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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

745 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
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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beerman207

Kentucky

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

Special thanks to bamadog who hooked me up with this out of his fridge full of beer! :)

A: Yellow-orange with a lot of cloudiness - leaves a good white head and lace on the glass

S: Nose is malt, citrus, and some orange rind

T: wow - bitterness comes through from the hops - mellows after a while with a good malt finish

M: Carbonation is moderate-high - sits well

D: high - love stone and this beer fits well in their inventory.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:52:50 | More by beerman207
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

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

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that settles slowly to a thin film. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Hops dominate aroma with pine, flowers, and just a hint of grapefruit. Some malt character shines through with some caramel and toast. Yeast is present as well. Almost smells Belgian in a way.

T: Much like the smell, but hops almost mask any malt character. Extremely bitter, with pine, floral, and some citrus notes. Finish has some sweetness, but does not last long.

M: Full bodied, and has a somewhat rough mouthfeel. Finish is short, and all that remains is bitterness.

D: This brew is good and drinkable, but I expected more from Stone. A solid effort, bit one is enough. Maybe next year, guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:29:08 | More by WYVYRN527
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden somewhat hazy color with a nice lingering head of white.
Smells like a unique hop profile, cant put my finger on it exactly definitely smells bittersweet.
Tastes fruity, with some hints of apple and sugar, as well as peaches. Nice and bitter.

An interesting beer, and much sweeter than I would expect but not in a bad way.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:26:24 | More by Spineypanda
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errantnight

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It seems pretty clear that if you don't like noble hops you're just not going to dig on this beer. It's an odd duck, no doubt, but aside from it being a new challenge to one's tastebuds I'm not sure I understand the effusive response by some more veteran tasters. It's the equivalent of going to a Korean Taco Truck and then freaking out because the Tacos have Korean Spices instead of Mexican and claiming it's awful and it doesn't work because of it.

This beer looks great. Faintly hazed, brilliant gold, awesome lacing and superb retention following a foamy, nigh excessive head.

On the nose this is herbaceous, floral, and earthy. Maybe even a hint of spice.

On the palate this is intensely bitter all the way through, it starts on the mid-front palate and builds to a closing crescendo of resiny bitterness. This is NOT for the faint of heart. There is actually a reasonable degree of up front sweetness that is carried along the fringe, primarily coming through as a pale caramel or light toffee note. Herbal notes predominate with a floral (almost lavendar) finish (which I suspect is where the "soap-y" reviews are coming from).

This is almost precisely, in body, how I'd like my DIPAs to be. Full and round through the middle, tapering off with a smoothness in the back and snapping off with a brace of bitterness.

I don't love this beer, another bottle or two, or a taste on tap, will be more than enough. But it's the best huge noble hop beer I've had since the 06 (I think that was the year) Imperial Pilsner from Sam Adams. It's unique, exciting, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 21:13:13 | More by errantnight
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey. Served in a nonic pint glass. Beer is yellow with a little haze and a broke white head of medium to big bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is minimal.

Mild citrusy / fruit hop aroma. Not much going on here.

Very dry beer. Thin to medium in body. Lots of hops, no sweetness, very citrusy and bitter in the back. Almost chewy in the mouth. It is pretty good but not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 17:29:24 | More by drabmuh
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small hop, but actually quite mild. In the taste, a nice bitter hop and quite malty. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel and a small bite and dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Very English like, kind of lame for Stone, OK nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 13:44:26 | More by OWSLEY069
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Foxtrot

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loved the 13th Aniv. Imperial Red last year. Heard this was in my neck of the woods and couldn't resist picking it up.

Pours a very light blonde body with yellow hues. Foam was superb, as well as lacing and retention. I really love Stone beers due to the fact that most of the beers I've reviewed have long lasting heads and big lacing. A feast for the eyes.

Aroma was a touch dry. Hops where present but where more herbal. I don't think I've found a hop aroma quite like this. Its interesting and pleasing at the same time. Seems to be a multitude of different scents, but all cascade and disappear as soon as they appear. I must of sniffed this sucker for at least 5 minutes to figure it out.

