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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 smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real aggressive head, makes three fingers and hangs on real tight without letting go, a sort of off white colored head faint tan in there. Body is a real nice crystal faint orange/ruby amber color, picking up highlights of your background quite nicely changing and stuff. Interesting and impressive.

Nose is bready malts, a good lemon citrus hop feel. Some nice brown sugar toasting. Simple and solid. Feels alright.

Palate hits with a somewhat herbal lemon, and faint sharp cough medicine, but quickly disappears into a nice hop blast and warming sugar. Body is even a little thin, and aftertaste is a little fleeting, matching some lemon warmth and mild sugars. Lingering mild lemon zest, and dry hops.

Overall the beer feels big but not too out of control, and certainly not big as it's 10% abv would indicate. Strangely doesn't feel that rye like spicy, but it tastes like a solid simple straight forward DIPA.

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

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a fairly bright, chill-hazed orange color, with a whopping 2-3 finger off-white head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a mild bit or grassiness that resembled (to me) a Belgian IPA in a few respects. It also had a bit of green tea notes that were infinitely interesting, along with a nice citrus orange component.

T: Not a totally, "laying waste to the palate," hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. This one has more in common with one of DFH's "Off-Centered" historical brews. I got some lemon peel, rye, and TONS of Amarillo. Good stuff....

M: Actually, the lemon takes center stage here, putting the bitter, grapefruit sizzle in its place. The lacing was pretty ridiculous, but I didn't find it cloying in any way.

O: Considering I only paid $7.99 for this bad boy, I think it was a steal considering the quality in this bottle!

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Photo of pisano
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served cold out of a tulip glass

a: pours a gorgeous deep golden amber with a tinge of red when held up to the light and a half finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. slight haze when cold and nice lacing is left on the glass as i drink it.

s: strong on the malt, alcohol, getting an intense herbal essence and the lemon verbena is very distinct

t: slight malt sweetness, alcohol, strong bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the sweetness. there's lemon in there but it's more like a chemical lemon cleaning product than real lemons.

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: overall not loving it and surprised/disappointed by that. i would have liked more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is typical of a craft double IPA. Amber colored with hints of red when held to the light. The head is excellent. A very light, off white, that has nice legs.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, and hints of lemon.

Taste is great. Comparable to the DFH Hellhound mentioned below but I like this lemon better. It is a featured flavor as opposed to a nice finish. The hop and malt balance is solid here. A surprise from Stone who usually beats you senseless with hops. Finish is clean and avoids the over-pine ending to other DIPAs from Stone. Would purchase again.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just hit our stores today!

Pours clear dark gold/amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

Interesting aromas. Typical tropical fruit with a touch of citrus, but the rye spice does make an appearance and in what I'm coming to associate the Calypso hop with, a huge lemon presence overwhelms. Smells a bit like lemon pledge.

Strong pine with a hefty caramel backbone greets the front of the palate. A little rye spiciness, but it's a bit more subdued than the nose. Finishes resiny and dry with an intense lemon character. Almost smells like lemon you find in saisons at times and with the rye it takes on an almost Belgian quality at times. The spicy rye and booze come out more as it warms making it harsh and unpleasant. Flavors really clash.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. As with most DIPA's of this range, it's a bit past the sweet spot and the alcohol isn't hidden well. Gets too boozy as it warms. I like my booze in stouts, not so much in IPA's.

The weakest anniversary beer in a few years. Might have been ok if I split it, but the flavors don't lend to great drinkability and I didn't like the additives. They took away from the base flavor and added nothing pleasant.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened 8/21/12, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Clear amber orange with a finger and a half eggshell head. Recedes to a film, and leaves light lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, lime. A honey backnote completes the nose. Not very strong.

Taste: Pine and caramel malts up front. A citrus and lemon bitter follow up. Ends with a resinous bitterness. As it warms, becomes too boozey and acquires nail polish accents.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable until the end of the glass when it becomes too boozey.

Overall: Ok, but not something I's get again.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, not much to some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Hoppy wonderfulness, earthy, pine, citrus and floral notes with some lemon sneaking in as well.

T-Lots of hops, some caramel is there as well. Didn't get much rye malt. Citrus is the main part with some earthy notes, tad bit of lemon. Nice bitterness with more lemon as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth for 10%.

