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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We've been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, it's all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). We're talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it's a Double IPA (can you really say you're surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let's-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we've brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn't quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says August 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white creamy head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a sharp kick of citrus. Hints of citrus grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, peach, and a big scent of lemon from the verbena. Also a minty, tea like scent. Some earthy hops along with a good hint of spicy pine resin. Decent malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit and caramel. A little scent of alcohol also comes through. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a big bitter taste of citrus hop esters. Starts with a bitter slap on the tongue from ripe citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, pineapple, and lots of lemon all over. In addition to the citrus is a solid mix of earthy and herbal hops with a nice piney kick. There is a quite noticeable taste of a green tea like mint lingering with the citrus. Some bready malts back things up with some caramel and biscuit. A quite interesting and tasty take on a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Somewhat slick and a fairly oily and juicy feel. A little heat is felt but the high abv is still masked fairly well.

Overall: Another good IPA from Stone. The heavy lemon and hint of mint tea is a nice twist. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 06:57:26 | More by MattyG85
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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.