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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. I do have to say that when it comes down to it, as an IPA, it just breathes Stone. All of the characteristics are here from what you have become used to from the brewery; yet, there are some subtle lemon tones (surprise, surprise?) and a spicy burning rye and hop thing going on. Overall, it's a good beer. I can dig it. And the bottle is one of the nicest special release bottles I've seen from Stone. (It must be the red.)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 07:12:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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DallasJones


3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-19-2012 05:00:40 | More by DallasJones
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a brilliant orange color. Body glows. Head is a chunk of raw dough.mhead is tan, Head retains in veteran fashion. Superb lacing too. Another perfect looking Stone brew.

S-Wow, this may be the most mint-stressed beer I have come across. Menthol. Lemons and citrus. Plenty of pine. Light rye spice. Very bold. I am excited.

T-A sad mixture of mouthwash, Orbit gum, and pine sap. Stinging. Not much tropical hops at all. Rye is washed out. Abrasive in the worst way. Very disjointed and even a bit offensive.

M-Boozy and the flavor hangs on to a sickening degree. Dry, bitter and stinging.

O/D-Almost as bad as their Belgo-Anise RIS. Really a big letdown. As happy I was yesterday with their 10th Anni Ruination, I am hugely let down by this brew. No dice kid.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:54:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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marct

Nevada

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-19-2012 04:44:31 | More by marct
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crob3888

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-19-2012 04:35:18 | More by crob3888
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into pint glass

Look is amber-orange, light with a fantastic long lasting off-white head. Smell is heavy on the lemon and pine. Also, pepper, orange marmalade, grapefruit. The taste is very tart lemon and pine, with a peppery background that nips at the underside of the massive hop blast. There's also notes of rye, dry biscuits, white bread, limes, and oranges. It's complex, sure, but also slightly underwhelming. Feel is very bitter and syrup-like, maybe could have used a bit more carbonation. The alcohol shows up in the finish but is very inoffensive.

Solid beer, as to be expected from stone, but I much prefer their year-round IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:11:03 | More by jimmah120
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claaark13

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-19-2012 03:49:14 | More by claaark13
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mscudder

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to delve into this one! The 15 year anniversary was average so let us see how this one goes.

A - A typical imperial IPA, perhaps a bit lighter. Almost looks like iced tea with its hue. Off-white, ivory head.

S - Lots of pine, peppercorn, big time hops and some warm tropical fruits. Some alcohol gives the scent some warmth near the back end.

T - Perhaps one of the most unique IPA's I have ever tried. Lots, and i mean lots, of lemon here. It leaves a large quantity of tartness which is interesting alongside the big piney hops. The malt backbone is fairly large, but far from making this brew too big.

M - A bit on the oily side with a medium body and fair carbonation. Perhaps the lemon oil (?) kicking in?

O - This is strange for sure. Drinking it slowly and realizing it is a brew for those who love lemon and hops. A good beer that is worth some respect but I am not sure I would be buying this on a frequent basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:48:48 | More by mscudder
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Served in Bailey's tulip.

A: Lightly rusted copper with an off-white/cream colored head that foams straight up from an aggressive pour. Looks pretty nice, I must say.

N: Well, it's an IPA. Shock coming from Stone, I know. Resinous pine, green peppercorn, earth, and some very light tropical fruit. However, the dominant flavor is the bitter hops. Slight hint of the lemon aspects, but they almost seem to come more from the hops.

T: More malt forward than I expected. There's a bit of lemon zest here, and more of the pine hoppiness. Has some pronounced medicinal qualities, as though I was going to rub this on my skin. Has a very woody quality, as well. Alcohol's well hidden for 10% though.

M: Probably the worst part of this. It's kind of oily and slick and it really coats the palate but it doesn't dry it out. I'm guessing that's lemon oil doing it.

O: Decent, I suppose. Drinkable and certainly worth a shot, but pretty much every DIPA I open from Stone, I want to be equivalent to their 10th Anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:05:35 | More by writerLJBerg
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

08-19-2012 00:41:03 | More by captainbearcat
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-19-2012 00:26:21 | More by tbeq00
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OTB

California

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

Copper rust pour with a huge tan head. Yup, there's no hiding the lemon extracts used in this brew. A huge lemon infused nose greets you immediately then the citrus fruit appears again as you take your first sip. I pick up zero influence from the Rye addition, it's a citrus fruit bomb for sure. It's a tad sweet and you can pick up the heat from the high ABV. Not worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 23:50:28 | More by OTB
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another year, another anniversary ale from Stone!

