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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
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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3.25/5  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%

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.

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
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

22oz bottle, served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper with a three finger off-white head that leaves good clumpy walls of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, lemon, apricot, some fruity hops, a bit of pine, grass, can pick up the rye and some caramel malt, bread, toffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon, citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, strong malt backbone of caramel and rye, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, strong alcohol bite on the finish. Pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.

This is one big beer. Bigger than I prefer my Double IPAs, bordering more on the American Strong Ale or even Barleywine style. Good, but far from my favorite Anniversary brew from Stone.

08-30-2012 01:15:22 | More by elgiacomo
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-30-2012 00:42:40 | More by uvm2003
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: A clear, dark gold beer with a one finger white head and lively visible carbonation.

S: Lemony, grainy, hints of pine & tropical fruit.

T: Follows the nose nicely at first but with an alcoholic, thin, tinny spicy/bitter flavor at end - I'm not sure where this is coming from. I'm wondering if it was from some early harvest hops, since as it warms, this turned into more of the spicy/garlic hop smell

M: Medium weight, big carbonation sensation. It does taste a little hot - but the ABV is up there. The finish is the hop bitterness with metallic flavor.

O: Not awful but not particularly good. It does get better as it warms up a little bit. I won't be buying this again, even at a relatively reasonable price point.

08-30-2012 00:08:12 | More by macrosmatic
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Clear deep golden in color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever and leave lots of lace on the way down the glass. Spicy and lemony aromas waft from glass signaling that this is no ordinary IPA. Earthy and herbal hops mesh with just a hint of bready malt aroma. The initial hit to the palette is bready malt until the earthy hops lake over. The spice takes over and when mixed with the lemon provides a mesh of herbal flavor long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Interesting IPA. I'm not totally sold on the rye and lemon combo but it is great to try a beer with non traditional ingredients.

08-29-2012 23:51:51 | More by johnnnniee
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-29-2012 23:29:44 | More by djschnabel
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2012 23:06:18 | More by Ray7233
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

clear copper color

smell: is explosively lemony with a depth of hop aroma lurking behind, personally i love the smell of this beer

taste: smooth malt and lemon upfront, followed by some alcohol warmth and spicy rye, the hops are not as intense as expected but come through strong in the finish.

overall: i really enjoyed this beer, even though it wasnt the furiously bitter ipa i had expected from stone, i enjoyed the change of pace bringing the lemon more to the front. absolutely an enjoyable brew and will buy some more

08-29-2012 22:47:23 | More by mt24turner
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-29-2012 19:17:50 | More by JAHMUR
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving a few specks of lace behind. Transparent dark amber body.

S - Tons of lemon verbena, citrus and lightly herbal hops - fairly typical Amarillo character - and icing sugar malts. Alcohol isn't completely masked here.

T - The taste is a little bit better, as the lemon verbena is better integrated into the flavor profile. Vaguely reminiscent of lemon sorbet, but with a touch of orange zest, herbs, and spicy rye malt.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant active carbonation, pretty dry from the rye addition, and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Too boozy for large quantities, and the lemon verbena really overpowers the aroma. Not really what I was hoping for from a Stone Anniversary beer, but not terrible either. Still, at this ABV I much preferred Pipeworks' Something Hoppy This Way Comes for its Sorachi Ace derived lemon flavors.

08-29-2012 18:07:22 | More by MasterSki
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-29-2012 14:19:18 | More by HopBrain
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Lightly hazy pale orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, lemon, some bready malts and a bit of alcohol, but quite citrus heavy and hop forward. Taste is of spicy malts, rye is aparent in the taste, lemony flavours also more forward than in the nose, malts and a modest bitterness, citurs and pine finish with a bit of warm alcohol. Light carbonation, soft oily mouthfeel, medium body. This was good but I had much higher hopes, still very enjoyable.

08-29-2012 13:59:11 | More by peensteen
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-29-2012 11:30:58 | More by RMoeNay
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-29-2012 05:54:37 | More by agaloco9
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of off-white head. Nice lacing left behind as I sip.

S - The smell is of juicy lemons and citrusy hops. Mouth watering.

T/M - More lemon in the flavor than the nose leads onto. Slightly piney in the middle of the taste. Great bitterness in this one, with a residual hoppy aftertaste. Medium slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O - I don't think I've ever had a bad IPA from Stone, and this one's no different. I love their straight forward, bold approach to their IPAs. Their 16th Anniversary is everything that it claims to be; a bold DIPA with lemon. Great brew, cheers!

08-29-2012 05:14:13 | More by Rizalini
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-29-2012 03:23:24 | More by hankthetank97
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-29-2012 02:32:01 | More by tziggy
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

08-29-2012 02:15:35 | More by Vonerichs
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle dated August 2012, it says Enjoy Fresh.

A- Stone 16 pours a clear deep orange color with 3 fingers of off white head that has incredible retention value. The head creates an amazingly thick cap that stays there the entire time and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Huge heavy aromas of pine resin and grapefruit. Sweet sugared lemons, and a hefty sweet malt background.

T- Follows nose well. A huge punch in the palate of bitter, piney hops. Followed by an enormous malt bill that attempts to balance out the hops. Finishes with a sweet tropical fruits. The 10% ABV is well hidden in this one.

M- On the heavy side of medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Happy Birthday Stone. I enjoy anniversary beers because I think that's when the brewers decide to try something a little our of the ordinary. Adding the Lemon Verbena and lemon oil to this one adds a unique layer of citrus that is satisfying.

08-29-2012 02:13:35 | More by rfbenavi80
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2012 02:06:30 | More by JeffreyJDavis
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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