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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

1,385 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
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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Photo of Mdog
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Strong lemon aroma. Some citrus and pine. Almost has a Pine Sol smell from the combo of pine and lemon. The taste is more subdued than the aroma. Lemon with some pine hops and floral notes. Slight alcohol burn. Some grapefruit bitterness towards the end. Somewhat of a medicinal taste. Decent Imperial but I'm a bit disappointed considering the source. Overall, decent but I don't need to buy another one.

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Vonerichs
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.

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper with a finger of fluffy head that retained rather well and left some intricate lace stickiness on the glass, Lemon nose, but there is also the presence of fresh hops, as well. The flavor throughout is certainly reminiscent of the West Coast IPA style, but it is not the most bitter Stone offering by any means and it lacks the classic hop bitter punch at the end. Supposedly, this was made with rye malts, but I am not catching any presence of rye spiciness. There is a touch of alcohol presence on the finish, but that does not detract too much from the tastiness of this offering.

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2012 is printed on the bottle.

A= Pours a totally translucent light amber color. Looks like a carbonated apple juice to me with a finger of head on it that holds steady leaving some decent retention.

S= Smells pungently fruity. Seemingly a little sweeter on the nose than most IIPAs. Digging deep I can some up with a little lemon but not much. I had to look for it.

T= The taste is quite unique. It hits with a ton of sweet hops. The fruity hop flavor is supported with a heavy malty sweetness. Without the hops backing this up it would be cloyingly sweet to me. At first I was a little skeptical about the lemon but after a few sips I can notice it on the finish. It's more of a lemon zest sort of taste in the finish. I'm also noticing upon further sips a sort of lemon oil coating on the tongue that leaves a zesty flavor in the taste.

M= A nice weight and carbonation.

O= This beer is a little sweet to me for an IIPA. The lemon zest is a weird component and I didn't notice it at first but after a few sips it seems to grow stronger and stronger. Worth checking out but this isn't something I would go crazy for. A solid beer for sure and I appreciate the experimentation.

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +5%

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

On tap at my work. Pours a dark, orangish copper color...clear with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very hoppy...like a DIPA should be. Some definite lemon aromas. Not sure how to distinguish lemon from lemon oil/lemon verbena...but I get lemon, so good enough. Other citrus aromas with lovely hoppiness and slight alcohol aroma. Taste is lemon at first...very noticeable on the center of the palate. Tip of the tongue get the initial booze and the hoppiness. Back of the tongue gets the bitterness with mellow, sweet malt. I was afraid that this was going to be as malty as the Ruination 10th Anniversary... but not even close. This beer stays big and hoppy, without all the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Drinkability is pretty damn high for such a big beer. Overall, not my favorite anniversary beer from Stone, but definitely a good one.

Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange. Clear. Bright-white head. Smooth and creamy. Drops to a thin cap and chunky collar. Some solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical from the start. Tangerine and a touch of peach. Big hit of lemon candy. Bright. Mild spiciness in the back. Almost no malt presence. Tiny hints of bready sweetness. It smells like a tropical Lemonhead. Slightly herbal and earthy. Dustings of pine. So much sweet lemon goodness.

Taste: Spicy rye with a big compliment of lemon verbena. Grass, herbal, and earthy. Some malts back it up a touch. Dry bread. Spiciness lingers. Some other fruit, mainly pears and apples. Aspirin-like bitterness. Reminds me of bergamot at times. Lots going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lingering dry spiciness.

Overall: A hot mess from Stone. All the big IPA/DIPA flavors are there, but they don't quite come together like I was hoping. Big huge layers, but it's not a whole cake. The cake is a lie.

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Volatile herbs are intense and lemony, but also quite green. After lemon comes mint, then something more savory like thyme (in order of intensity.) Malt is extremely nuanced--just a bit of bread and caramel--and hops are practically unidentifiable. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with immediate aromatic flavors of medicinal mint, artificial citronella, and other spicy herbs. Acidity is mild into the middle where the early herbaceous flavors persist and even become more intense. Bitterness is strong, yet easily overcome by other flavors. There is an overall aura of hops--Centennial or Columbus, perhaps--but just like in the smell, there is no instance where they define the sensory profile. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Very experimental, which is wonderful because there has never been another beer like it, but not as fine of an example as the Stone anniversary beers from the last few years. Its qualities are interesting yet cloying, reminiscent of fresh Saison du Buff in the very in-your-face way they are presented. Still, if a brewer is going to produce a one-off beer--an IPA in particular--it should be memorable, which this one is.

Photo of wtkphoto
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this fresh on September 3 before leaving the country and had to get a IPA in my system beforehand.

Poured into a tulip producing a great looking beer with a semi-transparent effervescent deep orange body and a voluminous slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly.

The lemon smell seems to hit juts a bit more above the sweet peach, grapefruit, and mango. Slight bit of spicy rye characteristic. Kind of melds with the lemon and isn't there too much.

The interplay between the lemon and malts in this beer is great to me. The lemon is prominent and pops out again over everything for a second. Sweet caramel and bready maltiness is there. The rye malt provides a nice little spice. The great hop aromas seem a little muddled in the taste. There is mostly juts grapefruit underneath the lemon.

The body is medium. The beer goes down smooth with a slight oiliness. After the initial pour the carbonation settled nicely.

The added lemon character seems a touch too much and overpowers some of the aspects of the beer which is unfortunate but makes for an interesting drinking experience.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus; sweet grapefruit, subtle pine and a touch of mild lemon sitting beneath.

Taste - Strongly herbal with big notes of lemon and pine. Sweet malt undertones. Hints of grapefruit pith. Sharp hop bitterness on the back end, eats away at the palate well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with silky carbonation. Goes down smooth despite the ABV and the aggressive flavor.

Overall - A well crafted brew, but I'm not sold on the strong herbal character. Reminiscent of their collab beer Saison du BUFF, only with a serious bump in citrus hoppage. Does well to hide the hefty 10% ABV; easier to drink than it should be.

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.