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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

392 Reviews

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,389
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
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 Dope
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours darker than I'm used to in an IPA. Almost more of an amber color. A nice two finger foamy tan head foams and settles to about 1/2 a finger.

S: A really interesting mix of things going on here. Some citrus hops, tropical fruit, a fragrant blast of lemon soap, and some herbal hop oils.

T: Lots of citrus hop oils upfront with some orange zest, a touch of lemon and some notes of wood. Finish has some toasty malt. Not bad, but this definitely has nothing on the 15th Anniversary.

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Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16th Anniversary pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Holding it to light gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head sits on top. It stands over two fingers tall and is very slow to completely dissipate. Lacing was very sticky and thick, leaving an impressive web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. It smells rather sweet and sugary. Caramel malt is definitely in the mix, but doesn’t smell too strong. Toasted malts are secondary. Hops come through nice and strong. They smell mostly citric. Lemon and orange seem to be strongest scents, but they’re followed by grassy and floral notes. There is a bit of spicy rye, more than anticipated. Smells a bit bread-like. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s there. Smells good.

The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s definitely sweet and sugary. The caramel variety is a little stronger than I’d like. Hops are nice and strong. They have a pretty nice flavor. It’s mostly citric lemon and orange. They’re nice and bitter, but the malts provide some balance. Rye is definitely more pronounced than advertised. It adds a spicy kick and works with the hops pretty well. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes sweet, hoppy, and a bit spicy.

16th Anniversary has a medium body. Carbonation seems relatively light and soft. It’s nice and smooth overall though. For a bigger beer, it goes down relatively easy. If the flavor were a little better, its drinkability would be scary.

Stone’s 16th Anniversary release is pretty good, but isn’t great. I like the flavors they experimented with, but the caramel and toasted malt base isn’t all that great. It’s a bit much for my taste, but it’s far from terrible. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle while it’s around. Happy 16th!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is amber in colour with a small white head. Retention is poor. Some lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy (how shocking), with orange scents. Also floral scents, and a surprising degree of spicy aromas. I didn't realize at the time of drinking this beer that there was rye in it, but I suppose that accounts for that. Certainly gave a twist to the DIPA scent- seemed like ginger to me.

Taste is somewhat unusual. Spicy malt flavours, lemon, citrus, caramel malt. The rye and lemon addition really dominate the attention of the beer, and make for a surprising flavour.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level.

Overall, a pretty unusual beer, but an experiment that did not totally work for me.

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Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker shade of amber. Forms a rather small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention, but there's not much there to start with. Some moderate lacing.

S: Light notes of caramel and rye malts with a more perceptible dose of citrus hops. Some light lemon.

T: Starts off with a pretty good amount of whole lemon. Lemon peel and lemon pith. But the "brightness" of the lemon is tempered by a a woodsy, malty, earthiness. There is a hint of peppery spice from the rye. Finishes with a slight umami note. Intriguing.

M: Medium bodied and a little meaty with a moderate to strong bitterness. Medium carbonation. There is a slight bit of alcoholic heat, but I admit that sometimes I like the way rye plays with fusel spice.

O: This beer is a hard one to place, but, in the end, I enjoyed it quite a bit. There is an interplay between the earthy rye and the citrus lemon that is very interesting. Not sure where the verbena comes in, but it still works for me.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very slight hint of amber color. Reasonable head at pour fading more quickly than other Stones. Aroma is citrus hops - lemon does not jump out here. Flavor is excellent fresh hops, again on the citrus side with lemon clearly coming through on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice with a meal - some additional carbonation is present in the finish maybe due to the lemon.

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

Hazy deep orange pour topped with a thick, tight, creamy head. Smooth, well-blended, and quite hoppy...a very Stone-like aroma. Highly fruity: peach, apple, and sweet lemon along with a little pine resin and some bread way in the back. First sip doesn't bring as much lemon as I was expecting. It's hoppy alright, but not brashly so. More sweet peach, melon, floral hops, and bright fruitiness all commingling into a smooth, interesting lupulin showcase. The lemon/citrus does seem to make itself more known the longer it sits in the glass, but the rye doesn't show much. Bitter and medium bodied. Less drinkable than anniversary beers in years past, but still a fairly unique take on the style and enjoyable.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright clear copper, nice off white head, lots of cling.

S - Very subdued. Malt, yes. Tinge of hops and spices.

