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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,381 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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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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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ms11781, Aug 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Triglycerides, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

PlinyBeMiney, Jun 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

bluntedboywonder, Aug 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

bifrost17, Dec 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

jmmy3, Jan 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ballenc, Aug 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

kvgomps, Jan 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Herky21, Mar 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Brew33, Jun 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pured adarkish orange color with a moderatewhite cap, light bubbles and lcing

S: Smells pretty malty caramel coupled with lemon like Pledge wood cleaner d some tropica fruits.

T: Big caramel maltiness upfront with lemons and tropical fruits. The finish was heavy, to malty and unbalancedin the malt department.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: The worst Stone Anny since the Imperial Red

barleywinefiend, Aug 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Horbar, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed 8/28/12

Appearance: Clear, light amber - copper, gold when held to the light - little, white head that fades to a little ring - leaves a few specs of lacing

Smell: Lemon candy is center stage. but there are a lot of aromas in here - lemon, touches of other citrus (grapefruit), and some tropical notes (pineapple chunks), and some dry pine needles - some spiciness, slightly herbal, with a touch of grass - some booze - overall it kind of smells like tea, loaded with lemon, with a packet of sugar

Taste: Again, liquid lemon candy - hints of grapefruits, but it's mostly just lemon rinds - spicy rye, more spicy than the smell would suggest - earthy, herbal, grassy - some cooked, yet dry, bready malts - some tea-like flavors - kind of reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer, but with booze (apparently called a John Daly... hmmm)

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily, slick, adequately carbonated, a bit sticky

Overall: Ok, but weird

I like this, but it's not really what I was expecting. Maybe I just don't appreciate lemon enough. Honestly, I actually had to look up what "lemon verbena" was. Apparently it's a shrub (thank you, Wikipedia). That may explain the tea-like properties. Anyway, I love Stone, and I may revert to believing that the Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was actually the 16th anniversary beer. Because that kicked ass. This does not.

Update: I grew tired of the taste quickly after starting to drink the second half of my bomber. And I woke up the next morning with a raging headache, sick to my stomach, and sweating uncontrollably. Either my body hates this beer or I got a 6-hour West Nile virus. Taste and overall scores have been reduced slightly from my previous scoring.

angrybabboon, Aug 28, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a snifter

Pours a warm, darker orange color. There's a nice, soft eggshell colored head here that laces all pretty like around the glass. It's a good looking beer, for sure.

I appreciate what this beer is doing as far as originality, but the original aroma profile doesn't automatically make for a good aroma profile. This beer smells mostly of spicy, earthy notes. Not in a Saison way or anything. But in the way of green hop bitterness and spicy rye malt. There's a honeyed lemon aroma here, sorta' like a cough drop. A touch of citrus -- peach mostly -- but not as juicy as perhaps it should be. It doesn't smell like it has much depth.

16th Anniversary is unique. I can say that much. It tastes more like a mediocre cocktail than a beer. Let me explain. We've all been to a bar that purports to specialize in their signature cocktails, but their cocktails are just cool ingredients mixed together without a learned understanding of how to mix a balanced, expressive drink. That's what this beer tastes like. It tastes like peach soda pop, rye whiskey, and bitter herbs. Nothing comes together to make a cohesive flavor. Very peachy, but no hop depth beyond that. Just some slick bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I'd prefer in the style, It's not poor or distracting, just thick. Overall, this is a strange, unique take on the style. I don't think it works, ultimately, but it was worth a try.

Reaper16, Oct 13, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant appearance with orange color in the tall Saxo tulip. Plenty of foam and quite spritzy in the mouth. Tends to attack the tongue after some sipping.

This doesn't seem so overly lemoned, in fact the nose is quite interesting. But it just seems to add to the general bitterness, which this doesn't need any more of. Rich and malty, but then the bitter blast blows through. Quite unpleasant aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and generally acidic. It doesn't taste so alcoholic, but it's a harsh mistress nonetheless.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in San Diego for six bucks.

mactrail, Feb 06, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint

A: Light copper-tan in color, the brew forms a healthy 1-inch head that holds its form for a long time, never really fully recedes.

S: Candied lemon up against citrusy, snappy hops. Lots of sugar in this one, smells like the malt-backbone overpowers.

T: Lemon candy pops to the front of the palate first, almost making this seem malt-forward. The piny, vinous signature hop character is noted, but it's drowned out by the sweet and sticky aspects. Seems to be all over the place on the palate, not sure of what it's trying to do. The booze helps to break up the cloying sweetness, but the malts and added sugar are a bit too much....finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy, thick. Thankfully there's ample carbonation or this one would be hard to swallow.

Valiant attempt...I can understand trying to accent the naturally citrusy aspects of West Coast style IPA's, but the beer's sweetness quickly becomes treacly.

rand, Jul 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

mctizzz, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

OGkushington, Oct 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Bieniek30, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.