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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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Reviews: 392 | Hads: 1,389
Photo of colforbin73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am reserving ultimate judgement on this brew. i bought 2 and will just save one. this is VERY bitter and has a medicinal peppery bite that is more DFH than STONE.

the pour is very good, nice clear dark golden brew with a consistent foam cap. the aroma, like the taste, is totally reliant on the temperature -- this beer is not done. it's better VERY COLD. closer to room temp you get too many spices and off flavors. the aroma cold is more hoppy, but as it warms the medicinal creeps in.

the taste follows suit -- go cold OR put some age on this beer. i am getting killed by CARDAMOM here.... i like the malts and overall sturdiness of this beer, but the spice is too much. very bitter, palate wrecked. i can report no more at this time.

the booze was masked by spice. AGE THIS BEER FOR SIX MONTHS. AT LEAST.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper with a three finger off-white head that leaves good clumpy walls of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, lemon, apricot, some fruity hops, a bit of pine, grass, can pick up the rye and some caramel malt, bread, toffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon, citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, strong malt backbone of caramel and rye, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, strong alcohol bite on the finish. Pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.

This is one big beer. Bigger than I prefer my Double IPAs, bordering more on the American Strong Ale or even Barleywine style. Good, but far from my favorite Anniversary brew from Stone.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured goldish orange, A tyical IPA/DIPA look.

Smelled of hops in a big way. Grassy and floral. Some citrus popped out as well. As many others have mentions, the citrus was close to a lemon smell. It wasn't really that appealing as a smell, a bit to big, and if the nose were the flavor I would call in unbalanced.

The taste was goood. It had a citrus flavor, but the alcohol and the malt backbone did a good job of balancing the flavor. I thought the flavor made this 10% abv very drinkable. A bit much on the citrus flavors, but it did a good job in balancing some of the more mudane flavors.

Medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not thin, not thick, just right on a DIPA.

This beer will get you drunk, plain and simple. It's easy to drink, it has a high ABV, and it tastes pretty good. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try this on draft, but it isn't one of the best examples of the style. I think Stone had big dreams for this beverage and they fell just a bit short, but it was still a high quality drink and one that I would certainly drink again if I found it on tap.

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Photo of uustal
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mid-orange with a nice lacing, bright white head. Herbal aroma. Lemons, spice, hints of grapefruit and a bit of rye. Sweet, herbal flavor profile to begin. Really slight lemon notes, before a spicy, bitter pine and rye finish. Interesting flavor combinations, but doesn't seem to work all that well together. Flavors mesh to form what seems like an old IPA taste, even though this one is very fresh.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, pours a deep copper color with a full beige head that holds good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are somewhat odd with lemon rind, pine, earthy and spicy from the rye. Tastes are dank, oily hops, lemon, caramel, rye, earthy, almost reminiscent of pinesol, alcohol is well concealed however (I was surprised to see 10% as I was half-way through the bottle). Mouth-feel is medium bodied, resiny, and sticky on the palate, while finishing semi-dry. Overall, I was a a little disappointed in this one. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting for an anniversary IPA from Stone.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. August 2012. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper color with a two finger slight off white frothy head. Long retention and amazing lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lemony citrus and pine cones. Just hops.

Taste: Big ol' lemony citrus blast with some pine resin notes that are sure to let you know this one is hopped up. Some sweet malt backs it up a bit but i think there is just too much lemon for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering bitterness but so does that lemon and I'm not so sure I'm digging on that.

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Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Volatile herbs are intense and lemony, but also quite green. After lemon comes mint, then something more savory like thyme (in order of intensity.) Malt is extremely nuanced--just a bit of bread and caramel--and hops are practically unidentifiable. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with immediate aromatic flavors of medicinal mint, artificial citronella, and other spicy herbs. Acidity is mild into the middle where the early herbaceous flavors persist and even become more intense. Bitterness is strong, yet easily overcome by other flavors. There is an overall aura of hops--Centennial or Columbus, perhaps--but just like in the smell, there is no instance where they define the sensory profile. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Very experimental, which is wonderful because there has never been another beer like it, but not as fine of an example as the Stone anniversary beers from the last few years. Its qualities are interesting yet cloying, reminiscent of fresh Saison du Buff in the very in-your-face way they are presented. Still, if a brewer is going to produce a one-off beer--an IPA in particular--it should be memorable, which this one is.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus; sweet grapefruit, subtle pine and a touch of mild lemon sitting beneath.

