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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,384 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,384
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 BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: shiny amber, trace off-white head, solid lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, grassy pine

T: lemon peel, grassy/pine hops, grain, oily/floral
bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/oily mouth

O: Love Stone + the style, but was hoping
to be floored. Still interesting brew,
would recommend to Stone fans only.

QUITE GOOD, NOT WORLD CLASS!

Photo of BoRaeCho
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Brianito
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of GarbageMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed 8/28/12

Appearance: Clear, light amber - copper, gold when held to the light - little, white head that fades to a little ring - leaves a few specs of lacing

Smell: Lemon candy is center stage. but there are a lot of aromas in here - lemon, touches of other citrus (grapefruit), and some tropical notes (pineapple chunks), and some dry pine needles - some spiciness, slightly herbal, with a touch of grass - some booze - overall it kind of smells like tea, loaded with lemon, with a packet of sugar

Taste: Again, liquid lemon candy - hints of grapefruits, but it's mostly just lemon rinds - spicy rye, more spicy than the smell would suggest - earthy, herbal, grassy - some cooked, yet dry, bready malts - some tea-like flavors - kind of reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer, but with booze (apparently called a John Daly... hmmm)

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily, slick, adequately carbonated, a bit sticky

Overall: Ok, but weird

I like this, but it's not really what I was expecting. Maybe I just don't appreciate lemon enough. Honestly, I actually had to look up what "lemon verbena" was. Apparently it's a shrub (thank you, Wikipedia). That may explain the tea-like properties. Anyway, I love Stone, and I may revert to believing that the Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was actually the 16th anniversary beer. Because that kicked ass. This does not.

Update: I grew tired of the taste quickly after starting to drink the second half of my bomber. And I woke up the next morning with a raging headache, sick to my stomach, and sweating uncontrollably. Either my body hates this beer or I got a 6-hour West Nile virus. Taste and overall scores have been reduced slightly from my previous scoring.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours your average amber, body has light bubbles on it with an off-white head that is about to a fingers length somewhat thick , so far not bad.

Smell: Hoppy smell, no complaints feels like the we are going in the right direction.

Taste: This beer has a hard grapefruit skin taste not to mention the citrus of lemon. It is complex but I honestly want more. You feel the density of what this beer is but you feel of what it is not.

Mouth: Satisfying after-taste, but still loose. It is sticking which like but not what you expect from Stone.

Overall: This beer is very good but not a gem, anyone reading that loves imperial IPAs knows what they are about. Stone mkes incredible brews but this one just isn't at the top. Salud!

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesn't quite fit in.

Photo of axeman9182
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, left to warm slightly before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA pours a translucent amber, with some nice orange highlights. A massive, near four finger bone colored head rises up to crown the beer. Head retention is pretty good, and some decent lacing is left behind, but neither really impress in particular. The nose has a little bit of rye spiciness and some tropical fruit aromas as well, but all that is fairly well trampled over by the lemon verbena. There's a nice bit of malty complexity at the front end of the flavor profile, as spicy rye and bready notes play off of each other well. The mid palate hop bitterness is big, but smooth for a high ABV double IPA. Again here what I'm sure would be some very nice mango and guava notes are largely boxed out by lemon. The body is just a little bit chewy, but not unreasonably so for a 10% beer (though I wish it was a little more dry like the Enjoy By IIPA I had from Stone last night). THe carbonation though is noticeably dull for the style, rendering the beer just a little bit dull. I always look forward to Stone's anniversary beers, and I think this one would have been excellent without the lemon verbena (or at least with it scaled back a good bit). As it is though, it's still a decent imperial IPA.

Photo of Jmac91
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a burnished medium amber / orange tone while yielding a finger of off-white head that lapses with above average haste into a collar around the glass. relatively fragrant nose offers citric hops (big dose of lemon) and some tropical notes before the malt backbone shows itself.

flavor follows the aroma with a strong hoppy/lemony presence, orange peel, and sweet malt along with secondary notes of tropical and maybe a hint of floral hops. booze is also a player. on the fuller side of medium bodied with average carbonation.

overall, while it's not one of their finer efforts it's certainly an enjoyable beer. maybe a victim-of-their-own-success type of deal going on with these guys where every time they put out a beer i half expect 15th anniversary or ruination-10th anniversary brilliance. that said, certainly worth a try.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $7.99 at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, NY. August 2012 and Enjoy Fresh etched onto the bottle.

