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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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87
very good
574 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
755
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.1%
 
 
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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Appearance - This one is a beautiful orange in color with a light and fluffy head that screams of delicacy.

Smell - The hops are light and very fresh, sharp but easy on the nose. This is a complex and refined hop aroma that is hard to describe. It is very non-traditional and as I understand it made with British hops. There's a kind of citrus, fruit-like character to the nose but not the big orange or grapefruit that you find in a lot of American IPAs. It's not a hop monster like Ruination but more like if you take the lightness of a good British hopping then "Stone it up" about 100 degrees then there you have it.

The balance of the nose is near perfection and would be even more interesting with a year in the cellar to grow the malt a bit. Right now though it is still properly balanced if a bit on the hop side. There's a classic ESB-type of yeasty note to the malt base and a bit of sweetness that is again very pure and natural.

Taste - This travels true from nose to tongue. The hops seem more floral here and mate squarely with the sharpened ESB yeasty notes. The sugars up front are incredible and really not like anything I've had before. It is a very pleasant sugary kind of sweet flavor like sugar water.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer leaves its mark. It's borderline medium-bodied and not at all heavy like an American DIPA but OMG is this thing bitter. This is more bitter than any other Stone beer that I've had and is so dry it will make you scream uncle a few times. This is self-generating revenue here as every sips just makes you want to take another one.

Drinkability - I am a big fan of creativity and this is just amazing. It is so different yet so good and really was a very daring project that IMO could not have been done any better and certainly not by any other brewery. In almost every other case when an American brewer of "big beers" takes on a non-traditional style and beefs it up it is a holy mess, but here the folks at Stone showed why they are the top brewery on the West Coast.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool chill haze throughout the beer, very cloudy, bright yellow, chunky. Aroma was grassy hops different old world vibe to them, but New World quantities.

Taste was a real cool English style of a hoppy beer, paired with pale English malts, it works. Alcohol is hidden quite well. This one was a more unique but still very good anniversary beer Stone made, really stood out, would like to see them put it back into production one day.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich take on an imperialized IPA with long and profound bitterness, assertive but complex enough to hold its ground very well.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bomber. Screen-printed label with a design of the gargoyle raising the glass for Stone's 14th anniversary. Lengthy back narrative that surprisingly for Stone is quite informative and not tongue in cheek, with history, intent, brewing and ingredients overview. Notes bottling date (June 2010) with and indication to consume fresh or age in a boat for year or more. Shows Alc. by Vol. (8.9%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, with a generous frothy head, good retention, and some touches of lacing.

S - Hoppy salute with earthy and light spicy touches. Clean and enticing.

T - The hoppy salute is retained with that earthy and spicy range. The description on the bottle has it quite right, there is a minimal malty touch that gives space to a long and complex bitter finish. Pungent in a rich way.

M - Medium body with medium-low carbonation and a bitter and crisp journey to the finish.

D - The long bitterness works surprisingly well, and offers quite the complex range. Very pleasing in that context.

Notes: Nice anniversary offering from Stone. If one is curios about an stimulating bitter range, this sure is worth the try. Here´s to another 14 years!

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, saffron colored with a thick puff of slate suds. The stack dwindles with time, but leaves smears of lace all around.
Mowed weeds and wildflower aroma, with sizable backup from wet cement and aged cheddar. One part fresh-cut vacant lot, one part fresh-laid sidewalk, and one part artisan cheese-maker. All squeezed with lemon juice. I like it. And it works together, in its own weird way. Though, I have some questions as to how these same things would work in the mouth.

And now they get answered.

It eddies between the teeth, coating everything with a layer of shortbread primer. Here and there are dabs of caramel and honey. There's an out-there burst of fruitcake, then the talc-y, mineral-rich yeast/hard water takes over. Metallic, with pangs of chewed vitamins and calcium deposits. This seamlessly segues into the milkweed, wet grass, and cut clover sense of pulpy chlorophyll bitterness and astringency. A big, gin-fueled, booze-wave adds crescendo.
The body is big, but lightened with the persistent carbonation. Fleecy, full, rotund, but fully aerated.
They were going for different, and they absolutely got there. There is a lot of fascinating nuance here, but most of that gets usurped by the bludgeoning bitterness and booze. A slightly scaled-down version could be a revelation.

