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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 jpmclaug
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. I had this a couple days ago at a tasting but my palate wasn't up to snuff at that time so I didn't review it.

A - Golden with an orange hue. Big eggshell colored head. Lots of lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Interesting aroma, different than anything else I've had before, maybe a little like a less pungent Gubna? Definitely a lot of herbal hop flavor and kind of reminds me a bit of a piece of cheese. Kind of smells a little salty.

T - Grassy/herbal type hop flavor up front before finishing with a flavor similar to grapefruit rind. Pretty bitter but the bitterness quickly fades and leaves a more subtle bitter flavor in the mouth. A little salty. Not much of a malt backbone in this one and while it has a hint of grapefruit flavor it doesn't have a sweet citrusy flavor. The more I drink the more I pick up the saltiness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not really that great of a beer. I really dislike the saltiness and it just builds and builds as I drink this beer. My lips feel a bit dryed out like after taking a swim in the ocean. This beer is unique but not really all that great. If you can get a hold of this beer I think it is worth trying but I won't be picking up any more of this and will not be seeking it out again.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish yellow with a nice inch of white head that had coarse bubbles, very good retention and decent lacing.

This beer had a very nice, well-rounded hop aroma. Not too sharp, bitter, floral or spicy, but a little of all of those. There was a bit more malt in the nose than I expected from Stone, a pleasant surprise. The taste followed along closely. Some malt backbone and a lot of different hop flavors. A dry, slightly bitter finish.

The body was full but not heavy or sticky. The beer lingered, but didn't stick around too long to become annoying (you know, like that guy at the party). Drinkability was very good, but a 22 by myself was enough for one sitting.

Overall, a very nice beer from a brewery that often makes beer I like and, equally as often, makes beers that are over the top boring. A must try. I wouldn't mind if this became a yearlt release.

Photo of SaazWarz
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Al's as well on draft.Super with hot wings! Simply a great beer. I find it funny that folks find it funny stone made an english Dipa! Whats it to them...but to dog this beer is just wrong(IMO). The E in Emperial is maybe for the great Empire that England once was. And can someone tell me what the hell is a cat box taste? What are you guys eating?

A- Cloudy, blonde, nice white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,grapefruit, nice pungant burst of hops

T- Grapefruit,sticky sweet, piney resins,

m- tart,nice bitterness on the palate and back of tongue

D- easly drinkin if your a seasoned IPA consumer. So good I had to take a growler home.

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

Bought at Whole Foods Torrance, Calif.

Poured a light golden color into tulip glass. Slight head with bubbles. Smell of grapefruit and hops and spices. The taste of hops and a slight peppery backend hits the palate. Mouthfeel of different English hops gives this a different taste that I'm used to. Good drinkability with the different hop taste and spices on each sip hitting the taste buds. Had this first on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena and the hops was definitely present. Almost a "bud-like" taste! A different anniversary ale for sure!

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

Here's a refreshing twist: Stone making a Double IPA with English ingredients. Nuff said. On to the beer:

It's grapefruit juice colored, much paler looking than expected. No complaints about the head and retention, they're good. The most is mostly bitter. Bitter citrus, with no maltiness coming through. It's a white grapefruit I'm smelling, and one that's not overly aromic.

I don't know what to make of this. White grapefruit isn't a bad flavor to have, and it's even a little fruity. I'm tasting salt now, and this flavor especially shows up in the aftertaste. It's interesting overall...I guess I was expecting something different from what I got. It does a well conditioned mouthfeel, one that isn't too hevay, light on it's feet for the ABV. Solid drinkability.

I must give Stone some credit for doing something different, even if it's something I only kind of like. In that respect, it's worth a try.

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!

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

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a very small egg-shell head, and very good lacing.

smell is of orange, floral, lemon, some caramel, hops, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, light grapefruit, hops, citrus, some caramel, pine, and a touch of pepper, ends very bitter.

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

As an English IPA it misses the style; it is an Imperial IPA . The ingredients were English, except the treated water, but the style is Imperial as implied in the spelling Emperial which implies something different has been done.

Aroma - Hops with no detectable malt

Appearance - gold with orange tint. Little to no head.

Flavor - aroma did not mis-lead all hops. Very little malt tasted. Long aftertaste of hops a little harsh and bitter.

Texture - light body but astringent.

Overall a strong hop tonic. Never sure what "drinkability" means (Bud Light?) but one was enough.

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

On tap at Al's of Hampden. The very fact that Stone is making an 8+% English IPA is quite funny to me....I am sure this one will piss some folks off!

A-Bright, golden orange-copper with a thick bright white head. Head reduces slowly to a thin cap that leaves nice lace.

S-Melon rind, herbal notes, grapefruit, hint of white pepper and a touch of cat box.

T-Assertive bitterness up front with strong notes of grapefruit rind, pine melon and subtle berry sweetness. Malt body is quite light and does not do much to in an attempt to balance the hop bill.

