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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

392 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,389
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-10-2012

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a flavourful orange citrus DIPA, not too aggressive on the palate. A good amount of retained head. Some hop aromas. Medium bodied. Slight orange coloured body. Very drinkable with food. Fresh from Premiere, with carbonation right there. My experience, another positive one for a Stone, apparently, exceeds that of the nay-sayers. (336 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldn’t be safe. For my taste buds, it wasn’t. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didn’t help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes it’s okay not to go extreme. (472 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stone doing what they do best here, making a big bad ipa. this is both big and bad, as bad means good nowadays. it pours a curious red color, glowing and clear, with a sudsy off white head a few inches high. its got a great nose of lemony hops and some aggressive varities. amarillo and simcoe maybe? its got that oily character to it. the flavor is intensely lemony, but not tart at all. its only mildly bitter too, and has more of that sappy sweet hop vibe. the malts are reminiscent of an irish red ale, which works really well with the selected hops here. the huge abv sneaks right up on you too, its not apparent in the taste or the smell of this beer. i was shocked when i found out it was 10%. the feel is good, its big in the mouth with a good sized body, and the carbonation is a little relaxed, which is nice in this beer. it lets the hops do the talking, and they speak quite loudly here. this is an excellent brew. (926 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking yellowish copper color. The head was white and had a light sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is fresh, hoppy and full of lemony aromas. There is a light amount of malt sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is good on the first sip, the more I drank the more I felt the lemon flavors became more artificial to me like a cleaning product of some kind. The flavors were still very refreshing but I think I was just hindered a little by how much the citrusy lemon flavors took over. The mouthfeel of the beer was really nice, lots of little carbonation bubbles with a decent smooth feel to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I won't need to buy more of it though. I did enjoy it for the most part. (759 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a dash of lemon-flavored leaves, and a handful of rye grain that many whisky makers have considered useless to the planet, Stone embraces the esoteric anololies as if they were a super hero to ward off the bullies. But the results show that the stronger IPAs does not, and should not reside in the boundaries, but revel outside of them. They're not just stepping outside the box, their building a better box!

With the familiar amber and copper color of most pale ales, the beer uncharacteristically demonstrates bright clarity without the preview of hop-promised haze that we are accustomed to seeing. The classic starchy eggshell white head fits the top of the snifter like an electric blanket, tucking the beer in for the night. Speckled lace and tremendous retention shows that even though this is a strong, strong beer- there's no forgiveness for lack of foam character.

Perfume and citrus rise to the nose with sharp citrusy character that's soon followed by the scent of alcohol-infused spaghetti starch. But the citrus isn't the typical grapefruit notes that is shared by famed American "c" hops, but rather a lemony furniture polish, herbal, and lightly grassy note that puts a spring in the beer's step. Fueled not only by the crusted elements of toasted malt, but from a kiss of earthen, spicy rye that provides a broad earthiness that's usually reserved by biscuity English ales.

Upon the first draw from the glass, the malts strike first with flavors of burnt caramel, heavily crusted breads, marzipan, tree bark, and walnut oils. An almost salty, almost metalic yet savory taste bridges confidently into into the resinous hop taste that soon follows. Lemon-like sassafras, mint, and root"ish" fenel play a part in the flavor metrix where hops are normally expected. Instead, the middle palate does all this along with the apple and pear character of calypso hops. For better or worse, the alcohol flavors weave into the beer's finish for an effect of furniture polish that bridges over from the scent. Aside from a slight earthy rye bread spiciness, the rye grains are tossed to the wayside and their mild flavor would have easily been attributed to either non-rye hop or malt complexities.

With the amount of flavor that the beer delivers, it's easy to read a fuller than actual body into the beer. But its medium weight is bolstered by deeply embedded carbonation into a plethora of residual dextrin-rich malt. The beer retains it's rich textures until very late into the taste before it waivers just a bit and allows for the resiny hop bitterness and alcohol dryness to take hold. An extra long aftertaste of lemon and rye keeps the palate savoring the taste indefinately- ok, until the next sooner-than-should revisit to the glass.

Stone exercises a ton of liberties in creating an imperial IPA that pays homage to the style in which this version was spawn, yet wallowing in artistry, madness, and ingeniousness. Happy 16th Stone Brewing Company! (2,973 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus floral hoppy notes with some good notes of lemon. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hops notes with clear lemon notes without any tart flavours. Fruity notes from the Amarillo with light residual sugar form the malt backbone bring out a good balanced mix overall. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good and one beer that Stone should keep producing as a regular instead on an Anniversary one. (576 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a big fluffy cap that leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and lemony up front, with floral undertones. A touch of lavender, bready rye and alcohol. The liberal use of lemon verbena gives the beer a perfumey, soapy quality that isn't especially enjoyable to me.

