16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
Clear deeply amber colored ale with a small white head. This is the color I call IPA Orange.
Smell is citrus and soap with tea scent. There is a delicate floral scent that is not obscured by the hops. The best I can describe the floral scent is roses. That said it isn't that aromatic.
Starts out semi-dry and savory without any complexities. Alcohol stings the tongue a bit. Alcohol warms the chest without really being detectable in the taste. Strong tea and wood with a little burnt sugar taste. Reasonably bitter. Honestly not that flavorful.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall I am severely disappointed. Stone can make better beer than this. I will try this again at a later date and confirm or revise my low opinion of this beer.
08-26-2012 23:36:51 | More by Zorro
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
bottle split with oglmcdgl
Stone 16th pours out nice like with a bright golden look with some burnt yellow highlights. The white foam builds up to two inches and leaves some nice clings on the glass. A nice lively looking beer with retention.
Smell is ultra hoppy at this young stage, with a nice heaping of the C-Hops giving of citrus rind out the wazoo. Yes, I get the lemon essense in this along with some more tropics, not that much pine. Just a hit of some pale malt keeping things in check. A earthy grassy appeal towards the end with some alc.
And this is anice beer, too nice perhaps, Realy easy to drink with lemon, orange, mango and some faint peach. The bitterness is there yet not scorching. Lighter tropics in the middle with a twist of bubblegum leading into the semi malty finish. A all around beer.
Feel is medium bodied with some nice bubbles going for it. Lively in the mouth, a long aftertaste with some lemonheads. I could of did the whole bomber easily.
09-08-2012 05:13:45 | More by BARFLYB
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, lemongrass, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, grass, orange, spicy rye, caramel, pineapple, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, lemon grass, caramel, rye, bread, pineapple, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Rye is subtle and not overwhelming. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Double IPA from Stone. Very unique with the lemon zest and rye flavors, but they work very well. Very well balanced with all flavors including the rye; very smooth to sip on for the gravity. Highly enjoyable stuff as I would have expected from Stone.
09-11-2012 04:09:41 | More by superspak
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" blonde head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head holds on well, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is lime and spices.
Taste is bitter from top to bottom, as you would expect from the style and Stone. Amongst that, a sweet start, citrus in the middle, and tons of pine hops through and after the close. numbing alcohol aftereffects. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, but drinkability is somewhat limited for me due to the overpowering bitter. I realize that is the style, but still think it can be done with a bit more finesse, and allow more flavors to still come through.
10-24-2012 23:43:08 | More by ppoitras
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
LOOK: Orange colored brew, with good clarity. Soapy foam lasts the duration and leaves good lace. Looks like an oily, sticky IpA.
SMELL: Citrus, typically lemon and grapefruit and some pineapple notes. Pine, grass and honey round things out.
TASTE: Herbal tones are strong from lemon verbena. Oily hops and lemon influences are also well pronounced. Decent balance of sweetness, herbal qualities and bitterness. The alcohol is not very apparent in the taste.
FEEL: Full bodied, crisp carbonation. Flavor of hop, lemon and herb linger.
OVERALL: As solid as ever, stone creates another hop monster.
12-06-2012 00:30:03 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.
The beer is orange hued with a thin, white collar. The aroma brings notes of pineapple, melon, alcohol, hops, citrus. Smells both strong and inviting. The flavor is sweet and a bit syrupy, with candied tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and spice. The aroma is far superior to the flavor. The feel is a bit sweet and oozy. A solid beer, though best in small quantities. A nice brew to bring to a tasting.
08-17-2012 22:05:52 | More by Huhzubendah
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
I don't know. I just don't. Something in this beer is hitting me wrongly. Looks good, no question. The aroma is a bit like lemon Pledge and flowers. Maybe it's just that I expected hops. It's similar to hops, and hops are there, but the weird lemon thing....
For a base, the malt is great. A bit of spice, some caramel, but mostly it's sturdy toasted biscuit.
