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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,385 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a solid orange hue with a decent white frothy lace that slowly dissipates down the side of glass leaving a semi trail and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Hoppy citrus aroma with a solid lemon background.

T: Fruity, hoppy, citrus flavor – mostly lemon. Tart and hoppy throughout.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent double IPA. Not my favorite Stone creation but worth a try.

Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a half finger white head. Head retention isn't great as can be expected from a 10% beer but lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is a little odd with lemon being quite noticeable. Pine and tropical citrus are present along with a slight bit of rye spicyness. This is the only malt really detectable as hops completely dominate.

The flavor is where things go pretty bad. Lemon cookies up front mixing with pine hops and it doesn't really work. It's almost like someone sprayed lemon Pledge or dumped a shot of gin into my beer. Bitterness is high with alcohol quite noticeable on the finish. Really no malt is detectable other than a thick mouthfeel.

Overall, probably the worst beer I have had from Stone. The lemon does nothing for me and removing that, it would just be an average IIPA. Poorly balanced and not very well though-out. Not one to seek out other than for curiosity's sake.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours a nice coppery tan with a good sized beige head, clear with no sediment, lots of fine slow carbonation throughout. Smell is citrus and hops. Nothing exciting, but fresh and nice smelling.

Taste is a mixture of citric bitter (lots) and flowery sweetness and plenty of hops. Malty sweetness, too.

Mouthfeel is medium thickness, slightly sticky. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer with an interesting floral tinge.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a nice orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Leapord spotting of lacing remains on the glass.

S- Caramel, orange, pineapple, lemon, spices.

T- Seet caramel, orange, lemon and spices (can't pick out but spice is familiar), pine and more lemon zest.

M- Medium body and carbonation. REally nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Rye might play a role in creaminess.

O- Just a ok dipa to me. Lemon and spice is a bit much and detracts from the beer for me.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange amber colored body showed slight cloudiness due to chill haze. The head was one to two ginger thick, and very durable. The smell was quite different than most other DIPAs I've sampled before. There were some piney hops on the nose, but they were showcased quite a bit less assertively than usual, and there was a sweet floral aroma coming through as well. The taste was also very balanced, with a lot more of the fruity and floral flavors, dare I say almost of a Belgian character, taking center stage, and then followed by pine, grapefruit, and spruce from the hops. The finish was more of a showcase of toasted malts. Medium dense in the mouthfeel, and I am absolutely shocked to find out that this is a 10% ABV beer, because it drinks much lighter. Stone is at the top of their craft here.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into a 10oz nonic.

A-Nice golden color with hints of copper. A thin, light khaki head recedes quickly leaving lots of lace.

S-great hops with pine and spices. Definite lemon notes. Picked up a little rye/grain, but, surprisingly, not much alcohol.

T-Hops and spice, with a touch of lemon. I noticed a little malt on the mid-palate. As it warmed, the rye flavor came on stronger and the spices grew. Hints of bourbon/vanilla towards the end.

M-pretty dry, but not mouth puckering. Long finish with moderate carbonation.

O-a big, bold beer that I really enjoyed. A complex IPA. I liked it, but I cannot decide if I would drink more than one per day.

Edit: I tried this brew again from the bottle and found the taste to be much more sweet...almost cloying. Whereas the tap pour had a crisp flavor and feel, the bottle seemed to be more artificial tasting. Almost like Stone was trying too hard. If I could, I would drop my taste and mouthfeel scores by a few notches.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy light orange-amber color with two finger of soft soapy head that lasts for about six minutes, leaving behind some lovely fine-bubbled lacing curtains on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, somewhat sticky texture.

The nose is really quite lemony fresh, which is to be expected given the presence of lemon verbena and lemon oils to the beer. Surrounding the lemon-bomb is a housing built out of spicy / herbal noble hopping working in tandem with a mango-pineapple tropical fruit aroma. But throughout it all, the lemon remains solidly in the forefront. Floral bouquet also appears as the glass warms up.

The flavor is somewhat more grapefruit pith and pine resin focused than the nose was. In fact, sadly, most of the complexity from the nose doesn't show up as an equivalent flavor. All I get at first is a pretty standard herbal tea / leafy hopping in front of a medium-heavy grapefruit / pine and toffee malt standard IPA combo. Once the glass warms up, however, a small lemony flavor presence does appear, but not proportional to the hype expectations built up from the amazing nose. The ABV is very well hidden, though. A bit more peppery spice 'zing' could have helped brighten up the flavor profile a bit IMO.

Better than average, but not amazingly good.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a sudsy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is not suprisingly hoppy, citrusy, resinous. Not as pronounced or explosive as I expected from a Stone IPA, but smells clean and fresh with more of a floral, lemony accent as it warms.

Taste is bitter and hoppy w/ plenty of malt to balance it out. A blend of biscuity pale, sweet caramel, and spicy rye malts, combined with copious hops and that herbal lemon essence. No alcohol detected, a feat in itself.

Mouthfeel is clean and crips, a little oily but surprisingly drinkable.

Overall another really good DIPA from Stone. Happy anniversary!

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.