T - Malty, but very laced with lemon and coriander. Hops are confused by the other spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, balances towards spicy end.

D - One of my least favorites of the anniversary ales, but still fun to try.

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

Had this on 2012-09-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear dark orange with a 3-finger off-white head and good lacing.

S - Pretty mild aromas of tropical fruit, lemon grass and light grain.

T - Pleasant. Tropical fruit and lemon candy sweetness, moderate roasted malt, tea, light touch of rye spice and caramel. Astringent, piney and grapefruit zest on the follow-through although not tongue-numbing. The alcohol is in the background. It's pleasant tasting but it doesn't doesn't jump out and shout I AM A MIGHTY HOP BOMB. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of bitterness in the finish although in combination with the tea and lemon, it's not my favorite aftertaste.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Thick, syrupy, prickly, resinous. Nice.

O - I liked it. Not as much as the 10th Anniversary Ruination, which really needs to be year-round. I paid $10 for this bomber. I'd seek it out again for $6 if that is possible; otherwise, there are other Stone beers I like more. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear golden orange, excellent dense head with very good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy/topical/lemon notes, a bit of a piney aromas as well. Sweet malts are only mildly detectable, some spice as well.

T - Initially the citrusy/sweet fruits lemon and spice make an impact, slightly toasty caramel malts, spiciness and bitter hops linger.

M - I'm drinking it fairly warm (probably 50-55) so its definitely medium bodied+ right now. Not a sipper really but closer to that than a drinkable brew.

O - Very very good, its pretty much a slightly lesser intense Ruination with a good lemon + spiced balance.

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

Orange-amber in color. Rich and dense in the head department. Thick-lipped foam buttresses the wall of the glass. Nice clarity. Good retention. 4.0

Wafery malts and citrusy hops with a nice dose of boozy lemon from the lemon oil. More resinous than leafy. Caramelly notes play with some light medicinal phenols. 4.0

Liqueury and citrusy. Lemon oil, grapefruit, pastry dough, caramel malt backbone, shortbread, and some middling orange notes. Interesting flavors combined. 4.0

Pretty smooth body. A little sticky. Pick-up carbonation towards the end. Hot with alcohol. I'd rate this beer as 'pretty big'. 3.5

Impressive DIPA. A case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts. 4.0

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says August 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white creamy head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a sharp kick of citrus. Hints of citrus grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, peach, and a big scent of lemon from the verbena. Also a minty, tea like scent. Some earthy hops along with a good hint of spicy pine resin. Decent malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit and caramel. A little scent of alcohol also comes through. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a big bitter taste of citrus hop esters. Starts with a bitter slap on the tongue from ripe citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, pineapple, and lots of lemon all over. In addition to the citrus is a solid mix of earthy and herbal hops with a nice piney kick. There is a quite noticeable taste of a green tea like mint lingering with the citrus. Some bready malts back things up with some caramel and biscuit. A quite interesting and tasty take on a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Somewhat slick and a fairly oily and juicy feel. A little heat is felt but the high abv is still masked fairly well.

Overall: Another good IPA from Stone. The heavy lemon and hint of mint tea is a nice twist. Solid all around.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. An average pour yielded me a half glass of rocky, tan head that clung to the sides.

S - There is a lot of citrus. I immediately notice the lemon, but there is also a strong grapefruit presence. Once the head subsides, I get more of a caramel malt aroma.

T - I notice a lot of caramel malt in the taste. The lemon is muted, and the finish is Stone's typical hop bitterness with a kiss of rye.

M - It's thick for an IPA.

O - I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for some more lemon flavor. Instead I got a typical Stone hop bomb. If you are a fan of Stone you would like this beer. I prefer the mid-west IPA's.

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Photo of harrymel
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this beer is a clear amber color, with fine streaming bubbles from the bottom leading up to a densely packed quarter-inch of head. The nose offers a sweet orange scent of hops (not lemon, to my nose)... and lots of it. The flavor, though, I don't find all that interesting. The initial sweet, thick malt gives way to highly citrus hops, but there's an almost medicinal tinge to it that's not, I think, attributable to the high alcohol content. It's not unpleasant per se, but it is somewhat harsh, especially at the finish. It is a very warming beer, and might make a good closer after a meal of assertive flavors.

