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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,381 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Chico1985
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.

Chico1985, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of RedDeath987
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

RedDeath987, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +5%

mick303, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of asafarc2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

asafarc2, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
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.

JackieTH, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of stafford2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

stafford2, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
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.

SawDog505, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
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.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Kanine
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Kanine, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of threeviews
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!

threeviews, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of dfthewalrus
4/5  rDev +5%

dfthewalrus, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

brealbg, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of mecmd
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mecmd, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
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.

FanofHefe, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Mcooly
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mcooly, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of havok1024
4/5  rDev +5%

havok1024, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

elgiacomo, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of uvm2003
3/5  rDev -21.3%

uvm2003, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

macrosmatic, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of djschnabel
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

djschnabel, Aug 30, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.