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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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752 Ratings
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 philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth densely packed creamy froth that is slightly off-white in color... Decent retention gives way to an uneven creamy lace with a thick collar... A moderately hazed pure golden straw color... Minimal carbonation, just a few moderate paced bubbles in the center of the glass...

S - Musky... Earthy... Lemon zest... Some faint pale malts... Just a slight hint of pepper... Cheeze-Its... Fairly subdued overall and rather unique for the style...

T - The hop presence that was largely M.I.A in the aroma come out swinging on the palette... A bitter mix of piney and citrusy hops... Strong malt undertones... Pale malts... Caramel... Weak caramel... The hop bitterness resurfaces and lingers on the finish and mixes with a touch of pepper...

M - Medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Sleek... Slightly sticky... Strongly bitter dry finish...

D - A solid and sturdy brew... Quite potent for the style... Not something I would drink with regularity, but something worthy of seeking out and trying... Tasty and potent... This is definitely a Stone brew...

philbe311, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrBier, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

danwho, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grassy hop with a musty sweetness and a bit of funk.

The taste consisted of a peppery herbal hop, sweet malt and some booze.

The mouthfeel was full for the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall an interesting imperial English IPA, if that makes any sense.

plaid75, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of straightlambic
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

straightlambic, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Yoda22
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Yoda22, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of vertigelt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like I'm first to review it on tap! Served up at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica.

A: poured much oranger than I'd expected. A light, bright orange with a finger of white creamy head that disipated quickly and left little lacing.

S: I smell a little bit of the pine others mention, but not much grass. Some tangerine and grapefruit. Light malt.

T: strong grapefruit bitterness, very little of the pine I smelled. Not a lot of complexity, just strong bitter hops. Malts? We don't need no stinking malts! Slightly medicinal finish. Not entirely unpleasant but very strong; finish lingers and lingers.

M: medium body, slightly thin for the boldness of the taste. Carbonation balances that thinness to a pleasant, well Dundee mouthfeel anyways.

D: I'll be honest. I don't need another one. I'm fine with assertive beers, but this one felt a little one-dimensional, and infind that overpowering. My palet is amped up but is ready for... Something else.

vertigelt1, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Goldfishman, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a nice large fluffy white head.

Aromas are of citrus candies, some tangerine, and hints of resin.

Taste is creamy with some soft malty flavors, lightly sweet, with hints of bread dough. Finish has hints of grapefruit and mineral like, it's quite bitter with some alcohol warmth. Interesting tasting beer. Not sure I like the strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, thick, and fairly smooth, a little prickly though.

Drinkability is ok. This is an odd beer. One sip I like it, the next, not so much. It is interesting, but I am not sure I am digging the alcohol heat and bitterness. Just doesn't seemed as balanced as other big Stone beers. Worth trying though, and there are definitely some style points for this one.

flexabull, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a very small egg-shell head, and very good lacing.

smell is of orange, floral, lemon, some caramel, hops, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, light grapefruit, hops, citrus, some caramel, pine, and a touch of pepper, ends very bitter.

froghop, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jmdrpi, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jakecattleco, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
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 csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

csfcmitchell, May 13, 2013
Photo of TheHungryHiker
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.

TheHungryHiker, Jul 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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