Taste and mouthfeel: Straight-up lemon rind. Bitter and botanical, soapy, perfumey, and rather malty. Booze is somewhat noticeable, too. The body has some heft to it, though the beer remains on the dry side. Lemon peel and botanical soap flavors linger throughout the finish. Very bitter.

Overall: Clean, well crafted, but not really appealing to me. Would be a nice but unspectacular DIPA without the lemon verbena; as is it's not something I'd revisit. (763 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, head of khaki-colored foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, pine and some spices. A touch of toastiness, too.

T - Very bitter and spicy - almost too much. The lemon flavor was too much. There was a good caramel sweetness to combat some of that.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. I can't say I loved it. I hope it mellows. I am going to save my other one for later. (545 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gently hazed, orange-yellow body with a couple inches of nearingly white foam. Drips and drabs of lace on the way down.

Smell: Fresh fragrant herbs, florals, wafting resins, and citrus oils, but the toasty, sweetish notes of caramel from the malts are well represented, too, don't get me wrong (again). Hey, some rye. Hey, some booze.

Taste: Caramel and honey coated barley grains, moderately toasted bread, and crunchy rye malt. Fair sweetness upfront. Floral, lemony, tangerine-hinting hops with a sliver of herbal mintiness, too. Brightly bitter. The sweetness begins the falter on the the waves of bitter citrus oils, rye, alcohol, and herbaceousness. Bitter, citrus oil finish. Lingering Vicks Vapor-rub quality to the mouth, throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation. Slight noted creaminess present for fullishness to the mouthfeel..

Overall: Fairly good Stone Anniversary offering. (922 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.- Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace other glass.

S - Lemon and juniper notes with some of the promised rye spiciness.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with spicy notes. Lots of bitter slices in the middle with notes of juniper, lemon pith, and pepper. Finishes with lemongrass, juniper, clove, and lingering grapefruit.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a very different take on a DIPA. The hops are distinctly gin like in both flavor and aroma and the citrus pith bitterness adds to this perception. I like this one quite a lot, though I can imagine that it might not be something everyone would enjoy. (766 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains in the glass with a big frothy dollop and roughly a finger of rich foam when swirled, leaving back a good bit of sudsy lacing sticking to the sides. There’s a nice rich look to this. The aroma smells of lemon, spice, tropical fruit, pine, underlying bitter fruit and sweet malt across the back that sticks to that juicy fruit character. Although this does have a fresh feel in the nose, it’s overall not coming off as very airy in the nostrils.

The taste is fairly spicy throughout, and encircles notes of pine, zesty grapefruit bitterness and lemon (which have more of a rind-like pithiness to it than it did in the nose). This is actually well balanced by a combination of ripe tropical fruit and a malt profile this is equal parts sticky sweetness and dry graininess. This finishes very strong, with spice and resins that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bigger, with a softer yet still firm creaminess that fills up the mouth. There is some crispness here on the tongue but a prominent underlying oiliness really helps keep the carbonation here slick on the palate. While not overly hot, that 10% is felt here really intensifies that already aggressive finish.

The lemon and rye additions here kept this interesting to drink but the overall profiles here just couldn’t quite hold up to the heady ABV on this, which does sadly hold this back a bit in spots. While maybe not quite maintaining the already high standards of these Stone Anniversary releases, this is still worth picking up and checking out. Just split it with a buddy, as that combo of flavor and alcohol unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to high drinkability. (1,794 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with strong sweet flavors of caramel and citrus along with a touch of spic followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for slightly different 2IPA. (796 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant appearance with orange color in the tall Saxo tulip. Plenty of foam and quite spritzy in the mouth. Tends to attack the tongue after some sipping.

This doesn't seem so overly lemoned, in fact the nose is quite interesting. But it just seems to add to the general bitterness, which this doesn't need any more of. Rich and malty, but then the bitter blast blows through. Quite unpleasant aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and generally acidic. It doesn't taste so alcoholic, but it's a harsh mistress nonetheless.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in San Diego for six bucks. (593 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is deep bronze with mild haziness and the head is huge with 2+ fingers of creamy cap that holds well and has a sticky lace pattern. The smell is very good with light pine and strong tropical odors with pleasant tinges of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma to balance the light sweet malt ester. The feel is good, but the aggressive nature of the hops is a litte intense with moderate carbonation and light sweetness the spiciness of the hops is sharp and acidiy is above average with low astringency level overall. I like how the hops seem less acidic as it goes though one way of knowing the level of palate damage the beer is doing.

