Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
The aroma is straight citrus hops, slight hints of other fruits but also a decent amount of earthiness and herbal hops follow. Slight hints of pine as well.
The taste is initially not amazing, but this beer grows on you with every sip. The malt body is not as thick as I expected (but upon research according to Stone, classic English IPAs weren't as malt dominated as today's examples). The lack of caramel malts is apparent; just straight English pale ale malt. Hops start the taste profile, citrus, then earthy, then floral, then piney resiny hops. Delicious. Really improves as it warms up. The English malts although subtle are now detectable and you can tell how much better they are then traditional American 2 or 6-row; light biscuity notes are also detectable.
Not your "traditional" malty English IPA but I really appreciate this style because I love English hops and American IPAs make me nauseous now because they all taste like the C hops and this is a great change of pace. Alcohol isn't detectable at all which is dangerous and why it took my about a half an hour to type this w/o making any typos and I still probably made a few.
09-17-2010 21:43:03 | More by claspada
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
07-10-2010 02:31:56 | More by RoyalT
2.75/5 rDev -28.6%
A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. At first a tow finger white head forms, but recedes in a second to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left though.
S: Citrus and grassy hops up front. Herbal and medicinal. Slightly soapy with a lingering spicy aroma.
T: Very piny and resiny up front this time. Citrus lingers. Rough grainy malt that tries to balance everything out. Medicinal and soapy with a lingering spiciness. Very hot with an ethanol like quality.
M/D: A medium body with rough and prickly carbonation. Hot ethanol that is just rough. Hard to drink.
This did not do it for me. If Stone wants to imitate English brewers again, I say they make a beer that has more nuance and subtlety. This is somewhat crass, very rough, and unpleasant.
07-24-2010 23:02:36 | More by champ103
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
A: poured a pale yellow with slight orange highlights that had a half finger head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass.
S: lovely citrus grapefruit aromas alongside piney hops that stand out with a good malt presence and hints of grass.
T: very nice piney hops upfront with citrus grapefruit that propels the overall bitterness and good sweet malts that balance out the hop bomb.
M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation that had a great hop bitter finish that lingered on the palate.
D: another great drinkable hop bomb from stone brewery that has a different take on the IPA using only british ingredients but has a san diego stlye hop punch. This beer is actually really bitter.
06-22-2010 06:20:48 | More by Gobzilla
4.08/5 rDev +6%
A: Slightly hazy orange/yellow color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with excellent retention to a rocky 1 finger cap. Thick lace almost sheets the entire glass.
A: Big floral hops; grapefruit, citrus and pine. Sweet, bready malt in the backgroiund.
T: Big bitter up front followed quicly by sweet, bready malt. A sharp, lingering bitter finish. wWarming alcohol
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and bitter. Bitter.
D: I like a big bitter. Need a bunch to balance this one. ABV keeps it from being too drinkable in any quantity.
07-08-2010 01:45:39 | More by Haybeerman
4/5 rDev +3.9%
A cloudy yellow amber color with a solid white cover and very nice lacing. The aroma brings a buttery nut pine hop. Very nice! The taste offers a frisky citrus-pine hop blend with butterscotch toffey with a leafy bite. It's medium bodied with a crisp feel. It's fairly drinkable for the style and a pretty refreshing brew with nice hop personality.
12-21-2010 05:53:57 | More by Durge
4.08/5 rDev +6%
A- Pours a nice golden yellow/orangish color with a large off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention qualities.
S- The aroma is pale malts with some earthy and spicy hops. I like the aroma, I isn't going to knock your socks off like most Stone beers but the aroma is very well balanced.
T- The taste like the aroma is solid all the way around. Sweet malts up front, with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. The hops don't provide a tongue scorching bitterness like some of their other IPAs, but it does provide a solid amount of bitterness that provides more flavor than anything. Very nice!
M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I came away very impressed with this offering. I think it is a very well-crafted beer that I would love to see as a year round offering someday. Highly recommended!
08-09-2010 02:43:33 | More by cjgator3
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you're in the mood for major hops.
08-06-2010 23:52:30 | More by drpimento
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June 2010.
(A)- Pours a clear golden hue that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention behind it. Some tiny bits of lacing left behind.
(S)- A big resin-like pine dryness up front with plenty of lime citrus with a twist of pineapple. A light honey sweetness.
(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A big resin-like pine dryness up front with lime and pineapple.
(M)- A good carbonation level. Very very much a hop forward beer with massive pine resin and citrus. This actually gets rather bitter as it goes on; very very bitter!
(D)- A fun beer that I enjoyed in a style often overlooked by the more popular American DIPA. Fits the style it is in well, but gets really bitter the more I have of it, but its still enjoyable.
