it golden yellow and strongly carbonated... Fizzy Yellow Beer indeed! Sharp, spicy hop nose with almost imperceptible traces of alcohol. The hops carry over as expected into the taste, but as the initial wisp of sweetness gets run over by the hop train, things go downhill a bit. The hops are more bitter than flavorful and have a unpleasant, astringent aftertaste. The flavor from initial sip through to finish is a roller coaster that oscillates between very good and not so great. Overall, interesting, but nothing I would stash away for the future... unless to see if it smooths out and tames some of the grubbiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 08:03:09 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of DaveJanssen


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways, poured into a deschutes globe. Reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: Fresh hops, light floral, herbal, spicy, mild citrus, great hop aroma, alcohol

Ap: Fine haze straw, creamy head, great retention, lacing

T: Earthy/herbal hop, good bitter end, light floral, fresh hop, clean pale malt, lightly sweet in balance, nice lasting hop bitterness, helps dry beer out, light alcohol, hints of candy sweetness

M: mouth coating resin, medium fine carbonation, light alcohol warmth at end

O: good and unique, i like a good us ipa more but good

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 21:07:06 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of Lauthaha


2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a deuce-deuce (22 oz. bottle) into a beer taster.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden color with moderate carbonation visible through the murky liquid. Head settles to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and leaves moderate lacing on the way down.

Smell: There's a great deal of pungent citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit) in the initial scent. Certainly a floral hop element, and even some light breadiness towards the end. From the scent, I could see it pairing with Indian/Pakistani cuisine or fishy seafood quite nicely. No unpleasantness.

Taste: Slightly repugnant. The scent is superbly misleading. First sip yields bitter nastiness. Burned popcorn and heavy fusel-type alcohol flavors battle voraciously, while a nearly cloying sweetness (of caramel malt, perhaps) creates a layer of strangeness underneath it all. Aftertaste is bitter and pungent. Not my favorite take on an IPA of any kind.

Mouthfeel: Lightly hop-oiled, ample carbonation, slightly chewy. Leaves a light coating upon imbibation.

Drinkability: I fear I may have to offer this as a libation to the beer-gods.

My only regret is that I drank the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid first tonight. *Sigh* if I could turn back time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:35:15 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of 1759Girl


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Oh heck yes. This looks to me like a perfect English IPA as I would see Stone do it. Beautiful golden colour (that's the English spelling, in homage to the beer's style) with a big vanilla coloured head that has good retention and heaps heaps HEAPS of lacing. The ale is very hazy with medium liveliness.

Smell>Almost too wonderful to be an English IPA. It is easily a Stone beer by its arrogantly hoppy nose. Other notes are sweet grasses and honey.

Taste>Nicely done, Stone. The beer isn't overly complex, like most Stone brews, which is good because English IPAs are also not too complex. This beer gives you a a nice wallop of hops and a bitter hang, and doesn't leave you questioning too much more. The only thing stopping this from being a 5 is the fact that it is just too hoppy for its style. I'm giving it a 4 because it is still hella tasty.


Drinkability> not as easy as it's style should be, but good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:36:31 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of cjacobsen


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Head diminished to the one-bubble layer on top of the beer that remained throughout.

The smell was what you would expect form an IPA. Sweet, alcoholic, pungent hop tones that were fighting for airspace.

The taste was as sweet as it smelled, but not heavy on the alcohol. Started off with an up-front approach of hops and light bitterness, hints of citrus and then mellowed out to a soft, almost grassy after taste.

Not an overly impressive IPA if comparing it to others, but well enough to stand alone. I don't quite understand the purpose or reasoning behind wanting to Imperial-ise an IPA other than the fact to say that it was done. Perhaps to set it apart from the past anniversary IPAs that Stone has done...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:06:51 | More by cjacobsen
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle at the Common Market and the Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
Pours a faint yellow amber body with a thick, froathy head.
Smells of obvious east kent goldings and dry herbal hoppiness.
Tastes of citrus, pine and huge grassy notes with some dry malts that taste more like rye than any other grain. The finish is EXTREMELY dry and almost like sand. It's amazingly bittering and very very dry.
Drinkablity is up for debate but the dryness is more than most of my beer drinking advocates can even handle, I don't hate it but it's very hard to drink alot of it. I think this beer will be very nice in about 5-6 months after mellowing out.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:24:06 | More by chaz410
Photo of salvo


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a year-old bomber at VBS in Lafayette. Tons of brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle slightly distrubed on the ride home.

