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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,368 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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:
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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smlmeyer

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5%

01-05-2013 20:51:12 | More by smlmeyer
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andthevolcano

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2013 04:02:40 | More by andthevolcano
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doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

01-05-2013 02:55:09 | More by doughanson78
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-04-2013 05:30:39 | More by schopenhauerale
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bbrown12

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-04-2013 00:21:15 | More by bbrown12
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

(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.

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-02-2013 18:12:52 | More by Charlie_Hoss
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-02-2013 18:08:36 | More by LiquorsInc
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Gravelost


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-02-2013 04:13:02 | More by Gravelost
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davelag

California

4/5  rDev +5%

01-02-2013 00:56:41 | More by davelag
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-31-2012 03:25:54 | More by ek_ek
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Fresh

California

4/5  rDev +5%

12-30-2012 21:38:29 | More by Fresh
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-30-2012 03:34:19 | More by CBodamer
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ZRT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-29-2012 12:19:17 | More by ZRT
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-29-2012 09:54:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-28-2012 17:35:50 | More by imthaschmidt
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2012 03:14:01 | More by zapahoppa
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-28-2012 02:03:59 | More by StefanosG
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2012 20:04:14 | More by jmathis
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Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-26-2012 21:09:36 | More by Jason1010
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.