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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

392 Reviews

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,389
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012

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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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber honey golden hue. White, fluffy head with great lacy retention.

S: Sweet caramel and honey. Citrus and lemon zest. Layers of citrus and a tinge on mint.

T: Great hop character and sweet malts. Layers of lemon zest and overall citrus profile. I'm getting orange peals and a touch of mint on the back.

M: Big, round beer. It lays on the palate and lingers for a while. Medium tannins.

O: Great beer, but it tires your palate quickly. Simple but complex and very thoughtfully crafted.

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Photo of jellikit
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1456th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip

2012 Vintage
Bottled 8/13/12 per the Stone box

App- A deep citrus orange color with a wonderful glow behind it. A huge 3 finger head that lasts for a long time and was just a tad off white. Great cling and lace.

Smell- Had a duality behind it. When you first open the beer you get a lot of that hoppy, citrus zest on the nose. Once it breaths and warms, the sweet caramel and rye flavors come forward. Had a good balance and you could smell the 10% on this one.

Taste- Much like the nose, it was very two sided. The one colder side, showed more of the zest and citrus and lemon flavors with a touch more hops and a small bitter. When warmed the Rye came out and added more spice with a creamy caramel balance. The ABV is somewhat hidden but as you drink, you really feel the 10%.

Mouth- On the larger side of a medium body with a medium creamy carbonation level. A bit thick but its a 10% DIPA, was pretty much right on point but still find the larger feel a bit of a detracter.

Drink- Its a good beer. The label says the didnt go for the full rye, but I like the balance they struck. Could be dialed up a bit. I dont know if I will be buying another bottle though. Good beer, but with Rustic Rye for $4.99 from Bootleggers and Nelson from Alpine, Im golden on the Rye.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium copper color with a small white, creamy head and light carbonation.

S - Pungent lemon pith, citrus rind, pine, spicy herbal aroma that initially smells almost minty.

T - Even taste throughout the sip, lots of spice, pithy lemon rind, pine, grapefruit, spice, and herbs - everything blends evenly and nothing is overbearing.

M - Medium full body, slick, viscous, resinous, smooth carbonation, and leaves a spicy rye, lemon, grapefruit/pine coating in the mouth that lingers for several minutes.

O - The blend is unique for an IPA, everything balances very well, and you need to seek this one while it's fresh.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of slim2043
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Bubbalito
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of B33R501
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of kcinlober
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark murky orange, off white head with fine and fat bubbles. Lace is scattered and fun.

S: Fruit all over familiar stone maltiness. Sweet sugary lemon, melon, fresh juicy peaches, and to be general, tropically dank. Intense but smooth. Easy going but big.

T: Tastes great. Sweet, malty, fruity, piney, and floral. A lot going on in a somehow, almost confusingly harmonious way. Bread mashed up with pine cones and soaked in sweetened lemon and orange 'sauces'. Very bright and full of flavor.

M: Slick, heavy, well carbonated and tingly, not particularly dry, reasonably bitter, and straight up enjoyable. This beer is very tasty but its not consumable at a surprisingly fast rate like some other awesome concoctions out there. Instead this is more of an 'enjoy-gradually' brew. That's not bad, its just different.

O: An aroma and flavor extravaganza. All sorts of pleasantries piled into one situation. I do enjoy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with strong sweet flavors of caramel and citrus along with a touch of spic followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for slightly different 2IPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.