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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

746 Ratings
THE BROS
87
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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stewart124

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a haxy pale yellow with just a note fo golden hues.

Nice head that goes from a finger of white and turns into a pretty lace.

Smells of spicy/noble hops with a trace of fruitiness. Very interesting so far and I cannot wait to taste it.

Wow! What is this? There is an initial bitterness follow by a white pepper spice that I wasn't anticipating. This is backed up by a noble spice and just noticable earthy/fruity bitterness. There are some fruity esters but it is hard to overcome the pepper in the taste. This really overcomes everything in that beer and the malt profile falls by the wayside.

Pleasant enough but I am amazed at how much the hop spice takes over the beer. I'd like to see more of a fusion between malt and hop bill.

Still a tasty English IPA but this really leans towards the spice.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:25:22 | More by stewart124
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bifrojm

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful rich hazy gold with a solid head.

Aroma is... what the eff is that? Dirty dishwater? Moldy lemons? Stinky cheese? There's some good things in there somewhere but they are masked by the moldy smell.

Taste, not much better, though it grows on you a bit. The first half a beer was actually kind of hard to take down. Eased up a tad over time, but only a tad. The moldy taste overpowers anything pleasant. The only thing nice I can really say about the flavor is it isn't as bad as the smell.

I hate to do this because I love Stone, but this doesn't live up to their reputation.

P.S. Warmed up a little better, but I still don't want to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:59:42 | More by bifrojm
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting read on the back of the bottle, per usual.

This beer pours an opaque golden amber with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a nice finger width white head that lasts for a short time.

It smells sweet. Not a doughy/bready malt sweet scent though. You can smell a nice hint of grassy hops, but it almost seems as if there is a fragrance added to the beer. I'm sure I'm just not used to taking in these variances of hops from England. I'll open my mind and just describe it as it happens.. it's like a sweet grass hop scent. Interesting. Intriguing.

Wow. I honestly didn't know what I was tasting during the first sip. It is a very 'earthy' flavor. It tastes like.. herbs. There is a very faint flash of a sweetness.. but overidden by a blast of 'dirty' hops. The hop flavor is like nothing I've tasted before. They are noticeably bitter but very raw. The alcohol notes are strong in this brew. The alcohol flavor combined with the strong earthy hops create almost a herbal remedy flavor, lol. It's VERY different, but that's not a bad thing in my eyes.

The mouthfeel is very clean. The bitterness lingers for a long time.. but that can be expected from a Stone IPA.

Drinkability is limited for me. I like the different direction the beer is taking.. but maybe I'd just like 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:48:05 | More by begforme4484
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omnigrits

Texas

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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alexgash

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Golden lemon yellow body. Tall, thick, mushroom cloud of beige-white head. Good lacing and retention. Lots of herbal, spicy, minty hops on the nose. Some sea air mixes in. Sugar cookie malt and tropical fruit aromas fill out the rest.

Big, aggressive hop bitterness up front. Minty, herbal, grassy, and even a little cat pee. Boozy tropical fruit malts fill out underneath. Sweet, creamy, and fruity, with a little honey. Malt can't quite balance the big raw hoppiness though. Full-bodied with a creamy, soft feel. Big time lingering bitterness with a touch of residual fruit sweetness. Abrasive and interesting. Not something I would drink everyday though. Happy 14th!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:14:19 | More by alexgash
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, saffron colored with a thick puff of slate suds. The stack dwindles with time, but leaves smears of lace all around.
Mowed weeds and wildflower aroma, with sizable backup from wet cement and aged cheddar. One part fresh-cut vacant lot, one part fresh-laid sidewalk, and one part artisan cheese-maker. All squeezed with lemon juice. I like it. And it works together, in its own weird way. Though, I have some questions as to how these same things would work in the mouth.

And now they get answered.

It eddies between the teeth, coating everything with a layer of shortbread primer. Here and there are dabs of caramel and honey. There's an out-there burst of fruitcake, then the talc-y, mineral-rich yeast/hard water takes over. Metallic, with pangs of chewed vitamins and calcium deposits. This seamlessly segues into the milkweed, wet grass, and cut clover sense of pulpy chlorophyll bitterness and astringency. A big, gin-fueled, booze-wave adds crescendo.
The body is big, but lightened with the persistent carbonation. Fleecy, full, rotund, but fully aerated.
They were going for different, and they absolutely got there. There is a lot of fascinating nuance here, but most of that gets usurped by the bludgeoning bitterness and booze. A slightly scaled-down version could be a revelation.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 06:58:11 | More by cokes
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thetomG

Illinois

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

Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents.

The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?)

Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should.

