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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 drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you're in the mood for major hops.

drpimento, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass. Very cool write up on the back of the bottle, love the Emperial instead of Imperial.

A: A hazy golden color with a half finger white head on an aggressive pour. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Blast of herbal floral notes with a decent amount of citrus smells like orange and tangerine. Some slight pepper and caramel come in. Lots going on here.

T: First taste is very herbal and floral with grassy hints and some orange and tangerine citrus. As the beer warms these up front flavors turn more spicy and earthy with some pepper flavors. Body holds caramel malt that gets trounced by the bitter ending hops. Clean an crisp. Real different with the English hops, but very good and super complex. Wonderful.

M: Medium, prickly, peppery, no alcohol and bitterness lingers.

D: High, damn this is a good beer.

You notice right away that the hops they use in this beer are not your average variety. Great use of the Kent and Golding hops as they obviously put a ton of hops in this beer. This beer is so different, but so damn good that it's mind blowing. How Stone keeps doing it is beyond me, but this is a real winner. Way different from the rest, this is another one that needs to go along the route of the 11th and become a regular rotation beer. Stunning.

Kadonny, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light color for an IPA, very straw-ish with a solid frothy head that sticks around. Hop heavy nose with hints of grapefruit and other citrusy fruits. A very different style of IIPA. There is a considerable amount of bitterness but the hop flavors taste more earthy and have a different kind of fruity flavor. There is a slight hint of malt, but it is pretty much nonexistent. An interesting, well done take on the IIPA (with all English Ingredients) that, while perhaps not up to par with Ruination, is still a solid beer.

Baraka, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light, orange-straw color that pours with about a half inch of head that slowly dissipates, leaving quite a bit of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Big, juicy hop aroma of blood oranges and very ripe strawberries accented by hints of basil and mint. Very interesting and complex. Outstanding.

T- Starts out with a gooey candied berry sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by some intense earthy hop flavors. Grass, pepper, dirt, and even a hint of melting plastic come through in the highly bitter finish. Extremely complex and, despite how it may seem from the description, enjoyable.

M- Fairly thick, but balanced nicely by the carbonation.

D- Well, it's a pretty intense flavor experience, and one that would prevent me from drinking more than one bottle in a sitting. However, that one bottle will definitely go down, if only to see what sort of flavors will emerge.

One could easily consider me a Stone fanboy by looking at my reviews. Perhaps one would be correct. I don't really care how it seems; I simply love Stone's beers, and this one is no exception. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it, but it definitely won me over. It's very complex and one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. It is by no means an English IPA, but it's not meant to be, so I won't penalize the beer based on its classification on this site. I highly recommend it for people who are looking for something a bit different.

vtfan77, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang fluted glass. Gave a nice 2 finger pale tan head, that lingered and laced very nicely. Smells of spicy hops, a light apple juice scent, and something I'm placing as fruity bubble gum. Very nice spicy hop flavors, as well as some light malt. Amazing lingering bitterness. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A great beer. I'm impressed by Stone again.

WestValleyIPA, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been waiting to open this since it was released. It poured a lot like a Saison or Farmhouse ale, with less foaming. It pours a very murky golden, straw yellow with a slight cream colored head. The smell is an intricate mix of floral aromas, hoppiness, and even marijuana. It drinks very well. It's a dry hoppiness in the after taste and it is intensely hoppy. It's definitely a "lighter" take on the IPA, both in color and body. I'd even say it's more impressive than the Ruination. It drinks very crisp and fresh. Moderate carbonation leaves this one feeling perfect. This is an excellent beer. And as the bottle says, either drink fresh or drink just after a year.

Here is my review a full five months later:

I had this beer fresh and loved it so I wanted to try it again, some six months later. It still looks great. It's a fluorescent orange in color, very cloudy, and had a soapy half finger head to it with a good amount of sediment floating around. It kind of looks like FFF Apocalypse Cow, which I'm also a big fan of. The aromas are still floral but the sweetness has definitely inserted itself. It smells sticky sweet. The flavor is full of pine and citrus and seems dry hopped. After more and more I get some orange out of it along with the floral hops. It's leaving me with cotton mouth. Perhaps this was Stone's plan...force you to come back for more. Regardless, it works. It isn't as carbonated as it once was but still drinks moderately crisp and pretty smoothly. I still like this but it was much better fresh. I recommend this one. Drink it as soon as you can.

aasher, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Fireworks Pizza in VA. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours slightly hazy glowing orange with a beautiful and foamy white head. Aroma is super citrusy hops, hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, very resiny and juicy with a touch of wood and floral notes. Flavor is again citrusy, juicy fruits with mango and orange, some caramel candies with a little bit of a booziness with the citric and fresh hop oils. Sticky sweet medium full body and a moderate carbonation. Very nice Imperial IPA, balanced and freshly hoppy!

