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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold near the bottom of the glass, darkening into an orange-tinted color up top. White head is frothy and sticky. Nice look. Nose is spicy and pungent with hops. Pretty earthy, with peppercorn and lemongrass. Malts are bready and a little toasted.

Dry hopped to the hilt, this one keeps the traditional English style flavor profile but ramps up the bitterness. Pale malts, relatively sweet but fairly dry. Hops fall into a resinous pine territory, with background notes of citrus and bubblegum. White pepper is in there as well, with a sweet-spiciness that I can't quite place - the brewing salts in the "Burtonised water" are probably contributing to the floral component.

Dramatically unbalanced - which is fine for me. Finishes highly bitter and peppery, with some booze warming the stomach. Lightly carbonated for an homage, which would be considered under-done here, but I happen to enjoy the silky mouthfeel and the bitter aftertaste that sinks deep into the palate. Those terrific brewers down at Stone have done it again, wrenching every last drop of flavor out of their chosen ingredients. Not quite up my personal alley, but an extremely well-made Anniversary.

Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of 1759Girl
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Oh heck yes. This looks to me like a perfect English IPA as I would see Stone do it. Beautiful golden colour (that's the English spelling, in homage to the beer's style) with a big vanilla coloured head that has good retention and heaps heaps HEAPS of lacing. The ale is very hazy with medium liveliness.

Smell>Almost too wonderful to be an English IPA. It is easily a Stone beer by its arrogantly hoppy nose. Other notes are sweet grasses and honey.

Taste>Nicely done, Stone. The beer isn't overly complex, like most Stone brews, which is good because English IPAs are also not too complex. This beer gives you a a nice wallop of hops and a bitter hang, and doesn't leave you questioning too much more. The only thing stopping this from being a 5 is the fact that it is just too hoppy for its style. I'm giving it a 4 because it is still hella tasty.


Drinkability> not as easy as it's style should be, but good.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

Nice golden color and clear for the most part....I was expecting a little different as it seemed slightly cloudy in the bottle.

Smell was not overwhelming, but had some nice lemon notes and a slight malty overtone.

The taste was very nice! Yes this beer was the typical Stone "hoppy" IPA, but it had more to it than that! It has a nice subtle "hoppy" tone to the beer, but not like previous anniversary beers.

The mouthfeel is nice. You know for a beer that has high IBU's, this beer is not overly harsh on the palate. This is a nice touch to the beer!

Drinkability is nice, but only slightly over average. I like the "hoppy" side of this beer, but find the malt backbone lacking just a bit. So I want a bit more structure.

Nice overall, but my favorite is still the 11th Anniversary beer!

Photo of bassist286
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of warnerry
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

Photo of WildTurkey
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter.

A: Light orange. Very light for an IPA. Thick frothy head, very small bubbles -- lots of lacing. Hazy - no direct light is passing through. Can't really see any carbonation.

S: Strong citrus fruit smell. Along with pineapple, pear, and a bready smell.

T: Upfront hops -- citrus tanginess, a little tart. There's plenty of bitterness but it doesn't come across as too dry (IMO). Pretty juicy. Malts have some sweetness. Also getting a little alcohol - more than I prefer. And I'm also getting sort of a slight peppery flavor at the back.

M: Medium body. Not loose at all. I might even be a medium to fuller body - maybe. I cant see the carbonation but I can feel it. Not too dry.

D: Not bad. I love the smell. But the flavor didn't keep up. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I would have liked. Solid beer.

Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at tops, poured into a standard pint glass.

Looks: pours an interesting pale sunshine yellow, just a bit hazy, with a meringue-like white head that sticks around for quite a while.

Smells: like a forest rain. Dank, but also biting. Weed, lemons, roses, soil. Bright and hop-heavy, with woody wet pine.

Tastes: interesting. It's the finish that gets you -- like the pure resin of English hops, it's an odd acrid-dry tinge that blasts the taste buds. Grapefruit rind, pencil shavings, lager yeast, lime. The sweetness of the nose drops of completely in favor of bitterness. It's like hop tea.

Feels: impressively full-bodied for an IPA. It's filling and feels weighty on the tongue. Medium-light carb.

Drinks: boldly. I can see how this beer wouldn't be for everyone. A stretch for Stone, and an interesting take on the English IPA. I appreciate the bravery.

Photo of fairdinkum2
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting offering from Stone. Not what I expected at all from an IPA and you might have to set aside some notions regarding IPA's to appreciate this product.
750 ml bottle. Pours a light gold, slightly hazy appearance. Smell is quite restrained. No piney resins, just a subtle citrus tone.
First impression is actually about mouthfeel, rather than taste. An interesting prickly, effervescent sensation on the tongue, followed by a spicy, almost peppery feel. Bitter on the finish, but the moderate citrus notes and almost sweet aftertaste helps balance this. Piney, resinous tones in here too, but not overwhelming. Dry.
Pretty drinkable due to the moderate carbonation level.
Not sure I understand this well. I will certainly buy more to improve my education.

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a thick two finger, white head that has good retention. foamy lacing is left on glass. Body is a orange haze, with light carbonation present.

