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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

(view ratings)
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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:29:32 | More by jzeilinger
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harrymel

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this at the local rosauers. Pours copper and clear with a sheet of white foam. Smells medicinal with sweet lemons, orange peels, peppercorn, tea tree and just a hint of licorice at the end. Flavor is sweet with the lemon oil, alcohol, caramel and very little hops for the likes of stone. Medium bodied with moderate Carb and dry fimish. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:18:27 | More by harrymel
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CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured a clear light amber color from a 22 oz bottle (dated August 2012).
Nice foamy head, almost two-fingers, that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some really nice lace.
Aroma is predominantly of lemon oil. It is evident right from the moment the bottle is opened. In between the lemon notes, the malt notes come through. Lot of sweetness on the nose, perhaps almost pushing to an overpowering sensation. The lemon notes are pleasant, but the aroma is definitely one dimensional.
Taste is just hard to describe, in a good way that is. The amount of balance that Stone achieve in their beers is just beyond words. Easy to drink, perfectly balanced, easy to drink. So smooth, so flavorful and so damn good. There is lemon all through, right from the start to the finish. However, from the middle towards the finish the rye and hop bitterness come through. Just a perfectly delicious brew. Perfect on a hot summer day, even though it is 10% ABV.
Overall, this is another winner from Stone. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:39:34 | More by CaptDavyJones
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fmccormi

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:08:51 | More by fmccormi
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really was all I expected from stone! A lot of spice and lemon on the nose with a tab bit of warm alcohol and of course there is some rye in there. At 10% I feel that the ABV is hidden well.
On the tongue you'll get spice, lemon, a fruity malt character and a certain amount of sweetness that is not cloyingly so. Overall very nice. Like Ruination 10th this is a monster of a beer! Happy aniversary and thanks for the amazing brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 17:07:33 | More by Focusf111
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 00:54:18 | More by CloudStrife
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Brenden

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes found today...but how could I forget?

This beer, while a slight chill haze comes off the tap (?), is a bright coppery orange, seeming to lean toward neither end of the spectrum. A lightly orange-tinted head nearly reaches a solid finger and offers pretty good retention. It leaves lacing in moderation, mostly in patching with some spotting to follow.
There's a lot going on here. Stone tends to know what they're doing with making complex beers meld together and making lots of ingredients blend well, but this isn't one of their best examples by any stretch. The spicy rye clashes with the sweeter tropical fruits, though I think it's more the earthiness.There's lots of lemon and an herbal, leafy tea-like (English?) thing going on. It's better than average, probably only because it's Stone, but barely.
The flavor, though, includes all these elements but allows more soapiness to come out; there's just too much soap, perfume and chalkiness. Again, it's Stone, but I've never known them to make only a decent beer.
There's nothing wrong with the feel, really. It's definitely the best aspect of this brew. A nice body with ample carbonation makes for a soft flow with a crispness alongside.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 20:40:01 | More by Brenden
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beertunes

Washington

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive, lightly hazy, orange-gold color with over a half-inch of just off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma had a lot of citrus notes in the front, some soft malts underneath, and a slight bit of pine at the back. On the tongue, the bee was pretty similar, citrus and pine hops, maybe with a hint of floral too, and the flavors were nicely soft, not obnoxiously bold. The beer was surprisingly well balanced, not one of Stone's strong suits, and had a bit of a lingering bitter finish.

The body was fuller than typical, while being very smooth for the style, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, if I didn't have to go to work, I would have had a couple more. Overall, a very good beer. A must try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 18:51:20 | More by beertunes
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Brewed as a one time anniversary release in August 2012. Drink fresh? Whoops.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream-tone head of a crisp frothy consistency. Body color is a bold orange amber with high clarity aside from minute specks of sediment. Carbonation in this beer is almost nonexistent, but little relaxed bubbles inform me that it hasn't gone flat. Retention is average- the head settles quicker than expected for one of Stone's brews, but the surface cover is frothy and the lacing is thin and streaked. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Faint traces of verbena, a sprig of lemongrass, a mild grassy hop note and a sweet, clean pale malt base make for a straight forward aroma. Potency is very low, and warming does little to reveal the aroma better. This is surprisingly tepid for a DIPA on almost all accounts of malt and hop brilliance. What's here isn't offensive or out of balance, but it may leave a lot to be desired. 3.25

