16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice amber color with some dark copper hints around the edges, mild clarity and a frothy, creamy off-white head - this is a Stone brew, so you can typically expect excellent lacing, and sure enough, the lacing is magnificent.
The aroma is heavily saturated with pine and resinous oils, somewhat grassy and herbal, along with a thick overcoat of citrus and fruit, but not the typical profile you'd expect to see in an IPA. This one includes some lemon and lemon zest, almost with a "Lemon Pledge" type aroma to it, along with faint tangerine, grapefruit rinds, and sugary sweetness.
The aroma leads into the taste pretty well, you get what you're expecting here. Lots of pines, oils, and grassy notes outline things while the lemon verbena, citrus, and orange peel come alive. The lemon flavors in conjunction with the hop profile yields an interesting, herbal, lemongrass tea flavor. Nice amount of bitterness from the pines while remaining sweet from the fruit.
Alcohol is not a problem here, especially considering the hefty 10% ABV tag. Malt flavor is subdued here, I'd like to say I taste some caramel malts, but it's just not prominent enough to really bother talking about. Medium body, maybe a little on the thicker side, slick and smooth. The rye actually provides a relaxing, somewhat dry finish and really shines in the aftertaste, along with a touch of grassy bitterness. Medium-high carbonation in this one.
Many people seem to be upset with this beer, but I thought it was pretty good. Nice fruity characteristics, which were a little different than most IPAs. It's always good to mix things up. I didn't think the fruitiness was too overdone, either. It was nice and refreshing and it works well with Stone's monster hop line-up. I guess when all is said and done, I'd still reach for a Ruination before this, but it was definitely a decent change of pace.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2012 17:35:43 | More by tectactoe
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.