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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

751 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010)
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

acurtis, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

buschbeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of CascadeConan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured into a bulbous tulip

A - Super hazy, golden glow reminiscent of an American Wheat. Soapy white respectable head with spotty lacing.

S - Citrus like orange pulp, pine, faint apple, wood, earth and sweet malt.

T - Pretty close to the nose, lots of mild citrus and apple and a sort of earthy English hop tinge and more wood. Long lingering bitterness that isn't as punchy as an all American hop IPA, just kind of meh. Malt is present put nothing to wax poetic about and a slight tinge of alcohol.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel, a little oily and middle of the road carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink for nearly 9% but if Doc Brown and I were to hop in the Delorean and go back to the super market I probably would have picked up Ruination or Sublimely-Self Righteous. Not one of Stone's best offerings but a worthy experiment.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

emmasdad, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

ExtraStout, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

A: Pale orange-tinted gold. Pours with a sizable head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Fish, citrus, and skunky hops.

T: Heavy grainy, bready malts. Burnt plastic off-flavor and a bit of smoke aftertaste. Some earthy hops.

M: Dry, almost chalky. Medium viscosity with appropriate carbonation.

D: Jesus, this is more like a Double English IPA. Over the top and unnecessary, this one just doesn't work for me. Not a drain pour by any means and I'll admit my descriptions are probably a bit harsh, but I won't be seeking this beer out anytime soon.

Florida9, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of xraided81
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

A- pours a nice yellow-orange color, thin off white head that leaves lots of lacing/legs.
Smell- smell is eathy herbal, a hint of brett is present, i am getting the sweaty horse blanket aromas that are present in belgians, i havent had too many english ipas i am not sure if this fits the profile
T- is not what you would expect from a stone beer, im getting a strong grapefruit bitterness, with a lingering sour note in the back of the palate.
M- effervesent light body, lighter than expected for an imperial beer.
D- i would be able to drink 2 pints of this max, i am a bit of a hop head and this beer only teases my palate, i get an aggresive bittering hop/ grapefruit taste but not much hop presence in the aroma

xraided81, Jun 29, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a very hazy a golden-apricot color with a about a one finger, light off-white head. Scant lacing, which is uncharacteristic compared to every Stone beer I have had. Second pouring more vigourous produced a two finger head, but still scant lacing. Never taken so long to finish a bomber of any Stone beer.

S-Bitterness, light pepper English malts, and lemongrass.

T-Bitterness with lemongrass from the hop bill. Spicy with some English malts with taste reminiscent of honeydew melon and cracked black pepper.

M-Medium to full bodied with plenty of hop bite. Alcohol presence at 8.9% ABV is very well masked.

D-This is probably the least favorite Stone offering I have had. Don't much care for this, and I'm not going to bother finishing reading the story on the bottle. Very disappointed. An anniversary should be something to be celebrated, to commemorate the good thing that started it all. If this had been Stone's first beer, they may not have had a one year anniversary. Stone sometimes is too enamored of itself. They should stick to what they are very good at, instead of trying to interpret what is now an anachronistic style. This Independence Day weekend has me glad we parted with the English. Ben Franklin would not have cared for this. I much prefer the American Imperial IPA.

velosuds, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours gold with a light veil. Two inches of semi-rocky head that settles in with some nice lacing. A lot of yeast or other particulate matter floating around in there which detracts a bit from the appearance.

14 hits your nose with emphasis on the veggies: lemongrass and onion / garlic, is complemented by a bit of light flan and mango.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sprightly, with lively carbonation bringing the hop flavors to the tip of your tongue.

Anyone looking for the slightest malt balance to their DIPAs will be left behind. Bold grass, lemon peel, onion and pine flavors take the lead and don't let go. A slight mango flavor just before the finish keeps it from being too overpowering, but no one will accuse this brew of being subtlety complex. The finish dries out your tonsils with a fresh hop punch while the prolonged bitter finish lingers on the tongue with a bit more alcohol than I ordinarily like. Worth a try if this gets bottled again, but the grass forward profile and lack of a malt structure brings the drinkability down a peg or two.

chicagobeerriot, Dec 06, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pale clear golden with a dense creamy white head; thick clumpy sheets of lacing. Pungent, floral hops balanced by a strong pale malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium thick and lightly carbonated. Flavor is oddly for style dominated from the start by floral, earthy hops (but I guess not unusual for Stone). Flavor is also very sweet and loaded with a strong pale malt body. Overall this certainly has a unique flavor profile, not really comparing to any English IPA or American DIPA I've had, but it's lacking any subtlety and balance. Oh well, at least it's different and worth one try, but not something to seek out.

yourefragile, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.35/5  rDev -13%

To describe a Stone beer as "heavy handed" could easily mean the drinker is not a hophead and unaccustomed to Stone's embrace of the power of the hops. I happily list myself among the ranks of hop devotees, but, even for me, the heavy-handed description of this beer applies. Big malt body to carry the hops and abv. Assertive hopping that seemed brash and unrefined, with rough edges that rasp the tongue. Finish is a bit hot as the hops join force with the ETOH for a discordant finish.

