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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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts. It slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: lemon, earthy hops, and some caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon, spicy rye, earthy hop bitterness, and a mild fruitiness creates a well balanced flavors. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. There is a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: a slower sipping big DIPA that has a nice spicy and earthy flavor. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:16:17 | More by Gavage
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light copper body with a matrix of microbubbles supporting a sticky beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The woody rye note has some green lemon hops that finish the aroma. There is some caramel malt notes that come thru as the beer opens.

T- A mellow green hops flavor has dark juicy and woody qualities to it with some rye and dry toasted malt leading to a dry spice finish. There is a caramel malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. The aftertaste has a touch of sweetness with woody lemon hops flavor lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of malts, hops and lemon herbs that surprisingly work well together. The hops are not huge and they let the other flavors come through nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:14:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. An average pour yielded me a half glass of rocky, tan head that clung to the sides.

S - There is a lot of citrus. I immediately notice the lemon, but there is also a strong grapefruit presence. Once the head subsides, I get more of a caramel malt aroma.

T - I notice a lot of caramel malt in the taste. The lemon is muted, and the finish is Stone's typical hop bitterness with a kiss of rye.

M - It's thick for an IPA.

O - I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for some more lemon flavor. Instead I got a typical Stone hop bomb. If you are a fan of Stone you would like this beer. I prefer the mid-west IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 20:16:55 | More by buschbeer
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date says August 2012 printed on the side in cadmium ink.

A - Nice standard orange IPA looking appearance. Typical stuff. Non-aggressive pour yields virtually no head.

S - I can smell this beer from a distance. Very strong scent of a grapefruit citrus hop assault.

T - Bitter and hoppy. There is a vague hint of spiciness, and a nice hot alcohol burn in the finish. The lemon slowly creeps out as you sip on this beer, but for me it's not very distinct in the sense that the Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale was. Although, I think it's good, there is more citrus alcohol burn than there is genuine lemon flavor.

M - Sticky, bitter, hot, hoppy, tangy, citrus mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer feels good, but I feel like it is missing some floral aspects to tone it down a bit and make it not so spicy. However, it was a very good brew and I recommend picking it up before it disappears.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA --- 4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 09:54:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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MaineBrewing

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into pint glass a light copper color with slight haze, nice creamy two finger head.

S - nose is dominated by citrus and orange hop character. Bright and floral, almost like potpourri our cleaning supplies.

T - first thoughts very herbal almost mint character, spicey. A very sweet caramel malt is there but plays a secondary role to the fruity almost juice like grapefruit and orange flavor. Hop bitterness doesn't quell the over the top sweet and citrus character. This is an extremely unique flavor, but it does wear on me with the mint character and cloying sweetness.

M - thick and syrupy, sticky, slow sipping, light carbonation.

Overall - mixed emotions... I wasn't blown away but it's certainly unique. I think it's a great beer but I find the herbal flavor weird. Too sweet and not enough bitter for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:59:54 | More by MaineBrewing
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this fresh on September 3 before leaving the country and had to get a IPA in my system beforehand.

Poured into a tulip producing a great looking beer with a semi-transparent effervescent deep orange body and a voluminous slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly.

The lemon smell seems to hit juts a bit more above the sweet peach, grapefruit, and mango. Slight bit of spicy rye characteristic. Kind of melds with the lemon and isn't there too much.

The interplay between the lemon and malts in this beer is great to me. The lemon is prominent and pops out again over everything for a second. Sweet caramel and bready maltiness is there. The rye malt provides a nice little spice. The great hop aromas seem a little muddled in the taste. There is mostly juts grapefruit underneath the lemon.

The body is medium. The beer goes down smooth with a slight oiliness. After the initial pour the carbonation settled nicely.

The added lemon character seems a touch too much and overpowers some of the aspects of the beer which is unfortunate but makes for an interesting drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:01:11 | More by MattSweatshirt
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours out a hazy yellow red color with a big white head. Bubbles aerate the beer and hold up the head, which laces nicely.

