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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

392 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,388
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
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 sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber orange with 2 finger head with lots of lacing.

B: Lemon,citrous,some herbal notes.

T: Follows the nose, but there is stronger herbal notes towards the middle of the taste right before hops kick in at the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: Very solid brew again from Stone. (341 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature snifter. The side reads "August 2012, Enjoy Fresh."

A - Pours a slightly murky copper color with a full finger of dense cream colored head. After a while the foam dies to a halo and leaves a beautiful tiered lacing behind. Clarity improves as it warms a bit.

S - Smells of sweet and sour citrus; lemon-peel and grapefruit. Dank and earthy hops play wonderfully with spicy rye. In addition to the citrus, I get some blueberry and kiwi tropicals lingering in the background. Unique aromas in this one, very enjoyable.

T - Follows the nose with tons of citrus from start to finish. Lemon is dominant, but isn't alone. Spicy rye, bitter hops, and tangy tropical fruits work in unison to create great balance. Excellent.

M - Tingly effervescence and a medium body. The alcohol goes totally unnoticed.

O - This was one of the best new beers i have tried in a while. I really enjoyed the big lemon citrus flavors. Rye was a perfect compliment to the fruits and bitter hops in this beer. I will be sure to get this again before it goes past it's prime and disappears off of shelves forever. Highly recommended if you find it fresh. (1,169 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Only dating visible on the bottle is “August 2012” printed in red ink as part of the label artwork above the barcode, but this juuust came out and has barely gotten through distribution, so it’s damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): Very nice, rich head on this beer, ivory-colored and rising to a good three or four fingers of moderately tight bubbles and fading slowly, atop a rich amber body, which is crystal-clear. Lacing is a bit underwhelming, but it leaves some spots as it recedes.

Smell (4.0): Classic, West Coast DIPA aroma, here: hop-dominated, with strong pineapple and passionfruit notes (hi, Amarillo!), with an undercurrent of pine coming from the glass. From the bottle, there’s a good lemon essence in the nose, at least as strong as the hop component and very refreshing.

Taste (4.5): The rye is noticeable on the palate, leaving a nice, rye bread spiciness to play with the hop profile, which comes off more resinous and dank in terms of flavor, but finishing with a strong pink grapefruit / citrus pith bitterness. The lemon verbena is half-citrusy, half-herbal in character and interestingly, kind of melds into that nice, dank character—very nice touch. The malt body, meanwhile, is well put-together: a bit of caramel sweetness, mixing with moderate-to-strong toasty and spicy notes, it’s got enough going on to hold its own, but doesn’t distract from the hops and adjuncts in this brew, either. Well-balanced. Finally, the alcohol heat is there, but it’s easy to miss because it folds into the bitter hop finish and resinous character so well—which is key for a hop-forward beer this big. As it warms, the lemony character, malt sweetness, and alcohol vapor all become more pronounced, but it makes for a nice effect, like boozy lemon icing.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft, lush carbonation that never gets prickly or sharp; the body is on the full side of medium-bodied, and very oily—really, really nice mouthfeel. The finish is on the dry side and just slightly chalky, but nice.

Overall (4.5): This is a really well put-together DIPA, with a great use of adjuncts. The rye malt is perfectly balanced, which is uncommon for a lot of beers featuring rye in my experience, and it’s full-flavored but not overdone in any respect. The lemon verbena is a really nice complement to the rye and hops both, and the ABV is well-hidden—just a really, really well-made beer all around. Great brew! (2,496 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my oversized wine glass. This beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, but mostly clear medium to dark amber/copper color. The creamy looking off-white head is about an inch thick when poured before settling to a nice thick surface coating with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Very nice lacing! Aromas of caramel and rye malt are noticeably present and gives way to citrus, earthy hops with hints of lemon. Flavor wise this beer is certainly complex, with the lemony citrus, earthy hop presence that gives way to sweet, biscuity caramel malt that is rounded out with a nice touch of rye. The hops aren't really very bitter at all here, which I guess I initially found to be odd being that this is a double IPA from Stone. But I like the fact that this is a unique take on a double IPA. Has a crisp, yet smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer like this should be! Another excellent beer from Stone!

Eric (1,013 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden copper collar with a three finger head that is white and leaves above average lacing. It is also transparent with average amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Beautiful looking.

S - It is all hops (citrus kind) on this one right up front. After that I get a lot of lemon in the nose with some spicy undertones as well. This is a really aromatic beer, nothing hidden hear.

