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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,387 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 1,387 | Reviews: 392
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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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4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This has a gorgeous pour, a brilliant orange-red body crested with three fingers of head. The aroma is intensely hoppy and lemony, with a hint of rye malts. The taste is interesting and ultimately very good. It doesn't have much in the way of subtleness, this one hits you right away with all it's got - Lemon, rye, tropical and floral hops, and a touch of booziness. Spice and floral aspects are the name of the game. The hops are very complex here, there's a lot of different hop flavor. The mouthfeel feels a little light and slick to me, but the drinkability is great. Another excellent anniversary beer from Stone.

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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber pour with 1/2" white head, excellent retention.
scents of pine, ruby red grapefruit, floral hops.
taste is overbearingly bitter on the first sip. another mouthful, and i get a really heavy alcohol taste... yikes, what's going on stone? 3rd taste and i'm gettin some sweet malt flavor as a backdrop to the alcohol.. lots of earthy notes in this one.. bitter burnt-tire like hop flavor. none of the things i smelled are present in taste, honestly this is one of my least favorite stone anniversary/one-off beers.
medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol warmth.
overall, this is my least favorite stone anniversary ale. as far as a stone ipa, it's also pretty bad. i guess the ruination 10 spoiled me as far as what to expect. this one was honestly closer to a strong ale for them, and i would've been fine with it as that (although it's not as good as double bastard either). i'm just really confused as to what they were thinking with this one.. what they were actually shooting for as a result, is this what they wanted?

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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.

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3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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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3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just hit our stores today!

Pours clear dark gold/amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing and retention.

Interesting aromas. Typical tropical fruit with a touch of citrus, but the rye spice does make an appearance and in what I'm coming to associate the Calypso hop with, a huge lemon presence overwhelms. Smells a bit like lemon pledge.

Strong pine with a hefty caramel backbone greets the front of the palate. A little rye spiciness, but it's a bit more subdued than the nose. Finishes resiny and dry with an intense lemon character. Almost smells like lemon you find in saisons at times and with the rye it takes on an almost Belgian quality at times. The spicy rye and booze come out more as it warms making it harsh and unpleasant. Flavors really clash.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. As with most DIPA's of this range, it's a bit past the sweet spot and the alcohol isn't hidden well. Gets too boozy as it warms. I like my booze in stouts, not so much in IPA's.

The weakest anniversary beer in a few years. Might have been ok if I split it, but the flavors don't lend to great drinkability and I didn't like the additives. They took away from the base flavor and added nothing pleasant.

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2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was in our fridge far too long. On the darker side of a golden color, decent head. Smells like lemon pledge. Rye malt and stale hops join the fray. Bleh.

Hop resin and astringent household chemicals lead the way. Piney, kinda like the way you want your floor to smell after mopping it. Ok, it's not *that* bad, but it's far from being a good DIPA.

Stone can (and does) do much better. Avoid.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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