S: The aroma is full of lemon and orange. The piny hops I had hoped to experience aren't there. The fruits almost make this smell like cleaner and need the other hop aromas for balance.

T: The taste has more of a balance, luckily. The lemons and orange are back, but this time they're paired with some pine. The orange is stronger than the lemon, but the hops still aren't strong enough to make this something I'd consider drinking again. It's just too much lemon for me. The booze comes out at the end, which really doesn't help.

MF: The body is light and full of carbonation. The booze at the end negatively impacts the nice hop finish that I considered one of the only plusses of the beer.

O: I haven't been all that impressed with the Stone Anniversary series, and this is another example of that. The lemon was just too much, perhaps it wasn't fresh enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:56:39 | More by russwbeck
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MtnBiker

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance with a deep orange color and a nice thick white head. Some thin spotty lacing down the glass. Smells of a lemon and pine. Tastes of a lemony, hoppy bomb, with a definite strong malt backbone. After that you get an herbal aftertaste that is pretty good in my book.

Overall, I liked this beer just to try it because I can not get it in my state. The lemon verbena flavor is outstanding and if you don't like this beer, keep it for a chicken marinade. I think it would be outstanding for that use.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:51:39 | More by MtnBiker
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:46:27 | More by ToddT
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to orange body with dark golden hues beneath the creamy white head which is quite slow to dissipate waving a scattered sticky lacing.

Citrus and grass hop aromas float from the glass with generous sweet malt balance.

Flavors of zest citrus hops of lemon, woody pine and spicy rye are all present accompanied by generous sweet malt.

Medium in body and carbonation with a drying and puckering finish.

Not a bad beer, perhaps not the big hop profile Stone has gotten us accustomed to as it seems to have a generous amount of malts. This beer is as advertised with its lemon zest and subtle rye spice.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:35:59 | More by CHADMC3
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

LOOK: Orange colored brew, with good clarity. Soapy foam lasts the duration and leaves good lace. Looks like an oily, sticky IpA.

SMELL: Citrus, typically lemon and grapefruit and some pineapple notes. Pine, grass and honey round things out.

TASTE: Herbal tones are strong from lemon verbena. Oily hops and lemon influences are also well pronounced. Decent balance of sweetness, herbal qualities and bitterness. The alcohol is not very apparent in the taste.

FEEL: Full bodied, crisp carbonation. Flavor of hop, lemon and herb linger.

OVERALL: As solid as ever, stone creates another hop monster.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:30:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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hoody711

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to pick it up. Cant be terrible right? I try not to read the other reviews prior to writing mine, lest I get caught up in the bias, but I was surprised by the number rating. I'm reviewing the 2nd half of the bottle.

A - into a tulip. It's a beautiful beer. Hazy, sunset indian red/orange. The head is off-white/ivory, the head is about 2 fingers, and the lacing is great.

S - malty backbone with a little hops, a little lemon, and maybe verbana? I don't know what verbana is, but maybe it's this. Maybe this reminds me of Hercules, but maybe I'm way off. I'll pop one of those after this, then edit this review if necessary. For 10%, I smell very little booze. There's a little there, and it fits very nicely.

T - malty and sweet, then a the slightly muted hoppy bitterness. Citrus and good. A little alcohol burn on the way out. It's good.

M - for a big burly beer, it's surprisingly clean and crisp. That, or my tastebuds are scorched off. But seriously, it's not as heavy on the palate as I would expect. There's a somewhat unpleasant tang at the base of the tongue on the way out. The alcohol warmth is nice.

O - in summary, a beautiful looking beer that smells good, but maybe not for a DIPA. Too much malt spine. The taste is similar - for a DIPA, I'd like less malt, but it's still a good beer. The mouthfeel is nice, but nothing special. I'm glad I bought it. Not Stone's best, but good. I assume my rating will be about 9% higher than the average.

