16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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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 obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange in color with a 2 finger off white head and moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Powerful hop aroma with overripe citrus initially. After it warms, more of the spicy rye and the sweet malt character show through.

Hoppy bitterness is a bit over the top at first, but after it destroys your taste buds, it seems more balanced. The malts gather their forces and make their assault as the beer warms. Spicy rye and tart citrus make their presence known soon after.

Medium-full bodied with bit of bite. Light syrup coats the tongue and lips, and there's a light burn in the throat.

This beer seems a bit sub par at first, for a Stone, but I thought the second glass was much better. I would try it again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of alli4051
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear copper, with a thin white head. Head disappears quick and leaves little lacing. Nose is hops (grapefruit, and tropical fruit) up front with tea leaves and more grassy hops in the background. Taste is a minty/hoppy punch up front with tea leaves and a faint graininess in the background with a subtle lingering spicyness throughout. Personally, I'm not picking up the intense lemon that a lot of others seemed to. Definitely a lot going on here but it all seems to come together nicely. Stone making an anniversary IPA seems a bit cliche, but they did put a truly unique spin on it.

Photo of kdown
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very slight hint of amber color. Reasonable head at pour fading more quickly than other Stones. Aroma is citrus hops - lemon does not jump out here. Flavor is excellent fresh hops, again on the citrus side with lemon clearly coming through on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice with a meal - some additional carbonation is present in the finish maybe due to the lemon.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yeilds a nearly three finger high, creamy, off-white head with plenty of staying power. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass as well. Below is a brilliantly clear golden/amber colored beer.

Like a mix of Stone's characteristic IPA/hoppy smell and lots of lemon and herbs like rosemary and thyme (are they sure they didn't mistakenly blend some Saison Du Buff with this?). Some other tropical aromas of grapefruit are in there, herbal hoppy qualities, tea notes, spicy rye (which is a lovely divergence from the norm for Stone), floral and piney hops show slightly, and some bready malt showing through.

Some hop bitterness mixed with all that lemon. Very close to lemon overload but it doesn't quite cross that line. Bready malts, less hebs from the nose, a tad more spicy rye, some floral and piney hops as well.

Light-medium body, super smooth and creamy consistency, medium carbonation (maybe light-medium), and a light finish.

Overall this beer is a Stone anniversary IPA. Stone has always strayed from the beaten path and this brew is no different. This brew is unequivocally and characteristically Stone: Out there, different, possibly even Arrogant. Regardless, this beer shows Stone isn't afraid to do things different or afraid to not brew the same beer year after year. I applaud their zeal and this years anniversary IPA!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.

A - orangish amber with a thin white head

S - very herbal: rosemary, thyme, lemon oil

T - lemon peel, lemon rind, rosemary, lemon oil, herbal hops

M - warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated

I enjoyed this. I think this is very unique. I didn't get much of the pepper from the rye, but the lemon and lemon oil are very noticeable. The herbal hops that are used add a very intricate flavor and aroma. I thought the aromas were quite similar to the herbs in Saison du BUFF. This definitely earns points for creativity, style, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from August 2012 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Translucent light to medium orange. One finger of creamy off-white head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, peach, lemon and a spiciness present. The lemon is not as pungent as I expected, which is a good thing. A slight caramel malt backbone adds another layer of complexity to a nice nose.

T - A big bitter hop punch up front with some lemon zest and lighter grapefruit and orange notes. Some spiciness is present, alo

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of MEsoJD
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a large Duvel Tulip Glass]

I: Ah this has definitely been a stone week for me. Anyway, I can't resist Stone Anniversary Brews, and behold this time I'm looking at their "16th Anniversary IPA". From the description it seems like their trying to go in a radical direction from tradition with this new ipa. There is a risk with trying to make a unique or complex beer, and that it's very easy for it to become messy or unbalanced. Though it wouldn't surprise me if Stone can pull it off, though not everything they brew is gold. With all of that said, my mouth is salivating.

B: [[10.0% ABV. 1 Pint. 6 Fl. OZ. August 2012 Release] While the artwork may not be completely original, the color scheme is very attractive. Even if this doesn't turn out to be a favorite it's too beautiful to throw away. With all of that said, all the general information you'd expect from Stone is there. Back story, ABV, date, ingredients, and etc...

A: Orange copper or amber slight hazy/transparent body with a scattered head(fast dissipation), and little lacing.

S: Dominated by lemon zest, other slight tropical flavors are complimented with some boozy alcohol aroma, various spices, herbal/floral hops, and bread malt.

T: Lemon zest upfront, lingering spicy herbal presence throughout, and rye/bread malt/tropical fruit aftertaste.

M: slick/oily dry finish, medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(sipper).

O: Oh god what happened during the creation of this beer? Sorry if that's disrespectful, but I'm truly surprised. A good example of an unbalanced brew. It was almost too much for the senses at times. It saddens me to say that I can't really find any favorable qualities of this beer(besides the bottle presentation), unless you like getting just buzzed. I hate being hard on Stone, but no ones perfect and breweries for that matter. I would only recommend to Stone fans(for the experience), and I wouldn't buy again... nice bottle though. Savor Good Beer!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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