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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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392 Reviews

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,389
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012

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.
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Thin off white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon and orange. Flavor is distinct lemon and orange essence, pine and citrus hops supported by a nice slightly sweet, but neutral malt body. Finishes refreshing citrus and hops. Medium bodied. Very unusual, but I really liked it. Interesting flavor components, but nicely integrated. High ABV is hardly noticeable until you stand up. Happy aniversary Stone!

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet)

Pours a dark gold with amber hues with a one and a half finger bright white head. Significant splotchy lacing on the glass. Lemon, green tea, fresh cut grass, and bit of flora on the nose. Lemon and green tea intially, hints of mint, passion fruit, a bit of pear and mild apple joins in midpalate, finishes dry with some citrus rind bitterness, white pepper, and alcohol that is smoothed out by citrus blossoms and honeysuckle notes. Perfect supporting malt presence; substantial, however doesn't weigh the brew down. I really enjoyed this brew and Stone does a nice job of pulling many complex elements together into a cohesive beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold pour with a sparse, large bubble stream up the center of the glass. Billowing 2-finger cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Nose is lemon and tropical fruit hops, mainly mango and papaya. Floral hops are here too. Mild, but pleasant.

Taste is stronger tropical fruit. Lemon is there, too, as is the verbena. Definite floral hop presence. Light pepper feel sneaks in towards the end, adding a bit of spice. Picking up orange later in the glass. Moderately dry finish with a decent blast of bitters. Fruity, but very tasty.

Feel is slightly thick and a bit oily, as expected. Not overly heavy, though.

Overall, I'd say they hit what they were aiming for. If fruity, floral IPAs are your thing then this is well worth a try.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden brown, 1.5 finger off white head.

S - Pine, spices, and lemon peel

T - I didn't know what to expect from the lemon peer and spices in there... it wasn't overpowering, but it seemed slightly out of place. When I taste those flavors I expect some sort of wheat beer or something, not the bitterness that comes from a 10% ABV DIPA - so for me it was an odd combination and the flavors didn't mix well. It was not bad at all and I was glad I tried it, but I also don't think it's "my thing."

M - The mouth feel was nice. Medium / Heavy bodied with nice carbonation that really holds the flavors in.

O - I'm glad I gave this beer a go, and at $6.99 a bomber I would recommend trying it, but it was not my favorite offering from Stone.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a globe glass

A: Fairly clear amber copper colored body with a creamy, bubbly off-white one finger head. Lacing is pretty good as well as nice amounts of retention on the surface.

S: Big citrus hops, lemon and orange oil, sweet sugary malts. Sort of reminded me of a sugar-coated orange slice candy with touches of floral hops too.

T: More lemon and orange oil up front, almost as if this were some sort of extract; very potent. Citrus, floral and a dash of piney hops on the palate. Finish is fairly bitter into the linger.

M: Just a bit thin though it does have a nice feel and creaminess for the style. Easy drinking with a small amount of alcohol.

This was a nice beer but the oils just were a bit too much at times I felt. If those could have been dialed back a bit to let more of the rich malts and floral hops come out, this would be a big winner.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.19.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a 3/4 inch, cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Citrusy sweet, lots of lemon, and some slight pine.

T - Lemon peel, citrus and light pine followed by some spices.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Citrusy lemon with a rye-spice finish.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

A: Slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S: I smell pine hops, a bit of lemon and spicy malt.

T: It's different, that's for sure. Lemon oil immediately up front. It fades near the end. There's also your usual dose of herbal, pine, and citrus hops (taste intensity in that order.) Malt is there, but not too strong. They said they added some rye to the malt and you can tell. The spicy malt complements the lemon fairly nicely, actually.

M: About average for the style. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. Smooth, medium body, slick mouthfeel. The quirky taste hurts drinkability just a little bit. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

O: It's definitely a different DIPA. The lemon adds an interesting twist, but it's a bit too much, in my opinion. I think a tad less lemon and more citrusy and pine hops would work well. However, it's Stone...they're all about going over the top.

