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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
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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4/5  rDev +5%

08-17-2012 13:52:21 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of bstave


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

08-17-2012 04:39:30 | More by bstave
Photo of JohnLynch

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

08-17-2012 04:29:30 | More by JohnLynch
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08-17-2012 02:54:39 | More by ms11781
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-17-2012 02:53:09 | More by rbrefbeerman
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

08-17-2012 02:51:07 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-17-2012 01:37:43 | More by randylangford
Photo of WesM63


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

08-17-2012 01:22:05 | More by WesM63
Photo of Beerontwowheels


3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-17-2012 00:48:16 | More by Beerontwowheels
Photo of notchucknorris


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-17-2012 00:45:58 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Hanzo


4/5  rDev +5%

08-16-2012 23:56:01 | More by Hanzo
Photo of mwrecording


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

I was SO excited to get this all the way in MD the week or two after it was released. This is an AMAZING DIPA. May be the best one I've ever had...

Appearance: A really pretty dark gold, thick yet small head that fades real quick

Smell: Citrus, bubble gum, pepper/rye, floral notes with a touch of booze on the nose. Wondeful.

Taste: Wow, wow, wow. A lot going on and a lot working amazingly well together. Lemon zest is pretty forward with a nice blast of hops surprisingly in the backround. The rye is there but its just a touch, really as much as I'd want it to be an any of my beers - especially the DIPA's

Mouthfeel: light carbonation with a really sticky off-dry sort of finish.

Overall: Thoroughly impressed, I didn't get to try the 10th anny Ruination unfortunately but this easily makes up for it. I've got 2 more bottles of this and will make an effort to snag another from my shop. This is one of the better beers and DIPA's I've had in my young BA life. Drank a Pliny last night and while I'm never been too huge on Pliny, this simply puts it to shame for me. This is an amazing beer...try hard to get it.

08-16-2012 23:53:13 | More by mwrecording
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

08-16-2012 23:25:54 | More by jpd026
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-16-2012 21:46:16 | More by JazzIPA55
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4.93/5  rDev +29.4%

Smells beautiful, simply beautiful. Nice tan head, bronzed body, smells of ripe citrus and old forest pines. The lemon peal and lemon verbena mesh so perfectly with the citrusy american hops, Vienna(?) malt backs it up to be full yet fairly dry for 10 points of booze. No burn, no booze, just a bitter, citrus bite with a solid malt body and complex aroma.

Splendid, one of the best new beers I have had in a long time.

Stone- You're doing it right.

08-16-2012 21:02:55 | More by olympuszymurgus
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

08-16-2012 17:20:55 | More by fox227
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4/5  rDev +5%

A- Pours clear orange with a one finger white head. Good alcohol legs.

S- A lot of citrus, pineapple and mango. There is some rye, a bit of a spiciness, almost like a Christmas beer.

T- A strong bitterness. There is a ton of citrus, there's pineapple and lime. There's some cinnamon. A little rye, a farmhouse feel. Hops are very fruity.

M- This is a pretty big IPA, High in bitterness and alcohol. A spicy mouthfeel.

O- This is a solid IPA, definitely not my favorite anniversary beer from them but I cant complain for them taking chances. Its like a Christmas beer and an IPA got together.

08-16-2012 11:14:20 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-16-2012 10:33:35 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with two fingers of slightly off white head after an aggressive pour. The head sticks around for a bit dissapating on the slow side an leaving a ton of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S: there is a kind of lemony soapyness, citrusy orange hops, and a general herby/spicy aroma... Almost smells like potpourri, soapy potpourri with some hops. Overall it's not a horrible aroma, but that soapyness is getting to me a bit.

T: lots of lemony herby/spicyness, the soapyness doesn't seem as present, but the the herbal spicyness is, along with some deffinate citrusy hops, but I feel like they take a back seat to the lemon, overall I feel like these flavors clash a bit, not a fan.

M: medium body with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish, except for the lingering slightly bitter/ lemon rindy aftertaste that doesn't want to seem to leave my mouth.

O: not a fan, and honestly i am dissapointed, perhaps it's just the flavor profile they chose here isn't something that appeals to me. But I felt like the flavors clashed and the hops took almost a backseat.... I deffinatly would have likes to see the lemon an spicyness tones down, and the hops toned way up.... Dissapointing especially on the curtails of ruination 10 and the fact that i greatly look forward to this release every year.

08-16-2012 06:39:18 | More by PeterIngemi
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-16-2012 02:13:13 | More by chriooos
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice amber color, decent amount of head from a slightly aggressive pour into my snifter. Very appetizing looking ale. The lacing seems to sparkle in the light, leaves some great lacing around the entire glass. Nose is big citrusy hops, along with a zesty lemon scent. I really love the scent of this one, it makes you anticipate the next swig.
Taste is great, big hop bite, nice and bitter, but with that lemon zing that makes it a refreshing drink. Does mask the alcohol, surely doesn't taste like a 10% brew. Would reccomend this brew, great stuff in my opinion.

08-16-2012 01:03:58 | More by BabyBastard
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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

A - pours a honey amber color, with a half finger of white head that laces slowly, held aloft by light amounts of carbonation

S - citrus pops into my nose first, quickly tailed by some piney hops, some lemony hints at the end separate from the typical grapefruitiness of the hops profile

T - the hops don't hold back, a sweet pine flavor that is the bitter hops with a wash of lemon sweetness, I was worried that the lemon flavor would be like Pledge, like the lemon flavor in the Lemon infused Coca-Cola.

M&D - hides the alcohol well, smoother than expected, I thought it would be a little more effervescent. It is complex and layered and flavored magnificently. Stone does it again!!

08-16-2012 00:03:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-15-2012 21:15:04 | More by orangesol
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-15-2012 16:45:17 | More by zgunder
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A- pours a coppery amber color with a finger of off white head. Decent head retention.

S- woody hop aroma with notes of fresh mint and pine. Subtle perfume like lemon tones. It's a bit like the lemon you find in the bottom of a day old glass of iced tea. Peppery-like spiciness from the rye with a toasted bready malt on the finish.

T- hops are all up front with notes of mango, mint and citrus zest. More floral, resin and leafy hop characteristics in the middle with the added lemon components giving a nice zest. However, it becomes a little to intrusive and lemon hand soap like towards the end of the glass. Surprisingly reserved bitterness for a Stone DIPA. The hop flavors fade away leaving a balancing toasty malt with hints of peppery spice from the lovely rye aspect. Beautiful malt profile and my favorite part about this beer.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- decently drinkable. A little too soapy towards the end.

Overall a better than most DIPA.

08-15-2012 05:15:03 | More by Viciousknishs
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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