(Taste) Light tea-like pale malt body, lemongrass, mellow citrus and aggressive piney, mildly spicy hop bitterness with a lingering dry, resinous finish. The malt diversity and flavor is straight-up simple- just shy of absent, with the combined efforts of the hop bitterness and the lemongrass leading the flavor almost entirely. It goes for mild in flavor despite a strong bitter front, even though I would have suggested a slightly bolder malt profile to pair, the drinkability is high and the beer is simple, yet refreshing and bitter in that Stone-grade of expected bitterness intensity. It's not my favorite of the Stone Anniversary Ale series, but it's not too shabby for what it had going in. Probably not a winning recipe for many, but those who want a DIPA that drinks light yet packs a bitter punch (and alcohol boost), this may be your dead ringer. For the rest, you may find this a rather weak and unbalanced brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slickness is moderate, and carbonation is mildly airy. Balance is medium/sharp in regards to bitter over sweet. Body is light+ for the style and medium amongst all beer. A sneaky alcohol presence is medium/high, difficult to conceal behind the simplicity of the malts or lemongrass. It's especially well presented amongst the hop bitterness. The carbonation is decent in regards to exposing the simplicity of the recipe, but the malt body would be more enjoyable if it were a touch sweeter or more complex to better balance the beer out. 3.5

(Overall) I appreciated the simplicity of this beer, and the ingredients used to go with it, as few of them are used regularly in Double IPAs, let alone standard IPAs. The lemongrass led a subtle lemony character and paired with grassy and faint citrus hops, it starts light and drinkable, but ends in typical stone IPA fashion with an intense bitterness, seemingly magnified in intensity by the subtle qualities of the other ingredients. I didn't find the verbena all that well utilized in the flavor and also may have found the alcohol a bit unnecessarily high for this beer altogether. The malt base suggested a tea-like thinness and drinkability for the character- did it really need to be 10% with all the simplicity and drinkability enhanced? Not everybody is going to enjoy this DIPA, but only if you come up to the plate with the expectation that all DIPAs are bold, flavorful and exciting, only then may you be disappointed. Aside from the ABV, I'd sooner classify this a standard IPA. 3.5

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
3.45/5.00

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:27:30 | More by Jadjunk
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange, with a 2 inch head, and very good lacing.

Smells very lemony, with some honey, and spicy, piney hops.

The taste is similar. Less of a lemon presence in the flavor, but still there. A bit reminiscent of lemon pledge, but not in a bad way, necessarily. Some spicy hop flavors are reminiscent of rye, which makes sense given the rye additions, as well as the typical Stone pine/grapefruit bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness, might be because it's an older(ish) keg.

Starts sweet, but finishes very dry. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low.

An interesting take on the IPA- the lemon IPA, basically, and I thought it worked.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 01:13:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter glass

Appearance – Served an orange colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head was rather thin with it maintaining its composure for only a short time before fading to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweeter fruit smells of tropical fruits as well as a strong presence of some grapefruit and sweeter tangerine hop. Along with the citrus hop is a nice presence of a light pine and light floral hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some caramel and light fruit sweetness. There is a lighter citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front. While it is light initially the citrus get quite strong as the taste advances, bittering it quite a bit. More toward the end a pine taste enters the taste. This is accompanied by some caramel flavors which also come to the tongue more toward the end. These flavors all mingle quite well to give a pleasant hopped taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that was a bit below average. Both were quite nice for the hop flavors and bready flavors of the beer as they allowed all the hop tastes to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A rather tasty brew. Decently balanced for a stronger IPA. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:06:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 09:45:59 | More by HarrySTruman
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 06:12:35 | More by KickbacksSteve
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is amber in color with a creamy off-white head. Candied citrus on the nose. Fairly sweet with some toffee notes, light herbal and pine aromas, and a fairly woody character to it as well. The hop profile on the palate is quite herbal. A bit too sweet for my tastes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar on the tongue. Candied citrus/grapefruit peel, a touch of candied ginger, and a mild bitterness on the back end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:44:59 | More by womencantsail
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is amber in colour with a small white head. Retention is poor. Some lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy (how shocking), with orange scents. Also floral scents, and a surprising degree of spicy aromas. I didn't realize at the time of drinking this beer that there was rye in it, but I suppose that accounts for that. Certainly gave a twist to the DIPA scent- seemed like ginger to me.

