1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of 16th Anniversary IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,379 | Reviews: 392 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of seedyone
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

08/22/12 On tap. To me most IPAs are too aggressive. This an exception. It's well balanced as to it's bitterness & the respectable hoppyness. It got a kick with a little burn. Appears to be brewed with me in mind and not the brewers bragging rights. Sue me, but I'll say it anyway...it's got great grownup characteristics.

seedyone, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +5%

Skye1024, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +5%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev +5%

amstokesdb9, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +5%

ryser2k, May 28, 2013
Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +5%

jpbebeau, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +5%

richkrull, May 14, 2013
Photo of gtcrispy
4/5  rDev +5%

gtcrispy, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of crowsoup
4/5  rDev +5%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +5%

AlexChillton, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +5%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of JoeBlevins
4/5  rDev +5%

JoeBlevins, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +5%

whatname, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of stickybeard
4/5  rDev +5%

stickybeard, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of andrew8626
4/5  rDev +5%

andrew8626, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Ktom
4/5  rDev +5%

Ktom, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of snowmaggedon
4/5  rDev +5%

snowmaggedon, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +5%

beergorrilla, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Gerasimos
4/5  rDev +5%

Gerasimos, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +5%

Keith_R, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of DanE
4/5  rDev +5%

DanE, Sep 02, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.