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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 741
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Dated June 2010 (consume fresh or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more)
I dont know about all that but Its being consumed after 19 months, recently bought of a shelf.

A- Pours incredibly hazy light orange with yellow on the edges. A nice two finger head with decent retention. (note: This beer has a lot of trub and other particles that only made it into the second pour)
S- Certainly a unique IPA. Lots of spicy dark fruits as well as citrus like grapefruit and lemon. Figs, mangoes and other oddities. Smells overly ripened and a little funky. A light caramel feel to the smell.
T- Tastes exactly like it smells. Theres a lot of old ripened fruits like grapefruit and mangoes and raisins. Light caramel, but this beer is all about the hops, and the yeast too. I think a lot of the bitter character has died with age but its still ever present here.
M- This bitter, but silky smooth IPA is a great drinker. Perfect carbonation, A full and coating mouth feel, Leaves behind a lot of bitterness. Smooth malts and a funky hop feel balance rather well. A little warming.
O- This another great IPA offering from Stone, too bad it has come and gone but it wont be forgotten. I has a smooth body, a warming feel and a hoppy funk that I have never really experienced.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 10:14:42 | More by TwelveOunces
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled June 2010. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal spices, floral, some pine resin, and light spicy alcohol. Fairly nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, herbal spiciness, pine resin, biscuit, honey-like sweetness; and other light fruits. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal spice, pine, and bread on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden at 8.9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall, for being and DIPA, this has held up quite nicely since 2010. Nice hop flavor profile is still present; with nice flavor balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 07:57:40 | More by superspak
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada signature tumbler. Label says June 2010.

A- Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a 3/4 inch head that retains shortly before it becomes just a 1/4 inch sheer head. Melty lacing.

S- Smells funky like bleu cheese with hops in the background.

T- Highly bitter but citrusy enough to provide balance and meaning. Intense grapefruit notes abound with high levels of alpha acids. This is a hop bomb but has a crisp, fruity bite rather than an earthy, herbal one. After multiple sips, the chaos evolves into a controlled balance and becomes very easy to drink.

M- Tight, dry and snappy. Medium-high carbonation has held up well in the bottle.

O- Amazing. Cracked at the perfect time.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:02:03 | More by Immortale25
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger frothy white head on a murky golden body. Wet sock hop and lemon aroma. Some pine notes. Flavor is mostly piney hops, a little bitter. A little paper-like. The hops are subtle, more so than I expected. medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor grows on you as you drink it. It is definitly different than I expected with a much stronger floral note to the flavor than I usually see in imperial IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:07:00 | More by kylehay2004
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Marked June 2010.

Appearance - Big white foamy head with decent retention and very erratic patchy stick. Opaque yellow-orange body with tons of floating yeast nodules.

Smell - Band-Aids. Peach? Very yeasty. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter and fishy. Some lime peel and something like yogurt and bread. Strange. Reminds me of Orval for some reason. Underlying maltiness like maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Good bite and mild astringency. Head offers plenty of froth.

Overall Drinkability - Complex. Different. Makes me want to travel time and have an old school IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 19:41:53 | More by ZenAgnostic
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cloudy straw-yellow haze with floating green hop chunks, Emperial IPA opens with a fruity, hoppy, effervescent nose bubbling over with not the expected pungent grapefruits and pines one would expect from a beer with, reportedly, 100 IBUs, but a floral, almost bubble-gum like sugary rosewater flair, as if rose petals and rose hips had been infused into a light grapefruit spritzer, then sprinkled with Candi sugar. Touches of toast crust provide grounding, but the beer is largely sugary in aroma, and so saturated with sugars that the bottle's mouth is sticky. The effect is enticing, but strangely so, the aromas not quite resembling those of a beer, but still delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a brown sugar rush, then moves quickly into a bitter, hop-based middle, the hops providing pine and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus notes. Hints of anise and pepper linger in the background, and the soft palate burns gently under the 100 IBUs. A good toast and biscuit base helps offset the sugary bitters, and brown sugars bring sweeter notes, joined by touches of orange liqueur and apricot. The aftertaste is largely bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with hints of toasted wheat stems, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensations on the tongue.