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Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright and clear copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Aromas are of stinky resin, orange zest, and lemons.

Taste is definitely a bit different than your standard DIPA. Resiny, floral, lemon notes and with a sticky sweetness. Finish is bitter, with some orange, and hard candy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good body.

Overall, an interesting beer, maybe not really my cup of tea. Worth trying though because it's certainly unique.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, head of khaki-colored foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, pine and some spices. A touch of toastiness, too.

T - Very bitter and spicy - almost too much. The lemon flavor was too much. There was a good caramel sweetness to combat some of that.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. I can't say I loved it. I hope it mellows. I am going to save my other one for later.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus; sweet grapefruit, subtle pine and a touch of mild lemon sitting beneath.

Taste - Strongly herbal with big notes of lemon and pine. Sweet malt undertones. Hints of grapefruit pith. Sharp hop bitterness on the back end, eats away at the palate well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with silky carbonation. Goes down smooth despite the ABV and the aggressive flavor.

Overall - A well crafted brew, but I'm not sold on the strong herbal character. Reminiscent of their collab beer Saison du BUFF, only with a serious bump in citrus hoppage. Does well to hide the hefty 10% ABV; easier to drink than it should be.

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Photo of Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear deeply amber colored ale with a small white head. This is the color I call IPA Orange.

Smell is citrus and soap with tea scent. There is a delicate floral scent that is not obscured by the hops. The best I can describe the floral scent is roses. That said it isn't that aromatic.

Starts out semi-dry and savory without any complexities. Alcohol stings the tongue a bit. Alcohol warms the chest without really being detectable in the taste. Strong tea and wood with a little burnt sugar taste. Reasonably bitter. Honestly not that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall I am severely disappointed. Stone can make better beer than this. I will try this again at a later date and confirm or revise my low opinion of this beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber dated August 2012 poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear, orange with a sticky looking off white tight bubble head.

Smell is a citrus and pine delight.

Taste is different than I expected. I defintely taste the lemon in this. It sort of takes the place of orange I expected. It makes this a nice balance to the malt bill delivered in a 10% abv beer. Kudos for Stone for trying new things.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky and pretty oily.

Overall this is a good beer. The lemon reminds me of some of the saisons that use lemon. I cannot taste the alcohol.

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Photo of PeterMatthes
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle marked August 2012. Poured into a tulip. Served around 40*F.

A: Perfectly clear amber/copper, with a light one-finger head which quickly dissipates to a dusting, and leaves behind nice lacing. Love the way this beer looks... it almost glows.

S: A strong hop smell, mixed with lemon, grass, grapefruit. Becomes less hoppy and more peppery and malty as it warms. Though the smell was good, you really had to pay attention and seek it out. A little subtle for my likes.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon rind), floral and spicy. Hoptastic. This is very fresh, and the flavors reflect it.

M: As a good DIPA should, this coats the mouth. Low carbonation and a smooth, thick mouthfeel. Oily hops and a lemon/bitter aftertaste are left behind. A slight tingle from the high ABV.

O: I set the bar really high for this one. Great hop selection, and the malt balances it very well. The lemon oil adds a bit more zing in the aftertaste department, and the mouthfeel is appropriate for a DIPA. Nice touch with the rye, as well. Definitely a great beer. Happy 16th, Stone!

Review #4 - 8/26/12

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says August 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white creamy head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a sharp kick of citrus. Hints of citrus grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, peach, and a big scent of lemon from the verbena. Also a minty, tea like scent. Some earthy hops along with a good hint of spicy pine resin. Decent malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit and caramel. A little scent of alcohol also comes through. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a big bitter taste of citrus hop esters. Starts with a bitter slap on the tongue from ripe citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, pineapple, and lots of lemon all over. In addition to the citrus is a solid mix of earthy and herbal hops with a nice piney kick. There is a quite noticeable taste of a green tea like mint lingering with the citrus. Some bready malts back things up with some caramel and biscuit. A quite interesting and tasty take on a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Somewhat slick and a fairly oily and juicy feel. A little heat is felt but the high abv is still masked fairly well.

