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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,365 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lemon notes with some orange citrus. In the the taste, orange citrus hops, with dry lemon peel. Kind of a dry to sweet to dry context. A small hop bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon peel and note of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon dry versus a orange citrus sweetness, I was expecting a note of rye, but the hops were bigger.

09-26-2012 11:11:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a sticky, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Veeery nice looking brew. Tons of chunky lace and retention is great.

I can smell the lemon verbena right off, very lemon-grassy and herbal. There is a light undertone of lightest-of-caramel malts and some various hop pine hop aromas. The verbena dominates to me though.

Same way in the flavor for my palate, I have been exposed to a few lemon verbena beers in the past and the flavor just is so pervasive to me. I do like the flavor a little though, so at least that is working in my favor. It is very herbal and grassy with alot of hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. The malts are light, but sweet. They never give off that crushed graininess that seems like would help the beer balance out the herbal-ness a little bit. The sweetness from the grain does nothing to offset the alcohol or the verbena-hoppiness. It is a bit too minty and pungent for me, but I can appreciate the offering. I could see others liking this, but if you don’t like verbena, I would not recommend.

09-27-2012 01:24:15 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-30-2013 10:03:53 | More by Cynic-ale
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

02-17-2013 01:13:36 | More by Cyberkedi
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%

I've had this thrice in the past week and a half, and for the first time last night, the beer was actually drinkable, and my notes are based on this bottle. My score, however, is a composite of all my experiences with the beer.

A brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head that leaves nice lacing, this beer looks great! The nose is rather intensely lemony, almost Pledge-like, with a bit of bleach. Huge lemon aromatics, drowning out the hops, the malt and the rye. A little sweetness is perceived, though. The palate is similar. Intensely oily, resiny lemon, citronella-like, the lemon verbana is way overdone. Despite what the bottle says, it isn't a hint of lemon, it's a metric fuckton. All the contribution of the hops are washed out, the malt is present mostly as a sweetness, and the lemon helps hide the alcohol. Medium-light in body, very oily and resiny, this beer is more of an experience than something to revisit. A bit of a chore.

08-30-2012 14:31:29 | More by DefenCorps
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-05-2013 20:16:50 | More by WOLFGANG
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-09-2012 01:43:44 | More by bsuedekum
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance – This is light orange and clear in the body with a pure white, modest head.

Smell – The hops are large but very complex. Usually a big hop bomb like this is almost all pine at the nose but this one is a bouquet. It’s hard to pick everything out but the traditional West Coast collection has a hefty balance of Amarillos.

The malts are equally complex and although you have to hunt through the hops to find them it is well worth the effort. They are slightly carmeled and a little bit toasted.

Taste – The hops are equally impressive at the taste and the malts are a little more assertive. Together this is balanced towards hops of course but isn’t one-sided.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t super big like some DIPAs, I’d say medium-bodied, with a strong bitter bite and very light on the carbonation.

Drinkability – This will be too much for most but for those of us who have worshipped the brewery and are completely amazed at how they continue to find different iterations of their unique brewing style it won’t disappoint.

09-02-2012 01:49:02 | More by RoyalT
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

Beer review #1300!

22oz bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 8$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. There is also some pine/resin mixed with a herbal flavour (rosemarry/menthol? can't put mu finger on it). It ends with a fairly hoppy bitter citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - While it may not be a spectacular beer, I can at least appreciate that they are trying to do something different/original. I probably won't buy another bottle, but it was well worth 8$ to try it.

09-01-2012 00:19:31 | More by spinrsx
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, pours a deep copper color with a full beige head that holds good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are somewhat odd with lemon rind, pine, earthy and spicy from the rye. Tastes are dank, oily hops, lemon, caramel, rye, earthy, almost reminiscent of pinesol, alcohol is well concealed however (I was surprised to see 10% as I was half-way through the bottle). Mouth-feel is medium bodied, resiny, and sticky on the palate, while finishing semi-dry. Overall, I was a a little disappointed in this one. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting for an anniversary IPA from Stone.

09-07-2012 03:30:06 | More by barnzy78
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illidurit

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

07-05-2013 03:08:39 | More by illidurit
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popery

California

4/5  rDev +5%

02-26-2013 23:27:00 | More by popery
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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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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-30-2013 21:50:45 | More by ROGUE16
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden amber color. Some good white froth and lace.

(S)- A slightly strange but intense hoppy resin-like sweetness. Bits of citrus too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in a dense oily resin-like hop citrus. Very subtle citrus with a spicy rye characteristic.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. A tad strange in an oily dense hop character. Quite bitter too.

(O)- Typical Stone fashion, but not quite up to par in that sense. Kind of a strange oily character that is not horrible, but just strange. They have done much better.

11-10-2012 19:10:43 | More by sweemzander
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-22-2012 21:29:09 | More by Axnjxn
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-17-2013 01:52:12 | More by pathman
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-24-2013 19:31:16 | More by Lare453
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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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-19-2013 21:28:25 | More by IPAchris
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

22oz bottle $7.99. Picked this up because you know hoppy Stone beers will be at least worth the money if not radical. This was orange-yellow with a hoppy, lemony smell, smells good. Rye was present in the flavor but it was dominated by the lemon verbena and hops. Seriously this stuff was like something from bath and body works with hops. Lotion, shower gel, hops! Still, it was a rad double IPA I just won't buy a bunch of them.

08-20-2012 02:00:25 | More by ArrogantB
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-29-2013 01:23:11 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

1456th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

2012 Vintage
Bottled 8/13/12 per the Stone box

App- A deep citrus orange color with a wonderful glow behind it. A huge 3 finger head that lasts for a long time and was just a tad off white. Great cling and lace.

Smell- Had a duality behind it. When you first open the beer you get a lot of that hoppy, citrus zest on the nose. Once it breaths and warms, the sweet caramel and rye flavors come forward. Had a good balance and you could smell the 10% on this one.

Taste- Much like the nose, it was very two sided. The one colder side, showed more of the zest and citrus and lemon flavors with a touch more hops and a small bitter. When warmed the Rye came out and added more spice with a creamy caramel balance. The ABV is somewhat hidden but as you drink, you really feel the 10%.

Mouth- On the larger side of a medium body with a medium creamy carbonation level. A bit thick but its a 10% DIPA, was pretty much right on point but still find the larger feel a bit of a detracter.

Drink- Its a good beer. The label says the didnt go for the full rye, but I like the balance they struck. Could be dialed up a bit. I dont know if I will be buying another bottle though. Good beer, but with Rustic Rye for $4.99 from Bootleggers and Nelson from Alpine, Im golden on the Rye.

08-17-2012 15:21:29 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. bomber split with my wife while watching Aragorn kill orcs. What better way to spend a Saturday night?

Pour is a clean orange/red with typhoon-level carbonation swirling the liquid. Nose is attractive. Cloudburst of lemon & citrus, plus an outpouring of sweet malts. No hop bitterness, but that's OK. Very nice.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA is good. Front row is lemon & massively sweet malts, which cancel out whatever lemon tartness may have arisen; bitterness sneaks in behind with bunny ears held high. Citrus & spice in the mid-section, but the lemon oil & surreal bitterenss reassert themselves & stick around for the long run. Nice combination that I feel like swigging with wild abandon. Sticky.

Strange but pleasing combination of flavors. Doesn't quite reach the spot that gives me joy, but darn close. Very good beer.

09-23-2012 01:59:52 | More by maximum12
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.