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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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573 Reviews
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Reviews: 573
Hads: 754
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 11
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 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 dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with an overtone of surprisingly sweet grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is richly hoppy and subtly bitter, just as an IPA should be, with citrus undertone - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that complements the hoppy bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a citrus finish that is both sweet and bitter. Hunt this one down!

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a unique chilled gold color with a huge, fluffy paper white head that rose three fingers. Chunks of lace all over the glass. A unique color for sure.

The aroma is of slightly damp hay with pine needles, citrus, and a noticeable herbal hop presence. More lemons than anything else. Everything is soft and subtle, nothing takes the daring leap out of the glass and seizes the olfactories.

Pine needles and white grapefruit take control. This was somewhat unexpected considering how soft and subtle the aroma was. Heavy on the grassy/herbal hops too, it really lingers with an astringent bitterness. There is a sweet biscuity malt backbone that makes a brief appearance before being pummeled by bitterness.

Medium body with a welcome creaminess. This guy drinks bigger than than it looks. A unique, solid DIPA that I would buy again.

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

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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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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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Third time having this one, was the best by far on-tap about a month ago. This bottle is a bit better than the last one I had, which tasted like peas and urinal cakes.

A- Hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white cap that has low retention and leaves a small cloud and ring behind. Very small amount of lace.

S- A lot going on here, not a huge fan. Upon opening I got some nice tropical, citrus and earthy hop notes. Then it went all over. I do soapy, grassy and light sweet-caramel malt notes. There is also an odd, musty chessy hint hidden in there, it becomes distracting.

T- The foremost thing I get is a mix of overly earthy-grassy-spicy hops with sweet light malt. Too much hop flavor, getting sick of this trend. It just gets messy. Citrus-zest also blasts the palate. The end product is an overly bitter, almost soapy beer. I understand what is English here but it is Americanized, I see why the English keep their hops in check for the most part.

MF- Huge bitterness. Light body with nice creaminess. High, smooth carbonation. Slightly warm.

DB- I am sick of this trend but I can still drink this one decently, I am too forgiving to food and drink. Sadly this is the first Stone beer I have to say I didn't enjoy a lot. A blast of hops that feels messy and unbalanced, probably gonna get me some Ruination to make me forget this one.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really, really liked this beer.
In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a copious white head that was very sticky.
Peppery aroma, floral, sweet malt.
The taste was peppery up front, followed by some very sweet malt, with a late hops finish.
Incredibly smooth and balanced, great to drink.
Hope it likes my cellar.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like earthy citrus and unripe grapefruit, with some herbal and pine hops and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like strong earthy citrus with pine and herbal hops, and a little honey malt. It had a strong and harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was an interesting blend of English and American IPAs, but the result was not really a great flavor to me. The alcohol was well hidden, but the harsh bitterness made it not as easy to drink. Maybe some sweeter malts to help balance out all the bitterness of the hops would have helped?

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

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin white film and a cloudy dark yellow with particles gathering at the bottom. Resin, cat piss, and waxy orange skin on the nose - crazy but not bad. Golden Crunch biscuit and lemon cake malts with citrus and clove hops and a big IBU punch. White pepper finish, long lemony linger. Medium, chewy, burns long after swallowing.

OK, you made a harsh SDPA using English hops. But do I want that?

Way out of balance, and some funky flavors, too. (What are Boadicea hops?) Not one to chase down.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a short dirty white head that is pleasant looking. Very little lacing however.

Nice bright citrus scent that is juicy and sweet smelling. A little pale malt in the background.

Sharp hop bite that is a vast mix of piney, citrusy and a bit earthy and floral as well. Nice grapefruit presence. The malt is ever present and provides a nice sweetness.

Nice feel that is creamy and soft. Perfect carbonation feel. Lightly chewy body adds texture.

This is a damn fine IPA no matter what style you want to call it. It's hoppy and thoroughly enjoyable. I would welcome this one again any time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with minimal head and a moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Moderate grapefruit and pine aroma make up the majority of the nose with biscuity malt in the background.

T - Some phenolic biscuit malt sets a foundation for a blend of sweet and bitter hop onslaught to the tongue. Mild orange citrus and a hefty dose of grapefruit and pine needles. Intertwined among the bitter fruit is some sweet pineapple. About half way through the glass the pineapple becomes more noticeable. Finishes dry and practically sucks the spit off your tongue.

M - There's some warming on the way down and the mouth is left with a cotton-like feel counterbalanced with a citrus and pine. Medium bodied, mild carbonation on the tongue.

D - Very good.

My first reaction to this beer was, "Meh". However, realizing this is an English style IPA on steroids, it's a total hop bomb for the style.

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