Overall, this is excellent fare, though I suspect many will find the hops overpowering, especially in their tendency to reproduce stem and twig flavors, as if one was eating the plant as well as drinking the plant infusion. Still, the beer is nicely balanced, the hops providing a lovely palate of mingling and delicious flavors, and the malts bringing good fruit esters and biscuit flavors. Well worth trying, and a beer worthy of being bottled again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:35:34 | More by jondeelee
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warnerry

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:29:31 | More by warnerry
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow gold with a thin white head. Lots of floaties in this one as well.

Some citrus and earthy hops with not much malt bill.

Starts off with a slight citrus flavor. Ends up with pungeant earthy hops. Very little malt to be found.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both solid.

The aftertaste limits drinkability a touch. I liked this one slightly better when fresh, but still an ok beer a year later.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:13:40 | More by jmarsh123
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ghwolf

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an over-sized bottle, this IPA was middle golden in color with a noticeable beer head, light yellow in appearance. The aroma, dominated by hops, had slight fruity subtlety. The flavor was a full-bodied characterized by strong notes of hops and some latent alcohol, owing to its high 8.9ABV. The taste remained consistent throughout the experience. The beer has a smooth feeling on the palette.
Because of the size of the bottle (22. oz), there may be a tendency for the beer to get warmer; however the taste is not compromised. If anything, the hops taste is more pronounced.

The high ABV may mean that it's best to drink just one in order to enjoy fully the complexities of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 13:21:56 | More by ghwolf
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albertjr21

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Taken from notes) 2010 bottle enjoyed on 6.26.11 in a snifter.

A beautiful glowing peach-yellow golden color with a very foggy look (likely due to the sediment I may have stirred when negotiating this from the fridge). Aroma is a deep and delectable citrus blend of sweet ripe orange and peach nectar. There's no doubt that from start to finish, there's a hop cornucopia in my glass. The appropriate malt is present to hold the reins on the bitter wave that breaks down on the palate. Notes of peppery peak ripe tangerine citrus and pine fill the bitter taste here.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:58:24 | More by albertjr21
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated June 2010, Poured October 24,2011 into a flute glass.

Appearance: A cloudy, light golden amber with a 1/8 inch white head.

Smell: Smell of grapefruit, and rich pine. True essence of hops but doesn't cling they way some might like it to.

Taste: Bitter but super tasty of pine and grapefruit. Smooth hoppy feel to it which some might have mixed reaction to. I like the after taste as well definitely made for true hop-heads with the intention of saying "I need more".

Mouth: Great after taste, not too carbonated which in my opinion is great for this type of beer. Flavor is sticky doesn't leave so easily emphasizing the word "emperial".

Overall: Incredible beer wish I could find more but seems to be a limited release. Take your time drinking it might not like it right away if you do good luck finding more.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:53:44 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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salvo

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a year-old bomber at VBS in Lafayette. Tons of brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle slightly distrubed on the ride home.

Poured yellow/green over straw with more head that I was expecting (having read some reviews before pulling the trigger on buying). The closest I've had was a new wet-hopped ale form Idaho I described as "hop tea." This is similar with all piney hops in the nose. Taste follows with very little discernable malt presence. It's aged quite well, but with this much hop bitterness now after a year, I would have enjoyed a shot at it when it was new.

Doen't finish particularly complexly or long: it's just a really nice lighter hop bomb. I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I filtered it or waited for the sediment to settle a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:42:04 | More by salvo
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ehammond1


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 04:59:08 | More by ehammond1
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow topped with an large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and a hint of pineapple, aroma is subtle in nature.

T- Bitter hops that slowly builds to a crescendo of hop bitterness, somewhat balanced out by a quick note of sweet pineapple. The finish is dry, clean and with a lingering bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation, the body has a slightly viscous feel to it, not unpleasant but noticeable.

O- Solid effort, could use a little more balance to make it more interesting though. The 8.6% ABV shows up a little as it warms in the form of some heat in the finish,

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:28:50 | More by ToddT
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Dmann

California

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 06:20:31 | More by Dmann
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:19:20 | More by emmasdad
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:10:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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KYBrewgrass

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.5 Dark golden orange, hazy color. Minimal whitish head on the pour. There's yeast sediment present that slowly nestles to the bottom of the glass. Relatively sticky lacing.

S - 4 The aroma is nice. There is a definite citrus and hop presence, and it also smells a little strong (boozy). It's not overbearing by any means.

T - 4 The flavors really open up as this one warms. A hoppiness up front turns to a citrus/grapefruit bomb in the middle of the drink. There's a malty syrup-like taste to balance this fairly well, and I get a bit of yeast in there also.