This tastes familiar and unique at the same time - some trademark oily hop resinous spice and citrus with peppery tropical fruit combo Stone is known to have, yet the lemon oil and verbena comes through with a light sweet citrus edge before another wave of grapefruit flesh and pine acidity is felt on the palate. The taste of malt is there, but only a sweet caramel accent to the ruby red and lemony orange blast this IPA is delivering. overall I knew it would be a big beer it shows all the signs and smells, but it is fresh and intense which is great for this style I am glad I got to try this. (1,329 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big off white to light yellow head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a copper honey colored beer.

Light pine and floral notes mixed with citrus hops, with some lemon aroma.

A light quick bitter bite hits with the first sip and is followed with lemony citrus, pine, and some floral like hops tastes that kind of finishes with a light caramel malt that isn't to strong.

A dryish aftertaste with some light citrus hops tastes hanging around on this solid medium bodied IPA.

A pretty decent IPA, but I think there are quite a few better IPA's waiting in store coolers that cost less. That's not saying there's anything bad about this, it's just that I think there are better IPA's like Happy Camper, and some of Stone's own stuff. (736 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, good amount of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Macerated lemons, earthy, herbal, bready, estery, black tea, mildly soapy, spicy, quince paste

TASTE: Herbal tea, very smooth, lemon oil, bitter grassiness, spicy, warming alcohol, fallen apples, ripe pears, bready, peppery, faint potpourri, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, bitter finish with some body

A muddled mess, somewhat tasty but way too many distractions and becomes almost too tea like or even soapy like I just walked through a The Body Shop. Over use of Amarillo with the addition of another high alpha acid hop does not work for me either. I can understand wanting to push to be different but if the pieces don't fall right then this is what you end up with. (818 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. I do have to say that when it comes down to it, as an IPA, it just breathes Stone. All of the characteristics are here from what you have become used to from the brewery; yet, there are some subtle lemon tones (surprise, surprise?) and a spicy burning rye and hop thing going on. Overall, it's a good beer. I can dig it. And the bottle is one of the nicest special release bottles I've seen from Stone. (It must be the red.) (450 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Tropical fruit & grapefruit & some pine once warm, but other aspects fade

T: Follows the nose, pink grapefruiit, pineapple & pine are all upfront along herbal & woody bitterness, you can also pick on the peppery aspects of the rye in this one. Grapefruit, peppery notes, passion fruit & pinapple are all strong as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty, peppery, slight woody dryness & with just a bit of breadyness & pine, plus pineapple

Medium body, smooth carbonation, pretty good balance, a bit of warming sensation

Not the best Anniversary offering I've had from these guys, but damn tasty & would buy again if availible, very easy drinker for the style (768 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I've been seeing this around a lot, so I figured I'd might as well get it while it's here...haven't had anything new from Stone in a while. Served in a snifter, a clear, darker amber color with a small but dense cap of white head that receded to a ringlet and left some streaky lacing on the glass. Nice hit of citrus and herbal hops in the nose, lesser notes of caramel and ammonia (well within tolerance). More hoppage in the taste, unctuous citrus zest, resinous to an extent, herbal, caramel, nice bready rye profile. Medium-bodied and a bit sticky, mellow carbonation, some alcohol burn, intense for the less daring palate, but quite drinkable for the style. (710 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy head that leaves some spots on the glass. The liquid is orange amber and clear.

Mild grapefruit smelling hop--some pineapple.

Toasted malt beginning, there's a white pepper kick as the hop takes over. Creamy body with a low-ish level of carbonation. The aftertaste goes for a very long time, fading slowly. (315 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving a few specks of lace behind. Transparent dark amber body.

S - Tons of lemon verbena, citrus and lightly herbal hops - fairly typical Amarillo character - and icing sugar malts. Alcohol isn't completely masked here.

T - The taste is a little bit better, as the lemon verbena is better integrated into the flavor profile. Vaguely reminiscent of lemon sorbet, but with a touch of orange zest, herbs, and spicy rye malt.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant active carbonation, pretty dry from the rye addition, and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Too boozy for large quantities, and the lemon verbena really overpowers the aroma. Not really what I was hoping for from a Stone Anniversary beer, but not terrible either. Still, at this ABV I much preferred Pipeworks' Something Hoppy This Way Comes for its Sorachi Ace derived lemon flavors. (980 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, lemongrass, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, grass, orange, spicy rye, caramel, pineapple, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, lemon grass, caramel, rye, bread, pineapple, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Rye is subtle and not overwhelming. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Double IPA from Stone. Very unique with the lemon zest and rye flavors, but they work very well. Very well balanced with all flavors including the rye; very smooth to sip on for the gravity. Highly enjoyable stuff as I would have expected from Stone. (1,382 characters)

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.