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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.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012)
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. There's also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:15:39 | More by bluejacket74
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Thin off white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon and orange. Flavor is distinct lemon and orange essence, pine and citrus hops supported by a nice slightly sweet, but neutral malt body. Finishes refreshing citrus and hops. Medium bodied. Very unusual, but I really liked it. Interesting flavor components, but nicely integrated. High ABV is hardly noticeable until you stand up. Happy aniversary Stone!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:55:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-aggressive pour from a 22oz bottle (silkscreen label reads: 'Bottled In August - Enjoy Fresh') into a short stemmed, 25cl McChouffe, elongated tulip glass (I was, however, able to decant about 3/4 of the bottle, head included into this vessel).

A- Pours a clear, beach sunset, tangerine/orange with a full, 3-finger eggshell-white head with strong retention (a few minutes for it to fully subside). Despite the 10% ABV, a decent amount of lacing remains throughout the course of the experience.

S - Immediately, the nose is overwhelmed by an herbal essence of lemon and mint. Once the head reduces to less than a finger, tropical fruits start to reveal themselves (mango, peach, papaya & pineapple). Although the lemon seemed to subdue, the mint spice continues its presence in the nose.

T- Awesome and complex (allowed taste to linger on the palate before swallowing). In this order, here is what I get...quick malt sweetness followed by lemon, mint/spice, tropical fruit and some more mint/spice to finally culminate with a ruby red grapefruit bitterness to dry things up...teetering on, but never approaching astringent.

M- Substantial, yet fine carbonation works in harmony with all the flavors. Possibly due to the lemon verbena, your tongue/palate is ultimately left utterly dry...sandpaper is the first word that comes to mind.

O- Although I detect a spicy presence, I credit that more to the lemon verbena/oil than the rye malt...but I could easily be mistaken. However, my reasoning is due to the fact that the 'spice note' is present in the immediate nose, something that a malt in a fresh & hoppy beer would not dominate as much as compared to an oil released from a plant. But who cares about the 'beer geek chat...' this is an awesome and unique twist on an DIPA and wish it was garnering higher accolades from fans of Stone Brewing Co. Happy Anniversary and cheers for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:20:22 | More by threeviews
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one alot. Better then it's being reviewed here, oh well that doesn't surprise me. Delicious and different.

Pretty, clear golden beer. Ok, I prefer thick, opaque, hazy. Smells light floral hops, bready malts. Will probably smell better in the bottle. Not many beers smell better on tap. Maybe Port ipas.

Taste big juicy floral citrus hops, fruity mix in the first sip. Big spicy lemon kick the next sip. Beautifully complex beer, every sip a little different with a nicely bitter hoppy aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, and this is my second 10 oz draught so it must be drinkable, bomber size.

Well done. Like this one (alot) beter than Ruination 10th.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 22:40:50 | More by B33R501
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle split with oglmcdgl

Stone 16th pours out nice like with a bright golden look with some burnt yellow highlights. The white foam builds up to two inches and leaves some nice clings on the glass. A nice lively looking beer with retention.

Smell is ultra hoppy at this young stage, with a nice heaping of the C-Hops giving of citrus rind out the wazoo. Yes, I get the lemon essense in this along with some more tropics, not that much pine. Just a hit of some pale malt keeping things in check. A earthy grassy appeal towards the end with some alc.

And this is anice beer, too nice perhaps, Realy easy to drink with lemon, orange, mango and some faint peach. The bitterness is there yet not scorching. Lighter tropics in the middle with a twist of bubblegum leading into the semi malty finish. A all around beer.

Feel is medium bodied with some nice bubbles going for it. Lively in the mouth, a long aftertaste with some lemonheads. I could of did the whole bomber easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 05:13:45 | More by BARFLYB
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jellikit

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear orange. Thin head, small bubbles. Lacing is thin and travels throughout the drink.

Smell: coriander and citrus while perfumy. Malt is caramel and sugar.

Taste: whoa. Big grain bill leads to sweet and malty goodness with a lot of lemony citrusy goodness. Tastes like it has cardamom. Spicy/citrusy/alcohol. Big and Balanced.

