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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
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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Ratings: 1,361 | Reviews: 392 | Display Reviews Only:
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-12-2013 19:03:18 | More by CityofBals
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-18-2012 16:38:06 | More by StoicBeast
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ScottP

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-26-2012 23:00:03 | More by ScottP
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-30-2012 00:42:40 | More by uvm2003
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terence

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-06-2012 01:07:33 | More by terence
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jschott75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-16-2013 23:20:26 | More by jschott75
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gr0g

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-05-2013 19:18:40 | More by gr0g
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: amber coloured liquid with excellent clarity with a 1/4" cream coloured head.

S: Muted smell of lemon and resiny pine hops.

T: Lemon verbena and lemon oil, I guess... Very resiny lemon flavours that somewhat taste like tree sap along with grapefruit dominate the taste profile. Very overpowering and not very pleasant.

M: Thick resiny viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The drinkability on this one is low, which is unfortunate because I am a very big fan of Stone IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:22:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Broden

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-06-2012 22:45:17 | More by Broden
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Jason1010


3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-26-2012 21:09:36 | More by Jason1010
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Gamblor14

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-11-2013 01:57:47 | More by Gamblor14
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-21-2012 01:52:03 | More by TicoCali
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-27-2013 09:51:15 | More by hellhammermario
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Skunkdrool

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-22-2013 22:34:14 | More by Skunkdrool
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taospowder

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-07-2013 17:38:19 | More by taospowder
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-23-2014 04:52:36 | More by Beerlover
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iparaez

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-01-2013 06:55:01 | More by iparaez
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Paul3371

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-08-2012 22:58:16 | More by Paul3371
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marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-22-2012 19:11:26 | More by marshmeli
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just hit our stores today!

Pours clear dark gold/amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

Interesting aromas. Typical tropical fruit with a touch of citrus, but the rye spice does make an appearance and in what I'm coming to associate the Calypso hop with, a huge lemon presence overwhelms. Smells a bit like lemon pledge.

Strong pine with a hefty caramel backbone greets the front of the palate. A little rye spiciness, but it's a bit more subdued than the nose. Finishes resiny and dry with an intense lemon character. Almost smells like lemon you find in saisons at times and with the rye it takes on an almost Belgian quality at times. The spicy rye and booze come out more as it warms making it harsh and unpleasant. Flavors really clash.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. As with most DIPA's of this range, it's a bit past the sweet spot and the alcohol isn't hidden well. Gets too boozy as it warms. I like my booze in stouts, not so much in IPA's.

The weakest anniversary beer in a few years. Might have been ok if I split it, but the flavors don't lend to great drinkability and I didn't like the additives. They took away from the base flavor and added nothing pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 21:40:44 | More by jmarsh123
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know. I just don't. Something in this beer is hitting me wrongly. Looks good, no question. The aroma is a bit like lemon Pledge and flowers. Maybe it's just that I expected hops. It's similar to hops, and hops are there, but the weird lemon thing....

For a base, the malt is great. A bit of spice, some caramel, but mostly it's sturdy toasted biscuit.

Feels like an IPA, abv is hidden very well. Normally a 22oz of Stone is fine. This one I shared b/c I wanted to. I don't know

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 16:52:10 | More by Mebuzzard
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colts9016

Idaho

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A three finger monster head that has great retention. The head is ivory in color that is creamy and foam that left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper color with red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: A very strong lemon, verbena and grapefruit aroma with a subtle hop profile in the background. The malt aroma is caramel, toast, and biscuit,

Taste: A nice lemon, verbena, and grapefruit, flavor. The hops is muted compared to the nose. The malt is more prominent with caramel, toast, and biscuit,

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, creamy, and slightly warm

The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. Well I was starting to like the appearance and the Nose; however, the rest of the beer let me down. I know stone beer and this one is sub par compared to the rest of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 04:08:33 | More by colts9016
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largadeer

California

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a big fluffy cap that leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and lemony up front, with floral undertones. A touch of lavender, bready rye and alcohol. The liberal use of lemon verbena gives the beer a perfumey, soapy quality that isn't especially enjoyable to me.

Taste and mouthfeel: Straight-up lemon rind. Bitter and botanical, soapy, perfumey, and rather malty. Booze is somewhat noticeable, too. The body has some heft to it, though the beer remains on the dry side. Lemon peel and botanical soap flavors linger throughout the finish. Very bitter.

Overall: Clean, well crafted, but not really appealing to me. Would be a nice but unspectacular DIPA without the lemon verbena; as is it's not something I'd revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:43:59 | More by largadeer
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a half finger white head. Head retention isn't great as can be expected from a 10% beer but lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is a little odd with lemon being quite noticeable. Pine and tropical citrus are present along with a slight bit of rye spicyness. This is the only malt really detectable as hops completely dominate.

The flavor is where things go pretty bad. Lemon cookies up front mixing with pine hops and it doesn't really work. It's almost like someone sprayed lemon Pledge or dumped a shot of gin into my beer. Bitterness is high with alcohol quite noticeable on the finish. Really no malt is detectable other than a thick mouthfeel.

Overall, probably the worst beer I have had from Stone. The lemon does nothing for me and removing that, it would just be an average IIPA. Poorly balanced and not very well though-out. Not one to seek out other than for curiosity's sake.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:23:06 | More by rangerred
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Zorro

California

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear deeply amber colored ale with a small white head. This is the color I call IPA Orange.

Smell is citrus and soap with tea scent. There is a delicate floral scent that is not obscured by the hops. The best I can describe the floral scent is roses. That said it isn't that aromatic.

Starts out semi-dry and savory without any complexities. Alcohol stings the tongue a bit. Alcohol warms the chest without really being detectable in the taste. Strong tea and wood with a little burnt sugar taste. Reasonably bitter. Honestly not that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall I am severely disappointed. Stone can make better beer than this. I will try this again at a later date and confirm or revise my low opinion of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:36:51 | More by Zorro
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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