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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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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.

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CHickman

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright hazy amber orange with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and had good lacing and left a light foamy layer on top and rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh squeezed lemon and pine, with a big burst of hops up front, citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus fruit, light spices, herbs, coriander and tea leaf; a very potent and citrus filled aroma that had nice flowery hints as well. It was a cross between a citrus grove and a botanical garden and quite nice to inhale.

Taste does not match the subtle beauty of the aroma; strong citrus and lemon flavors up front, then followed by grains or wheat, yeast funk, toasted malts, spices like pepper and potpourri, herbs, grapefruit, pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, allspice and medicine. Don’t know how there can be such a contrast here between the smell and taste, but there is. The alcohol is completely hidden by the spices, herbs and lemon zest, but this combo of hops and the lemon plants used seem to throw the whole mix off in a slightly unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with light carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a very bitter finish that is grainy and funky with more lemon zest like lemon shavings were in the glass. I expected this type of finish and feel based on the write up on the bottle, which lists rye as an ingredient which is present throughout this tasting.

Overall I was a little disappointed as I love trying new Stone beers and this was a let down; it was not horrible, but my expectations were so high that this just did not hit my mark as this did not match what I was hoping for and expected. Since it is Stone I’ll let some of the disappointment slide, but I won’t be running out to drink this again, especially at this price point (in NY). I’d go get a Ruination bomber over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:30:36 | More by CHickman
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

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

On tap at deep ellum

Darker than most ipa, ruby red. Thin head with some retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma brings some spicey hops, but a solid "red" malt profile.

T: Definitely not your typical DIPA. Its bitter, and theres a hop prescence but its not as intense as a 10% DIPA would normally be. I got flavors of anise, licorice, and caramel, mixed in with the big hop notes of pine-y. spicey herbal, floral and grapefruit. Flavor profile was a little off for me.

Very smooth drinker, its a sipper but theres not a ton of ABV burn. I could have had 2 or 3 if I enjoyed the flavor profile more.

O: Interesting brew that was worth trying, but I'm not sad stone wont be making it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 00:02:44 | More by BigCheese
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Brewed as a one time anniversary release in August 2012. Drink fresh? Whoops.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream-tone head of a crisp frothy consistency. Body color is a bold orange amber with high clarity aside from minute specks of sediment. Carbonation in this beer is almost nonexistent, but little relaxed bubbles inform me that it hasn't gone flat. Retention is average- the head settles quicker than expected for one of Stone's brews, but the surface cover is frothy and the lacing is thin and streaked. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Faint traces of verbena, a sprig of lemongrass, a mild grassy hop note and a sweet, clean pale malt base make for a straight forward aroma. Potency is very low, and warming does little to reveal the aroma better. This is surprisingly tepid for a DIPA on almost all accounts of malt and hop brilliance. What's here isn't offensive or out of balance, but it may leave a lot to be desired. 3.25

(Taste) Light tea-like pale malt body, lemongrass, mellow citrus and aggressive piney, mildly spicy hop bitterness with a lingering dry, resinous finish. The malt diversity and flavor is straight-up simple- just shy of absent, with the combined efforts of the hop bitterness and the lemongrass leading the flavor almost entirely. It goes for mild in flavor despite a strong bitter front, even though I would have suggested a slightly bolder malt profile to pair, the drinkability is high and the beer is simple, yet refreshing and bitter in that Stone-grade of expected bitterness intensity. It's not my favorite of the Stone Anniversary Ale series, but it's not too shabby for what it had going in. Probably not a winning recipe for many, but those who want a DIPA that drinks light yet packs a bitter punch (and alcohol boost), this may be your dead ringer. For the rest, you may find this a rather weak and unbalanced brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slickness is moderate, and carbonation is mildly airy. Balance is medium/sharp in regards to bitter over sweet. Body is light+ for the style and medium amongst all beer. A sneaky alcohol presence is medium/high, difficult to conceal behind the simplicity of the malts or lemongrass. It's especially well presented amongst the hop bitterness. The carbonation is decent in regards to exposing the simplicity of the recipe, but the malt body would be more enjoyable if it were a touch sweeter or more complex to better balance the beer out. 3.5

