16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
a: crystal clear amber body. an off white head that stood two inches tall in it's prime but slowly settled into a frothy cap leaving ring after ring of sticky lacing behind.
s: awful lemony, caramel malts, bread, sugar.
t: refreshing citrus blend of lemon and grapefuit and a touch of orange. nice malty body to balance things out.
m: medium body , good carbonation, oily and sticky on the inside of the cheeks with a short dry finish.
o: taste is better blended than the aroma, kinda one sided there. not overly bitter, nice balance to it.
09-06-2012 02:33:15 | More by match1112
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell yesterday, since it was the only place I found this at. I was excited to try this since I enjoyed the other Anniversary beers from Stone but this was just a bit lacking. It was a good IPA with enough alcohol and taste to it but the lemon and spice detracted from the overall experience a bit. While this was aggressive and edgy, it was just a bit too much out of the norm for me and not up to par with most of their other offerings.
The pour to this was a strong almond color with a nice head and lacing to match. Lots of pine in the front with a bit of valencia-type orange underneath it. That was also present in the taste up-front which faded into a mix of grass and pepper, before the lemon just took over. Just a bit too much sourness to this as the spice lingered in the aftertaste. Quite aggressive, this was not a quick sipper and was not as thick in the body as I would have liked either.
Like most of the Stone beers, this was very strong in the booze department and it did detract from the beer. It almost reminded me of a hopped-up Saison except the hue to this was clear. It was a unique take on the style but the West Coast feel of this was overshadowed by the overpowering spiciness and the near-pucker that my face made at times. There's nothing out there like this but there's a good reason why this wasn't something attempted before. It didn't really work and it was only worth a try once, just to see what any fuss was about.
11-05-2012 23:59:31 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours out a hazy light orange-amber color with two finger of soft soapy head that lasts for about six minutes, leaving behind some lovely fine-bubbled lacing curtains on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, somewhat sticky texture.
The nose is really quite lemony fresh, which is to be expected given the presence of lemon verbena and lemon oils to the beer. Surrounding the lemon-bomb is a housing built out of spicy / herbal noble hopping working in tandem with a mango-pineapple tropical fruit aroma. But throughout it all, the lemon remains solidly in the forefront. Floral bouquet also appears as the glass warms up.
The flavor is somewhat more grapefruit pith and pine resin focused than the nose was. In fact, sadly, most of the complexity from the nose doesn't show up as an equivalent flavor. All I get at first is a pretty standard herbal tea / leafy hopping in front of a medium-heavy grapefruit / pine and toffee malt standard IPA combo. Once the glass warms up, however, a small lemony flavor presence does appear, but not proportional to the hype expectations built up from the amazing nose. The ABV is very well hidden, though. A bit more peppery spice 'zing' could have helped brighten up the flavor profile a bit IMO.
Better than average, but not amazingly good.
10-03-2012 22:26:42 | More by WastingFreetime
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
Appearance: Clear, light amber - copper, gold when held to the light - little, white head that fades to a little ring - leaves a few specs of lacing
Smell: Lemon candy is center stage. but there are a lot of aromas in here - lemon, touches of other citrus (grapefruit), and some tropical notes (pineapple chunks), and some dry pine needles - some spiciness, slightly herbal, with a touch of grass - some booze - overall it kind of smells like tea, loaded with lemon, with a packet of sugar
Taste: Again, liquid lemon candy - hints of grapefruits, but it's mostly just lemon rinds - spicy rye, more spicy than the smell would suggest - earthy, herbal, grassy - some cooked, yet dry, bready malts - some tea-like flavors - kind of reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer, but with booze (apparently called a John Daly... hmmm)
Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily, slick, adequately carbonated, a bit sticky
Overall: Ok, but weird
I like this, but it's not really what I was expecting. Maybe I just don't appreciate lemon enough. Honestly, I actually had to look up what "lemon verbena" was. Apparently it's a shrub (thank you, Wikipedia). That may explain the tea-like properties. Anyway, I love Stone, and I may revert to believing that the Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was actually the 16th anniversary beer. Because that kicked ass. This does not.
Update: I grew tired of the taste quickly after starting to drink the second half of my bomber. And I woke up the next morning with a raging headache, sick to my stomach, and sweating uncontrollably. Either my body hates this beer or I got a 6-hour West Nile virus. Taste and overall scores have been reduced slightly from my previous scoring.
08-28-2012 06:36:12 | More by angrybabboon
4/5 rDev +5%
22oz bottle poured into a large mug
Pours a nice coppery tan with a good sized beige head, clear with no sediment, lots of fine slow carbonation throughout. Smell is citrus and hops. Nothing exciting, but fresh and nice smelling.
Taste is a mixture of citric bitter (lots) and flowery sweetness and plenty of hops. Malty sweetness, too.
Mouthfeel is medium thickness, slightly sticky. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer with an interesting floral tinge.
09-01-2012 19:50:10 | More by snaotheus
2.38/5 rDev -37.5%
A: The beer pours out a hazy yellow red color with a big white head. Bubbles aerate the beer and hold up the head, which laces nicely.
S: The aroma is full of lemon and orange. The piny hops I had hoped to experience aren't there. The fruits almost make this smell like cleaner and need the other hop aromas for balance.
T: The taste has more of a balance, luckily. The lemons and orange are back, but this time they're paired with some pine. The orange is stronger than the lemon, but the hops still aren't strong enough to make this something I'd consider drinking again. It's just too much lemon for me. The booze comes out at the end, which really doesn't help.
MF: The body is light and full of carbonation. The booze at the end negatively impacts the nice hop finish that I considered one of the only plusses of the beer.
O: I haven't been all that impressed with the Stone Anniversary series, and this is another example of that. The lemon was just too much, perhaps it wasn't fresh enough.
12-20-2012 01:56:39 | More by russwbeck
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
08-26-2012 23:58:30 | More by TheSixthRing
District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottled shared thanks to Jeff, thanks man.
The beer pours with a nice fluffy off white head that takes a while to go down, nice deep dark orange color with some gold highlights, just a little hazy.
The smell has a very piney and almost rosemary like, a little bizarre but interesting. Some other grassy notes. Some sweet fruity notes. that lemon herb thing is definitely there.
Taste is also very piney and veggie like, again a distinct rosemary or flowery edge that is interesting but not really what you expect at all in a DIPA. Lemon zest. Certainly a taste of rye. Interesting. Some definite alcohol buttery edge. A little sweet candy like stuff.
The feel is very influenced by the flower pine taste lemon verbena, it gives it a very oily slick feel.
Overall interesting but not amazing to me, might be just a bit too much muddled flavors.
08-17-2012 22:09:23 | More by Dreadnaught33
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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