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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Decent gold with 2 fingers of head that left little to no lacing.

S- Wow, loads of citrusy hops and caramel malt... At first the hops dominate this beer and smells a lot like weed, as it warms the caramel malt brings forth which I didn't like as much.

T- Light caramel malt and almost a yeasiness followed by the typical English bitter hops, citrusy hops have vanished replaced by different earthy/loamy hops, quite bitter and light with a real heat on the backend.

M- At first I wanted to say medium, however upon the taste I must say a light body with loads of light carbonation that dance on the tounge, quite torn on the mouthfeel essence.

D- Pretty easy to drink this bomber, might look for more but I really didn't like the taste as much as I had hoped.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a bomber of this with my drummer Stinky

A:Pours a non-transparent hazy orange with a eggshell white head that slowly resides leaving nice lacing on the glass

S:Awesomness!!Big hop profile including citrus, mango, and grapefruit

T:Just as smell detects a kick of hops right in the face followed by a slight malt sweetness

M:Solidy body with good carbonation leaving a oily resin of hops on the palate

D:Another great offering from Stone(who would of guessed) Just what I was looking for in a DIPA..A delicious hop bomb

Photo of ncfranklin
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a big Free The Hops Snifter

A : Strong pour gives a finger high bubly off-white head. Strong orange color, very murky, can't see through it at all.

S : Fresh hops, a citrusy quality with spices, mild sweetness.

T : Rich bitter hops up front, with a powerful grassy flavor. Small sweet yeasty notes that dot the tongue. A dry, crisp finish.

M : Very pleasant tingling as the bitterness sets in. Medium body. A long aftertaste of hop.

D : I quite enjoyed it. As a English Emperial Ipa (er... imperial) it offers something unique.

Photo of claminat420
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent golden color with a mega frothy head. foam was white in color and lacing was medium. looks like this thing could be in a commercial.

S- smells alil like that pineapple orange juice that dole makes but watered down a tad.

T- tastes just how it smells. maybe my tastebuds weren't ready for this style. alcohol is undetected. you don't really notice that crystal (or caramel) malt you usually find but something new.... not saying it's a good or bad thing but just something different.

M- light/ medium bodied. good carbonation. the beer has a silkiness to it.

D- if you wanna go guns blazing drink 2 i kinda wish i had another one but for going to great lakes brewing co. tomorrow i'm fine with one.

Overall- this is one unique brew. if you're gonna be an @ss about the bitterness of it being an imperial ipa then go cry but as for me the hops i knew they were going to use usually doesn't pack much of a bitter punch. just really floral. this brew i would fine delectable on a nice fall day.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to english pub mug.

A: Straw colored with a slight chill haze, nice "farmhouse-like" two inch rocky head with ample lace.

S: Holy noble hop! Spicey-perfume, mulled citrus rinds, and some funky yeasty wiff of goodness amongst fresh cut hay. Reminiscent of the Vertical Epic 8. Very Saison like in the nose.

T: Smooth and blended melting pot of noble hops and funky yeast strain. Dynamic as all hell; I can detect some pilsner malts which add to the crispness and cara-munich which adds to the body and mouth feel with just a touch of swetness. The finish is nice and dry, appetizing, refreshing and dangerously quaffable. To me this is very much like a hopped up saison

M: Medium bodied and satisfying.

D: Extreme drinkability. Be very careful....8.9% ABV, OUCH! hurts so good...

Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale straw yellow with a sticky white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Earthy English hops,orange zest.

T_Grassy, earthy , English hops followed by citrus. Orange zest,honey,and a bit of lemon zest.

M_Thick and sticky.

D_ Pretty drinkable. Very differnt take on DIPAs.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow amber color that is accompanied by a thick and unrelenting head. I'm really trying to, but can't find much to the aroma. I get a little grassy greeniness, maybe a hint of sticky hop residue. Smell is not overly floral or piney though. Taste is actually pretty clean and crisp. Not much malt, no yeast, just hops. But not many of those either. Mouthfeel and drinkability are OK. This rendition seems a bit reserved, but maybe that was by design. Still a well constructed brew.

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

Thanks to brew3crew for hooking it up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden straw color with 2 fingers of white head that fades medium-quick, leaving strips of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Smells of light citrus, pine, and spicy hops. Mild fruity esters from the yeast as well.

