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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with two fingers of slightly off white head after an aggressive pour. The head sticks around for a bit dissapating on the slow side an leaving a ton of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S: there is a kind of lemony soapyness, citrusy orange hops, and a general herby/spicy aroma... Almost smells like potpourri, soapy potpourri with some hops. Overall it's not a horrible aroma, but that soapyness is getting to me a bit.

T: lots of lemony herby/spicyness, the soapyness doesn't seem as present, but the the herbal spicyness is, along with some deffinate citrusy hops, but I feel like they take a back seat to the lemon, overall I feel like these flavors clash a bit, not a fan.

M: medium body with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish, except for the lingering slightly bitter/ lemon rindy aftertaste that doesn't want to seem to leave my mouth.

O: not a fan, and honestly i am dissapointed, perhaps it's just the flavor profile they chose here isn't something that appeals to me. But I felt like the flavors clashed and the hops took almost a backseat.... I deffinatly would have likes to see the lemon an spicyness tones down, and the hops toned way up.... Dissapointing especially on the curtails of ruination 10 and the fact that i greatly look forward to this release every year.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 06:39:18 | More by PeterIngemi
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BabyBastard

New York

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

Pours a nice amber color, decent amount of head from a slightly aggressive pour into my snifter. Very appetizing looking ale. The lacing seems to sparkle in the light, leaves some great lacing around the entire glass. Nose is big citrusy hops, along with a zesty lemon scent. I really love the scent of this one, it makes you anticipate the next swig.
Taste is great, big hop bite, nice and bitter, but with that lemon zing that makes it a refreshing drink. Does mask the alcohol, surely doesn't taste like a 10% brew. Would reccomend this brew, great stuff in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 01:03:58 | More by BabyBastard
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a honey amber color, with a half finger of white head that laces slowly, held aloft by light amounts of carbonation

S - citrus pops into my nose first, quickly tailed by some piney hops, some lemony hints at the end separate from the typical grapefruitiness of the hops profile

T - the hops don't hold back, a sweet pine flavor that is the bitter hops with a wash of lemon sweetness, I was worried that the lemon flavor would be like Pledge, like the lemon flavor in the Lemon infused Coca-Cola.

M&D - hides the alcohol well, smoother than expected, I thought it would be a little more effervescent. It is complex and layered and flavored magnificently. Stone does it again!!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:03:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

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

A- pours a coppery amber color with a finger of off white head. Decent head retention.

S- woody hop aroma with notes of fresh mint and pine. Subtle perfume like lemon tones. It's a bit like the lemon you find in the bottom of a day old glass of iced tea. Peppery-like spiciness from the rye with a toasted bready malt on the finish.

T- hops are all up front with notes of mango, mint and citrus zest. More floral, resin and leafy hop characteristics in the middle with the added lemon components giving a nice zest. However, it becomes a little to intrusive and lemon hand soap like towards the end of the glass. Surprisingly reserved bitterness for a Stone DIPA. The hop flavors fade away leaving a balancing toasty malt with hints of peppery spice from the lovely rye aspect. Beautiful malt profile and my favorite part about this beer.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- decently drinkable. A little too soapy towards the end.

Overall a better than most DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 05:15:03 | More by Viciousknishs
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Hoplomachus

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA is a good, solid double IPA. That said, it lacks the intense hoppiness of other Stone DIPAs.

Not much of a head as I poured the beer into a pint glass, but there was a nice amber color that was inviting.

On the bottle Stone says that they've tried experimenting with lemony flavors and aromas. I did detect some citrus notes, but also pine. But that's a good thing for me.

The taste is mild compared to other Double IPAs. The rye malt is definitely present and not overwhelmed by hops. Not very bitter.

The beer does leave a coat in my mouth and I prefer a crisper brew, but considering the ABV, it's not unexpected.

