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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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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BierJager89

California

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden, copperish, with a slightly tan head.

S: Hopped to high hell, mostly floral, but some orange citrus as well.

T: Extremely hop forward flavors, citric and floral, as if made of hops that were pulverized to liquid form.

M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Not the best stone beer, but better than many of their standards.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:18:44 | More by BierJager89
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stone Brewery 16 Anniversary is an Imperial IPA with a 10% ABV~ Pours Transparent ruby/orange, lots of head with phenomenal lacing~ Aroma is Lemon Rind, Plastic, Grapefruit, Bread, Earthiness,Yeast and Honey~ Mouthful is bitter immediately, flat finish, Heavy yet juicy and Clean~ Taste is Lemon, Grapefruit, Rye, Wheat, Woody, Piney, Grassy, Floral, Hoppy, Biscuit, and some tastes I'm unfamiliar with( think Juniper? Clove? Lemon Grass?)~ Really such an odd brew, seems like every other sip is different, which speaks volumes for its complexity~ Yet is tuff to review, one sip I'm like 'ewww' ~The next I'm like 'Oh yeah' I could definitely put a few back on a hot summers day~ The thought that they clock in at 10% is near mind blowing!~ I have a feeling people will either love or hate this beer~ The more I drink it... The more it wrecks my palate... Also the more I enjoy it~ It's equal parts odd, yet refreshing~ A anniversary treat, that would make a great summer brew~ Overall: 88


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:29:42 | More by BrewUSA
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear orange gold with a finger of thick fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Nice lemon zest, caramel malt, a little bit of alcohol, some really sour smelling citrus, lime especially, pine.
T - At this point its mostly caramel malt, there's some of that lemon flavor still there, a little herbal, some spicy hop bite mid end, pine, and some grapefruit.
M - Sticky with a moderate burn.
O - Granted this is a year and a half old it was pretty decent, I would have like to have had it fresh, not sure how I missed out on it when it came out, but I love lemon flavored anything for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:56:27 | More by Omnium
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 16th Anniversary

Appearance: deep amber, pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: lemon and hops.

Taste: intense malty hops with a fresh lemon zest in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and bitter finish.

Overall:
This is a very malty brew. Its quite hoppy and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:16:49 | More by megahurts4
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blackie

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from grape & gourmet, VA Beach

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, a khaki head falling back to a placid surface, the beer itself a copper amber in color

s: caramel malt, sweet tea spiked with herbal lemon and a touch of mint, some steeped mustiness, oily lemon rind, hops of moderate strength, earthy citrus

m: carbonation on the lighter side, medium bodied

t: caramel malt sweetness in sweet tea steeped with lemon and herbs, toasty caramel through the middle, begins to dry well into the finish and lingers long with a tannic herbal bitterness, growing with each sip

o: not a huge fan of the tealike character, everything seems a bit muddled and the bitter, leafy tannic nature overwhelms and detracts, old lemon, comes across more like old iced tea than a good dipa

4/35/35/3/35

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:14:41 | More by blackie
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TruePerception

California

1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA: 10% ABV; very thick head; Appearance: medium amber; Smell: tree bark; Taste/Mouthfeel: extremely bitter, cigarette ash, tree bark, very long finish; bad

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 06:26:48 | More by TruePerception
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Bfarr

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange amber with moderate light tan frothy head. Crisp earthy spice and tropical notes in the aroma. Earthy grass and rye with a lemon finish. Strong rye sweetness/spice. Moderate bittering linger and no alcohol warming. Light and mostly crisp feel with moderate carbonation but with a heavy finish.

Lemon is more pervasive than subtle but it's still an interesting beer. Definitely complex though the bittering is on the lighter side. I love the lemongrass flavor but it's a little strong to make a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 21:14:30 | More by Bfarr
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rand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 07:10:41 | More by rand
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came across this is my cellar today - didn't mean to let a DIPA age but oh well, not much I can do now other than drink it!

Served in a Weyerbacher tulip. Poured with a thick two fingers of head. Hazy and not particularly transparent, and amber in color. More reddish than I expected. Sweet vanilla notes in the nose, and some grassy clover fragrance. Taste began with a toffee sweetness followed by notes of tea leaves bitter citrusy hoppiness. Great mouthfeel, very smooth and bubbly.

