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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,371 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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 Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains in the glass with a big frothy dollop and roughly a finger of rich foam when swirled, leaving back a good bit of sudsy lacing sticking to the sides. There’s a nice rich look to this. The aroma smells of lemon, spice, tropical fruit, pine, underlying bitter fruit and sweet malt across the back that sticks to that juicy fruit character. Although this does have a fresh feel in the nose, it’s overall not coming off as very airy in the nostrils.

The taste is fairly spicy throughout, and encircles notes of pine, zesty grapefruit bitterness and lemon (which have more of a rind-like pithiness to it than it did in the nose). This is actually well balanced by a combination of ripe tropical fruit and a malt profile this is equal parts sticky sweetness and dry graininess. This finishes very strong, with spice and resins that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bigger, with a softer yet still firm creaminess that fills up the mouth. There is some crispness here on the tongue but a prominent underlying oiliness really helps keep the carbonation here slick on the palate. While not overly hot, that 10% is felt here really intensifies that already aggressive finish.

The lemon and rye additions here kept this interesting to drink but the overall profiles here just couldn’t quite hold up to the heady ABV on this, which does sadly hold this back a bit in spots. While maybe not quite maintaining the already high standards of these Stone Anniversary releases, this is still worth picking up and checking out. Just split it with a buddy, as that combo of flavor and alcohol unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to high drinkability.

Kegatron, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

frontalot, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TheBronze, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of cocoapuph
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

cocoapuph, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +5%

AlexChillton, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +5%

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a sudsy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is not suprisingly hoppy, citrusy, resinous. Not as pronounced or explosive as I expected from a Stone IPA, but smells clean and fresh with more of a floral, lemony accent as it warms.

Taste is bitter and hoppy w/ plenty of malt to balance it out. A blend of biscuity pale, sweet caramel, and spicy rye malts, combined with copious hops and that herbal lemon essence. No alcohol detected, a feat in itself.

Mouthfeel is clean and crips, a little oily but surprisingly drinkable.

Overall another really good DIPA from Stone. Happy anniversary!

draheim, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Crystal clear amber with a quarter inch white head. Aroma is very citrusy, lemon is pronounced along with floral and nectar hops. Some pine is definitely there too. Herbal notes of parsley and sage with rye spiciness comes out with a swirl. Hop presence is strong, but it's not dank. Malt is hard to get, but it's there. A little bit of breadiness, but it mostly takes a back seat to the hops. Flavor fades in slowly, starting with a light malt followed by some muskiness and herbal flavors, mostly parsley, before the hops come a rolling in. The hops are pretty gentle coming in, starting out light and nectary, but they stay very bitter on the palate. Dry finish, balanced body.

This is surprisingly good. I heard lemon verbena and rye and had my doubts. But the tropical flavors and aromas mix very well with the rye, which is used in moderation. I just said moderation to describe a Stone beer. Excuse me while I pinch myself. Anyway, This isn't something I'd like very often, but it's a very good beer.

Philousa, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Dope, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of bobotron
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

bobotron, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mocktm, Aug 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dcbdc1, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a nice clear amber topped off with a foamy white head.

S Lots of tropical fruits like oranges, pineapple with maybe a touch of grapefruit. Also a bit of an earthy note and some faint pine.

T More orange and pineapple along with some lemon. Pretty sweet with a bit of an herbal tea like note.

M medium bodied with a bit of stickiness.

Overall this is pretty good DIPA. It is definitely a sweet tropical fruit bomb so if you are not into that I would stay away, otherwise I would recommend giving it a shot.

beerandcycling88, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real aggressive head, makes three fingers and hangs on real tight without letting go, a sort of off white colored head faint tan in there. Body is a real nice crystal faint orange/ruby amber color, picking up highlights of your background quite nicely changing and stuff. Interesting and impressive.

Nose is bready malts, a good lemon citrus hop feel. Some nice brown sugar toasting. Simple and solid. Feels alright.

Palate hits with a somewhat herbal lemon, and faint sharp cough medicine, but quickly disappears into a nice hop blast and warming sugar. Body is even a little thin, and aftertaste is a little fleeting, matching some lemon warmth and mild sugars. Lingering mild lemon zest, and dry hops.

