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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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very good

1,339 Ratings

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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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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third time having this, finally reviewing it.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a golden slightly amber color. A nice two finger head. The texture is nice and creamy and lace forms immediately. Nice coat of lace around the glass.

S- Who would have guessed? A ton of lemon and citrus zest up front. Some herbal and floral qualities as well, hops make up most of the aroma. A bit of caramel and bread.

T- Lemon incarnate. Pretty much as zesty and lemon filled as a beer can be. Beyond that there is a bit of floral, spicy, pine, herbal, alcohol and caramel malts. Not tart but lemon flavors really dominate.

MF- Creamy body with a nice moderate carbonation level. Nice and bitter in the finish.

Lemon all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 04:12:24 | More by cbutova
Photo of slim2043


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C- a strange reddish hue for an IPA is the first thing that told me Stone is playing w this beer... Good news IMHO
H - a nice white foamy head w decent lacing
A - hoppy, lemony, zesty, earthy, sweet, piney, grassy, a little flowery and reusing too
B - not bad here. Rich and creamy and goes down smooth for a bigger beer
F - flowery citrusy hops... Then it becomes very resiny buttery and bitter w a tail of zest lemon and bitter... There are one toasty and bready notes as well as some sweetness but I think stone characterized the spices well here
O - I'd drink his again. Not their best beer but definitely appreciate the ideas and beer that came into fruition from these big beer ideas... Stone rarely disappoints

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 03:20:24 | More by slim2043
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16th Anniversary pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Holding it to light gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head sits on top. It stands over two fingers tall and is very slow to completely dissipate. Lacing was very sticky and thick, leaving an impressive web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. It smells rather sweet and sugary. Caramel malt is definitely in the mix, but doesn’t smell too strong. Toasted malts are secondary. Hops come through nice and strong. They smell mostly citric. Lemon and orange seem to be strongest scents, but they’re followed by grassy and floral notes. There is a bit of spicy rye, more than anticipated. Smells a bit bread-like. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s there. Smells good.

The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s definitely sweet and sugary. The caramel variety is a little stronger than I’d like. Hops are nice and strong. They have a pretty nice flavor. It’s mostly citric lemon and orange. They’re nice and bitter, but the malts provide some balance. Rye is definitely more pronounced than advertised. It adds a spicy kick and works with the hops pretty well. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes sweet, hoppy, and a bit spicy.

16th Anniversary has a medium body. Carbonation seems relatively light and soft. It’s nice and smooth overall though. For a bigger beer, it goes down relatively easy. If the flavor were a little better, its drinkability would be scary.

Stone’s 16th Anniversary release is pretty good, but isn’t great. I like the flavors they experimented with, but the caramel and toasted malt base isn’t all that great. It’s a bit much for my taste, but it’s far from terrible. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle while it’s around. Happy 16th!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:37:44 | More by prototypic
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
10% ABV, Bottle Conditioned. Enjoy Fresh. August 2012.

A - The haziness from tiny floating particles in the beer is no surprise due to It's bottle conditioned nature but, the beer remains a gorgeous vibrant orange color. The rocky ivory head has exceptional retention and leaves some nice chunky lace attached to the glass.

S - The aroma whisks me back a few weeks to hop harvest when my fingers were covered in delicious-smelling lupulin. Stone's 16th Anniversary is quite similar, exploding with mango and pineapple citrus and gummy pine resin, the added lemon ingredients help quite a bit though. In addition to the sticky lupulin-covered fingers, the aroma's herbal quality is reminiscent of dry potpourri or walking into Michael's, the arts and crafts chain. Undertones of sweet pilsner and caramel malt and a hint of pale graininess provide a good base for it's strong, unique hoppiness.

T - Sharp lemon Pledge citrus attacks the tongue viciously with it's tangy bite and acidic feel which overtakes even what the nose suggested. Heavy pine and citrus characteristics from the hops flood the taste buds afterwards and are briefly followed by a flash of sweet caramel malt. In fact, forget the malt in this beer - it provides no real interaction beyond keeping the hops from over-running the whole thing. But not for a lack of trying, instead for the fact they're just way over powered.

