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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

392 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,388
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012

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.
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Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Only dating visible on the bottle is “August 2012” printed in red ink as part of the label artwork above the barcode, but this juuust came out and has barely gotten through distribution, so it’s damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): Very nice, rich head on this beer, ivory-colored and rising to a good three or four fingers of moderately tight bubbles and fading slowly, atop a rich amber body, which is crystal-clear. Lacing is a bit underwhelming, but it leaves some spots as it recedes.

Smell (4.0): Classic, West Coast DIPA aroma, here: hop-dominated, with strong pineapple and passionfruit notes (hi, Amarillo!), with an undercurrent of pine coming from the glass. From the bottle, there’s a good lemon essence in the nose, at least as strong as the hop component and very refreshing.

Taste (4.5): The rye is noticeable on the palate, leaving a nice, rye bread spiciness to play with the hop profile, which comes off more resinous and dank in terms of flavor, but finishing with a strong pink grapefruit / citrus pith bitterness. The lemon verbena is half-citrusy, half-herbal in character and interestingly, kind of melds into that nice, dank character—very nice touch. The malt body, meanwhile, is well put-together: a bit of caramel sweetness, mixing with moderate-to-strong toasty and spicy notes, it’s got enough going on to hold its own, but doesn’t distract from the hops and adjuncts in this brew, either. Well-balanced. Finally, the alcohol heat is there, but it’s easy to miss because it folds into the bitter hop finish and resinous character so well—which is key for a hop-forward beer this big. As it warms, the lemony character, malt sweetness, and alcohol vapor all become more pronounced, but it makes for a nice effect, like boozy lemon icing.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft, lush carbonation that never gets prickly or sharp; the body is on the full side of medium-bodied, and very oily—really, really nice mouthfeel. The finish is on the dry side and just slightly chalky, but nice.

Overall (4.5): This is a really well put-together DIPA, with a great use of adjuncts. The rye malt is perfectly balanced, which is uncommon for a lot of beers featuring rye in my experience, and it’s full-flavored but not overdone in any respect. The lemon verbena is a really nice complement to the rye and hops both, and the ABV is well-hidden—just a really, really well-made beer all around. Great brew! (2,496 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my oversized wine glass. This beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, but mostly clear medium to dark amber/copper color. The creamy looking off-white head is about an inch thick when poured before settling to a nice thick surface coating with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Very nice lacing! Aromas of caramel and rye malt are noticeably present and gives way to citrus, earthy hops with hints of lemon. Flavor wise this beer is certainly complex, with the lemony citrus, earthy hop presence that gives way to sweet, biscuity caramel malt that is rounded out with a nice touch of rye. The hops aren't really very bitter at all here, which I guess I initially found to be odd being that this is a double IPA from Stone. But I like the fact that this is a unique take on a double IPA. Has a crisp, yet smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer like this should be! Another excellent beer from Stone!

Eric (1,013 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden copper collar with a three finger head that is white and leaves above average lacing. It is also transparent with average amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Beautiful looking.

S - It is all hops (citrus kind) on this one right up front. After that I get a lot of lemon in the nose with some spicy undertones as well. This is a really aromatic beer, nothing hidden hear.

T - Wow this one has a lot going on in it. I get the bitter bite up front and last throughout with a lemon in your face taste. I also pick up the spiciness the rye adds to this one. The aftertaste of the lemon/ citrus hops seems to last forevvveerr, with the two fighting each other for dominance. This beer punishes your taste buds with every sip.

M - The feel of this beer is really full and smooth thanks to the nice amount of Rye. My mouth does however feel like it is under attack from the strong bitterness of this brew.

O - I think this beer is really pleasant to my tastes..I admit it, I am a hop head and love anything hoppy; although this brew has a lot of other great features. It has a smooth thick mouth on it along with all the different complexity. I believe this is a truly great brew every hop head will love if they enjoy a little lemon in their drink. If so try this, Cheers! (1,311 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, effervescent body topped with 1F of off white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas are rich and sweet. Brown sugar first, as the hops have faded a bit. Pine and pineapple are the most prominent hop qualities, in true West coast fashion.

