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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

392 Reviews

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 1,389
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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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Reviews: 392 | Hads: 1,389
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage - at the beach.

A: The super IPA is a paler amber color, still well within the specs. Lots of barely-off-white head comes along for the rich - huge and big and foamy.

S: Incredibly fragrant, sticky with flowers, citrus, and pine. In an interesting twist, mint aromas join the lemons, pineapples, and oranges. A light malty biscuit base, not too much to dwell on there. The mint, stronger in the taste when paired with lemons, is a nice touch. Call me crazy but that nose rocks.

T: The hoppiness is tropical, lush and quite strong. Very much a tree in my glass with the pine, citrus and orange flavors. Mid-sip, lemons and mint step up, adding more bitterness with a much sweeter finish - still hoppy and bitter but restrained a bit. Caramel and biscuits are here, more evident in the lulls in hoppiness that sporadically occur. It's strong and bitter, the floral and citrus aspects. I was quite taken by it.

M: Lemony and citrusy, to the nth degree. Syrupy, minty, hoppy, bitter. I picked up another one.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger pillowy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a nice balance of citrus/tropical fruit, spicy, earthy hop notes and sweet malts. Very floral with some dank, grassy pine needle character along with a slight onion-y presence. This is countered by a prominent tropical and citrus fruit notes, notably grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Malt backbone is a bit stronger than I expected with caramel, toffee, biscuit and grain.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops that give off an overwhelming dry bitterness that dominates the flavor. Not as complex as the nose suggests with tongue coating, resinous pine needle and earthy grass flavor. The onion like character from the nose is there but all of the citrus and tropical fruit sweetness is completely overpowered. Again, the malt backbone is stronger than I prefer with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked but the hop profile is too one dimensional and the malt presence is too strong for my preference.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive, lightly hazy, orange-gold color with over a half-inch of just off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma had a lot of citrus notes in the front, some soft malts underneath, and a slight bit of pine at the back. On the tongue, the bee was pretty similar, citrus and pine hops, maybe with a hint of floral too, and the flavors were nicely soft, not obnoxiously bold. The beer was surprisingly well balanced, not one of Stone's strong suits, and had a bit of a lingering bitter finish.

The body was fuller than typical, while being very smooth for the style, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, if I didn't have to go to work, I would have had a couple more. Overall, a very good beer. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.19.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a 3/4 inch, cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Citrusy sweet, lots of lemon, and some slight pine.

T - Lemon peel, citrus and light pine followed by some spices.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Citrusy lemon with a rye-spice finish.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. There's also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review #1300!

22oz bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 8$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. There is also some pine/resin mixed with a herbal flavour (rosemarry/menthol? can't put mu finger on it). It ends with a fairly hoppy bitter citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - While it may not be a spectacular beer, I can at least appreciate that they are trying to do something different/original. I probably won't buy another bottle, but it was well worth 8$ to try it.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden amber color. Some good white froth and lace.

(S)- A slightly strange but intense hoppy resin-like sweetness. Bits of citrus too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in a dense oily resin-like hop citrus. Very subtle citrus with a spicy rye characteristic.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. A tad strange in an oily dense hop character. Quite bitter too.

(O)- Typical Stone fashion, but not quite up to par in that sense. Kind of a strange oily character that is not horrible, but just strange. They have done much better.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle at Beer Nutz in Fox Chapel.

A - As most stone ales the looks is beautiful. Sticky opaque colored head well over an inch. Love the lacing and the beer itself is kind of oil like with a slight haze and a orange amber color.

S - The smell really shows the lemon oils mixing well with citrus and piney hops. Smells mild yet very bitter with a nice touch of caramel or cracker malts.

T - Wow it's actually quite good! The lemon gives the citrus hops a mild zest that covers up the bite of hops a tad. Middle palate is some zippy harsh west coast hoping but after a half glass it seems to be balanced well with the sweet cracker malt.

M - Medium yet oil like. A sipper for sure.

Overall even these lower rated stone beers seem great to me. Even thought it's not the most interesting Stone Anniversary ale it's still mighty tasty and worth a try!

