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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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745 Ratings
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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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Photo of bheilman


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

Really orange/golden in color and a bit cloudy. I thought I would be able to see through it. It was poured into a dogfishhead brandy style glass. The smell is great with a strong sense of oranges. The smell doesn't quite match the flavor as the beer is more English style tasting than American. Definitely a lot of hops but milder and less fruity. It's a tasty beer with a good aftertaste, but I prefer them a little more fruitful. It's not that drinkable due to the intensity and sour sort of IPA flavor. More bitter than sweet hop flavor and minimal malt influence.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 21:04:20 | More by bheilman
Photo of cooncat


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Riverside in Kent, OH. for $7.99 for the bomber.

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. An easy pour produces a golden apricot yellow beer, with a 1" head that has good retention and some nice lacing.

Nose is quite hoppy, but then, this is Stone isn't it? A mixture of citrus and pine in the nose with underlying toffee sweetness.

The taste is big, with hops to the forefront. Some grapefruit and lemony zest, with a piney or spruce backup. Pretty awesome hop profile. There is a sweetness behind the malt, which is almost completely buried by the hops. Not quite bready and not quite toffee ... just a sweetness which I would equate with fresh sweet citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is medium, with pretty good carbonation ... just on the edge of prickly. I'd guess close to 2.5 volumes.

Drinkability is always tough for me to vote on for these big beers. If I just based it on the pure joy of the flavor and in-your-face hops, I'd have given it a '5', but this beer is *not* a session brew. I think I'll be nicely mellow after finishing the bomber ... any more and I wouldn't be able to drive. Enjoy this one responsibly!

Stone is one of my favorite breweries. They consistently put out great beer after great beer. This is just another one to add to their portfolio. I luv Stone .. I think you will love this one too. Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 19:07:03 | More by cooncat
Photo of portia99


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Shipyard imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color which is mostly clear but does have a slight, but noticeable haze. A thin finger of sturdy white foam sits a while before dropping to a thick foamy skim coat that stays the duration.

S - Grassy, herbal, a bit orangey, some earthiness for hops. Bready malt background with a very mild sweetness. An out of the ordinary smelling IPA.

T - Pretty bitter up front with a dominant and somewhat harsh English varietal hop flavor in the middle. Mild malty sweetness that barely makes itself noticeable. Alcohol is rather noticeable adding a bit of a different overall effect to this English IPA.

M - Just on the light side of medium body with a just high of medium for carbonation level. Lots of prickly bubbles in the mouth on every sip. Alcohol is noticeable. Overall quite dry.

D - Overall, no glaring faults, but the sum of all the things going on in this beer somehow misses the mark for me a little bit. An interesting take on the style, but the harshness of the hops and overall alcohol stregth and noticeability are making this a little bit difficult to get thru the entire bottle. Its a bit of a slow sipper for me, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 17:41:40 | More by portia99
Photo of Seanibus


3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a weird beer.

Pours hazy orange with a fluffy soapy head and a lively stream of carbonation. The aroma is strange, with a lemony edge, but a peculiar uriney odor that is not pleasant. The flavor strong and musky, still with that strange urinish character. Weird that it is tolerable. The flavor is deep and bitter, like orange rind - musky and earthy. Deeply bitter, almost overwhelmingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 14:53:48 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Tucquan


2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this on 2010-07-23 in Lynchburg, VA from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Very hazy gold with a 1-finger white head

S - Tangerine and sour bread

T - Medium roasted grain, lots of bitterness and an oily resins are impinged by strong pepper and a stoney, mineral flavor. The alcohol is pretty apparent. The aftertaste has a bitter back bite but with a little sweetness. I like hops a lot, but this seems too strident and coupled with the strong black pepper, it wasn't an appealling taste to me.

