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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

Fresh, Dec 30, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date says August 2012 printed on the side in cadmium ink.

A - Nice standard orange IPA looking appearance. Typical stuff. Non-aggressive pour yields virtually no head.

S - I can smell this beer from a distance. Very strong scent of a grapefruit citrus hop assault.

T - Bitter and hoppy. There is a vague hint of spiciness, and a nice hot alcohol burn in the finish. The lemon slowly creeps out as you sip on this beer, but for me it's not very distinct in the sense that the Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale was. Although, I think it's good, there is more citrus alcohol burn than there is genuine lemon flavor.

M - Sticky, bitter, hot, hoppy, tangy, citrus mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer feels good, but I feel like it is missing some floral aspects to tone it down a bit and make it not so spicy. However, it was a very good brew and I recommend picking it up before it disappears.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA --- 4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

imthaschmidt, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

zapahoppa, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

mjw1200, Dec 28, 2012
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StefanosG, Dec 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jonathaniler, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

ScottP, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Jason1010, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

WanderingFool, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MonkeyStain, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

RyanCMcGovern, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

JonIrabagon, Dec 24, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into pint glass a light copper color with slight haze, nice creamy two finger head.

S - nose is dominated by citrus and orange hop character. Bright and floral, almost like potpourri our cleaning supplies.

T - first thoughts very herbal almost mint character, spicey. A very sweet caramel malt is there but plays a secondary role to the fruity almost juice like grapefruit and orange flavor. Hop bitterness doesn't quell the over the top sweet and citrus character. This is an extremely unique flavor, but it does wear on me with the mint character and cloying sweetness.

M - thick and syrupy, sticky, slow sipping, light carbonation.

Overall - mixed emotions... I wasn't blown away but it's certainly unique. I think it's a great beer but I find the herbal flavor weird. Too sweet and not enough bitter for an IPA.

MaineBrewing, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

marshmeli, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

cletusdog, Dec 22, 2012
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TripsRight, Dec 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this fresh on September 3 before leaving the country and had to get a IPA in my system beforehand.

Poured into a tulip producing a great looking beer with a semi-transparent effervescent deep orange body and a voluminous slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly.

The lemon smell seems to hit juts a bit more above the sweet peach, grapefruit, and mango. Slight bit of spicy rye characteristic. Kind of melds with the lemon and isn't there too much.

The interplay between the lemon and malts in this beer is great to me. The lemon is prominent and pops out again over everything for a second. Sweet caramel and bready maltiness is there. The rye malt provides a nice little spice. The great hop aromas seem a little muddled in the taste. There is mostly juts grapefruit underneath the lemon.

The body is medium. The beer goes down smooth with a slight oiliness. After the initial pour the carbonation settled nicely.

The added lemon character seems a touch too much and overpowers some of the aspects of the beer which is unfortunate but makes for an interesting drinking experience.

MattSweatshirt, Dec 20, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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