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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

752 Ratings
THE BROS
87
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 theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a 2-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is very subtle--floral and lemony hops with some caramel, toasty hops. There are flavors of bitter, floral and earthy hops with pepper. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slightly acidic. Some alcohol burning.

This is a pretty good beer, but it's not a traditional English IPA, it's sort of a combination English IPA-Imperial IPA. It could probably use some aging to mellow out and bring forward some better flavors.

theghost3, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was very interested to try Stone's take on a "double" English IPA... Pours a bright, yet cloudy gold into a tulip glass, with a nice, sudsy, white head. Smell is dominated by earthy hops, pepper, maybe a slight hint of grapefruit and resin. Taste is dominated by the crucial, bitter, resinous finish. The malt profile is pretty clean - breadiness and a touch doughy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Wow, that finish is pretty brutal! An interesting foray for Stone, but I'd much prefer their American IPA / DIPA / Strong Ale styles. Glad I tried it, but probably won't seek out any extras.

jpro, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intrigued by the concept. Always willing to try something new from Stone.

Appearance- A nice orange, gold. Half inch of stark white head rings nicely. Decent lacing. Very nice looking bev.

Smell- Some pine, and earthiness from the hops. Some grass. Very clean. Not a ton going on.

Taste- Lots of pepper and spice. Some definitely grassy. Bitter, grass, pine. Very subtle malt. The finish lingers. Dry. Grapefruit rind. Not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel- A little light. Wish it had some more carbonation to make it shine.

Drinkability- The grassiness and bitter rind is a little much.

Once again, more concept than product. Stone has better IPA options out there. West coasts IPAs are great. English IPAs can be nice and different. The combination brings out the lesser qualities in each. Oh well.

callmescraps, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip glass, pours a peachy golden shade with a creamy head that lingers forever, great lacing

smells of english hops and more hops, herbal, woody, earth/grass, sweet malt to match

taste is quite spicy and bitter off the bat - the noble hops start off and the more americanized stone hopping comes in the back - spicy and peppery finish, bitter bitter bitter, lingering oils ruin the palate, sweet malt, creamy body, a nice take on an english dipa for sure

mouthfeel is quite creamy, oily hop resins get you, spicy

overall not something i would drink often but a nice beer by all means

drxandy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love what Stone does so here goes...Pours nice, slightly hazy and pale Amber. good carbonation and creamy head that leaves great lacing. What you might expect from a doubel IPA. Pretty carbonated for a robust ale of this stature (8.9% ABV). Smell has great citrusy and hoppy characteristics - some grapefruit, some sour peach, some flowery-ish notes...Flavor is big and uber hoppy, typical of Stone. First sip carried an off, smelly foot flavor...gross, but has since then lost this off flavor. VERY smooth for a huge beer...Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Actually pretty durn good ale. Not overly complex, but tasty. $5.99 for a bomber, so mid-to-slightly high priced for everyday drinkage...Try and find it folks...

SolomonGrundy, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold, lighter than expected, almost the color of ripe apricot flesh. Fluffy white head on top leaves wicked lacing clinging tenaciously to the glass as it recedes.

Nose is really different. Intense, vivid aromas of lemon and orange are marked by a big pungency that is surprisingly sharp - like taking a shot of those citric aromas right up the nose. I like it.

Taste doesn't let the nose down. Intensely citrusy, though like the nose more in the orange and lemon sense than the more grapefruity, tropical notes most often present in American versions. Very pungently bitter, peppery, just a bit of underlying cat pee bite, a sweet side to the citric fruitiness that comes from the underlying, almost anonymous malt sweetness - more candy than anything, but buried beneath the shouldered load of hop hysteria. Alcohol is quite subtle, lurking way in the back without ever causing a real stir. Finish is long, lingering pungent bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer now, and I bet this would age fairly well for a DIPA. In my opinion, this would be a better candidate for producing a Belgian version than Stone's standard IPA is. Really intriguing beer, and one I was rather surprised to enjoy as much as I did.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with that characteristic mellow fullness of unfiltered beers, with a softish carbonation and lingering bitterness. A bit on the juicy side.

Drinkability is ok - the alcohol is there but subtle, the flavors mesh well and are unique. The pungency and big bitterness are somewhat distracting, and the pungency especially wears after a bit.

JohnQVegas, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an unabashedly cloudy, dark yellow-orange body with a large, churning, white head.

Smell: Strong, pungent hoppiness in the aroma, smelling sharply of pith-packed citrus rinds, biting spices, pine sap, and tropical fruits. It's a real task to discern the honeyed, biscuit-toned malts beyond the hops.