CuriousMonk, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, slightly orange golden color, with two inches of bone white head. It keeps a thick, full lace, rocky and messy all over the sides all the way to the bottom.

Smell is initially very citrusy...wait I thought this had English ingredients? Smells like a west coast DIPA to me. Lots of orange and grapefruit, with some caramel sweetness. Ah now here we go, some earthy and spicy aromas, quite spicy actually, are also here.

Taste also starts out very citrusy, with some juicy grapefruit, slightly sweet but with some more bitter pithy flavor too. It's substantially bitter right from the start; don't have to wait for the finish to get slapped in the face with it. It's very spicy, with earthy and peppery spicing that goes really nicely with the big hop bitterness in the finish. This beer just comes together so well; the flavors are different than your typical DIPA but pack just as much hoppy punch and work really well.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, pretty crisply carbonated and is very dry in the finish. The spicy, earthy hop bitterness dries the heck out of this thing. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Man I don't understand why this beer is getting trashed by so many people. This is freakin outstanding, and after two years of merely good (such a bad thing, right?) anniversary beers, this takes Stone back to the levels of 10 and 11. It does what a DIPA is supposed to do but in a different way, and I think it's excellent. It's intensely bitter but super flavorful, and English only in terms of ingredients; this is a west coast DIPA all the way. Give this beer some love!

number1bum, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours slightly cloudy and particulated, with a mellow orange color. White head with very good retention, as always per Stone. Smell is bold and sweet grapefruit (read: mild orange) with some spirits. Taste is very citrusy; definitely balanced on that side, but quite good. Very good, in fact. A bit of alcohol tinge actually works with the orange-like quality. A bit of toasty malts creeps in at the end. Feel is solid, no overload on the finishing hops, imo, leads to an almost creamy finish. Drinkability is high - the only thing keeping me from downing this is that alcohol taste.. Overall, a fine beer that I will absolutely buy more of.

sixerofelixir, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-gold color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Good presentation here and knowing Stone, they always get it right.

The aroma has some grassy hops with just a slight hint of buttery malt. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant change from the usual.

The taste? Full of grassy hops with a slight edge of grapefruit. Alcohol warmth is present along with buttery/toffee flavors. Interesting dynamic at play.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering butter/toffee and grassy hops. Alcohol warmth fades, ensuring a clean finish.

A decent take on the style that nearly imperializes it. Usually, modern British IPAs don't reach this strength. Worth a try and if you want the malt to shine through, nothing wrong with laying it down for a few months or perhaps years (if that's your thing).

Brad007, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy golden with a big, thick head that leaves solid lines of lacing

S- Bitter hops and mineral water smells like an English IPA

T- Juicy, spicy hops on top of a mellow, honey-sweet body. Some tangy yeast shows up in the aftertaste

M- Slick with silky carbonation and a juicy body.

D- Great balance for a DIPA. I usually find these beers too potent in all respects, but this one I respect.

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I finally get around to drinking one of the most polarizing beers of our times, the Stone 14th Anniversary. I picked this up for $6.49 at the Village Pump today.

In my Duvel tulip, this beer is a brilliant golden orange with great clarity, a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. A gentle but steady stream of carbonation rises from the laser-etched D. With chunky lace, this really does look good. What's more impressive is that this beer was able to travel as far as it did (and made a short stop at the gym on campus) and was able to retain clarity despite being bottle-conditioned. Well done, Stone!

What a wonderfully hoppy nose! I recently had the Mikkeller Single Hop: EKG and that made me wonder if that hop is a wash when it comes to IPAs (I love it in a good bitter or ESB). Spicy, minty and rather pungent, this smells great. I can see where complaints of it being soapy come from, it does smell really green and herbal like some soap is. I can't really discern much malt character on the nose, and there's just a touch of fruitiness, probably from the yeast? As it warms up, a slight mineral character comes in, probably the water profile?