Flavors contain a good amount of good, spiced qualities. Tropical fruit is the most prominent, with a faint lemon finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is the winner here - 5, IMO. rich and smooth as hell, with just a touch of carbonation to cut the heat of the 10%.

Surprised by the low scores - haven't read the other reviews, but I definitely enjoyed this one. (605 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away! (505 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber orange with 2 finger head with lots of lacing.

B: Lemon,citrous,some herbal notes.

T: Follows the nose, but there is stronger herbal notes towards the middle of the taste right before hops kick in at the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: Very solid brew again from Stone. (341 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature snifter. The side reads "August 2012, Enjoy Fresh."

A - Pours a slightly murky copper color with a full finger of dense cream colored head. After a while the foam dies to a halo and leaves a beautiful tiered lacing behind. Clarity improves as it warms a bit.

S - Smells of sweet and sour citrus; lemon-peel and grapefruit. Dank and earthy hops play wonderfully with spicy rye. In addition to the citrus, I get some blueberry and kiwi tropicals lingering in the background. Unique aromas in this one, very enjoyable.

T - Follows the nose with tons of citrus from start to finish. Lemon is dominant, but isn't alone. Spicy rye, bitter hops, and tangy tropical fruits work in unison to create great balance. Excellent.

M - Tingly effervescence and a medium body. The alcohol goes totally unnoticed.

O - This was one of the best new beers i have tried in a while. I really enjoyed the big lemon citrus flavors. Rye was a perfect compliment to the fruits and bitter hops in this beer. I will be sure to get this again before it goes past it's prime and disappears off of shelves forever. Highly recommended if you find it fresh. (1,169 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is light orange and clear in the body with a pure white, modest head.

Smell – The hops are large but very complex. Usually a big hop bomb like this is almost all pine at the nose but this one is a bouquet. It’s hard to pick everything out but the traditional West Coast collection has a hefty balance of Amarillos.

The malts are equally complex and although you have to hunt through the hops to find them it is well worth the effort. They are slightly carmeled and a little bit toasted.

Taste – The hops are equally impressive at the taste and the malts are a little more assertive. Together this is balanced towards hops of course but isn’t one-sided.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t super big like some DIPAs, I’d say medium-bodied, with a strong bitter bite and very light on the carbonation.

Drinkability – This will be too much for most but for those of us who have worshipped the brewery and are completely amazed at how they continue to find different iterations of their unique brewing style it won’t disappoint. (1,054 characters)

Photo of ajpadre
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I currently live in Pensacola after moving from San Marcos, CA. I'm very used to drinking the local SD beers however we tend to get them months after their production date.

The weather down here is very warm, and I have to say this beer is an excellent complement.

It has had some time to mellow and it comes through. The color is a lovely orange to a lighter color that resembles their ruination.

The nose is interesting because you're trying to find the lemon, but I honestly think that if this was a blind taste test you wouldn't be able to smell it over the typical hop nose.

The taste is what I would call very refreshing. I hesitate to use that terminology due to certain trademarked slogans. But it almost resembles a Thai tea lemon flavor that blends very well with the already bitter hop characteristic. And the flavor dissipates very quickly leaving a clean feeling on the pallet.

I'm a hop head myself, the bitter the better. This one kicks fairly well for aging this long, but the 10% ABV is completely undedectable.

All and all and awesome brew. I honestly thought I wasn't going to like it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $7.99 at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, NY. August 2012 and Enjoy Fresh etched onto the bottle.

Pours near clear, copper amber, off white creamy head, large and staying, leaves some sheeting and smaller blobs of lacing

Sniff reveals resiny hops, honey malts and a back note of lemon.

Pine, pinapple and resins of hops. Healthy layer of caramel malting, and again some lemon.

Densely flavorful, tasty and enjoyable DIPA. Again Stone lives up to the hype, with this quality offering.