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Photo of birchstick
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a straw yellow with a one finger head

S - nose is citrusy hops with cookie malts and a potpourri bouquet

T - Very interesting taste. Starts off with a a little bit of the cookie malt backbone that is then dominated by a soapy, hoppy taste that is complemented by a lot of citrus. Finishes with the bitter dryness similar to an orange peel. Not bad - very overpowering hop flavors.

M - really smooth mouthfeel that is perfectly carbonated

D - This is a good IPA. Filled with citrus bitter hops that dominate the palate, leaving little room for the malts to show. Not a bad IPA, definitely different, but different isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: into a piraat chalice, looks fantastic, frothy bleach-white head atop a deeply hazed golden beer that looks very much like a yeasty hefeweizen, suspected as chill haze as the effect is reduced with warming, good retention

s: immediate punch of crushed sweettarts on the nose, pinapple, orange, kiwi, candied peach, big pale malt base with a thorough yeasty aroma, mineral, lemon-lime, like it much

m: carbonation low and smooth, body medium-full

t: first thought on the aroma was "what's the bfd", but all the chatter makes a little sense now...it's certainly an interesting flavor sensation, a powerful astringent bitter begins immediately and grows well into the finish - think somewhere between crushed aspirin and biting into a lemon rind, big body of ultra-pale malts - very clean, with a noticeable yeasty component, crisp mineral water, very citric

d: not a problem at first but this one begins to creep up on you quickly, the division makes sense, but it works for me, certainly unique

bomber from Whole Foods, Arlington, VA

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a couple of fingers of white head that stay on the scene for a while. The beer is a hazy yellow/orange color and distinctly lighter than I had imagined. Not that this comment means anything. Some light lacing.

Pretty fruity and citrus like in the nose.

Hop forward and back, lots of black pepper and lemon. Lots of citrus and a light malt profile that plays second fiddle. Very sweet.

Medium/Light body w/appropriate carbonation.

Interesting beer, but not among my favorite. Seemed to be fine, not memorable.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head.

S: Pretty much all hops with a hint of something tropical (mango?).

T: A lot of hops, but these taste different than the hops I'm used to. Slightly more oily and earthy. After the hops comes a buttery, peppery flavor that gradually fades into a smooth finish.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange. Stark white fluffy head, with bubbly lacing. This really just looks like a mimosa sitting in my glass. I'd give it a 4 if it were a hefe.

S - The smell is not very forward. It's fairly pleasant, with slight citrus notes and a sort of lingering bitterness.

T - Rather bitter throughout. It's not TOO bitter, it's just a hair off balanced. Mostly bitter, piney and acid, but not quite enough malts to combat the extremities of the hops.

M - Crisp and medium bodied. Works well enough for the style.

D - Easy to put the bomber away. It's interesting, and since it's a one time thing, nothing to get hung up on. Maybe with some age, or mock vertical it might be much better.

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

14th Anniversary Ale is gold in color. It's hazy, and has a copper tint when held to light. A foamy white head tops it off. It stands over two fingers tall, and is very slow to disappear. Thick waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Not bad at all.

The nose is intriguing. Hops are very strong in the mix and greet the nose first. It's an interesting hop profile to say the least. It certainly smells like some form of English hops. They're grassy, floral, earthy, and even a little spicy smelling. Interesting. There's a slight citrusy scent to it. Mostly lemon. Pale malts are easily noted and give it a bit of a sweet smell. I'll go above average on this one. It's pretty good, but I'm skeptical about the hop selection for this one.

The flavor is likewise above average. It has a nice, sweet pale malt base that anchors things down pretty well. There's a hint of toasted malt, and a very slight caramel flavor. The hops have a really interesting flavor, but I'm not crazy about it. It's definitely a mix of English hop varieties that have a very earthy, floral, and grassy flavor. There's a little citrus lemon, and a bit of spiciness. It's very bitter. But, the hop flavor is not that great. Definitely could've been better. It almost has an astringent-like flavor to it. Alcohol is masked pretty well. It finishes bitter, grassy, and very dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation is mid-range. It has a smooth feel overall and goes down nicely. Drinkability is just above average. The flavor's okay, but not great. The hop flavor grows tiring pretty quick. I'll finish the bomber, but that's enough for me.

