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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,372
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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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%

Hazy orange amber with moderate light tan frothy head. Crisp earthy spice and tropical notes in the aroma. Earthy grass and rye with a lemon finish. Strong rye sweetness/spice. Moderate bittering linger and no alcohol warming. Light and mostly crisp feel with moderate carbonation but with a heavy finish.

Lemon is more pervasive than subtle but it's still an interesting beer. Definitely complex though the bittering is on the lighter side. I love the lemongrass flavor but it's a little strong to make a really great beer.

Bfarr, Jul 11, 2013
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From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint

A: Light copper-tan in color, the brew forms a healthy 1-inch head that holds its form for a long time, never really fully recedes.

S: Candied lemon up against citrusy, snappy hops. Lots of sugar in this one, smells like the malt-backbone overpowers.

T: Lemon candy pops to the front of the palate first, almost making this seem malt-forward. The piny, vinous signature hop character is noted, but it's drowned out by the sweet and sticky aspects. Seems to be all over the place on the palate, not sure of what it's trying to do. The booze helps to break up the cloying sweetness, but the malts and added sugar are a bit too much....finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy, thick. Thankfully there's ample carbonation or this one would be hard to swallow.

Valiant attempt...I can understand trying to accent the naturally citrusy aspects of West Coast style IPA's, but the beer's sweetness quickly becomes treacly.

rand, Jul 09, 2013
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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.