Overall: Another good IPA from Stone. The heavy lemon and hint of mint tea is a nice twist. Solid all around.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice brassy hue with an off white head with decent retention in a duvel tulip
S: smells herbal, slightly piney and lemony with a slight sweetened iced tea smell
T: surprisingly docile with a tea like flavor, a bit of lemon, very herbal, slight rye spicyness, a bit of tropical fruit and a slight underlying sweetness. swallow brings bitter oily hops and more tropical fruitiness, another dash of spicyness and the tea like quality comes back
M: slightly heavy and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. not drying in the least.
O: different with a lot of complexity and some of them are not what you would expect to find in a double IPA. Not bad and it pushes the boundaries. I could do without the tea flavor but it's pretty clean and interesting. definitely a sipper as well and you pick up more flavors with each drink.

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Photo of obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange in color with a 2 finger off white head and moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Powerful hop aroma with overripe citrus initially. After it warms, more of the spicy rye and the sweet malt character show through.

Hoppy bitterness is a bit over the top at first, but after it destroys your taste buds, it seems more balanced. The malts gather their forces and make their assault as the beer warms. Spicy rye and tart citrus make their presence known soon after.

Medium-full bodied with bit of bite. Light syrup coats the tongue and lips, and there's a light burn in the throat.

This beer seems a bit sub par at first, for a Stone, but I thought the second glass was much better. I would try it again.

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Photo of alli4051
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear copper, with a thin white head. Head disappears quick and leaves little lacing. Nose is hops (grapefruit, and tropical fruit) up front with tea leaves and more grassy hops in the background. Taste is a minty/hoppy punch up front with tea leaves and a faint graininess in the background with a subtle lingering spicyness throughout. Personally, I'm not picking up the intense lemon that a lot of others seemed to. Definitely a lot going on here but it all seems to come together nicely. Stone making an anniversary IPA seems a bit cliche, but they did put a truly unique spin on it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very slight hint of amber color. Reasonable head at pour fading more quickly than other Stones. Aroma is citrus hops - lemon does not jump out here. Flavor is excellent fresh hops, again on the citrus side with lemon clearly coming through on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice with a meal - some additional carbonation is present in the finish maybe due to the lemon.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yeilds a nearly three finger high, creamy, off-white head with plenty of staying power. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass as well. Below is a brilliantly clear golden/amber colored beer.

Like a mix of Stone's characteristic IPA/hoppy smell and lots of lemon and herbs like rosemary and thyme (are they sure they didn't mistakenly blend some Saison Du Buff with this?). Some other tropical aromas of grapefruit are in there, herbal hoppy qualities, tea notes, spicy rye (which is a lovely divergence from the norm for Stone), floral and piney hops show slightly, and some bready malt showing through.

Some hop bitterness mixed with all that lemon. Very close to lemon overload but it doesn't quite cross that line. Bready malts, less hebs from the nose, a tad more spicy rye, some floral and piney hops as well.

Light-medium body, super smooth and creamy consistency, medium carbonation (maybe light-medium), and a light finish.

Overall this beer is a Stone anniversary IPA. Stone has always strayed from the beaten path and this brew is no different. This brew is unequivocally and characteristically Stone: Out there, different, possibly even Arrogant. Regardless, this beer shows Stone isn't afraid to do things different or afraid to not brew the same beer year after year. I applaud their zeal and this years anniversary IPA!

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.