Overall, a unique beer that was fairly enjoyable. I wish I had tasted it fresh as I'd be curious to see how much the hops have faded, but it still held up fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:14:13 | More by shangwang
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus floral hoppy notes with some good notes of lemon. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hops notes with clear lemon notes without any tart flavours. Fruity notes from the Amarillo with light residual sugar form the malt backbone bring out a good balanced mix overall. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good and one beer that Stone should keep producing as a regular instead on an Anniversary one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:06:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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MisSigsFan

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated August 2012. Pours a golden amber with a finger and a half thick head. Smells sweet with lemon and booze. Taste is mostly citrus with some sweetness and boozey sting at the end. Good amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Mouth is pretty smooth with medium body. Carbonation is average to above average average. Overall I really like this brew. Probably the only IPA I've had from Stone that didn't have a strong piney hop character.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:40:08 | More by MisSigsFan
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ironically its my 16th Anniversary and I'm drinking the 16th Anniversary from Stone...un planned I swear!! Nevertheless, the beer pours a cloudy copper with big finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The smell is fresh pine mixed with sweet malt and a tinge of citrus. The taste is starts bitter with pine and bitter citrus, then a smoothing malt comes in then followed by a bitter finish that is left on the pallet. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonaiton. Overall this is a big beer and is more of a sipping type. At 10% ABV it is a knockout punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:14:00 | More by WoodBrew
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, harvest gold color with a sudsy white head. A moderate amount of lacing occurs when this initially large head recedes to a thin coating. The aroma is magnificent, with pineapple and other tropical fruits, lemon balm, and rye whiskey. There is also a 'baked goods' aspect with cinnamon, like fresh sugar cookies of some kind. The taste consists mostly of very resinous hops, flowery tea, and a bit of lemon extract. There is something medicinal about this, like eucalyptus. The finish is where the rye comes in, and it's a bit boozy. Very full mouthfeel. Overall, the smell is the best part of the beer. The taste is good, but a little bit of a let down. I will make note that this was bottled in August 2012 and reviewed April 2013. Technically there may have been some fade from the original intended flavor. I typically would not purchase an IPA more than 6 months old, but due to the bottle conditioning I thought this would be alright.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:03:00 | More by Neorebel
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange-amber hue with a large, foamy head; lacing is decent

S: So much citrus: lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit but also so much floral and herbal qualities that I feel like I'm sucking on a lemon while walking through a botanical garden; also a sweet bready presence underneath

T: Holy crap that has a bizarre but awesome kick: so bitter and citrusy and floral and oily: lemons and flowers; there is a bready malt base but it's hard to get past the peppery floral and citrus flavors--so much lemon

F: This is sticky and oily and pretty darn awesome

O: What a bizarre and jolting IPA; this beer is big and extreme and a sipper but I sure enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:47:07 | More by dbossman
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750bl bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed glass.

The color is a golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is full lemon aroma with a tangerine and a touch of grass that comes out in the back end of the nose.

The taste is sweet malts at first that gives to a citrus flavor that brings in the bitter hops toward the end. More lemon and tangerine like a lot of west coast IPAs that bring the hops. There is a slight candy sugar flavor like a Belgian triple that leaves a nice sweetness before that bitterness hooks up with it but does not push the sweetness completely away.

The feel of this beer is smooth going down with a push here in there with some bitterness but seems to be less spikey feel in back end. Things seem to meld together well and contributes to the nice drinkable feel of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:17:07 | More by Duhast500
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ItsTheLimit

Florida

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer appears as a cloudy, hazy orange/copper color that very little light shows through. Almost looks like a lighter apple cider. Thick, three finger head of off-white foam.

Smell is very strong up front with pine, resin, lemon and subtle mint. Not picking up muchin the way of the rye described on the label.

Upon first sip it's mostly slightly citrusy tang followed by some sweet malt and then finishes with a balanced hop finish. The lemon doesn't really work with the beer, for my tastes, and overpowers it, giving it an almost unnatural taste.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and syrup-like, but not to a fault. Nicely carbonated and carries the depth of flavors well.

