16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,388 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 15
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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Ratings: 1,388 | Reviews: 392
Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner consumed at Jones Radiator in Spokane for $4.

Poured a copper/amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that took it's time dropping.

Very odd nose to this one. Very herbal, more so than one would expect from hops alone. This had an aroma not unlike sage. There were also some mild piney notes but the weird herb scent overrides everything else.

The taste is very much like the smell, but with more boozy heat to it. The sage aroma is the most dominant part of the flavor profile, though other aspects of hop flavor stand out a little more than in the nose. Weird, weird beer.

About average mouthfeel and carbonation to this beer.

A very odd tasting beer. Not bad, mind you, but weird enough that I was glad I only ordered a schooner. Too much weird flavor and alcohol heat to enjoy in any larger serving.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber pour with 1/2" white head, excellent retention.
scents of pine, ruby red grapefruit, floral hops.
taste is overbearingly bitter on the first sip. another mouthful, and i get a really heavy alcohol taste... yikes, what's going on stone? 3rd taste and i'm gettin some sweet malt flavor as a backdrop to the alcohol.. lots of earthy notes in this one.. bitter burnt-tire like hop flavor. none of the things i smelled are present in taste, honestly this is one of my least favorite stone anniversary/one-off beers.
medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol warmth.
overall, this is my least favorite stone anniversary ale. as far as a stone ipa, it's also pretty bad. i guess the ruination 10 spoiled me as far as what to expect. this one was honestly closer to a strong ale for them, and i would've been fine with it as that (although it's not as good as double bastard either). i'm just really confused as to what they were thinking with this one.. what they were actually shooting for as a result, is this what they wanted?

Photo of Gosox8787
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle chilled and poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Labelled August 2012, so this is a couple months old.

Appearance: Dark orange to light brown in color. A nice, two finger creamy white head that has really nice retention. Turns into a nice lacing and leaves a very solid lacing up and down the glass.

Aroma: Some pine and grapefruit hops notes, but there is an interesting competing flavor of lemon and lemon zest. The lemon character almost adds the sweetness missing from the malt. The lemon flavor is really odd, almost a bit flowery.

Taste: Some initial hop tones and spicy rye notes almost immediately give way to strong lemon zest and medicinial tones. The bitterness from the hops is not strong and gives way very quickly to the strong lemon. Interesting, but not really balanced. Too many weird lemon tones and not even hop character IMO. There is a nice lingering bitterness from the hops after all the lemon fades.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but avoids the pitfall of being too syrupy at this ABV. Crispa and refreshing.

Overall, a really weird take on a double IPA. The lemon and lemon zest tones are interesting, but I don't think they work. It is just too big and not balanced enough here. A decent idea but I am not sold on the execution.

Photo of SawDog505
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange, with a one inch sticky white head, loads of lace on the glass. Smell is lots of lemon, citrus, pine, grass, and mellon. Taste is over the top lemon, it really dominates the flavor profile, grapefruit may also lend a hand, very tart. Body is medium, plenty of life for its large ABV, a touch dry, and goes down a little difficult, because of its tart lemon flavor. A rare miss for Stone, but different than you would expect for sure.

Photo of pisano
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served cold out of a tulip glass

a: pours a gorgeous deep golden amber with a tinge of red when held up to the light and a half finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. slight haze when cold and nice lacing is left on the glass as i drink it.

s: strong on the malt, alcohol, getting an intense herbal essence and the lemon verbena is very distinct

t: slight malt sweetness, alcohol, strong bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the sweetness. there's lemon in there but it's more like a chemical lemon cleaning product than real lemons.

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: overall not loving it and surprised/disappointed by that. i would have liked more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

Photo of Chico1985
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a few times now.

Pours into a tulip a copper orange, white head of a couple fingers is formed. Retains pretty well as a thick ring+spotty cap and leaves some good lacing.

Smell certainly shows off its lemons, lots of lemon/lemon oil with perhaps some pine/earthiness, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is quite strange and a bit all over the place, but it grew on me some as it went on. Lemon, earthy/herbal/light pine, grapefruit , mint toothpaste, spicy hops, maybe some pineapple. Malts are pretty big too, on the sweeter side with caramel and butterscotch, some toastiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much of the alcohol shows up, half a bomber is quite enough though.

