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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

392 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,388
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
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 pburland23
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my awesome oversized 25 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty standard dark, rust orange color with about two fingers of light khaki colored head. The head quickly sunk into a thin layer but was nice enough to leave some extraordinary lacing in its wake.

Smell: Over the top tropical fruit notes as well as plenty of lemon as well, obviously. A touch of sweet caramel malt with some rye spiciness. Overall, a lot going on here in the nose but its well married and inviting.

Taste: Incredibly, the first flavor that I pick out is the rye. It's spicy, crisp and a nice change for Stone. There's ample citrus hops flavor throughout. Besides the rye, not much else going on malt-wise. Finish is mildly bitter with a kick of boozy heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and mildly under-carbonated in my opinion. Some warmth from the 10% but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the beer.

Overall: A good IPA and somewhat of a departure for Stone with the rye and the lemon oil. Overall, I think I enjoye Stone's regular lineup of IPAs better than this one but its worth checking out before its gone. (1,131 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,374 characters)

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. (653 characters)

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

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage - at the beach.

A: The super IPA is a paler amber color, still well within the specs. Lots of barely-off-white head comes along for the rich - huge and big and foamy.

S: Incredibly fragrant, sticky with flowers, citrus, and pine. In an interesting twist, mint aromas join the lemons, pineapples, and oranges. A light malty biscuit base, not too much to dwell on there. The mint, stronger in the taste when paired with lemons, is a nice touch. Call me crazy but that nose rocks.

T: The hoppiness is tropical, lush and quite strong. Very much a tree in my glass with the pine, citrus and orange flavors. Mid-sip, lemons and mint step up, adding more bitterness with a much sweeter finish - still hoppy and bitter but restrained a bit. Caramel and biscuits are here, more evident in the lulls in hoppiness that sporadically occur. It's strong and bitter, the floral and citrus aspects. I was quite taken by it.

M: Lemony and citrusy, to the nth degree. Syrupy, minty, hoppy, bitter. I picked up another one. (1,051 characters)

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

A - Very nice light light amber, almost more of an orange color. Thick pretty,white head that stuck around for a while, and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. Didn't realize the ABV before looking at the lacing. Added bonus!

S - Nice and citrusy but didn't pick up on the lemon scent as much as I thought I was going to. More of an orange peel and pine. Very nice though.

T - Definitely has the alcohol bit of a %10 beer, but not as much hop flavor as your usual double or imperial IPA. The flavor sticks around for a while, I get a heavy malt on the front end followed by and hoppy, orangey bite that finishes. I'll clarify, it tastes good, but for a %10 I like a little more hop bite.

M - Nice and light, but very warming on the way down.

O - I am guilty of not being the biggest fan of Stone, but this is a very drinkable IPA that packs a great punch. I will be getting a few more to enjoy. I really wish the lemon verbena and lemon oils were more prominent, but that's just me, and wouldn't stop me from buying again. (1,038 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half's worth of thick sudsy head

S: Plenty of citrusy hops, lemon, and spicy malts. Rye definitely in the mix, but the hops still shine. Plenty of grass as well. This is really reminiscent of their 14th anniversary beer plus some rye

T: Follows the nose, hops and rye malts are really the stand outs. Very lemony along with the citrusy and grassy hops. Some spicy alcohol, but it is well hidden for the most part

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A good one-off here, I really enjoy what Stone does with their anniversary beers. I think most really go in the "push-it" direction, and you have to give them respect in that department. Enjoyable as all of their anniversary beers might be for their present time, I always enjoy the anticipation of what they'll do the next year for their next anny beer. Same goes here. Definitely enjoyed this one, but I won't be sad to see it go because of the potential of next years beer (1,008 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this fresh on September 3 before leaving the country and had to get a IPA in my system beforehand.

Poured into a tulip producing a great looking beer with a semi-transparent effervescent deep orange body and a voluminous slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly.

The lemon smell seems to hit juts a bit more above the sweet peach, grapefruit, and mango. Slight bit of spicy rye characteristic. Kind of melds with the lemon and isn't there too much.