Mouthfeel: there is a lot going on here. Medium carbonation. Sweet. Big and very nice body. Think Jenny McCarthy.

Overall. If you like Big and balanced IPA, this is it. Strong citrus and bitter with an alcohol back that is completely welcomed by all of the other flavors mixed in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 03:45:00 | More by jellikit
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750bl bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed glass.

The color is a golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is full lemon aroma with a tangerine and a touch of grass that comes out in the back end of the nose.

The taste is sweet malts at first that gives to a citrus flavor that brings in the bitter hops toward the end. More lemon and tangerine like a lot of west coast IPAs that bring the hops. There is a slight candy sugar flavor like a Belgian triple that leaves a nice sweetness before that bitterness hooks up with it but does not push the sweetness completely away.

The feel of this beer is smooth going down with a push here in there with some bitterness but seems to be less spikey feel in back end. Things seem to meld together well and contributes to the nice drinkable feel of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:17:07 | More by Duhast500
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. August 2012 printed on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber copper with a 1 finger off white head that fizzles and lasts for the glass. Some visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Lemon and fresh hop. A light almost fruity malt with rye overtones. Has nice sweet alcohol notes.

T: Balanced mix of lemon, hop and rye malt. They all compliment each other with a spicy yet sweet and hoppy brew.

M: Full body, mild carbonation. Has a bitter dry finish and some real warming characteristics. Booze is well hidden.

Overall a great new take on the IPA that I was glad to try. Would love for it to incorporate some (or more) Sorachi hops. Happy anniversary to Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 00:54:18 | More by CloudStrife
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dmatsui

California

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A pour from a 22 bomber left a creamy, off-white tight 2-finger head that stuck around for a while (considering the massive abv) and left a little bit of lacing. The alcohol legs and feet are definitely present. The beer itself has a typical west coast IPA character; coppery, burnt orange and pretty hazy. Looks unfiltered.

Such a unique aroma. The hops come first with sweet citrusy, rindy and piny notes but the addition of lemon verbana and whatever spices Stone's throwing in this brew make for an exceptional and complex nose. The combination of aromatics results in a very savory, botanical character. There are definite notes of sage, thyme, rosemary and meyer lemon rind.

The flavor of the beer is well-represented by the aromatics. The hops slap you in the face with Stone's trademark bittering varietals, but the citrus factor really comes through with the addition of the Verbana. There is a spicy quality mid-palate which probably comes from the addition of rye, which also provides for a fuller body. It's a huge beer, with a ton of mat characteristics as well, but the bill doesn't interfere with the hops or herb additions. There's also a definite mint presence. The calypso hops are definitely present, it's super fruity with hints of mango, papaya, grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is sharp, tart, bitter, oily and dry. Very nice.

There is definitely a lot going on in this beer; it's very balanced but there are a lot of competing flavors. It's very, very good and very different. It's one of the better offerings I've had from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:48:19 | More by dmatsui
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet)

Pours a dark gold with amber hues with a one and a half finger bright white head. Significant splotchy lacing on the glass. Lemon, green tea, fresh cut grass, and bit of flora on the nose. Lemon and green tea intially, hints of mint, passion fruit, a bit of pear and mild apple joins in midpalate, finishes dry with some citrus rind bitterness, white pepper, and alcohol that is smoothed out by citrus blossoms and honeysuckle notes. Perfect supporting malt presence; substantial, however doesn't weigh the brew down. I really enjoyed this brew and Stone does a nice job of pulling many complex elements together into a cohesive beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:47:06 | More by chanokokoro
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kcinlober

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich reddish cooper color but fairly transparent. Smallish head but good lacing

Aroma: not overpowering and strong but citrus-y with hints of apples. Yeasty and slightly alcoholic.

