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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

1,386 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,386
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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Ratings: 1,386 | Reviews: 392
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.

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!

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear amber with lots of suds and effervescence. Good lacing on the glass.
Aroma of lemon peel along with the floral hops and grapefruit rind. The alcohol is present here.
Taste is def. IPA. Bitter at first then boozy and finally sugars and lemon finish this one off.
Mouthfeel is very clean but the alcohol is a bit overbearing.
Overall this one is a bit hot and there isn't enough fruityness from the hop and the lemon/verbena.

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-red body with a tall white head. The lacing is brief.

Smells of orange, herbal, and slight lemon. The herbal aspect seems to cover up the pleasant citrus.

Ugh, not exactly what I was expecting. It's overly bitter and tastes like sucking on a stale tea bag. There's some redeeming orange flavor, but I keep coming back to the heavy herbal taste. The lemon is almost non-existant.

I don't like the mouthfeel much, either. It's dry and bitter, but in a cottonmouth kind of way. It almost leaves me parched.

Unfortunately, this one was a disappointment to me. I absolutely love Stone and this one was a detour from their usual path. It just didn't work.

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2012 is printed on the bottle.

A= Pours a totally translucent light amber color. Looks like a carbonated apple juice to me with a finger of head on it that holds steady leaving some decent retention.

S= Smells pungently fruity. Seemingly a little sweeter on the nose than most IIPAs. Digging deep I can some up with a little lemon but not much. I had to look for it.

T= The taste is quite unique. It hits with a ton of sweet hops. The fruity hop flavor is supported with a heavy malty sweetness. Without the hops backing this up it would be cloyingly sweet to me. At first I was a little skeptical about the lemon but after a few sips I can notice it on the finish. It's more of a lemon zest sort of taste in the finish. I'm also noticing upon further sips a sort of lemon oil coating on the tongue that leaves a zesty flavor in the taste.

M= A nice weight and carbonation.

O= This beer is a little sweet to me for an IIPA. The lemon zest is a weird component and I didn't notice it at first but after a few sips it seems to grow stronger and stronger. Worth checking out but this isn't something I would go crazy for. A solid beer for sure and I appreciate the experimentation.

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange. Clear. Bright-white head. Smooth and creamy. Drops to a thin cap and chunky collar. Some solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical from the start. Tangerine and a touch of peach. Big hit of lemon candy. Bright. Mild spiciness in the back. Almost no malt presence. Tiny hints of bready sweetness. It smells like a tropical Lemonhead. Slightly herbal and earthy. Dustings of pine. So much sweet lemon goodness.

Taste: Spicy rye with a big compliment of lemon verbena. Grass, herbal, and earthy. Some malts back it up a touch. Dry bread. Spiciness lingers. Some other fruit, mainly pears and apples. Aspirin-like bitterness. Reminds me of bergamot at times. Lots going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lingering dry spiciness.

Overall: A hot mess from Stone. All the big IPA/DIPA flavors are there, but they don't quite come together like I was hoping. Big huge layers, but it's not a whole cake. The cake is a lie.

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

On tap at my work. Pours a dark, orangish copper color...clear with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very hoppy...like a DIPA should be. Some definite lemon aromas. Not sure how to distinguish lemon from lemon oil/lemon verbena...but I get lemon, so good enough. Other citrus aromas with lovely hoppiness and slight alcohol aroma. Taste is lemon at first...very noticeable on the center of the palate. Tip of the tongue get the initial booze and the hoppiness. Back of the tongue gets the bitterness with mellow, sweet malt. I was afraid that this was going to be as malty as the Ruination 10th Anniversary... but not even close. This beer stays big and hoppy, without all the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Drinkability is pretty damn high for such a big beer. Overall, not my favorite anniversary beer from Stone, but definitely a good one.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus; sweet grapefruit, subtle pine and a touch of mild lemon sitting beneath.

Taste - Strongly herbal with big notes of lemon and pine. Sweet malt undertones. Hints of grapefruit pith. Sharp hop bitterness on the back end, eats away at the palate well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with silky carbonation. Goes down smooth despite the ABV and the aggressive flavor.

Overall - A well crafted brew, but I'm not sold on the strong herbal character. Reminiscent of their collab beer Saison du BUFF, only with a serious bump in citrus hoppage. Does well to hide the hefty 10% ABV; easier to drink than it should be.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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