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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,383 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.

Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)

Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Poured deep orange withe a sticky white head into a snifter. NIce citrusy aroma, strong lemon notes with lighter notes of grapefruit and orange zest. The flavors of tropical fruit are prevalent, lots of lemon and grapefruit. I did not pick up much rye. It is easy drinking for such a big beer. I enjoyed it a different take on a DIPA

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear orange gold with a finger of thick fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Nice lemon zest, caramel malt, a little bit of alcohol, some really sour smelling citrus, lime especially, pine.
T - At this point its mostly caramel malt, there's some of that lemon flavor still there, a little herbal, some spicy hop bite mid end, pine, and some grapefruit.
M - Sticky with a moderate burn.
O - Granted this is a year and a half old it was pretty decent, I would have like to have had it fresh, not sure how I missed out on it when it came out, but I love lemon flavored anything for the most part.

Photo of pisano
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served cold out of a tulip glass

a: pours a gorgeous deep golden amber with a tinge of red when held up to the light and a half finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. slight haze when cold and nice lacing is left on the glass as i drink it.

s: strong on the malt, alcohol, getting an intense herbal essence and the lemon verbena is very distinct

t: slight malt sweetness, alcohol, strong bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the sweetness. there's lemon in there but it's more like a chemical lemon cleaning product than real lemons.

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: overall not loving it and surprised/disappointed by that. i would have liked more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

I previously had this on tap and this really isn't very similar. The draft version is very lemony but this has just a hint.

As I drink more, the nose comes out a bit, but still it is way down but on tap it was in your face (and nice). This is a nicely balanced strong IPA where the alcohol is pretty well covered by lots of hops. It looks nice in the glass - a bit dark and foamy. The nose in my snifter keeps getting better. I am having it slightly warm.

This is definitely a cool bomber to share and I would buy it again.

Photo of Chico1985
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a few times now.

Pours into a tulip a copper orange, white head of a couple fingers is formed. Retains pretty well as a thick ring+spotty cap and leaves some good lacing.

Smell certainly shows off its lemons, lots of lemon/lemon oil with perhaps some pine/earthiness, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is quite strange and a bit all over the place, but it grew on me some as it went on. Lemon, earthy/herbal/light pine, grapefruit , mint toothpaste, spicy hops, maybe some pineapple. Malts are pretty big too, on the sweeter side with caramel and butterscotch, some toastiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much of the alcohol shows up, half a bomber is quite enough though.

As expected it's kind of an odd mess and gives off a Pine-Sol/medicinal type feel, but not bad, takes some time to get used to.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here.

Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass.

Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Was excited to try this beer and wasn’t disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.