Edit: only 2% higher than the average. Meh. Maybe bias.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:36:51 | More by hoody711
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colts9016

Idaho

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A three finger monster head that has great retention. The head is ivory in color that is creamy and foam that left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper color with red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: A very strong lemon, verbena and grapefruit aroma with a subtle hop profile in the background. The malt aroma is caramel, toast, and biscuit,

Taste: A nice lemon, verbena, and grapefruit, flavor. The hops is muted compared to the nose. The malt is more prominent with caramel, toast, and biscuit,

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, creamy, and slightly warm

The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. Well I was starting to like the appearance and the Nose; however, the rest of the beer let me down. I know stone beer and this one is sub par compared to the rest of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 04:08:33 | More by colts9016
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nickfl

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 06:32:24 | More by nickfl
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sevenarts

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden orange with a moderate white head and just a touch of lacing bubbles left behind as it recedes.

S: Lemon, plus lots of grassy, piney, citrusy hops. Very distinctive, a bit astringent.

T/M: Bitter piney hops explode as soon as this one touches the tongue. This is quickly followed by bittersweet lemon, a touch of sweet malts, and then more hops. Really sharp, interesting flavor profile, with a bit of spiciness mixed in with the strong hops and lemon. Creamy and full-bodied.

O: A really interesting and different take on a DIPA that's as hoppy and strong as Stone's usual offerings but goes in a totally unique direction with it. And for such a high-ABV beer it hides its alcohol almost completely, and goes down really easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:14:46 | More by sevenarts
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't find any bottles of this in the Albany area. Stumbled across the last bottle on the shelf at Monarch Beverage in Long Beach on the day after Thanksgiving (11/23/12). Consumed on 11/24/12.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a solid 1+ finger off-white head. Some splotches of lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Very nice nose that reminds me (from a long-ago memory, of course) of Stone 10th Anniversary, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. Chock full of citrus - heavy on the grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and lemon, but also a nice sweet malt foundation (toffee).

T: Pretty much follows the nose - toffee and caramel malt sweetness are then knocked back a bit by grapefruit and lemon peel. Alcohol heat is felt in the belly; there's also a spicy presence at the back end of the palate, which I attribute to the rye (spicy burps also remind me of rye for some reason). Lingering somewhat harsh lemony bitterness well into the aftertaste.

M: Pretty much full-bodied. Slightly gritty feel to it at times.

O: This is good stuff. I see a lot of negativity over this beer, but maybe the extra time it took for me to come across it (the bottle has an "August 2012" date on it and the words "Drink Fresh") has helped. It really does recall the Stone 10th Anniversary beer, but with a big dose of lemon peel at the back end and more noticeable alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:13:16 | More by Kendo
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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honied apricot colored with an eggshell colored frothy head that recedes a bit, but leaves a firm cap. Legs of lace reach up the sides of the glass as it's drained. Inviting aroma of sweetish malt, citrus, and honey. Rich flavors of big fat malt, citrus, brown sugar, and some alcoholic sweetness. Firm bitterness offsetting the malty sweetness. Full and creamy mouthfeel, slight warming of the cheeks. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:39:59 | More by far333
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:59:17 | More by BeerImmediately
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle picked up in Atlanta Sep 2012. Happy Anniversary Stone!

A - An orange amber, no clarity , 1 finger of head, and a tiny amount of head left on the sides of the glass

S - Hops times 2! Very hoppy. Lemon, Spices. Alcohol

T - DIPA with herbs and spices. Taste like a DIPA dragged through the garden. Smooth, well balanced

M - Light bodied, but highly carbonated.

O - A good anniversary beer for Stone, Happy birthday stone! Howeverk, judging by the lines today at WMT, the stock looks good.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:37:34 | More by BeerDawgs
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qthompso

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:06:53 | More by qthompso
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arizcards

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine last week for $5.99. Bottled in August 2012.

Beer poured a golden orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is lemon and herbal.