I thought I was prepared for what was in store from the aroma, but was sorely mistaken. Beautifully floral hops take center stage with hints of lemon and grapefruit undertones. A bit peppery in the finish, not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel was modestly lush, medium is the name of the game here.

Drinkability is ok. The ABV is quite high for a English IPA, but once you get past that initial bitter aftertaste, it has a lot to offer.

I thought this was gonna be a big malty mess of a IPA, but was surprised at its lightness. I think Stone is getting onto something with the direction they took in this brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 07:26:51 | More by Foxtrot
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Bierkraft in Bklyn, NY, "June 2010" etched on the side of the bottle. Pours moderately clouded, dull and soft tangerine. The off white head is large and lasting, slowly going to moon craters, leaves thicker blobs of stuck on lacing and then nice looking low sheeting sticking around. Moderate hop nose, leafy and floral at least to my nose. So smooth, so tasty, so much depth of the flavors, what else is to be expected from the quality brewers of Stone?? Moderate (relatively speaking) hop presence, mostly leafy and with tea like qualities, malty base providing the under support. Enjoyable DEIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 05:02:38 | More by Billolick
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:29:42 | More by BretSikkink
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stewart124

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a haxy pale yellow with just a note fo golden hues.

Nice head that goes from a finger of white and turns into a pretty lace.

Smells of spicy/noble hops with a trace of fruitiness. Very interesting so far and I cannot wait to taste it.

Wow! What is this? There is an initial bitterness follow by a white pepper spice that I wasn't anticipating. This is backed up by a noble spice and just noticable earthy/fruity bitterness. There are some fruity esters but it is hard to overcome the pepper in the taste. This really overcomes everything in that beer and the malt profile falls by the wayside.

Pleasant enough but I am amazed at how much the hop spice takes over the beer. I'd like to see more of a fusion between malt and hop bill.

Still a tasty English IPA but this really leans towards the spice.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:25:22 | More by stewart124
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bifrojm

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful rich hazy gold with a solid head.

Aroma is... what the eff is that? Dirty dishwater? Moldy lemons? Stinky cheese? There's some good things in there somewhere but they are masked by the moldy smell.

Taste, not much better, though it grows on you a bit. The first half a beer was actually kind of hard to take down. Eased up a tad over time, but only a tad. The moldy taste overpowers anything pleasant. The only thing nice I can really say about the flavor is it isn't as bad as the smell.

I hate to do this because I love Stone, but this doesn't live up to their reputation.

P.S. Warmed up a little better, but I still don't want to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:59:42 | More by bifrojm
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting read on the back of the bottle, per usual.

This beer pours an opaque golden amber with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a nice finger width white head that lasts for a short time.

It smells sweet. Not a doughy/bready malt sweet scent though. You can smell a nice hint of grassy hops, but it almost seems as if there is a fragrance added to the beer. I'm sure I'm just not used to taking in these variances of hops from England. I'll open my mind and just describe it as it happens.. it's like a sweet grass hop scent. Interesting. Intriguing.

Wow. I honestly didn't know what I was tasting during the first sip. It is a very 'earthy' flavor. It tastes like.. herbs. There is a very faint flash of a sweetness.. but overidden by a blast of 'dirty' hops. The hop flavor is like nothing I've tasted before. They are noticeably bitter but very raw. The alcohol notes are strong in this brew. The alcohol flavor combined with the strong earthy hops create almost a herbal remedy flavor, lol. It's VERY different, but that's not a bad thing in my eyes.

The mouthfeel is very clean. The bitterness lingers for a long time.. but that can be expected from a Stone IPA.

Drinkability is limited for me. I like the different direction the beer is taking.. but maybe I'd just like 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:48:05 | More by begforme4484
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omnigrits

Texas

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint glass gives a very pale golden brew, slightly hazy with a good head with retention and lacing.

