16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

392 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,388
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of hagbergl
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,990 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy, dark yellow/amber color with a fingers worth of head. Head dissipates into a thin film along the top. Some sticky lacing is seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of citrus hops and lemon, really not much more here.

T- Starts off smooth before the hop hit. Lots of piney and citrusy hop presence. There is some lemon in there too as expected. The lemon seems strong in the aftertaste of each sip.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, lemony, bitter, some noticeable alcohol presence.

I've been more satisfied with the last few years of Stone's Anniversary brews, but this ones not bad. (650 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. August 2012. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper color with a two finger slight off white frothy head. Long retention and amazing lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lemony citrus and pine cones. Just hops.

Taste: Big ol' lemony citrus blast with some pine resin notes that are sure to let you know this one is hopped up. Some sweet malt backs it up a bit but i think there is just too much lemon for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering bitterness but so does that lemon and I'm not so sure I'm digging on that. (604 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber dated August 2012. Pours a mildly hazy honey/orange color with a nice voluminous white head. Produces some nice lacing and head retention is pretty good.

Smell is spicy with some lemon, grass, and tropical fruits. Picking up some malt undercurrents in the background.

Taste is also spicy with a wide spectrum of hop flavors. Tropical fruit predominates with some pine and bitterness in the finish. Also a nice malt backbone to even this beer out. Some alcohol ester flavors towards the end.

Mouthfeel is more substantial than I would have expected. Perhaps it is the rye. Up there with Avery's Maharaja as far as oomph and substance. Has some oily slickness as well.

Overall, a deviation from the standard double/imperial IPA formula and one that I think works well. I decided to drink this one on Labor Day to mark my transition from IPAs and other summer brews to the fall lineup and other more substantial malty beers. The spiciness of this IPA works well. Would like to try it with some spicy Thai food. Created a nice contrast with the lemon and tropical fruit flavors and lingering hop flavors. (1,116 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S: I smell pine hops, a bit of lemon and spicy malt.

T: It's different, that's for sure. Lemon oil immediately up front. It fades near the end. There's also your usual dose of herbal, pine, and citrus hops (taste intensity in that order.) Malt is there, but not too strong. They said they added some rye to the malt and you can tell. The spicy malt complements the lemon fairly nicely, actually.

M: About average for the style. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. Smooth, medium body, slick mouthfeel. The quirky taste hurts drinkability just a little bit. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

O: It's definitely a different DIPA. The lemon adds an interesting twist, but it's a bit too much, in my opinion. I think a tad less lemon and more citrusy and pine hops would work well. However, it's Stone...they're all about going over the top. (956 characters)

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very interesting yet nice color, it is a orangeish hue but with faint reddish color to it as well. Solid white head, slight lacing, but overall looks really good in my book, nothing crazy special but still good.

S- Smell is...well good but it is very odd. The usual smells of hops are there on the nose, but a very prominent lemon smell which I cannot decide if I like or don't. Sometimes it is a quite refreshing lemon scent, while other times it smells as though it is lemon pledge. I rated the smell highly just because of its uniqueness.

T- Taste is again all over the place. I had some sips that were the usual floral and very good IPA with a hint of lemon to it, but then I had sips that were just over the top lemon cleaner flavor. If all sips were like the ipa with a lemon flavor and not the lemon pledge flavor, I would be a huge fan.

M- Mouthfeel is very good, but also pretty drying in the mouth. I thought the mouthfeel was good, but something was off, and I could not quite put my finger on it.

O- I enjoyed this beer and it was very unique but it was just not my type overall, as the lemon came very overpowering at some points. Stone had a good idea with this, and nearly made it perfect, but just a few flaws really drew this back. (1,255 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden orange with a moderate white head and just a touch of lacing bubbles left behind as it recedes.

S: Lemon, plus lots of grassy, piney, citrusy hops. Very distinctive, a bit astringent.

T/M: Bitter piney hops explode as soon as this one touches the tongue. This is quickly followed by bittersweet lemon, a touch of sweet malts, and then more hops. Really sharp, interesting flavor profile, with a bit of spiciness mixed in with the strong hops and lemon. Creamy and full-bodied.