Taste: The initial biscuity, lightly sweet malts with a kiss of honey are all-too tired and timid in the face of such a heavy-handed, West Coast hop assault. Gratingly citric lemon, black pepper spiciness, some resinous pine, even some sliced pineapple with a brutal, tongue-scalding bitterness that continues to build with each subsequent mouthful. A little pinch felt from the alcohol as well. Quite bitter on the dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whew. As easy to put down as the treasured family pet - there will be many tears, lost sleep, and certainly an undetermined period of mourning.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick orange juice with white head that disappears shortly after pour. Aroma of deep orange, orange peels, fruit punch and booze. Tastes of oranges, peels, booze, punch (similar to jungle juice), bitter towards the finish with a stale fruit aftertaste. Thick in body with light carbonation. A juicy imperial IPA.

JRed, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, golden honey with half inch creamy white head that leaves a coating of lace.

Has the aroma of citrus and dried orange peel in a Stone snifter. There is an odd cheddar aroma and some welcome pine tar.

Opens with a big, hoppy bite and pine. The upfront bitterness is followed by honey. There is a short, pungent finish that gradually fades to grapefruit.

Full body with a velvety texture with warming alcohol about as expected. This one is very dry and a bit chalky.

This one is relatively easy to drink despite the high alcohol because is warms well. I enjoyed it with pasta but it might also pair well with reading.

SLeffler27, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP..

Big SN goblet.. 2 finger head... pale golden.. okay retention..

Spicy and sorta floral weed hops.... reminds me of arugula... peppery with a nice smack of pale malts... skunky green weeds.. very fresh.

Bitterness is weird like dandelion greens.. Nice pale malt with hints of background biscuits... the bitterness plays for the whole sip... minerally.. floral hops finish it out with a lingering pale maltiness... bitterness just lingers forever.

Sticky yet medium bodied.. resinous without any of the customary citrus... interesting, I guess.. odd, for sure.. like it was dosed with too much brewer salts.. alot of things blossom and go no where.

Meh... This is my 4th bottle... I will probably buy it again, but really, only because I am having a hard time wrapping my palate around it and want to get it straight.

I get the "English" qualities, but wow are they a mess... This review, I am being probably a bit gentle...

3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn't really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn't really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed July 26th, 2010 in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

This "Emperial" pale ale is a mostly-clear deep yellow, sort of like morning urine. Right, anyway... there is a verrrry smooooth creamy head atop this beer, almost a cask/nitro texture due to the uniformly fine off-white bubbles that rise throughout the session with this beer.

Aroma: hoppy in the English style. Medicinal herbs, white pepper, vague dash of floral character. Not as strong as I had expected.

Flavor starts off with toffee and toasty malt which segues swiftly to a medicinal, earthy hop assault. The bitterness is there in the form of a lemon rind flavor, though it doesn't come out fully until after the somewhat tea-like finish (literally a few seconds after the swallow). There is almost an English barleywine character to the flavor, due perhaps to the copious English hops used in the brewing? While I didn't especially care for it, I'm sure it's exactly what Stone intended.

Texture is creamy with the slightest carbonation bite.

I found this one overbearing; if it had been hopped a bit less, it would have been more enjoyable but probably considered less "Stone".

charlzm, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is pale in appearance, grassy, bitter, and dry.

It poured hazy pale straw with a tall white head that quickly dissipated leaving one weak skinny ring. It looked like a hefe. The smell and flavor were subtle and earthy, dominated by grass and pine. There was a strong bitterness with a long-lingering dry finish.

With the heavily bitter feel, Emperial IPA leaves a strong impression; however, there isn't much flavor. Stone makes several great year-round ales and IPAs (e.g., Ruination and Arrogant Bastard). Among that company, Emperial IPA isn't much of a celebratory ale.

MetalHopHead6, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw color with big sticky white head. The nose is hoppy, but earthy, skunky, and weedy. Not sure I'm a huge fan. Do I smell piss? Taste, though, recovers a bit, with some spicy hops laid over a sweet biscuity malt. It's nicely balanced for what it is, though "balanced" in a more American way. Smooth and full-bodied, the feel was spot-on. A good drink, the spiciness of some of the hops in the brew did slow me down and kind of put me off a bit.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of cdeem
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone has always been producing amazing IPA's! This one however has been different from them all! The standard west coast hoppy flavor can be found in most of their IPA's, but this one was very different which makes it a new favorite! 10th anniversary IPA from them is still my favorite ,but the 14th is surprising in all categories! Buy one or two to try and buy 2 more to cellar and save for a special occasion!

cdeem, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mklinger
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with some friends. It looks like a Stone beer to me. Very golden -- color was similar to Stone IPA or Ruination. Very white thick head that left lots of lacing. Clarity was good.

Aroma was very English in character. Grassy, earthy, and floral. It was almost too much grass & earth to be as desirable as it could be though.

Taste was less dominated by earthiness though. Really nice bitterness here as you'd expect from a Stone beer -- a clean bitterness with some toasty malt but not overly assertive & not caramelly. Still some of the floral earthy character but more in balance.