O-Another really good DIPA from Stone, the lemon wasn't as good as DFH Hellhound, but it was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here.

Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass.

Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Was excited to try this beer and wasn’t disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters.

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Photo of silentjay
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

amber with a decent almost-white two-fingered head that retains and laces well.

a nice quick shot of pine is quickly taken over by lemon pledge cleaner.

lemon extract, soapy, oily... tastes like what I imagine drinking lemon-scented floor-cleaner would. the oil sticks around forever. the lemon verbena was way over-done. the hops don't quite complement, but rather are overshadowed.

oily, soapy, and unforgiving, this coats the mouth/throat and does not let go..making whatever you eat/drink next taste like lemon pledge.

wow. not great. there is potential behind the lemon extract and oily lemon verbena flavoring that just overpower.

If I wanted to suck on lemon pith, I'd just buy a lemon.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured into a globe glass, showing a clear light copper with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Decent retention and lace from a steady boil of carbonation.

Aroma of citrus and pine and moderately coarse in nature. Bit of lemon and mango but surely not the lemon oil/pledge others pick up on. I've had beers with that aroma and I'm glad it isn't too flamboyant here. Instead I get a subtle floral/lemon spice note, though a bit too much agitation does push the potpourri essence a bit much.

Flavor follows with hop spice dominant along with a surprisingly light malt backbone. Even warm the alcohol is hardly evident on the aroma or taste, and that's without an obvious malty coverup. Bit of citric/orange malt is present but doesn't come across as being viscous or debilitating/cloying. Offers a good carbonation and a creamy feel. Bitterness is quite subtle and balanced, especially for Stone.

Overall a well done brew that gently nudges the rules without bending them too much. Head lacks a bit as for stickiness and the aroma is solid yet not riveting. Nonetheless, at 10% this beer drinks silly smooth. Use caution.

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Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, good amount of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Macerated lemons, earthy, herbal, bready, estery, black tea, mildly soapy, spicy, quince paste

TASTE: Herbal tea, very smooth, lemon oil, bitter grassiness, spicy, warming alcohol, fallen apples, ripe pears, bready, peppery, faint potpourri, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, bitter finish with some body

A muddled mess, somewhat tasty but way too many distractions and becomes almost too tea like or even soapy like I just walked through a The Body Shop. Over use of Amarillo with the addition of another high alpha acid hop does not work for me either. I can understand wanting to push to be different but if the pieces don't fall right then this is what you end up with.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a glowing amber with huge, oily, khaki head that slowly faded into a fluffy film leaving streaks of rocky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of pine and citrus hops fill my nose. Grapefruit comes through alongside the lemon oil and lemon verbena it was brewed with. I get hints of toasted malt undertones and spicy rye.
T: Lemon is very noticeable on the nose. Pine sap and grapefruit are present as well, but the lemon really shines. The rye is much stronger than the nose as well, adding a nice balancing amount of spice to the hops. The finish has a good dose of both rye and hop bitterness and the lingering aftertaste is full of lemon oil. Bread crust malts and toasted grains poke through as well.
M: Very slick and oily mouthfeel, viscous body and smooth carbonation. Feels and drinks like a double digit super hopped dipa. The alcohol is well hidden although slightly noticeable in the finish, but this drinks like a beer with half the ABV.
O: Another enjoyable dipa from Stone. Very well executed with all the ingredients working well together.

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

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is deep bronze with mild haziness and the head is huge with 2+ fingers of creamy cap that holds well and has a sticky lace pattern. The smell is very good with light pine and strong tropical odors with pleasant tinges of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma to balance the light sweet malt ester. The feel is good, but the aggressive nature of the hops is a litte intense with moderate carbonation and light sweetness the spiciness of the hops is sharp and acidiy is above average with low astringency level overall. I like how the hops seem less acidic as it goes though one way of knowing the level of palate damage the beer is doing.

This tastes familiar and unique at the same time - some trademark oily hop resinous spice and citrus with peppery tropical fruit combo Stone is known to have, yet the lemon oil and verbena comes through with a light sweet citrus edge before another wave of grapefruit flesh and pine acidity is felt on the palate. The taste of malt is there, but only a sweet caramel accent to the ruby red and lemony orange blast this IPA is delivering. overall I knew it would be a big beer it shows all the signs and smells, but it is fresh and intense which is great for this style I am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.)

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