M - Bitter as all hell, this beer decimates the taste buds with a flurry of sticky hop resin and a full body. It goes down rather smooth and finishes dry, but forget about tasting anything once you're through.

O - Stone continues their tradition of innovation and brewing a commemorative IPA with their 16th Anniversary beer, an outrageously bitter and lemon-centric brew that destroys balance while marrying bold citrus hops with interesting ingredients. Despite the uniqueness Stone 16th Anniversary showcases, this IPA becomes taxing after a few short sips, even for a hop-head such as myself. The liquid envelope is pushed which is worthy of praise, but I regret not splitting this bottle more than two ways.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:30:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 01:45:57 | More by One2Remeber
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:26:42 | More by WastingFreetime
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle at Beer Nutz in Fox Chapel.

A - As most stone ales the looks is beautiful. Sticky opaque colored head well over an inch. Love the lacing and the beer itself is kind of oil like with a slight haze and a orange amber color.

S - The smell really shows the lemon oils mixing well with citrus and piney hops. Smells mild yet very bitter with a nice touch of caramel or cracker malts.

T - Wow it's actually quite good! The lemon gives the citrus hops a mild zest that covers up the bite of hops a tad. Middle palate is some zippy harsh west coast hoping but after a half glass it seems to be balanced well with the sweet cracker malt.

M - Medium yet oil like. A sipper for sure.

Overall even these lower rated stone beers seem great to me. Even thought it's not the most interesting Stone Anniversary ale it's still mighty tasty and worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:58:17 | More by DrDemento456
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled august 2012, consumed oct 1st 2012. bomber into a wine glass.

a - pours a deep copper shade with a thin cap of sudsy, tan foam. after calming, i get a thin film and rings of lacing in the glass.

s - grapefruit, faint lemon, grass, toasted bread, faint alcohol.

t - toffee malt with a sharp, stinging bitterness. notes of grapefruit and pine resin. finishes slightly dry and astringent. i'm not getting any of the rye spiciness or tropical fruit claimed on the bottle, and no lemon either for that matter.

m - medium body with adequate carbonation, med/fine co2 profile. slick and smooth.

o - solid overall but not much more than a standard west coast ipa. stone's 15th anniversary beer was a high watermark for me, this year it seems like they are back in their comfort zone.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:42:07 | More by divineaudio
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright clear copper, nice off white head, lots of cling.

S - Very subdued. Malt, yes. Tinge of hops and spices.

T - Malty, but very laced with lemon and coriander. Hops are confused by the other spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, balances towards spicy end.

D - One of my least favorites of the anniversary ales, but still fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:41:06 | More by srandycarter
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Big lemon and grapefruit notes, slightly spicy, fresh cut grass, bright citrus. Some melon as it warms.

L: Hazy, reddish-orange, off-white head that dissipates slightly. Decent lacing.

T: Smooth malt character with a backbone of lemon sweetness. Medium lemony bitterness with a smooth, fairly clean maltiness. Background flavors of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, your typical Stone beer. An intersting experiment, but pretty mediocre. Why they just don't concentrate on something like Ruination 10th anniversary is beyond me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:49:31 | More by bum732
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Serving type: growler

10-01-2012 15:59:35 | More by RussBecker1
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New Jersey

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

Pours a light amber honey color with a creamy small white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a crap ton of lemon and candy, almost like Lemonheads. As it warms I get some more lemon zest, grapefruit and some toasted bready and slightly spicy rye maltiness.

The tastes begin with a subtle citrus lemon and blood orange. Then you get some dry candied citrus rind. As it warms you get some solid spicy rye maltiness and light caramel sweet maltiness. Alcohol pops up a little as it gets to room temperature. Lemon verbena or the hops make it a bit abrasive towards the bottom of the bottle.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter from the ample hopping and lemon verbena additions, but not overly so.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. There is nothing mind-blowing, and it is fairly one noted with spicy rye and lemon hoppiness flavor, but what is wrong with that. I am glad they made this imperial, because the serious lemon bitterness and flavor needs a larger sweet malt backbone or the astringent bitterness would be overpowering, but they did, so it it's pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 11:12:11 | More by claspada
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was a deep golden yellow with a minimum amount of foam, but a nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell of a mild piney hoppy smell was evident along with a hint of citrus. The taste was of a mild piney hop, with a hint of lemon and a touch of spice. Not overly bitter, but, just enough to not mask the flavor of this IPA from Stone. Another plus from Stone Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 22:32:26 | More by BeerManDan
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with a high off-white colored foam. Serious lacing and some carbonation.

