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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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1,381 Ratings

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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 colforbin73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am reserving ultimate judgement on this brew. i bought 2 and will just save one. this is VERY bitter and has a medicinal peppery bite that is more DFH than STONE.

the pour is very good, nice clear dark golden brew with a consistent foam cap. the aroma, like the taste, is totally reliant on the temperature -- this beer is not done. it's better VERY COLD. closer to room temp you get too many spices and off flavors. the aroma cold is more hoppy, but as it warms the medicinal creeps in.

the taste follows suit -- go cold OR put some age on this beer. i am getting killed by CARDAMOM here.... i like the malts and overall sturdiness of this beer, but the spice is too much. very bitter, palate wrecked. i can report no more at this time.

the booze was masked by spice. AGE THIS BEER FOR SIX MONTHS. AT LEAST.

colforbin73, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of morebeersforgeorgia
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

morebeersforgeorgia, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +5%

illini4x4, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

ChopsMeister, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper-golden color with a huge, persistent, antique-white, foamy head. Lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and occasional cream aromas. A much smoother mouthfeel than I'm used to from Stone. Nearly no hop harshness, but the spice lingers on the palate. Large pine backed with huge malt. The lemon oil is certainly there at the finish. In usual Stone fashion, this is a powerful concoction.

DocJitsu, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

2dogbrew, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of danipp
4/5  rDev +5%

danipp, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with somewhat of a peach colored hue. Thin white head with good retention.

S- Floral hop aroma with notes of pine, citrus and lemon.

T- Really strong lemon flavor from beginning to end, with nice piney hops coming through at the beginning and towards the end.

M- Very nice, medium bodied, good carbonation, drinkable.

O- No complaints, another solid offering. Not a big of the lemon, but it works.

stephenjmoore, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of syntheticwings
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of coastiefish
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pretty copper pour, with a bubble packed carbonated 2 finger frothy head. Extremely inviting beer.

S - Subtle sweet malt, lemon pie, bit grassy, a touch spicy.

T - Real smooth. Lemony spices, a tiny bit of bitey hops.

M - Great full fluffy body, a bit oily, a touch dry on the finish.

O - This beer is fantastic. No gimmicks, no tricks, smooth, tasty

coastiefish, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank god we got this on time.

Light amber body with a thick frothy white head. Initial pour was a bit too aggressive for the glass as it foamed over, but now its settled in nicely with a small but steady stream of carbonation.

I get the sweet honey malt on the nose, loads and loads of lemon, and quite a bit of grapefruit. Reminds of Ruination 10th alot on the nose.

The taste is for sure interesting. Strong herbal hops are a surprise, with a huge dose of lemongrass. Kind of feels like leafy hops, very grassy with the rye spiciness accenting it quite nicely. Good bit of slick alpha acids and bitterness really come out to make it feel a bit more easy drinking.

I love how this thing is put together. Slick spicy hops/rye, with a nice sweet bitterness. well done.

VncentLIFE, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice biege head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty herbal and spices starting off. Lemon is here for sure. A bit of rye and bready malts.

T- Just like the nose more spices here than I expected. Lemon again is pretty strong. A good amount of bitterness.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad. Very different.

nrbw23, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +5%

beergorrilla, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

brewdude1982, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange. Clear. Bright-white head. Smooth and creamy. Drops to a thin cap and chunky collar. Some solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical from the start. Tangerine and a touch of peach. Big hit of lemon candy. Bright. Mild spiciness in the back. Almost no malt presence. Tiny hints of bready sweetness. It smells like a tropical Lemonhead. Slightly herbal and earthy. Dustings of pine. So much sweet lemon goodness.

Taste: Spicy rye with a big compliment of lemon verbena. Grass, herbal, and earthy. Some malts back it up a touch. Dry bread. Spiciness lingers. Some other fruit, mainly pears and apples. Aspirin-like bitterness. Reminds me of bergamot at times. Lots going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lingering dry spiciness.

Overall: A hot mess from Stone. All the big IPA/DIPA flavors are there, but they don't quite come together like I was hoping. Big huge layers, but it's not a whole cake. The cake is a lie.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +5%

ryanpj, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Summer '12
Russian River

A: Pour out a nice copper orange color. Typical DIPA color. About a half a finger of bright white head. Leaving some lacing.

S: Definitely pulling some of that lemon verbena and floral notes. Some of that herbal medicinal hints. Smells very hop forward that is for sure.

T: Nice amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not Ruination aggressive or anything. Lots of lemon rind, or zest. Really interesting hop flavors. Not a ton of malts. The booze is there on the back end. Warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B

inlimbo77, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of brentusaurus
4/5  rDev +5%

brentusaurus, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rangr514
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

rangr514, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ezperkins2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ezperkins2, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber body with a bit of particulate matter. Nice fluffy white head, eventually turned into just a foam ring.

A- Lots of citrus and pine. Almost like cleaning supplies. Light rye.

T- Sweet malt flavor followed with a spicy hint of rye. Lemon flavors throughout. Hops just kick the citrus up a notch.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

D- Enjoyable, but I probably wouldn't pick up another. The citrusy pine was just on the border of cleaning supplies. The light rye spiciness was a nice touch though.

gpogo, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

hopivore, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

DonFrap, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Tamarack22
4/5  rDev +5%

Tamarack22, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a big fluffy cap that leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and lemony up front, with floral undertones. A touch of lavender, bready rye and alcohol. The liberal use of lemon verbena gives the beer a perfumey, soapy quality that isn't especially enjoyable to me.

Taste and mouthfeel: Straight-up lemon rind. Bitter and botanical, soapy, perfumey, and rather malty. Booze is somewhat noticeable, too. The body has some heft to it, though the beer remains on the dry side. Lemon peel and botanical soap flavors linger throughout the finish. Very bitter.

Overall: Clean, well crafted, but not really appealing to me. Would be a nice but unspectacular DIPA without the lemon verbena; as is it's not something I'd revisit.

largadeer, Aug 24, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.