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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" blonde head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head holds on well, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is lime and spices.

Taste is bitter from top to bottom, as you would expect from the style and Stone. Amongst that, a sweet start, citrus in the middle, and tons of pine hops through and after the close. numbing alcohol aftereffects. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, but drinkability is somewhat limited for me due to the overpowering bitter. I realize that is the style, but still think it can be done with a bit more finesse, and allow more flavors to still come through.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 23:43:08 | More by ppoitras
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is amber in color with a creamy off-white head. Candied citrus on the nose. Fairly sweet with some toffee notes, light herbal and pine aromas, and a fairly woody character to it as well. The hop profile on the palate is quite herbal. A bit too sweet for my tastes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar on the tongue. Candied citrus/grapefruit peel, a touch of candied ginger, and a mild bitterness on the back end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:44:59 | More by womencantsail
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Mosstrooper

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Widmer branded tumbler glass.

Appearance: Clear pale amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Lemon aromas dominate alongside grassy/leafy aromas. Slight spice as well as some breadiness in the background.

Taste: Begins with zesty citrus which rounds out to a tea-like flavor toward the middle. The finish has a good bit of herbal bitterness with more sweet citrus and a bit of tropical fruit. Also has a faint hint of spiciness. Lots of lemon throughout- it's not necessarily bad, but gives the beer a kind of soapy flavor which detracts a bit from the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full, almost chewy body with light carbonation and a watery finish that slowly dries out.

Overall: Not Stone's best beer by a long shot, but still pretty good. Hides it's high ABV pretty well. This was nice to try, but I won't necessarily miss it when it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:46:47 | More by Mosstrooper
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thick white bubbly head. Good evident carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Hops, lemon, slight pine, grapefruit, slight malt.

T: Strong bitter hops come to the forefront. Lemon, grapefruit, citrus notes prevalent. Alcohol taste comes through. Pine and malt notes. Nice and fresh.

M: Fairly dry. Flavors are well-balanced, with a good consistency of flavors from front to back. Some earthiness. Good lemonyness comes to the tongue (slight effect of sucking a lemon).

O: Solid tasting IPA with good dryness and an interesting profile of lemon that’s quite strong. Strong bitter hops at the front typical of a good IPA. The lemon, though, might be a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 10:56:41 | More by NumberNone
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a beautiful looking beer. A rich amber, moderately opaque, nicotine white head (not meant to be disparaging, just the best description of the colour I can think of right now)

The nose is fairly weak. some vineous hops. little citrus

Taste is primarily bitter citrus hops, with a sweet malt backboard. Solid but not exceptional.

Dry bitter hops. Smoothe enough going down, but the back of the tongue just keeps going.

meh. it's ok, has its moments, but not exceptional

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:20:58 | More by kemoarps
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gently hazed, orange-yellow body with a couple inches of nearingly white foam. Drips and drabs of lace on the way down.

Smell: Fresh fragrant herbs, florals, wafting resins, and citrus oils, but the toasty, sweetish notes of caramel from the malts are well represented, too, don't get me wrong (again). Hey, some rye. Hey, some booze.

Taste: Caramel and honey coated barley grains, moderately toasted bread, and crunchy rye malt. Fair sweetness upfront. Floral, lemony, tangerine-hinting hops with a sliver of herbal mintiness, too. Brightly bitter. The sweetness begins the falter on the the waves of bitter citrus oils, rye, alcohol, and herbaceousness. Bitter, citrus oil finish. Lingering Vicks Vapor-rub quality to the mouth, throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation. Slight noted creaminess present for fullishness to the mouthfeel..

Overall: Fairly good Stone Anniversary offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:32:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange amber colored body showed slight cloudiness due to chill haze. The head was one to two ginger thick, and very durable. The smell was quite different than most other DIPAs I've sampled before. There were some piney hops on the nose, but they were showcased quite a bit less assertively than usual, and there was a sweet floral aroma coming through as well. The taste was also very balanced, with a lot more of the fruity and floral flavors, dare I say almost of a Belgian character, taking center stage, and then followed by pine, grapefruit, and spruce from the hops. The finish was more of a showcase of toasted malts. Medium dense in the mouthfeel, and I am absolutely shocked to find out that this is a 10% ABV beer, because it drinks much lighter. Stone is at the top of their craft here.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 03:46:01 | More by rajendra82
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allengarvin

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this beer is a clear amber color, with fine streaming bubbles from the bottom leading up to a densely packed quarter-inch of head. The nose offers a sweet orange scent of hops (not lemon, to my nose)... and lots of it. The flavor, though, I don't find all that interesting. The initial sweet, thick malt gives way to highly citrus hops, but there's an almost medicinal tinge to it that's not, I think, attributable to the high alcohol content. It's not unpleasant per se, but it is somewhat harsh, especially at the finish. It is a very warming beer, and might make a good closer after a meal of assertive flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:14:56 | More by allengarvin
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djbreezy