Taste is somewhat unusual. Spicy malt flavours, lemon, citrus, caramel malt. The rye and lemon addition really dominate the attention of the beer, and make for a surprising flavour.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level.

Overall, a pretty unusual beer, but an experiment that did not totally work for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 02:04:05 | More by jrenihan
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a snifter

Pours a warm, darker orange color. There's a nice, soft eggshell colored head here that laces all pretty like around the glass. It's a good looking beer, for sure.

I appreciate what this beer is doing as far as originality, but the original aroma profile doesn't automatically make for a good aroma profile. This beer smells mostly of spicy, earthy notes. Not in a Saison way or anything. But in the way of green hop bitterness and spicy rye malt. There's a honeyed lemon aroma here, sorta' like a cough drop. A touch of citrus -- peach mostly -- but not as juicy as perhaps it should be. It doesn't smell like it has much depth.

16th Anniversary is unique. I can say that much. It tastes more like a mediocre cocktail than a beer. Let me explain. We've all been to a bar that purports to specialize in their signature cocktails, but their cocktails are just cool ingredients mixed together without a learned understanding of how to mix a balanced, expressive drink. That's what this beer tastes like. It tastes like peach soda pop, rye whiskey, and bitter herbs. Nothing comes together to make a cohesive flavor. Very peachy, but no hop depth beyond that. Just some slick bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I'd prefer in the style, It's not poor or distracting, just thick. Overall, this is a strange, unique take on the style. I don't think it works, ultimately, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 03:39:11 | More by Reaper16
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oline73

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Stub and Herb's while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour and leaves mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus and pine notes from the hops. There are also some citrus juice type notes as well. Rather sweet.

Taste: There is a ton of citrus in this beer. Reminds me of mandarine oranges. The pine hops and alcohol remind me a bit of floor cleaner. The finish has a weird bitterness to it. Can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really weird beer. The various flavors just didn't work together for me. I wasn't able to finish my pour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:48:38 | More by oline73
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper with a finger of fluffy head that retained rather well and left some intricate lace stickiness on the glass, Lemon nose, but there is also the presence of fresh hops, as well. The flavor throughout is certainly reminiscent of the West Coast IPA style, but it is not the most bitter Stone offering by any means and it lacks the classic hop bitter punch at the end. Supposedly, this was made with rye malts, but I am not catching any presence of rye spiciness. There is a touch of alcohol presence on the finish, but that does not detract too much from the tastiness of this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:04:10 | More by 57md
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One2Remeber

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent body, light copper orange color. Lightly off-white head sticks and stays.

S: Juicy hops, wet and soft aroma. Bitter fruit smell. Hint of lemon zest and outdoor pine.

T: Uniquely bitter, with a soft touch of hops that you can really taste rather than feel. Strong malt presence adds balance.

M: Soft, gummy feel. Lemon subdues any expected 2IPA presence.

O: Well dry-hopped. I smelled fresh rosemary earlier today and this beer reminds me of it. Not really my style but I can appreciate a West-coast IPA with typical pungent hop flavors while incorporating a solid malt tones.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 01:45:57 | More by One2Remeber
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RussBecker1


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Charleston Beer Exchange Growler.

A-Pours a highly carbonated honey. Not much body, and a finger head fizzles up to the top with decent staying power.

S-Grassy lemon is the most prominent note. This is cut nicely by the hops bitterness which gives it more of a beer sense (It would have been an artisan soap otherwise).

M-Thicker than the eye would expect, which actually hurts the flavor a good deal. It is not as easy to drink as I would have expected, but fine nonetheless.

T-A much more flowery style IPA than Stone is used to putting out. Instead of blasting the palate, the hops blossom to softly accompany the other flavors. The problem however is the other flavors are not that good. The lemon and other citrus are apparent, but there is a grassy subtlety that does not mix well with the other flavors. At first sip it is not overtly apparent, but the more you drink, the more that earthy grass overwhelms the palate and displeases the drinker.