Pours out a nice amber color with orange hues and 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy head.

The aroma is instantly a blend of tropical hop notes; mango, grapefruit, papaya, peach, orange and a nice amount of lemon followed with a hint of the rye spiciness.

The taste starts off with the intense tropical hop notes and then goes into the bright burst of lemon that even adds a very slight hint of tartness. This is followed by the spiciness of the rye and some sweetness coming from the malt.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and dry and for being such a big beer this is actually pretty balanced and not too bitter either. Another great beer from Stone and I can't wait until the 17th!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 23:36:02 | More by JohnnyMc
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MickeyHops

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-18-2012 23:01:38 | More by MickeyHops
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light amber with thick, off-white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Lemon, tropical notes, herbs, spicy bread and semi-sweet caramel.

Taste: Lemon, mango and grapefruit offset by caramel and toasted malts. Maybe there is a touch of spicy rye, but really not very noticeable. The beer is a little sweeter than I expected, but finished with some bitterness, herbalness and lingering lemon. The lemon straggles the line between being refreshing and solvent-like, but mostly stays on the right side of the divide.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry but just slightly astringent. Can't tell this is 10%; this is a sneaky sumbitch.

Overall: Another very good IPA from Stone. But I can see why the lemon turns some away.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:59:26 | More by bsp77
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. There's also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:15:39 | More by bluejacket74
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billab914

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into my Mad Fox glass. Amber in color with a thin, sticky head to it. It left some really nice lacing as I drank it.

The lemon verbena is immediately apparent in the aroma. It gives it a pretty strong herbal, floral, lemony flavor. I like the notes of rye and toasted malts I'm getting though. The hops seem overshadowed by the lemon verbena for me unfortunately.

The taste follows through with more of the herbal, floral, lemony flavors throughout. I get some of the hop bitterness coming out mostly in the finish. Again, I'm really liking the rye and toasted malt base, but the lemon verbena is just ruining it for me. It reminds me a little of air freshener or some type of cleaning product.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I really didn't like the lemon verbena addition. It gave it a strong herbal and floral character that made me think of cleaning products or potpourri. I can't believe the description says the lemon is supposed to be "subtle", because that definitely wasn't my experience with it. It had did have a lot of positive things going for it, they just got overshadowed unfortunately. I'd love to try this without the lemon verbena, but with it I can't say it was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:10:43 | More by billab914
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pured adarkish orange color with a moderatewhite cap, light bubbles and lcing

S: Smells pretty malty caramel coupled with lemon like Pledge wood cleaner d some tropica fruits.

T: Big caramel maltiness upfront with lemons and tropical fruits. The finish was heavy, to malty and unbalancedin the malt department.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: The worst Stone Anny since the Imperial Red

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:54:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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wattershed

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 20:30:25 | More by wattershed
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leodarko

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-18-2012 17:10:09 | More by leodarko
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 16:57:24 | More by eawolff99
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 09:22:06 | More by Bilco
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-18-2012 09:12:48 | More by ambruns1979
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ThePaleRider

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice light light amber, almost more of an orange color. Thick pretty,white head that stuck around for a while, and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. Didn't realize the ABV before looking at the lacing. Added bonus!

S - Nice and citrusy but didn't pick up on the lemon scent as much as I thought I was going to. More of an orange peel and pine. Very nice though.

T - Definitely has the alcohol bit of a %10 beer, but not as much hop flavor as your usual double or imperial IPA. The flavor sticks around for a while, I get a heavy malt on the front end followed by and hoppy, orangey bite that finishes. I'll clarify, it tastes good, but for a %10 I like a little more hop bite.

M - Nice and light, but very warming on the way down.

O - I am guilty of not being the biggest fan of Stone, but this is a very drinkable IPA that packs a great punch. I will be getting a few more to enjoy. I really wish the lemon verbena and lemon oils were more prominent, but that's just me, and wouldn't stop me from buying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 06:09:21 | More by ThePaleRider
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theempire

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-18-2012 05:12:33 | More by theempire
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.