The smell is immediately hops, naturally, with a hint of malt and yeastiness. There's also a hint of sweet perfume.

Very hoppy, very bitter in the taste. Not enough malt, in my opinion, for an English IPA, but very tasty all the same. Slightly peppery, and the taste lingers. Earthy.

Decent enough mouthfeel.

My mouth feels like it's been... well, I was going to say assaulted, but it actually feels dry, like it's been dusted with talcum powder. Very weird. I don't think that's what a beer should do to me. As far as Emperial is concerned, I'm glad I did it but I don't feel a need to do it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:43:27 | More by omnigrits
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Golden lemon yellow body. Tall, thick, mushroom cloud of beige-white head. Good lacing and retention. Lots of herbal, spicy, minty hops on the nose. Some sea air mixes in. Sugar cookie malt and tropical fruit aromas fill out the rest.

Big, aggressive hop bitterness up front. Minty, herbal, grassy, and even a little cat pee. Boozy tropical fruit malts fill out underneath. Sweet, creamy, and fruity, with a little honey. Malt can't quite balance the big raw hoppiness though. Full-bodied with a creamy, soft feel. Big time lingering bitterness with a touch of residual fruit sweetness. Abrasive and interesting. Not something I would drink everyday though. Happy 14th!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:14:19 | More by alexgash
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Lightly hazed, saffron colored with a thick puff of slate suds. The stack dwindles with time, but leaves smears of lace all around.
Mowed weeds and wildflower aroma, with sizable backup from wet cement and aged cheddar. One part fresh-cut vacant lot, one part fresh-laid sidewalk, and one part artisan cheese-maker. All squeezed with lemon juice. I like it. And it works together, in its own weird way. Though, I have some questions as to how these same things would work in the mouth.

And now they get answered.

It eddies between the teeth, coating everything with a layer of shortbread primer. Here and there are dabs of caramel and honey. There's an out-there burst of fruitcake, then the talc-y, mineral-rich yeast/hard water takes over. Metallic, with pangs of chewed vitamins and calcium deposits. This seamlessly segues into the milkweed, wet grass, and cut clover sense of pulpy chlorophyll bitterness and astringency. A big, gin-fueled, booze-wave adds crescendo.
The body is big, but lightened with the persistent carbonation. Fleecy, full, rotund, but fully aerated.
They were going for different, and they absolutely got there. There is a lot of fascinating nuance here, but most of that gets usurped by the bludgeoning bitterness and booze. A slightly scaled-down version could be a revelation.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 06:58:11 | More by cokes
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thetomG

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents.

The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?)

Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should.

I'm glad I tried this but not sure that I'd really seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:11:29 | More by thetomG
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dogfishandi

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at cellar temp poured into an imperial pint glass. june 2010 on the side of the bottle.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow/golden color. big 2-3 fingers of white head, great retention leaving a nice half inch of head the whole glass. very nice sticky lace too.

definatly a different aroma than i was expecting. quite perfumey, spicy hops. lemony citrus as well. pepper. a little bit of yeastiness.

i enjoy the taste more than the aroma, not to say the aroma is terrible or anything, it just doesnt live up to the taste. you get the perfumy, spicy, and lemon citrus hops in the taste as well. also some american like hops detectable, almost tropical fruity like. some pepper is noticable. a little bit of pale pilsner malt. maybe a little of that rare british yeast strain apparent,(as mentioned in the description on the bottle) but its slight. and holy bitterness, very bitter exspecially off the first few sips. finishs with a whole lot of lingering bitterness and citrus hop flavors.

nice mouthfeel, maybe a touch heavy for the style, but nice. resinous hops on the palate. good carbonation.

drinks good for the fairly high abv. one bomber would prolly be enough in a session, but i could definatly revisit this again. a good beer, but doesnt really live up to some of the other anniversary ales by stone. definatly worth a try though. what i like most about this ipa is that it is still really hoppy, but so much different than the majority of ipas, even english ipas out there.

this went very nicely with some jalapeno cheddar cheese, or any spicy cheese for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:51:23 | More by dogfishandi
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TheHungryHiker

Illinois

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

Glass: Chimay beer glass
A= Poured a bright, cloudy orange. One finger of light, tan head.