Brent, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is an unattractive mix of grassy hops and sweat. The flavor is orange citrus hops, grassy hops and bready malt. I also get some resiny hops and medium to high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not near the beer I expected this to be. Not terrible, but still disappointing.

Mora2000, Jul 24, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Tulip glass. I love Stone, I love IPAs and I love Double IPAs--there's no reason why I shouldn't love this...

A: hazy yellow straw, minimal head and lacing, chemical plastic

S: fruit, melon, hops, some yeast funk

T: abundant fruit, caramel, funk, spice, bitterness at end doesn't counterbalance overwhelming sweetness

M: steady sharp carbonation, alcohol is all I'm left with, though it is one of the best parts

I: would have liked to see more from stone from this one given it's the 14th anniversary and a "back to basics IPA." Disappointed by the sweetness imbalance.

nickhiller, Aug 12, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

I was really looking forward to trying this beer after all I've heard about it. Totally unimpressed by it though once I had it. Aroma was extremely floral, almost prfume like. Flavor was pretty well balanced but it tasted more like an IPA than a Double IPA. The hop bitterness may have been there but the alcohol was really missing. Give me a Ruination over this beer anyday.

bigbelcher, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. June 2010 embossed on bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Very light gold with 2-3 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing. Great looking brew.

S: Herbal and earthy hops accent a solid pale maltiness.

T: Not a lot going on but pleasant all the same. Silky sweet and buttery pale malts with light toast provide a crackery backdrop for an herbal, earthy hops contribution. Alcohol is not readily detectable. Pretty good, but not bursting with flavor by any means. A beer that is less than the sum of its parts unfortunately.

M: Nice above-medium body with low carbonation and buttery cracker aftertaste.

D: A good beer but not rising to the great tier by a long shot. Pretty disappointing actually as the flavor doesn't really go anywhere and has no real standout qualities.

argock, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

ehammond1, Sep 29, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

A- Very pale, straw almost clear liquid. Nice large 2 finger fluffy head. Lots of lacing. Plenty of carbonation visible. Appealing to the eyes.

S- Light on the smell. Flowery herbal hops. Some spicy notes. A bit subdued.

T- Decent spicy bitterness. The malt seems to be hidden for something trying to be an Imperial IPA, which is expected in my book for an IIPA. But this is swinging at something different. ITs much closer to a bid ESB, but lacks the finer points of that beer. Good amounts of a pine hop flavor, its not bad at all just needs more.

M - Good mouth feel. Body is creamy, plenty of carbonation.

O - I might be missing the point of this beer. It says imperial right? it a very tasty ESB essentially. More of an IPA. Its very good. I like it. Its just not what the packages says it is.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 25, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

A - A murky piller of golden surrounded by lighter yellow on the edges. Nice two finger foam head that didn't stick around long. Nothing in the way of lacing.

S - A lot of citrus off the nose with some orange rind and caramel sweetness. Something different here that I cannot put my finger on, but it is not necessarily bad.

T - Something strange here that I cannot quite put my finger on. Quite bitter, something almost like a little bit of smoke going on with this one. A hop burn on this that I feel like detracts from the taste.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied.

D - Not super drinkable, has burn/hotness and not great taste that made me only drink about half of the bomber.

AgentZero, Aug 08, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit/piney hop nose. Flavor is grapefruit and hints of caramel, lingering grapefruit/piney finish. There are better Imp IPAs like DFH Burton Barton. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Sep 05, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Hazy peach colour with a fluffy, bright white cap. Great head retention, lots of clumpy/streaky lace that really clung to the glass. Fruity, citrusy aroma, grassy and a bit floral, almost like sniffing freshly ground hop pellets in character. There's a bit of pineapple as it warms, it's a little powdery, slightly catty, with some doughy malt in the background. The flavour started with some malt presence, but as this disappeared all I was left with was a sharp, herbal bitterness followed by a significant amount of alcohol flavour and warmth, a little white pepper in the finish. There were grapefruit and lemon hop notes, some fruitiness, and a dry maltiness mid-palate. Medium bodied with somewhat creamy carbonation. Not bad, but not one of my favs out of the Stone anniversary releases.

DrJay, Jul 24, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured into Weyebacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Decent retention with some sticky lace. Color is a pale golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy floral hops. Light citrus. Bready malts. Has some herbal notes like a saison would.

Taste: Much different than the aroma. Lots of English malts. Bready. Floral grassy hops. Light citrus. Very odd. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol showing. Ends with a bitter hop bite.

Overall, not a bad English IPA. It was worth a try and I was able to finish the bomber. Glad it was hopped up. Just a tad too much malt for me.

mothman, Jul 29, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short 1/4" head breaks apart immediately.

Smell: lemon zest and a somewhat sharp bitterness. Some earthiness in the aroma too.

Taste: strong bready malt sweetness balanced with a sharp earthy bitterness. Golden apples, some pear, and a bit of grassiness shows up late. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer wasn't as refreshing as I would have liked for the style. Slow sipping beer here.

Gavage, Jul 31, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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