The palate opens intensely hoppy with plenty of earthy, herbal, minty, twig like hop bitterness, just absurdly strong. Bitterness is quite high, but the hop bouquet is excellent. Very herbal, I could almost see some dried rosemary in there, but for the most part, it's minty. Malt character is light, with a little toast, a little biscuit like. Drying on the finish with plenty of hop bitterness, there's a coating of resin on my palate. Moderate mineral character is present, and coupled with the rather huge hop character, it does maje this beer quite singularly unique. While light, this does have a very nice body, never feeling watery or too light. Alcohol also does appear on the finish. Carbonation is medium-light and quite appropriate. Very, very enjoyable stuff.

Stone had lost me with a lot of their experimental beers. The 12th and 13th Anniversary beers were decent, but not quite at the level that I felt compelled to drink them often (IIRC, I drank the 13th once, maybe twice). A lot of their collaborations were disappointing, but with this beer, they've won me back. I will pick up another bottle or two to drink soon, I can't see the point in aging this, on a ship or otherwise.

DefenCorps, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Stone IPA glass

A: cloudy golden color nice bright white head with good lace and head retention

S: Orange peach tangerine and apricot tangy citrus no grapefruit in here however.

T: Peach apricot tangerine a juicy hop flavor

M: I am shocked but this has a light Mouth

D: very tasty and drinkable

overall: as usual stone hit this one out of the park all English hop and malt beer that is damn good, Incredible!

JamisonM, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber obtained TODAY (6/22) into an eastern sierra lager pint glass. Perfect 2 fingers of snow white frothy head dissipates evenly leaving nice thick lacing on the glass. The body is the color of gold (Empire reference? could be). It's completely clear on the initial pour with nice consistent carbonation bubbles rising up.

The smell is extremely earthy and bitter hop aromas, nothing floral about this one. Very intense and concentrated on the pine and some back door spices included.

The flavor follows directly from the nose. Initially I get the earthy hop bittering, very refreshing. combines with a hot spicing, literally spicy like black pepper freshly ground. This is backed by a straw-like malty flavor, not sweet at all. Where this one shines through is on the aftertaste and its endurance. Bitter and spice flavors combine in this, pine hops and pepper hotness. No trace of alcohol flavor because of the strongness of this. Very flavor forward in your face stone type brew with a great spiciness to lighten the flavor.

The mouthfeel on this one is great, For how light is feels the spiciness leaves your mouth with a nice little smack just the way stone does it. The bitterness sticks around for as long as you care to wait until your next sip which makes this one of the most endurance flavored brews I've ever had.

For how much flavor it has is it actually very smooth, the backround malting imparts barely any flavor to the beer, but it has to be present in significant amounts to keep the flavor profile as solid as it is. A tad dry for my taste but hey, it's pretty damn good. I wish I had a seafaring vessel to age it but I guess my basement will have to do.

Overall, my favorite aspects of this brew are the endurance of the flavor profile after you swallow as well as the literal spicy feeling your mouth gets during and after the taste. Honestly it's like I'm eating a meal that was made with fresh jalapenos sauteed in olive oil with some black pepper to lighten the flavor, I think this one definitely needs to be experimented with in the food pairing world, curry for sure and even just some roasted vegetables spiced up with some lemon and red pepper.

dwilson01, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Jeriba
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange juice color. Thick, long-lasting head with the consistency of bath bubbles. Beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine, followed by dry hoppiness. Malt presence is very faint.

T: Equal parts dry hops and roasted malt.

M: Crisp and light, with heavy carbonation.

D: This bomber disappeared way too quickly. This is my first Stone anniversary ale, and I will definitely be stocking up before it's gone.

Jeriba, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of cdbooth219
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsner glass

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing

S: Tons of floral, piney, earthy, grassy and citrusy hops up front. Hints of tropical fruit. A bit of caramel and toffee from the malts, and a bit of booziness at the end.

T: More of the hops, starting floral, piney and grassy, then finishing with grapefruit and lime. A bit of pineapple and mango show up in there too. Then comes the caramel, toffee and breadiness, with the booze as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Very smooth and creamy, very different from the typical DIPA

D: I could definitely drink this again and again. This is one of the best DIPA's I've had.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. I hope Stone will produce more of this.

cdbooth219, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
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.

dasenebler, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Hazy, cloudy, honey/burnt yellow, four fingers of white head that slowly dissipates to 1cm, lots of lacing, medium bubbling.

S- Floral, hoppy, lemon, pepper, grapefruit, some faint pine.

T/M- Pepper, lemon, hops, creamy, airy like whip cream, smooth, bitter.

