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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- poured into stone levitation silver lipped tulip. A beautiful unfiltered ipa, it looks dark and muddy initially but when held up to fluorescent light it's bright orange and mango meat colored. The ecru colored foam is insanely oily and resinous looking but lacks the pockmarked rocky look of most hoppy monsters.

S- perfectly balanced nose here. Bitter aroma with a sweet marshmallow toffee backing is what I'm talkin bout. I'm not too familiar with calypso hops but the Amarillo shines brightly with all of its grapefruit orange apricot mango intensity. Hints of tart rye spiciness lend an edge to the more woodsy tobacco like malts. No notice of the verbana or lemon oil so far.

T- in a word, overwhelming. The verbana is a nice addition. I have a pretty large plant in my garden and it's good for a lot of things, namely vodka infusion and Mosquitos don't even come NEAR my house. I never thought of it as an addition to an ipa but all things considered I was excited when I saw this bottle. The lemon oil can suck it. It has a pithy bitterness that contrasts everything in the wrongest of ways. Medicinally tart almost dishsoapy herbal verbana does little to stand away from this. There's fruity flavors lurking in there beneath all the bitterness but the Ibu's off the meat rack and the hoppy pungent madness refuses to let other notes speak. Especially hushed is the malt, which in the nose was once sweet but now is a sorry puddle of pulp on the floor. Ever watch trueblood and see a fanger get staked? That's what the malt flavor is after being destroyed by lemon oil and overuse of too many varieties of hops. In conclusion, what we have here is an acidic, unbalanced soup of lemony hop extraction. The taste is NOT bad by any means, but it's a far cry from what it could be. It's a good idea that somehow wound up in a mental institute. Total hop heads will sing its praises because it is hop oil and nothing else but I'll say funk all dat. I could smell the rye but all I can taste of it is the slightest chirp that it sent me on twitter a few Minutes after I took my last sip. Now-- done with the metaphors. Dry grainy toasted biscuit like malt overplayed with abundant hop flavor. Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot and mango are all but drowned out by the bitterness. Finishes like that ex girlfriend that liked you wayyyy more than you liked her... But hey, well hidden alcohol!

MF- oily and astringent. Dry. Acrid. Medicinal. And I blame... Lemon oil!!! Dogg, you shouldn't be here! You belong in the unused section of a holistic medine vendor or lightly spritzed (from the peel, of course) over a Hendrick's martini! Let verbana do her work and bounce bro. High alpha hops can take part of the blame too but it's over the top of what a usual good double would be. Carbonation is subtle and rolling, extremely tight and a masterwork of whatever process was used.

D- man I'm gettin chipped on this one. I mean, the quality is obvious and its really quite tasty but I'm so disappointed in what it IS and I can only seem to focus on what it Could be. 16 is a good high volume double ipa but these special ingredients have not been properly utilized in my opinion. But I'm not a world class brewer, just a world class drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:03:48 | More by hustlesworth
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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.