T: Tastes of spicy hops and fruity esters.

M: Quite bitter, but smooth otherwise. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

D: I could take it or leave it.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been about a year since I've had Stone's 13. What a fantastic beer. I accept nothing less of their 14, and with it being an Imperial IPA, I doubt it will disappoint. Once I poured the 14, I knew this would be an interesting beer.

Out of the bomber came a cloudy golden-yellow beer, not like most IPAs that are more copper or amber colored. It's head grew tall and very frothy, leaving a substantial amount of lacing after every gulp, and a thick film head remained on the top. Cool! I like beers that are different in ways and the 14 is already different. I don't remember drinking a golden-colored IPA before. Actually, the 14 LOOKS like a wheat beer but TASTES like an IPA. On the back it explains that white malt was used so I guess that explains the wheat beer look. As for the smell, it has a prominent mixture of floral and spicy hops, and wheat and citrus. It turns out the wheat beer look of the beer is also in the smell (and taste). It smells...chalky too...if that's the right word. Earthy and doughy are other adjectives I think make sense. God...it smells good.

Flavor is fantastic. It is like other IPAs but at the same time it is different as well, just as the look and smell led me to believe. There is plenty of hoppiness in bitterness and spice but it is balanced out by the white malt that gives it some wheat beer undertones; it's more earthy, adds the chalkiness, and lemon citrus. It has some grapefruit flavor like other IPAs but no pine flavors that I can pick up like others as well. Booze smell and flavor are masked very well. Stone's 14th Anniversary Imperial IPA is an interesting departure from your usual IPAs. It's very hoppy and yet has a wheat beer aspect to it that doesn't intrude on it being a pale ale. It's also very refreshing, a good medium-bodied brew, and has a high amount of carbonation that tingles the tongue. I'd say it's worth buying it just for the smell!

Photo of JoePat
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pail straw to very light orange with a ton of haze most likely due to the hops.

The aroma is a little weak right out of the fridge but comes out a little more as it warms with some earthyness and a little grapefruit. I also want to note this was a very clean smell.

The beer is over powered by the hops. Spicey and earthy (completely unlike Stone) with a flowery like vegitable after flavor. I pick up on a little bit of malt sweetness when it warms.

This is a very clean beer aside from a very coying bitterness which I think is what they were going for with the "burtonize" water profile which is the only thing that detracts from the mouthfeel.
I think the drinkabliity speaks for its self. 8.9%ABV, a ton of British hops, and a ton of sulfates in the water. Not exactly a lawn mower beer.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice crisp golden look to it. Kind of like a pilsner but a bit stronger. Really nice strong frothy head. I get refreshed just looking at it.

S: Very tart and a bit sweet white grapefruit. Very piney and sharp hoppiness. Smells like an IPA I have always dreamed about. Nothing like an English IPA.

T: Sharp hop bitterness but just before that you do get a citrus zing kick. Grapefruit is more of a team player than overwhelming the field. One of the better hoppy beers besides Ruination. I have been really burnt out on sweet IPA's lately and this will satisfy.

M: Nice and oily and carbonation finds a happy medium. The only downside it does have a bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable! Really hits the spot if you are dying for bitter. Just the heat makes it a little less desirable.

Really glad I got this one. I saw English IPA and wasn't interested. The reviews really changed my mind. Hopheads can buy this without worry.

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

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Pours an orange-yellow-amber colour. Rather hazy with a bubbly 1/2 inch thick head, visible lacing as it begins to dissipate.

Smell: Very hoppy, fruity, and sweet. A bit of spice lingers at the end.

Taste: Not as powerful as I would have expected. Very bitter and somewhat boozy upfront, some citrus, lots of pine. Finishes bitter and boozy. Overall, hoppy,.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, somewhat crisp yet a little sticky at the same time. Very nice.

Overall: As with many other imperial IPAs, it doesn't go down quite like water. The amount of bitter and alcohol is powerful and strong yet to be expected. It's nice to sit and sip but I can't imagine having more than one in a single night.

Photo of dwilson01
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber obtained TODAY (6/22) into an eastern sierra lager pint glass. Perfect 2 fingers of snow white frothy head dissipates evenly leaving nice thick lacing on the glass. The body is the color of gold (Empire reference? could be). It's completely clear on the initial pour with nice consistent carbonation bubbles rising up.

