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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

752 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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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 SoCalStout
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
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.

klikger, Jul 04, 2010
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.

weatherdog, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +3.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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.

chicagoabbot, May 29, 2011
Photo of orsulacp
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.

orsulacp, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of magnj
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.

magnj, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
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.

PBoegel, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
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.

omnigrits, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
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.

fastsrt, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev +3.9%

doof116, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of bigbelcher
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this beer after all I've heard about it. Totally unimpressed by it though once I had it. Aroma was extremely floral, almost prfume like. Flavor was pretty well balanced but it tasted more like an IPA than a Double IPA. The hop bitterness may have been there but the alcohol was really missing. Give me a Ruination over this beer anyday.

bigbelcher, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of regspeir
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at Wegman's in Collegeville, Pa. Pours a lemon yellow with a small head which dissaptes to an irregular coating. Lacing is thin and transient. Nose is earthy and grassy with only hints of citrus and pale malt. Taste is sweet malts, lemon, some spice. Bitterness is there for sure but especially in the finish. Good thing because this starts very sweet. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium and medium carbonation. The ABV is not noticed. This is a decent beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

regspeir, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of GOGRANDE
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pretty light in color for a big IPA. Its a bright yellow. Sticking pretty good to the sides of the glass, with a white head.

S: straight up lemon grass. dang...big grassy nose. Pungent...little burn aswell.

T: grassy burn with strong citrus tones of lemon and orange peel.

M: pretty standard for this style. medium oily/sticky.

D: um...not that great on the drinkability...very harsh on the pallet. Not smooth at all. Its almost scrapping the back of my throat. I have definitely had smoother IIPA's.

Overall: Generally, I am a fan of stone. But I feel like this beer is a little bit under what I usually expect from them. Not a bad beer by any means. Just not there best offering.

GOGRANDE, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- A hazy orange color with about a finger of white bubbly head that holds on with a thin layer left. Ring of lacing around the edge of the glass, but don't see much after that.

S- A hint of grapefruit and maybe some lemon as the smell takes off into an untamed hop sensation that is quickly overpowered by a weird acidic chemical smell that is very unpleasant. Some malt available in the background but falls victim to the chemical smell as well.

T- Taste is something else. Starts with a sort of herbal taste that changes towards an earthy piney hop taste, but unpleasantly harsh. Alcohol is more than apparent towards the end of the beer almost to the point of drowning out all other tastes. One of the only things to make it through is that earthy bitterness that lasts into the after taste.... and lasts... and lasts. Seems like some of the tastes got out of control as the citrus I was expecting made little to no appearance.

M- Medium bodied, but aggressive with how dry it is in the mouth. Carbonation is alright, nothing to brag about.

D- A bomber of this stuff? A 12 oz bottle would be a chore in itself...

Lolli1315, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip, pours a large white head atop a murky golden body. Thick legs as I tilt the glass, not too much lacing though.

Aromas of orange peel, orange itself, orange peel, and, oh wait, more orange peel. Also some tangerine, a little bit of coriander, and some floral notes. Refreshing, quite complex, and just the right temperate on the citrus.

The taste carries a lot of characteristics similar to the smell, with some significant hop bitterness hitting the mid-point of the palate, and unfortunately, not in the way I prefer. A bit rough and overpowering. It may be the pepper, which for me has little place in a beer with an 8.9% ABV. However, the front and finish exhibit a good amount of fruity complexity, which differs slightly from the label claiming the hop bitterness lasts throughout the finish. Not quite.

A thinner mouthfeel, with a charge of grapefruit washing over the palate like a freight train. Wowza.

Overall, the dirty hop bitterness on the mid-point is not making for a smooth drinking experience here, and I don't know if it has more to do with the high ABV or the hop quality. It is Stone, after all, where EVERYTHING must be BAH! IN YOUR FACE with the hops. Time will tell with this one. Perhaps bottle sharing with one or two others will temper this English-style bad boy, as there are some great qualities here.

jminsc76, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pilsner glass. This beer is hazy golden with a thick white head. The head gets rocky and thins to a thick film while leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma is strong of earthy and floral hop character, but still smells like a stone brew. A little bit of the malt sweetness shows through in the aroma. Flavor is largely standard DIPA. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt flavor. The sweetness reminds me of strawberry and green apple. There is some faint biscuit and bread flavor. And of course there's hop flavor, grassy and earthy with an assertive but pleasant bitterness. Alcohol flavors begin to present them selves as the beer warms.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish suit the beer well. Overall very nice, but not as great a diversion from the standard stone offering as I was hoping for.

mjaskula, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a tall flared pils glass. Bottle reads June 2010 and I'm told to consume fresh.

A - Deep golden body is really hazy but the bright white head builds and sticks like there's no tomorrow.