O: A really interesting and different take on a DIPA that's as hoppy and strong as Stone's usual offerings but goes in a totally unique direction with it. And for such a high-ABV beer it hides its alcohol almost completely, and goes down really easy. (746 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cooler aged for a cpl months. 22oz bomber poured into a highball glass (hey, its all that was on hand!)
A- burnt orange, just a shade more brown than the General Lee. Light amount of froth that really stands up and lasts, leaves a good trail of lacing.

S- Really confusing, I thought it would be overwhelmingly lemon but i can't place it all. what i do get is guava, lemongrass, and some hoppy pine.

T- Doesn't blend well for me. I get guava, pineapple, citrus and hops but it rides on a very bitter base. Probably accentuated because my palate expects those fruits to be somewhat sweet.

M- Dry in a good way, nice warming kick from the high ABV and lasting carbonation. Very clean finish.

O- Id put this in the category of one time interesting that id tell people about but not recommend. Its def not bad, just not a blend im ever looking for. (848 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yeilds a nearly three finger high, creamy, off-white head with plenty of staying power. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass as well. Below is a brilliantly clear golden/amber colored beer.

Like a mix of Stone's characteristic IPA/hoppy smell and lots of lemon and herbs like rosemary and thyme (are they sure they didn't mistakenly blend some Saison Du Buff with this?). Some other tropical aromas of grapefruit are in there, herbal hoppy qualities, tea notes, spicy rye (which is a lovely divergence from the norm for Stone), floral and piney hops show slightly, and some bready malt showing through.

Some hop bitterness mixed with all that lemon. Very close to lemon overload but it doesn't quite cross that line. Bready malts, less hebs from the nose, a tad more spicy rye, some floral and piney hops as well.

Light-medium body, super smooth and creamy consistency, medium carbonation (maybe light-medium), and a light finish.

Overall this beer is a Stone anniversary IPA. Stone has always strayed from the beaten path and this brew is no different. This brew is unequivocally and characteristically Stone: Out there, different, possibly even Arrogant. Regardless, this beer shows Stone isn't afraid to do things different or afraid to not brew the same beer year after year. I applaud their zeal and this years anniversary IPA! (1,349 characters)

Photo of shangwang
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am reserving ultimate judgement on this brew. i bought 2 and will just save one. this is VERY bitter and has a medicinal peppery bite that is more DFH than STONE.

the pour is very good, nice clear dark golden brew with a consistent foam cap. the aroma, like the taste, is totally reliant on the temperature -- this beer is not done. it's better VERY COLD. closer to room temp you get too many spices and off flavors. the aroma cold is more hoppy, but as it warms the medicinal creeps in.

the taste follows suit -- go cold OR put some age on this beer. i am getting killed by CARDAMOM here.... i like the malts and overall sturdiness of this beer, but the spice is too much. very bitter, palate wrecked. i can report no more at this time.

the booze was masked by spice. AGE THIS BEER FOR SIX MONTHS. AT LEAST. (816 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-aggressive pour from a 22oz bottle (silkscreen label reads: 'Bottled In August - Enjoy Fresh') into a short stemmed, 25cl McChouffe, elongated tulip glass (I was, however, able to decant about 3/4 of the bottle, head included into this vessel).

A- Pours a clear, beach sunset, tangerine/orange with a full, 3-finger eggshell-white head with strong retention (a few minutes for it to fully subside). Despite the 10% ABV, a decent amount of lacing remains throughout the course of the experience.

S - Immediately, the nose is overwhelmed by an herbal essence of lemon and mint. Once the head reduces to less than a finger, tropical fruits start to reveal themselves (mango, peach, papaya & pineapple). Although the lemon seemed to subdue, the mint spice continues its presence in the nose.

T- Awesome and complex (allowed taste to linger on the palate before swallowing). In this order, here is what I get...quick malt sweetness followed by lemon, mint/spice, tropical fruit and some more mint/spice to finally culminate with a ruby red grapefruit bitterness to dry things up...teetering on, but never approaching astringent.

M- Substantial, yet fine carbonation works in harmony with all the flavors. Possibly due to the lemon verbena, your tongue/palate is ultimately left utterly dry...sandpaper is the first word that comes to mind.

