16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
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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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.
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