S= Somewhat malty. A touch of pine.

T= Malt sweetness giving way to a bitter hop finish. Some floral and pepper notes.

M= Smooth and sweet, with a dry hoppy finish.

D= An easy drinking IPA. As their 14th anniversary IPA, I was anticipating a big flavored, complex beer, but was left with a drinkable, but not exceptional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:48:24 | More by TheHungryHiker
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

appearance: golden, frothy and creamy looking

smell: more earhty hop aroma

taste: The most bitter english IPA I have ever had. Drank well cold, but as it warmed up the flavors were an unarrtactive bittterness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice brew, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:34:38 | More by CampusCrew
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PCmofo

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After pouring this beer I wasnt very excited about drinking it. It had a cloudy yellow/orange color to it almost like a wheat beer. It did have a pleasant, citrus aroma. The bitterness of the Imperial style was apparent on the first sip and almost overwhelming.

The beer was not very carbonated yet had a thick mouthfeel. The citrus, almost lemony bitterness had a slightly sweet after taste.

The citrus flavors were a refreshing change for an Imperial and overall a fun beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 16:23:47 | More by PCmofo
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to english pub mug.

A: Straw colored with a slight chill haze, nice "farmhouse-like" two inch rocky head with ample lace.

S: Holy noble hop! Spicey-perfume, mulled citrus rinds, and some funky yeasty wiff of goodness amongst fresh cut hay. Reminiscent of the Vertical Epic 8. Very Saison like in the nose.

T: Smooth and blended melting pot of noble hops and funky yeast strain. Dynamic as all hell; I can detect some pilsner malts which add to the crispness and cara-munich which adds to the body and mouth feel with just a touch of swetness. The finish is nice and dry, appetizing, refreshing and dangerously quaffable. To me this is very much like a hopped up saison

M: Medium bodied and satisfying.

D: Extreme drinkability. Be very careful....8.9% ABV, OUCH! hurts so good...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 16:06:02 | More by GordonQuid
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly cloudy orange/golden body with a small quickly dissolving white head that was poured in to a small brandy snifter. Spicy nose, some pine, mostly white pepper a little caramel, fresh cut grass and a little citrus. The taste is awesome, the spicy pepper hits hard and then is washed away with a sweet malt and then the earthy not quite bitter hop flavor takes over. The finish is a little bitter but there is enough malt to keep it down. The thing that impresses me is that you can taste all the individual parts and they don't step on each other. It has a slick/oily mouthfeel with small biting carbonation. I can feel the alcohol burn, but it is so tasty I have to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:23:18 | More by orsulacp
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whoneeds8

Texas

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

Poured into a chalice hazy yellow, almost like a belgian triple, with a one finger white foamy head. Great lacing all the way down.

Strong floral hops scent to this beer with some sugars present.

The taste is a great one. Lots of hop bite with a great sugary malt presence. Very well balanced and well done.

The mouthfeel is good with a very noticeable alchol presence.

Overall, another homer for Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:45:01 | More by whoneeds8
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DaveWhite

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy gold with a thin head. The first sip is very smooth, almost sweet, with a hint of... apricot maybe. Very bitter on the back of the tongue as it goes down. A good bottle to try, not sure I'd buy another. I prefer their PALE ALE and regular IPA to this Emprerical, feel like they might be trying to do too much. A good, but not great, beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:43:02 | More by DaveWhite
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden with a thin but resilient white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Dank and spicy. Grassy, a little bit of lemon, comes out more floral as it warms.

T: Interesting. Cracker type flavors stand out up front to me just before the hops overwhelm it. Pine, nice bitterness to it. Finishes quite clean but bitter.

M: Surprisingly creamy, moderate carbonation. Well done.

D: Certainly different, but not in a bad way at all. I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:40:33 | More by aggiearcher13
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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