M - Silky with medium body and carbonation

D - Nope. One was enough. It's an odd tasting beer. Hooray for experimentation. I love Stone beers but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 12:43:07 | More by Tucquan
Photo of beerhan


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

I was kind of wary of this beer after everyone saying it was not as good as blackheart but this is really good. This is however a real ping hop bomb. It is rather overpowering but still quite tasty. There is a nice thick head with nice level of drinkability. I think that with some age the hops will fade and this will be real tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:57:45 | More by beerhan
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, poured into my Allagash chalice.

An aggressive pour yields a brilliant translucent gold brew, with a white three finger crown. Head retention is decent, but this beer leaves gobs of lacing clinging to my glass. The nose is of spicy hops and more than a hint of sulfer, but it's also a little bit weak. Each sip features just a hint of sweetness, along with a a big (yet remarkably smooth) wave of bitterness. Spicy hops, a hint of earthiness, and a mineral flavor close things out. It took me a few minutes to get used to it all, as this is a fairly unique beer, but I'm definitely a fan. The body is as light as one might expect for a beer with as barebones a malt skeleton, but the carbonation is wonderful, a little high with just the right amount of liveliness. The most impressive aspect of this beer is how completely drinkable it is. It clocks in at just under 9%, but drinks like it's under 6, and the bitterness is as refined as I've found in an IPA. I can see how this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought Stone did a great job with this style-bending beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 03:26:46 | More by axeman9182
Photo of goofyfootrr

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:46:34 | More by goofyfootrr
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:02:38 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of gatornation


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

pours a hazy yellow/amber color with a smallish head but a nice ring and lacing..smell is pine ,citrus grass,and floral hops lots of grapefruit..taste is a hop hit filled with grapefruit and pine with crisp floral hops some malt in the background..mouth feel is full its robust with hops and citrus its bitter all around the mouth in a good way that wants you to take another sip..this is west coast ipa meets english ipa in a unique taste profile.. it a little bit more bitter in flavor that alot of ipa/dipa around the country do to the addition of hops that stone used but as this warms it gets better and grows on you i liked this one and do recommend it..

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 21:31:56 | More by gatornation
Photo of Kadonny


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 13:15:41 | More by Kadonny
Photo of russellaaron69

West Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color. Very clear. Soft white head that left behind a lot of really nice lacing. Smell is fresh citrus all the way (grapefruit is the main smell I picked up). Taste was amazing! Very crispy fruity taste with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is very good not to full but not thin by any means. Wow what an amazing brew! I've always been a big fan of Stone and this beer definitely furthers my love. Very drinkable with no sign of alcohol. I would love for this to be a year round or atleast seasonal release. I'm going tomorrow to pick up a few more bottles for my collection.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 09:00:20 | More by russellaaron69
Photo of DrDemento456


4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber in color very impressed with a nice fluffy white head. Lacing all throughout.

S - Ow Wow! I never had such a crisp smell of citrus hops in all my beer experience. Very strong grapefruit as well. Loving it.

T - Man the ABV is well hidden. The fruity sweetness of the hops really leaves only a slight hoppy bitterness from the brew but the bitter finish is just harsh enough to take the edge off of the ABV. A perfect IPA in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied and full of flavor.

D - It sucks that it's limited but I guess it's a way to get me to buy another! Great beer overall and a pretty ok price (paid 8 dollars for the bomber)

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 06:43:38 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of chickencoop


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

I don't know what it about this beer but i can't stop drinking it. Big citrusy everything on this, but almost a lagery drinkablility to this, just a crisp finsh. I have beeen down on stone for some time, no reason, just a few bad beers (i was the biggest supporters of these guys when they launched in norcal, i told everybody to drink this stuff in 98', seriously). This beer is legit, i will be buying more and spreading the word again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 05:24:53 | More by chickencoop
Photo of jmich24


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A: One finger head. Color resembles a unfiltered orangish colored wheat ale. Some sporadic lacing.
S: Holy Oranges. The citrus hops smell outstanding.
T: Starts a bit sweet and then the hops kick in. More hops than I expected from a English style IPA. Awesome citrus especially orange/tangerine.
M: Nice creaminess for an IPA. Crisp finish
D: Way too drinkable for a beer that tops out at almost 9% ABV.

