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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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: 1,379 | Reviews: 392 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a flavourful orange citrus DIPA, not too aggressive on the palate. A good amount of retained head. Some hop aromas. Medium bodied. Slight orange coloured body. Very drinkable with food. Fresh from Premiere, with carbonation right there. My experience, another positive one for a Stone, apparently, exceeds that of the nay-sayers.

Sammy, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, honey, and some herbal and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal and spice finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a dash of lemon-flavored leaves, and a handful of rye grain that many whisky makers have considered useless to the planet, Stone embraces the esoteric anololies as if they were a super hero to ward off the bullies. But the results show that the stronger IPAs does not, and should not reside in the boundaries, but revel outside of them. They're not just stepping outside the box, their building a better box!

With the familiar amber and copper color of most pale ales, the beer uncharacteristically demonstrates bright clarity without the preview of hop-promised haze that we are accustomed to seeing. The classic starchy eggshell white head fits the top of the snifter like an electric blanket, tucking the beer in for the night. Speckled lace and tremendous retention shows that even though this is a strong, strong beer- there's no forgiveness for lack of foam character.

Perfume and citrus rise to the nose with sharp citrusy character that's soon followed by the scent of alcohol-infused spaghetti starch. But the citrus isn't the typical grapefruit notes that is shared by famed American "c" hops, but rather a lemony furniture polish, herbal, and lightly grassy note that puts a spring in the beer's step. Fueled not only by the crusted elements of toasted malt, but from a kiss of earthen, spicy rye that provides a broad earthiness that's usually reserved by biscuity English ales.

Upon the first draw from the glass, the malts strike first with flavors of burnt caramel, heavily crusted breads, marzipan, tree bark, and walnut oils. An almost salty, almost metalic yet savory taste bridges confidently into into the resinous hop taste that soon follows. Lemon-like sassafras, mint, and root"ish" fenel play a part in the flavor metrix where hops are normally expected. Instead, the middle palate does all this along with the apple and pear character of calypso hops. For better or worse, the alcohol flavors weave into the beer's finish for an effect of furniture polish that bridges over from the scent. Aside from a slight earthy rye bread spiciness, the rye grains are tossed to the wayside and their mild flavor would have easily been attributed to either non-rye hop or malt complexities.

With the amount of flavor that the beer delivers, it's easy to read a fuller than actual body into the beer. But its medium weight is bolstered by deeply embedded carbonation into a plethora of residual dextrin-rich malt. The beer retains it's rich textures until very late into the taste before it waivers just a bit and allows for the resiny hop bitterness and alcohol dryness to take hold. An extra long aftertaste of lemon and rye keeps the palate savoring the taste indefinately- ok, until the next sooner-than-should revisit to the glass.

Stone exercises a ton of liberties in creating an imperial IPA that pays homage to the style in which this version was spawn, yet wallowing in artistry, madness, and ingeniousness. Happy 16th Stone Brewing Company!

BEERchitect, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

GRG1313, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is amber in color with a creamy off-white head. Candied citrus on the nose. Fairly sweet with some toffee notes, light herbal and pine aromas, and a fairly woody character to it as well. The hop profile on the palate is quite herbal. A bit too sweet for my tastes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar on the tongue. Candied citrus/grapefruit peel, a touch of candied ginger, and a mild bitterness on the back end.

womencantsail, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%

kylehay2004, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking yellowish copper color. The head was white and had a light sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is fresh, hoppy and full of lemony aromas. There is a light amount of malt sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is good on the first sip, the more I drank the more I felt the lemon flavors became more artificial to me like a cleaning product of some kind. The flavors were still very refreshing but I think I was just hindered a little by how much the citrusy lemon flavors took over. The mouthfeel of the beer was really nice, lots of little carbonation bubbles with a decent smooth feel to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I won't need to buy more of it though. I did enjoy it for the most part.

Knapp85, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gently hazed, orange-yellow body with a couple inches of nearingly white foam. Drips and drabs of lace on the way down.

Smell: Fresh fragrant herbs, florals, wafting resins, and citrus oils, but the toasty, sweetish notes of caramel from the malts are well represented, too, don't get me wrong (again). Hey, some rye. Hey, some booze.

Taste: Caramel and honey coated barley grains, moderately toasted bread, and crunchy rye malt. Fair sweetness upfront. Floral, lemony, tangerine-hinting hops with a sliver of herbal mintiness, too. Brightly bitter. The sweetness begins the falter on the the waves of bitter citrus oils, rye, alcohol, and herbaceousness. Bitter, citrus oil finish. Lingering Vicks Vapor-rub quality to the mouth, throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation. Slight noted creaminess present for fullishness to the mouthfeel..

Overall: Fairly good Stone Anniversary offering.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

JAHMUR, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, head of khaki-colored foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, pine and some spices. A touch of toastiness, too.

T - Very bitter and spicy - almost too much. The lemon flavor was too much. There was a good caramel sweetness to combat some of that.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. I can't say I loved it. I hope it mellows. I am going to save my other one for later.

zeff80, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stone doing what they do best here, making a big bad ipa. this is both big and bad, as bad means good nowadays. it pours a curious red color, glowing and clear, with a sudsy off white head a few inches high. its got a great nose of lemony hops and some aggressive varities. amarillo and simcoe maybe? its got that oily character to it. the flavor is intensely lemony, but not tart at all. its only mildly bitter too, and has more of that sappy sweet hop vibe. the malts are reminiscent of an irish red ale, which works really well with the selected hops here. the huge abv sneaks right up on you too, its not apparent in the taste or the smell of this beer. i was shocked when i found out it was 10%. the feel is good, its big in the mouth with a good sized body, and the carbonation is a little relaxed, which is nice in this beer. it lets the hops do the talking, and they speak quite loudly here. this is an excellent brew.

StonedTrippin, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.- Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace other glass.

S - Lemon and juniper notes with some of the promised rye spiciness.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with spicy notes. Lots of bitter slices in the middle with notes of juniper, lemon pith, and pepper. Finishes with lemongrass, juniper, clove, and lingering grapefruit.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a very different take on a DIPA. The hops are distinctly gin like in both flavor and aroma and the citrus pith bitterness adds to this perception. I like this one quite a lot, though I can imagine that it might not be something everyone would enjoy.

nickfl, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, good amount of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Macerated lemons, earthy, herbal, bready, estery, black tea, mildly soapy, spicy, quince paste

TASTE: Herbal tea, very smooth, lemon oil, bitter grassiness, spicy, warming alcohol, fallen apples, ripe pears, bready, peppery, faint potpourri, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, bitter finish with some body

A muddled mess, somewhat tasty but way too many distractions and becomes almost too tea like or even soapy like I just walked through a The Body Shop. Over use of Amarillo with the addition of another high alpha acid hop does not work for me either. I can understand wanting to push to be different but if the pieces don't fall right then this is what you end up with.

Jason, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with strong sweet flavors of caramel and citrus along with a touch of spic followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for slightly different 2IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 16, 2012
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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.