Taste - Strongly herbal with big notes of lemon and pine. Sweet malt undertones. Hints of grapefruit pith. Sharp hop bitterness on the back end, eats away at the palate well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with silky carbonation. Goes down smooth despite the ABV and the aggressive flavor.

Overall - A well crafted brew, but I'm not sold on the strong herbal character. Reminiscent of their collab beer Saison du BUFF, only with a serious bump in citrus hoppage. Does well to hide the hefty 10% ABV; easier to drink than it should be.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a finger of loose off white foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin collar after a while, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing.

Nose is grapefruit and citrus peel, herbal bitterness, caramel sweetness and a boozy fruity ester.

Citrus and herbal hop bitterness upfront, continuing to lighter floral and citrus peel fruitiness. A bit of caramel malt but the hop dominates. Very dry finish, with long lingering citrus pith bitterness and a boozy warmth.

Medium body, mildly carbonated, but relatively easy to drink. The abv is fairly prevalent in aroma but not too bad while drinking it. Though by the end of the bomber, you will definitely see that it's a high abv dipa.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber I picked up from Jungle Jim's for $7.99.

Pours a reddish amber Colorado with a dark golden hue. Lacing is solid and follows down the glass. Very prominent head that is bright white.

Smells really good and unlike the average DIPA. Definitely a lemon zest is present along with a strong spicey rye blazing through my nostrils. Smells very hoppy but not the usual tropical Ipa.

Well....its not necessarily hot, but the taste of lemon vodka is pretty evident(especially warm). While not what I hoping for, its still pretty good. Aside from that, it has a nice rye flavor with a spicey hop kick.

Mouthfeel is moderate and on par with DIPA's. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall I'm not as pleased as I hoped to be. Still have to give props to Stone for coming up with a different beer that is not the normal DIPA. The 15TH Anniversary is still my favorite.

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Photo of ToddT
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy amber color, topped with a thick off white head. The head fall slowly to a cap and leaves a lot of thick lace rings on the glass.

S- Mild citrus and fresh cut grass slight notes of malt to balance things out.

T- Creamy smooth note of hops that builds to a herbal climax, unusual not unpleasant, but unexpected. Malt balances thing out and leads to the finish with has a slightly puckering tart dry final note of hops. Slight heat of alcohol at the finish too, other wise it is well hidden.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, smooth and creamy as well, finish is pretty clean there is a bit of hop oil residue but it isn't distracting from the enjoyment of this one.

O- Nice effort but nothing outstanding here the 10% ABV is well hidden and for an IPA is is a pretty easy drinker, just nothing special.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice biege head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty herbal and spices starting off. Lemon is here for sure. A bit of rye and bready malts.

T- Just like the nose more spices here than I expected. Lemon again is pretty strong. A good amount of bitterness.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad. Very different.

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Photo of qthompso
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Summit EPA glass. Pours a nice orangey hay color. A solid two fingers of cream head that laces quite a bit.

The nose is all lemon. It smells a bit like a household cleaner. Not bad by any means but not what I was expecting... yes, I know it's brewed with lemon verbena and lemon oil.

Interesting taste. Plenty of lemon! It's not pure lemon, though. I'm getting plenty of an herbal, tea-like taste as well. A unique taste, no doubt, as I would expect from Stone but this one is a bit too lemony for my liking.

Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and full bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, a very unique IPA. I appreciate the innovation that Stone brings to market but this one is a bit too artificial and lemony for me. I'm sure there are plenty that enjoy it but I can't get past thinking Lemon Pinesol.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Summer '12
Russian River

A: Pour out a nice copper orange color. Typical DIPA color. About a half a finger of bright white head. Leaving some lacing.

S: Definitely pulling some of that lemon verbena and floral notes. Some of that herbal medicinal hints. Smells very hop forward that is for sure.

T: Nice amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not Ruination aggressive or anything. Lots of lemon rind, or zest. Really interesting hop flavors. Not a ton of malts. The booze is there on the back end. Warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B

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Photo of kemoarps
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a beautiful looking beer. A rich amber, moderately opaque, nicotine white head (not meant to be disparaging, just the best description of the colour I can think of right now)

The nose is fairly weak. some vineous hops. little citrus

Taste is primarily bitter citrus hops, with a sweet malt backboard. Solid but not exceptional.