M-Medium bodied, quite sticky and resinous. Long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Good, but this one didn't do anything to wow me. I liked the flavours and the hop aggressiveness but nothing really impressed me. A solid, yet unremarkable beer from a brewery that knows how to make quality hop bombs. This one falls a bit short IMHO.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a gargoyle emblazoned 22 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Shows a hazy goldenrod in color with a frothy inch of bubbly off white foam. Offers very nice retention and lacing. A bit lighter than expected but pretty solid.

Nose is soapy through the foam with a hint of melon when first poured. Warming and exposure helps add a nice hop presence along with a light wheat sense and some subdued lemon. Becomes more intriguing as you delve into it, and offering a subtle yeast character later, working well with the hop notes. Still at odds for an IPA, English or otherwise.

Flavor offers a myriad of complexities as the beer warms and morphs. Initially an orange citric grain presence dominates. A light lemon sweetness follows and accompanies an expanding hop nose. Pretty smooth on the palate, neither bitter nor sweet. A bit dry perhaps nonetheless, yet that is an illusion as for the true nature of the beer.

Full bodied with a good feel of carbonation. Somewhat dry and chalky on the finish. A robust and interesting brew.

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

Poured from a 220z bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clean light amber hue with a decent head that leaves some lacing in the glass.

S: Floral (jasmine-like) and grassy, some sweet & earthy citrus notes in there too.

T: Similar to the smell with a powerful hoppy bitterness that comes through real nicely. There's some matliness there but not much in comparison to the hop - not to say it's out of balance by any means, just that the hop dominates this brew (as should be expected with Stone). Big time peppery citrus at the end - very lemony and grassy. Some insanely delicious stuff here.

M: Very rich - medium/full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Man, as much as I dig this stuff, I can't imagine drinking more than one or two of these - the 8.9% will catch up with you quickly. Easy to drink though, just dangerous.

Photo of vertigelt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like I'm first to review it on tap! Served up at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica.

A: poured much oranger than I'd expected. A light, bright orange with a finger of white creamy head that disipated quickly and left little lacing.

S: I smell a little bit of the pine others mention, but not much grass. Some tangerine and grapefruit. Light malt.

T: strong grapefruit bitterness, very little of the pine I smelled. Not a lot of complexity, just strong bitter hops. Malts? We don't need no stinking malts! Slightly medicinal finish. Not entirely unpleasant but very strong; finish lingers and lingers.

M: medium body, slightly thin for the boldness of the taste. Carbonation balances that thinness to a pleasant, well Dundee mouthfeel anyways.

D: I'll be honest. I don't need another one. I'm fine with assertive beers, but this one felt a little one-dimensional, and infind that overpowering. My palet is amped up but is ready for... Something else.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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

This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It's the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there's no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a full white head, very good retention, leaving nice lace.

S: Melon rind, hint of white pepper, green smelling.

T: Extremely bitter pine and grass flavours overall. Malt is very mild. Lots of bitter melon, white grapefruit, and pine.

M: Medium/full-bodied, sticky, resiny. Hoppy long aftertaste.

D: An OK DIPA, but for me it was just bitter without a complexity in the hop character which made me disinterested as I drank the beer. I always try the Stone Anniversaries, but I don't think I'll pick this up again, I like the overall idea though.

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

Bomber served cool into a pint glass.

14th is a hazy golden yellow color, classic American IPA actually, with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is so incredibly hoppy and wonderfully fresh. Great citrus and grass notes here.

Flavor is intense and hoppier than any other beer in this category by far. Big time grass flavor and tons of earthy bitterness. It's way different than any other IPA out there (imperial or emperial or whatever) that it has me taking sip after sip just to experience the unique style that Stone has basically invented.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Very bitter but not completely out of balance.

Overall an amazingly different beer. One that you soon won't forget. In fact, this may be a style that grows in popularity because of this particular example.

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

Beautiful pour of Hefe-weizen like cloudy golden color. Head is thick, creamy, and pure white.

Nose is lighter than anticipated, with some bready-biscuity notes & melon rinds.

Chalky dry on the palate with herbal & garden vegetable earthy hop flavors.

Intense flavor lasts awhile on finish

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

Note: a mis-spelling on the Emperial on here.

Pours a light apricot, golden color. Clean and clear. Large white, fluffy head at about 2 fingers. Settles to a collar of white, quick swirl with bring back the head.

Sharp aroma of spice and floral, wet biscuit, white pepper.

Quick light malt up front, followed by faint herbal. The bite picks up at the end. Minerally with hints of floral and soft citrus. Dry dry dry. Very nice.

At 8.9% avbv, it's not an easy drinker, but darn tasty.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there was a lot of hype to this one and even though I'm not the hugest fan of IPAs I had to give this one a spin.

