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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-25-2012 04:46:16 | More by MonkeyStain
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-24-2012 16:40:00 | More by RyanCMcGovern
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

12-24-2012 08:44:43 | More by JonIrabagon
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

12-23-2012 04:59:54 | More by MaineBrewing
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-22-2012 19:11:26 | More by marshmeli
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-22-2012 16:37:05 | More by cletusdog
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

12-21-2012 19:57:12 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-20-2012 23:25:29 | More by TripsRight
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

12-20-2012 04:01:11 | More by MattSweatshirt
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2.38/5  rDev -37.5%

A: The beer pours out a hazy yellow red color with a big white head. Bubbles aerate the beer and hold up the head, which laces nicely.

S: The aroma is full of lemon and orange. The piny hops I had hoped to experience aren't there. The fruits almost make this smell like cleaner and need the other hop aromas for balance.

T: The taste has more of a balance, luckily. The lemons and orange are back, but this time they're paired with some pine. The orange is stronger than the lemon, but the hops still aren't strong enough to make this something I'd consider drinking again. It's just too much lemon for me. The booze comes out at the end, which really doesn't help.

MF: The body is light and full of carbonation. The booze at the end negatively impacts the nice hop finish that I considered one of the only plusses of the beer.

O: I haven't been all that impressed with the Stone Anniversary series, and this is another example of that. The lemon was just too much, perhaps it wasn't fresh enough.

12-20-2012 01:56:39 | More by russwbeck
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-19-2012 22:51:36 | More by tln13
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Great appearance with a deep orange color and a nice thick white head. Some thin spotty lacing down the glass. Smells of a lemon and pine. Tastes of a lemony, hoppy bomb, with a definite strong malt backbone. After that you get an herbal aftertaste that is pretty good in my book.

Overall, I liked this beer just to try it because I can not get it in my state. The lemon verbena flavor is outstanding and if you don't like this beer, keep it for a chicken marinade. I think it would be outstanding for that use.

12-19-2012 04:51:39 | More by MtnBiker
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-19-2012 03:13:44 | More by OB1
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-19-2012 02:31:42 | More by JimmyCop
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

A- Hazy amber color, topped with a thick off white head. The head fall slowly to a cap and leaves a lot of thick lace rings on the glass.

S- Mild citrus and fresh cut grass slight notes of malt to balance things out.

T- Creamy smooth note of hops that builds to a herbal climax, unusual not unpleasant, but unexpected. Malt balances thing out and leads to the finish with has a slightly puckering tart dry final note of hops. Slight heat of alcohol at the finish too, other wise it is well hidden.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, smooth and creamy as well, finish is pretty clean there is a bit of hop oil residue but it isn't distracting from the enjoyment of this one.

O- Nice effort but nothing outstanding here the 10% ABV is well hidden and for an IPA is is a pretty easy drinker, just nothing special.

12-18-2012 05:46:27 | More by ToddT
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-17-2012 22:20:40 | More by jgluck
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-17-2012 11:13:12 | More by grahamboudreaux
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-17-2012 04:11:54 | More by Honus1
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-17-2012 01:29:34 | More by tfsimpkins
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-16-2012 22:17:19 | More by huysmans
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-15-2012 07:11:28 | More by bifrost17
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3.85/5  rDev +1%

Pours a copper to orange body with dark golden hues beneath the creamy white head which is quite slow to dissipate waving a scattered sticky lacing.

Citrus and grass hop aromas float from the glass with generous sweet malt balance.

Flavors of zest citrus hops of lemon, woody pine and spicy rye are all present accompanied by generous sweet malt.

Medium in body and carbonation with a drying and puckering finish.

Not a bad beer, perhaps not the big hop profile Stone has gotten us accustomed to as it seems to have a generous amount of malts. This beer is as advertised with its lemon zest and subtle rye spice.

12-15-2012 03:35:59 | More by CHADMC3
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2012 14:28:33 | More by CGAR
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-14-2012 03:54:46 | More by freduardo
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-13-2012 18:26:45 | More by Lex_Talionis
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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