O- Although I detect a spicy presence, I credit that more to the lemon verbena/oil than the rye malt...but I could easily be mistaken. However, my reasoning is due to the fact that the 'spice note' is present in the immediate nose, something that a malt in a fresh & hoppy beer would not dominate as much as compared to an oil released from a plant. But who cares about the 'beer geek chat...' this is an awesome and unique twist on an DIPA and wish it was garnering higher accolades from fans of Stone Brewing Co. Happy Anniversary and cheers for this beer! (1,903 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't even know this was out. Happy anniversary! From a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear honey gold. Big two and a half finger cream head. Excellent retention a tons of sticky lacing. Looks like a good IPA.

Crisp citrusy hops, lemon zest, alcohol, and some biscuity malts. Nice but could have used a bit more depth.

Follows the nose. The hops and Verbena seem to be fighting each other instead of complimenting. Slightly resinous.The rye comes through in the middle, with some nice spicy notes. There is a good amount of alcohol in the finish, but leaves room for a welcome rye bite in the aftertaste. Things meld better as the beer warms.

Drinks like a typical dipa. Medium to heavy, moderate bitterness for the style, alcohol felt off the back of the tongue..

Overall this was a tasty, but slightly underwhelming offering from Stone. I respect the experimentation but something went slightly awry with the hops and Verbena. They just seemed to cover each other up. I loved the rye (Stone would make a kick ass rye-pa), and in my opinion saved this beer. Solid brew though. Cheers! (1,110 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is resinous pine, bitter hops, grapefruit, spicy notes, mango, orange, lemon and a slight hint of bready malts. Its a little boozy in the taste. Its spicy, malts are kind of roasted, hop bitterness, pine, some acidic citrus notes, lemon, tangerine, tart grapefruit. The bitterness coats your tongue and leaves a warm feeling behind. Its almost like a layer of hop oils coating the tongue. Its definitely a Stone double IPA but it also has a very nice roasted, slightly spicy malt backbone to provide balance. I mean, its an IPA from Stone so you can pretty much assume it'll be awesome and it doesn't disappoint. Very good, high quality, some unique blends of flavors. (673 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber brewed in August 2012 poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Very sweet hoppy smell, but overwhelmingly citrus. You can definitely smell the lemon as well as some tropical scents I can't put my finger on.

T: Very much like the smell, the taste is dominated by citrus. The hops are there for sure, but the lemon and other atypical additions are apparent. The alcohol is so well hidden that I wouldn't believe that it's 10% unless I saw it on the bottle.

M: Medium bodied, but slick with good carbonation.

O: I love pretty much all of the beers that Stone makes, but this one isn't my favorite. I think they accomplished what they were going for, but the lemon and other exotic scents/flavors distract me from truly enjoying the beer to the fullest. It's a solid beer, but I fear that it's one that most people will either love or hate. I won't be buying any more bottles, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it. (991 characters)

Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 (1,013 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber coloring, pours to 2 and a half fingers worth of light colored head. This clings and laces all the way down the glass, dissipating slightly to leave a nice pillow of foamy head.

S: Nice lemony flavor with other citrus notes thrown in. Some nice hop aromas and a light bready scent that leads to some mild spiciness.

T: Nice piney/citrusy hop flavor right off the bat, leads into a nice mild and balanced lemony flavor. Not to sweet or strong. This leads to the slight bready flavor with some spiciness mixed in.

M: Nice carbonation works well with the hoppiness and spicy flavors. Leaves a slight dry feeling on the palette but not nearly as dry as I thought with a 10% ABV but even that works well with the lemony flavors.

O: Not a bad little IPA. More citrusy then normal, it has my taste buds hopping. (829 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent body, light copper orange color. Lightly off-white head sticks and stays.

S: Juicy hops, wet and soft aroma. Bitter fruit smell. Hint of lemon zest and outdoor pine.

T: Uniquely bitter, with a soft touch of hops that you can really taste rather than feel. Strong malt presence adds balance.

M: Soft, gummy feel. Lemon subdues any expected 2IPA presence.