I'm glad I tried this but not sure that I'd really seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:11:29 | More by thetomG
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dogfishandi

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at cellar temp poured into an imperial pint glass. june 2010 on the side of the bottle.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow/golden color. big 2-3 fingers of white head, great retention leaving a nice half inch of head the whole glass. very nice sticky lace too.

definatly a different aroma than i was expecting. quite perfumey, spicy hops. lemony citrus as well. pepper. a little bit of yeastiness.

i enjoy the taste more than the aroma, not to say the aroma is terrible or anything, it just doesnt live up to the taste. you get the perfumy, spicy, and lemon citrus hops in the taste as well. also some american like hops detectable, almost tropical fruity like. some pepper is noticable. a little bit of pale pilsner malt. maybe a little of that rare british yeast strain apparent,(as mentioned in the description on the bottle) but its slight. and holy bitterness, very bitter exspecially off the first few sips. finishs with a whole lot of lingering bitterness and citrus hop flavors.

nice mouthfeel, maybe a touch heavy for the style, but nice. resinous hops on the palate. good carbonation.

drinks good for the fairly high abv. one bomber would prolly be enough in a session, but i could definatly revisit this again. a good beer, but doesnt really live up to some of the other anniversary ales by stone. definatly worth a try though. what i like most about this ipa is that it is still really hoppy, but so much different than the majority of ipas, even english ipas out there.

this went very nicely with some jalapeno cheddar cheese, or any spicy cheese for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:51:23 | More by dogfishandi
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TheHungryHiker

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Chimay beer glass
A= Poured a bright, cloudy orange. One finger of light, tan head.

S= Somewhat malty. A touch of pine.

T= Malt sweetness giving way to a bitter hop finish. Some floral and pepper notes.

M= Smooth and sweet, with a dry hoppy finish.

D= An easy drinking IPA. As their 14th anniversary IPA, I was anticipating a big flavored, complex beer, but was left with a drinkable, but not exceptional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:48:24 | More by TheHungryHiker
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

appearance: golden, frothy and creamy looking

smell: more earhty hop aroma

taste: The most bitter english IPA I have ever had. Drank well cold, but as it warmed up the flavors were an unarrtactive bittterness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice brew, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:34:38 | More by CampusCrew
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PCmofo

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After pouring this beer I wasnt very excited about drinking it. It had a cloudy yellow/orange color to it almost like a wheat beer. It did have a pleasant, citrus aroma. The bitterness of the Imperial style was apparent on the first sip and almost overwhelming.

The beer was not very carbonated yet had a thick mouthfeel. The citrus, almost lemony bitterness had a slightly sweet after taste.

The citrus flavors were a refreshing change for an Imperial and overall a fun beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 16:23:47 | More by PCmofo
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to english pub mug.

A: Straw colored with a slight chill haze, nice "farmhouse-like" two inch rocky head with ample lace.

S: Holy noble hop! Spicey-perfume, mulled citrus rinds, and some funky yeasty wiff of goodness amongst fresh cut hay. Reminiscent of the Vertical Epic 8. Very Saison like in the nose.

T: Smooth and blended melting pot of noble hops and funky yeast strain. Dynamic as all hell; I can detect some pilsner malts which add to the crispness and cara-munich which adds to the body and mouth feel with just a touch of swetness. The finish is nice and dry, appetizing, refreshing and dangerously quaffable. To me this is very much like a hopped up saison

M: Medium bodied and satisfying.

D: Extreme drinkability. Be very careful....8.9% ABV, OUCH! hurts so good...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 16:06:02 | More by GordonQuid
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

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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whoneeds8

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice hazy yellow, almost like a belgian triple, with a one finger white foamy head. Great lacing all the way down.

Strong floral hops scent to this beer with some sugars present.

The taste is a great one. Lots of hop bite with a great sugary malt presence. Very well balanced and well done.

The mouthfeel is good with a very noticeable alchol presence.

Overall, another homer for Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:45:01 | More by whoneeds8
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DaveWhite

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy gold with a thin head. The first sip is very smooth, almost sweet, with a hint of... apricot maybe. Very bitter on the back of the tongue as it goes down. A good bottle to try, not sure I'd buy another. I prefer their PALE ALE and regular IPA to this Emprerical, feel like they might be trying to do too much. A good, but not great, beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:43:02 | More by DaveWhite
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aggiearcher13

Texas

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

A: Hazy golden with a thin but resilient white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Dank and spicy. Grassy, a little bit of lemon, comes out more floral as it warms.

T: Interesting. Cracker type flavors stand out up front to me just before the hops overwhelm it. Pine, nice bitterness to it. Finishes quite clean but bitter.

M: Surprisingly creamy, moderate carbonation. Well done.

D: Certainly different, but not in a bad way at all. I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:40:33 | More by aggiearcher13
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jeffjeff1

California

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

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- golden color, nice looking head, nice lacing

Smell- hops, citrus, light spice

Taste- malt, hops, spice, citrus, nice bitter flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would like to grab a few more while I still can.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 19:09:04 | More by jeffjeff1
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kels

Virginia

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

Pours a nice hazy gold color with some bright apricot highlights. The initial 2 finger head of smooth, thick white foam retains excellently at a solid finger and leaves behind tremendous amounts of lace. The foam holds so well that it continues to lend nicely to the overall feel of the beer throughout the drink.

