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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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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russwbeck

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:56:39 | More by russwbeck
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-21-2012 19:49:09 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-21-2012 00:30:38 | More by avaldivia
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:26:42 | More by WastingFreetime
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-26-2013 01:25:06 | More by doucmehu
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-27-2012 01:52:47 | More by SFC21
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:58:30 | More by TheSixthRing
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snaotheus

Washington

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 19:50:10 | More by snaotheus
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

10-27-2012 03:38:00 | More by pirmannt1
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

08-29-2012 01:15:46 | More by HoistinBrews
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BeerManDan

California

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

When poured the color was a deep golden yellow with a minimum amount of foam, but a nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell of a mild piney hoppy smell was evident along with a hint of citrus. The taste was of a mild piney hop, with a hint of lemon and a touch of spice. Not overly bitter, but, just enough to not mask the flavor of this IPA from Stone. Another plus from Stone Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 22:32:26 | More by BeerManDan
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-18-2013 19:22:55 | More by Danielr26
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-03-2012 12:16:14 | More by scott2269
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:09:23 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750bl bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed glass.

The color is a golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is full lemon aroma with a tangerine and a touch of grass that comes out in the back end of the nose.

The taste is sweet malts at first that gives to a citrus flavor that brings in the bitter hops toward the end. More lemon and tangerine like a lot of west coast IPAs that bring the hops. There is a slight candy sugar flavor like a Belgian triple that leaves a nice sweetness before that bitterness hooks up with it but does not push the sweetness completely away.

The feel of this beer is smooth going down with a push here in there with some bitterness but seems to be less spikey feel in back end. Things seem to meld together well and contributes to the nice drinkable feel of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:17:07 | More by Duhast500
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-17-2012 01:29:34 | More by tfsimpkins
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2012 04:39:14 | More by MaseFace
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-12-2013 19:03:18 | More by CityofBals
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dfillius

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

09-29-2012 00:52:30 | More by dfillius
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

01-13-2013 05:55:45 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-16-2013 00:49:02 | More by Thedrizzle
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-07-2012 19:04:33 | More by plumcrazyfx
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Perfect translucent amber body, shining luminously in every light. Smooth, chunky head of off-white, lots of volume and lots of lacing.

S: Dank hops run deep, extreme pine and rindy citrus. Not a ton of emphasis on the malts, but some dark breads with caramel undertones come through; not big and sugary, and that's just how I like my DIPAs. Lemon verbena and basil on the back end.

T: Pine, lemon rind, and verbena over moderately-toasted caramel breads - a dark, smooth, rindy hoppiness with an underlying sugar-bread maltiness. Grains are a doughy and satisfying layer, which combine with the hops and lemon in surprisingly mild balance. You'd expect a ton of hops from this brewer, but this is pretty balanced. Finishes herbal and a little citrus-pulpy; a mild dryness and chewy bread dough.

M: As viscous as a 10% beer should be; just right. A little more carb would be appreciated, but it's very good as it is.

O: I enjoyed this a lot more than the 15th Anniversary - Stone can most definitely do an IPA that satisfies my palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:18:40 | More by BarryMFBurton
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

08-31-2012 05:02:16 | More by mick303
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

09-24-2012 17:01:52 | More by smutty33
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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