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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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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travisdiener32

Florida

2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up because I haven't sampled stone in awhile. Now I remember why.

Poured into delirium snifter, lots of head, decent retention, lighter amber than expected for a double. My initial smell was a familiar lemon pledge, pine-sol, lemon rind. Mouthfeel is difficult because its hard take your mind off the taste. I would say average feel for a DIPA. The taste is simply bad, the worst double I've ever had. It's as if they poured lemon oil on on top of each sip you take, as soon as any pine and resin comes in, waves of lemon oil stick to your tongue and emanate through your nostrils.

Overall, I don't know how a brewery releases this. The competition is so much better and more aware of it's consumers that releasing such a poorly constructed yearly flagship beer will force others to look elsewhere and be much more pleased.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:54:56 | More by travisdiener32
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MtnBiker

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance with a deep orange color and a nice thick white head. Some thin spotty lacing down the glass. Smells of a lemon and pine. Tastes of a lemony, hoppy bomb, with a definite strong malt backbone. After that you get an herbal aftertaste that is pretty good in my book.

Overall, I liked this beer just to try it because I can not get it in my state. The lemon verbena flavor is outstanding and if you don't like this beer, keep it for a chicken marinade. I think it would be outstanding for that use.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:51:39 | More by MtnBiker
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Nicked

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Stone delivers with this strong, yet tasty DIPA.

A: Lovely, hazy copper and gold. Sticky lacing follows you down the glass. Half of a finger of head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer.

S: My second favorite feature of this beer is the smell. Hops dominate, but are balanced with a faint scent of pepper and lemon.

T: My favorite part of this beer! Bitter hops up front yields to a combination of bready malts and zesty lemon. Some might not like the flavor combination Stone worked into this ale, but I love it! The bready/lemon notes linger long after your sip.

M: Medium mouthfeel suits the style, complimenting the beer but not distracting from it.

O: Great! I recommend it highly. Another reviewer said it's a good beer for people who like lemon in their drink - he's right! Overall a very tasty summer DIPA celebrating 16 years of Stone! Hail beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 17:43:07 | More by Nicked
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Hoplomachus

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA is a good, solid double IPA. That said, it lacks the intense hoppiness of other Stone DIPAs.

Not much of a head as I poured the beer into a pint glass, but there was a nice amber color that was inviting.

On the bottle Stone says that they've tried experimenting with lemony flavors and aromas. I did detect some citrus notes, but also pine. But that's a good thing for me.

The taste is mild compared to other Double IPAs. The rye malt is definitely present and not overwhelmed by hops. Not very bitter.

The beer does leave a coat in my mouth and I prefer a crisper brew, but considering the ABV, it's not unexpected.

Overall this reminds me of the Ruination 10th Anniversary without all the hoppy goodness. Not one of Stone's best concoctions but still a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:03:16 | More by Hoplomachus
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hankthetank97


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a huge fan of Stone for a long time, and for good reason: They typically brew a high quality beer. This 16th anniversary IPA is not different. Despite it's 10% ABV bite, this beer is surprisingly balanced. Not as hoppy as many DIPA's, I was pleased with the rye malt flavors and slight bitterness. I typically drink very hoppy beers, but this beer could get me back into malty brews again. A bargain at $6.99 for the 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:23:24 | More by hankthetank97
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TrackZero

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 16th anniversary is weird. Glad I only picked up a few of 'em.

It started off with a bit of a funky hard-to-describe smell that kind of threw me off, but the taste was still a Stone IPA at the heart.

It was almost like drinking a Stone IPA out of a dirty glass that previously held a sun-skunked Heineken, with some weird twist of lemon skin, but not lemon juice.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:42:15 | More by TrackZero
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PeterMatthes

Illinois

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

22oz bottle marked August 2012. Poured into a tulip. Served around 40*F.

A: Perfectly clear amber/copper, with a light one-finger head which quickly dissipates to a dusting, and leaves behind nice lacing. Love the way this beer looks... it almost glows.

S: A strong hop smell, mixed with lemon, grass, grapefruit. Becomes less hoppy and more peppery and malty as it warms. Though the smell was good, you really had to pay attention and seek it out. A little subtle for my likes.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon rind), floral and spicy. Hoptastic. This is very fresh, and the flavors reflect it.

M: As a good DIPA should, this coats the mouth. Low carbonation and a smooth, thick mouthfeel. Oily hops and a lemon/bitter aftertaste are left behind. A slight tingle from the high ABV.

O: I set the bar really high for this one. Great hop selection, and the malt balances it very well. The lemon oil adds a bit more zing in the aftertaste department, and the mouthfeel is appropriate for a DIPA. Nice touch with the rye, as well. Definitely a great beer. Happy 16th, Stone!

Review #4 - 8/26/12

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:22:16 | More by PeterMatthes
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ArrogantBastard203


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time trying as i was entirely too inebriated the first time i had it. This time around i found it not to be as hyped as i had strained to recollect.

