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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came across this is my cellar today - didn't mean to let a DIPA age but oh well, not much I can do now other than drink it!

Served in a Weyerbacher tulip. Poured with a thick two fingers of head. Hazy and not particularly transparent, and amber in color. More reddish than I expected. Sweet vanilla notes in the nose, and some grassy clover fragrance. Taste began with a toffee sweetness followed by notes of tea leaves bitter citrusy hoppiness. Great mouthfeel, very smooth and bubbly.

Overall, a unique beer that was fairly enjoyable. I wish I had tasted it fresh as I'd be curious to see how much the hops have faded, but it still held up fairly well.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.