16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a creamy 1 inch head and lots of foamy lacing.

Smell - Lemon , orange, pineapple, lots of floral hops. Some yeasts and a little malt backbone. Major hops up front.

Taste - FIrst sip you get the lemon, thick, oily resin mixed with tropcal fruits. Lots of sugary yeasts, some minor caramel malts and alcohol warmth. I also get alot of orange and pineapple. A bit grassy/farmhouse like finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouth gets hop coated along with the lemon oils, leaving a resin on tounge. Palate gets tons of hops and lemon, along with the alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is dry, semisweet and bitter.

Overall - Interesting ipa. I really enjoy the unique flavor profile of this. I look at it like this, its a anniversary beer, something special, different not same old dipa. I enjoyed this, its easy to drink for being so strong, and im already looking forward to next years release. Try it out if you get a chance.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated August 2012, which pours a clear, light amber body, with a three-finger off-white head. Good retention with a decent amount of sticky lacing.

I have to mark the aroma up a notch because it smells great. Nice, sweet, hop aroma notes of tropical and citrus fruit. A light amount of sweet malt blends into the aroma and makes this a very inviting brew.

The taste is a very good blend of the notes found in the aroma with a pleasant addition of the rye notes. The prominent flavor is the hops, which are stronger in the pine an citrus side, with an addition of a touch of spicy rye flavor. The sweet malt takes a background position in the flavor overall, but the blend is very good.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable brew and I'm very glad to have scored a bottle.

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says August 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that does a decent job of retaining before residing at a suspended state of solid surface foam with mold formations indicating healthy yeast and a thick ring bordering the edge of the glass.

S- Whoa, you can definitely smell the lemon. It's fresh though, not pine-sol-like. Sweet as well, closer to a lemon-flavored hard candy. Also smells like lavender but mainly just lemon in your face without much hop aroma. Perfumey.

T- Man, that tastes like lemon too. Also tastes like some of the flower/herb-driven beers I've had in the past (Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs and Dogfish Saison du Buff come to mind). However, there's certainly a malt backbone somewhere in there as well as a slight hop bitterness. As more sips are taken, the core beer flavor comes through. Alcohol is hidden decently and the flavors are balanced enough. There's a sweetness that's purveyed throughout.

M- A bit dry and sharp with medium carbonation. The body is viscous enough but could use a little more substance.

O- Certainly unique and enjoyable even if it is a bit confusing. Even when there seems to be little more ground to break in the beer world, Stone finds a way

Photo of mscudder
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to delve into this one! The 15 year anniversary was average so let us see how this one goes.

A - A typical imperial IPA, perhaps a bit lighter. Almost looks like iced tea with its hue. Off-white, ivory head.

S - Lots of pine, peppercorn, big time hops and some warm tropical fruits. Some alcohol gives the scent some warmth near the back end.

T - Perhaps one of the most unique IPA's I have ever tried. Lots, and i mean lots, of lemon here. It leaves a large quantity of tartness which is interesting alongside the big piney hops. The malt backbone is fairly large, but far from making this brew too big.

M - A bit on the oily side with a medium body and fair carbonation. Perhaps the lemon oil (?) kicking in?

O - This is strange for sure. Drinking it slowly and realizing it is a brew for those who love lemon and hops. A good beer that is worth some respect but I am not sure I would be buying this on a frequent basis.

Photo of Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hard to find much of a fault here. Perfectly clear dark orange color with a big off white head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Very floral. Citrus and pine hops aromas too. Some malt sweetness and light toast in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy with sweet and bitter citrus. Lemon flavor is a little more than subtle, but not overdone. BItter, not sour. Malt flavor has caramel and a spicy kick from the rye. Very dry finish with a little alcohol burn and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well done mouthfeel for a double IPA. Soft and creamy, then dry with a stiff, sticky hops residue.

Overall: Using exotic ingredients is overdone and usually adds little of value to the beer, but its done well here. Very nice DIPA. Would give 4.25.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber dated August 2012. Pours a mildly hazy honey/orange color with a nice voluminous white head. Produces some nice lacing and head retention is pretty good.

Smell is spicy with some lemon, grass, and tropical fruits. Picking up some malt undercurrents in the background.

Taste is also spicy with a wide spectrum of hop flavors. Tropical fruit predominates with some pine and bitterness in the finish. Also a nice malt backbone to even this beer out. Some alcohol ester flavors towards the end.

Mouthfeel is more substantial than I would have expected. Perhaps it is the rye. Up there with Avery's Maharaja as far as oomph and substance. Has some oily slickness as well.

Overall, a deviation from the standard double/imperial IPA formula and one that I think works well. I decided to drink this one on Labor Day to mark my transition from IPAs and other summer brews to the fall lineup and other more substantial malty beers. The spiciness of this IPA works well. Would like to try it with some spicy Thai food. Created a nice contrast with the lemon and tropical fruit flavors and lingering hop flavors.

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of begforme4484
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice clear orange and amber body. It has about 2 fingers white and fizzy head that begins rescinding quickly. Fantastic, lasting lacing on the glass.

Beautiful pine, grassy, and citrus hops breaking through on the nose. Strong lemon overtone that subdues the grain scent of the alcohol.

A somewhat citrus astringency at first that melds away to a bitter pineapple, orange, lemon, and a dirty hop tone. Somewhat of a medicinal flavor, but it blends well. This beer is very sharp in it's flavor, with a nice lemon resin in the after palate.

The mouthfeel FEELS dry due to the sharp bite in the beer, but it's not. It's a medium body/carbonation build that smooths out very much so after the first few seconds of your sip.

Overall, I really dig this beer. Most IPA's are going toward the punch you in the back of the tongue bitterness route. This one takes a different path and overwhelms you with a sharp lemon bite before the hops ever take hold.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
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.

Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into pint glass

Look is amber-orange, light with a fantastic long lasting off-white head. Smell is heavy on the lemon and pine. Also, pepper, orange marmalade, grapefruit. The taste is very tart lemon and pine, with a peppery background that nips at the underside of the massive hop blast. There's also notes of rye, dry biscuits, white bread, limes, and oranges. It's complex, sure, but also slightly underwhelming. Feel is very bitter and syrup-like, maybe could have used a bit more carbonation. The alcohol shows up in the finish but is very inoffensive.

Solid beer, as to be expected from stone, but I much prefer their year-round IPAs.

Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of LakersGotRings
4.04/5  rDev +6%

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  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.

Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. 

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of sevenarts
4.03/5  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.

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  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.

Photo of Mitchster
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.

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.