Pours near clear, copper amber, off white creamy head, large and staying, leaves some sheeting and smaller blobs of lacing

Sniff reveals resiny hops, honey malts and a back note of lemon.

Pine, pinapple and resins of hops. Healthy layer of caramel malting, and again some lemon.

Densely flavorful, tasty and enjoyable DIPA. Again Stone lives up to the hype, with this quality offering.

I just missed out on a growler fill, but glad to get to try a bottle of this one…gonna head out and get a few more bottles tomorrow…Go get some and enjoy

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Thin off white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon and orange. Flavor is distinct lemon and orange essence, pine and citrus hops supported by a nice slightly sweet, but neutral malt body. Finishes refreshing citrus and hops. Medium bodied. Very unusual, but I really liked it. Interesting flavor components, but nicely integrated. High ABV is hardly noticeable until you stand up. Happy aniversary Stone!

Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet)

Pours a dark gold with amber hues with a one and a half finger bright white head. Significant splotchy lacing on the glass. Lemon, green tea, fresh cut grass, and bit of flora on the nose. Lemon and green tea intially, hints of mint, passion fruit, a bit of pear and mild apple joins in midpalate, finishes dry with some citrus rind bitterness, white pepper, and alcohol that is smoothed out by citrus blossoms and honeysuckle notes. Perfect supporting malt presence; substantial, however doesn't weigh the brew down. I really enjoyed this brew and Stone does a nice job of pulling many complex elements together into a cohesive beer.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold pour with a sparse, large bubble stream up the center of the glass. Billowing 2-finger cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Nose is lemon and tropical fruit hops, mainly mango and papaya. Floral hops are here too. Mild, but pleasant.

Taste is stronger tropical fruit. Lemon is there, too, as is the verbena. Definite floral hop presence. Light pepper feel sneaks in towards the end, adding a bit of spice. Picking up orange later in the glass. Moderately dry finish with a decent blast of bitters. Fruity, but very tasty.

Feel is slightly thick and a bit oily, as expected. Not overly heavy, though.

Overall, I'd say they hit what they were aiming for. If fruity, floral IPAs are your thing then this is well worth a try.

Photo of TimboBrews
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Popp24
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jhillwastaken
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cnbrown313
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden brown, 1.5 finger off white head.

S - Pine, spices, and lemon peel

T - I didn't know what to expect from the lemon peer and spices in there... it wasn't overpowering, but it seemed slightly out of place. When I taste those flavors I expect some sort of wheat beer or something, not the bitterness that comes from a 10% ABV DIPA - so for me it was an odd combination and the flavors didn't mix well. It was not bad at all and I was glad I tried it, but I also don't think it's "my thing."

M - The mouth feel was nice. Medium / Heavy bodied with nice carbonation that really holds the flavors in.

O - I'm glad I gave this beer a go, and at $6.99 a bomber I would recommend trying it, but it was not my favorite offering from Stone.

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a globe glass

A: Fairly clear amber copper colored body with a creamy, bubbly off-white one finger head. Lacing is pretty good as well as nice amounts of retention on the surface.

S: Big citrus hops, lemon and orange oil, sweet sugary malts. Sort of reminded me of a sugar-coated orange slice candy with touches of floral hops too.

T: More lemon and orange oil up front, almost as if this were some sort of extract; very potent. Citrus, floral and a dash of piney hops on the palate. Finish is fairly bitter into the linger.

M: Just a bit thin though it does have a nice feel and creaminess for the style. Easy drinking with a small amount of alcohol.

This was a nice beer but the oils just were a bit too much at times I felt. If those could have been dialed back a bit to let more of the rich malts and floral hops come out, this would be a big winner.

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.