O-Good to try but not one of Stone's best

Serving type: growler

10-01-2012 15:59:35 | More by RussBecker1
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a light amber honey color with a creamy small white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a crap ton of lemon and candy, almost like Lemonheads. As it warms I get some more lemon zest, grapefruit and some toasted bready and slightly spicy rye maltiness.

The tastes begin with a subtle citrus lemon and blood orange. Then you get some dry candied citrus rind. As it warms you get some solid spicy rye maltiness and light caramel sweet maltiness. Alcohol pops up a little as it gets to room temperature. Lemon verbena or the hops make it a bit abrasive towards the bottom of the bottle.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter from the ample hopping and lemon verbena additions, but not overly so.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. There is nothing mind-blowing, and it is fairly one noted with spicy rye and lemon hoppiness flavor, but what is wrong with that. I am glad they made this imperial, because the serious lemon bitterness and flavor needs a larger sweet malt backbone or the astringent bitterness would be overpowering, but they did, so it it's pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 11:12:11 | More by claspada
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den

Pours a clouded copper color with some golden tones. Thin white head dissolves slowly while leaving sticky, webbed lacing around the glass.

A plethora of pine, citrus, lemon and boozy warmth in the nose. Bread crust and biscuit malt with a dosage of sweetness.

Biting hops with acidic lemony tones and grapefruit. Hints of rye spice creep through, mixed in with citrus fruit. Soft sweetness from bready malt backbone, although the combo of heavily acidic and bitter hops with rye and high ABV makes this a little rough. Finishes dry, hot and abrasive.

Medium body, decent carbonation, rougher on the tongue with lingering dryness. After the success of last year's anniversary installment, I had higher hopes for this, but there's just too much going on at once. Combine this with the double digit ABV and it's not something I'll be too quick to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 19:19:15 | More by xnicknj
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DovaliHops

California

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

On tap at my work. Pours a dark, orangish copper color...clear with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very hoppy...like a DIPA should be. Some definite lemon aromas. Not sure how to distinguish lemon from lemon oil/lemon verbena...but I get lemon, so good enough. Other citrus aromas with lovely hoppiness and slight alcohol aroma. Taste is lemon at first...very noticeable on the center of the palate. Tip of the tongue get the initial booze and the hoppiness. Back of the tongue gets the bitterness with mellow, sweet malt. I was afraid that this was going to be as malty as the Ruination 10th Anniversary... but not even close. This beer stays big and hoppy, without all the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Drinkability is pretty damn high for such a big beer. Overall, not my favorite anniversary beer from Stone, but definitely a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 07:16:03 | More by DovaliHops
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adamette

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed a pint on tap at La Cave Du Vin September 9th, 2012. I do not recall the price.

A Creamy head with good lacing. Copper hazy body. Difficult with low light at La Cave but I believe that I am on target anyway. 4.0

S “Stone” floral hops. Malt backbone. Actually kind of a standard Stone IPA smell really. 3.5

T Nice candy sugar malt presence with hops balancing it out. Good balanced taste. 4.0

M Smooth, full, thick and interesting feel. 4.0

D/O Fair. This is a big beer. I did not have access to the ABV at the time that I made that note but I just recall that there was a lot going on which would drive down the drinkability for me. Overall this is at least a good beer. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 03:23:07 | More by adamette
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at deep ellum

Darker than most ipa, ruby red. Thin head with some retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma brings some spicey hops, but a solid "red" malt profile.

T: Definitely not your typical DIPA. Its bitter, and theres a hop prescence but its not as intense as a 10% DIPA would normally be. I got flavors of anise, licorice, and caramel, mixed in with the big hop notes of pine-y. spicey herbal, floral and grapefruit. Flavor profile was a little off for me.

Very smooth drinker, its a sipper but theres not a ton of ABV burn. I could have had 2 or 3 if I enjoyed the flavor profile more.

O: Interesting brew that was worth trying, but I'm not sad stone wont be making it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 00:02:44 | More by BigCheese
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.