As expected it's kind of an odd mess and gives off a Pine-Sol/medicinal type feel, but not bad, takes some time to get used to.

Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a beautiful light orange that is mostly clear. A rocky, creamy three finger head of off white color builds and seems to persist forever. A fair amount of lacing left.

S - floral and citrus. Herbally, gassy and minty.

T - hoppy with notes if floral and citrus; herbally and almost medicinal. Some lemon appeara as it warms. Noticeable rye on the front end. Slightly sweet with a firm bitterness on the back end. Not much in the way of alcohol detected in this bigger beer.

M - full bodied and slightly less attenuated than I'd like to see.

D - fairly low for me. Too much herbal/medicinal notes and too sweet.

Overall, a decent beer with some obvious pitfalls. The appearance of this beer was my favorite part.

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, left to warm slightly before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA pours a translucent amber, with some nice orange highlights. A massive, near four finger bone colored head rises up to crown the beer. Head retention is pretty good, and some decent lacing is left behind, but neither really impress in particular. The nose has a little bit of rye spiciness and some tropical fruit aromas as well, but all that is fairly well trampled over by the lemon verbena. There's a nice bit of malty complexity at the front end of the flavor profile, as spicy rye and bready notes play off of each other well. The mid palate hop bitterness is big, but smooth for a high ABV double IPA. Again here what I'm sure would be some very nice mango and guava notes are largely boxed out by lemon. The body is just a little bit chewy, but not unreasonably so for a 10% beer (though I wish it was a little more dry like the Enjoy By IIPA I had from Stone last night). THe carbonation though is noticeably dull for the style, rendering the beer just a little bit dull. I always look forward to Stone's anniversary beers, and I think this one would have been excellent without the lemon verbena (or at least with it scaled back a good bit). As it is though, it's still a decent imperial IPA.

Photo of cnbrown313
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden brown, 1.5 finger off white head.

S - Pine, spices, and lemon peel

T - I didn't know what to expect from the lemon peer and spices in there... it wasn't overpowering, but it seemed slightly out of place. When I taste those flavors I expect some sort of wheat beer or something, not the bitterness that comes from a 10% ABV DIPA - so for me it was an odd combination and the flavors didn't mix well. It was not bad at all and I was glad I tried it, but I also don't think it's "my thing."

M - The mouth feel was nice. Medium / Heavy bodied with nice carbonation that really holds the flavors in.

O - I'm glad I gave this beer a go, and at $6.99 a bomber I would recommend trying it, but it was not my favorite offering from Stone.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Widmer branded tumbler glass.

Appearance: Clear pale amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Lemon aromas dominate alongside grassy/leafy aromas. Slight spice as well as some breadiness in the background.

Taste: Begins with zesty citrus which rounds out to a tea-like flavor toward the middle. The finish has a good bit of herbal bitterness with more sweet citrus and a bit of tropical fruit. Also has a faint hint of spiciness. Lots of lemon throughout- it's not necessarily bad, but gives the beer a kind of soapy flavor which detracts a bit from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full, almost chewy body with light carbonation and a watery finish that slowly dries out.

Overall: Not Stone's best beer by a long shot, but still pretty good. Hides it's high ABV pretty well. This was nice to try, but I won't necessarily miss it when it's gone.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Brewed as a one time anniversary release in August 2012. Drink fresh? Whoops.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream-tone head of a crisp frothy consistency. Body color is a bold orange amber with high clarity aside from minute specks of sediment. Carbonation in this beer is almost nonexistent, but little relaxed bubbles inform me that it hasn't gone flat. Retention is average- the head settles quicker than expected for one of Stone's brews, but the surface cover is frothy and the lacing is thin and streaked. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Faint traces of verbena, a sprig of lemongrass, a mild grassy hop note and a sweet, clean pale malt base make for a straight forward aroma. Potency is very low, and warming does little to reveal the aroma better. This is surprisingly tepid for a DIPA on almost all accounts of malt and hop brilliance. What's here isn't offensive or out of balance, but it may leave a lot to be desired. 3.25