The interplay between the lemon and malts in this beer is great to me. The lemon is prominent and pops out again over everything for a second. Sweet caramel and bready maltiness is there. The rye malt provides a nice little spice. The great hop aromas seem a little muddled in the taste. There is mostly juts grapefruit underneath the lemon.

The body is medium. The beer goes down smooth with a slight oiliness. After the initial pour the carbonation settled nicely.

The added lemon character seems a touch too much and overpowers some of the aspects of the beer which is unfortunate but makes for an interesting drinking experience. (1,103 characters)

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! (898 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a brilliant orange amber with a gigantic white head.

S - Fresh ripe citrus, lemon, grapefruit, sweet malts.

T - Lemon citrus takes the forefront here and mixes well with bready malts, rye, coriander, and grapefruit. Earthy bitter hops add some bitterness. Hints of pepper, caramel, and alcohol are evident.

M - Very smooth, crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied, warming alcohol.

O - This is definitely an interesting double IPA. I love lemon and this beer has plenty of it. It doesn't really overpower the other flavors, it actually blends quite well. If you are in the mood for a good change of pace type beer, give this a try.  (669 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy head that leaves some spots on the glass. The liquid is orange amber and clear.

Mild grapefruit smelling hop--some pineapple.

Toasted malt beginning, there's a white pepper kick as the hop takes over. Creamy body with a low-ish level of carbonation. The aftertaste goes for a very long time, fading slowly. (315 characters)

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.) (450 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour with a high off-white colored foam. Serious lacing and some carbonation.

S - Smells of lemongrass, light grains, and amarillo hops. Needed to look into the hop profile; wasn't sure.

T - Flavor is for lemon lovrs, which I'm happily part of. Tartness of fresh lemon is present. There is a mild wheat flavor. Finish has a subtle hop bitterness that is quite subtle.

M - Very sessionable DIPA. Wow, about the most sessionable imperial IPA I can recall.

O - Glad to try this. A very fun take ont he style and I hope to score antoher bottle soon. (560 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden orange with a moderate white head and just a touch of lacing bubbles left behind as it recedes.

S: Lemon, plus lots of grassy, piney, citrusy hops. Very distinctive, a bit astringent.

T/M: Bitter piney hops explode as soon as this one touches the tongue. This is quickly followed by bittersweet lemon, a touch of sweet malts, and then more hops. Really sharp, interesting flavor profile, with a bit of spiciness mixed in with the strong hops and lemon. Creamy and full-bodied.

O: A really interesting and different take on a DIPA that's as hoppy and strong as Stone's usual offerings but goes in a totally unique direction with it. And for such a high-ABV beer it hides its alcohol almost completely, and goes down really easy. (746 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker shade of amber. Forms a rather small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention, but there's not much there to start with. Some moderate lacing.

S: Light notes of caramel and rye malts with a more perceptible dose of citrus hops. Some light lemon.

T: Starts off with a pretty good amount of whole lemon. Lemon peel and lemon pith. But the "brightness" of the lemon is tempered by a a woodsy, malty, earthiness. There is a hint of peppery spice from the rye. Finishes with a slight umami note. Intriguing.

M: Medium bodied and a little meaty with a moderate to strong bitterness. Medium carbonation. There is a slight bit of alcoholic heat, but I admit that sometimes I like the way rye plays with fusel spice.

O: This beer is a hard one to place, but, in the end, I enjoyed it quite a bit. There is an interplay between the earthy rye and the citrus lemon that is very interesting. Not sure where the verbena comes in, but it still works for me. (960 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a tulip glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a cascading head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big bouquet of citrussy hops
Taste-Lemony, spicy rye notes, toasted malt, fruity and hoppy. A lot going on here. Almost too much, as everything just kind of swirls around without achieving a balance of flavor. A good food pairing could help matters greatly. Schezuan or Mongolian BBQ come to mind. (415 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with some dark copper hints around the edges, mild clarity and a frothy, creamy off-white head - this is a Stone brew, so you can typically expect excellent lacing, and sure enough, the lacing is magnificent.

The aroma is heavily saturated with pine and resinous oils, somewhat grassy and herbal, along with a thick overcoat of citrus and fruit, but not the typical profile you'd expect to see in an IPA. This one includes some lemon and lemon zest, almost with a "Lemon Pledge" type aroma to it, along with faint tangerine, grapefruit rinds, and sugary sweetness.