(Overall) I appreciated the simplicity of this beer, and the ingredients used to go with it, as few of them are used regularly in Double IPAs, let alone standard IPAs. The lemongrass led a subtle lemony character and paired with grassy and faint citrus hops, it starts light and drinkable, but ends in typical stone IPA fashion with an intense bitterness, seemingly magnified in intensity by the subtle qualities of the other ingredients. I didn't find the verbena all that well utilized in the flavor and also may have found the alcohol a bit unnecessarily high for this beer altogether. The malt base suggested a tea-like thinness and drinkability for the character- did it really need to be 10% with all the simplicity and drinkability enhanced? Not everybody is going to enjoy this DIPA, but only if you come up to the plate with the expectation that all DIPAs are bold, flavorful and exciting, only then may you be disappointed. Aside from the ABV, I'd sooner classify this a standard IPA. 3.5

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
3.45/5.00

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:27:30 | More by Jadjunk
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RussBecker1


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

Poured from a Charleston Beer Exchange Growler.

A-Pours a highly carbonated honey. Not much body, and a finger head fizzles up to the top with decent staying power.

S-Grassy lemon is the most prominent note. This is cut nicely by the hops bitterness which gives it more of a beer sense (It would have been an artisan soap otherwise).

M-Thicker than the eye would expect, which actually hurts the flavor a good deal. It is not as easy to drink as I would have expected, but fine nonetheless.

T-A much more flowery style IPA than Stone is used to putting out. Instead of blasting the palate, the hops blossom to softly accompany the other flavors. The problem however is the other flavors are not that good. The lemon and other citrus are apparent, but there is a grassy subtlety that does not mix well with the other flavors. At first sip it is not overtly apparent, but the more you drink, the more that earthy grass overwhelms the palate and displeases the drinker.

O-Good to try but not one of Stone's best

Serving type: growler

10-01-2012 15:59:35 | More by RussBecker1
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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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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, left to warm slightly before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA pours a translucent amber, with some nice orange highlights. A massive, near four finger bone colored head rises up to crown the beer. Head retention is pretty good, and some decent lacing is left behind, but neither really impress in particular. The nose has a little bit of rye spiciness and some tropical fruit aromas as well, but all that is fairly well trampled over by the lemon verbena. There's a nice bit of malty complexity at the front end of the flavor profile, as spicy rye and bready notes play off of each other well. The mid palate hop bitterness is big, but smooth for a high ABV double IPA. Again here what I'm sure would be some very nice mango and guava notes are largely boxed out by lemon. The body is just a little bit chewy, but not unreasonably so for a 10% beer (though I wish it was a little more dry like the Enjoy By IIPA I had from Stone last night). THe carbonation though is noticeably dull for the style, rendering the beer just a little bit dull. I always look forward to Stone's anniversary beers, and I think this one would have been excellent without the lemon verbena (or at least with it scaled back a good bit). As it is though, it's still a decent imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 04:38:17 | More by axeman9182
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: A clear, dark gold beer with a one finger white head and lively visible carbonation.

S: Lemony, grainy, hints of pine & tropical fruit.

T: Follows the nose nicely at first but with an alcoholic, thin, tinny spicy/bitter flavor at end - I'm not sure where this is coming from. I'm wondering if it was from some early harvest hops, since as it warms, this turned into more of the spicy/garlic hop smell

M: Medium weight, big carbonation sensation. It does taste a little hot - but the ABV is up there. The finish is the hop bitterness with metallic flavor.

O: Not awful but not particularly good. It does get better as it warms up a little bit. I won't be buying this again, even at a relatively reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:08:12 | More by macrosmatic
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a few times now.

Pours into a tulip a copper orange, white head of a couple fingers is formed. Retains pretty well as a thick ring+spotty cap and leaves some good lacing.

Smell certainly shows off its lemons, lots of lemon/lemon oil with perhaps some pine/earthiness, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is quite strange and a bit all over the place, but it grew on me some as it went on. Lemon, earthy/herbal/light pine, grapefruit , mint toothpaste, spicy hops, maybe some pineapple. Malts are pretty big too, on the sweeter side with caramel and butterscotch, some toastiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much of the alcohol shows up, half a bomber is quite enough though.

