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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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573 Reviews
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Reviews: 573
Hads: 754
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 11
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of kgrober
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of magnj
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this straight down the center of my snifter and it produced a pleasantly frothy off white head a good inch thick. The color was a yawning straw gold, and there was a decent parade of bubbles swirling about.

The aroma was spicy hops, but also damp and earthy, like a morning forest floor mixed with some pleasant herbal notes.

Taste is a good hop rush that is spicy, sharp and crackling. Lemon pepper, bits of earth and leafy/grassy goodness. The malt is sweet and powerful as well. I can detect a bit of that hard water character associated with Burton Ales. These hops linger with you; spicy, earthy, musky and grassy green all at the same time.

The carbonation is lively and very spritzy. The body is medium.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just spent 5 minutes reading the bottle. Those cats over at Stone are a trip.

Poured into my trusty Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, yet bright orange, with about 1/4 inch head and lots of carbonation.

S: This is not just your average Stone: IPA, Arrogant Bastard, or Ruination fare .... this one is just straight up orange .... the hull, meat, peel .... the whole friggin' 9 yards!

T: Surprisingly, this one is not nearly as hoppy as most of their other IPAs. It doesn't bite you and is very much like carbonated orange juice. Very strong malt backbone, as opposed to the Ruination (which I still kind of like in a sadistic way). Emperial doesn't wage war on your taste buds like Ruination.

M: Even though I had this in the fridge for several days, it stayed surprisingly warm. After a while, the bitterness starts to hit, but the [orange] citrus (and also maybe honey?) mutes that bitterness. Very pleasant.

D: I'm halfway through the bottle and I'm not having any problems.

Overall: To be honest, I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world. I get tired of the same type of beers over and over again. But this one is different.... and it may actually be my favorite.

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Photo of dgfair
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance - pours a very cloudy, hazy light orange color with a thick white head that leaves lacing over every portion of the glass. Notice a decent amount of floaters in the glass.

Smell - Nice citrus hop aroma, tons of ruby red grapefruit with an undertone of pepper and biscuit underneath.

Taste - nice bittering hop upfront with a hard dose of citrus flavor...lemon, grapefruit, and a little bit of pine. A slight bit of fruity malt sweetness on the back that gives just enough balance.

Mouthfeel - Nice smooth fullness in the body with an ample amount of carbonation. Very easy going down with a finish that coats but keeps some level of dryness.

Drinkability - great drinkability for a big IPA. I keep wanting to go back for another sip and feel like I could take these down much more easily than many IPAs with similar ABV and bitterness. Very balanced and very nice interpretation by Stone.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

This is a tasty, malty IPA.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a yellow golden colour with the very slightest tinge of cloudyness to it. Smells so damn fresh too. Glad I got to this when I did. Tastes just as the description on the bottle suggests. Very earthy hop/piney notes with a slight peppery not quite spicey finish to go with the hops and slight sweetness. Drinks down so goddamn smooth and there is no hint of the 8.9% alc at all. Its been so long since an ipa/iipa actually effected my palate. Thank you Stone for something different from the norm of the ipa style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pale yellow with slight orange highlights that had a half finger head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: lovely citrus grapefruit aromas alongside piney hops that stand out with a good malt presence and hints of grass.

T: very nice piney hops upfront with citrus grapefruit that propels the overall bitterness and good sweet malts that balance out the hop bomb.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation that had a great hop bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: another great drinkable hop bomb from stone brewery that has a different take on the IPA using only british ingredients but has a san diego stlye hop punch. This beer is actually really bitter.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a very hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off-white foamy head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice clumpy rings of lacing. Eventually reduces to a faint cap and ring.

Aroma is some pungent hops and funky yeast, floral, grassy, and earthy hops, citrus rind, spice, light malt sweetness. Strength is good at first, but tapers off through the glass.

Flavor is really nice, good juicy citrus up front, some spice, earth, grass, moderate light malt sweetness in the middle and then finishes with an excellent lingering citrus bitterness. Very little alcohol is noticed in the flavor but there is a bit there at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, oily, medium carbonation.

I've been on a bitter binge lately and this one delivers nicely. I should probably pick up another one soon as now is the time to drink it. Delicious. A little something different in this one. Just how "special" is this yeast? Perhaps the malt too. Plus I love how it is so bitter, hazy, and even a bit funky. Under 10% ABV is another plus. Fantastic.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Midnight Sun stem. From notes.

A - Pours a nectarine-orange with a fluffy white, retained, head.

S - Relatively subdued, in a good way. Mainly piney hops followed by citrus.

T - Piney/resiny hops up front which then gives way nicely to grapefruit, pineapple, orange and some dry malt.