Overall this reminds me of the Ruination 10th Anniversary without all the hoppy goodness. Not one of Stone's best concoctions but still a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:03:16 | More by Hoplomachus
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber I picked up from Jungle Jim's for $7.99.

Pours a reddish amber Colorado with a dark golden hue. Lacing is solid and follows down the glass. Very prominent head that is bright white.

Smells really good and unlike the average DIPA. Definitely a lemon zest is present along with a strong spicey rye blazing through my nostrils. Smells very hoppy but not the usual tropical Ipa.

Well....its not necessarily hot, but the taste of lemon vodka is pretty evident(especially warm). While not what I hoping for, its still pretty good. Aside from that, it has a nice rye flavor with a spicey hop kick.

Mouthfeel is moderate and on par with DIPA's. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall I'm not as pleased as I hoped to be. Still have to give props to Stone for coming up with a different beer that is not the normal DIPA. The 15TH Anniversary is still my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:42:41 | More by JDizzle
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magictacosinus

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

This beer provides an amber color with reddish and orangish tones. Definitely thick as an quintessential IPA would be, and the alcohol leggings and low carbonation make it seem pensive, patient, and quite elegant in presentation. Slightly modest head, which is impressive considering its high ABV. If this was slightly more filtered, it would look just like many homemade brews that come one's way (although whether they're a comparable quality product is the question here...).

The aroma is definitely quite strong and diverse, and I'm immediately reminded that this is indeed a San Diego hoppy product. The Amarillo hops are extremely recognizable, and malty rye smell is predominantly featured. Not too tropical or lemony though... getting more orange and grapefruit aromas. No alcohol at all, no matter how much it warms up. Approach with caution.

Spiced rye and hop explosion! Add that to a dry and lemon finish, and you essentially have a bare description of what this beer tastes like. No alcohol present in the taste or finish, but sadly no tropical flavors to my liking. I definitely enjoy that the rye flavor is more subtle than expected, and the lemon, herby finish is really nice and smooth. In terms of body, it's a good take on the "classic" SD Imperial IPA - meaning that it's definitely more the type I like - but the flavors seem a bit conflicting at times, especially as it goes from overtly bitter to spicy to a little sour - but never sweet. The finish is fabulous, though, and makes it an overall easy beer to drink.

Nevertheless, while it still is a great product by Stone, I feel a little underwhelmed overall, despite the fact that the rye/lemon combo worked pretty well here. It's definitely not "tropical" enough, and the citrus flavors, while good, are slightly conflicting with the lemon sour and dryness. It makes a very good accompaniment with food - I drank this with fried tuna filet and spinach which were soaked in butter, fried garlic, and a dash of lemon. Alone however? A good beer, but perhaps not my personal favorite the sector of SD imperial IPAs. I always make question to support Stone, but they've definitely had more thrilling anniversary ales in the past.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:33:58 | More by magictacosinus
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HopHead84

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/13/2012

Bottle into a snifter.

Dark orange with good clarity and a finger of white froth. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

The nose is a blend of pine, tangerine, mango, and papaya. I detect floral and lemon character as well. Soft notes of pumpernickel linger beneath the hop aromatics. There's a light sweetness that balances the expressive hop profile, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Lower moderate sweetness in the flavor accompanying rye, toasted malt, and a dash of spiciness. The beer is moderately bitter with an insistent booziness. Firm pine resin influence meets orange flesh and pith, grapefruit rind, and a dash of tangerine. Alcohol flavor waxes as the beer warms up and I slowly drain my glass. Upper medium in body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

A nice beer for what it is and for the ABV, but as was the case with Ruination 10th I'd rather they dropped the ABV a couple points as it's somewhat heavy on the palate and the alcohol flavor is a little too strong for my taste. Reminds me too much of an American Barleywine. I guess it's not really my type of Double IPA. Still pretty good though, and I think many will enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:42:05 | More by HopHead84
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, honey, and some herbal and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal and spice finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:33:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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