The aroma leads into the taste pretty well, you get what you're expecting here. Lots of pines, oils, and grassy notes outline things while the lemon verbena, citrus, and orange peel come alive. The lemon flavors in conjunction with the hop profile yields an interesting, herbal, lemongrass tea flavor. Nice amount of bitterness from the pines while remaining sweet from the fruit.

Alcohol is not a problem here, especially considering the hefty 10% ABV tag. Malt flavor is subdued here, I'd like to say I taste some caramel malts, but it's just not prominent enough to really bother talking about. Medium body, maybe a little on the thicker side, slick and smooth. The rye actually provides a relaxing, somewhat dry finish and really shines in the aftertaste, along with a touch of grassy bitterness. Medium-high carbonation in this one.

Many people seem to be upset with this beer, but I thought it was pretty good. Nice fruity characteristics, which were a little different than most IPAs. It's always good to mix things up. I didn't think the fruitiness was too overdone, either. It was nice and refreshing and it works well with Stone's monster hop line-up. I guess when all is said and done, I'd still reach for a Ruination before this, but it was definitely a decent change of pace. (1,885 characters)

Photo of mt24turner
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear copper color

smell: is explosively lemony with a depth of hop aroma lurking behind, personally i love the smell of this beer

taste: smooth malt and lemon upfront, followed by some alcohol warmth and spicy rye, the hops are not as intense as expected but come through strong in the finish.

overall: i really enjoyed this beer, even though it wasnt the furiously bitter ipa i had expected from stone, i enjoyed the change of pace bringing the lemon more to the front. absolutely an enjoyable brew and will buy some more (526 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesn't quite fit in. (464 characters)

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light copper body with a matrix of microbubbles supporting a sticky beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The woody rye note has some green lemon hops that finish the aroma. There is some caramel malt notes that come thru as the beer opens.

T- A mellow green hops flavor has dark juicy and woody qualities to it with some rye and dry toasted malt leading to a dry spice finish. There is a caramel malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. The aftertaste has a touch of sweetness with woody lemon hops flavor lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of malts, hops and lemon herbs that surprisingly work well together. The hops are not huge and they let the other flavors come through nicely. (834 characters)

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

Hazy deep orange pour topped with a thick, tight, creamy head. Smooth, well-blended, and quite hoppy...a very Stone-like aroma. Highly fruity: peach, apple, and sweet lemon along with a little pine resin and some bread way in the back. First sip doesn't bring as much lemon as I was expecting. It's hoppy alright, but not brashly so. More sweet peach, melon, floral hops, and bright fruitiness all commingling into a smooth, interesting lupulin showcase. The lemon/citrus does seem to make itself more known the longer it sits in the glass, but the rye doesn't show much. Bitter and medium bodied. Less drinkable than anniversary beers in years past, but still a fairly unique take on the style and enjoyable. (709 characters)

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. (470 characters)

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. (834 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle at Beer Nutz in Fox Chapel.

A - As most stone ales the looks is beautiful. Sticky opaque colored head well over an inch. Love the lacing and the beer itself is kind of oil like with a slight haze and a orange amber color.

S - The smell really shows the lemon oils mixing well with citrus and piney hops. Smells mild yet very bitter with a nice touch of caramel or cracker malts.

T - Wow it's actually quite good! The lemon gives the citrus hops a mild zest that covers up the bite of hops a tad. Middle palate is some zippy harsh west coast hoping but after a half glass it seems to be balanced well with the sweet cracker malt.

M - Medium yet oil like. A sipper for sure.

Overall even these lower rated stone beers seem great to me. Even thought it's not the most interesting Stone Anniversary ale it's still mighty tasty and worth a try! (869 characters)

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

Beer review #1300!

22oz bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 8$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. There is also some pine/resin mixed with a herbal flavour (rosemarry/menthol? can't put mu finger on it). It ends with a fairly hoppy bitter citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - While it may not be a spectacular beer, I can at least appreciate that they are trying to do something different/original. I probably won't buy another bottle, but it was well worth 8$ to try it. (826 characters)

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