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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated June 2010, Poured October 24,2011 into a flute glass.

Appearance: A cloudy, light golden amber with a 1/8 inch white head.

Smell: Smell of grapefruit, and rich pine. True essence of hops but doesn't cling they way some might like it to.

Taste: Bitter but super tasty of pine and grapefruit. Smooth hoppy feel to it which some might have mixed reaction to. I like the after taste as well definitely made for true hop-heads with the intention of saying "I need more".

Mouth: Great after taste, not too carbonated which in my opinion is great for this type of beer. Flavor is sticky doesn't leave so easily emphasizing the word "emperial".

Overall: Incredible beer wish I could find more but seems to be a limited release. Take your time drinking it might not like it right away if you do good luck finding more.

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Photo of salvo
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a year-old bomber at VBS in Lafayette. Tons of brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle slightly distrubed on the ride home.

Poured yellow/green over straw with more head that I was expecting (having read some reviews before pulling the trigger on buying). The closest I've had was a new wet-hopped ale form Idaho I described as "hop tea." This is similar with all piney hops in the nose. Taste follows with very little discernable malt presence. It's aged quite well, but with this much hop bitterness now after a year, I would have enjoyed a shot at it when it was new.

Doen't finish particularly complexly or long: it's just a really nice lighter hop bomb. I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I filtered it or waited for the sediment to settle a bit more.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Murky, hazy orange, auburn, and copper with a thin white head. Lines of lacing down the glass.

Grapefruit, orange, and pine aromas dominate along with an earthy and floral scent from the hops. Very little malt character. By far, my favorite aspect of this beer.

The flavor is hoppy, though not particularly bright, floral, citrusy, or for that matter, enjoyable. The flavors seem muddled together and focus on the earthy (even dirt-like) flavors as opposed to the bright citrus ones found in the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied.

Not one of my favorite offerings from Stone, though not a bad beer by any means. I wish I'd sought this one out when fresh.

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Photo of ToddT
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow topped with an large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and a hint of pineapple, aroma is subtle in nature.

T- Bitter hops that slowly builds to a crescendo of hop bitterness, somewhat balanced out by a quick note of sweet pineapple. The finish is dry, clean and with a lingering bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation, the body has a slightly viscous feel to it, not unpleasant but noticeable.

O- Solid effort, could use a little more balance to make it more interesting though. The 8.6% ABV shows up a little as it warms in the form of some heat in the finish,

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Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Stone. Even after a year of aging, this IPA This beer poured a nice lightly cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Smell was quite fruity with lots of nice grapefruit and strawberry notes. Flavor was nice with peppery hops right off the bat followed by a nice semi sweet malt backbone and another dose of dry bitterness on the back end that begged you to take another sip. Match this with a nice light mouthfeel and this is a very enjoyable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this one somewhere in Denver (I cannot remember where). Poured a dark hazy yellow color with a decent white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of pine, citrus and caramel.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy yellow laced with snowy white flakes and settles into a burnt orange capped by a foamy white head. There is a lot of sediment near the bottom.

S: Smells very yeasty, almost moldy, with hints of something unpleasant like mildew. This is uncharacteristic of Stone so I’m fairly certain this is an ill preserved bottle. It doesn’t smell very hoppy, but does have hints of orange and lemon as well as bready, biscuit malts.

T/M: Taste throws you for a loop after the aroma; it’s a heavy texture right away, hops are prominent up front and are thick but not very bitter, some oranges sneak through followed by bready malts. It feels very heavy on the tongue.

All around, this is a good IPA but I may have received a poorly preserved bottle.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.5 Dark golden orange, hazy color. Minimal whitish head on the pour. There's yeast sediment present that slowly nestles to the bottom of the glass. Relatively sticky lacing.

S - 4 The aroma is nice. There is a definite citrus and hop presence, and it also smells a little strong (boozy). It's not overbearing by any means.

T - 4 The flavors really open up as this one warms. A hoppiness up front turns to a citrus/grapefruit bomb in the middle of the drink. There's a malty syrup-like taste to balance this fairly well, and I get a bit of yeast in there also.

M - 3.5 This is medium in body, maybe just above, but is somewhat syrupy and leaves a dry finish. Carbonation is sufficient.