S: A orange, clove aroma is present. A bit on the weak side for an IPA, but the subtle hop profiles express hints of grapefruit and citrus. A peach type of aroma is present as well.

T/M: A nice malt and hop balance on the front of this brew really yells English IPA. Although there is something that tastes funny. A kind of funny that I am not sure if I like, but the type of funny that has me interested in what is going on in this brew. A overload of orange, in the form of a hop bomb or a candy type is playing into this aggressive full body. A smooth peppery finish is played into this huge hop overload. With this hop bomb, the finish is pleasantly dry. A bold English creamy mouthfeel, also plays into the this high sensory beer.

D: For a brew that is limited, in quantity and availability, I would say that the drinkablity is quite low. Not an easy sipper, but the overly hoppy taste is a nice beer to return to sip after sip. I will enjoy the rest of my 14th anniversary, but not seek out more, unless we see how it ages.

Photo of dstc
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with a full, foamy off-white head. Head falls extremely slow. Nice lace.

Nice hop aroma with noticeable malts underneath. Bit floral and spicy.

Hop taste yet very spicy and sweet. Sweetness gives way to the hop bitterness. Oily with a strong black pepper flavor.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Not bad. The finish and aftertaste are a bit different but it is a solid beer.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
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.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Hazy straw/orange , and fairly hazy. Too hard a pour unleashes 3+ fingers of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- Floral hop aroma, tinged with some citrus notes. Bready caramel malt notes sneak in behind the hops, and become more pronounced as the head fades and the drink warms.

T- Huge, floral/slightly earthy bitter assault right off the bat. Lightly fruity, sweet malts slip around the lingering bitterness. Drink seems more sweet as it warms.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel.

D- Surprisingly good. Bitterness seems almost too assertive and lingering at first, yet the desire to keep drinking it remains high...

Future outlook: Very interesting drink....I can sort of see why it's a polarizing drink. On the whole, I quite enjoyed it, and would be happy to have again, or have one to age and see how it might change.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to be honest: I wasn't very excited at first to hear about Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA. English IPA's just don't do it for me, mainly because I'm a stupid American who doesn't appreciate subtlety, blah blah blah. Then, I remembered Stone was brewing it to Imperial strength. I figured it would be like a beer version of the EMT sticking adrenaline needles into Nikki Sixx's heart. So, might as well crank up "Kickstart My Heart" and crack this one open.

The pour is a pale golden orange, with emphasis on the "golden." A bit over a finger of white foam retains well, and the inside of my pint glass is pretty well plastered with sticky lacing. Off the top of my head, I can't recall a Stone beer I've had that didn't look amazing. They're like Unibroue in that aspect, but I digress.

The aroma is pure Briton Stone...sweet malts and bitterness. There's a sweet fruity smell that seems to be mostly orange. Earthy, herbal bitterness that may also have a bit of grapefruit rind to it. Also some pepper. Plus, there's a bit of an odd scent (not a bad odd, just a "what is that?" odd) that I never would have been able to place had I not been told ahead of time that it smelled like chicken flavored ramen noodles. Well, Joseph, I smell it, too. It's got to be the "Burtonised" water.

The flavor is all Stone. Big bitterness that really makes me think Imperial ESB. All of the malty/fruity sweetness takes a backseat to intense hoppy bitterness. Peppery, resinous, earthy, and herbal. I know, I'm an idiot for being surprised by a Stone IPA's bitterness. It just doesn't offer a ton of flavor to back that up. The finish is weirdly salty and dry. I think that can also be attributed to the water. Still a solid flavor, but a disappointment from Stone after having had their IPA, Ruination, and Double Dry Hopped IPA.

Texture is a bit more to my liking. Medium-bodied. Sticky, with a ton of lasting bitterness. 8.9% ABV never really makes itself known. Wasn't really a huge fan, but enjoyed it more than any English IPA I can remember having. Not the easiest drinker, but far from challenging. Again, disappointing for a Stone IPA, but still a quality brew.

Photo of cokes
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.

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

Medium golden with white topping head. Floral aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness, much like a superior ESB. Some melon. Will try this again.Seek it out.
Bottle from Mike's newly obtained case.

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

Wow, whoever took the picture for this beer has mad skilz. Heh...

Appearance - Pours a brilliant, cloudy tangerine hue into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half of slightly tan head is achieved, which dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spicy hops up front with a citrus kick right after. Yeast, bready malts, cracker, and a hint of sweetness comes in at the end.

Taste - Damn, quite a bit more bitter...way more bitter...than expected from the nose. Massive citrus (i.e. grapefruit rind) up front with a spicy, piney hop flavor midway. Finishes a bit earthy and bitter. Very low malt presence and sweetness is almost undetected.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes very dry and bitter.

Drinkability -Ehh...Stone seems to always have "that" style with everything they do. I know many breweries have their own style they incorporate into almost every beer (i.e. JP), however, I am somewhat over the massively bitter tasting offerings of stone. As always, I'm glad to try their new releases but rarely will I come back for more. This one is such a bitter hop bomb is reminds me of trying to finish the 13th Anniversary last year. A bit difficult.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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