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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 DonDirkA
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is resinous pine, bitter hops, grapefruit, spicy notes, mango, orange, lemon and a slight hint of bready malts. Its a little boozy in the taste. Its spicy, malts are kind of roasted, hop bitterness, pine, some acidic citrus notes, lemon, tangerine, tart grapefruit. The bitterness coats your tongue and leaves a warm feeling behind. Its almost like a layer of hop oils coating the tongue. Its definitely a Stone double IPA but it also has a very nice roasted, slightly spicy malt backbone to provide balance. I mean, its an IPA from Stone so you can pretty much assume it'll be awesome and it doesn't disappoint. Very good, high quality, some unique blends of flavors.

DonDirkA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber orange with 2 finger head with lots of lacing.

B: Lemon,citrous,some herbal notes.

T: Follows the nose, but there is stronger herbal notes towards the middle of the taste right before hops kick in at the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: Very solid brew again from Stone.

sukwonee, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
3/5  rDev -21.3%

CEDAMA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Beezee, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Hopstout, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Dated August 2012.

A-Deep red copper with one finger of quickly disappearing head

S-Smells of crisp pine and rye with a background of malt and citrus notes. Almost can smell fresh cut grass.

T-Tastes like it smells. Hits your taste buds with malt and citrus and leaves the crisp pine on your tongue.

M-Light body with some frothy texture

O-Great beer. Really refreshing with no alcohol bite. another flavor stands out with every drink.

MeneerBeerSnob, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +5%

polishkaz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Hoppy, pine, tropical fruits, citrus, rye, lemon, toasted malts, smells great.

T- Hoppy, pine, resin, citrus, lemon, spicy rye in the finish, nice malt backbone. Very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body, kind of creamy.

O- A great beer that I will definitely be stocking up on. Love the rye and lemon combo. 10% ABV is unnoticeable.

larryi86, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $7.99. Picked this up because you know hoppy Stone beers will be at least worth the money if not radical. This was orange-yellow with a hoppy, lemony smell, smells good. Rye was present in the flavor but it was dominated by the lemon verbena and hops. Seriously this stuff was like something from bath and body works with hops. Lotion, shower gel, hops! Still, it was a rad double IPA I just won't buy a bunch of them.

ArrogantB, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of beesy
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a beautiful light orange that is mostly clear. A rocky, creamy three finger head of off white color builds and seems to persist forever. A fair amount of lacing left.

S - floral and citrus. Herbally, gassy and minty.

T - hoppy with notes if floral and citrus; herbally and almost medicinal. Some lemon appeara as it warms. Noticeable rye on the front end. Slightly sweet with a firm bitterness on the back end. Not much in the way of alcohol detected in this bigger beer.

M - full bodied and slightly less attenuated than I'd like to see.

D - fairly low for me. Too much herbal/medicinal notes and too sweet.

Overall, a decent beer with some obvious pitfalls. The appearance of this beer was my favorite part.

beesy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rhino54, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. August 2012. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper color with a two finger slight off white frothy head. Long retention and amazing lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lemony citrus and pine cones. Just hops.

Taste: Big ol' lemony citrus blast with some pine resin notes that are sure to let you know this one is hopped up. Some sweet malt backs it up a bit but i think there is just too much lemon for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering bitterness but so does that lemon and I'm not so sure I'm digging on that.

nimrod979, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of boxofhate
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

boxofhate, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5%

Howlader, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of woemad
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner consumed at Jones Radiator in Spokane for $4.

Poured a copper/amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that took it's time dropping.

Very odd nose to this one. Very herbal, more so than one would expect from hops alone. This had an aroma not unlike sage. There were also some mild piney notes but the weird herb scent overrides everything else.

The taste is very much like the smell, but with more boozy heat to it. The sage aroma is the most dominant part of the flavor profile, though other aspects of hop flavor stand out a little more than in the nose. Weird, weird beer.

About average mouthfeel and carbonation to this beer.

A very odd tasting beer. Not bad, mind you, but weird enough that I was glad I only ordered a schooner. Too much weird flavor and alcohol heat to enjoy in any larger serving.

woemad, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Somewhere between honey and amber. plush white head with spotty lacing.
smell: intense intense lemon, pine and earth. Love it or hate it, this is certainly a different creature.
taste: A bit more restrained than the nose. Lots o lemon and floral and other citrus. The flavors are surprisingly harmonious.
overall: Not a huge fan of Stone's non IPA's, they always seem an IPA mixed with something else (and labeled that something else) but they do know IPA's.

cindyjeffsmith, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. "August 2012" pours out a nice clear copper color, slight tint of red. a nice big 2-3 fingers of slightly offwhite head. great retention and lots of sticky lace.

intially lots of woody piney hops, caramel biscuit sweet malt, resins, and some citrus, only a bit of that lemon though. becomes really boozey as it warms up.

starts with a nice woody, piney, resinous hop, and sticky caramel malt than finishes with kind of a harsh citrus bitterness, fruity ester, and boozey sweet malt that really lingers. somewhat herbal at times. the slight spiciness from the rye kind of adds to the booziness. the mouthfeel that lingers after the sip isnt too enjoyable.

a little too much here, this prolly wouldve been better as a lower abv beer. too boozey and too much sweet malt for any hops, lemon, or rye to really show nicely. i expected more from an IPA from stone.

dogfishandi, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up some light lemon, dry citrus and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's more of a malt presence than I expected, and the finish is alcoholic and hot. The beer has good bitterness, but it's not enough to counter the sweet malty alcohol flavor, and I don't think the lemon flavor helps a whole lot. Mourhfeel is medium bodied with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability is very poor... cannot imagine trying to down an entire bomber of this beer.

While not terrible, I think this is a miss for Stone. I had a difficult time even drinking the sampler size glass I got, and drinking the beer side by side with the excellent Stone double dry hop IPA really put things into perspective. Am not impressed with this one.

John_M, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.)

RblWthACoz, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DallasJones
3/5  rDev -21.3%

DallasJones, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -21.3%

marct, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

crob3888, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
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.

jimmah120, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of claaark13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

claaark13, Aug 19, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.