M - 3.5 This is medium in body, maybe just above, but is somewhat syrupy and leaves a dry finish. Carbonation is sufficient.

D - 3.5 This is more of a sipper than a drinker for me. It is a nice, tasty brew, but not one that I could pound. One of the bombers would be perfect for a slow, easy-going afternoon or evening out on the deck. It sits heavy for me, so that is why I'd leave it at that. Very nice effort all-around, though. I'd probably be just as happy, if not happier, with Ruination for example... Glad I picked it up nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 14:18:37 | More by KYBrewgrass
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out as a lightly hazy golden color, the head was pretty thick and left behind a good lacing too. The smell of the has a great amount of hops on the nose, giving off a piney citrus aroma that to me smell really good. The taste of the beer follows up with the smell. The flavors of citrus fruits and some pine blend together to make a very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a dry tingly feeling. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Looking forward to the next Anniversary.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 18:14:31 | More by Knapp85
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Stretch270

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into tapered Stone glass

Appearance - a very clouded light amber color with a bubbly thick cream colored head.

Smell - certainly the hops come across in the smell both in the nostrils and the back of the throat.

Taste - fir fans of imperial IPA I think this will be an enjoyable beer to try. What you ask for when it comes to imperial is hops and Stone never fails to impress. It combines nicely with a fruitiness, almost apricot like that gives the beer a nice balance of flavor as opposed to pure bitterness.

Mouthfeel - what I really enjoy about this beer is that the carbonation doesn't weigh too much on the tongue. It allows you to focus on the flavor. That is not to say there isn't carbonation because there is, but that the carbonation doesnt mask the wonderful hoppsy flavor.

Overall - stone IPA's hold a special place in my heart, and the 14th anniversary dies a fantastic job at defining an emperial IPA. That said, it is not doing anything to redefine, which is what i imagine 5's are reserved for. Regardless, it reminds me of the Stone tours hops room and just brings a smile to my face.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 06:48:03 | More by Stretch270
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean golden yellow with flashes of orange and lively bubbles of carbonation that dance below the foamy, feather white head that very patiently leaves a hearty lacing behind.

Citrus and floral hops traditional of an American IPA as well as the citrus yeast more traditional of an English style as advertised. There is also some sweetness hidden in there as well as citrus zest.

The flavor offers similar citrus hop bite accompanied by the same yeast as the aroma, with even more citrus character and floral hops with hints of spice.

Medium bodied that went down smooth. Definately a good summer beer that I had on a nice cool day with an ocean breeze. Perfect beer to chill to.

Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:29:36 | More by FARGO619
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:16:50 | More by buschbeer
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes...22 oz. chug into a pint glass...aroma is definitely different than the regular "Stone IPA" wheel (a great wheel nonetheless). Big malt tempered by hops, but as they say on the bottle, it's more of an English type of bitterness than a classic West Coast IPA like many of their brews. Strong beer...the alcohol isn't masked quite as well as it could be. It's its own beer though, and I dig it. Great mouthfeel. Unique beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:38:42 | More by chicagoabbot
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colts9016

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass at 44 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy creamy ivory head that is one in half fingers thick. The head left some lacing on the glass and it has good retention. The color of the beer is coppery orange with amber highlights. The clarity of the beer is hazy wit yeast partials and there is a fair amount of carbonation bubbles too.

Nose: A very floral, fruity, grapefruit, and pine nose; however, it is way different from American hops. The malt is lightly toasted and his a biscuit notes. Other aromas are musty dank, yeast, phenols, and a touch of solvent.

Taste: A full body hop profile with only English hops, wow. The hops is fruity esters and floral for the main component and a hint of pine. Other flavors are dank basement, yeast, phenols, and a touch of solvent.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, carbonated, and warming. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer is really different, the use of English hops is done well; however when the beer gets warmer it take on a musty cheese flavor. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:41:20 | More by colts9016
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dhartogs

Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a nice orangish color, with a decent head. Nice smell, not too hoppy, well balanced citruis smell.

Now the taste. The first sip was OK, but then I let it linger and the after taste of strong grapfruit rind lingered and lingered to the point where it was un appealing. The more I drank the more bitter and dry my mouth got. I like hops but this was a bit too much, to the point where I could not finish this beer. Seems like it needed a litte more malt to balance this attack of grapefruit rind.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:11:21 | More by dhartogs
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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