Feels like an IPA, abv is hidden very well. Normally a 22oz of Stone is fine. This one I shared b/c I wanted to. I don't know
09-02-2012 16:52:10 | More by Mebuzzard
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up some light lemon, dry citrus and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's more of a malt presence than I expected, and the finish is alcoholic and hot. The beer has good bitterness, but it's not enough to counter the sweet malty alcohol flavor, and I don't think the lemon flavor helps a whole lot. Mourhfeel is medium bodied with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability is very poor... cannot imagine trying to down an entire bomber of this beer.
While not terrible, I think this is a miss for Stone. I had a difficult time even drinking the sampler size glass I got, and drinking the beer side by side with the excellent Stone double dry hop IPA really put things into perspective. Am not impressed with this one.
08-19-2012 18:35:38 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real aggressive head, makes three fingers and hangs on real tight without letting go, a sort of off white colored head faint tan in there. Body is a real nice crystal faint orange/ruby amber color, picking up highlights of your background quite nicely changing and stuff. Interesting and impressive.
Nose is bready malts, a good lemon citrus hop feel. Some nice brown sugar toasting. Simple and solid. Feels alright.
Palate hits with a somewhat herbal lemon, and faint sharp cough medicine, but quickly disappears into a nice hop blast and warming sugar. Body is even a little thin, and aftertaste is a little fleeting, matching some lemon warmth and mild sugars. Lingering mild lemon zest, and dry hops.
Overall the beer feels big but not too out of control, and certainly not big as it's 10% abv would indicate. Strangely doesn't feel that rye like spicy, but it tastes like a solid simple straight forward DIPA.
08-22-2012 02:11:00 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Big off white to light yellow head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a copper honey colored beer.
Light pine and floral notes mixed with citrus hops, with some lemon aroma.
A light quick bitter bite hits with the first sip and is followed with lemony citrus, pine, and some floral like hops tastes that kind of finishes with a light caramel malt that isn't to strong.
A dryish aftertaste with some light citrus hops tastes hanging around on this solid medium bodied IPA.
A pretty decent IPA, but I think there are quite a few better IPA's waiting in store coolers that cost less. That's not saying there's anything bad about this, it's just that I think there are better IPA's like Happy Camper, and some of Stone's own stuff.
09-23-2012 21:50:45 | More by LXIXME
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Bottled Aug 12. Consumed 9-7-12.
A: Neat coppery-orange with a few beaded strands of moderately paced carbonation bubbles. The head is the showcase here, rising to the occasion, 2+ fingers high, a whipped frothy sturdy structure that was light beige in color and showed a spongy film lacing on the vessel.
S: Fresh lemon and pale grains arrive on the aroma, decent level of awareness. Light mention of tropical fruitiness, dried pineapple slices, mango, with a light touch of fresh cherries. Some apple-pear yeastiness with a sweet graininess rounds things out.
T: Upfront some fresh lemony hops, apple-cherries, pear, with sweet toasted grains along with some dried tropcial fruitiness. The flavor quickly progresses from a fresh wet and sweet nature to a lemony flowery bitterness that is fairly agrresive, dry, with a spicy hint of dry lemon-peppercorns. Some light smooth watery burbon alcohol is dry on the finish. Toasty citrus peels warmth with a french toasted breadiness.
M: Mouthful is light-medium, with a alcohol warmth. Toasty warm citrus and alcohol glow on the inner cheeks. Spicy dry bite of peppercorns comes upon the swallow.
O: Overall a nice layering of complexity. Subtle nuances of rye, citrus, dried tropical fruitiness as well yeasty attributes are there, but are brief in its stay occuring in the first several sips. After this the aggressive nature of the hops take over and numb the tongue of the subtle complexities that occur on the first several sips. Enjoy it while it lasts as the hops close out the drink in bitter fashion.
