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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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very good

741 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%

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 alexgash


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Golden lemon yellow body. Tall, thick, mushroom cloud of beige-white head. Good lacing and retention. Lots of herbal, spicy, minty hops on the nose. Some sea air mixes in. Sugar cookie malt and tropical fruit aromas fill out the rest.

Big, aggressive hop bitterness up front. Minty, herbal, grassy, and even a little cat pee. Boozy tropical fruit malts fill out underneath. Sweet, creamy, and fruity, with a little honey. Malt can't quite balance the big raw hoppiness though. Full-bodied with a creamy, soft feel. Big time lingering bitterness with a touch of residual fruit sweetness. Abrasive and interesting. Not something I would drink everyday though. Happy 14th!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:14:19 | More by alexgash
Photo of AgentZero


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 17:51:58 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brent


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To describe a Stone beer as "heavy handed" could easily mean the drinker is not a hophead and unaccustomed to Stone's embrace of the power of the hops. I happily list myself among the ranks of hop devotees, but, even for me, the heavy-handed description of this beer applies. Big malt body to carry the hops and abv. Assertive hopping that seemed brash and unrefined, with rough edges that rasp the tongue. Finish is a bit hot as the hops join force with the ETOH for a discordant finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 15:07:07 | More by Brent
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:52:52 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of maximum12


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 02:46:01 | More by maximum12
Photo of ArrogantB


3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 03:27:54 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:09:27 | More by Gmann
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:34:17 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 12:55:02 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 05:53:57 | More by Durge
Photo of merlin48


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy, light honey gold body with a large vanilla hued head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Lovely aroma boasts lemon and orange zest, honeyed biscuit, and an herbal mintiness.

Medium body has a zesty carbonation and prevailing dryness.

Taste has a lot of dry and bitter lemon zest hoppiness, with an edge of grapefruit. Honeyed biscuity malt sweetness balances well. There is a herbal mintiness throughout, the only English trait(if that can be called such) I can discern. Finishes clean and dry with a lasting lemonrind aftertaste.

Satisfying and highly drinkable. Another solid product from the folks at Stone. Happy Anniversary!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 15:58:52 | More by merlin48
Photo of Deuane


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden. The very fact that Stone is making an 8+% English IPA is quite funny to me....I am sure this one will piss some folks off!

A-Bright, golden orange-copper with a thick bright white head. Head reduces slowly to a thin cap that leaves nice lace.

S-Melon rind, herbal notes, grapefruit, hint of white pepper and a touch of cat box.

T-Assertive bitterness up front with strong notes of grapefruit rind, pine melon and subtle berry sweetness. Malt body is quite light and does not do much to in an attempt to balance the hop bill.

M-Medium bodied, quite sticky and resinous. Long lasting hop bitterness.

D-Good, but this one didn't do anything to wow me. I liked the flavours and the hop aggressiveness but nothing really impressed me. A solid, yet unremarkable beer from a brewery that knows how to make quality hop bombs. This one falls a bit short IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 10:31:13 | More by Deuane
Photo of cpetrone84


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2010 00:18:56 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of ehammond1

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Murky, hazy orange, auburn, and copper with a thin white head. Lines of lacing down the glass.

Grapefruit, orange, and pine aromas dominate along with an earthy and floral scent from the hops. Very little malt character. By far, my favorite aspect of this beer.

The flavor is hoppy, though not particularly bright, floral, citrusy, or for that matter, enjoyable. The flavors seem muddled together and focus on the earthy (even dirt-like) flavors as opposed to the bright citrus ones found in the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied.

Not one of my favorite offerings from Stone, though not a bad beer by any means. I wish I'd sought this one out when fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 04:59:08 | More by ehammond1
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying Labor day (in my unemployed state for a touch of irony, lol), experimenting with some chicken and the electric smoker this weekend. Pick of the chix with some all purpose rub yesterday, very nice. Doing some boneless breasts and sausage links today, so I thought I'd sit out, listen to the Reds/Rockies and enjoy some Stonage.

Appearance - pours a hazy tangerine and churns up a finger or so of snowy white foam. Really cool to watch this one go from bottle to glass. Lots of bead action in the glass.

Aroma - pineapple and mango, very fruity and fresh. Some background biscuity grain. Sets up a little light, but pretty nice.

Taste - a sweet biscuity grain starts, holds for just a moment before yielding to the hops. Fruity up front, reminiscent of orange and pineapple, it bitters up on the swallow and goes rather grapefruity on the aftertaste. Quite a dry and bitter ending, shows off the Target, Kent, and Boadicea nicely. A touch harsh but to be expected for this hop-heavy dude.

Mouthfeel - crisp, fluffy, moderate body. I would expect a little more, but this curve on the style is somewhat an anomaly. Regardless, it makes for easy drinking.