The smell is extremely earthy and bitter hop aromas, nothing floral about this one. Very intense and concentrated on the pine and some back door spices included.

The flavor follows directly from the nose. Initially I get the earthy hop bittering, very refreshing. combines with a hot spicing, literally spicy like black pepper freshly ground. This is backed by a straw-like malty flavor, not sweet at all. Where this one shines through is on the aftertaste and its endurance. Bitter and spice flavors combine in this, pine hops and pepper hotness. No trace of alcohol flavor because of the strongness of this. Very flavor forward in your face stone type brew with a great spiciness to lighten the flavor.

The mouthfeel on this one is great, For how light is feels the spiciness leaves your mouth with a nice little smack just the way stone does it. The bitterness sticks around for as long as you care to wait until your next sip which makes this one of the most endurance flavored brews I've ever had.

For how much flavor it has is it actually very smooth, the backround malting imparts barely any flavor to the beer, but it has to be present in significant amounts to keep the flavor profile as solid as it is. A tad dry for my taste but hey, it's pretty damn good. I wish I had a seafaring vessel to age it but I guess my basement will have to do.

Overall, my favorite aspects of this brew are the endurance of the flavor profile after you swallow as well as the literal spicy feeling your mouth gets during and after the taste. Honestly it's like I'm eating a meal that was made with fresh jalapenos sauteed in olive oil with some black pepper to lighten the flavor, I think this one definitely needs to be experimented with in the food pairing world, curry for sure and even just some roasted vegetables spiced up with some lemon and red pepper.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden with a thin but resilient white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Dank and spicy. Grassy, a little bit of lemon, comes out more floral as it warms.

T: Interesting. Cracker type flavors stand out up front to me just before the hops overwhelm it. Pine, nice bitterness to it. Finishes quite clean but bitter.

M: Surprisingly creamy, moderate carbonation. Well done.

D: Certainly different, but not in a bad way at all. I will have this again.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy orange color with a super sticky and soapy head.

Smell: Herbal earthiness with hints of a pine forest in the background. The malt presence is fairly low. I was a bit skeptical of the all English hops and malt but so far it's pretty good.

Taste: Huge herbal earthy tone that is slightly balanced by a sweet bready english malt. This is a super ramped up English IPA and it doesn't take it's self lightly. The super herbal flavor is pretty nice and not too unsimilar from your standard English strong tea. Overall not bad as long as you don't expect your standardized American style.

Mouthfeel: Super dry with a medium to heavy body, fairly sticky as well.

Drinkability: Taken for what it is, this is fairly good. They were going for something different and they really hit on something pretty good hear. I'll look out for this style in the future. Keep pushing the envelope guys...

Photo of Mosley1212
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my Dogfish Head snifter.

A-- Pours a yellow, straw-color. It's funny because Arrogant always claims to hate the "yellow, fizzy beers," but his one isn't too deferent from those in color

S-- Some citrus, but mostly pine and floral. The nose is semi-strong, but not as in your face as other Stone brews

T-- As you would expect, it's hoppy as Hell. You do get a light taste of the floral and fruit, but you also get a little water with the taste. That disappoints me. The smell is deceiving and the taste just can't match what your nose tells you will be there.

M-- Bitter. I mean, this beer is for serious hop heads only. Like I said, it's a bit weaker than I would like, but it's a nice overall brew from these guys

D-- What can I say? at 8.9% this beer isn't something you'll sit down with and drink away all day and night. It's strong, but it's deceivingly so. The beer sneaks up on you, but I can't see myself having more than one.

Overall, it's a good beer from these guys, but I don't see it becoming part of the rotation. But I love Stone, and I'm happy with this beer. Thanks, guys.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ommegang fluted glass. Gave a nice 2 finger pale tan head, that lingered and laced very nicely. Smells of spicy hops, a light apple juice scent, and something I'm placing as fruity bubble gum. Very nice spicy hop flavors, as well as some light malt. Amazing lingering bitterness. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A great beer. I'm impressed by Stone again.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44. Poured into a tulip, showed a clear yellow gold with a frothy white head. Good retention. Smell grassy and dry with hop bitterness, some light bready malts. Taste light and dry up front with typically stone finish in the back. Good but somehow not as good an IPA as their standard IPA or Ruination.

