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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

749 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 749
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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mikeczech

California

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-31-2011 02:00:12 | More by mikeczech
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-27-2011 22:05:53 | More by whartontallboy
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Marked June 2010.

Appearance - Big white foamy head with decent retention and very erratic patchy stick. Opaque yellow-orange body with tons of floating yeast nodules.

Smell - Band-Aids. Peach? Very yeasty. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter and fishy. Some lime peel and something like yogurt and bread. Strange. Reminds me of Orval for some reason. Underlying maltiness like maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Good bite and mild astringency. Head offers plenty of froth.

Overall Drinkability - Complex. Different. Makes me want to travel time and have an old school IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 19:41:53 | More by ZenAgnostic
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 01:35:08 | More by OBIrish24
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-25-2011 20:27:02 | More by cdwil
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Telestic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-25-2011 19:19:39 | More by Telestic
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -48.1%

12-24-2011 00:22:29 | More by jophish17
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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

Pouring a cloudy straw-yellow haze with floating green hop chunks, Emperial IPA opens with a fruity, hoppy, effervescent nose bubbling over with not the expected pungent grapefruits and pines one would expect from a beer with, reportedly, 100 IBUs, but a floral, almost bubble-gum like sugary rosewater flair, as if rose petals and rose hips had been infused into a light grapefruit spritzer, then sprinkled with Candi sugar. Touches of toast crust provide grounding, but the beer is largely sugary in aroma, and so saturated with sugars that the bottle's mouth is sticky. The effect is enticing, but strangely so, the aromas not quite resembling those of a beer, but still delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a brown sugar rush, then moves quickly into a bitter, hop-based middle, the hops providing pine and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus notes. Hints of anise and pepper linger in the background, and the soft palate burns gently under the 100 IBUs. A good toast and biscuit base helps offset the sugary bitters, and brown sugars bring sweeter notes, joined by touches of orange liqueur and apricot. The aftertaste is largely bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with hints of toasted wheat stems, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensations on the tongue.

Overall, this is excellent fare, though I suspect many will find the hops overpowering, especially in their tendency to reproduce stem and twig flavors, as if one was eating the plant as well as drinking the plant infusion. Still, the beer is nicely balanced, the hops providing a lovely palate of mingling and delicious flavors, and the malts bringing good fruit esters and biscuit flavors. Well worth trying, and a beer worthy of being bottled again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:35:34 | More by jondeelee
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rpaul2012

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-20-2011 05:14:54 | More by rpaul2012
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2011 16:31:25 | More by mhaugo
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2011 02:13:17 | More by TasteTester
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harperman69

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2011 13:58:20 | More by harperman69
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Discordian

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2011 04:23:17 | More by Discordian
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2011 03:14:32 | More by jheezee
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photomike

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-14-2011 19:11:22 | More by photomike
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warnerry

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:29:31 | More by warnerry
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uziangis

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-11-2011 18:51:42 | More by uziangis
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-11-2011 16:52:09 | More by alamode
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-11-2011 14:57:11 | More by jenray
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-11-2011 05:39:15 | More by PhatAtUT
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-09-2011 04:17:37 | More by rab53
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2011 20:17:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2011 19:57:33 | More by ROGUE16
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kornkid8600

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-08-2011 06:59:57 | More by kornkid8600
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 23:38:35 | More by JohneHoodlum
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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