Dry bitter hops. Smoothe enough going down, but the back of the tongue just keeps going.

meh. it's ok, has its moments, but not exceptional

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16th Anniversary IPA opens with the massive, hoppy nose that Stone is known for, ripe with pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, with only slightly lesser rivers of pine resin, and supporting threads of lemon, eucalyptus, and, just at the edge, bitter dandelion stem. The lemon scent moves beyond just that which could be attributed to hops, however, as the addition of lemon verbena and lemon oil adds a nice lemongrass undertone (which, pessimistically, could be taken to resemble lemon Pledge). Orange, apricot, and brown sugar add fruitiness and body. There’s also a good layer of pepper and spice, like grains of paradise, as well as some remnants of toast crust and biscuit. But the aromas are mainly hops and lemon and, as a whole, are good. They are, however, somewhat lighter than expected, and could have used a bit more sugar to increase the nuance and complexity.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a massive lemon blast that is both citrus bitter and oily at the same time, the natural lemon from the hops mixing with oil, Lemonhead candy, and lemongrass flavor that does unfortunately carry a Pledge-like tone as it moves through the nostrils. Hops add further complexity, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, dandelion, mint, and hints of anise. There’s also a bit of orange and apricot, as well as toast crust. However, over half of the flavors are lemony, and the beer seems out of balance because of this. The lemon flavors last throughout the mouthful, and continue to dominate the aftertaste, with lingering touches of pepper and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I liked many of the more basic notes in here, and have a feeling that there’s a good IPA beneath all of the lemon verbena and lemon oil. However, these latter two ingredients are present in such quantity that they end up dominating the beer, mixing strangely with the hops to provide an oil slick lemon-and-pine slurry that does remind me slightly of furniture polish.

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Photo of atr2605
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice amber color with an off white sudsy head with great retention and clings to the glass
S-lemon definitely comes through but is not a cleaning product aroma, spiciness from the hops, citrus and tropical fruits
T-a bit muddy. There is the aspects of the lemon and citrus and mixes with the sweetness of the malts but comes across in one big blob. More lemon in the finish
M-medium-full, a bit thick for my taste
O-interesting and I like the lemon, I just felt as if the flavors weren't as precise as I thought they would be. The mouthfeel seemed dense even for the style. I can imagine this might get rough to drink if it warms up too much. overall not a bad beer

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber with a light beige cap, good head retention, chunky lacing. Aromas of lemony citrus, some zest and pith, herbal and earthy, with caramel and toasted malts. Bitterness threatened to overpower the flavour and alcohol was present throughout. Lemon and herbal hops, toasted and caramel sweetness, slight woodiness, higher alcohols. Lingering lemons, rye, and slight spice. Medium to full bodied with nicely integrated carbonation, alcohol warmth, slight dryness in the finish. Pretty good overall, but the flavour was a bit muddled by the bitterness and alcohol, making it difficult to fully enjoy the other flavours present.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange color with a large off-white head with decent retention. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Lots of lemon and pine, almost reminds me of lemon pine-sol. Some light citrus fruits, a little bit of spice, and faint alcohol. Overall there is a perfumy/soapy aroma that I don't really dig.

T: Interestingly, there is some candied sugar mixed in with lemon, lemon zest and a little bit of rye spice. On the finish there is a bit of grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The pine-sol aspect doesn't really do much for me.

O: Not bad, not really sure why they had to make the abv so high, I think at around 7% it would have been a little better.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly clear bright bronze with a tower of light tan head that wasn't going anywhere, some random lacing
S - strong notes of wood, caramel, and spices up front, more subtle citrus, and a piney scent that is just a little abrasive almost like a cleaning product scent
T - spices, grass, and pine to start, then a lemon & pine soapiness that comes across a little artificial, finishes with an earl grey tea type flavour
M - medium body with healthy carbonation, slightly oily with big hop bitterness, alcohol masked well but still warm through the finish
O - I think this is just a case of trying to squeeze too much into a brew and the result is something that isn't quite sure of itself, unfocussed, and thus not great, not bad but not great as I was expecting

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully with a clear, copper color, tiny bubbles swirling toward the surface. A two-finger, meringue head formed that several minutes later remains a solid coating over the beverage.