S - Wow, not at all what I was expecting. Citrus, pine, and a great floral hoppiness dominate the nose. There is next to zero malt character here.

T - Solid but not overpowering bitterness. There is an earthy quality in the hops. A woody interpretation of Ruination. The high ABV is masked under multiple layers of hops. Grassy hops, earthy hops, citrus hops, MY GOD THE HOPS! All this would be astringent without a substantial malt backbone, so it's there. Somewhere...

M - Great dryness without being light, the carbonation helps scrub the weary taste buds for the next sip.

D - This is no session beer, but for what it is, it goes down REALLY well.

ectomorph, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bomber.

A: Orange hued with spotty lacing
S: Earthy, lemony, bready
T: loads of lemon, peppery, and caramel malt balancing
M: Decent, leaves a bit of a dry sensation in the back
D: This is my highest rated score, but I didn't even know the alcohol was at 8.9% in this one. It was went down easy and was rather refreshing.

TheodorHerzl, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of stonermouse
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

I really like the look of this sucker. It pours an unexpected yellow with lots of haze. It actually looks a bit like a glass of grapfruit juice.

Not much grapfruit in the smell, however. The hop scent is on the citrus side, though, but didn't have much bite or impact.

The flavor changed a little bit throughout for me. The first few foamy sips had a bit of an oddly metallic aftertaste that was a bit off-putting. Once I got down into it, serious dry bitterness took over. This sucker sticks to the back of the tongue like Elmers. Ever eat fresh dandilions when you were an adventurous little kid? That's the sticky dryness we're talking about here. The good news is that the 8.9% is pretty well hidden. Believe it or not, though, the flavor is just mild enough and hoppy enough to hold my interest.

The mouthfeel would be much nicer if it wasn't so... so sticky. The head is nice and lingering, which makes each sip pleasant, if slightly metallic-y.

It's not drinkable so much as it's nice to look at. Not worth 6 bucks/bomber to just stare at a nicely-colored beer, however. On the flipside, it'll get you drunk without much booziness.

Not sure what to make of this beer. Stone's reputation is superb, so I'm left a little disappointed by the weird flavors of this one. The bottled date is June 2010, and it's September, but I'm not sure staleness was the issue here.

stonermouse, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty stoked to try this beer but unfortunately, Stone has swung on and missed big. The beer goes in a three step process: Aggressive hop bitter (surprise surprise)...2...1.. hmmm that tastes interesting and not too bad...2...1... ugh gross, is that a sweaty sock?

so for those of you at home, it will taste "ok", then "not bad", then "ugh, gross."

Die hard stone fans and people who don't get to drink great IPAs whenever they want will say its good. But it isnt. Way better stuff down here in so-cal to be wasting a penny on this beer.

gregmoscetti, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of trevorjn06
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright orange/straw color with about 2 fingers of head that is foamy and dissipates to a thin layer on the surface and leaves some lacing on the glass.

As soon as I pour the beer I can smell grassy hops. I can pick up pepper, light floral, earthy aromas, a hint of pineapple and some sweet malt.

Taste is light malt, peppery hop flavor and some sweet fruity flavors. Starts with a lightly sweet malt and some mild, clean hop bitterness that transitions into a more hop focused flavor with more bitterness and some lightly sweet floral and fruit flavors. Toward the finish it is a clean hop bitterness with notes of pepper, herbal qualities and mild sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and it coats the mouth well without being sticky or cloying.

Overall this IPA is different than many American versions (as it was intended) and I find it quite nice. It strikes a nice balance between light, sweet malt and a pleasant hop bitterness while hiding it's alcohol well for being so strong.

trevorjn06, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of ahking
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a little hazy on the pour which indicates a good ale to me. Golden in color with white head and lacing.

Aroma is strong of citrus hops and that distinct Stone hop/yeast combo. It's also got a bright, almost summery aroma - hard to be in a bad mood after a sniff.

I've read the info on this beer being almost all British ingredients including water treated to match Burton mineral qualities. To my palate, that means very bitter and astringent up front while smoothing out and mellowing in the finish. Also, wow is there a lot of hops in here. If you've ever had an English IPA you know hops aren't as aggressive as they are here.

Mouthfeel-wise, I'd say it's a little to intense upfront to be a regular drinker, but as a one-timer it's a nice change.

ahking, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of JamisonM
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Stone IPA glass

A: cloudy golden color nice bright white head with good lace and head retention

S: Orange peach tangerine and apricot tangy citrus no grapefruit in here however.

T: Peach apricot tangerine a juicy hop flavor

M: I am shocked but this has a light Mouth

D: very tasty and drinkable

overall: as usual stone hit this one out of the park all English hop and malt beer that is damn good, Incredible!

JamisonM, Jun 27, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.