Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden with pure white head that settles to a ring. Smells citrusy with a burst of pine at the end, and a base of bready malt. Nice bitterness up front, followed by some buttered popcorn flavors and lots of citrus rind on the finish. Very little malt comes through, and although I like the hop profile, it is a somewhat strange marriage here. Very smooth in the mouth until the bracingly bitter finish. I know this beer has a lot of detractors, and I'll admit its a long way from my favorite stone beer, but I think it works in a way. By no means do I think this is an English IPA, but certainly its got some English charecteristics while being dominated by the San Diego ones.
08-14-2010 02:38:34 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-25-2010 01:21:01 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
(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.
09-03-2010 17:28:32 | More by rhoadsrage
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
09-05-2010 22:28:32 | More by jdhilt
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Slightly chill hazed beer with a fluffy white head. This beer is on the paler end of the beers I l like to call IPA Orange.
Good pine and pineapple scent with some mango in there. Slight peach aroma that reminds me of mango.
Starts out with a strong melon flavor. Wood and pine come through with a fairly bitter finish. After a while papaya really comes a strong part of the flavor. Definitely has a high malt content this is a little syrupy.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style.
Good drinkability not a best of the style but a good beer for $6 a bomber. Currently much easier to get than something like Dreadnaught.
07-24-2010 05:10:10 | More by Zorro
3.58/5 rDev -7%
Here's a refreshing twist: Stone making a Double IPA with English ingredients. Nuff said. On to the beer:
It's grapefruit juice colored, much paler looking than expected. No complaints about the head and retention, they're good. The most is mostly bitter. Bitter citrus, with no maltiness coming through. It's a white grapefruit I'm smelling, and one that's not overly aromic.
I don't know what to make of this. White grapefruit isn't a bad flavor to have, and it's even a little fruity. I'm tasting salt now, and this flavor especially shows up in the aftertaste. It's interesting overall...I guess I was expecting something different from what I got. It does a well conditioned mouthfeel, one that isn't too hevay, light on it's feet for the ABV. Solid drinkability.
I must give Stone some credit for doing something different, even if it's something I only kind of like. In that respect, it's worth a try.
06-28-2010 04:44:23 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured into Weyebacher tulip.
Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Decent retention with some sticky lace. Color is a pale golden straw yellow.
Aroma: Grassy floral hops. Light citrus. Bready malts. Has some herbal notes like a saison would.
Taste: Much different than the aroma. Lots of English malts. Bready. Floral grassy hops. Light citrus. Very odd. Not a fan.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol showing. Ends with a bitter hop bite.
Overall, not a bad English IPA. It was worth a try and I was able to finish the bomber. Glad it was hopped up. Just a tad too much malt for me.
07-29-2010 04:50:57 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.
Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from Stone, recommended.
10-10-2010 19:26:55 | More by Wasatch
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-29-2012 07:57:40 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
They said the sun never set on the British Empire and, indeed, the sunny glow of this English-inspired IPA appears ceaseless as well. This is one bright beer despite its very hazy, frosted-over complexion. Visible are particles of what is probably yeast, but what I will pretend to be hop cones. Only if we count bubbles and lace then this has a head.
The nose is a concentrate of juicy, fruity hop flavours. For an English-style IPA this smells mighty exotic, evincing notes of mango, papaya, lychee, guava and even a little coconut. This blows apple and oranges out of the water, that's for sure. This tropical fruit punch is underlined by a very thin wafer-like maltiness and also concedes a little to the alcohol.
I'm not sure how Stone achieved such a tropical fruitiness from using only English hops but the bready, wafer-y flavour is characteristic of English malts. Mind you, they don't seem to have used much of them. This should surely delight American hops head but I imagine, should any of this make it over there, be much to the horror of the general British public.
Stone have never really been too concerned with masking the alcohol content of their beers. It probably has something to do with their ego. Though not always, sometimes I wish they would - and this is one such incident. The fruity hoppiness is great, but it alone isn't enough to hold up the almost 9% alcohol. Even really cold this has a stiff spike to it.