As expected it's kind of an odd mess and gives off a Pine-Sol/medicinal type feel, but not bad, takes some time to get used to.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 17:03:01 | More by Chico1985
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MaineBrewing

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into pint glass a light copper color with slight haze, nice creamy two finger head.

S - nose is dominated by citrus and orange hop character. Bright and floral, almost like potpourri our cleaning supplies.

T - first thoughts very herbal almost mint character, spicey. A very sweet caramel malt is there but plays a secondary role to the fruity almost juice like grapefruit and orange flavor. Hop bitterness doesn't quell the over the top sweet and citrus character. This is an extremely unique flavor, but it does wear on me with the mint character and cloying sweetness.

M - thick and syrupy, sticky, slow sipping, light carbonation.

Overall - mixed emotions... I wasn't blown away but it's certainly unique. I think it's a great beer but I find the herbal flavor weird. Too sweet and not enough bitter for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:59:54 | More by MaineBrewing
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beesy

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:43:50 | More by beesy
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:37:55 | More by pisano
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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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woemad

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 20:58:00 | More by woemad
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange, with a one inch sticky white head, loads of lace on the glass. Smell is lots of lemon, citrus, pine, grass, and mellon. Taste is over the top lemon, it really dominates the flavor profile, grapefruit may also lend a hand, very tart. Body is medium, plenty of life for its large ABV, a touch dry, and goes down a little difficult, because of its tart lemon flavor. A rare miss for Stone, but different than you would expect for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:45:07 | More by SawDog505
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an nonic.

Pours a clear copper color with a finger and a half of foam that coats the glass nicely. Aroma is over the top citrus, lemon peel.

First sip is... huge lemon flavor slaps you at first, then a rush of citrusy hops, and then a flower-like, perfumey bite at the end. Very bitter. A bit hot - alcohol burn does poke through.

It tastes too much like perfume to me... astringent, bitter, and unpleasingly floral with cinnamon like flavors as well. I enjoy a good tongue-curling DIPA, but the addition of the floral, spice, and lemon flavors makes this beer a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:11:34 | More by FickleBeast
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber pour with 1/2" white head, excellent retention.
scents of pine, ruby red grapefruit, floral hops.
taste is overbearingly bitter on the first sip. another mouthful, and i get a really heavy alcohol taste... yikes, what's going on stone? 3rd taste and i'm gettin some sweet malt flavor as a backdrop to the alcohol.. lots of earthy notes in this one.. bitter burnt-tire like hop flavor. none of the things i smelled are present in taste, honestly this is one of my least favorite stone anniversary/one-off beers.
medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol warmth.
overall, this is my least favorite stone anniversary ale. as far as a stone ipa, it's also pretty bad. i guess the ruination 10 spoiled me as far as what to expect. this one was honestly closer to a strong ale for them, and i would've been fine with it as that (although it's not as good as double bastard either). i'm just really confused as to what they were thinking with this one.. what they were actually shooting for as a result, is this what they wanted?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 06:19:54 | More by facundoCNB
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chilled bottle is poured into a snifter.

The beer is slightly translucent and colored orange/copper. The head is made up of light tan foam. It appears to be fairly dense. A good even coat of foam on the walls slowly dissolves into patchy lacing. There are small, well-formed bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

There is a decent amount of lemon citrus in the nose. It comes across as acidic and bitter. There is a grassy element to the aroma as well, but it is mild. I'm not picking up any overt sweetness.

As its reputation lead me to expect, this beer has a lot of lemon flavor. It comes in quickly and lingers on for a long time after swallowing. Some bitterness can be tasted while I hold the beer in my mouth, but it feels strongest after I swallow—probably because the lemon isn't as strong at this point. The few pepper flavors from the addition of rye is a nice touch.

The beer has a full body and not too much carbonation. A coating is left on my lips and in my mouth. There is no burn or other indication that this is such a strong beer.