(Taste) Light tea-like pale malt body, lemongrass, mellow citrus and aggressive piney, mildly spicy hop bitterness with a lingering dry, resinous finish. The malt diversity and flavor is straight-up simple- just shy of absent, with the combined efforts of the hop bitterness and the lemongrass leading the flavor almost entirely. It goes for mild in flavor despite a strong bitter front, even though I would have suggested a slightly bolder malt profile to pair, the drinkability is high and the beer is simple, yet refreshing and bitter in that Stone-grade of expected bitterness intensity. It's not my favorite of the Stone Anniversary Ale series, but it's not too shabby for what it had going in. Probably not a winning recipe for many, but those who want a DIPA that drinks light yet packs a bitter punch (and alcohol boost), this may be your dead ringer. For the rest, you may find this a rather weak and unbalanced brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slickness is moderate, and carbonation is mildly airy. Balance is medium/sharp in regards to bitter over sweet. Body is light+ for the style and medium amongst all beer. A sneaky alcohol presence is medium/high, difficult to conceal behind the simplicity of the malts or lemongrass. It's especially well presented amongst the hop bitterness. The carbonation is decent in regards to exposing the simplicity of the recipe, but the malt body would be more enjoyable if it were a touch sweeter or more complex to better balance the beer out. 3.5

(Overall) I appreciated the simplicity of this beer, and the ingredients used to go with it, as few of them are used regularly in Double IPAs, let alone standard IPAs. The lemongrass led a subtle lemony character and paired with grassy and faint citrus hops, it starts light and drinkable, but ends in typical stone IPA fashion with an intense bitterness, seemingly magnified in intensity by the subtle qualities of the other ingredients. I didn't find the verbena all that well utilized in the flavor and also may have found the alcohol a bit unnecessarily high for this beer altogether. The malt base suggested a tea-like thinness and drinkability for the character- did it really need to be 10% with all the simplicity and drinkability enhanced? Not everybody is going to enjoy this DIPA, but only if you come up to the plate with the expectation that all DIPAs are bold, flavorful and exciting, only then may you be disappointed. Aside from the ABV, I'd sooner classify this a standard IPA. 3.5

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
3.45/5.00

Photo of macrosmatic
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: A clear, dark gold beer with a one finger white head and lively visible carbonation.

S: Lemony, grainy, hints of pine & tropical fruit.

T: Follows the nose nicely at first but with an alcoholic, thin, tinny spicy/bitter flavor at end - I'm not sure where this is coming from. I'm wondering if it was from some early harvest hops, since as it warms, this turned into more of the spicy/garlic hop smell

M: Medium weight, big carbonation sensation. It does taste a little hot - but the ABV is up there. The finish is the hop bitterness with metallic flavor.

O: Not awful but not particularly good. It does get better as it warms up a little bit. I won't be buying this again, even at a relatively reasonable price point.

Photo of RussBecker1
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Charleston Beer Exchange Growler.

A-Pours a highly carbonated honey. Not much body, and a finger head fizzles up to the top with decent staying power.

S-Grassy lemon is the most prominent note. This is cut nicely by the hops bitterness which gives it more of a beer sense (It would have been an artisan soap otherwise).

M-Thicker than the eye would expect, which actually hurts the flavor a good deal. It is not as easy to drink as I would have expected, but fine nonetheless.

T-A much more flowery style IPA than Stone is used to putting out. Instead of blasting the palate, the hops blossom to softly accompany the other flavors. The problem however is the other flavors are not that good. The lemon and other citrus are apparent, but there is a grassy subtlety that does not mix well with the other flavors. At first sip it is not overtly apparent, but the more you drink, the more that earthy grass overwhelms the palate and displeases the drinker.

O-Good to try but not one of Stone's best

Photo of gtermi
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark golden amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades. It also leaves a lot of spiderweb lace on the glass.

S: A stinging alcohol scent, decent amount of hops, some malt and some lemon zest.