Notwithstanding, token notes of toast and tropical fruits survive unscathed and press the palate with the tight, clutching kind of embrace usually only executed by Portuguese women. Bitterness and alcohol prevent it from ever being great - or all that distinctly tasted for that matter - but both malts and hops maintain a good presence.
Stone asks: What good is history if you can't rewrite it to suit your own tastes?. Well, I dunno. But that's clearly what they did and, while it bears only nominal resemblance to the English IPA it claimed to be, this San Diego-style ale was a hit with me. That said, it doesn't cut the mustard with their standards and I'm not too upset it's only a one-off.
02-06-2011 19:09:24 | More by biegaman
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Note: a mis-spelling on the Emperial on here.
Pours a light apricot, golden color. Clean and clear. Large white, fluffy head at about 2 fingers. Settles to a collar of white, quick swirl with bring back the head.
Sharp aroma of spice and floral, wet biscuit, white pepper.
Quick light malt up front, followed by faint herbal. The bite picks up at the end. Minerally with hints of floral and soft citrus. Dry dry dry. Very nice.
At 8.9% avbv, it's not an easy drinker, but darn tasty.
06-25-2010 03:52:52 | More by Mebuzzard
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-01-2010 19:06:48 | More by John_M
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a grassy hop with a musty sweetness and a bit of funk.
The taste consisted of a peppery herbal hop, sweet malt and some booze.
The mouthfeel was full for the style with a strong residual hop spice.
Overall an interesting imperial English IPA, if that makes any sense.
08-18-2010 02:06:02 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-12-2010 01:05:32 | More by beerthulhu
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
07-15-2010 16:06:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
07-24-2010 02:34:59 | More by DrJay
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. Poured a bright orange, almost yellow color with a sticky white head already clinging to the sides of the glass. The head faded to a thin and spotty dusting but left some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.
The aroma has a strong European, earthy, spicy, hoppiness to it. It has a bit of underlying orange peel, lemon zesty citrus coming through as well. A sweet, bready, almost wheat like malt comes through to round out the flavors in the nose. Definitely an interesting mix of hoppiness to it.
The taste shows some of the classic earthy, spicy, almost peppery European hop flavors right off the bat. The finish becomes very dry, bitter, and somewhat grassy. A little citrus is present in the taste as it was in the nose. A hint of sweet malt peeks through just before the extreme bitter finish takes over.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is OK, I'm not sure the European hops lend themselves as well in extreme quantities as the American ones do. The extreme dry, earthy, grassy, spice was a interesting but not something I would buy regularly in a beer. They could have just as easily called this one Euro Ruination though as hoppy as it was. Very interesting and cool beer though overall.
07-31-2010 22:19:32 | More by billab914
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
22 picked up at the COOP..
Big SN goblet.. 2 finger head... pale golden.. okay retention..
Spicy and sorta floral weed hops.... reminds me of arugula... peppery with a nice smack of pale malts... skunky green weeds.. very fresh.
Bitterness is weird like dandelion greens.. Nice pale malt with hints of background biscuits... the bitterness plays for the whole sip... minerally.. floral hops finish it out with a lingering pale maltiness... bitterness just lingers forever.
Sticky yet medium bodied.. resinous without any of the customary citrus... interesting, I guess.. odd, for sure.. like it was dosed with too much brewer salts.. alot of things blossom and go no where.
Meh... This is my 4th bottle... I will probably buy it again, but really, only because I am having a hard time wrapping my palate around it and want to get it straight.
I get the "English" qualities, but wow are they a mess... This review, I am being probably a bit gentle...
07-16-2010 07:27:36 | More by JohnGalt1
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of breadiness and large citrus and leafy hop aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit less robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large citrus hops and milder grassy and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of bready flavors make a brief appearance before fading into a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was surprised by the large amounts of citrus hop flavors, and the profile of the citrus hops, in this bad boy, expecting more earthy, grassy, and light citrus from the more popular English varietals. What I got was more in line with what most of Stone puts out, so if you're a fan then it's well worth a shot.
08-02-2010 00:28:28 | More by glid02
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
06-28-2010 21:49:03 | More by beertunes
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.