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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,379
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 AdamHart22
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of GoBIG
5/5  rDev +31.2%

GoBIG, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of AndrewK
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

AndrewK, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here.

Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass.

Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Was excited to try this beer and wasn’t disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters.

BucannonXC5, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of silentjay
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

amber with a decent almost-white two-fingered head that retains and laces well.

a nice quick shot of pine is quickly taken over by lemon pledge cleaner.

lemon extract, soapy, oily... tastes like what I imagine drinking lemon-scented floor-cleaner would. the oil sticks around forever. the lemon verbena was way over-done. the hops don't quite complement, but rather are overshadowed.

oily, soapy, and unforgiving, this coats the mouth/throat and does not let go..making whatever you eat/drink next taste like lemon pledge.

wow. not great. there is potential behind the lemon extract and oily lemon verbena flavoring that just overpower.

If I wanted to suck on lemon pith, I'd just buy a lemon.

silentjay, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

justinlaz, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of tsailor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tsailor, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured into a globe glass, showing a clear light copper with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Decent retention and lace from a steady boil of carbonation.

Aroma of citrus and pine and moderately coarse in nature. Bit of lemon and mango but surely not the lemon oil/pledge others pick up on. I've had beers with that aroma and I'm glad it isn't too flamboyant here. Instead I get a subtle floral/lemon spice note, though a bit too much agitation does push the potpourri essence a bit much.

Flavor follows with hop spice dominant along with a surprisingly light malt backbone. Even warm the alcohol is hardly evident on the aroma or taste, and that's without an obvious malty coverup. Bit of citric/orange malt is present but doesn't come across as being viscous or debilitating/cloying. Offers a good carbonation and a creamy feel. Bitterness is quite subtle and balanced, especially for Stone.

Overall a well done brew that gently nudges the rules without bending them too much. Head lacks a bit as for stickiness and the aroma is solid yet not riveting. Nonetheless, at 10% this beer drinks silly smooth. Use caution.

HalfFull, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -21.3%

TicoCali, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Omer4176
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Omer4176, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, good amount of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Macerated lemons, earthy, herbal, bready, estery, black tea, mildly soapy, spicy, quince paste

TASTE: Herbal tea, very smooth, lemon oil, bitter grassiness, spicy, warming alcohol, fallen apples, ripe pears, bready, peppery, faint potpourri, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, bitter finish with some body

A muddled mess, somewhat tasty but way too many distractions and becomes almost too tea like or even soapy like I just walked through a The Body Shop. Over use of Amarillo with the addition of another high alpha acid hop does not work for me either. I can understand wanting to push to be different but if the pieces don't fall right then this is what you end up with.

Jason, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +5%

avaldivia, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a glowing amber with huge, oily, khaki head that slowly faded into a fluffy film leaving streaks of rocky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of pine and citrus hops fill my nose. Grapefruit comes through alongside the lemon oil and lemon verbena it was brewed with. I get hints of toasted malt undertones and spicy rye.
T: Lemon is very noticeable on the nose. Pine sap and grapefruit are present as well, but the lemon really shines. The rye is much stronger than the nose as well, adding a nice balancing amount of spice to the hops. The finish has a good dose of both rye and hop bitterness and the lingering aftertaste is full of lemon oil. Bread crust malts and toasted grains poke through as well.
M: Very slick and oily mouthfeel, viscous body and smooth carbonation. Feels and drinks like a double digit super hopped dipa. The alcohol is well hidden although slightly noticeable in the finish, but this drinks like a beer with half the ABV.
O: Another enjoyable dipa from Stone. Very well executed with all the ingredients working well together.

scottfrie, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of heresy22
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

heresy22, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev +5%

TheRuss9585, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is deep bronze with mild haziness and the head is huge with 2+ fingers of creamy cap that holds well and has a sticky lace pattern. The smell is very good with light pine and strong tropical odors with pleasant tinges of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma to balance the light sweet malt ester. The feel is good, but the aggressive nature of the hops is a litte intense with moderate carbonation and light sweetness the spiciness of the hops is sharp and acidiy is above average with low astringency level overall. I like how the hops seem less acidic as it goes though one way of knowing the level of palate damage the beer is doing.

This tastes familiar and unique at the same time - some trademark oily hop resinous spice and citrus with peppery tropical fruit combo Stone is known to have, yet the lemon oil and verbena comes through with a light sweet citrus edge before another wave of grapefruit flesh and pine acidity is felt on the palate. The taste of malt is there, but only a sweet caramel accent to the ruby red and lemony orange blast this IPA is delivering. overall I knew it would be a big beer it shows all the signs and smells, but it is fresh and intense which is great for this style I am glad I got to try this.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jongullotti, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

carteravebrew, Aug 20, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.