Palate: hop heavy from the start with a dry hoppy finish. Fruity notes with a hint of cinnamon and spices on the back end. Very full bodied

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 03:39:02 | More by kcinlober
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour = The absolute biggest head I have ever seen on an IPA, it foamed up like a hefewiezen, super cloudy and fluffy, leaving a very nice lacing on the glass. Color is copper, leaning towards the orange side. Clear as clear can be, looks like a copper, amber colored stain glass window
Smell = Citrus and even some tropical smelling hops. A lot of nice sweet biscuit malts. Some nice feint lemon in the background. Not as hoppy or lemony as I had heard that it was, it is not super fresh, so maybe some of that overpowering lemon has faded, leaving just a nice hint of it in the background
Taste = Super bitter right off the bat, nice dry grapefruit and mango, a little bit of lemon. Some sweet, chewy biscuit flavors in there as well. Much tamer than I had been lead to believe. This is a lot like the regular Stone IPA, just maybe another layer of hop flavor and bitterness.
Overall = Nothing super exciting for an anniversary edition beer. Just a good solid, easy drinking IPA. I think it might have been a little different experience when it was super fresh as a lot of those late hop additions tend to fade in aroma and flavor over time, but hey, I live in Virginia, not SD, so I am just happy to get a chance to try this at all. Yet another solid beer from Stone!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:44:39 | More by Bubbalito
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bashiba

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright yet hazy amber with a sticky white head.

The smell is a nice mixture of herbal and lemony notes with some mice green hop notes. It smells bitter.

The flavors are a bit sweet up front with a fresh lemon flavor. The big orange rind hop blast Takes over with a big long lasting juniper bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and oily with a tons of hop resin.

Very tasty and fun double IPA. I love the big lemony quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:48:35 | More by bashiba
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really liked Stone 16th Anniversary IPA. It's something different and I really liked the combination of lemon in an IPA. I think Stone included lemon much more successfully than DFH did with their Hellhound IPA.

A: Yellow orange colour and a good 4 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Citrus hops and a pleasant light yeast aroma. 4

T: Sharp, slightly sour hoppy taste. The lemon provides a bitter and lightly sour flavour. Light malty flavour underlying everything. The aftertaste is sour. It's different but I really like it. 4.5

M: Foamy. Oily. 3.5

O: 4

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 03:05:24 | More by vandemonian
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slim2043

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C- a strange reddish hue for an IPA is the first thing that told me Stone is playing w this beer... Good news IMHO
H - a nice white foamy head w decent lacing
A - hoppy, lemony, zesty, earthy, sweet, piney, grassy, a little flowery and reusing too
B - not bad here. Rich and creamy and goes down smooth for a bigger beer
F - flowery citrusy hops... Then it becomes very resiny buttery and bitter w a tail of zest lemon and bitter... There are one toasty and bready notes as well as some sweetness but I think stone characterized the spices well here
O - I'd drink his again. Not their best beer but definitely appreciate the ideas and beer that came into fruition from these big beer ideas... Stone rarely disappoints

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 03:20:24 | More by slim2043
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Perfect translucent amber body, shining luminously in every light. Smooth, chunky head of off-white, lots of volume and lots of lacing.

S: Dank hops run deep, extreme pine and rindy citrus. Not a ton of emphasis on the malts, but some dark breads with caramel undertones come through; not big and sugary, and that's just how I like my DIPAs. Lemon verbena and basil on the back end.

T: Pine, lemon rind, and verbena over moderately-toasted caramel breads - a dark, smooth, rindy hoppiness with an underlying sugar-bread maltiness. Grains are a doughy and satisfying layer, which combine with the hops and lemon in surprisingly mild balance. You'd expect a ton of hops from this brewer, but this is pretty balanced. Finishes herbal and a little citrus-pulpy; a mild dryness and chewy bread dough.

M: As viscous as a 10% beer should be; just right. A little more carb would be appreciated, but it's very good as it is.

O: I enjoyed this a lot more than the 15th Anniversary - Stone can most definitely do an IPA that satisfies my palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:18:40 | More by BarryMFBurton
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, not much to some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Hoppy wonderfulness, earthy, pine, citrus and floral notes with some lemon sneaking in as well.

T-Lots of hops, some caramel is there as well. Didn't get much rye malt. Citrus is the main part with some earthy notes, tad bit of lemon. Nice bitterness with more lemon as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth for 10%.