Not as much aroma as I expected out of this one, especially with the overwhelming flavors in the taste. I just get hints of the grainy malt and a bit of the citrusy, grassy hops. Overall it smells really dry, if dry can be a smell.

Wow...taste in this beer was not really what I was expecting at all. I typically find English IPAs a little more mild and balanced than American, but that is certainly not the case in this one. It is Stone, so perhaps I should have expected that more. When first held in the mouth, not much flavor comes out. I get a nice foundation of crispy grain and a hint of the hops. The burst of hop bitterness really explodes when I start to swallow the beer and it hits the back and upper parts of the palate. There's huge bitter citrus and some grassy hops as well. The hop concentration is so high that I feel a thick layer of sticky film all through my mouth and across my lips. The well-retained head really helps cut the stickiness, giving the beer a smooth and creamy dimension to match. End of the drink is crisp, probably in part due to the sharpness of the finish, and the aftertaste holds for quite some time.

Not very high drinkability on this one. I do like the taste, but the overall sharpness might mean the second half of the bomber gets left behind.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 19:05:52 | More by kels
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mntlover

Tennessee

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

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small thumb sized whites head that falls to a ring with some sparse lace.

Aroma is hops citrus fruits some light spice notes also blended in with a good caramel base supporting it all.

Taste is big on malts caramel, with lots of zip or zing from hops and what seems like spice. Coriander like pepper notes, minty notes along with bitter citrus orange peel, tangerines along with some pine resins.

Mouthfeel is good big full medium with nice almost peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is good, doesn't seem like English to me more like American with some spice and mint. Know some people haven't liked this one. But seems like a nice twist for an IPA for me

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 14:38:53 | More by mntlover
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jminsc76

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 07:20:00 | More by jminsc76
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. June 2010 embossed on bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Very light gold with 2-3 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing. Great looking brew.

S: Herbal and earthy hops accent a solid pale maltiness.

T: Not a lot going on but pleasant all the same. Silky sweet and buttery pale malts with light toast provide a crackery backdrop for an herbal, earthy hops contribution. Alcohol is not readily detectable. Pretty good, but not bursting with flavor by any means. A beer that is less than the sum of its parts unfortunately.

M: Nice above-medium body with low carbonation and buttery cracker aftertaste.

D: A good beer but not rising to the great tier by a long shot. Pretty disappointing actually as the flavor doesn't really go anywhere and has no real standout qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:57:22 | More by argock
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trevorjn06

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:57:00 | More by trevorjn06
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bargerking

California

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

Pours a hazy pale straw color. Medium viscosity. Egg shell thin head. Super small bubbles make a creamy head. Soapy splotchy lacing. Nose is very revealing of a citrus type ipa. Pineapple is dominant with hints of pine and grapefruit shining through at moments. Initial sip is a little spicy on the lips. A resinous bitter reconizable IPA malt starts at the front and then transforms into a odd roasty finish. Almost like a roasted nutty type taste. Really odd and off-putting for an IPA. Everything was awesome about this beer until the finish kicked in. Kind of odd brew to have a Stone label on it. Maybe thats why this isn't an A rated beer. It has all of the makings for a great example for a strong IPA profiled brew but gets lost with its finish. A usual hop head may even think this beer isn't fresh with the finish it leaves. Still a solid brew but im not digging the finish. I would advise to drink this fresh due to the type of nose/smell it produces.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:08:06 | More by bargerking
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HosP

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured after a long day, helped get me through knowing it was waiting for me!

A - Poured nice golden color with slight haze to it. Nice white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Full of hops in the nose. Pretty sweet smelling with citrus and pine hops right up front! Seemed to get a hint of orange in the aroma as well.

T - Like the smell, lots of hops to this! Pretty bitter that stays with your mouth.

M - Medium body with small amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with bitterness bite towards the end.

D - Good IIPA! Will have to hope they still have another bottle left at the store. Very nice solid IIPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:13:00 | More by HosP
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dasenebler

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy gold with a nice, but thin white head. Very good lacing.

Aroma is pungent, with lots of earthy hops and a distinctively ripe, fruity note. There's something pugnacious and in-your-face about this aroma.

There is a ton of flavor packed into this IPA. At first, I notice the awesomely resinous mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Man, is this thing bitter! Gives Ruination a run for its money! There's a lot of earthy, vegetal hoppiness going on, combined with a malt profile that is surprisingly sweet, contrasting the incredibly dry and bitter finish of this beer. It's just a big, bold beer not for the faint of heart.

I really like what Stone did here, that is, make a double IPA that tastes like nothing else on the market. The most enjoyable of Stone's special releases in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:45:26 | More by dasenebler
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.