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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,375 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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 Kmccabe33
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very interesting yet nice color, it is a orangeish hue but with faint reddish color to it as well. Solid white head, slight lacing, but overall looks really good in my book, nothing crazy special but still good.

S- Smell is...well good but it is very odd. The usual smells of hops are there on the nose, but a very prominent lemon smell which I cannot decide if I like or don't. Sometimes it is a quite refreshing lemon scent, while other times it smells as though it is lemon pledge. I rated the smell highly just because of its uniqueness.

T- Taste is again all over the place. I had some sips that were the usual floral and very good IPA with a hint of lemon to it, but then I had sips that were just over the top lemon cleaner flavor. If all sips were like the ipa with a lemon flavor and not the lemon pledge flavor, I would be a huge fan.

M- Mouthfeel is very good, but also pretty drying in the mouth. I thought the mouthfeel was good, but something was off, and I could not quite put my finger on it.

O- I enjoyed this beer and it was very unique but it was just not my type overall, as the lemon came very overpowering at some points. Stone had a good idea with this, and nearly made it perfect, but just a few flaws really drew this back.

Kmccabe33, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

fehrminator, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of TrackZero
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 16th anniversary is weird. Glad I only picked up a few of 'em.

It started off with a bit of a funky hard-to-describe smell that kind of threw me off, but the taste was still a Stone IPA at the heart.

It was almost like drinking a Stone IPA out of a dirty glass that previously held a sun-skunked Heineken, with some weird twist of lemon skin, but not lemon juice.

TrackZero, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +5%

Googs, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge amber reddish pour with a great quarter inch of a yellowish tan head. Considering the abv and oil, this has great retention and lacing. The nose is a bitter lemon rind with a touch of sweetness from an impressive malt base. The taste is sweet with a lingering lemony bitterness that bites down hard on my palate and makes itself comfortable between sips. The aftertaste is a bit overpowering, but not undrinkable. I honestly prefer a smoother drinking DIPA over one with such a ferocious bite. Overall I'm impressed by Stone's ingenuity in adding actual lemon oil/verbena to the brew, but it could use a little cellar time to mellow out.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of 12owls
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12owls, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

CelticAleMan, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +5%

cmannes, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
3/5  rDev -21.3%

HumanParaquat, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of mater
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mater, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5%

shelby415, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

millelacsmark, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hessian257, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of lemon, rye, and a bit of pine.

Tastes of the overarching lemon flavor layered with hops and sweet malts. Bready malts lead off with some caramel and toffee notes. This gives way to a little rye spiciness which add some body as well. The lemon becomes more noticeable as the hops kick in. Citrus, tropical fruits, and pine notes emerge along with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, there is a bit too much going on here, but my love of lemons still has me liking it.

ocelot2500, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5%

Daniellobo, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of dmatsui
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A pour from a 22 bomber left a creamy, off-white tight 2-finger head that stuck around for a while (considering the massive abv) and left a little bit of lacing. The alcohol legs and feet are definitely present. The beer itself has a typical west coast IPA character; coppery, burnt orange and pretty hazy. Looks unfiltered.

Such a unique aroma. The hops come first with sweet citrusy, rindy and piny notes but the addition of lemon verbana and whatever spices Stone's throwing in this brew make for an exceptional and complex nose. The combination of aromatics results in a very savory, botanical character. There are definite notes of sage, thyme, rosemary and meyer lemon rind.

The flavor of the beer is well-represented by the aromatics. The hops slap you in the face with Stone's trademark bittering varietals, but the citrus factor really comes through with the addition of the Verbana. There is a spicy quality mid-palate which probably comes from the addition of rye, which also provides for a fuller body. It's a huge beer, with a ton of mat characteristics as well, but the bill doesn't interfere with the hops or herb additions. There's also a definite mint presence. The calypso hops are definitely present, it's super fruity with hints of mango, papaya, grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is sharp, tart, bitter, oily and dry. Very nice.