M - Medium body with a nice dry finish that hides the alcohol well. Lingering stickiness to finish.

D - The style tones down the hop 'slap' typical with large IPAs (and Stone brews) making this an easy drinking, delicious, IPA. Love this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white head, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and lemon, backed by resinous pine notes. Some light, bready malt in the background.

T - Lemony hops with moderate bitterness up front along with a note of pine and some bready malt. Orange begins to creep into the hop character in the middle with some herbal notes and increasingly sweet, biscuit like malt. Finishes with a sweet, candied orange character of hops and soft malt, which is balanced by moderately high bitterness. Lingering orange hops and lightly toasted malt imparts a savory, herbal note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I love the hop character in this beer. The sweetness of the malt blends perfectly with the citrus and spice notes from the hops, especially in the finish. I am strongly reminded of Oscar Blues Gubna, though from the blurb on the bottle this is apparently made with entirely different hop varieties than that beer. Another great IPA from Stone!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium gold color with just a slight haze. Foam is creamy and tan, leaving a nice lace in its wake.

Nose is tropical, grassy and lemony...almost like Fruity Pebbles. Strong malt presence with some sweetness and light caramel. Does not smell overly British to me; clean, no minerals and light on dark fruit.

Tastes like caramel covered lemon peel shavings. Gritty, earthy hop flavors abound. Bitterness is there, but a little tame compared to the hop flavor. Has just enough sweetness to help out with balancing. Does not have the toffee or minerality of a British IPA...seems more of an American IPA brewed with British hops. That said, it is a delicious beer and very enjoyable, the bomber went down exceptionally fast. Drinks easy for such a hoppy brew. "Another hoppy Stone brew" came to mind when this one came out, but I must admit that this is a damn fine tasty beverage.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a tall flared pils glass. Bottle reads June 2010 and I'm told to consume fresh.

A - Deep golden body is really hazy but the bright white head builds and sticks like there's no tomorrow.

S - Wow, not at all what I was expecting. Citrus, pine, and a great floral hoppiness dominate the nose. There is next to zero malt character here.

T - Solid but not overpowering bitterness. There is an earthy quality in the hops. A woody interpretation of Ruination. The high ABV is masked under multiple layers of hops. Grassy hops, earthy hops, citrus hops, MY GOD THE HOPS! All this would be astringent without a substantial malt backbone, so it's there. Somewhere...

M - Great dryness without being light, the carbonation helps scrub the weary taste buds for the next sip.

D - This is no session beer, but for what it is, it goes down REALLY well.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber' bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with an attractive, fluffy,
whipped-eggwhites head of foam
Aroma-Earthy hops and citrus notes
Taste-Spicy, lemon zest zing,bittering earthy hops, peppery, citrus-rind, rather dry finish.
Very interesting and complex. Lots of character.
Each sip tastes a little different. Alchohol very well-hidden in the hop profile. Not a "gulper" by any means, but pretty easy-drinking for the strength.
Overall, a very interesting and tasty interpretation of the style. You can almost hear the "reserved" English hops squealing with delight at their new found freedom!

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of breadiness and large citrus and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit less robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large citrus hops and milder grassy and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of bready flavors make a brief appearance before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was surprised by the large amounts of citrus hop flavors, and the profile of the citrus hops, in this bad boy, expecting more earthy, grassy, and light citrus from the more popular English varietals. What I got was more in line with what most of Stone puts out, so if you're a fan then it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of pinkwheels
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two bottles of the 14th anniversary from the brewery store in San Diego to take home with me. Color is a bright golden color; not a ton of head. Flavor is initially sweet and crisp with some nice hoppyness. It reminds a lot of Oskar Blues Gubna.

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Photo of onesoul
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard Stone was releasing a new addition so naturally, I had to try. Bought from a local market which specializes in hard-to-find craft beers.

First off, the hop aroma is overwhelming, which is to be expected from Stone. It's familiar territory, but wait!....what's this? A very complex yeast taste, not at all similar to other Stone offerings.

Color is golden. Head is immense. Taste changes as the beer warms. Citrusy, piney, sweet malty but then there's the almost indescribable earthy undertones which come [presumably] from the inclusion of a "rare English yeast" (as noted on the bottle - those Stone folks are always so kind to include a brief summery of characteristics of said beer).

Very complex and interesting. And I'll be honest--you can tell from the get-go the alcohol content is high. Though the malt is detectable from the first sip, this beer is sharp, bitter, and not candy-smooth. But nonetheless it is balanced. Definitely not to be wasted on a beer-community newbie who previously enjoyed "cocktails". This is beer as it was meant to be.

