Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +29.9%
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It's the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there's no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!
06-27-2010 00:13:22 | More by Impfan
5/5 rDev +29.9%
Pours a clean golden yellow with flashes of orange and lively bubbles of carbonation that dance below the foamy, feather white head that very patiently leaves a hearty lacing behind.
Citrus and floral hops traditional of an American IPA as well as the citrus yeast more traditional of an English style as advertised. There is also some sweetness hidden in there as well as citrus zest.
The flavor offers similar citrus hop bite accompanied by the same yeast as the aroma, with even more citrus character and floral hops with hints of spice.
Medium bodied that went down smooth. Definately a good summer beer that I had on a nice cool day with an ocean breeze. Perfect beer to chill to.
Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip glass.
06-20-2011 00:29:36 | More by FARGO619
4.97/5 rDev +29.1%
As far as this taster's taste buds are concerned, this beer nails the double/imperial IPA.
Great hop flavor, tangy grapefruit mixed with other wonderful hops flavors, laid on strong, with a bit of a malt base. Balance? Who wants balance? The malt is launching pad, keeping strong enough for the hops to rocket off into delightful dominance.
I grab this whenever I get a chance. Another victory for Stone and a special anniversary offering.
10-30-2010 02:51:41 | More by Brillig
4.93/5 rDev +28.1%
Split a bomber of this with my drummer Stinky
A:Pours a non-transparent hazy orange with a eggshell white head that slowly resides leaving nice lacing on the glass
S:Awesomness!!Big hop profile including citrus, mango, and grapefruit
T:Just as smell detects a kick of hops right in the face followed by a slight malt sweetness
M:Solidy body with good carbonation leaving a oily resin of hops on the palate
D:Another great offering from Stone(who would of guessed) Just what I was looking for in a DIPA..A delicious hop bomb
08-27-2010 01:34:38 | More by SuperNova777
4.9/5 rDev +27.3%
Exceptional on all fronts.
Appearance - Beautiful gold/pale with lots of floaties. Wonderful dense and frothy head.
Nose - deliciously hoppy nose! As soon as i popped the cap you could smell the citrusy hops. Mind blowingly intense nose.
Taste - Fascinating! Very bright and fresh malty notes combine with an aggressive tropical hop profile. Some tropical fruit notes - possibly pineapple with some passion fruit? The brightness of this beer is wonderful. Really glides across the palette and sparks the wonder factor hugely. Malty notes are sparkly and refreshing with a bitter finish that is very refined and appreciated.
mouthfeel - exceptional. perfect mouthfeel - bright and hoppy with a fullbodied but not cloying in any way.
drinkability - excellent. potent brew though.
conclusion: one of the most exceptional IPAs i've had the pleasure of drinking. Absolutely spot on for the style and my favorite of all the stone brews. Three thumbs up!
12-15-2010 21:41:22 | More by RichScherle
4.85/5 rDev +26%
Pours a straw color. Lighter than most pale ales I've had/brewed.
The smell was all over the board with sweet caramel, grass, coconut, passion fruit, mango and many different citrus qualities. The taste was very much the same but with a quick cut to bitterness and a subtle sourness. (it works well) Mouth feel is medium thickness. Not too heavy. Not too light. Just about perfect IMO.
Dangerously drinkable. By far the best English IPA that I've had. (if you can really call it that)
08-10-2010 16:28:39 | More by Deathtomacro
4.83/5 rDev +25.5%
Poured from a bottle into my lucky-as-hell Terrapin pint glass.
Appearance: Pale, hazy golden with a nearly two-finger white head. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Strong, bitter, floral hops. My first thought was, 'This reminds me of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner', my most-missed beer of all time.
Taste: Holy shit. I don't like to swear much in my reviews, but I can't help it here. This reminds me so much of Imperial Pilsner I got goosebumps, I'm not kidding. That overwhelming and delicious hop flavor is paramount here. It's not AS strong as Imperial Pilsner, but my God is it a close call. There is a faint malt presence, but it just provides a little balance, and is not at all the focus.
Mouthfeel: Nice and full, to the degree expected of the style. Crisp, too.
Drinkability: Yes, yes, yes! HIGHLY drinkable. I'm so stupidly happy right now; thank God for this beer. Stone just cemented their place high in my list of favorite breweries, based on this one beer alone. Get it.
07-19-2010 00:08:42 | More by Thiestru
4.83/5 rDev +25.5%
Beautiful golden color. Very clear. Soft white head that left behind a lot of really nice lacing. Smell is fresh citrus all the way (grapefruit is the main smell I picked up). Taste was amazing! Very crispy fruity taste with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is very good not to full but not thin by any means. Wow what an amazing brew! I've always been a big fan of Stone and this beer definitely furthers my love. Very drinkable with no sign of alcohol. I would love for this to be a year round or atleast seasonal release. I'm going tomorrow to pick up a few more bottles for my collection.
07-30-2010 09:00:20 | More by russellaaron69
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
This beer pours a hazy yellowish color, with a thick, fluffy white head with a slightly yellow tint. The head fades very slowly, leaving a huge lace.