I just missed out on a growler fill, but glad to get to try a bottle of this one…gonna head out and get a few more bottles tomorrow…Go get some and enjoy (652 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber with beige head; left with short but fat lacing and a milky cap across the beer

S: lemony citrus, sweet caramel malt, some piney resin

T: I get a lot of the malt up front, with the citrus a little elusive - getting it a little bit on the sides of my tongue, as grapefruity as it is lemony, but the verbena tosses in a floral note - getting the resiny pine and an almost butterscotchy quality

M: nice balance between bitter hops and chewy malt; fairly full on the tongue; good aftertaste; savory

O: these guys know their business, and hit core styles like the IPA, DIPA, and strong ale on the nose (I'd be remiss not to point out that their RIS is tops, too) - a definite buy for anyone who likes DIPAs (721 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank god we got this on time.

Light amber body with a thick frothy white head. Initial pour was a bit too aggressive for the glass as it foamed over, but now its settled in nicely with a small but steady stream of carbonation.

I get the sweet honey malt on the nose, loads and loads of lemon, and quite a bit of grapefruit. Reminds of Ruination 10th alot on the nose.

The taste is for sure interesting. Strong herbal hops are a surprise, with a huge dose of lemongrass. Kind of feels like leafy hops, very grassy with the rye spiciness accenting it quite nicely. Good bit of slick alpha acids and bitterness really come out to make it feel a bit more easy drinking.

I love how this thing is put together. Slick spicy hops/rye, with a nice sweet bitterness. well done. (774 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange amber colored body showed slight cloudiness due to chill haze. The head was one to two ginger thick, and very durable. The smell was quite different than most other DIPAs I've sampled before. There were some piney hops on the nose, but they were showcased quite a bit less assertively than usual, and there was a sweet floral aroma coming through as well. The taste was also very balanced, with a lot more of the fruity and floral flavors, dare I say almost of a Belgian character, taking center stage, and then followed by pine, grapefruit, and spruce from the hops. The finish was more of a showcase of toasted malts. Medium dense in the mouthfeel, and I am absolutely shocked to find out that this is a 10% ABV beer, because it drinks much lighter. Stone is at the top of their craft here. (803 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ironically its my 16th Anniversary and I'm drinking the 16th Anniversary from Stone...un planned I swear!! Nevertheless, the beer pours a cloudy copper with big finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The smell is fresh pine mixed with sweet malt and a tinge of citrus. The taste is starts bitter with pine and bitter citrus, then a smoothing malt comes in then followed by a bitter finish that is left on the pallet. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonaiton. Overall this is a big beer and is more of a sipping type. At 10% ABV it is a knockout punch. (561 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus floral hoppy notes with some good notes of lemon. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hops notes with clear lemon notes without any tart flavours. Fruity notes from the Amarillo with light residual sugar form the malt backbone bring out a good balanced mix overall. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good and one beer that Stone should keep producing as a regular instead on an Anniversary one. (576 characters)

Photo of Nicked
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Stone delivers with this strong, yet tasty DIPA.

A: Lovely, hazy copper and gold. Sticky lacing follows you down the glass. Half of a finger of head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer.

S: My second favorite feature of this beer is the smell. Hops dominate, but are balanced with a faint scent of pepper and lemon.

T: My favorite part of this beer! Bitter hops up front yields to a combination of bready malts and zesty lemon. Some might not like the flavor combination Stone worked into this ale, but I love it! The bready/lemon notes linger long after your sip.

M: Medium mouthfeel suits the style, complimenting the beer but not distracting from it.

O: Great! I recommend it highly. Another reviewer said it's a good beer for people who like lemon in their drink - he's right! Overall a very tasty summer DIPA celebrating 16 years of Stone! Hail beer! (865 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Beeravocate for shutting down and login me off again while I review. This has happened numerous times and I don't understand why it cant be fixed. But yeah thanks! Because of this my rating is going to be a brief recap.

Bought at Horrocks in Lansing MI, price about $8

Very strong tart lemon smell upon first opening fade to a more tropical smell with hints of bitterness. Color is a transparent orange. Head is a off white and creamy and sustains at a steady layer and provides adequate lacing.