If you like bite in your beer and you appreciate complex hops, this brew's for you!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, says june 2010 on the bottle also says "CONSUME FRESH: or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more"

Poured into my Sierra Nevada hop tulip, cloudy sunset yellow in color with a huge head and ridiculous retention and rigs of lacing (took like 5 minutes to go down!) with with visible carbonation.

Extremely floral on the nose, literally smells like grass and flowers in an olde English garden. Hops are huge, citrus and grassy with a hint of peppery lemon and mint. grainy biscuit like Malts are present but pushed back by the English hop onslaught.

Taste is wicked bitter and hop forward. Hop flavours vary from lemon citrus to earthy mint and extreme astringent. Malts are way in the back and hiding as much as possible. This beer is bitter and if you don't like bitter, get out of my house.

Medium to full mouthfeel with ample carbonation, a bone dry finish. Hop flavor lasts in your mouth for close to 10 minutes.

Being as bitter as this ale is it would be hard and greedy to drink to much of it. 8.9% and it comes back to bite. Overall i enjoyed this beer a lot, the aroma is really what took me by surprise though Amazing!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer. Big yellow haze, vibrant. Aroma was grassy hops.

Taste was mind blowing, this is the kind of English Ale I can get into. Super hoppy, but definitely they are amped up Euro hops. Nice to see this non traditional ingredients into the typical Stone uber hopping. Very light body, was great on a hot 4th of July weekend. The English hops are pungent, something I've never experienced. Unique. Mouthfeel rocks, more and more hops in a different vein than used to. Alcohol hidden, beer gets chewy but never heavy. I wouldn't age this beer. Great price.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a straw yellow with an impressive frothy head.

S: The aroma is excellent. Spicy and refresh. Floral and fruity. This IPA smells very refreshing, but is not as aromatic and complex as an IPA can be.

T: The taste is great. The hop bitterness is refined and the slightly toasted and bready malt really ground this beer. The yeasty and Belgium influence add a spicyness to this brew that complements the hop profile very well.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is full and carbonation is full also. The drinkability is superb.

Overall, I like what Stone did here. They took tradition and made it American Craft. This brew is much better than the Belgium-Cali IPA they make. I wouldn't mind if this was it's replacement.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of Stone 14 sitting in my fridge for a while. Looking at it I could tell that it was totally hoppy because I could see the haze through the brown glass. I decided to open it tonight to find that it's not actually hop resins that are making it hazy (it's actually cloudy), it's just yeast! It looks like a Bavarian style hefeweizen in the glass (except for the quick rising bubbles of a higher carbonation). In fact I can see fairly large chunks of yeast suspended an inch or so above the base of the glass. There's also a lot of sediment, but I'm surprised that there's so much floating about. And this is the first pour!!!

It holds a good head though, continually maintaining a 1/4" thick lid of creamy white foam. Rings and sheets of lace are also left behind with each sip.

Surprisingly, it's not that hoppy in the nose. Ahh, I see. After a quick look at the label I understand that it's an English style IPA (although a bit strong), hence the title "Emperial". It's gently citrusy, leafy, mildly floral, a touch piney; and fruity from the yeast (apple, some pear). But does being an English style allow for a cloudy appearance? Hmmm?

In the mouth it's medium with a gently dextrinous edge, and a moderate carbonation that gently bristles the palate (I guess that's English-style as well).

The flavor is fairly basic, except that it is a bigger beer with more alcohol and a lot of bitterness. I find pale ale malt with perhaps a touch of light crystal; but this could simply be "Golden Promise" or some other UK malt. It's not Maris Otter. The hops are as the nose suggests, although a bit more grassy and spicy, and less leafy. They remain floral. The fruitiness of the yeast is present throughout, and it's reminiscent of other Stone beers, however, I think it's a different strain than they normally use. Is it just White Labs WLP023? I initially thought WLP002 but that's a little sharper than the "Bass"... ... could be, but who knows? I find it amazing how the same strains of yeast can taste different coming out of different breweries based on how their fermentation program.

As to drinkability, I enjoyed it. It's not an English IPA by any means, but it sits well as a west coast interpretation of an English IPA. Could it be described as anything else? No. That said, it's a bit bitter and the alcohol shows. Is it too bitter...? Nah, not really. As far as micros go it's still well within reason, especially for Stone. But should the alcohol be so apparent? Probably not. Is there enough complexity to keep it interesting? Ahh, not really. But that goes back to the style. On the other hand, the alcohol and bitterness throw off the balance a bit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head.

S - Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs.

T - Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this.

M - A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation.

D - Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.