Mouthfeel was crisp for a strong IPA. Plenty of carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

mklinger, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I got a hold of this one. My usual store was sold out and I stumbled upon it at a place I had never been to. Lucky day! Poured this into a tulip. Nice golden orange color with a rocky white head. Giant bubbles and sticky lacing. Decent retention. This is very appealing to me. Smells like pine and citrus; mainly grapefruit tartness and pineapple sweetness. I'm probably cracking this a little older than anticipated, but it still smells hoppy and delicious!
Now this is unfortunate. Like I said, maybe this could be fresher but the hops still present in the nose are not as present as I would like them to be. Good flavor and has some nice sweetness to the finish, but the smell is stronger than the flavor.
Nice mouthfeel on this. The carbonation is good and I'm loving the light body to it. Really good one for this scorching hot August day. Drinking nice and the 8.9 abv is hidden well.

On a side note, I really hope someone is aging this for a year or more in the hull of their seafaring vessel as recommended on the bottle.

Bendurgin, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beast...a hopped to hell English IPA.

It's a little lighter than what I've come to expect from IPAs from American brewers, but that's OK. Looks great in the Stone imperial pint glass, plenty of head retention.

Aroma is of a little alcohol, and dank earthy hops.

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear they are using Summit hops here, as I get that onion taste I'm not that crazy about. Not on all sips, though. It's definitely hopped to hell, with different hops than most of us are used to. Very "dirty" hop character, like chewing bitter dirt.

Still has a greasy resinous feel that I like.

No problem finishing off the bomber, but would I make this a regular? Not so sure. For English IPAs I'd take the Meantime IPA over this any day. Still a very good effort though.

Patrick999, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a couple of fingers of white head that stay on the scene for a while. The beer is a hazy yellow/orange color and distinctly lighter than I had imagined. Not that this comment means anything. Some light lacing.

Pretty fruity and citrus like in the nose.

Hop forward and back, lots of black pepper and lemon. Lots of citrus and a light malt profile that plays second fiddle. Very sweet.

Medium/Light body w/appropriate carbonation.

Interesting beer, but not among my favorite. Seemed to be fine, not memorable.

Reagan1984, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, meet Corsendonk tulip.

Pleasantries exchanged, Stone's Emperial IPA fills the glass with a glowing, goldenrod-peach body. Sticky lace clings to the edge as the soapy white head slowly recedes to a fat cap of foam. Tropical-smelling hops, very familiar to Stone's highly hopped beers, but Emperial has just enough variability to keep it unique. Pineapple and mango with a good dose of spicy booze. Pale malts and a hint of medicine. Not much "English-ness" to the aroma, but I'm not complaining.

The hops hit the palate with a spicy, piny blast that congeals with the alcohol mid-sip and finishes with a phenolic, wooden bitterness. Liiinnngggeeerriiinnnggg hoppiness, so much so that the tastebuds never fully recover. But unlike the sheer joy I experience when getting my palate smashed by Ruination, Emperial just doesn't have a comparable supporting cast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but on the thicker side of medium and too cumbersome for the style. I've come to expect a lot from Stone's Anniversary releases, and perhaps that influenced my opinion of their 14th, but that's the nature of the beast (or gargoyle). One-and-done for me, but definitely give it a try.

wagenvolks, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow straw color with nice fluffy white head and moderate retention.

There are citrus and tropical hops, but somewhat muted. It's just not that aromatic.

It's hoppy and bitter, for sure. Pineapple and grapefruit flavors are dominated by sheer bitterness. I wish the flavor was more pronounced. It was a tease. It felt like it was starting strong but never quite peaked.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, ok carbonation. Finish is not as dry as I'd prefer.

Good drinkability and overall an ok beer. From Stone, it was a little disappointing.

Vonerichs, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

Gmann, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours an orangeish shade of yellow, pretty cloudy. Head is 2 fingers thick and very white. Head sticks around for a really long time...impressive

S- grassy, floral hoppy aroma with a little bit of citrus in there too. Its an interesting combination that works pretty well together

T- SUPER bitter! A lot of those grassy and floral hops are coming through, as you'd expect in an English style IPA. Not really citric at all, which is how I like my IPAs, but that's alright. Still tasty

M- good, solid body...carbonated well. Nothing earth shattering here, but I'd maybe like it a little thicker

D- this is a sipper. VERY bitter. Good beer, but it will absolutely destroy your palate

bigfnjoe, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark yellow with some brown highlights and produces about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and really nice carbonation.

S - Lemons, spices, and floral and bitter hops.

T - Tastes like spice laden lemon candy, the spices are complex and hard to put my finger on what they are I get a little pepper though. The hops come through more throughout drinking, but there is a little taste that reminds me of dish soap, kinda weird.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and lots of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good but the more I drink the spice and hops come out. This is definitely one of the most different IPA's I have had, it is worth a try.

semibaked, Jul 25, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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