T: Hmmm... to me this doesnt really taste like am IPA at all, other than the bitterness. There is a nice spice type flavor that I really enjoy and that lingers on the palate for a long time.

M: Beer goes down very smooth with a nice crispness burn as it goes down my throat.

O: This is not the best beer Stone has put out there, but its still pretty decent. I would say try it because it could be something you really enjoy.

Photo of Hoplomachus
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA is a good, solid double IPA. That said, it lacks the intense hoppiness of other Stone DIPAs.

Not much of a head as I poured the beer into a pint glass, but there was a nice amber color that was inviting.

On the bottle Stone says that they've tried experimenting with lemony flavors and aromas. I did detect some citrus notes, but also pine. But that's a good thing for me.

The taste is mild compared to other Double IPAs. The rye malt is definitely present and not overwhelmed by hops. Not very bitter.

The beer does leave a coat in my mouth and I prefer a crisper brew, but considering the ABV, it's not unexpected.

Overall this reminds me of the Ruination 10th Anniversary without all the hoppy goodness. Not one of Stone's best concoctions but still a pleasure to drink.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Strong lemon aroma. Some citrus and pine. Almost has a Pine Sol smell from the combo of pine and lemon. The taste is more subdued than the aroma. Lemon with some pine hops and floral notes. Slight alcohol burn. Some grapefruit bitterness towards the end. Somewhat of a medicinal taste. Decent Imperial but I'm a bit disappointed considering the source. Overall, decent but I don't need to buy another one.

Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at deep ellum

Darker than most ipa, ruby red. Thin head with some retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma brings some spicey hops, but a solid "red" malt profile.

T: Definitely not your typical DIPA. Its bitter, and theres a hop prescence but its not as intense as a 10% DIPA would normally be. I got flavors of anise, licorice, and caramel, mixed in with the big hop notes of pine-y. spicey herbal, floral and grapefruit. Flavor profile was a little off for me.

Very smooth drinker, its a sipper but theres not a ton of ABV burn. I could have had 2 or 3 if I enjoyed the flavor profile more.

O: Interesting brew that was worth trying, but I'm not sad stone wont be making it again.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with two fingers of slightly off white head after an aggressive pour. The head sticks around for a bit dissapating on the slow side an leaving a ton of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S: there is a kind of lemony soapyness, citrusy orange hops, and a general herby/spicy aroma... Almost smells like potpourri, soapy potpourri with some hops. Overall it's not a horrible aroma, but that soapyness is getting to me a bit.

T: lots of lemony herby/spicyness, the soapyness doesn't seem as present, but the the herbal spicyness is, along with some deffinate citrusy hops, but I feel like they take a back seat to the lemon, overall I feel like these flavors clash a bit, not a fan.

M: medium body with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish, except for the lingering slightly bitter/ lemon rindy aftertaste that doesn't want to seem to leave my mouth.

O: not a fan, and honestly i am dissapointed, perhaps it's just the flavor profile they chose here isn't something that appeals to me. But I felt like the flavors clashed and the hops took almost a backseat.... I deffinatly would have likes to see the lemon an spicyness tones down, and the hops toned way up.... Dissapointing especially on the curtails of ruination 10 and the fact that i greatly look forward to this release every year.

Photo of CHickman
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright hazy amber orange with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and had good lacing and left a light foamy layer on top and rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh squeezed lemon and pine, with a big burst of hops up front, citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus fruit, light spices, herbs, coriander and tea leaf; a very potent and citrus filled aroma that had nice flowery hints as well. It was a cross between a citrus grove and a botanical garden and quite nice to inhale.

Taste does not match the subtle beauty of the aroma; strong citrus and lemon flavors up front, then followed by grains or wheat, yeast funk, toasted malts, spices like pepper and potpourri, herbs, grapefruit, pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, allspice and medicine. Don’t know how there can be such a contrast here between the smell and taste, but there is. The alcohol is completely hidden by the spices, herbs and lemon zest, but this combo of hops and the lemon plants used seem to throw the whole mix off in a slightly unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with light carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a very bitter finish that is grainy and funky with more lemon zest like lemon shavings were in the glass. I expected this type of finish and feel based on the write up on the bottle, which lists rye as an ingredient which is present throughout this tasting.