Poured yellow/green over straw with more head that I was expecting (having read some reviews before pulling the trigger on buying). The closest I've had was a new wet-hopped ale form Idaho I described as "hop tea." This is similar with all piney hops in the nose. Taste follows with very little discernable malt presence. It's aged quite well, but with this much hop bitterness now after a year, I would have enjoyed a shot at it when it was new.

Doen't finish particularly complexly or long: it's just a really nice lighter hop bomb. I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I filtered it or waited for the sediment to settle a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:42:04 | More by salvo
Photo of JamFuel


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-03-2012 09:24:53 | More by JamFuel
Photo of Spica66


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz poured into pint.

A: Light golden color. One-finger head. Medium carbonation.

S: Very strange smell. Earthy, grassy. Different than any beer I have ever smelled before.

T: Grassy continues. Long, lingering, bitter, earthy aftertaste. Unlike any beer I have ever had.

M: Smooth and properly carbonated.

D: Not for me. I ended up gulping my half down.

This beer seems like it didn't know what it was up to in life. I will not buy another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 15:16:31 | More by Spica66
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New York

2/5  rDev -48.1%

11-15-2011 18:12:31 | More by sobeleg
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-12-2012 23:42:35 | More by hagbergl
Photo of BayouBengal1537


4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Stone Anniversary brew 22oz bomber poured into tulip glass. a yellow hazy orange with a puffy 2 finger head, nice layered lacing. I found myself really enjoying the appearance and thought this is going to be a great beer.
The aroma of pine, citrus, lemon, faint caramel malt
Taste is citrus hops, some orange, pepper, layered nicely with earthy hops at the end ties everything up together
Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation with nice dry finish.
Drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer and will go get some more while its available.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:14:03 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of SoCalStout


4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-07-2012 07:06:46 | More by SoCalStout
Photo of klikger


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Beautiful hue of apricot-orange. It's cloudy, but I can still see through it. Features good lacing and a small white head.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, and yeast

T - Floral and citrus hops right away, with honeysuckle, clover, and freshly cut grass showing up soon thereafter. There are traces of pepper in the back half. All of the above blend with the hops for an earthy, herbal bitter end.

M - Medium bodied; a little chewy at points. The carbonation is spot on, and the complex flavors make this a joy to swish back and forth over the different regions of the tongue.

D - If money weren't an object, I'd be drink another bomber right away.

Very impressive despite high expectations. Stone rarely disappoints and certainly not here. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 21:25:09 | More by klikger
Photo of weatherdog


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, served in a 12oz. snifter

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a very lacy white head. A decent layer of lasting bubbles adorn the top of the beer.

The nose is strong but not too over the top like I expected from a Stone anniversary beer. Strong herbal and grass hop aroma with just a a tinge of lemon at the the end. A semi-sweet malt backbone backs up the barrage of hops.

I'm enjoying the bitterness in this beer. With most Stone beers the bitterness is overly harsh but this is much smoother. The hop flavor is very earthy with herbal flavors. A sweet finish for an IPA with some alcohol flavor at the end. A really unique hop profile that I kind of enjoyed and a nice diversion from my usual preference of citrus hop bombs.

The mouthfeel and carbonation is near perfect for my tastes. This beer is dangerously drinkable and I finished my snifter without much effort, palate fatigue. I applaud Stone for taking a chance with this beer. While not my favorite DIPA, I can't see all the hate this beer is getting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 05:57:05 | More by weatherdog
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-13-2014 02:08:14 | More by CUbeerfan
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 01:35:08 | More by OBIrish24
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pour is straw gold with some hints of orange. quite hazy and thick.