14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is probably my least favorite Stone anniversary release (of the ones I've tried). It's alright, but isn't a great effort. The hop profile is its biggest shortcoming. The end flavor just isn't that great. I'm also not sure the "English IPA" label is appropriate. It seems far too big and brash to be a real English IPA. It's alright. Definitely worth a try. But, I'm already looking forward to 15th Anniversary getting things back on track.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Binny's Downtown on our recent trip baseball trip to Chicago.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking fluffy white head with good retention. Perfectly clear amber yellow in color with zero carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A slight wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. The second pour is slightly cloudy as well.

SMELL: Some pale malts and melon notes, along with some hints of citrus and floral aromas in the background. A little mild, but nice enough.

TASTE: Some pale malt up front and some piney grapefruit notes. Relatively piney through the middle as well, into a piney and bitter hop finish. Mild but lingering bitter, piney aftertaste is quite nice. A little one dimensional with all those piney flavors, but it's tasty and definitely bolder than the nose indicated.

PALATE: Medium body but quite light on the palate. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the back, and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Not sure how English this is at almost 9% ABV, but regardless, this is a pretty tasty beer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's definitely a "pine-bomb," but if you're into that, then this will do the trick. Other than that, this is not out of the ordinary, and is simply a decent beer by a more-than-decent brewery. I'd take a Ruination over this, and over a lot of other beers actually, but give this one a go if you're into piney hop flavors.

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Golden lemon yellow body. Tall, thick, mushroom cloud of beige-white head. Good lacing and retention. Lots of herbal, spicy, minty hops on the nose. Some sea air mixes in. Sugar cookie malt and tropical fruit aromas fill out the rest.

Big, aggressive hop bitterness up front. Minty, herbal, grassy, and even a little cat pee. Boozy tropical fruit malts fill out underneath. Sweet, creamy, and fruity, with a little honey. Malt can't quite balance the big raw hoppiness though. Full-bodied with a creamy, soft feel. Big time lingering bitterness with a touch of residual fruit sweetness. Abrasive and interesting. Not something I would drink everyday though. Happy 14th!

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Photo of kwjd
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy orange colour with huge fluffy white head and tons of lacing. Nice enough head retention. Smell is strongly of herbal/floral hops. Bitterness hits hard in the taste, unlike most English IPA's. Lots of fresh herbal hop flavour with some mild citrus. Nice biscuit malt too. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but it is a really winner for me.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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

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.

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

This limited edition Double pours hazy yellow-orange in appearance. Nice fluffy white head that seems to be leaving some impressive lacing on the glass.

Smell is citrusy and fruity with orange zest combining with a metric (since they're English) boatload of hops creating an aroma that most hopheads would find very appealing.

Taste is more of the same. It's almost like somebody walked by your beer and queezed an orange over the top of it. After that the hops rush in and throw a few punches.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice low lying carbonation.

A bomber is no problem as far as far as drinkability goes.

Morey's Bottom Line: An impressive double worth treating yourself to. Somewhat unique citrus flavor. Reminds me of an amped up two hearted.

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one was hiding in the back of the fridge. It pours a fairly clear, straw golden yellow color. There was about a finger of white head on it that leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose on this one! Floral and spicy hops are predominant. I get a little yeastiness too. The taste is good. Not much bitterness left, in fact a touch of sweetness poking through. Malts, perhaps a touch of orange, earthy, spice, a touch of breadiness. Very Nice!

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Photo of Florida9
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at Rattle & Hum in New York City. They listed it as a double IPA but Beer Advocate (and Stone) both characterize this as an English IPA. I tend to agree with the former.

In general I liked this beer a lot and found it to be a very good low alcohol double ipa. Light color and cloudy with with a very good and strong hop aroma. A little heavy on the heat, especially for an 8.9 abv. i can't wait to find this in a bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bomber from BevMo today for $5.99.

Beer poured an golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that is long lasting - 4.5.
Nose is bready malts with hints of citrus hops - 3.5.
Taste buds were initially met by those bready malts well balanced by lemon zest hop. Pepper lingers in the background - 4.5.
Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and pretty darn smooth - 4.0.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol was felt on the initial sip but it is not noticeable after.
This is a well balanced brew, the recipe is very good. I like the ramped up English ingredients - I am sure our friends in the UK would love to sample this! Glad to have tried!

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.