This beer has a nice citrusy aroma to it. It also has a strong floral aroma. A slightly grassy aroma is also present.
This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral, citrusy, grassy hops. I am not getting any malt flavor at all.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. It leaves a floral hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol content is well hidden in this beer.
This beer would make a good session beer. It tastes great, and although the alcohol content is high, it isnt too high.
Overall: This is another great beer by one of the best. Hopefully in a few years they will give it a new name and brew it more often.
08-17-2010 01:10:31 | More by OStrungT
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
"Emperial" IPA. Pours a yellow gold with hint or orange and a short white head. Nice looking although head fades fast.
Nose is huge fruit esters. Big sweet candi sugar nose; huge assertive ripe banana. Smells like a rich Belgian which is what I would guess if I had it blind. Nose is super assertive and appealing.
Mouthfeel is creamy, big, bold and rich with wonderful balance. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel alone leaves you wanting more.
Initial impression is that it doesn't have the big fruity charachter and flavors that the nose promises, but on a second and third taste big sweet fruit and malt hits you hard on the very front palate before the flavors "explode into bitter."
The juxtaposition of sweet to big bold bitter is fantastic and give this beer lots of complexity.
Pine/grapefruit oil back palate and finish is appealing and long. The sweet to bitter character really works and this is the best of an "Emperial" IPA. I suspect that this is not one to age.
(Note, I've now looked at the bottle which says to drink fresh or age in the hull of a sea faring vessel for a year or more. Yes...I'll likely age a few myself "just to see what happens.")
This is a remarkably good, drinkable and versatile beer. I'm a Stone fan and I think that this is one of the better efforts! The sweet front is great; the bitter finish is huge and lasts forever. Nice!
06-24-2010 00:51:52 | More by GRG1313
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
Picked up a couple bombers straight off the distributors dolly. Chilled it and served it to me-self!
Appearance is similar to a filtered hefe or Kristalweizen. Lots of racing, fine carbonation supports the head throughout.
Its most definitely extreme for anything English in the beer world. Sharp, Drying towards the middle, Spicy as hell towards the end. Lingering aftertaste changes and is complex. This is an amazing beer. Price is well within the range to seek out.
Notes: Loved it. Another winner from Stone.
06-24-2010 05:44:31 | More by DogFood11
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
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...
07-21-2010 16:06:02 | More by GordonQuid
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
Poured from an over-sized bottle, this IPA was middle golden in color with a noticeable beer head, light yellow in appearance. The aroma, dominated by hops, had slight fruity subtlety. The flavor was a full-bodied characterized by strong notes of hops and some latent alcohol, owing to its high 8.9ABV. The taste remained consistent throughout the experience. The beer has a smooth feeling on the palette.
Because of the size of the bottle (22. oz), there may be a tendency for the beer to get warmer; however the taste is not compromised. If anything, the hops taste is more pronounced.
The high ABV may mean that it's best to drink just one in order to enjoy fully the complexities of the flavors.
11-23-2011 13:21:56 | More by ghwolf
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
A - Pours a nice amber in color very impressed with a nice fluffy white head. Lacing all throughout.
S - Ow Wow! I never had such a crisp smell of citrus hops in all my beer experience. Very strong grapefruit as well. Loving it.
T - Man the ABV is well hidden. The fruity sweetness of the hops really leaves only a slight hoppy bitterness from the brew but the bitter finish is just harsh enough to take the edge off of the ABV. A perfect IPA in my opinion.
M - Medium bodied and full of flavor.
D - It sucks that it's limited but I guess it's a way to get me to buy another! Great beer overall and a pretty ok price (paid 8 dollars for the bomber)
07-30-2010 06:43:38 | More by DrDemento456
4.7/5 rDev +22.1%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle info includes its abv (8.9%), born on date (June2010), ingredients used and a good disruption of the beer as the motivation behind it.
Appearance: The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation.
Notes: What more can I say I absolutely love this beer and this brewery!!!
08-02-2010 21:25:26 | More by generallee
4.7/5 rDev +22.1%
Hazy yellow-orange pour with nice two finger head and decent lacing. Surprisingly light colored for an Imperial IPA. Huge floral, tropical nose with tons of pineapple and mango along with grapefruit and spicy hop resin. A touch of caramel malt peeks through also. The taste is a hop assault right off the bat, but a very unique one. Spicy, herbal, earthy and resiny with a great citrus bite. You can definitely see the English influence, albeit magnified to West Coast standards. Surprisingly complex. It's a hard beer to review because there's so much going on. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA on steroids. Very peppery but citrusy at the same time. It finishes crisp and dry and the alcohol is almost non-existent which makes it a very scary drinkable DIPA. I am shocked at the reviews for this one. For me, it's probably the best double/imperial IPA I've ever had. It's a unique and in your face version of West coast meets traditional English IPA. I love this beer!
08-13-2010 16:11:31 | More by beerdrifter
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.