D - 3.5 This is more of a sipper than a drinker for me. It is a nice, tasty brew, but not one that I could pound. One of the bombers would be perfect for a slow, easy-going afternoon or evening out on the deck. It sits heavy for me, so that is why I'd leave it at that. Very nice effort all-around, though. I'd probably be just as happy, if not happier, with Ruination for example... Glad I picked it up nonetheless.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out as a lightly hazy golden color, the head was pretty thick and left behind a good lacing too. The smell of the has a great amount of hops on the nose, giving off a piney citrus aroma that to me smell really good. The taste of the beer follows up with the smell. The flavors of citrus fruits and some pine blend together to make a very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a dry tingly feeling. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Looking forward to the next Anniversary.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into tapered Stone glass

Appearance - a very clouded light amber color with a bubbly thick cream colored head.

Smell - certainly the hops come across in the smell both in the nostrils and the back of the throat.

Taste - fir fans of imperial IPA I think this will be an enjoyable beer to try. What you ask for when it comes to imperial is hops and Stone never fails to impress. It combines nicely with a fruitiness, almost apricot like that gives the beer a nice balance of flavor as opposed to pure bitterness.

Mouthfeel - what I really enjoy about this beer is that the carbonation doesn't weigh too much on the tongue. It allows you to focus on the flavor. That is not to say there isn't carbonation because there is, but that the carbonation doesnt mask the wonderful hoppsy flavor.

Overall - stone IPA's hold a special place in my heart, and the 14th anniversary dies a fantastic job at defining an emperial IPA. That said, it is not doing anything to redefine, which is what i imagine 5's are reserved for. Regardless, it reminds me of the Stone tours hops room and just brings a smile to my face.

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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean golden yellow with flashes of orange and lively bubbles of carbonation that dance below the foamy, feather white head that very patiently leaves a hearty lacing behind.

Citrus and floral hops traditional of an American IPA as well as the citrus yeast more traditional of an English style as advertised. There is also some sweetness hidden in there as well as citrus zest.

The flavor offers similar citrus hop bite accompanied by the same yeast as the aroma, with even more citrus character and floral hops with hints of spice.

Medium bodied that went down smooth. Definately a good summer beer that I had on a nice cool day with an ocean breeze. Perfect beer to chill to.

Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange with golden highlights. It is hazy. Three inches of off white head are perched on top.

S - I get a balance of malt and citrus hops. I get an orange/peach aroma as well.

T - I get a fleeting taste of citrus and am bombarded with bitterness. Very bitter and dry.

M - My mouth is left with a chalky feel.

O - I was left wincing from the bitterness a few times on this one. I'm a pussy that likes midwest IPA's.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes...22 oz. chug into a pint glass...aroma is definitely different than the regular "Stone IPA" wheel (a great wheel nonetheless). Big malt tempered by hops, but as they say on the bottle, it's more of an English type of bitterness than a classic West Coast IPA like many of their brews. Strong beer...the alcohol isn't masked quite as well as it could be. It's its own beer though, and I dig it. Great mouthfeel. Unique beer. Recommended.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass at 44 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy creamy ivory head that is one in half fingers thick. The head left some lacing on the glass and it has good retention. The color of the beer is coppery orange with amber highlights. The clarity of the beer is hazy wit yeast partials and there is a fair amount of carbonation bubbles too.

Nose: A very floral, fruity, grapefruit, and pine nose; however, it is way different from American hops. The malt is lightly toasted and his a biscuit notes. Other aromas are musty dank, yeast, phenols, and a touch of solvent.

Taste: A full body hop profile with only English hops, wow. The hops is fruity esters and floral for the main component and a hint of pine. Other flavors are dank basement, yeast, phenols, and a touch of solvent.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, carbonated, and warming. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer is really different, the use of English hops is done well; however when the beer gets warmer it take on a musty cheese flavor. Good beer overall.

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Photo of dhartogs
2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a nice orangish color, with a decent head. Nice smell, not too hoppy, well balanced citruis smell.

Now the taste. The first sip was OK, but then I let it linger and the after taste of strong grapfruit rind lingered and lingered to the point where it was un appealing. The more I drank the more bitter and dry my mouth got. I like hops but this was a bit too much, to the point where I could not finish this beer. Seems like it needed a litte more malt to balance this attack of grapefruit rind.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange body with a fast receding white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma balanced with some pale malts, tropical fruit, and spices.

