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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.

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Reviews: 573 | Hads: 754
Photo of Jeriba
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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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!

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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).

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Photo of goofyfootrr
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: 1/8" head, yellow and cloudy.

Smell: Hints of fruit. Either lemon or grapefruit stood out.

Taste: Very good but it tasted like Dogfish Head 60 min. I was expecting a bit more because of the description and inspiration on the back of the bottle. Nevertheless is continues in the Stone Brewery fashion of excellence.

Mouthfull: Medium with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very good. Above 8% this beer could be dangerous. It hides the alcohol very well. Enjoy.

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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.

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Photo of klikger
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Beautiful hue of apricot-orange. It's cloudy, but I can still see through it. Features good lacing and a small white head.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, and yeast

T - Floral and citrus hops right away, with honeysuckle, clover, and freshly cut grass showing up soon thereafter. There are traces of pepper in the back half. All of the above blend with the hops for an earthy, herbal bitter end.

M - Medium bodied; a little chewy at points. The carbonation is spot on, and the complex flavors make this a joy to swish back and forth over the different regions of the tongue.

D - If money weren't an object, I'd be drink another bomber right away.

Very impressive despite high expectations. Stone rarely disappoints and certainly not here. Highly recommended.

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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!

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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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 WestValleyIPA
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of piny and grassy hops with an undertone of melon and biscuity malt.

Tastes of a big dose of hops layered on top of biscuity malts. Hops dominate with a big pine and grass taste with some underlying fruitiness. Plenty of bitterness adds to the mix. Malt is primarily bready but has a grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

A. Orange cloudy color with a good head and good retention

S. Citrus hob smell

T. orange with slight alcohol taste dry feel

M. full bodied smooth with slight carbonation

D. Very drinkable enjoyed in pint glass

Another great beer from Stone Brewing.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

a - pours dark yellow. like what my piss will look like tomorrow morning. its that color, but it looks good. good carbonation

s - big citrus hops. quite fruity. malt sweetness.

t - wow thats bitter. wasn't expecting that much off the nose. big hop flavor. grapefruit rind. this one is strong.

m - med-light body. nice carbonation.

o - very nice IPA, although I think it might be a DIPA. easy drinking, and hides the 8.9% very well.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9-28-10
Bottled in June 2010

Pours a cloudy bright golden color, with a thin white head and thick rings of lacing. Very inviting.

Smell is all strong hops, tons of citrus, with a great slightly sour malt and booze to back it up. Heavy and hoppy but very good.

Taste is huge lemon hops. Sour and sweet, with just the right amount of malt to thicken it up. The finish is sharply bitter and very dry, leaving a tart, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and right for the style.

Drinkability is very good, hoppy but very balanced and well made.

Overall, one of the best I've had, and that's saying a lot.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with a plush white head that slowly reduces to a thin sheen of tight bubbles. Nice lacing as the beer is swirled and consumed.

Smells of evergreen and resiny hops, tempered by sweet malt. The smell is quite intense and flavorful.

Has a spicy, hoppy taste, with strong notes of pine, white grapefruit, malt, and lemon pith. There's a strong astringency and bitterness which dries out the tongue and leaves a lingering dry bitterness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front, ending dry and bitter. Perfect for an Imperial IPA.

Quite tasty, this is a good example of an extreme IPA that I find enjoyable. Definitely recommend that you pick one up!

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Photo of vtfan77
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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