Overall, this is a slightly disappointing effort from a remarkably consistent brewery. This won't deter me from purchasing and consuming all of the other excellent Stone Brewery products, but I can't imagine going out of my way to drink the 16th anniversary brew again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:25:47 | More by ItsTheLimit
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durwood64

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just about the worst beer I can remember from such a usually great brewery. I was very disappointed with this one.Tastes like the an arrogant bastard mixed with a lemon furniture polish. I like IPAs and love double IPAs, but I think this one is trying too hard to push the envelope. Stick with a ruination.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:14:32 | More by durwood64
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:13:36 | More by Cyberkedi
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ajpadre

California

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I currently live in Pensacola after moving from San Marcos, CA. I'm very used to drinking the local SD beers however we tend to get them months after their production date.

The weather down here is very warm, and I have to say this beer is an excellent complement.

It has had some time to mellow and it comes through. The color is a lovely orange to a lighter color that resembles their ruination.

The nose is interesting because you're trying to find the lemon, but I honestly think that if this was a blind taste test you wouldn't be able to smell it over the typical hop nose.

The taste is what I would call very refreshing. I hesitate to use that terminology due to certain trademarked slogans. But it almost resembles a Thai tea lemon flavor that blends very well with the already bitter hop characteristic. And the flavor dissipates very quickly leaving a clean feeling on the pallet.

I'm a hop head myself, the bitter the better. This one kicks fairly well for aging this long, but the 10% ABV is completely undedectable.

All and all and awesome brew. I honestly thought I wasn't going to like it, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:38:32 | More by ajpadre
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden-orange in color. This beer has a soapy, bright white head...it leaves the glass draped in lace. The aroma is flowery and fruity...citrus, and some peach like scents. Soft malt, spicy, earthy hops. The taste is complex and engaging. Lots of fruit and a solid hop bitterness and flavor. Semi sweet, spicy, herbal, and enjoyable. I get a lot of fruit, but I am not sure that I would call it 'lemony', despite the ingredients. The complexity, however, and the balance/flavor profile are well crafted. Firm body, lingering bitterness. Exceptionally good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:32:27 | More by Suds
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:47:24 | More by mactrail
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with moderate thick off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter lemon zest and fresh grapefruit, with some floral hops and sweet wild honey.
T: It tasted like strong herbal and resinous hops, with some lemon zest and unripe grapefruit and peppercorn and light caramel. It had a strong and clean aftertaste of earthy bitterness, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice full body.
D: This was a pretty powerful 2IPA with nice scent and bold taste. The body was immense, nearly chewy, and the finish was reasonably smooth. The alcohol wasn't too hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but I could see some age turning this into an entirely different but also good...and more mellow beer. Quite enjoyable fresh, and one of the better IPAs from Stone, but still not on the same level as some other modern IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:23:03 | More by Pencible
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LittleDon

Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a off white head. Lots of sticky lace and good head retention. Some haze. Aroma balances pineapple and malt with less tropical fruit that expected. Flavor is less complex than other Stone IPAs. Leans toward the dry side. Lots of bitterness in the finish and mild acidity. Some alcohol present middle to finish. Medium to medium heavy body and very rich. Medium plus carbonation.

Probably should have open it sooner. Aug 2012 date, consumed 19-Jan-13. Stored in refrigerator at a fairly cold temperature (~40-45).

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:26:23 | More by LittleDon
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djjacobsen

California

4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This one was brewed with me in mind. I'm a hop-head and this one, with the slight rye characteristics along with a vibrant lemon accord made my summer. The nose is of over-exaggerrated lemon, which is the verbena. The mouthfeel is oily and pine/green tasting. At 10.00 ABV this beer is two glasses into a wonderful and flavorful IIPA experience. The nose is great, the body is great, color is great, bottle is great...catch my drift? One of my favs.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:41:11 | More by djjacobsen
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldn’t be safe. For my taste buds, it wasn’t. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didn’t help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes it’s okay not to go extreme.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 12:41:49 | More by Thorpe429
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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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