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - good transparency, good head and retention, on the amber side of things

smell - notes of hops, malts and lemon

taste - a very unique blend of lemon notes, bitter hops and a big malt back. the malt body is comparable to a dogfish head 120 min ipa i'd say.

mouthfeel - big body, slightly dry, well carbonated, similar to other Stone beers

overall - a really good beer, unique, Stone quality but not one of their best beers

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 21:36:11 | More by djbreezy
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a large Same Adams perfect Pint glass. Liquid comes out a perfect golden yellow color. The SLIGHTest haze to the liquid it's nice looking. Crazy big creamsicle colored head. Lots of different sized bubbles with lots of different sized bubbles. Big and frothy, really a perfect representation of the style.

Smell is pretty awesome. Like most other Stone's take on an IPA, it's very hoppy. There are plenty of sharp citrus hops in this one. Plenty of citrus, pine, tropical fruits and a little bit of distinct lemon aromas stick around, nice though not overbearing in any way while at the same time sort of tickling your nose.

Taste is equally excellent. Reasonable amount of sweetness to get your attention right away. Nice pale malts and taste a little sweet roasted. Plenty of tropical fruits after that with some pine sap, grapefruit/orange citrus. After that again there is some lemon, almost like a lemon extract. It all blends pretty well together.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great. Full bodied and a good carbonation level. Bitterness to sweetness balance isn't bad for an IPA. It's very oily so it doesn't have a clean finish. Overall this is a very good, well above average DIPA, but it's not great. A pretty unique idea, yet it's very simple. I would have loved for it to come out earlier in the summer, but oh well, it's still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 05:21:52 | More by AndyAvalanche
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is amber in colour with a small white head. Retention is poor. Some lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy (how shocking), with orange scents. Also floral scents, and a surprising degree of spicy aromas. I didn't realize at the time of drinking this beer that there was rye in it, but I suppose that accounts for that. Certainly gave a twist to the DIPA scent- seemed like ginger to me.

Taste is somewhat unusual. Spicy malt flavours, lemon, citrus, caramel malt. The rye and lemon addition really dominate the attention of the beer, and make for a surprising flavour.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level.

Overall, a pretty unusual beer, but an experiment that did not totally work for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 02:04:05 | More by jrenihan
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 10% abv. Hazy copper color with some bright edges. Rocky white head provides a nice contrast. Excellent head retention and lace. Hard to imagine a double IPA looking much better.

Bright citrus notes, including lemon jump out first. Caramel malt backdrop, with hints of spices. Stone fruit comes through, as well as a herbal note. Slight earthy note in the back end.

Big malt character up front. Earthy and spicy notes of rye comes in at the beginning. Lemon oil next, with a lingering oily feel. Citrusy notes, and an herbal finish. Bitterness lingers long on the palate.

Medium body, with adequate carbonation. Some heat is felt. Very complex flavors here for the style. Nice stuff. Happy anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:32:09 | More by Bierguy5
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jsanford

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a soapy off-white head and great-looking lacing. Obviously big and hoppy, with some sweet malt, rye, and a good amount of lemony hops (but not as much as I'd expected, honestly). More citrus-heavy hops and spicy rye malt in the taste, again, initially not as lemony as I'd expected, The lemon flavor did indeed come out as the beer warmed up, to be fair. Still a solid Stone IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, with a medium body and good carbonation. Solid IPA overall, but not too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:06:32 | More by jsanford
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a snifter

Pours a warm, darker orange color. There's a nice, soft eggshell colored head here that laces all pretty like around the glass. It's a good looking beer, for sure.

I appreciate what this beer is doing as far as originality, but the original aroma profile doesn't automatically make for a good aroma profile. This beer smells mostly of spicy, earthy notes. Not in a Saison way or anything. But in the way of green hop bitterness and spicy rye malt. There's a honeyed lemon aroma here, sorta' like a cough drop. A touch of citrus -- peach mostly -- but not as juicy as perhaps it should be. It doesn't smell like it has much depth.

16th Anniversary is unique. I can say that much. It tastes more like a mediocre cocktail than a beer. Let me explain. We've all been to a bar that purports to specialize in their signature cocktails, but their cocktails are just cool ingredients mixed together without a learned understanding of how to mix a balanced, expressive drink. That's what this beer tastes like. It tastes like peach soda pop, rye whiskey, and bitter herbs. Nothing comes together to make a cohesive flavor. Very peachy, but no hop depth beyond that. Just some slick bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I'd prefer in the style, It's not poor or distracting, just thick. Overall, this is a strange, unique take on the style. I don't think it works, ultimately, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 03:39:11 | More by Reaper16
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cooler aged for a cpl months. 22oz bomber poured into a highball glass (hey, its all that was on hand!)
A- burnt orange, just a shade more brown than the General Lee. Light amount of froth that really stands up and lasts, leaves a good trail of lacing.

