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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 theycallmedugan
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Just like most people who have reviewed this, I believe temperature does play a big roll in this beer. If you like citrus being the main component, then drink it cold, you like rye and spice more, warmer is when you wanna drink this beer. If you're like me though and like beers that have layer, that change during the time you're drinking it, start with it cold and drink the last of it warm. I'm a huge fan of this beer, way to go Stone!

theycallmedugan, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

3Hops, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Shoo65
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Shoo65, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't even know this was out. Happy anniversary! From a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear honey gold. Big two and a half finger cream head. Excellent retention a tons of sticky lacing. Looks like a good IPA.

Crisp citrusy hops, lemon zest, alcohol, and some biscuity malts. Nice but could have used a bit more depth.

Follows the nose. The hops and Verbena seem to be fighting each other instead of complimenting. Slightly resinous.The rye comes through in the middle, with some nice spicy notes. There is a good amount of alcohol in the finish, but leaves room for a welcome rye bite in the aftertaste. Things meld better as the beer warms.

Drinks like a typical dipa. Medium to heavy, moderate bitterness for the style, alcohol felt off the back of the tongue..

Overall this was a tasty, but slightly underwhelming offering from Stone. I respect the experimentation but something went slightly awry with the hops and Verbena. They just seemed to cover each other up. I loved the rye (Stone would make a kick ass rye-pa), and in my opinion saved this beer. Solid brew though. Cheers!

Humulus85, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber with beige head; left with short but fat lacing and a milky cap across the beer

S: lemony citrus, sweet caramel malt, some piney resin

T: I get a lot of the malt up front, with the citrus a little elusive - getting it a little bit on the sides of my tongue, as grapefruity as it is lemony, but the verbena tosses in a floral note - getting the resiny pine and an almost butterscotchy quality

M: nice balance between bitter hops and chewy malt; fairly full on the tongue; good aftertaste; savory

O: these guys know their business, and hit core styles like the IPA, DIPA, and strong ale on the nose (I'd be remiss not to point out that their RIS is tops, too) - a definite buy for anyone who likes DIPAs

Greywulfken, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Beer4Baltimore, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed 16th some much I had to go out and get another one. No one does beastly beers like stone

A- a copper body with visible clarity through the shades of orange. Lingering foam that possesses shades of orange haze are remaining near the top as some lacing remains as well

S- a strong whiff of lemon and herbal tones clear the path for some spiced rye malt and caramel flavors. Quite spicy yet not overpowering in regards to the citric scent from the lemon

T- The spicy malt is showing its true colors with the scent as it delivers a great combination of flavor with the lemon flavor. A refreshing a bitter flavor is really the final product of this combination. So spicy and flavorful!

M- what I really am enjoying is the coating creamy flavor of the lemon and rye malt. Carbonation is perfect and helps this flavor really have a great feel

O- stone, I don't know how you do it. Another winning interpretation of ipa innovation. Thank you!

lovindahops, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of theblackrook
1/5  rDev -73.8%

theblackrook, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared thanks to Jeff, thanks man.

The beer pours with a nice fluffy off white head that takes a while to go down, nice deep dark orange color with some gold highlights, just a little hazy.

The smell has a very piney and almost rosemary like, a little bizarre but interesting. Some other grassy notes. Some sweet fruity notes. that lemon herb thing is definitely there.

Taste is also very piney and veggie like, again a distinct rosemary or flowery edge that is interesting but not really what you expect at all in a DIPA. Lemon zest. Certainly a taste of rye. Interesting. Some definite alcohol buttery edge. A little sweet candy like stuff.

The feel is very influenced by the flower pine taste lemon verbena, it gives it a very oily slick feel.

Overall interesting but not amazing to me, might be just a bit too much muddled flavors.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is orange hued with a thin, white collar. The aroma brings notes of pineapple, melon, alcohol, hops, citrus. Smells both strong and inviting. The flavor is sweet and a bit syrupy, with candied tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and spice. The aroma is far superior to the flavor. The feel is a bit sweet and oozy. A solid beer, though best in small quantities. A nice brew to bring to a tasting.

Huhzubendah, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jtingue
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jtingue, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +5%

jpbebeau, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1456th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

2012 Vintage
Bottled 8/13/12 per the Stone box

App- A deep citrus orange color with a wonderful glow behind it. A huge 3 finger head that lasts for a long time and was just a tad off white. Great cling and lace.

Smell- Had a duality behind it. When you first open the beer you get a lot of that hoppy, citrus zest on the nose. Once it breaths and warms, the sweet caramel and rye flavors come forward. Had a good balance and you could smell the 10% on this one.

Taste- Much like the nose, it was very two sided. The one colder side, showed more of the zest and citrus and lemon flavors with a touch more hops and a small bitter. When warmed the Rye came out and added more spice with a creamy caramel balance. The ABV is somewhat hidden but as you drink, you really feel the 10%.

Mouth- On the larger side of a medium body with a medium creamy carbonation level. A bit thick but its a 10% DIPA, was pretty much right on point but still find the larger feel a bit of a detracter.

Drink- Its a good beer. The label says the didnt go for the full rye, but I like the balance they struck. Could be dialed up a bit. I dont know if I will be buying another bottle though. Good beer, but with Rustic Rye for $4.99 from Bootleggers and Nelson from Alpine, Im golden on the Rye.

FosterJM, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +5%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of bstave
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into retro Olympia glass.

This pores a transparent golden with a half finger white head. Nice lacing too. Smell is citrusy and pine with the lemon shining through. Not as big of a hop blast in the nose as I was expecting even after letting it warm up. Taste is awesome with big bittering hops that bring a big citrus and pine punch. The lemon is big too. Mouthfeel is spot on and alcohol isn't too overwhelming. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was big on citrus with the lemon melding really nicely with the hops. Seek out this limited release.

bstave, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

JohnLynch, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ms11781, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +5%

rbrefbeerman, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber honey golden hue. White, fluffy head with great lacy retention.

S: Sweet caramel and honey. Citrus and lemon zest. Layers of citrus and a tinge on mint.

T: Great hop character and sweet malts. Layers of lemon zest and overall citrus profile. I'm getting orange peals and a touch of mint on the back.

M: Big, round beer. It lays on the palate and lingers for a while. Medium tannins.

O: Great beer, but it tires your palate quickly. Simple but complex and very thoughtfully crafted.

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +5%

randylangford, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber with a nice 2finger head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S: Lots of citrus (grapefruit), some pine/resin a hint of malt and some funk or spice peaking in.

T: Sweet malts, huge hop bitterness with some pine/resin followed by a spice and lemon/citrus finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, excellent and complex brew. Stone doesn't hold anything back.

WesM63, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Beerontwowheels, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours darker than I'm used to in an IPA. Almost more of an amber color. A nice two finger foamy tan head foams and settles to about 1/2 a finger.

S: A really interesting mix of things going on here. Some citrus hops, tropical fruit, a fragrant blast of lemon soap, and some herbal hop oils.

T: Lots of citrus hop oils upfront with some orange zest, a touch of lemon and some notes of wood. Finish has some toasty malt. Not bad, but this definitely has nothing on the 15th Anniversary.

notchucknorris, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5%

Hanzo, Aug 17, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.