Taste is tea and lemon forward. Pine resins leave a slick on the palate. Alcohol is warming throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very satisfying.

Overall this is not a bad brew but not my cup of tea. Stone verticals and anniversary brews tend to be hit and miss, Not sure i would seek this out again before it goes away.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 23:33:38 | More by arizcards
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DannyHartman


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

As I pour a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice and thick 2+ inch head appears atop a beautiful hazy copper/dark orangish brew.... The beer has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

I take a whiff, and upfront, I get sweet bready malts.... It has only a little bit of a hoppy smell (which I wouldn't expect from a "DIPA"), and the slightest citrus notes.... That surprises me since this is supposed to be a "lemony" brew.

While tasting, it's definitely hoppy and bitter.... Delicious.... Also, I taste bready malts.... The citrus is more relevant in the taste.... Funny thing is that it's mostly grapefruit, though.... There is a bit of lemon as well.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew with medium carbonation, though it's the perfect amount of carbonation.... A bit oily with a boozy aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer.... I like the taste of it more so than the regular Stone IPA, but it's certainly not as hoppy tasting.... That's weird being that this is a "DIPA", but like I say.... I think it's delicious, and it's an easy drink for being a 10% ABV.... I'm going to rank this a bit lower than the "regular" IPA due to expectations of an "Anniversary" brew.... That, and I believe that the regular Stone IPA ranks up there with the best of "regular" IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 22:10:39 | More by DannyHartman
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ccrida

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I didn't notice the strength or brew date (Aug 2012) when I grabbed this, warm, off the shelf at local market (new seasons, small, high craft turn-over). The ABV suprised me when I read it after drinking a few ounces before starting this review. The age not so much....
Appearance is pale bronze. The huge head on this sucker is really dense and fluffy, lots of thick clingy white foam.

Smell is herbal, mint green tea. The lemon (verbana?) gains pungency as it warms. But more so, the band-aide.

Taste is a little on the oxidized side, this really has a strong hrebal lemon / mint tea vibe. It's clean though regarding the blistering ABV, and from the consideration of an herbal beer, it's not bad at all, a fine pairing with a nice rich, hot panang curry. I like the little spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's just not at all what I expected. But, I didn't read the date on this, and frankly, it's aged seemingly well.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 08:32:03 | More by ccrida
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minterro

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Beeravocate for shutting down and login me off again while I review. This has happened numerous times and I don't understand why it cant be fixed. But yeah thanks! Because of this my rating is going to be a brief recap.

Bought at Horrocks in Lansing MI, price about $8

Very strong tart lemon smell upon first opening fade to a more tropical smell with hints of bitterness. Color is a transparent orange. Head is a off white and creamy and sustains at a steady layer and provides adequate lacing.

Upfront and especially when cold this beer seems very spicy. I'm getting the majority of the taste coming from the back end. This is where you get the 10% ABV that this beer has. I'm also getting much more lemon and other tropical tones. There is also this background spiciness that can be described best as peppery. Taste a bit too similar to double bastard if you ask me. Unreal smoothness, pretty thick, and low-ish carbonation. I wish I knew how they did this so I could make my home-brews have this quality mouthfeel.

Overall: it has lived up to my high expectation for it. Worth the price. Another great brew out of Stone.

Thank you again ba for wreaking this rating.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 03:45:53 | More by minterro
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Hunter

Arizona

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy, golden ale. Reasonably thick head of white that manages to linger much longer than expected.

Smell: Hops predominate. Beneath that, light notes of citrus.

Taste: Bitter hops, lemon...and that's it. Some whisper of malt in the aftertaste, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Bracing, astringent, scouring, watery. Pretty much what you expect of Stone's IPAs, only so much of it it's borderline unpleasant.

Overall: It's not a bad ale, but the Stone gimmick of loading up on hops feels a little thin these days. I like IPAs, but there's a difference between one of high quality, and one that simply tried to outmuscle all others in the hoppiness. Drinkable, not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:54:03 | More by Hunter
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.