S- Really confusing, I thought it would be overwhelmingly lemon but i can't place it all. what i do get is guava, lemongrass, and some hoppy pine.

T- Doesn't blend well for me. I get guava, pineapple, citrus and hops but it rides on a very bitter base. Probably accentuated because my palate expects those fruits to be somewhat sweet.

M- Dry in a good way, nice warming kick from the high ABV and lasting carbonation. Very clean finish.

O- Id put this in the category of one time interesting that id tell people about but not recommend. Its def not bad, just not a blend im ever looking for.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 20:11:59 | More by bambam2517
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/7/12

Honey amber color with a few browned hues. Rather clear. Puffy, two finger head dissipates slowly. A thin, soapy layer is kept alive with the tilting of the glass. Thick rings of lace.

Lots of lemon aromatics going on: lemon pine-sol, lemon bars, lemon zest and lemongrass. The malts have a buttery pie crust and sugar cookie bent, so it's no surprise this smells like various lemon pastries and such. Mild, spicy overtones. I actually like it.

The taste fairly malt-heavy. Toasted dark bread and rye. Similarly, this has some pastry notions, too. The hops here are mainly piney with earthy overtones. Lemon doesn't come across as distinctly as in the aroma; instead, it's woven in among the malts and hops and seems like more of an afterthought.

I don't much care for the feel, at least in terms of the body. Double IPA or not, it's full, sluggish and heavy with alcohol and oils. Carbonation is low, but moves enough to keep the beer moving along. The finish has some toasted rye and piney hops.

Perhaps I should have had a go of this when it was fresher, but it just wasn't high on the list of priorities at the time. 16th amusing, but nothing outstanding. Still, it's decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:55:40 | More by Ryan011235
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ESPNman

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer comes out as a hazy, murky, nearly cloudy burnt orange. One finger of just slightly eggshell-of-pure-white white. The head lingers, giving way to a thick ring around the glass, leaves virtually no lacing to speak of.

S - This is where the beer really shines for me. The lemon comes through as a beautifully sweet lemon curdy-y counterbalance to the bitter citrusy hops. It's clearly an IPA, but the jammy lemon really shines through that and compliments the delicious hop aromas.

T - The taste does not sing in the same way that the nose does. The lemon is really masked by the big malt bill and supercharged hops in the recipe. The whole thing comes across as a little bit muddled. The parts, taken in isolation, would probably be very good. Together, they're just slightly north of okay.

M - Standard DIPA, with slightly less thickness on the palate. Compared to something like Southern Tier's Unearthly, this beer is on the thinner side of the spectrum. It's well carbonated... enough there to give the beer some lightness and carry the flavor, not so much as to be distracting.

O - Good, but not great. As far as Stone's anniversary releases go, this one ranks pretty far down on my list. With that said, the list is filled with phenomenal beers. This one comes across as more of a good brewhouse-only experimental release. It's something that I would gladly drink from time to time, but it's nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:50:56 | More by ESPNman
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle chilled and poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Labelled August 2012, so this is a couple months old.

Appearance: Dark orange to light brown in color. A nice, two finger creamy white head that has really nice retention. Turns into a nice lacing and leaves a very solid lacing up and down the glass.

Aroma: Some pine and grapefruit hops notes, but there is an interesting competing flavor of lemon and lemon zest. The lemon character almost adds the sweetness missing from the malt. The lemon flavor is really odd, almost a bit flowery.

Taste: Some initial hop tones and spicy rye notes almost immediately give way to strong lemon zest and medicinial tones. The bitterness from the hops is not strong and gives way very quickly to the strong lemon. Interesting, but not really balanced. Too many weird lemon tones and not even hop character IMO. There is a nice lingering bitterness from the hops after all the lemon fades.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but avoids the pitfall of being too syrupy at this ABV. Crispa and refreshing.

Overall, a really weird take on a double IPA. The lemon and lemon zest tones are interesting, but I don't think they work. It is just too big and not balanced enough here. A decent idea but I am not sold on the execution.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:49:33 | More by Gosox8787
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ Bevco. Brewed with rye, "a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix" in addition to the Amarillo and Calypso hops.
10% ABV, 85 IBU's.

