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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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:
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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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 20:51:36 | More by hagbergl
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-31-2012 19:48:51 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-31-2012 19:32:12 | More by poiuytr
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-31-2012 19:23:13 | More by mixed_master7
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to Stone 15th Anniversary Pint
*Notes taken from 08/26/12

A: Pours a golden caramel amber color with refined clarity. Thick off white head holds well. Some nice cling for a 10%er.

S: Smells of lemon oils, grassy herbs, mint spice, and light pines. There is a faint underlying caramel sweetness to the nose accompanied with some warm rye bread. Nice and pleasant aroma but nothing too dazzling.

T: Tastes of lemony herbals. I get some lesser compliments of pine, grapefruit peels, earth, and spice. The verbena is firm in comparison to the other ingredients here. Hops play more of a supporting role. The beer is resinous yet bitterness is soft on the palate. There is a hint of toasted rye with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very smooth and warming with a nice controlled alcohol flavor. The balance of flavors is nice.

M: A touch on the heavier side with the chewier malt body. Smooth warming finish with some dryness factor. Resinous and oily but not astringent.

D: I found this to be nice and subtle. Complex, well yes but not very in your face like past Stone Annie’s. Comes off more like one of their wacky collab brews. It’s good and I can see where they were going with this. Just not something I would have personally nominated. I would have enjoyed this better with the hops dialed up and the malt, ABV, and lemon verbana toned down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 19:10:06 | More by Nugganooch
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a few times now.

Pours into a tulip a copper orange, white head of a couple fingers is formed. Retains pretty well as a thick ring+spotty cap and leaves some good lacing.

Smell certainly shows off its lemons, lots of lemon/lemon oil with perhaps some pine/earthiness, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is quite strange and a bit all over the place, but it grew on me some as it went on. Lemon, earthy/herbal/light pine, grapefruit , mint toothpaste, spicy hops, maybe some pineapple. Malts are pretty big too, on the sweeter side with caramel and butterscotch, some toastiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much of the alcohol shows up, half a bomber is quite enough though.

As expected it's kind of an odd mess and gives off a Pine-Sol/medicinal type feel, but not bad, takes some time to get used to.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 17:03:01 | More by Chico1985
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-31-2012 10:34:16 | More by RedDeath987
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

08-31-2012 05:02:16 | More by mick303
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-31-2012 04:24:48 | More by asafarc2
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is orange and clear with a creamy khaki head that leaves sheets of lace.

Smell is lemon verbena city. If I walked out to my garden right now and stuck my face in my verbena, well that's what it is, lemony and minty.

Taste, brightly lemony and minty. Spearmint. Underlying grapefruit and pine elements as well as a crackers and caramel malt lend some weight so you quickly realize this is a big IPA and not some lightweight summery lemon beer, not by half. Is it sweet? No..I don't think so. Just a tiny bit from to malt, but it's in the background.

And..here's the ABV 10%. Not so much as heat, but as in wow, that's nice. I'm feeling it now. Good delivery.

Mouthfeel. A tad on the light side. It could hold together a bit better. This beer really throws down a minty lemon gauntlet and if we're going to let it sit on the tongue to get the rest of the story it needs to hold together better.

Overall. What an experimental brew. I enjoyed it..am enjoying it. Doesn't lemon oil and verbena cure alcoholism?* Good, because I have two more bottles so I'll have to get to work on that.

*disclaimer - kidding, maybe.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:26:43 | More by JackieTH
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-31-2012 01:43:00 | More by stafford2
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New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange, with a one inch sticky white head, loads of lace on the glass. Smell is lots of lemon, citrus, pine, grass, and mellon. Taste is over the top lemon, it really dominates the flavor profile, grapefruit may also lend a hand, very tart. Body is medium, plenty of life for its large ABV, a touch dry, and goes down a little difficult, because of its tart lemon flavor. A rare miss for Stone, but different than you would expect for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:45:07 | More by SawDog505
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: amber coloured liquid with excellent clarity with a 1/4" cream coloured head.

S: Muted smell of lemon and resiny pine hops.

T: Lemon verbena and lemon oil, I guess... Very resiny lemon flavours that somewhat taste like tree sap along with grapefruit dominate the taste profile. Very overpowering and not very pleasant.

M: Thick resiny viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The drinkability on this one is low, which is unfortunate because I am a very big fan of Stone IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:22:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-30-2012 22:31:14 | More by Kanine
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:20:22 | More by threeviews
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-30-2012 21:32:14 | More by dfthewalrus
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-30-2012 19:49:41 | More by Tom-Peters
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2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this thrice in the past week and a half, and for the first time last night, the beer was actually drinkable, and my notes are based on this bottle. My score, however, is a composite of all my experiences with the beer.

A brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head that leaves nice lacing, this beer looks great! The nose is rather intensely lemony, almost Pledge-like, with a bit of bleach. Huge lemon aromatics, drowning out the hops, the malt and the rye. A little sweetness is perceived, though. The palate is similar. Intensely oily, resiny lemon, citronella-like, the lemon verbana is way overdone. Despite what the bottle says, it isn't a hint of lemon, it's a metric fuckton. All the contribution of the hops are washed out, the malt is present mostly as a sweetness, and the lemon helps hide the alcohol. Medium-light in body, very oily and resiny, this beer is more of an experience than something to revisit. A bit of a chore.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 14:31:29 | More by DefenCorps
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-30-2012 12:57:53 | More by brealbg
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-30-2012 05:33:01 | More by mecmd
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

08-30-2012 04:28:38 | More by UltimateLivewire
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-30-2012 02:51:18 | More by haddyhustle302
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated August 2012, which pours a clear, light amber body, with a three-finger off-white head. Good retention with a decent amount of sticky lacing.

I have to mark the aroma up a notch because it smells great. Nice, sweet, hop aroma notes of tropical and citrus fruit. A light amount of sweet malt blends into the aroma and makes this a very inviting brew.

The taste is a very good blend of the notes found in the aroma with a pleasant addition of the rye notes. The prominent flavor is the hops, which are stronger in the pine an citrus side, with an addition of a touch of spicy rye flavor. The sweet malt takes a background position in the flavor overall, but the blend is very good.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable brew and I'm very glad to have scored a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:44:13 | More by FanofHefe
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-30-2012 01:33:42 | More by Mcooly
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

08-30-2012 01:26:16 | More by havok1024
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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