The first thing I noticed with this one is the surprising smell I got from it in the bottle. It smelled so much like a strong Belgian brew. It had a peppery sweet smell you'd expect from the Belgian styles brews. After pouring this one in a goblet I got more of the hoppy greatness with small amount of malt. The Belgian smells seemed to disappear but a hint was still lingering.

The pour was a solid golden-yellow with a 1/2 head that lingered around the glass the whole drink. I wasn't exactly impressed with the the look but the taste made up for it. LOTS OF HOPS!!! I'm not usually a big fan of hops but this one is really wells balanced. the hops hit hard & fast and ends with a small malty peppery goodness. I had a hard time getting rid of the hoppy taste in my mouth. the lasting hoppy taste blew me away. this beer has a long lasting after taste.

GOOD BREW!!!!

Photo of DogFood11
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple bombers straight off the distributors dolly. Chilled it and served it to me-self!

Appearance is similar to a filtered hefe or Kristalweizen. Lots of racing, fine carbonation supports the head throughout.

Its most definitely extreme for anything English in the beer world. Sharp, Drying towards the middle, Spicy as hell towards the end. Lingering aftertaste changes and is complex. This is an amazing beer. Price is well within the range to seek out.

Notes: Loved it. Another winner from Stone.

Photo of pastradul
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. Stone always seems to impress. This is by far on of the most unique DIPAs I have ever tasted.

poured into a old gaurdian chalice. somewhat rough pour produces a ton of head. good 3 fingures worth. A nice hazy yellow with off white head, that leaves ton of lacing.

the smell is hops and... somethign else? sea salt, salt water...salty yeast? very ineresting.

the taste is more of that.... I honestly have never tasted anything like this... so I am at a lose for words? Has a great bitter hop finish that is expected... but everything before that is new to my palate.

get some of this and try it is all I can say.

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

I heard Stone was releasing a new addition so naturally, I had to try. Bought from a local market which specializes in hard-to-find craft beers.

First off, the hop aroma is overwhelming, which is to be expected from Stone. It's familiar territory, but wait!....what's this? A very complex yeast taste, not at all similar to other Stone offerings.

Color is golden. Head is immense. Taste changes as the beer warms. Citrusy, piney, sweet malty but then there's the almost indescribable earthy undertones which come [presumably] from the inclusion of a "rare English yeast" (as noted on the bottle - those Stone folks are always so kind to include a brief summery of characteristics of said beer).

Very complex and interesting. And I'll be honest--you can tell from the get-go the alcohol content is high. Though the malt is detectable from the first sip, this beer is sharp, bitter, and not candy-smooth. But nonetheless it is balanced. Definitely not to be wasted on a beer-community newbie who previously enjoyed "cocktails". This is beer as it was meant to be.

If you like bite in your beer and you appreciate complex hops, this brew's for you!

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Emperial" IPA. Pours a yellow gold with hint or orange and a short white head. Nice looking although head fades fast.

Nose is huge fruit esters. Big sweet candi sugar nose; huge assertive ripe banana. Smells like a rich Belgian which is what I would guess if I had it blind. Nose is super assertive and appealing.

Mouthfeel is creamy, big, bold and rich with wonderful balance. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel alone leaves you wanting more.

Initial impression is that it doesn't have the big fruity charachter and flavors that the nose promises, but on a second and third taste big sweet fruit and malt hits you hard on the very front palate before the flavors "explode into bitter."

The juxtaposition of sweet to big bold bitter is fantastic and give this beer lots of complexity.

Pine/grapefruit oil back palate and finish is appealing and long. The sweet to bitter character really works and this is the best of an "Emperial" IPA. I suspect that this is not one to age.

(Note, I've now looked at the bottle which says to drink fresh or age in the hull of a sea faring vessel for a year or more. Yes...I'll likely age a few myself "just to see what happens.")

This is a remarkably good, drinkable and versatile beer. I'm a Stone fan and I think that this is one of the better efforts! The sweet front is great; the bitter finish is huge and lasts forever. Nice!

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got this at Wally's in Westwood.

One finger white head. Hazy golden body with quick effervescent bubbles when inspected more closely. Head settles to a nice layer of foam on top that never goes away. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

The scent is spicy, earthy, and resin like with some orange rind/lemon citrus.

The flavor is a hop onslaught, but not the typical west coast hop onslaught you would expect from Stone. Floral, earthy, piney, spicy (pepper), dank, hints of grapefruit citrus, and tons of resin bitterness. REALLY BITTER!!! Don't mess with this stuff unless you like European hops and lots of them.

Full bodied, very well carbonated, and a massive hop bite on the end. Pretty dry finish. Totally ruins you palate. It coats your mouth in hop oils/resin. Almost like smoking a good cigar. Come to think of it, this might be a good cigar beer!

I don't know how much I could drink of this stuff mostly because of how much it ruins your palate, but it is very interesting and quite tasty. Making a high strength super hopped all english ingredient DIPA is a great idea, and it worked out quite well. I will definitely be buying more before it is gone.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.