T - Wow this one has a lot going on in it. I get the bitter bite up front and last throughout with a lemon in your face taste. I also pick up the spiciness the rye adds to this one. The aftertaste of the lemon/ citrus hops seems to last forevvveerr, with the two fighting each other for dominance. This beer punishes your taste buds with every sip.

M - The feel of this beer is really full and smooth thanks to the nice amount of Rye. My mouth does however feel like it is under attack from the strong bitterness of this brew.

O - I think this beer is really pleasant to my tastes..I admit it, I am a hop head and love anything hoppy; although this brew has a lot of other great features. It has a smooth thick mouth on it along with all the different complexity. I believe this is a truly great brew every hop head will love if they enjoy a little lemon in their drink. If so try this, Cheers! (1,311 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, effervescent body topped with 1F of off white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas are rich and sweet. Brown sugar first, as the hops have faded a bit. Pine and pineapple are the most prominent hop qualities, in true West coast fashion.

Flavors contain a good amount of good, spiced qualities. Tropical fruit is the most prominent, with a faint lemon finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is the winner here - 5, IMO. rich and smooth as hell, with just a touch of carbonation to cut the heat of the 10%.

Surprised by the low scores - haven't read the other reviews, but I definitely enjoyed this one. (605 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away! (505 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I cannot find a single fault with the appearance of this beer. Beautiful amber-brown in color with a solid head that refuses to go away.

Smell: Everything you expect from the aroma of an IPA with well balanced blasts of lemongrass, citrus, and spice. Very inviting.

Taste: Very unique flavor. Strong hop flavor of course but within the taste is what the aroma promised; lemongrass, citrus, and spice. On top of that, there is a certain baked bread flavor that I cannot quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Great balance of body to the flavor. Just the right amount of carbonation to the body. Well done.

Overall: I'm a big fan of this beer by Stone and of Stone in general. They never cease to impress me. (720 characters)

Photo of bstave
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into retro Olympia glass.

This pores a transparent golden with a half finger white head. Nice lacing too. Smell is citrusy and pine with the lemon shining through. Not as big of a hop blast in the nose as I was expecting even after letting it warm up. Taste is awesome with big bittering hops that bring a big citrus and pine punch. The lemon is big too. Mouthfeel is spot on and alcohol isn't too overwhelming. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was big on citrus with the lemon melding really nicely with the hops. Seek out this limited release. (573 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden, copperish, with a slightly tan head.

S: Hopped to high hell, mostly floral, but some orange citrus as well.

T: Extremely hop forward flavors, citric and floral, as if made of hops that were pulverized to liquid form.

M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Not the best stone beer, but better than many of their standards. (362 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of off-white head. Nice lacing left behind as I sip.

S - The smell is of juicy lemons and citrusy hops. Mouth watering.

T/M - More lemon in the flavor than the nose leads onto. Slightly piney in the middle of the taste. Great bitterness in this one, with a residual hoppy aftertaste. Medium slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O - I don't think I've ever had a bad IPA from Stone, and this one's no different. I love their straight forward, bold approach to their IPAs. Their 16th Anniversary is everything that it claims to be; a bold DIPA with lemon. Great brew, cheers! (664 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice laicing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts with a touch of booze.

T - Starts out with some lightly tart lemon with grapefruit and other citrus hops, some bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more bitterness come through alongside some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and pine hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile with the lemon adding some great flavor to compliment. Great overall balance. (878 characters)

Photo of mwrecording
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was SO excited to get this all the way in MD the week or two after it was released. This is an AMAZING DIPA. May be the best one I've ever had...

Appearance: A really pretty dark gold, thick yet small head that fades real quick

Smell: Citrus, bubble gum, pepper/rye, floral notes with a touch of booze on the nose. Wondeful.

Taste: Wow, wow, wow. A lot going on and a lot working amazingly well together. Lemon zest is pretty forward with a nice blast of hops surprisingly in the backround. The rye is there but its just a touch, really as much as I'd want it to be an any of my beers - especially the DIPA's

Mouthfeel: light carbonation with a really sticky off-dry sort of finish.

Overall: Thoroughly impressed, I didn't get to try the 10th anny Ruination unfortunately but this easily makes up for it. I've got 2 more bottles of this and will make an effort to snag another from my shop. This is one of the better beers and DIPA's I've had in my young BA life. Drank a Pliny last night and while I'm never been too huge on Pliny, this simply puts it to shame for me. This is an amazing beer...try hard to get it. (1,122 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I looked up lemon verbena, and I found out about this new herb offering a lemon presence from brush.

I poured this into a open mouth, IPA designed glass from DFH. The coloring is darker orange, and I get about two fingers of head on top. This foam leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass.