O: Well dry-hopped. I smelled fresh rosemary earlier today and this beer reminds me of it. Not really my style but I can appreciate a West-coast IPA with typical pungent hop flavors while incorporating a solid malt tones. (595 characters)

Photo of Altenor
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a touch of copper. Great carbonation, providing a thick pale, white, head. Very clear and great looking beer.

Smell: Lemon, honey, spicy malt, and lots of hops. At first couldn't distinguish much, but after the head resided, all the aromas bloomed. So much going on. Got a little of the soapy aroma. Not bad. Definitely different from all IPA's I've had before.

Taste: Pretty good but after a while it gets a little too tiring. Lots of hop resin, lemon, citrus, spice, and sugar. I loved the malt profile but the perfume like flavor from the verbena are too overpowering. Not bad but too much lemon and perfume.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation gives it a creamy feeling. Very smooth and sticky feeling.

Overall: I am glad I tried it. I know what they where going after and appreciate the creativity involved rather than trying to recreate Pliny. It has too much of everything, which is good for me. Definitely a San Diego IPA. Maybe this is one of those beers that will be better pairing it with food. I think it is worth trying if you want to taste something different. Don't think you will regret it.

Cheers! (1,138 characters)

Photo of alli4051
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear copper, with a thin white head. Head disappears quick and leaves little lacing. Nose is hops (grapefruit, and tropical fruit) up front with tea leaves and more grassy hops in the background. Taste is a minty/hoppy punch up front with tea leaves and a faint graininess in the background with a subtle lingering spicyness throughout. Personally, I'm not picking up the intense lemon that a lot of others seemed to. Definitely a lot going on here but it all seems to come together nicely. Stone making an anniversary IPA seems a bit cliche, but they did put a truly unique spin on it. (654 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden copper collar with a three finger head that is white and leaves above average lacing. It is also transparent with average amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Beautiful looking.

S - It is all hops (citrus kind) on this one right up front. After that I get a lot of lemon in the nose with some spicy undertones as well. This is a really aromatic beer, nothing hidden hear.

T - Wow this one has a lot going on in it. I get the bitter bite up front and last throughout with a lemon in your face taste. I also pick up the spiciness the rye adds to this one. The aftertaste of the lemon/ citrus hops seems to last forevvveerr, with the two fighting each other for dominance. This beer punishes your taste buds with every sip.

M - The feel of this beer is really full and smooth thanks to the nice amount of Rye. My mouth does however feel like it is under attack from the strong bitterness of this brew.

O - I think this beer is really pleasant to my tastes..I admit it, I am a hop head and love anything hoppy; although this brew has a lot of other great features. It has a smooth thick mouth on it along with all the different complexity. I believe this is a truly great brew every hop head will love if they enjoy a little lemon in their drink. If so try this, Cheers! (1,311 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice clear orange and amber body. It has about 2 fingers white and fizzy head that begins rescinding quickly. Fantastic, lasting lacing on the glass.

Beautiful pine, grassy, and citrus hops breaking through on the nose. Strong lemon overtone that subdues the grain scent of the alcohol.

A somewhat citrus astringency at first that melds away to a bitter pineapple, orange, lemon, and a dirty hop tone. Somewhat of a medicinal flavor, but it blends well. This beer is very sharp in it's flavor, with a nice lemon resin in the after palate.

The mouthfeel FEELS dry due to the sharp bite in the beer, but it's not. It's a medium body/carbonation build that smooths out very much so after the first few seconds of your sip.

Overall, I really dig this beer. Most IPA's are going toward the punch you in the back of the tongue bitterness route. This one takes a different path and overwhelms you with a sharp lemon bite before the hops ever take hold. (951 characters)

Photo of 2xHops
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is strong at 10% ABV, and it has all of the hallmark of a good IPA except for one thing.

I thought the initial flavor as it hit your mouth was a bit odd. It may have been due to their use of lemon, but something was a bit off at first. However, it's still a good Imperial IPA that packs a punch for anyone who drink it.

The aroma, the foam, the color, and for most part the flavors were pretty good. It's worth the money, because this bottle probably is fairly accessible for most people as Stone Brewing is a well-known organization in the craft beer industry. (575 characters)

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.