O-Another really good DIPA from Stone, the lemon wasn't as good as DFH Hellhound, but it was still a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 20:18:04 | More by rlee1390
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

16th Anniversary is a golden amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and leaved spotty lacing as it settles.

Aroma is strongly hoppy with great citrus, especially lemon.

Flavor is intense and very unusual. It has big bitterness but also lots of herbal lemon (grass?) and other elements.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. The carbonation is really well done and fairly balanced for a big IPA.

Overall a solid beer and worthy of an anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:01:19 | More by GilGarp
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a burnished medium amber / orange tone while yielding a finger of off-white head that lapses with above average haste into a collar around the glass. relatively fragrant nose offers citric hops (big dose of lemon) and some tropical notes before the malt backbone shows itself.

flavor follows the aroma with a strong hoppy/lemony presence, orange peel, and sweet malt along with secondary notes of tropical and maybe a hint of floral hops. booze is also a player. on the fuller side of medium bodied with average carbonation.

overall, while it's not one of their finer efforts it's certainly an enjoyable beer. maybe a victim-of-their-own-success type of deal going on with these guys where every time they put out a beer i half expect 15th anniversary or ruination-10th anniversary brilliance. that said, certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:28:35 | More by BostonHops
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a crystal clear shade of orange with a puffy, two finger head. Amazing looking beer, can't find any fault at all

S- light citrus, a decent bit of lemon, some nice rye coming through as well. Solid

T- I'm getting an even mix of the lemon and the rye, a bitter, spicy flavor. The bitterness lingers for awhile, but it doesn't cripple you like something like Ruination. Balanced pretty well IMO

M- medium bodied, on the heavy side....no complaints here

O- typical great IPA from Stone. Better than the 14th Anny, worse then Ruination 10th, and about even with the 15th. Well done

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:26:35 | More by bigfnjoe
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a finger of bluish white head fades to fizz on top. Marigold-orange body for a typical EPA
S: lots of grapefruit and earthy aromas. I was expecting lemon from what I remembered of the description but got mostly spice and earth. Rereading the bottle, it was likely the rye, which came through nicely.
T: typical bitterness from stone, a bit more overpowering in this one than others like ruination. No explicit lemon flavor but there was a bit of sourness and an almost savory flavor that sounds bizarre but fit in nicely behind the bitterness.
M: smooth and creamy- top notch for an ipa

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:22:43 | More by RichardMNixon
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange, with a 2 inch head, and very good lacing.

Smells very lemony, with some honey, and spicy, piney hops.

The taste is similar. Less of a lemon presence in the flavor, but still there. A bit reminiscent of lemon pledge, but not in a bad way, necessarily. Some spicy hop flavors are reminiscent of rye, which makes sense given the rye additions, as well as the typical Stone pine/grapefruit bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness, might be because it's an older(ish) keg.

Starts sweet, but finishes very dry. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low.

An interesting take on the IPA- the lemon IPA, basically, and I thought it worked.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 01:13:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange-amber hue with a large, foamy head; lacing is decent

S: So much citrus: lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit but also so much floral and herbal qualities that I feel like I'm sucking on a lemon while walking through a botanical garden; also a sweet bready presence underneath

T: Holy crap that has a bizarre but awesome kick: so bitter and citrusy and floral and oily: lemons and flowers; there is a bready malt base but it's hard to get past the peppery floral and citrus flavors--so much lemon

F: This is sticky and oily and pretty darn awesome

O: What a bizarre and jolting IPA; this beer is big and extreme and a sipper but I sure enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:47:07 | More by dbossman
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MisSigsFan

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated August 2012. Pours a golden amber with a finger and a half thick head. Smells sweet with lemon and booze. Taste is mostly citrus with some sweetness and boozey sting at the end. Good amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Mouth is pretty smooth with medium body. Carbonation is average to above average average. Overall I really like this brew. Probably the only IPA I've had from Stone that didn't have a strong piney hop character.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:40:08 | More by MisSigsFan
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:23:31 | More by Dope
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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