A - orangish amber with a thin white head

S - very herbal: rosemary, thyme, lemon oil

T - lemon peel, lemon rind, rosemary, lemon oil, herbal hops

M - warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated

I enjoyed this. I think this is very unique. I didn't get much of the pepper from the rye, but the lemon and lemon oil are very noticeable. The herbal hops that are used add a very intricate flavor and aroma. I thought the aromas were quite similar to the herbs in Saison du BUFF. This definitely earns points for creativity, style, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from August 2012 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Translucent light to medium orange. One finger of creamy off-white head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, peach, lemon and a spiciness present. The lemon is not as pungent as I expected, which is a good thing. A slight caramel malt backbone adds another layer of complexity to a nice nose.

T - A big bitter hop punch up front with some lemon zest and lighter grapefruit and orange notes. Some spiciness is present, alo

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a large Duvel Tulip Glass]

I: Ah this has definitely been a stone week for me. Anyway, I can't resist Stone Anniversary Brews, and behold this time I'm looking at their "16th Anniversary IPA". From the description it seems like their trying to go in a radical direction from tradition with this new ipa. There is a risk with trying to make a unique or complex beer, and that it's very easy for it to become messy or unbalanced. Though it wouldn't surprise me if Stone can pull it off, though not everything they brew is gold. With all of that said, my mouth is salivating.

B: [[10.0% ABV. 1 Pint. 6 Fl. OZ. August 2012 Release] While the artwork may not be completely original, the color scheme is very attractive. Even if this doesn't turn out to be a favorite it's too beautiful to throw away. With all of that said, all the general information you'd expect from Stone is there. Back story, ABV, date, ingredients, and etc...

A: Orange copper or amber slight hazy/transparent body with a scattered head(fast dissipation), and little lacing.

S: Dominated by lemon zest, other slight tropical flavors are complimented with some boozy alcohol aroma, various spices, herbal/floral hops, and bread malt.

T: Lemon zest upfront, lingering spicy herbal presence throughout, and rye/bread malt/tropical fruit aftertaste.

M: slick/oily dry finish, medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(sipper).

O: Oh god what happened during the creation of this beer? Sorry if that's disrespectful, but I'm truly surprised. A good example of an unbalanced brew. It was almost too much for the senses at times. It saddens me to say that I can't really find any favorable qualities of this beer(besides the bottle presentation), unless you like getting just buzzed. I hate being hard on Stone, but no ones perfect and breweries for that matter. I would only recommend to Stone fans(for the experience), and I wouldn't buy again... nice bottle though. Savor Good Beer!

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Photo of colforbin73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am reserving ultimate judgement on this brew. i bought 2 and will just save one. this is VERY bitter and has a medicinal peppery bite that is more DFH than STONE.

the pour is very good, nice clear dark golden brew with a consistent foam cap. the aroma, like the taste, is totally reliant on the temperature -- this beer is not done. it's better VERY COLD. closer to room temp you get too many spices and off flavors. the aroma cold is more hoppy, but as it warms the medicinal creeps in.

the taste follows suit -- go cold OR put some age on this beer. i am getting killed by CARDAMOM here.... i like the malts and overall sturdiness of this beer, but the spice is too much. very bitter, palate wrecked. i can report no more at this time.

the booze was masked by spice. AGE THIS BEER FOR SIX MONTHS. AT LEAST.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper-golden color with a huge, persistent, antique-white, foamy head. Lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and occasional cream aromas. A much smoother mouthfeel than I'm used to from Stone. Nearly no hop harshness, but the spice lingers on the palate. Large pine backed with huge malt. The lemon oil is certainly there at the finish. In usual Stone fashion, this is a powerful concoction.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with somewhat of a peach colored hue. Thin white head with good retention.

S- Floral hop aroma with notes of pine, citrus and lemon.

T- Really strong lemon flavor from beginning to end, with nice piney hops coming through at the beginning and towards the end.

M- Very nice, medium bodied, good carbonation, drinkable.

O- No complaints, another solid offering. Not a big of the lemon, but it works.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.