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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

752 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010)
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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

harpus, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy golden color, with no head. The beer has aromas of hops and flora. Initial hop forward bitter flavor, with sharp citrus undertone. There are bits of spice hidden underneath the heavy initial flavors, but very subtle. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, with a sour citrus finish. Aftertaste is mostly sour, with slight bitter hops blend. The beer is a bit unbalanced, and the strong flavors make this a "one and done."

GarthDanielson, Dec 30, 2010
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.

beertunes, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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).

Brad007, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at ACBF in Boston 2 weeks ago, only a 2oz pour. But now I found my first bottle in Columbus, $6.99, and I'm gonna buy a lot more of it. The best looking Stone artwork to date, including the gargoyle from Stone 10th but this time with a cool parchment colored background.

The beer is crystal clear, a light orange shade of copper with a huge pillowy and rocky foam and big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and floral, pungent kick-ass hops. Apparently Kent East Goldings, Boadicea, and Target based on the bottle description. Mitch Steele and company kicked ass with this formulation.

The taste is strongly hoppy, no malt balance in sight, just loads of English hops. Peppery and spicy, floral, a little chalky and turing bitter in the aftertaste.

Delicious, like I noted above I'll be getting lots more. My favorite Stone Anniversary beer.

TurdFurgison, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Moderate head with some lacing. Very citrusy with grapefruit and some piney hops. Moderate malt and moderate body. Finishes hoppy and bitter. A bit of an astringent aftertaste. A satisfactory IPA, but nothing really stands out. Not as well balanced as other Stone IPAs.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split during the Spain world cup final

appearance: light, bright orange body - thick foamy white head - a touch pulpy

smell: odd aroma - "a sweaty sock filled with smarties", but perhaps not - grapefruit rind, bitter citrus

taste: very deviant from the english ipa - well pronounced bitterness from grapefruit zest and peel, sugary, caramel malts, strange but very enjoyable

mouthfeel: cask-like, pulpy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

flagmantho, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

scruffwhor, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +3.9%

xnicknj, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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.

bark, Dec 10, 2010
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.

avalon07, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that leaves chunks of foamy lace. I like the parchment background of the "label". Pale IPAs, love them.

Smell is big hops, lots of spicy herbal hops, some mint, a bit of cat pee. EKGs are the most prominent. The stemmy earthy component of the hops almost picks up a cocoa note.

Taste is also big earthy hops, very spicy, robust, a hint of peanut butter as well. The burtonized water accentuated the substantial bitterness, to which the base pale malts stand no chance. Which is fine, it's a good hop blast, as to be expected from Stone. The salts accentuate the alcohol, even though it's pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a huge IPA, perhaps English ingredients, but clearly American DIPA style. Very good, a nice change of pace from typical west coast DIPAs.

ccrida, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an emperial pint. 8.9% ABV, June 2010, "Consume when fresh or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more."

A - I watched helplessly as tiny particles rushed from the bottle into my beer. Luckily their damage didn't amount to much as it remained a mostly clear goldenrod yellow color. Lots of carbonation kept the well-retained white head alive for sometime. Chunky lace clung to the glass pretty well too!

S - Distinctly different, English hops populate the aroma with a blend of both grass, freshly cut, and a squirt of lemon juice with a light hint of pineapple. Sweet crystal and pale malts back the aroma up very nicely offering good balance without distracting from the hops.

T - Something must have changed between the aroma and flavor as it's much less attractive now. Maybe I was better off setting this beer to sea... Sharply and overly bitter, grassy and earthy flavors with a bit of cardboard aren't very appealing. The sweet backing malts in the aroma turn dry and flakey like a biscuit without butter. A small pinch of lemon and pineapple citrus makes it's way in but certainly not enough. Burtonized water is pretty big in this beer too. Lots of minerals and salt present.

M - Sharp carbonation brings a lively feel to this medium-bodied English IPA while a dry, incredibly bitter finish changes it up quite a bit. Much too dry and very bitter for my liking. Strange that I don't particularly enjoy THIS bitterness but love overly hopped American IPAs.

D - I'm determined to finish this bottle and have it change my mind about the beer. It isn't a half-bad beer, I just can't get into the flavor profile or large bitterness. Definitely one of my least favorite Stone brews to date.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
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)

DrDemento456, Jul 30, 2010
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.

Haybeerman, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 05, 2010
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.

claspada, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, hops, and malt. The flavor was of massive hops, grapefruit upon sitting on the palate and swallowing. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew. Usually I will get the hops on the followthrough but they came upfront in this one and were balanced/counteracted nicely with the refreshing fruit followthrough. Very nice touch for a very good beer.

thagr81us, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium gold color with just a slight haze. Foam is creamy and tan, leaving a nice lace in its wake.

Nose is tropical, grassy and lemony...almost like Fruity Pebbles. Strong malt presence with some sweetness and light caramel. Does not smell overly British to me; clean, no minerals and light on dark fruit.

Tastes like caramel covered lemon peel shavings. Gritty, earthy hop flavors abound. Bitterness is there, but a little tame compared to the hop flavor. Has just enough sweetness to help out with balancing. Does not have the toffee or minerality of a British IPA...seems more of an American IPA brewed with British hops. That said, it is a delicious beer and very enjoyable, the bomber went down exceptionally fast. Drinks easy for such a hoppy brew. "Another hoppy Stone brew" came to mind when this one came out, but I must admit that this is a damn fine tasty beverage.

twiggamortis420, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small hop, but actually quite mild. In the taste, a nice bitter hop and quite malty. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel and a small bite and dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Very English like, kind of lame for Stone, OK nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A murky piller of golden surrounded by lighter yellow on the edges. Nice two finger foam head that didn't stick around long. Nothing in the way of lacing.

S - A lot of citrus off the nose with some orange rind and caramel sweetness. Something different here that I cannot put my finger on, but it is not necessarily bad.

T - Something strange here that I cannot quite put my finger on. Quite bitter, something almost like a little bit of smoke going on with this one. A hop burn on this that I feel like detracts from the taste.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied.

D - Not super drinkable, has burn/hotness and not great taste that made me only drink about half of the bomber.

AgentZero, Aug 08, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.