S - Smells of lemongrass, light grains, and amarillo hops. Needed to look into the hop profile; wasn't sure.

T - Flavor is for lemon lovrs, which I'm happily part of. Tartness of fresh lemon is present. There is a mild wheat flavor. Finish has a subtle hop bitterness that is quite subtle.

M - Very sessionable DIPA. Wow, about the most sessionable imperial IPA I can recall.

O - Glad to try this. A very fun take ont he style and I hope to score antoher bottle soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 21:05:00 | More by socon67
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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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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Stella chalice

Nice white head with good retention and lacing. Body is cloudy orange.

Aroma is interesting - lots of citrus and floral smells intermingling, not overwhelmingly strong but still somewhat potent. Slight soapiness at the end.

Flavor threw me off a bit as it differs quite a bit from a standard IPA. Lemon and other citrus notes are here but they combine the other ingredients in an interesting way. Earthy and reminiscent of herbal tea. More bitter than sweet, moderately lingers.

Mouthfeel is as expected for a DIPA, medium-full bodied, good carbonation. 10% abv is contained well.

Overall it is an interesting deviation from the style but not one I will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:29:26 | More by zachary80
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2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 5 oz poured into a tasting snifter. Compared side to side with Ruination 10th Anniversary.

A: Pours a clear light copper color with excellent clarity. The two finger offwhite head lingers fantastically, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Uh oh - this smells like lemon soap spiced with black pepper and basil. Not looking forward to this...

T: Better than the aroma, but only on the grounds that it's actually pretty mellow (especially next to Ruination 10th) and not TOO unpleasant; but that lemon Pledge flavor is too hard to shake here. The initial flavors are better than the finish in general.

M: Kind of neutral...it's not overly dry in any way, but the finish does impart a hint of harshness. On the plus side, the flavors don't linger oppressively, nor is it overcarbonated.

O: STONE YOU ARE BREAKING MY BALLS. To be fair, it was probably a bad idea to compare this to Ruination 10th (even in its old age), but I can tell this isn't very good on its own.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:23:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:49:12 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den

Pours a clouded copper color with some golden tones. Thin white head dissolves slowly while leaving sticky, webbed lacing around the glass.

A plethora of pine, citrus, lemon and boozy warmth in the nose. Bread crust and biscuit malt with a dosage of sweetness.

Biting hops with acidic lemony tones and grapefruit. Hints of rye spice creep through, mixed in with citrus fruit. Soft sweetness from bready malt backbone, although the combo of heavily acidic and bitter hops with rye and high ABV makes this a little rough. Finishes dry, hot and abrasive.

Medium body, decent carbonation, rougher on the tongue with lingering dryness. After the success of last year's anniversary installment, I had higher hopes for this, but there's just too much going on at once. Combine this with the double digit ABV and it's not something I'll be too quick to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 19:19:15 | More by xnicknj
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer got progressively worse as it warmed up. Served in a Stone 15th anniversary snifter. Beer is amber / yellow and hazy with a white head, small bubbles tight, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is lemony and sweet, with some hops in there.

Beer is lemony and sweet, a little malty up front but a decent finish overall. The more it warmed however the more like Lemon Pledge it tasted. It gets rougher and rougher. I finish the thing but it is too much for me. I don't think I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:21:08 | More by drabmuh
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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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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says August 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that does a decent job of retaining before residing at a suspended state of solid surface foam with mold formations indicating healthy yeast and a thick ring bordering the edge of the glass.

