Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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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 HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/28/2010

Bottle purchased at Stone. I've had this on cask and tap, now it's time to try it from the bottle. Pours a magnificent yellow orange with a big, thick, and frothy head which has excellent retention and leaves scattered lacing. There's a slight haze to the beer. The color reminds me of a wheat beer, I don't recall having seen an IPA/DIPA/EIPA of this color. Very interesting.

The aroma exhibits a nice blend of citrus, floral, and earthy notes. The citrus is redolent of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The earthiness is decidedly English in character and there's a noticeable spiciness. The malt is bready. The aroma is great.

The flavor opens with a burst of upper moderately bitter citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit) that segues into a tantalizing and restrained bready/biscuit/caramel sweetness that compliments the aggressive hop profile quite well. The finish is earthy, with floral notes, finishing with a strong bitterness, a little alcohol, and a lingering taste of orange pith and grapefruit rind. The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel.

This is essentially a San Diego Pale Ale with a slight English flair. Purists will probably not like it, but I can't argue with my taste buds, I loved it.

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Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. Not sure what to make of the nose. Obviously, one picks up a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness, mostly consisting of black pepper and dank earth, but also pine and even some barnyard funk. Kind of an odd mixture of aromas....

The barnyard funk, dank earth and pine come on strong on the palate, but then there's literally a tidal wave of hoppy bitterness that completely dominates the flavor profile. This leads to a very dry, very bitter finish. The bitterness is so intense, you really don't pick up much alcohol (at least I don't), so I was a bit surprised to learn the abv. is nearly 9% in this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, and there's no doubt this beer delivers plenty of flavor, and has a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK at best. Frankly, even though I consider myself a hophead, this just struck me as too much of a good thing. The bitterness really wears out the palate, and it was a struggle finishing off the small glass I ordered.

Just not my cup of tea.... guess you can't expect any brewery to hit a homerun every time.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: super cloudy light orange body with two fingers of frothy light-ivory foam. A chunky lace is left as I drink down the glass. I actually quite approve of the appearance.

Smell: aroma brings plenty of earth and funk to the table. Hops are very vegetabley and not a lot of malt is brought to the table. It's OK, but I feel like it could be better.

Taste: an interesting beer. Lots of funk and earth remain. There's also a really big citrus undertone to the aforementioned characteristics. Malt character shows up a little toward the end but it by no means the centerpiece here. Alcohol is noticeable. Still, I rather enjoy it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty solid mouthfeel, in my opinion. There's plenty of carbonation so there's plenty of creaminess. Enjoyable.

Drinkability: well, the wallop of earthiness and funk that hits you with the nose and at the first sip would typically be a little bit of a distraction from the drinkability, but with the later citrus notes this beer is surprisingly refreshing considering its hop composition and its ABV. Quaffable, if not sessionable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit/piney hop nose. Flavor is grapefruit and hints of caramel, lingering grapefruit/piney finish. There are better Imp IPAs like DFH Burton Barton. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

A: Poured an orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Bitterness,light pepper English malts and grass

T: Bitterness and grass. Some English malt and perhaps some melon with light pepper

M: Medium to full bodied with plenty of hop bite

D: Wont go back to this and my least fav of the Stone Anny beers so far

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

(Served in a nonic)
This beer has a slight hazy orange body with a thick creamy dense head that last a good spot. There is a sea of slow tiny bubbles that work their way to the surface.
S- The aroma of earthy woody green hops is full and dark with a weedy herbal note that finishes with a grassy note. There is a light green flowery quality to the hops that is very green.
T- The dark pungent hops have a mild pepper note to it and not really bitter but more mellow but still very green. There is a slight pale malt note in the dry finish. The musty quality to the hops linger with a dark mellow bitterness in the finish.
M- The beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft carbonic acid bite and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has big dark hops but they are mellow and not as sharp as American hops yet still has a bright pungent quality. This is a nice twist to the IPA with a good hop depth and the malt support is soft but not buried. This is a big beer but an easy sipper.

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

A 650 mL bottle from Al's of Hampden. Tried it on tap but didn't take notes.

A: The EIPA is a golden yellow color, bright with a residual cold temperature haze. A two and a half finger head left fingers of lace all around my glass.