While this beer is an interesting take on the double IPA style, the high amount of lemon flavor just isn't for me. I bought the bottle because I like to see what Stone is up to, but I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way to find one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:35:43 | More by ToasterChef
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger pillowy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a nice balance of citrus/tropical fruit, spicy, earthy hop notes and sweet malts. Very floral with some dank, grassy pine needle character along with a slight onion-y presence. This is countered by a prominent tropical and citrus fruit notes, notably grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I expected with caramel, toffee, biscuit and grain.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that give off an overwhelming dry bitterness that dominates the flavor. Not as complex as the nose suggests with tongue coating, resinous pine needle and earthy grass flavor. The onion like character from the nose is there but all of the citrus and tropical fruit sweetness is completely overpowered. Again, the malt backbone is stronger than I prefer with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked but the hop profile is too one dimensional and the malt presence is too strong for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 07:46:29 | More by corby112
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blackie

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from grape & gourmet, VA Beach

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, a khaki head falling back to a placid surface, the beer itself a copper amber in color

s: caramel malt, sweet tea spiked with herbal lemon and a touch of mint, some steeped mustiness, oily lemon rind, hops of moderate strength, earthy citrus

m: carbonation on the lighter side, medium bodied

t: caramel malt sweetness in sweet tea steeped with lemon and herbs, toasty caramel through the middle, begins to dry well into the finish and lingers long with a tannic herbal bitterness, growing with each sip

o: not a huge fan of the tealike character, everything seems a bit muddled and the bitter, leafy tannic nature overwhelms and detracts, old lemon, comes across more like old iced tea than a good dipa

4/35/35/3/35

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 21:14:41 | More by blackie
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:05:29 | More by Jason
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a sticky, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Veeery nice looking brew. Tons of chunky lace and retention is great.

I can smell the lemon verbena right off, very lemon-grassy and herbal. There is a light undertone of lightest-of-caramel malts and some various hop pine hop aromas. The verbena dominates to me though.

Same way in the flavor for my palate, I have been exposed to a few lemon verbena beers in the past and the flavor just is so pervasive to me. I do like the flavor a little though, so at least that is working in my favor. It is very herbal and grassy with alot of hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. The malts are light, but sweet. They never give off that crushed graininess that seems like would help the beer balance out the herbal-ness a little bit. The sweetness from the grain does nothing to offset the alcohol or the verbena-hoppiness. It is a bit too minty and pungent for me, but I can appreciate the offering. I could see others liking this, but if you don’t like verbena, I would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:24:15 | More by twiggamortis420
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MEsoJD

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 07:49:13 | More by MEsoJD
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Enjoyed in my Detroit hotel room... Picked up in Lansing at a party supply store... Can't remember the name.

Pours a polished clear lite amber... very pretty... off white head shows for about an inch and drops back pretty quickly but leaves behind decent drapes of lacing..

Nose shows herby lemon.. a bit of sorta soapy fruitiness.. just enough pale malt to balance... something that I identify with menthol with warmth, but I can't really pick out.. flowery.. almost potpourri (not a compliment)...

Flavor certainly has the traditional SoCal DIPA qualities, but they seem to get lost in a bit of astringent notes.. Big bitterness right up front.. "NOW I know what lemon verbena tastes like", too much.. reminds me of a dry tea... The malts are the tie that binds... Not really digging it.. Potpourri is a good comparison.

Expected body and carbonation... Stone does no wrong.

Overall though.. I think this one for me is maybe only a two or bottle buy... Seems pretty decent fresh, but just too abrasive and shows nothing interesting. Smells and tastes like a "flower shop" with warmth.. Okay, and I appreciate what they are going for, but it is just not in my liking.

4/3/3/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 06:09:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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dcloeren

Texas

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

Pours a clean and crisp golden honey with a finger if bright white head. Left some decent lacing down my glass.

The aroma is dominated by lemon oil with some lemon zest and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose but with even more lemon. Just a mess. Lemon oil dominates the taste. Getting some lemon grass as well and a little spiciness.

Medium to full in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Finishes dry with a lemon aftertaste. Can't escape the lemon...

Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. Lemon overload and pretty sloppy in my opinion. I guess this was just a we did it because we can or a we are out of good ideas or holy shit we have a surplus of lemons and we need to get rid of them... Not worth the money. Just like McKayla Maroney, I'm not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:22:20 | More by dcloeren
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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
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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