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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,370 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,370
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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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-20-2013 23:46:52 | More by Jameswoody
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-17-2013 21:12:18 | More by EigenBeer
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-17-2013 12:48:31 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-12-2013 19:03:18 | More by CityofBals
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-10-2013 00:20:53 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-07-2013 22:55:00 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-07-2013 06:21:23 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-05-2013 23:45:03 | More by GRG1313
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-04-2013 15:34:21 | More by user785335
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blackie

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

bomber from grape & gourmet, VA Beach

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, a khaki head falling back to a placid surface, the beer itself a copper amber in color

s: caramel malt, sweet tea spiked with herbal lemon and a touch of mint, some steeped mustiness, oily lemon rind, hops of moderate strength, earthy citrus

m: carbonation on the lighter side, medium bodied

t: caramel malt sweetness in sweet tea steeped with lemon and herbs, toasty caramel through the middle, begins to dry well into the finish and lingers long with a tannic herbal bitterness, growing with each sip

o: not a huge fan of the tealike character, everything seems a bit muddled and the bitter, leafy tannic nature overwhelms and detracts, old lemon, comes across more like old iced tea than a good dipa

4/35/35/3/35

09-01-2013 21:14:41 | More by blackie
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-01-2013 15:21:48 | More by scxcrunner
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TruePerception

California

1.93/5  rDev -49.3%

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA: 10% ABV; very thick head; Appearance: medium amber; Smell: tree bark; Taste/Mouthfeel: extremely bitter, cigarette ash, tree bark, very long finish; bad

Poured into a pint glass.

09-01-2013 06:26:48 | More by TruePerception
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Brenden

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -15%

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.

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

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.