Upfront and especially when cold this beer seems very spicy. I'm getting the majority of the taste coming from the back end. This is where you get the 10% ABV that this beer has. I'm also getting much more lemon and other tropical tones. There is also this background spiciness that can be described best as peppery. Taste a bit too similar to double bastard if you ask me. Unreal smoothness, pretty thick, and low-ish carbonation. I wish I knew how they did this so I could make my home-brews have this quality mouthfeel.

Overall: it has lived up to my high expectation for it. Worth the price. Another great brew out of Stone.

Thank you again ba for wreaking this rating. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden-orange in color. This beer has a soapy, bright white head...it leaves the glass draped in lace. The aroma is flowery and fruity...citrus, and some peach like scents. Soft malt, spicy, earthy hops. The taste is complex and engaging. Lots of fruit and a solid hop bitterness and flavor. Semi sweet, spicy, herbal, and enjoyable. I get a lot of fruit, but I am not sure that I would call it 'lemony', despite the ingredients. The complexity, however, and the balance/flavor profile are well crafted. Firm body, lingering bitterness. Exceptionally good. (563 characters)

Photo of joey6packs
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this IPA, i'm not a huge hop head so i thought the lemon oil cut this really nicely and made it a very well balanced beer. Checking the alcohol content was an after thought , tasted very tolerable so i was shocked to see ten percent abv listed on the label. I actually went back to the store to purchase two more to save for friends. (348 characters)

Photo of dmatsui
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,557 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 16th Anniversary

Appearance: deep amber, pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: lemon and hops.

Taste: intense malty hops with a fresh lemon zest in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and bitter finish.

Overall:
This is a very malty brew. Its quite hoppy and bitter. (281 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750bl bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed glass.

The color is a golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is full lemon aroma with a tangerine and a touch of grass that comes out in the back end of the nose.

The taste is sweet malts at first that gives to a citrus flavor that brings in the bitter hops toward the end. More lemon and tangerine like a lot of west coast IPAs that bring the hops. There is a slight candy sugar flavor like a Belgian triple that leaves a nice sweetness before that bitterness hooks up with it but does not push the sweetness completely away.

The feel of this beer is smooth going down with a push here in there with some bitterness but seems to be less spikey feel in back end. Things seem to meld together well and contributes to the nice drinkable feel of this beer. (881 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed 16th some much I had to go out and get another one. No one does beastly beers like stone

A- a copper body with visible clarity through the shades of orange. Lingering foam that possesses shades of orange haze are remaining near the top as some lacing remains as well

S- a strong whiff of lemon and herbal tones clear the path for some spiced rye malt and caramel flavors. Quite spicy yet not overpowering in regards to the citric scent from the lemon

T- The spicy malt is showing its true colors with the scent as it delivers a great combination of flavor with the lemon flavor. A refreshing a bitter flavor is really the final product of this combination. So spicy and flavorful!

M- what I really am enjoying is the coating creamy flavor of the lemon and rye malt. Carbonation is perfect and helps this flavor really have a great feel

O- stone, I don't know how you do it. Another winning interpretation of ipa innovation. Thank you! (949 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into a 10oz nonic.

A-Nice golden color with hints of copper. A thin, light khaki head recedes quickly leaving lots of lace.

S-great hops with pine and spices. Definite lemon notes. Picked up a little rye/grain, but, surprisingly, not much alcohol.

T-Hops and spice, with a touch of lemon. I noticed a little malt on the mid-palate. As it warmed, the rye flavor came on stronger and the spices grew. Hints of bourbon/vanilla towards the end.

M-pretty dry, but not mouth puckering. Long finish with moderate carbonation.

O-a big, bold beer that I really enjoyed. A complex IPA. I liked it, but I cannot decide if I would drink more than one per day.

Edit: I tried this brew again from the bottle and found the taste to be much more sweet...almost cloying. Whereas the tap pour had a crisp flavor and feel, the bottle seemed to be more artificial tasting. Almost like Stone was trying too hard. If I could, I would drop my taste and mouthfeel scores by a few notches. (980 characters)

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.