There is definitely a lot going on in this beer; it's very balanced but there are a lot of competing flavors. It's very, very good and very different. It's one of the better offerings I've had from Stone.

dmatsui, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Pahn
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that leaves a thick ring of lacing. Pours a not-quite-translucent gold. Spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Amarillo hops. From the glass: bizarre savory and perfume-y aroma. Black tea with lemon, along with some fruit (maybe peaches) and herbs. Black pepper. Gets pretty boozy with time.

Swings way too far into savory, and not like "GUBNA onion-hops savory," but a full on herb marinade. Starting to turn me off of the idea of livening up traditional beer aroma and flavor by experimenting with savory elements. Gets a 3.0 for some nice hop aroma and smelling like a reasonably good marinade/salad dressing, at least.

Taste: Lemony, some passion fruit. Herbal hops, black tea aftertaste. 85 IBU coming off as pretty bitter, yet the beer also tastes a bit too sweet. Like the aroma, savory without being the familiar Summit hop oniony. Not quite mushroom or umami, but more like a heavily herbed marinade (plus some tropical fruit hops, and some black tea, and some lemons...). Way more going on than I can keep track of in a single sip, but also not exactly motivating me to try to do so.

I suppose it's impressive that they expressed so much flavor from the hops and rye and adjuncts and such. I don't want to give such skillful hop use lower than a 3.0, but the planning behind this beer doesn't suggest any skill whatsoever... It's really a mess. The mouthfeel doesn't help either; you've got all these savory + sweet + lemon + tea flavors fighting, set to a creamy and soapy feel that's very bitter but not dry. Blech.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy. Under-attenuated for my taste.

Overall: This beer is like finding 20 beautiful but unrelated ingredients at a farmer's market, gently cooking them all to preserve their natural flavors, then throwing them all in a bowl and eating them. A gamble that could end up amazing or terrible.

This beer ends up a big mess and makes me wonder why they bothered. Stone is usually the king of balancing bold flavors, but not this time... Could it be that now everyone at the brewery is so enthusiastic about everything that they've forgotten how to say no to *anything*?

Drinking this, I'm longing for a well-made IPA with 1 hop, 1 malt, water, and some clean yeast. I usually love bloated experiments by genius brewers, but Stone 16th is a huge miss.

Pahn, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of dubdrop
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dubdrop, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of t-rav
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

t-rav, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This has a gorgeous pour, a brilliant orange-red body crested with three fingers of head. The aroma is intensely hoppy and lemony, with a hint of rye malts. The taste is interesting and ultimately very good. It doesn't have much in the way of subtleness, this one hits you right away with all it's got - Lemon, rye, tropical and floral hops, and a touch of booziness. Spice and floral aspects are the name of the game. The hops are very complex here, there's a lot of different hop flavor. The mouthfeel feels a little light and slick to me, but the drinkability is great. Another excellent anniversary beer from Stone.

shand, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright yet hazy amber with a sticky white head.

The smell is a nice mixture of herbal and lemony notes with some mice green hop notes. It smells bitter.

The flavors are a bit sweet up front with a fresh lemon flavor. The big orange rind hop blast Takes over with a big long lasting juniper bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and oily with a tons of hop resin.

Very tasty and fun double IPA. I love the big lemony quality.

bashiba, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

johnnyboy76, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of agirginis
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

agirginis, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of alk3kenny
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my wild heaven glass. Nice ruby red copper color creamy white head sticking to the side of the glass. Smell is nice hops, resiny, slightly sweet. Not getting the lemon the beer claims to have in it. Let's have a taste... hops are there slight bitterness left behind. Some alcohol presence again not really getting the lemon shining through at all. Would expect some citrus brightness from this but I'm just not getting it. This hurts my taste score because it doesn't do much to deviate from a standard ipa/dbl ipa... a good beer drinkable perhaps my expectations were too high for a beer touted here in GA as only 300 bottles arriving in the state.

alk3kenny, Aug 23, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.