Off the top I get some really good citrus presence. I like the lemon from the oil and verbena. This plays off well with the grapefruit from the generous hops.

The flavor is a little different than your typical IPA. I like how the lemony plays in this. The balance is still really good.

The oily feel to this beer works really works well across the pallatte.

Overall this is another great anniversary beer by Stone. I'd tell you to get it, but this should be sold out by now. (779 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.- Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace other glass.

S - Lemon and juniper notes with some of the promised rye spiciness.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with spicy notes. Lots of bitter slices in the middle with notes of juniper, lemon pith, and pepper. Finishes with lemongrass, juniper, clove, and lingering grapefruit.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a very different take on a DIPA. The hops are distinctly gin like in both flavor and aroma and the citrus pith bitterness adds to this perception. I like this one quite a lot, though I can imagine that it might not be something everyone would enjoy. (766 characters)

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Dated August 2012.

A-Deep red copper with one finger of quickly disappearing head

S-Smells of crisp pine and rye with a background of malt and citrus notes. Almost can smell fresh cut grass.

T-Tastes like it smells. Hits your taste buds with malt and citrus and leaves the crisp pine on your tongue.

M-Light body with some frothy texture

O-Great beer. Really refreshing with no alcohol bite. another flavor stands out with every drink. (468 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off white head, moderate retention. Soapy, sticky lacing. Light amber in color, high clarity. Aroma is very unique. Yes, its lemony. Sweet, sugary lemons. Kinda delicious smelling. Taste is mild, not overly hoppy, touch of lemons, low alcohol, mild malt sweetness. I suppose the most impressive part of this brew is that Stone has removed ALL of the alcohol taste with these unique flavors and made the beer dangerously drinkable in the process. (496 characters)

Photo of theycallmedugan
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Just like most people who have reviewed this, I believe temperature does play a big roll in this beer. If you like citrus being the main component, then drink it cold, you like rye and spice more, warmer is when you wanna drink this beer. If you're like me though and like beers that have layer, that change during the time you're drinking it, start with it cold and drink the last of it warm. I'm a huge fan of this beer, way to go Stone! (442 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is typical of a craft double IPA. Amber colored with hints of red when held to the light. The head is excellent. A very light, off white, that has nice legs.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, and hints of lemon.

Taste is great. Comparable to the DFH Hellhound mentioned below but I like this lemon better. It is a featured flavor as opposed to a nice finish. The hop and malt balance is solid here. A surprise from Stone who usually beats you senseless with hops. Finish is clean and avoids the over-pine ending to other DIPAs from Stone. Would purchase again.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean. (634 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Hoppy, pine, tropical fruits, citrus, rye, lemon, toasted malts, smells great.

T- Hoppy, pine, resin, citrus, lemon, spicy rye in the finish, nice malt backbone. Very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body, kind of creamy.

O- A great beer that I will definitely be stocking up on. Love the rye and lemon combo. 10% ABV is unnoticeable. (423 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Looks like a pretty typical double IPA, with nice golden color.

I enjoyed the unusual aroma of this beer. Obviously lemony, but also floral and spicy. Different than the typical west coast grapefruit, etc. type. The flavor is also interesting, and nicely balanced, I thought. Very hoppy and lemony in flavor, still spicy and floral. The bit of rye in the grain bill is nicely subtle. It contributes to give the beer an almost spice-cookie malt character. Very creative and well executed. Mouthfeel is suitably carbonated and not too syrupy.

Overall, I really liked this beer and I appreciated the unique character it brings to the double IPA scene, while still being pretty balanced and drinkable. (734 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here.

Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass.

Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Was excited to try this beer and wasn’t disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters. (808 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.

Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)

Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride. (746 characters)

Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This has a gorgeous pour, a brilliant orange-red body crested with three fingers of head. The aroma is intensely hoppy and lemony, with a hint of rye malts. The taste is interesting and ultimately very good. It doesn't have much in the way of subtleness, this one hits you right away with all it's got - Lemon, rye, tropical and floral hops, and a touch of booziness. Spice and floral aspects are the name of the game. The hops are very complex here, there's a lot of different hop flavor. The mouthfeel feels a little light and slick to me, but the drinkability is great. Another excellent anniversary beer from Stone. (669 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber with a nice 2finger head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S: Lots of citrus (grapefruit), some pine/resin a hint of malt and some funk or spice peaking in.

T: Sweet malts, huge hop bitterness with some pine/resin followed by a spice and lemon/citrus finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, excellent and complex brew. Stone doesn't hold anything back. (430 characters)

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