D- I love IPAs and this is the first Empirial/English I have had. I am sold and I wish that Stone would make this regularly. If you can get your hands on it, do so in large enough supply to keep a couple around to age. I know I will.

Duttonic, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Stone Anniversary brew 22oz bomber poured into tulip glass. a yellow hazy orange with a puffy 2 finger head, nice layered lacing. I found myself really enjoying the appearance and thought this is going to be a great beer.
The aroma of pine, citrus, lemon, faint caramel malt
Taste is citrus hops, some orange, pepper, layered nicely with earthy hops at the end ties everything up together
Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation with nice dry finish.
Drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer and will go get some more while its available.

BayouBengal1537, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 7-25-10, reviewing from notes.

Looks like honey...cloudy and golden it has lots of bubbles rising up to an inch of loose white head...the head falls to a cap that leaves spots of lacing.

Sweet/candy-like, fruity, and spicy...it smells like a bag of sunshine and grape pop-cycles...I smell tropical fruits, orange, grape bubble yum, all covered in powdered sugar.

I taste ginger, pepper, lime, lemon, and grapefruit rinds...this is a bitter pill to swallow...just a faint sweet malt presence balances this out on a tight rope.

A bit astringent...it is dry and has a medium body.

Its all fun and games till you have to walk...Big and bold Id like to have more of these. Awesome Beer!

sitarist, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BrewIndy
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is definitely not clear. It's a muddy orangish color with a nice white head on it that stayed throughout. Nice lacing comes with it.

S: There are hops present but not nearly what you'd think you'd smell with an IPA that is 100 IBU's. Actually it's absolutely not at all what you would expect from this beer. If anything I pick up a little malty sweetness over a hint of earthy hops. It's quite pleasant.

T: Up front there is an awesome malty goodness to this beer that lingers to the point of asking yourself if there are any hops at all. Then it hits you. A bit of dryness starts to creep in and you can taste the hops. Your mouth gets more and more bitter until you find yourself taking another drink. All I can say is this is amazing. I spent some time in England and although I had some really tasty beers over there I don't remember having one as good as hits. I welcome any of you Brits to send me an IPA you think can beat this one out :) The more I hold on to this beer the less I get of the malt and the bitter hops shine through. This one feels very complex if not for any other reason but that I'm just not used to the hops in here. You owe it to yourself to pick this one up, it won't last long.

BrewIndy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Appearance: Orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hoppy grass.

Taste: Malty hop, some citrus, and a slight candy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and malty.

Overall:
This is a tasty, malty IPA.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of kgrober
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll apologize in advance for this thin review, but this was the final beer I had at a Stone tasting and while I remember citrus notes, particularly grapefruit and lemon, the hops were the star of this brew...as you might imagine.

In a word, it was a MF'er. Huge nose, Huge taste, and Huge (but not overpowering) alcohol. Finished dry...almost tart.

I don't know if I could many of these, but I sure enjoyed what I had.

kgrober, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A: Hazy dark yellow/light amber, with an inch or so of foamy, off white head. Leaves lots of beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Wow, tons of pineapple on the nose. Hard to smell anything else behind it. Traces of pale malt and floral hops.

T: Really interesting. Plenty of bitter hops up front, but they quickly yield to fruitier, lighter hops mid-palate. The finish is...salty. There's no better word for it. I really like it. The sharpness of the salt offsets the bitterness of the hops in a really pleasant way.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate, slightly chewy carbonation.

D: High. This is one of the best things I've had from Stone in a long time!

DaveHS, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body with a white frothy head that subsides quickly but still hangs around enough to leave some lacing on my snifter.

S - Awesome. IPA but not American (not that they are bad). Hops are very aggressive but not the typical "C" hops that give off pine and tropical fruits. These are more grassy and herbal, still some citrus but that may also be attributed to the English yeast a bit. Aside from the hops which are the main show you get a sugary sweet character.

T - Just like it smells this thing is all business with a ton of hops up front, grassy but pungent. There is a mildly fruity thing in there, not sure again if it's yeast driven or hops or both. Malts really don't come through much except towards the end and even then it seems to be a simple recipe, clean but nothing fancy. Overall really enjoyable and I'm just starting the bomber. ABV so far is not an issue though I suspect as it warms it will pop up.

M/D - Full body but backed up by the huge hops additions and strong ABV it seems appropriate. Dangerously drinkable.

magnj, Jul 29, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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