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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +5%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
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mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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Christov, Sep 18, 2012
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jonbonfon, Aug 07, 2013
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LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

scottyu27, May 22, 2013
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DavidHume, Mar 21, 2014
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JGriggs, Sep 24, 2012
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krisbee, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

wedge, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

dfthewalrus, Aug 30, 2012
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graz34, Aug 29, 2012
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JohnQVD, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Aug 19, 2012
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CGAR, Dec 14, 2012
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jlove5, Sep 20, 2012
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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.

SHODriver, Aug 26, 2012
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EL48823, Jan 28, 2013
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cestlavie, Feb 04, 2013
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Tyrawlings, Jul 19, 2013
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Buck_Jones, Sep 27, 2014
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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