S: Lots of hops, flowery herbs, running throughout the ale. Grasses drive the herbal element, the aromas are intense with a resiny thickness. No word from the biscuity malts.

T: Sharp and bitter. An English IPA? The Queen would be pissed. The ale has an all-American hop profile, big and strong just with different flavors. The grassy hops, with a floral bouquet, strike the right note above a biscuity, pale grain base. They bite without being too boozy, although the strength does sneak up on you.

M: Floral, herbal, nuanced. These hops are strong but different from most DIPAs (I consider this an EDIPA, take that traditionalists!).

D: Slow and steady wins this race. The hoppiness, intensely strong, is unusual. I like it in smaller quantities.

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

A: Poured a hazy bright lemon-tangerine with a glossy white 1 finger head that displayed good retention. Visible carbonation was very light, of broken intermitted occurrences of bubbles lazily rising upwards. The lacing was modest, spongey isolated patches providing fair coverage.

S: The EKG provides a light spiciness with some tropical fruit notes of pineapples and orangepeels while the malting offers a light, almost wheaty "wit" type of aroma with a generous portion of white malts that was light.

T: Spicy tangerines are set against a monstrous wheat palate. Tart lemon-citric tones soon move in with an abundance of hops on the finish of flowery grapefruit oranges and some dried tropical fruitiness. What the nose lacked the flavor delivered hop-wise 2 fold. Definitely one of the more aggressively hopped english style ipa that ive tasted which shared good regards with a large, almost wit style malt profile. The flavor leaves an favorable impression of grapefruit and orange flowery hops on the fade. Overall a very bold move flavorwise.

M: The mouthful was sharp and crisp, a good indication per style, with a bubbly and creamy texture realized on longer holds offering some edginess.

D: Drinks almost like an hoppy wit, some alcohol detection, but otherwise good overall.

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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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

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!

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

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach colour with a fluffy, bright white cap. Great head retention, lots of clumpy/streaky lace that really clung to the glass. Fruity, citrusy aroma, grassy and a bit floral, almost like sniffing freshly ground hop pellets in character. There's a bit of pineapple as it warms, it's a little powdery, slightly catty, with some doughy malt in the background. The flavour started with some malt presence, but as this disappeared all I was left with was a sharp, herbal bitterness followed by a significant amount of alcohol flavour and warmth, a little white pepper in the finish. There were grapefruit and lemon hop notes, some fruitiness, and a dry maltiness mid-palate. Medium bodied with somewhat creamy carbonation. Not bad, but not one of my favs out of the Stone anniversary releases.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazey oarneg skin and copper with a spritzy head that lasts only after a few sips.

The aroma is piney, heavy citrus, and rustic Prairie grass hops with some heavy toasted malt aromas. But the malts are definetly overwayed by the hops.

The taste is complex with hop bitterness. You get some earthy grass from an open prairie. Then you have lots fo citrus zest, mayve even some lime peel aromas. The hops play with or trick some of these aromas around a bit. Some fresh baked bread with lots of gypsum and baking soda makes some of the orange zest taste like cherry flavored oranges. I know this sounds bizarre, but thst what I tasted at times. Very interesting But isn't all that exceptional eithe rin the end.

The palate can be a bit overly astringent, but not too bad.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention is very good, and there's also a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice but a bit light, I can smell lemon peel, citrusy hops, bready malt and also some pine hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like citrusy, spicy and grassy hops, peppery spice, lemon peel and some bready malt. This brew is definitely more hoppy than malty, but that's not much of a surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating, finishes dry and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's certainly easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, not bad at all.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying to make room in the cellar.

Pours a murky deep apricot with a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving thick lacing. Visible chunks are present.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness in the background accompanying pine, and substantial doughy malt ties things together. Surprised it's still this hoppy.

Orange, tangerine, and bitter pith flavors emerge first. Bitterness is quite high throughout. Citrus is accompanied by floral hops to dominate the profile. The finish is fairly dry and peppery. Grassy, earthy notes emerge as out warms. Caramel malt adds a substantial sweetness initially, but is dominated by hops in the finish.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

More citrus character than anticipated. Very bitter.