Smell is pretty nice; not of the pedigree that lulls me into a brief, dreamlike, interludial trip to hop heaven. But there are definite hints of the promised lemon, and fruity, tropical, and spicy-peppery notes jump out as well.

Lemon; spice; lingering bitterness and warmth mixed with lemon flavor turns metallic and somewhat astringent throughout a lengthy finish. The body is surprisingly lithe and nimble for a 10% brew. A round sweetness pervades mid-quaff, but fades quickly as the lemony tang and bitter hops take over.

Overall I appreciate the beer; it's good to taste the lemon with more traditional double IPA flavors. However, it's not a combination that would produce repeat purchases from me if it were a regular release.

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Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright and clear copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Aromas are of stinky resin, orange zest, and lemons.

Taste is definitely a bit different than your standard DIPA. Resiny, floral, lemon notes and with a sticky sweetness. Finish is bitter, with some orange, and hard candy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good body.

Overall, an interesting beer, maybe not really my cup of tea. Worth trying though because it's certainly unique.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a nice orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Leapord spotting of lacing remains on the glass.

S- Caramel, orange, pineapple, lemon, spices.

T- Seet caramel, orange, lemon and spices (can't pick out but spice is familiar), pine and more lemon zest.

M- Medium body and carbonation. REally nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Rye might play a role in creaminess.

O- Just a ok dipa to me. Lemon and spice is a bit much and detracts from the beer for me.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Served in Bailey's tulip.

A: Lightly rusted copper with an off-white/cream colored head that foams straight up from an aggressive pour. Looks pretty nice, I must say.

N: Well, it's an IPA. Shock coming from Stone, I know. Resinous pine, green peppercorn, earth, and some very light tropical fruit. However, the dominant flavor is the bitter hops. Slight hint of the lemon aspects, but they almost seem to come more from the hops.

T: More malt forward than I expected. There's a bit of lemon zest here, and more of the pine hoppiness. Has some pronounced medicinal qualities, as though I was going to rub this on my skin. Has a very woody quality, as well. Alcohol's well hidden for 10% though.

M: Probably the worst part of this. It's kind of oily and slick and it really coats the palate but it doesn't dry it out. I'm guessing that's lemon oil doing it.

O: Decent, I suppose. Drinkable and certainly worth a shot, but pretty much every DIPA I open from Stone, I want to be equivalent to their 10th Anniversary.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

This beer provides an amber color with reddish and orangish tones. Definitely thick as an quintessential IPA would be, and the alcohol leggings and low carbonation make it seem pensive, patient, and quite elegant in presentation. Slightly modest head, which is impressive considering its high ABV. If this was slightly more filtered, it would look just like many homemade brews that come one's way (although whether they're a comparable quality product is the question here...).

The aroma is definitely quite strong and diverse, and I'm immediately reminded that this is indeed a San Diego hoppy product. The Amarillo hops are extremely recognizable, and malty rye smell is predominantly featured. Not too tropical or lemony though... getting more orange and grapefruit aromas. No alcohol at all, no matter how much it warms up. Approach with caution.

Spiced rye and hop explosion! Add that to a dry and lemon finish, and you essentially have a bare description of what this beer tastes like. No alcohol present in the taste or finish, but sadly no tropical flavors to my liking. I definitely enjoy that the rye flavor is more subtle than expected, and the lemon, herby finish is really nice and smooth. In terms of body, it's a good take on the "classic" SD Imperial IPA - meaning that it's definitely more the type I like - but the flavors seem a bit conflicting at times, especially as it goes from overtly bitter to spicy to a little sour - but never sweet. The finish is fabulous, though, and makes it an overall easy beer to drink.

Nevertheless, while it still is a great product by Stone, I feel a little underwhelmed overall, despite the fact that the rye/lemon combo worked pretty well here. It's definitely not "tropical" enough, and the citrus flavors, while good, are slightly conflicting with the lemon sour and dryness. It makes a very good accompaniment with food - I drank this with fried tuna filet and spinach which were soaked in butter, fried garlic, and a dash of lemon. Alone however? A good beer, but perhaps not my personal favorite the sector of SD imperial IPAs. I always make question to support Stone, but they've definitely had more thrilling anniversary ales in the past.

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