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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,372
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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

robear, May 28, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.

Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)

Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride.

generallee, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Durandal_777, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

jerefreakinmiah, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Beerlover, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

azdback, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

p-wagz, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

DavidHume, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dshep1340, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

imyourhero21, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mercysbane, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DC_Brah, Feb 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

quang_dam, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Jimmie, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

kvgomps, Jan 23, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden, copperish, with a slightly tan head.

S: Hopped to high hell, mostly floral, but some orange citrus as well.

T: Extremely hop forward flavors, citric and floral, as if made of hops that were pulverized to liquid form.

M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Not the best stone beer, but better than many of their standards.

BierJager89, Jan 21, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stone Brewery 16 Anniversary is an Imperial IPA with a 10% ABV~ Pours Transparent ruby/orange, lots of head with phenomenal lacing~ Aroma is Lemon Rind, Plastic, Grapefruit, Bread, Earthiness,Yeast and Honey~ Mouthful is bitter immediately, flat finish, Heavy yet juicy and Clean~ Taste is Lemon, Grapefruit, Rye, Wheat, Woody, Piney, Grassy, Floral, Hoppy, Biscuit, and some tastes I'm unfamiliar with( think Juniper? Clove? Lemon Grass?)~ Really such an odd brew, seems like every other sip is different, which speaks volumes for its complexity~ Yet is tuff to review, one sip I'm like 'ewww' ~The next I'm like 'Oh yeah' I could definitely put a few back on a hot summers day~ The thought that they clock in at 10% is near mind blowing!~ I have a feeling people will either love or hate this beer~ The more I drink it... The more it wrecks my palate... Also the more I enjoy it~ It's equal parts odd, yet refreshing~ A anniversary treat, that would make a great summer brew~ Overall: 88

BrewUSA, Jan 19, 2014
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.