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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 01:52:39 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 19:36:12 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer got progressively worse as it warmed up. Served in a Stone 15th anniversary snifter. Beer is amber / yellow and hazy with a white head, small bubbles tight, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is lemony and sweet, with some hops in there.

Beer is lemony and sweet, a little malty up front but a decent finish overall. The more it warmed however the more like Lemon Pledge it tasted. It gets rougher and rougher. I finish the thing but it is too much for me. I don't think I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:21:08 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 16:32:51 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 02:58:35 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 18:44:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:48:38 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:47:24 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:23:15 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a creamy medium white head, spotty lace.

S: Lemonheads, lemon zest, grapefruit, citrus zest.

T: Nice overall lemon flavour, it goes from really zesty to almost candy-like sour, quite complex. It does remind me of Dogfish Hellhound quite a bit. Good rye malt flavour, the background spice from the rye complemented the lemon well.

M: Feels fairly medium-bodied, it has a lightness about it even at 10% that makes it very easy to drink. Some light ethanol character, but it works very well with the beer. Tingling carbonation.

O: A good anniversary beer, fresh 10th or 13th is still my favourite, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:54:07 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts. It slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: lemon, earthy hops, and some caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon, spicy rye, earthy hop bitterness, and a mild fruitiness creates a well balanced flavors. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. There is a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: a slower sipping big DIPA that has a nice spicy and earthy flavor. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:16:17 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-18-2013 06:40:01 | More by beernads
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +5%

07-08-2014 03:18:29 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-13-2013 03:16:33 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger pillowy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a nice balance of citrus/tropical fruit, spicy, earthy hop notes and sweet malts. Very floral with some dank, grassy pine needle character along with a slight onion-y presence. This is countered by a prominent tropical and citrus fruit notes, notably grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I expected with caramel, toffee, biscuit and grain.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that give off an overwhelming dry bitterness that dominates the flavor. Not as complex as the nose suggests with tongue coating, resinous pine needle and earthy grass flavor. The onion like character from the nose is there but all of the citrus and tropical fruit sweetness is completely overpowered. Again, the malt backbone is stronger than I prefer with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked but the hop profile is too one dimensional and the malt presence is too strong for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 07:46:29 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

08-21-2012 06:22:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-18-2013 02:22:02 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pured adarkish orange color with a moderatewhite cap, light bubbles and lcing

S: Smells pretty malty caramel coupled with lemon like Pledge wood cleaner d some tropica fruits.

T: Big caramel maltiness upfront with lemons and tropical fruits. The finish was heavy, to malty and unbalancedin the malt department.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: The worst Stone Anny since the Imperial Red

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:54:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage - at the beach.

A: The super IPA is a paler amber color, still well within the specs. Lots of barely-off-white head comes along for the rich - huge and big and foamy.

S: Incredibly fragrant, sticky with flowers, citrus, and pine. In an interesting twist, mint aromas join the lemons, pineapples, and oranges. A light malty biscuit base, not too much to dwell on there. The mint, stronger in the taste when paired with lemons, is a nice touch. Call me crazy but that nose rocks.

T: The hoppiness is tropical, lush and quite strong. Very much a tree in my glass with the pine, citrus and orange flavors. Mid-sip, lemons and mint step up, adding more bitterness with a much sweeter finish - still hoppy and bitter but restrained a bit. Caramel and biscuits are here, more evident in the lulls in hoppiness that sporadically occur. It's strong and bitter, the floral and citrus aspects. I was quite taken by it.

M: Lemony and citrusy, to the nth degree. Syrupy, minty, hoppy, bitter. I picked up another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:08:50 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, $7.99 at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, NY. August 2012 and Enjoy Fresh etched onto the bottle.

Pours near clear, copper amber, off white creamy head, large and staying, leaves some sheeting and smaller blobs of lacing

Sniff reveals resiny hops, honey malts and a back note of lemon.

Pine, pinapple and resins of hops. Healthy layer of caramel malting, and again some lemon.

Densely flavorful, tasty and enjoyable DIPA. Again Stone lives up to the hype, with this quality offering.

I just missed out on a growler fill, but glad to get to try a bottle of this one…gonna head out and get a few more bottles tomorrow…Go get some and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:14:01 | More by Billolick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-15-2012 21:15:04 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light copper body with a matrix of microbubbles supporting a sticky beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The woody rye note has some green lemon hops that finish the aroma. There is some caramel malt notes that come thru as the beer opens.

T- A mellow green hops flavor has dark juicy and woody qualities to it with some rye and dry toasted malt leading to a dry spice finish. There is a caramel malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. The aftertaste has a touch of sweetness with woody lemon hops flavor lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of malts, hops and lemon herbs that surprisingly work well together. The hops are not huge and they let the other flavors come through nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:14:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark orange to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy/foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a large patch of thick large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a ton of hops in the aroma of this beer with the strongest presence being that of lemon/citrus, followed by lesser amounts of pine/resin, floral, grassy, herbal, and spicy hop aromas in decreasing intensity. There is just a touch of pineapple/tropical hops and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Like the smell, there are a lot of different hop flavors in the taste of this beer. There is a lot of lemon/citrus, pine/resin, and herbal hop flavors along with a much lighter amount of grassy and spicy/peppery hop flavors. Light amounts of alcohol are present and there is a moderate amount of bitterness present which lingers.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly sticky with a good amount of alcohol warming/heat in the finish.

O: This beer is good and tasty but perhaps a little too big with the amount of alcohol heat in the finish (at 10% ABV that is not super surprising). I enjoy the flavors and the aromas but this beer is a total hop bomb. I just wish I had not had the 10th Anniversary Ruination so recently, because that beer was too awesome and set my expectations too high. Maybe there is just a little too much going on with all of the hop flavors in this beer, they compete rather than harmonize.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:29:49 | More by dbrauneis
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Zorro

California

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear deeply amber colored ale with a small white head. This is the color I call IPA Orange.

Smell is citrus and soap with tea scent. There is a delicate floral scent that is not obscured by the hops. The best I can describe the floral scent is roses. That said it isn't that aromatic.

Starts out semi-dry and savory without any complexities. Alcohol stings the tongue a bit. Alcohol warms the chest without really being detectable in the taste. Strong tea and wood with a little burnt sugar taste. Reasonably bitter. Honestly not that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall I am severely disappointed. Stone can make better beer than this. I will try this again at a later date and confirm or revise my low opinion of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:36:51 | More by Zorro
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-19-2014 06:01:55 | More by zestar
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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