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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)

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Photo of bark
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hops dominate the smell: Grape fruits, resin, fruity lemon sourness, pineapples. Some chemical solvents and a touch of garlic. It is not as sweet/malty as some DIPAs are.

The colour is bright yellow/orange. The liquid is cloudy, some yeast particles floats in the liquid (the beer was carefully decanted) The three finger head is compact and white with a tint of yellow. Some lacing and a ring occurs when the foam slowly sinks down.

The taste is dry and very bitter. Notes of fresh fruits (apples, pineapples, lemon, lime, apricots) and some vegetables. Hints of spices; mainly pepper and garlic. The body is low. The aftertaste is short and a bit sour with some growing bitter citric flavours.

The carbonation is medium; the small bubbles are strong. The liquid is a bit creamy.

Probably the driest and least malty DIPA I have had so far. I am quite disappointed, I had expected more from this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer. Big yellow haze, vibrant. Aroma was grassy hops.

Taste was mind blowing, this is the kind of English Ale I can get into. Super hoppy, but definitely they are amped up Euro hops. Nice to see this non traditional ingredients into the typical Stone uber hopping. Very light body, was great on a hot 4th of July weekend. The English hops are pungent, something I've never experienced. Unique. Mouthfeel rocks, more and more hops in a different vein than used to. Alcohol hidden, beer gets chewy but never heavy. I wouldn't age this beer. Great price.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-gold color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Good presentation here and knowing Stone, they always get it right.

The aroma has some grassy hops with just a slight hint of buttery malt. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant change from the usual.

The taste? Full of grassy hops with a slight edge of grapefruit. Alcohol warmth is present along with buttery/toffee flavors. Interesting dynamic at play.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering butter/toffee and grassy hops. Alcohol warmth fades, ensuring a clean finish.

A decent take on the style that nearly imperializes it. Usually, modern British IPAs don't reach this strength. Worth a try and if you want the malt to shine through, nothing wrong with laying it down for a few months or perhaps years (if that's your thing).

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, hops, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, hops, pine, and malt. Well-balanced and bitter, though never too bitter.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Excellent. One of the most drinkable English IPAs I've had.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I finally get around to drinking one of the most polarizing beers of our times, the Stone 14th Anniversary. I picked this up for $6.49 at the Village Pump today.

In my Duvel tulip, this beer is a brilliant golden orange with great clarity, a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. A gentle but steady stream of carbonation rises from the laser-etched D. With chunky lace, this really does look good. What's more impressive is that this beer was able to travel as far as it did (and made a short stop at the gym on campus) and was able to retain clarity despite being bottle-conditioned. Well done, Stone!

What a wonderfully hoppy nose! I recently had the Mikkeller Single Hop: EKG and that made me wonder if that hop is a wash when it comes to IPAs (I love it in a good bitter or ESB). Spicy, minty and rather pungent, this smells great. I can see where complaints of it being soapy come from, it does smell really green and herbal like some soap is. I can't really discern much malt character on the nose, and there's just a touch of fruitiness, probably from the yeast? As it warms up, a slight mineral character comes in, probably the water profile?

The palate opens intensely hoppy with plenty of earthy, herbal, minty, twig like hop bitterness, just absurdly strong. Bitterness is quite high, but the hop bouquet is excellent. Very herbal, I could almost see some dried rosemary in there, but for the most part, it's minty. Malt character is light, with a little toast, a little biscuit like. Drying on the finish with plenty of hop bitterness, there's a coating of resin on my palate. Moderate mineral character is present, and coupled with the rather huge hop character, it does maje this beer quite singularly unique. While light, this does have a very nice body, never feeling watery or too light. Alcohol also does appear on the finish. Carbonation is medium-light and quite appropriate. Very, very enjoyable stuff.

Stone had lost me with a lot of their experimental beers. The 12th and 13th Anniversary beers were decent, but not quite at the level that I felt compelled to drink them often (IIRC, I drank the 13th once, maybe twice). A lot of their collaborations were disappointing, but with this beer, they've won me back. I will pick up another bottle or two to drink soon, I can't see the point in aging this, on a ship or otherwise.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.