16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,384 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of beagle75
3.58/5  rDev -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 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 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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of peabody
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

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 smutty33
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a honey amber color, with a half finger of white head that laces slowly, held aloft by light amounts of carbonation

S - citrus pops into my nose first, quickly tailed by some piney hops, some lemony hints at the end separate from the typical grapefruitiness of the hops profile

T - the hops don't hold back, a sweet pine flavor that is the bitter hops with a wash of lemon sweetness, I was worried that the lemon flavor would be like Pledge, like the lemon flavor in the Lemon infused Coca-Cola.

M&D - hides the alcohol well, smoother than expected, I thought it would be a little more effervescent. It is complex and layered and flavored magnificently. Stone does it again!!

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of spoony
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into a 10oz nonic.

A-Nice golden color with hints of copper. A thin, light khaki head recedes quickly leaving lots of lace.

S-great hops with pine and spices. Definite lemon notes. Picked up a little rye/grain, but, surprisingly, not much alcohol.

T-Hops and spice, with a touch of lemon. I noticed a little malt on the mid-palate. As it warmed, the rye flavor came on stronger and the spices grew. Hints of bourbon/vanilla towards the end.

M-pretty dry, but not mouth puckering. Long finish with moderate carbonation.

O-a big, bold beer that I really enjoyed. A complex IPA. I liked it, but I cannot decide if I would drink more than one per day.

Edit: I tried this brew again from the bottle and found the taste to be much more sweet...almost cloying. Whereas the tap pour had a crisp flavor and feel, the bottle seemed to be more artificial tasting. Almost like Stone was trying too hard. If I could, I would drop my taste and mouthfeel scores by a few notches.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beer2day
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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of CEDAMA
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed 8/28/12

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.

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.