This was outstanding for me. Im not sure if this well represents the "English IPA" because if is awfully hoppy and fruity, but outstanding any who!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 03:17:57 | More by jmich24
Photo of Lothore


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

A- Pours a cloudy tangerine color with a fluffy, white head.

S- Lots of citrus, sweet orange, light fruits.

T- Crisp, orange, citrusey hops, light fruits, lots of hop kick on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I love this beer. Extremely crisp and excellent on a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:04:24 | More by Lothore
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review # 400

A: Cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head that holds pretty well. more clarity would have been nice

S: Very grassy smelling with notes of pine and maybe a touch of citrus fruit. Some caramel is present in the background

T: Heavy bitter pine note with some grassy and floral notes. nice caramel sweetness. Some hints of orange citrus too

M: A bit rough around the edges. slightly oily and a touch of heat.

d: A nice solid drinking DIPA. The mouthfeel and the hops were a little overwhelming but not always in a good way as the pine got slightly astrigent tasting

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:12:33 | More by mikey711
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a hazy peach with a moderate sticky white head. It has a grassy, sweet aroma. The flavor has a strong grass, hay like hop prescence. Slightly sweet with floral notes, it has a lingering bitter finish. It has a medium body and is nicely carbonated. A great enlish IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:02:38 | More by bonkers
Photo of Patrick999


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beast...a hopped to hell English IPA.

It's a little lighter than what I've come to expect from IPAs from American brewers, but that's OK. Looks great in the Stone imperial pint glass, plenty of head retention.

Aroma is of a little alcohol, and dank earthy hops.

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear they are using Summit hops here, as I get that onion taste I'm not that crazy about. Not on all sips, though. It's definitely hopped to hell, with different hops than most of us are used to. Very "dirty" hop character, like chewing bitter dirt.

Still has a greasy resinous feel that I like.

No problem finishing off the bomber, but would I make this a regular? Not so sure. For English IPAs I'd take the Meantime IPA over this any day. Still a very good effort though.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 23:04:05 | More by Patrick999
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:38:45 | More by magnj
Photo of tmalone510


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

I really liked this IPA. I typically prefer a lighter IPA with aggressive, but not over the top, hop flavor and aroma. I prefer color on the lighter side which yields a more drinkable and refreshing taste in my opinion. The Target hops are a clear standout and in my opinion make the beer. This is a true success.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:54:50 | More by tmalone510
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:50:57 | More by mothman
Photo of scottfrie


4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 03:11:11 | More by scottfrie
Photo of denflyr


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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

Nice golden color and clear for the most part....I was expecting a little different as it seemed slightly cloudy in the bottle.

Smell was not overwhelming, but had some nice lemon notes and a slight malty overtone.

The taste was very nice! Yes this beer was the typical Stone "hoppy" IPA, but it had more to it than that! It has a nice subtle "hoppy" tone to the beer, but not like previous anniversary beers.

The mouthfeel is nice. You know for a beer that has high IBU's, this beer is not overly harsh on the palate. This is a nice touch to the beer!

Drinkability is nice, but only slightly over average. I like the "hoppy" side of this beer, but find the malt backbone lacking just a bit. So I want a bit more structure.

Nice overall, but my favorite is still the 11th Anniversary beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:14:17 | More by denflyr
Photo of gregmoscetti


3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty stoked to try this beer but unfortunately, Stone has swung on and missed big. The beer goes in a three step process: Aggressive hop bitter (surprise surprise)...2...1.. hmmm that tastes interesting and not too bad...2...1... ugh gross, is that a sweaty sock?

so for those of you at home, it will taste "ok", then "not bad", then "ugh, gross."

Die hard stone fans and people who don't get to drink great IPAs whenever they want will say its good. But it isnt. Way better stuff down here in so-cal to be wasting a penny on this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 19:26:51 | More by gregmoscetti
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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