S- Whoa, you can definitely smell the lemon. It's fresh though, not pine-sol-like. Sweet as well, closer to a lemon-flavored hard candy. Also smells like lavender but mainly just lemon in your face without much hop aroma. Perfumey.

T- Man, that tastes like lemon too. Also tastes like some of the flower/herb-driven beers I've had in the past (Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs and Dogfish Saison du Buff come to mind). However, there's certainly a malt backbone somewhere in there as well as a slight hop bitterness. As more sips are taken, the core beer flavor comes through. Alcohol is hidden decently and the flavors are balanced enough. There's a sweetness that's purveyed throughout.

M- A bit dry and sharp with medium carbonation. The body is viscous enough but could use a little more substance.

O- Certainly unique and enjoyable even if it is a bit confusing. Even when there seems to be little more ground to break in the beer world, Stone finds a way

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:13:10 | More by Immortale25
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:05:24 | More by ckollias
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: the IPA look is a blend of orange-amber beauty and this beer does not disappoint. Two finger tan head.

Smell: you can smell the alcohol in this beer. Floral citrus notes. The alcohol is a bit off-putting.

Taste: strong! Some 10% beers don't taste like they are 10%. This is not one of them! Hoppy! Is this really a single IPA? Hits like a DIPA to me.

Mouthfeel: a bit oily. Proper carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall: glad I was able to pick one of these up! I really enjoy Stone beers and this one is definitely on par.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:56:06 | More by BrianGaynor
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber orange, cloudy but very clean looking without any visual sediment. Looks beautiful!

Solid white, three fingers of tight foamy head. Dissipated into two fingers after about 60 seconds, one finger 60 seconds after that, and mostly dissipated completely about 4-5 minutes after the pour - retention is great here. Leaves a nice sticky spiral lacing. 5/5

Aroma: The nose is of piney hops with a floral hint (the lemon grass coming through.) Fairly moderate, not overpowering. Smells a lot like the "Arrogant/Double Bastard" varieties, but maybe slightly weaker. Nothing offensive in the aroma though and it has great depth and pleasant appeal, I just wish it was ever so slightly more powerful because I had to really get my nose on it to pick up the full aroma. 4/5

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, but it's definitely got a more potent flavor than what the aroma would lead you to expect. Pine hops galore - tastes a lot like the beers that are continually hopped in stages. I'm not an overly huge fan of most IPAs in general because of the piney flavor, but I try not to deduct points on personal taste - this is what you're supposed to get with a beer in this category, and it does its job very well. It's a hop head's dream, but it's mostly solely piney and lacks the depth and subtle complexity that's present in the aroma.

I didn't pick up much, if any, of the lemon verbena. There is a light hint of sweet, earthy malts but not enough to counter the nearly overpowering pine hops which stand out much more than anything else. A perfectly layered flavor should have nothing in particular overshadowing anything else. It is possible to have a high EBU beer that's still nicely balanced and with amazing depth and complexity; this one misses the mark by unfortunately choosing to follow the trend of "hops, hops, pine, high EBU, more hops". While this trend does have a small cult following, it is not the hallmark of a good IPA in my opinion, and following trends is not typically Stone's style, so I found this a bit uncharacteristic. There is nothing wrong with high EBUs and excessive hopping as long as it's balanced and sports good depth and some complexity. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: The first thing that stands out for me is the gravity. This beer is nice and thick, heavy but not overly heavy. Leaves a very light tingle on the tip of the tongue. Goes down very smooth, but the carbonation is lacking. I would have liked just a touch more pop rather than a mostly flat feel. 4/5

Overall I'm giving this beer a 4/5. This is definitely a fine craft beer, and I would expect no less from Stone. However, for all the things that this beer gets right, it misses the mark in another area, albeit just barely, but there are enough small things to merit an overall loss of a full point.

To me, it seems like they are riding on the coat tails of beers like DFH 90 Minute IPA, Victory's Hopdevil and Troegs' Nugget Nectar with this one. Stone doesn't need to stand on the shoulders of giants - they have proven in the past that they can stand on their own, and I hope this isn't a sign of them resigning from uniqueness and innovation.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 22:34:08 | More by Clowerweb
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