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It's the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there's no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark yellow with some brown highlights and produces about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and really nice carbonation.

S - Lemons, spices, and floral and bitter hops.

T - Tastes like spice laden lemon candy, the spices are complex and hard to put my finger on what they are I get a little pepper though. The hops come through more throughout drinking, but there is a little taste that reminds me of dish soap, kinda weird.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and lots of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good but the more I drink the spice and hops come out. This is definitely one of the most different IPA's I have had, it is worth a try.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a light veil. Two inches of semi-rocky head that settles in with some nice lacing. A lot of yeast or other particulate matter floating around in there which detracts a bit from the appearance.

14 hits your nose with emphasis on the veggies: lemongrass and onion / garlic, is complemented by a bit of light flan and mango.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sprightly, with lively carbonation bringing the hop flavors to the tip of your tongue.

Anyone looking for the slightest malt balance to their DIPAs will be left behind. Bold grass, lemon peel, onion and pine flavors take the lead and don't let go. A slight mango flavor just before the finish keeps it from being too overpowering, but no one will accuse this brew of being subtlety complex. The finish dries out your tonsils with a fresh hop punch while the prolonged bitter finish lingers on the tongue with a bit more alcohol than I ordinarily like. Worth a try if this gets bottled again, but the grass forward profile and lack of a malt structure brings the drinkability down a peg or two.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw with a fluffy white head. Sticky lace, some haze in the beer.
Strong aroma of citrus and pine. Very hop forward as expected
Drinks pretty bitter, mostly pine, some tart grapefruit on the end with some bready notes.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel
A bit aggressive to drink all night, but the bomber wasn't too hard to finish. Good drinkability.
Happy anniversary to Stone.

Photo of MNJR
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I taste mainly citrus/berry/peach flavors up front: raspberry and lemon dominate. Next the minty hops and some light candy apple or rock candy notes. Amazingly, this is all accomplished without being "too sweet," which is great. There is sweetness, but not overdone. The color is OK, like a cloudy lager. The smell is apple, peach and citrus. Mouthfeel is very smooth with the real burst of flavor coming out of the fine carbonation releasing in the back of the mouth. The hops are underplayed for the style. The fruit washes away very cleanly in minty spice. No residuals or aftertastes come forward. It's good up front and going down. Excellent beer.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there was a lot of hype to this one and even though I'm not the hugest fan of IPAs I had to give this one a spin.

The first thing I noticed with this one is the surprising smell I got from it in the bottle. It smelled so much like a strong Belgian brew. It had a peppery sweet smell you'd expect from the Belgian styles brews. After pouring this one in a goblet I got more of the hoppy greatness with small amount of malt. The Belgian smells seemed to disappear but a hint was still lingering.

The pour was a solid golden-yellow with a 1/2 head that lingered around the glass the whole drink. I wasn't exactly impressed with the the look but the taste made up for it. LOTS OF HOPS!!! I'm not usually a big fan of hops but this one is really wells balanced. the hops hit hard & fast and ends with a small malty peppery goodness. I had a hard time getting rid of the hoppy taste in my mouth. the lasting hoppy taste blew me away. this beer has a long lasting after taste.


Photo of Foxtrot
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loved the 13th Aniv. Imperial Red last year. Heard this was in my neck of the woods and couldn't resist picking it up.

Pours a very light blonde body with yellow hues. Foam was superb, as well as lacing and retention. I really love Stone beers due to the fact that most of the beers I've reviewed have long lasting heads and big lacing. A feast for the eyes.

Aroma was a touch dry. Hops where present but where more herbal. I don't think I've found a hop aroma quite like this. Its interesting and pleasing at the same time. Seems to be a multitude of different scents, but all cascade and disappear as soon as they appear. I must of sniffed this sucker for at least 5 minutes to figure it out.

I thought I was prepared for what was in store from the aroma, but was sorely mistaken. Beautifully floral hops take center stage with hints of lemon and grapefruit undertones. A bit peppery in the finish, not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel was modestly lush, medium is the name of the game here.

Drinkability is ok. The ABV is quite high for a English IPA, but once you get past that initial bitter aftertaste, it has a lot to offer.

I thought this was gonna be a big malty mess of a IPA, but was surprised at its lightness. I think Stone is getting onto something with the direction they took in this brew. Cheers!

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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