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Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright and clear copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Aromas are of stinky resin, orange zest, and lemons.

Taste is definitely a bit different than your standard DIPA. Resiny, floral, lemon notes and with a sticky sweetness. Finish is bitter, with some orange, and hard candy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good body.

Overall, an interesting beer, maybe not really my cup of tea. Worth trying though because it's certainly unique.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice laicing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts with a touch of booze.

T - Starts out with some lightly tart lemon with grapefruit and other citrus hops, some bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more bitterness come through alongside some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and pine hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile with the lemon adding some great flavor to compliment. Great overall balance.

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

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ Bevco. Brewed with rye, "a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix" in addition to the Amarillo and Calypso hops.
10% ABV, 85 IBU's.

Pours out to a beautifully clear orange amber, forming a thick yellow head with excellent retention and beautiful sticky lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about ~2.7 carbs or so. The nose is all hops...not really picking up any lemon verbena which is dwarfed in comparison to the skunkweed, pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is dense, sticky, and lightly syrupy but still refreshing. Thankfully, the lemon verbena pops out in the flavor and adds a nice citrus character that one wouldn't get from hops alone. Bitterness is moderate, but is still balanced for being a hop bomb. Medium husky grain character in the middle, peculiar suggestions of mint and fennel, and a hoppy astringent finish with lingering tastes of lemon verbena.

A good beer. Expertly brewed, but also kinda a one-trick pony, as most DIPA's are. Not inclined to buy it again. @10% ABV, one is plenty, and the lemon verbena is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine last week for $5.99. Bottled in August 2012.

Beer poured a golden orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is lemon and herbal.

Taste is tea and lemon forward. Pine resins leave a slick on the palate. Alcohol is warming throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very satisfying.

Overall this is not a bad brew but not my cup of tea. Stone verticals and anniversary brews tend to be hit and miss, Not sure i would seek this out again before it goes away.

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

A-golden amber color with a white head and decent lacing

S- Lemon, caramel, orange blossom, hints of pine

T-spicy rye malt, lemon, orange, caramel and a solid bitter finish, but an odd balance of flavors

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly slick feel and some alcohol burn

O- a different DIPA, but I prefer the Ruination 10th, not a great balance of flavor

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy pale orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, lemon, some bready malts and a bit of alcohol, but quite citrus heavy and hop forward. Taste is of spicy malts, rye is aparent in the taste, lemony flavours also more forward than in the nose, malts and a modest bitterness, citurs and pine finish with a bit of warm alcohol. Light carbonation, soft oily mouthfeel, medium body. This was good but I had much higher hopes, still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesn't quite fit in.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a fairly bright, chill-hazed orange color, with a whopping 2-3 finger off-white head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a mild bit or grassiness that resembled (to me) a Belgian IPA in a few respects. It also had a bit of green tea notes that were infinitely interesting, along with a nice citrus orange component.

T: Not a totally, "laying waste to the palate," hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. This one has more in common with one of DFH's "Off-Centered" historical brews. I got some lemon peel, rye, and TONS of Amarillo. Good stuff....

M: Actually, the lemon takes center stage here, putting the bitter, grapefruit sizzle in its place. The lacing was pretty ridiculous, but I didn't find it cloying in any way.

O: Considering I only paid $7.99 for this bad boy, I think it was a steal considering the quality in this bottle!

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

Pours orange-amber with a soapy off-white head and great-looking lacing. Obviously big and hoppy, with some sweet malt, rye, and a good amount of lemony hops (but not as much as I'd expected, honestly). More citrus-heavy hops and spicy rye malt in the taste, again, initially not as lemony as I'd expected, The lemon flavor did indeed come out as the beer warmed up, to be fair. Still a solid Stone IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, with a medium body and good carbonation. Solid IPA overall, but not too memorable.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge amber reddish pour with a great quarter inch of a yellowish tan head. Considering the abv and oil, this has great retention and lacing. The nose is a bitter lemon rind with a touch of sweetness from an impressive malt base. The taste is sweet with a lingering lemony bitterness that bites down hard on my palate and makes itself comfortable between sips. The aftertaste is a bit overpowering, but not undrinkable. I honestly prefer a smoother drinking DIPA over one with such a ferocious bite. Overall I'm impressed by Stone's ingenuity in adding actual lemon oil/verbena to the brew, but it could use a little cellar time to mellow out.

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