A- A very nice clear amber with a nice orange hue to it.

S- grass clippings with lemon juice. Oily, resinous hops garnishing a lemonade.

T- Bitter lemon and hops upfront. A sweet malt backbone that makes the beer surpsingly more drinkable than the earlier lemon notes would have made you think. Warming alcohol is vaguely there.

MF- Slick on the mouth, warming alcohol on the way down.

Overall another solid release from Stone as usual however the second time around I must say that the lemon is a bit much. I much prefer grapefruit notes to an IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:54:45 | More by ArrogantBastard203
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ajpadre

California

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I currently live in Pensacola after moving from San Marcos, CA. I'm very used to drinking the local SD beers however we tend to get them months after their production date.

The weather down here is very warm, and I have to say this beer is an excellent complement.

It has had some time to mellow and it comes through. The color is a lovely orange to a lighter color that resembles their ruination.

The nose is interesting because you're trying to find the lemon, but I honestly think that if this was a blind taste test you wouldn't be able to smell it over the typical hop nose.

The taste is what I would call very refreshing. I hesitate to use that terminology due to certain trademarked slogans. But it almost resembles a Thai tea lemon flavor that blends very well with the already bitter hop characteristic. And the flavor dissipates very quickly leaving a clean feeling on the pallet.

I'm a hop head myself, the bitter the better. This one kicks fairly well for aging this long, but the 10% ABV is completely undedectable.

All and all and awesome brew. I honestly thought I wasn't going to like it, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:38:32 | More by ajpadre
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really was all I expected from stone! A lot of spice and lemon on the nose with a tab bit of warm alcohol and of course there is some rye in there. At 10% I feel that the ABV is hidden well.
On the tongue you'll get spice, lemon, a fruity malt character and a certain amount of sweetness that is not cloyingly so. Overall very nice. Like Ruination 10th this is a monster of a beer! Happy aniversary and thanks for the amazing brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 17:07:33 | More by Focusf111
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joey6packs


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this IPA, i'm not a huge hop head so i thought the lemon oil cut this really nicely and made it a very well balanced beer. Checking the alcohol content was an after thought , tasted very tolerable so i was shocked to see ten percent abv listed on the label. I actually went back to the store to purchase two more to save for friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 15:16:47 | More by joey6packs
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theycallmedugan

California

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Just like most people who have reviewed this, I believe temperature does play a big roll in this beer. If you like citrus being the main component, then drink it cold, you like rye and spice more, warmer is when you wanna drink this beer. If you're like me though and like beers that have layer, that change during the time you're drinking it, start with it cold and drink the last of it warm. I'm a huge fan of this beer, way to go Stone!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:06:26 | More by theycallmedugan
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Brewitt

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful copper/golden color with a two finger head of fine slightly copper colored bubbles, beautiful lacing, reasonably stable head with residual foam across top for quite some time.

S: Lemon Citrus and Tropical fruit mixed with sweet malt aromas. Sweetness of the malts begin to come through on the aroma.

T: Strong grapefruit bitterness and tropical hops followed immediately by a bracing bitterness on the back of the tongue and an almost cloying sweetness. Surprisingly, both the bite of the bitter and the sweetness dissipate fairly rapidly to give a light bitter and malty, but not sweet finish. Lemon noticeable in the aroma is not obvious in the taste. Almost to sweet but not quite.

M: Amazingly creamy head with nice medium mouthfeel in the beer. Very nice.

O: Very nice overall with much to recommend it. Only downfall in my mouth is the almost overdone sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:55:25 | More by Brewitt
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AdamSMiller

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Amber orange in color, respectable lacing, two-fingered head that dissipates after a minute or two, after first pour there is a good amount of carbonation present, aesthetically adept.

Smell: Ever present notes of pine, a smattering of lemon balances the aroma nicely, and tailing behind; a spicy bouquet whispers to the noses olfactory receptors.

Taste: Let there be PINE! An unapologetic call to arms for your taste buds (Granted after the first few sips your palate adjusts to the intensity). Following the initial attack, subtle waves of sweet citrus cascade over the palate. The citrus elements do an admirable job balancing this strong IPA. A welcomed bitterness reveals itself once the lemony notes fade. Finishes strong to remind us of everything we revere and love about IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation flirts away inside the mouth, medium weight verging on heavy. I'd say this beer is smooth like a bar fight is fun when your face is already numb. In other words, those who like quirky flavorful beers will welcome this adventure.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its balance does a good job of concealing its strength (which certainly sneaks up on you if you're not careful). I don't see myself drinking Stone's 16 Anniversary IPA on a regular basis, but it's certainly a substantial beer due respect and imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:04:52 | More by AdamSMiller
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durwood64

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just about the worst beer I can remember from such a usually great brewery. I was very disappointed with this one.Tastes like the an arrogant bastard mixed with a lemon furniture polish. I like IPAs and love double IPAs, but I think this one is trying too hard to push the envelope. Stick with a ruination.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:14:32 | More by durwood64
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