T: For some reason, I felt like I am drinking hoppy orange juice. Lots of bitter citrus hops in the flavor balanced with some sweet malts. Also getting some grapefruit and spices. Finishes slightly boozy and dry.

M: Creamy texture; appropriate carbonation; medium body.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. Really refreshing, but nothing too interesting. Although very balanced, this isn't one of those "complex" DIPAs. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't go out of my way to get more... not that I could because it's a limited brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber in color with lots of orange highlights. This was a beer drinkers DIPA for sure. Big head of white towered over the top and only settled down slightly into a thin film across the top. The aroma was loaded with piney hops. Huge notes here of deep resin and hints at a buttery, biscuit like mid palate were prominant. Full medium body here with a lots of carbonation and a smooth mellow like coating on the tongue. Long drawn out finish here with the most mellow of touches on the final taste.

Overall a very solid and very big IPA. I would have no issue at all with serving this one all the time. Rich, full and loaded with flavor we have a winner here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange/yellow with a big 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of puffy lacing on the drink down. Smells of sweet malts, extreme pine/citrus zest hops, and nail polish remover. The chemical nail polish smell is really throwing me off. Taste is all up in your face with the pine/citrus zest hops, almost like chewing on pine needles and grapefruit rinds at the same time. There is a sweet malt finish and surprisingly the bitterness on the palate after each sip is quite mild. Mouthfeel is weird because there is carbonation but the beer is still somehow flat and thick. Overall, this is a good DIPA from Stone. They really know how to pack in the hops and this anniversary beer is just another example of their love for the green stuff.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange with a decent sized orange-ish head, Decent lacing with big bubbles as head dissipates.

S- Sweet hoppyness, citrusy with a mix of other hops as well.

T- Hops, and hops. Citrusy hops are definately the biggest player but a good mix of hop flavors thoughout the drink. Nice bitter finish with a warmth of alcohol involved.

M- Sticky, medium body and low-moderate carbonation. Alcohol definately noticable in the finish (as mentioned above) not sure if the warmth helps the finish or not.

O- Decent DIPA but nothing spectacular, could probably only have one of these in a night but this 22 will take a while to finish as it is.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Why not celebrate the beer in a company glass?

I bought three bottles when this beautiful beer came out. I finally opened the third bottle of this incredibly hoppy beer.

On the pour I had a one and a half finger head. It retained the creaminess for a couple minutes.

The color is a deep yellow color. It has some nice haze to the shading to the beer.

I smell a nice bouquet of hops. There are a lot of different hops in the beer, but the cascade comes through. Your can smell the grapefruit coming through. Not a surprise with Stone. They throw lots of great hops into all their beers. This works for my hophead favortism.

I enjoy the flavors coming through from the first drink. I like how the hops come through in each drink. The hops have matured well with the additional aging. These extra years have added bitterness, but they mellow in each drink.

I am excited for the 15th to come.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Pours an orange-yellow-amber colour. Rather hazy with a bubbly 1/2 inch thick head, visible lacing as it begins to dissipate.

Smell: Very hoppy, fruity, and sweet. A bit of spice lingers at the end.

Taste: Not as powerful as I would have expected. Very bitter and somewhat boozy upfront, some citrus, lots of pine. Finishes bitter and boozy. Overall, hoppy,.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, somewhat crisp yet a little sticky at the same time. Very nice.

Overall: As with many other imperial IPAs, it doesn't go down quite like water. The amount of bitter and alcohol is powerful and strong yet to be expected. It's nice to sit and sip but I can't imagine having more than one in a single night.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.

S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.

T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).

M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.

D: I usually like Stone's anniversary beers, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. I guess if I'm going to have any more of these, I'll have to drink them quickly.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.

T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.

O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.

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Photo of philbertk
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Company--Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.90% ABV. 100 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Dense lacy lasting rocky 1/2 inch head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Fizzy! Sweet rich floral aromatic yet gentle hop front. Creamy rich resinous mild fruit citrus pine white malt dough hint body. Mellow smooth hop spice dangerously refreshing clean end. Sampled 3/20/2011. Purchased for $7.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 6/1/2010.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 7-23-2010

A - medium cloudy yellow body, thin white dissipating head

S - strong citrus on the nose, not specifically very hoppy, a light maltiness

T - good creamy malt character, a unique bitterness, sharp flavors, not floral or fruity.

M - full and thick, highly palatable.

O (D) - pretty interesting, good tasting. Overall, quite drinkable.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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