Overall the beer feels big but not too out of control, and certainly not big as it's 10% abv would indicate. Strangely doesn't feel that rye like spicy, but it tastes like a solid simple straight forward DIPA.

smakawhat, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of nrs207
2/5  rDev -47.5%

nrs207, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a fairly bright, chill-hazed orange color, with a whopping 2-3 finger off-white head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a mild bit or grassiness that resembled (to me) a Belgian IPA in a few respects. It also had a bit of green tea notes that were infinitely interesting, along with a nice citrus orange component.

T: Not a totally, "laying waste to the palate," hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. This one has more in common with one of DFH's "Off-Centered" historical brews. I got some lemon peel, rye, and TONS of Amarillo. Good stuff....

M: Actually, the lemon takes center stage here, putting the bitter, grapefruit sizzle in its place. The lacing was pretty ridiculous, but I didn't find it cloying in any way.

O: Considering I only paid $7.99 for this bad boy, I think it was a steal considering the quality in this bottle!

Chaney, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of pisano
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

22 oz bottle served cold out of a tulip glass

a: pours a gorgeous deep golden amber with a tinge of red when held up to the light and a half finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. slight haze when cold and nice lacing is left on the glass as i drink it.

s: strong on the malt, alcohol, getting an intense herbal essence and the lemon verbena is very distinct

t: slight malt sweetness, alcohol, strong bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the sweetness. there's lemon in there but it's more like a chemical lemon cleaning product than real lemons.

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: overall not loving it and surprised/disappointed by that. i would have liked more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

pisano, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of AdamHart22
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is typical of a craft double IPA. Amber colored with hints of red when held to the light. The head is excellent. A very light, off white, that has nice legs.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, and hints of lemon.

Taste is great. Comparable to the DFH Hellhound mentioned below but I like this lemon better. It is a featured flavor as opposed to a nice finish. The hop and malt balance is solid here. A surprise from Stone who usually beats you senseless with hops. Finish is clean and avoids the over-pine ending to other DIPAs from Stone. Would purchase again.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean.

AdamHart22, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of kendellmarie
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kendellmarie, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Just hit our stores today!

Pours clear dark gold/amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

Interesting aromas. Typical tropical fruit with a touch of citrus, but the rye spice does make an appearance and in what I'm coming to associate the Calypso hop with, a huge lemon presence overwhelms. Smells a bit like lemon pledge.

Strong pine with a hefty caramel backbone greets the front of the palate. A little rye spiciness, but it's a bit more subdued than the nose. Finishes resiny and dry with an intense lemon character. Almost smells like lemon you find in saisons at times and with the rye it takes on an almost Belgian quality at times. The spicy rye and booze come out more as it warms making it harsh and unpleasant. Flavors really clash.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. As with most DIPA's of this range, it's a bit past the sweet spot and the alcohol isn't hidden well. Gets too boozy as it warms. I like my booze in stouts, not so much in IPA's.

The weakest anniversary beer in a few years. Might have been ok if I split it, but the flavors don't lend to great drinkability and I didn't like the additives. They took away from the base flavor and added nothing pleasant.

jmarsh123, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle opened 8/21/12, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Clear amber orange with a finger and a half eggshell head. Recedes to a film, and leaves light lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, lime. A honey backnote completes the nose. Not very strong.

Taste: Pine and caramel malts up front. A citrus and lemon bitter follow up. Ends with a resinous bitterness. As it warms, becomes too boozey and acquires nail polish accents.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable until the end of the glass when it becomes too boozey.

Overall: Ok, but not something I's get again.

cfrances33, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

A-Clear orange, not much to some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Hoppy wonderfulness, earthy, pine, citrus and floral notes with some lemon sneaking in as well.

T-Lots of hops, some caramel is there as well. Didn't get much rye malt. Citrus is the main part with some earthy notes, tad bit of lemon. Nice bitterness with more lemon as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth for 10%.

O-Another really good DIPA from Stone, the lemon wasn't as good as DFH Hellhound, but it was still a tasty brew.

rlee1390, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

GoBIG, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

AndrewK, Aug 21, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.