07-12-2010 00:01:34 | More by sweemzander
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
I'd been waiting to open this since it was released. It poured a lot like a Saison or Farmhouse ale, with less foaming. It pours a very murky golden, straw yellow with a slight cream colored head. The smell is an intricate mix of floral aromas, hoppiness, and even marijuana. It drinks very well. It's a dry hoppiness in the after taste and it is intensely hoppy. It's definitely a "lighter" take on the IPA, both in color and body. I'd even say it's more impressive than the Ruination. It drinks very crisp and fresh. Moderate carbonation leaves this one feeling perfect. This is an excellent beer. And as the bottle says, either drink fresh or drink just after a year.
Here is my review a full five months later:
I had this beer fresh and loved it so I wanted to try it again, some six months later. It still looks great. It's a fluorescent orange in color, very cloudy, and had a soapy half finger head to it with a good amount of sediment floating around. It kind of looks like FFF Apocalypse Cow, which I'm also a big fan of. The aromas are still floral but the sweetness has definitely inserted itself. It smells sticky sweet. The flavor is full of pine and citrus and seems dry hopped. After more and more I get some orange out of it along with the floral hops. It's leaving me with cotton mouth. Perhaps this was Stone's plan...force you to come back for more. Regardless, it works. It isn't as carbonated as it once was but still drinks moderately crisp and pretty smoothly. I still like this but it was much better fresh. I recommend this one. Drink it as soon as you can.
07-14-2010 05:11:18 | More by aasher
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-22-2010 06:58:11 | More by cokes
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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
09-03-2010 03:18:31 | More by blackie
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
I am always game for a Stone Anniversary beer, especially an IPA. This was billed as sort of English but it is clearly a Stone style hopped up IPA which is a good thing!. This had a nice smell, bitter taste of citrus, a bit of malt, hoppy with a bit of kick from the alcohol. This was my third bottle and I couldn't help but to knock it back quick fast in a hurry. I still wish they would recreate the 10th anniversary because that was their best beer in my opinion.
07-06-2010 03:27:54 | More by ArrogantB
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a hazy yellow laced with snowy white flakes and settles into a burnt orange capped by a foamy white head. There is a lot of sediment near the bottom.
S: Smells very yeasty, almost moldy, with hints of something unpleasant like mildew. This is uncharacteristic of Stone so I’m fairly certain this is an ill preserved bottle. It doesn’t smell very hoppy, but does have hints of orange and lemon as well as bready, biscuit malts.
T/M: Taste throws you for a loop after the aroma; it’s a heavy texture right away, hops are prominent up front and are thick but not very bitter, some oranges sneak through followed by bready malts. It feels very heavy on the tongue.
All around, this is a good IPA but I may have received a poorly preserved bottle.
07-21-2011 22:10:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a good but quick dying head on top of an orange-tinted gold body. Smell is extremely hoppy with citric and grape notes yet a strong sugary malt smell like maple for some reason. A really hoppy and bread/biscuit taste but is really balanced with a citric, juicy taste and finishes dry and crisp. Lemony and sour apple like taste flavors yet not sour or tart; sweetness is minimal but there and there's a tad bit of huskiness in the finish from some roasted malts. A good beer, although I found hops and dryness a little overpowering. Still a good beer.
07-27-2010 12:55:02 | More by clayrock81
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Picked up during a foray into the territory of the hapless (Brewers) recently. Man, I like living within 20 miles of the state line, it's amazing what Wisconsin gets that MN doesn't, & vice versa.
Poured into my Foothills pint glass, a very nice, sunset-colored, sour-lemon-looking yellow that offsets the yellow of the Foothills logo very well (man, there's gotta be less Project Runway on in the background while I'm around). Smell is wild, aggressive lemon-spritz, Sierra Mist with lemons ringing the glass. Slightly sour, but really, really nice.
The taste of Stone 14th Anniversary doesn't quite live up to that divine smell. The lemony, citrusy hops flare up like a sun-spot, but they're leavened with a chunk of earthiness that brings the hops down to earth, so to speak. Bits & pieces of orange, too. Flash of bitterness ends the experience hoppily.
The earthiness dulls the taste a bit but amps up the drinkability, allowing it to be swilled with impunity. Nice.
Excellent beer Smells great, tastes really good, easy to drink. The earthy hoppage took some getting used to, but I warmed up to them in the end.
09-19-2010 02:46:01 | More by maximum12
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
07-23-2010 00:14:19 | More by alexgash
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-18-2010 02:15:26 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev +3.9%
fresh color from fathead's.
A-pours an extremely murky orangish amber color with tons of dense white head leaving solid lacing.
S-nose is interesting, doughy bread with some funkiness to it, melon rind, honeydew.
T-much more towards a traditional english ipa, sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, honeydew and a little melon rind, hints of herbal and grassy hops in the back, moderate to strong bitterness in the finish.
M-soft but very grainy palate, syrupy and thick, moderate carbonation.
D-nicely balanced with good malt body and strong hop presence in the back. quite enjoyable and pretty unique, all in all a very good beer.
07-13-2010 00:18:56 | More by cpetrone84
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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