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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-17-2013 12:48:31 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold pour with a sparse, large bubble stream up the center of the glass. Billowing 2-finger cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Nose is lemon and tropical fruit hops, mainly mango and papaya. Floral hops are here too. Mild, but pleasant.

Taste is stronger tropical fruit. Lemon is there, too, as is the verbena. Definite floral hop presence. Light pepper feel sneaks in towards the end, adding a bit of spice. Picking up orange later in the glass. Moderately dry finish with a decent blast of bitters. Fruity, but very tasty.

Feel is slightly thick and a bit oily, as expected. Not overly heavy, though.

Overall, I'd say they hit what they were aiming for. If fruity, floral IPAs are your thing then this is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:01:01 | More by beer2day
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-20-2012 02:03:26 | More by polishkaz
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 22:56:33 | More by schoolboy
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear amber with lots of suds and effervescence. Good lacing on the glass.
Aroma of lemon peel along with the floral hops and grapefruit rind. The alcohol is present here.
Taste is def. IPA. Bitter at first then boozy and finally sugars and lemon finish this one off.
Mouthfeel is very clean but the alcohol is a bit overbearing.
Overall this one is a bit hot and there isn't enough fruityness from the hop and the lemon/verbena.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 14:34:53 | More by peabody
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-06-2014 14:33:17 | More by ThatsThatDude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 17:03:01 | More by Chico1985
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a half finger white head. Head retention isn't great as can be expected from a 10% beer but lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is a little odd with lemon being quite noticeable. Pine and tropical citrus are present along with a slight bit of rye spicyness. This is the only malt really detectable as hops completely dominate.

The flavor is where things go pretty bad. Lemon cookies up front mixing with pine hops and it doesn't really work. It's almost like someone sprayed lemon Pledge or dumped a shot of gin into my beer. Bitterness is high with alcohol quite noticeable on the finish. Really no malt is detectable other than a thick mouthfeel.

Overall, probably the worst beer I have had from Stone. The lemon does nothing for me and removing that, it would just be an average IIPA. Poorly balanced and not very well though-out. Not one to seek out other than for curiosity's sake.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:23:06 | More by rangerred
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-08-2012 02:17:03 | More by herman77
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, lemon in the background.

Taste: Bitter citrus to start but not too harsh. Lemon note stays in the background throughout. As it warms up, more sweetness comes through, nice caramel flavor.

Overall: Had to give the Stone anniversary beer a try. I was a little surprised as it seemed more "balanced" than I expect from Stone. Still on the hoppy side, but not over-the-top. The lemon flavors stayed in the background but added a little interesting touch to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 15:36:07 | More by Mdog
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a sudsy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is not suprisingly hoppy, citrusy, resinous. Not as pronounced or explosive as I expected from a Stone IPA, but smells clean and fresh with more of a floral, lemony accent as it warms.

Taste is bitter and hoppy w/ plenty of malt to balance it out. A blend of biscuity pale, sweet caramel, and spicy rye malts, combined with copious hops and that herbal lemon essence. No alcohol detected, a feat in itself.

Mouthfeel is clean and crips, a little oily but surprisingly drinkable.

Overall another really good DIPA from Stone. Happy anniversary!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 05:02:29 | More by draheim
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-02-2012 21:18:21 | More by BigTrubble
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-16-2013 23:20:26 | More by jschott75
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-04-2013 15:48:27 | More by bobv
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-08-2013 05:51:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-red body with a tall white head. The lacing is brief.

Smells of orange, herbal, and slight lemon. The herbal aspect seems to cover up the pleasant citrus.

Ugh, not exactly what I was expecting. It's overly bitter and tastes like sucking on a stale tea bag. There's some redeeming orange flavor, but I keep coming back to the heavy herbal taste. The lemon is almost non-existant.

I don't like the mouthfeel much, either. It's dry and bitter, but in a cottonmouth kind of way. It almost leaves me parched.

Unfortunately, this one was a disappointment to me. I absolutely love Stone and this one was a detour from their usual path. It just didn't work.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:15:35 | More by Vonerichs
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-04-2013 23:57:38 | More by stampfler07
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with somewhat of a peach colored hue. Thin white head with good retention.

S- Floral hop aroma with notes of pine, citrus and lemon.

T- Really strong lemon flavor from beginning to end, with nice piney hops coming through at the beginning and towards the end.

M- Very nice, medium bodied, good carbonation, drinkable.

O- No complaints, another solid offering. Not a big of the lemon, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:06:53 | More by stephenjmoore
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

08-19-2012 00:41:03 | More by captainbearcat
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date says August 2012 printed on the side in cadmium ink.

A - Nice standard orange IPA looking appearance. Typical stuff. Non-aggressive pour yields virtually no head.

S - I can smell this beer from a distance. Very strong scent of a grapefruit citrus hop assault.

T - Bitter and hoppy. There is a vague hint of spiciness, and a nice hot alcohol burn in the finish. The lemon slowly creeps out as you sip on this beer, but for me it's not very distinct in the sense that the Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale was. Although, I think it's good, there is more citrus alcohol burn than there is genuine lemon flavor.

M - Sticky, bitter, hot, hoppy, tangy, citrus mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer feels good, but I feel like it is missing some floral aspects to tone it down a bit and make it not so spicy. However, it was a very good brew and I recommend picking it up before it disappears.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA --- 4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 09:54:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 09:22:06 | More by Bilco
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4/5  rDev +5%

10-03-2012 01:42:24 | More by dunix
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-20-2012 05:04:03 | More by CEDAMA
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-24-2012 19:04:43 | More by ryanpj
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

08-22-2012 02:02:29 | More by nrs207
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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