09-13-2012 23:10:25 | More by beerthulhu
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.
A - orangish amber with a thin white head
S - very herbal: rosemary, thyme, lemon oil
T - lemon peel, lemon rind, rosemary, lemon oil, herbal hops
M - warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated
I enjoyed this. I think this is very unique. I didn't get much of the pepper from the rye, but the lemon and lemon oil are very noticeable. The herbal hops that are used add a very intricate flavor and aroma. I thought the aromas were quite similar to the herbs in Saison du BUFF. This definitely earns points for creativity, style, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.
08-25-2012 14:47:13 | More by tdm168
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
A: Pours a dark orange color with a large off-white head with decent retention. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.
S: Lots of lemon and pine, almost reminds me of lemon pine-sol. Some light citrus fruits, a little bit of spice, and faint alcohol. Overall there is a perfumy/soapy aroma that I don't really dig.
T: Interestingly, there is some candied sugar mixed in with lemon, lemon zest and a little bit of rye spice. On the finish there is a bit of grapefruit and pine.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The pine-sol aspect doesn't really do much for me.
O: Not bad, not really sure why they had to make the abv so high, I think at around 7% it would have been a little better.
08-29-2012 01:07:42 | More by mdaschaf
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Orangeish pour, quite a bit of head for something so obviously hoppy, not to mention all the lemon I'd imagine doesn't usually bode well for head retention, but I'll be damned if this didn't rock 1" of white head on the top, and lacing afterwards to boot!
Aroma, hops, lemon, period. Rye not appreciable in the aroma nor taste.
Taste, solid to be expected delivery from Stone. Its hoppy. Its big. The lemon aspect is cool, not a distraction or too big, its definitely there and up front, but I don't think it makes this a lemon beer moreso than being a different dipa. Hides a big amount of alcohol very well, especially considering the malt aspect, especially the rye is nuanced at best. Caramel is low, this isn't a dipa in the Ruination vein in terms of massive all around.
Another winner for Stone, I would have thought the different directions one could go on hoppy would have been over by now, but beers like this, and many others they have made throughout the years disprove that notion.
Review #2100 folks.
10-08-2012 19:51:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.53/5 rDev -33.6%
22oz bottle poured into my Mad Fox glass. Amber in color with a thin, sticky head to it. It left some really nice lacing as I drank it.
The lemon verbena is immediately apparent in the aroma. It gives it a pretty strong herbal, floral, lemony flavor. I like the notes of rye and toasted malts I'm getting though. The hops seem overshadowed by the lemon verbena for me unfortunately.
The taste follows through with more of the herbal, floral, lemony flavors throughout. I get some of the hop bitterness coming out mostly in the finish. Again, I'm really liking the rye and toasted malt base, but the lemon verbena is just ruining it for me. It reminds me a little of air freshener or some type of cleaning product.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I really didn't like the lemon verbena addition. It gave it a strong herbal and floral character that made me think of cleaning products or potpourri. I can't believe the description says the lemon is supposed to be "subtle", because that definitely wasn't my experience with it. It had did have a lot of positive things going for it, they just got overshadowed unfortunately. I'd love to try this without the lemon verbena, but with it I can't say it was a very enjoyable beer.
08-18-2012 21:10:43 | More by billab914
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
Clear coppery amber with a light beige cap, good head retention, chunky lacing. Aromas of lemony citrus, some zest and pith, herbal and earthy, with caramel and toasted malts. Bitterness threatened to overpower the flavour and alcohol was present throughout. Lemon and herbal hops, toasted and caramel sweetness, slight woodiness, higher alcohols. Lingering lemons, rye, and slight spice. Medium to full bodied with nicely integrated carbonation, alcohol warmth, slight dryness in the finish. Pretty good overall, but the flavour was a bit muddled by the bitterness and alcohol, making it difficult to fully enjoy the other flavours present.
09-21-2012 21:09:29 | More by DrJay
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.