Pours out to a beautifully clear orange amber, forming a thick yellow head with excellent retention and beautiful sticky lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about ~2.7 carbs or so. The nose is all hops...not really picking up any lemon verbena which is dwarfed in comparison to the skunkweed, pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is dense, sticky, and lightly syrupy but still refreshing. Thankfully, the lemon verbena pops out in the flavor and adds a nice citrus character that one wouldn't get from hops alone. Bitterness is moderate, but is still balanced for being a hop bomb. Medium husky grain character in the middle, peculiar suggestions of mint and fennel, and a hoppy astringent finish with lingering tastes of lemon verbena.

A good beer. Expertly brewed, but also kinda a one-trick pony, as most DIPA's are. Not inclined to buy it again. @10% ABV, one is plenty, and the lemon verbena is a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:38:22 | More by Mitchster
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Looks like a pretty typical double IPA, with nice golden color.

I enjoyed the unusual aroma of this beer. Obviously lemony, but also floral and spicy. Different than the typical west coast grapefruit, etc. type. The flavor is also interesting, and nicely balanced, I thought. Very hoppy and lemony in flavor, still spicy and floral. The bit of rye in the grain bill is nicely subtle. It contributes to give the beer an almost spice-cookie malt character. Very creative and well executed. Mouthfeel is suitably carbonated and not too syrupy.

Overall, I really liked this beer and I appreciated the unique character it brings to the double IPA scene, while still being pretty balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:38:56 | More by AaronHomoya
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangeish pour, quite a bit of head for something so obviously hoppy, not to mention all the lemon I'd imagine doesn't usually bode well for head retention, but I'll be damned if this didn't rock 1" of white head on the top, and lacing afterwards to boot!

Aroma, hops, lemon, period. Rye not appreciable in the aroma nor taste.

Taste, solid to be expected delivery from Stone. Its hoppy. Its big. The lemon aspect is cool, not a distraction or too big, its definitely there and up front, but I don't think it makes this a lemon beer moreso than being a different dipa. Hides a big amount of alcohol very well, especially considering the malt aspect, especially the rye is nuanced at best. Caramel is low, this isn't a dipa in the Ruination vein in terms of massive all around.

Another winner for Stone, I would have thought the different directions one could go on hoppy would have been over by now, but beers like this, and many others they have made throughout the years disprove that notion.

Review #2100 folks.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 19:51:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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oline73

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Stub and Herb's while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour and leaves mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus and pine notes from the hops. There are also some citrus juice type notes as well. Rather sweet.

Taste: There is a ton of citrus in this beer. Reminds me of mandarine oranges. The pine hops and alcohol remind me a bit of floor cleaner. The finish has a weird bitterness to it. Can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really weird beer. The various flavors just didn't work together for me. I wasn't able to finish my pour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:48:38 | More by oline73
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper with a finger of fluffy head that retained rather well and left some intricate lace stickiness on the glass, Lemon nose, but there is also the presence of fresh hops, as well. The flavor throughout is certainly reminiscent of the West Coast IPA style, but it is not the most bitter Stone offering by any means and it lacks the classic hop bitter punch at the end. Supposedly, this was made with rye malts, but I am not catching any presence of rye spiciness. There is a touch of alcohol presence on the finish, but that does not detract too much from the tastiness of this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:04:10 | More by 57md
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark copper pour. Half finger soapy white head. Lacing is excellent.

Lemon rind, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, slight pine with a touch of lemon grass. Slight peppery finish.

Lemon oil right up front, slight pepper spice, grapefruit, bitter pine with some wet grass. Sweet roasted malts with a touch of caramel.

Medium side of light body. Great carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:33:22 | More by korguy123
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AdamSMiller

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Amber orange in color, respectable lacing, two-fingered head that dissipates after a minute or two, after first pour there is a good amount of carbonation present, aesthetically adept.

Smell: Ever present notes of pine, a smattering of lemon balances the aroma nicely, and tailing behind; a spicy bouquet whispers to the noses olfactory receptors.

Taste: Let there be PINE! An unapologetic call to arms for your taste buds (Granted after the first few sips your palate adjusts to the intensity). Following the initial attack, subtle waves of sweet citrus cascade over the palate. The citrus elements do an admirable job balancing this strong IPA. A welcomed bitterness reveals itself once the lemony notes fade. Finishes strong to remind us of everything we revere and love about IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation flirts away inside the mouth, medium weight verging on heavy. I'd say this beer is smooth like a bar fight is fun when your face is already numb. In other words, those who like quirky flavorful beers will welcome this adventure.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its balance does a good job of concealing its strength (which certainly sneaks up on you if you're not careful). I don't see myself drinking Stone's 16 Anniversary IPA on a regular basis, but it's certainly a substantial beer due respect and imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:04:52 | More by AdamSMiller
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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