Overall I was a little disappointed as I love trying new Stone beers and this was a let down; it was not horrible, but my expectations were so high that this just did not hit my mark as this did not match what I was hoping for and expected. Since it is Stone I’ll let some of the disappointment slide, but I won’t be running out to drink this again, especially at this price point (in NY). I’d go get a Ruination bomber over this any day.

Photo of hagbergl
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a glass of Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA at the Salty Pig, a great restaurant in Boston's Back Bay area (check it out, especially if you like cheese, pizza, and craft beer). It came served in a Boulevard tulip glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): 16th Anniversary IPA is a transparent copper color with some red highlights. Bartender's pour was quite good, so my beer arrived with a nice three-finger head of off-white foam (Good job, Salty Pig). Some soapy lacing coats the sides of the glass as it goes. Stone 16th is a solid looking beer.

Smell (3.5/5): Stone 16th features strong notes of lemon, a little hoppy pine and grapefruit rind, and and some malty sweetness flexes in the background. The overall impression, though, is a bit odd–the nose is a bit reminiscent of lemon tea and floor cleaner. Sounds odd, but really is decent.

Taste (3.5/5): Stone 16th's flavor follows the nose: notes of lemon, grapefruit rind, olive oil, and pine are all there, giving this IPA a very unique flavor. It is quite bitter–surprise, surprise!–and a little spicy. Some alcohol heat is there, too, but isn't obtrusive. This is a Stone beer after all.The finish is long and you're left with a lingering lemon bitterness. The complexity of the flavor profile actually does a bit of a disservice to this beer. It comes off a little muddled and unfocused.

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): For all its bitterness, Stone 16th is fairly smooth going down, and it isn't the hardest to drink. If I could characterize the mouthfeel with one word, I would call it "slick" because it has a slightly oily way about it. Like the taste, the mouthfeel is interesting and different, but I'm not in love with it.

Overall (3.5/5): I wanted to like this beer, but Stone 16th Anniversary IPA is not really up to Stone's lofty standards. I can't fault them for trying something new, and I actually like the addition of lemon verbena, but perhaps it would work better in a beer that's not as big or complex.

Photo of rdilauro
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The actual pour and appearance to me was the best aspect of this one.
I was some what excited about this one because of the lemon that was being introduced into this beer. Problem was that I really didnt smell (like of any noticeable aroma), taste (it was crisp and malty like a double IPA and the feel (big body, but sort of flat)
I guess I was anticipating something that never came.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-red body with a tall white head. The lacing is brief.

Smells of orange, herbal, and slight lemon. The herbal aspect seems to cover up the pleasant citrus.

Ugh, not exactly what I was expecting. It's overly bitter and tastes like sucking on a stale tea bag. There's some redeeming orange flavor, but I keep coming back to the heavy herbal taste. The lemon is almost non-existant.

I don't like the mouthfeel much, either. It's dry and bitter, but in a cottonmouth kind of way. It almost leaves me parched.

Unfortunately, this one was a disappointment to me. I absolutely love Stone and this one was a detour from their usual path. It just didn't work.

Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Big lemon and grapefruit notes, slightly spicy, fresh cut grass, bright citrus. Some melon as it warms.

L: Hazy, reddish-orange, off-white head that dissipates slightly. Decent lacing.

T: Smooth malt character with a backbone of lemon sweetness. Medium lemony bitterness with a smooth, fairly clean maltiness. Background flavors of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, your typical Stone beer. An intersting experiment, but pretty mediocre. Why they just don't concentrate on something like Ruination 10th anniversary is beyond me.

Photo of OTB
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper rust pour with a huge tan head. Yup, there's no hiding the lemon extracts used in this brew. A huge lemon infused nose greets you immediately then the citrus fruit appears again as you take your first sip. I pick up zero influence from the Rye addition, it's a citrus fruit bomb for sure. It's a tad sweet and you can pick up the heat from the high ABV. Not worth seeking out again.

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.