16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dmatsui:
4.23/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
A pour from a 22 bomber left a creamy, off-white tight 2-finger head that stuck around for a while (considering the massive abv) and left a little bit of lacing. The alcohol legs and feet are definitely present. The beer itself has a typical west coast IPA character; coppery, burnt orange and pretty hazy. Looks unfiltered.
Such a unique aroma. The hops come first with sweet citrusy, rindy and piny notes but the addition of lemon verbana and whatever spices Stone's throwing in this brew make for an exceptional and complex nose. The combination of aromatics results in a very savory, botanical character. There are definite notes of sage, thyme, rosemary and meyer lemon rind.
The flavor of the beer is well-represented by the aromatics. The hops slap you in the face with Stone's trademark bittering varietals, but the citrus factor really comes through with the addition of the Verbana. There is a spicy quality mid-palate which probably comes from the addition of rye, which also provides for a fuller body. It's a huge beer, with a ton of mat characteristics as well, but the bill doesn't interfere with the hops or herb additions. There's also a definite mint presence. The calypso hops are definitely present, it's super fruity with hints of mango, papaya, grapefruit and lemon.
Mouthfeel is sharp, tart, bitter, oily and dry. Very nice.
There is definitely a lot going on in this beer; it's very balanced but there are a lot of competing flavors. It's very, very good and very different. It's one of the better offerings I've had from Stone.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2012 02:48:19 | More by dmatsui
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
08/22/12 On tap. To me most IPAs are too aggressive. This an exception. It's well balanced as to it's bitterness & the respectable hoppyness. It got a kick with a little burn. Appears to be brewed with me in mind and not the brewers bragging rights. Sue me, but I'll say it anyway...it's got great grownup characteristics.
Serving type: on-tap
06-17-2014 18:23:18 | More by seedyone
4.48/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.
Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.
Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)
Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish.
Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 08:30:27 | More by generallee
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.