Drinkability - an imperial English Ale, that's a new one in a world where new styles just seem to keep appearing. I'm interested to see what a little time does to the other bomber. Pretty good stuff! Happy 14th to Stone!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:40:36 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacking the seafaring vessel in which Stone recommends to age this, I decided to enjoy my stash fresh. This is my second one in as many days. According to the label text, this was brewed using all English ingredients, except for the "Burtonised" Colorado River water, of course.

Pours the color of a pear/pineapple juice mix, and it's as hazy as such a thing would be if unfiltered. The head is gleaming whiteness, with excellent stamina, leaving thick, clingy lace as it slowly thins and with each tilt of the glass.

Aroma is an airy, breezy, razor-sharp, ultra-clean hit of hops. The "white malt" this was brewed with surely aids in delivering such a bright smell, the kind of dryer-sheet intensity I also find in beers like 3Floyd's Gumballhead and Surly's SurlyFest.

This is obviously not brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, but Emperial IPA isn't that far from a Belgian IPA. It brings to mind the Cali/Belgique IPA Stone created not long ago. There's a pungent fruit essence that carries this beer--twisted pear, mutant white raisin and radiated pineapple. Intense herbal tea; salt; sugar cookie dough; shortbread. The hops are super-grassy and bright, while a sweetness lingers but never overtakes. Slight bit of soil/earth gives a dirty sort of edge here, but it's mostly the vivid hops and weirdo yellow/white fruits that hog the spotlight. Astringent/grassy hops mostly feature in the finish, and they linger a long, long time. Complex as fuck.

Slick, silky and creamy, yet somehow drying, with just the right amount of carbonation...a wonderful and complex texture for delivering the wild tropical/herbal intensities going on in the mouth.

Mega-refreshing. Leave it to Stone to say "we're brewing an English IPA using all English ingredients," and then have the final product taste nothing like anything ever brewed in England. This is more San Diego than Surrey, more Belgium than Birmingham, and brighter than any given day in the foggy English countryside. And ultimately, another unique creation from Stone, and I do mean "unique," as I've never tasted another beer quite like this. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:06:49 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Honey, murky, nice near white head that stays for some time. Reduces to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very light. Hops apparent, but not in large proportions.

T - Juicy, fruity, citruisy and bitter.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Nice beer. Doesn't really stand out in any way, but nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 03:53:44 | More by srandycarter
Photo of argock


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. June 2010 embossed on bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Very light gold with 2-3 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing. Great looking brew.

S: Herbal and earthy hops accent a solid pale maltiness.

T: Not a lot going on but pleasant all the same. Silky sweet and buttery pale malts with light toast provide a crackery backdrop for an herbal, earthy hops contribution. Alcohol is not readily detectable. Pretty good, but not bursting with flavor by any means. A beer that is less than the sum of its parts unfortunately.

M: Nice above-medium body with low carbonation and buttery cracker aftertaste.

D: A good beer but not rising to the great tier by a long shot. Pretty disappointing actually as the flavor doesn't really go anywhere and has no real standout qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:57:22 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 17:34:00 | More by Pencible
Photo of billab914


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 22:19:32 | More by billab914
Photo of emmasdad


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this one somewhere in Denver (I cannot remember where). Poured a dark hazy yellow color with a decent white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of pine, citrus and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:19:20 | More by emmasdad
Photo of cjgator3


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:43:33 | More by cjgator3
Photo of flexabull


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a nice large fluffy white head.

Aromas are of citrus candies, some tangerine, and hints of resin.

Taste is creamy with some soft malty flavors, lightly sweet, with hints of bread dough. Finish has hints of grapefruit and mineral like, it's quite bitter with some alcohol warmth. Interesting tasting beer. Not sure I like the strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, thick, and fairly smooth, a little prickly though.

Drinkability is ok. This is an odd beer. One sip I like it, the next, not so much. It is interesting, but I am not sure I am digging the alcohol heat and bitterness. Just doesn't seemed as balanced as other big Stone beers. Worth trying though, and there are definitely some style points for this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 21:45:04 | More by flexabull
Photo of scottfrie


4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 03:11:11 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Overlord


1.75/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Hophead84 and I usually see eye to eye on beer, but whoa, do we differ on this one.

Pours a billowy orange-gold. Big off-white foam head. Bit turbid.

Smells herbally, medicinally, faintly of toasted malts, and ... I don't know .. pungent.

Taste is a mess. Shouldn't be called an IPA, frankly. It's more like an uber-ESB that's been dried out on medicinal herb twigs. So much herbaliness it destroys the malt/toastiness component, plus a hint of pine, grass, and hay components, and ... ugh. A sort of drying (other people mention salt, but to me it's just dry) aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Not citrus-y, no hint of sweetness, just a chore to drink. The acrid-ness combined with an alcohol tone really made me feel like I was drinking a cleaning solvent.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 17:25:54 | More by Overlord
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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