Nose is surprisingly potent. Lemon, orange, little booziness, little mustiness.

Taste starts off alright, some little bursts of melon and tangerine. Follows with rather odd, dry, woody boozy malt. Really tastes like plywood in some ways. Not totally in bad way.

Feel is pretty medium full. Not syrupy.

Neat. Would love to go back in time and try it fresh to compare. Oh well. Still a decent IIPA, but clearly has fallen by the wayside and had some interesting metamorphosis go on with time.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:16:30 | More by dheacck11
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes...22 oz. chug into a pint glass...aroma is definitely different than the regular "Stone IPA" wheel (a great wheel nonetheless). Big malt tempered by hops, but as they say on the bottle, it's more of an English type of bitterness than a classic West Coast IPA like many of their brews. Strong beer...the alcohol isn't masked quite as well as it could be. It's its own beer though, and I dig it. Great mouthfeel. Unique beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:38:42 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body with a white frothy head that subsides quickly but still hangs around enough to leave some lacing on my snifter.

S - Awesome. IPA but not American (not that they are bad). Hops are very aggressive but not the typical "C" hops that give off pine and tropical fruits. These are more grassy and herbal, still some citrus but that may also be attributed to the English yeast a bit. Aside from the hops which are the main show you get a sugary sweet character.

T - Just like it smells this thing is all business with a ton of hops up front, grassy but pungent. There is a mildly fruity thing in there, not sure again if it's yeast driven or hops or both. Malts really don't come through much except towards the end and even then it seems to be a simple recipe, clean but nothing fancy. Overall really enjoyable and I'm just starting the bomber. ABV so far is not an issue though I suspect as it warms it will pop up.

M/D - Full body but backed up by the huge hops additions and strong ABV it seems appropriate. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:38:45 | More by magnj
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bright golden and slightly hazy with a bright white head, lots of lace as it drinks.

Very crisp spicy hop character, some mint and tree sap (birch, cedar, faint pine) malt profile is baked bread, biscuit and pie crust with slight sugary note. Alcohol is well masked.

Flavor is very hop forward, spicy more mint and herbal character. Nice firm bitterness, crisp and what a true IPA should present

one of my favorite anniversary beers that Stone has put out. Might not have the wow factor found in 10, 12 or 13 from a hopheads perspective, but the balance and hop bitterness make it an IPA that would be a welcome year round brew. Reminds me a great deal of Youngs Special London Ale in character and profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 13:15:00 | More by PBoegel
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly cloudy orange/golden body with a small quickly dissolving white head that was poured in to a small brandy snifter. Spicy nose, some pine, mostly white pepper a little caramel, fresh cut grass and a little citrus. The taste is awesome, the spicy pepper hits hard and then is washed away with a sweet malt and then the earthy not quite bitter hop flavor takes over. The finish is a little bitter but there is enough malt to keep it down. The thing that impresses me is that you can taste all the individual parts and they don't step on each other. It has a slick/oily mouthfeel with small biting carbonation. I can feel the alcohol burn, but it is so tasty I have to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:23:18 | More by orsulacp
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass gives a very pale golden brew, slightly hazy with a good head with retention and lacing.

The smell is immediately hops, naturally, with a hint of malt and yeastiness. There's also a hint of sweet perfume.

Very hoppy, very bitter in the taste. Not enough malt, in my opinion, for an English IPA, but very tasty all the same. Slightly peppery, and the taste lingers. Earthy.

Decent enough mouthfeel.

My mouth feels like it's been... well, I was going to say assaulted, but it actually feels dry, like it's been dusted with talcum powder. Very weird. I don't think that's what a beer should do to me. As far as Emperial is concerned, I'm glad I did it but I don't feel a need to do it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:43:27 | More by omnigrits
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 22 ounce bottle in pint

A: amber, decent head

S: pineapple, fresh hops,

T: spicy hops, has the malt character, i was expecting something more mild but am pleasantly surprised,

M: carbonation feels spot on with british ipa

D: smooth drinker, refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:17:30 | More by fastsrt
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2011 03:37:26 | More by doof116
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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