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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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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buschbeer

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. An average pour yielded me a half glass of rocky, tan head that clung to the sides.

S - There is a lot of citrus. I immediately notice the lemon, but there is also a strong grapefruit presence. Once the head subsides, I get more of a caramel malt aroma.

T - I notice a lot of caramel malt in the taste. The lemon is muted, and the finish is Stone's typical hop bitterness with a kiss of rye.

M - It's thick for an IPA.

O - I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for some more lemon flavor. Instead I got a typical Stone hop bomb. If you are a fan of Stone you would like this beer. I prefer the mid-west IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 20:16:55 | More by buschbeer
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ek_ek

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-31-2012 03:25:54 | More by ek_ek
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Fresh

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-30-2012 21:38:29 | More by Fresh
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-30-2012 03:34:19 | More by CBodamer
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ZRT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-29-2012 12:19:17 | More by ZRT
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date says August 2012 printed on the side in cadmium ink.

A - Nice standard orange IPA looking appearance. Typical stuff. Non-aggressive pour yields virtually no head.

S - I can smell this beer from a distance. Very strong scent of a grapefruit citrus hop assault.

T - Bitter and hoppy. There is a vague hint of spiciness, and a nice hot alcohol burn in the finish. The lemon slowly creeps out as you sip on this beer, but for me it's not very distinct in the sense that the Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale was. Although, I think it's good, there is more citrus alcohol burn than there is genuine lemon flavor.

M - Sticky, bitter, hot, hoppy, tangy, citrus mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer feels good, but I feel like it is missing some floral aspects to tone it down a bit and make it not so spicy. However, it was a very good brew and I recommend picking it up before it disappears.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA --- 4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 09:54:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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imthaschmidt


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-28-2012 17:35:50 | More by imthaschmidt
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2012 03:14:01 | More by zapahoppa
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mjw1200

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2012 02:50:09 | More by mjw1200
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StefanosG

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-28-2012 02:03:59 | More by StefanosG
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2012 20:04:14 | More by jmathis
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2012 13:12:15 | More by jonathaniler
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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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Jason1010


3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-26-2012 16:17:27 | More by MikeRoni
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-25-2012 22:35:05 | More by sloelco
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-25-2012 18:22:54 | More by WanderingFool
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MonkeyStain

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

12-24-2012 08:44:43 | More by JonIrabagon
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MaineBrewing

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-22-2012 16:37:05 | More by cletusdog
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sendbeer

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

12-21-2012 19:57:12 | More by sendbeer
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.