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber honey color with a creamy small white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a crap ton of lemon and candy, almost like Lemonheads. As it warms I get some more lemon zest, grapefruit and some toasted bready and slightly spicy rye maltiness.

The tastes begin with a subtle citrus lemon and blood orange. Then you get some dry candied citrus rind. As it warms you get some solid spicy rye maltiness and light caramel sweet maltiness. Alcohol pops up a little as it gets to room temperature. Lemon verbena or the hops make it a bit abrasive towards the bottom of the bottle.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter from the ample hopping and lemon verbena additions, but not overly so.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. There is nothing mind-blowing, and it is fairly one noted with spicy rye and lemon hoppiness flavor, but what is wrong with that. I am glad they made this imperial, because the serious lemon bitterness and flavor needs a larger sweet malt backbone or the astringent bitterness would be overpowering, but they did, so it it's pretty solid.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, very long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A strong, bold aroma of hops - lots of them - citrus, and some malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste had whole lot of hops to it. It's a little on the harsh side in the finish, but nothing to cry about. There were also hints of malt, rye, and a bit of lemon as well. A pretty good flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, generally well done beer. On whole, a drinkable brew.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange, with a 2 inch head, and very good lacing.

Smells very lemony, with some honey, and spicy, piney hops.

The taste is similar. Less of a lemon presence in the flavor, but still there. A bit reminiscent of lemon pledge, but not in a bad way, necessarily. Some spicy hop flavors are reminiscent of rye, which makes sense given the rye additions, as well as the typical Stone pine/grapefruit bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness, might be because it's an older(ish) keg.

Starts sweet, but finishes very dry. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low.

An interesting take on the IPA- the lemon IPA, basically, and I thought it worked.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a brilliant orange color. Body glows. Head is a chunk of raw dough.mhead is tan, Head retains in veteran fashion. Superb lacing too. Another perfect looking Stone brew.

S-Wow, this may be the most mint-stressed beer I have come across. Menthol. Lemons and citrus. Plenty of pine. Light rye spice. Very bold. I am excited.

T-A sad mixture of mouthwash, Orbit gum, and pine sap. Stinging. Not much tropical hops at all. Rye is washed out. Abrasive in the worst way. Very disjointed and even a bit offensive.

M-Boozy and the flavor hangs on to a sickening degree. Dry, bitter and stinging.

O/D-Almost as bad as their Belgo-Anise RIS. Really a big letdown. As happy I was yesterday with their 10th Anni Ruination, I am hugely let down by this brew. No dice kid.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this thrice in the past week and a half, and for the first time last night, the beer was actually drinkable, and my notes are based on this bottle. My score, however, is a composite of all my experiences with the beer.

A brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head that leaves nice lacing, this beer looks great! The nose is rather intensely lemony, almost Pledge-like, with a bit of bleach. Huge lemon aromatics, drowning out the hops, the malt and the rye. A little sweetness is perceived, though. The palate is similar. Intensely oily, resiny lemon, citronella-like, the lemon verbana is way overdone. Despite what the bottle says, it isn't a hint of lemon, it's a metric fuckton. All the contribution of the hops are washed out, the malt is present mostly as a sweetness, and the lemon helps hide the alcohol. Medium-light in body, very oily and resiny, this beer is more of an experience than something to revisit. A bit of a chore.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, bright copper body, filmy white lace

smell: really beautiful - lush tropical fruit is dominant, sugarcane, some caramel malt

taste: a little bit of a different story - spicy rye is dominant, herbal hops, a somewhat abrasive alcohol presence. caramel malt, bitter orange peel. Not particularly great

mouthfeel: quite bitter, boozy

overall: not the finest anniversary effort

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Photo of barnzy78
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, pours a deep copper color with a full beige head that holds good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are somewhat odd with lemon rind, pine, earthy and spicy from the rye. Tastes are dank, oily hops, lemon, caramel, rye, earthy, almost reminiscent of pinesol, alcohol is well concealed however (I was surprised to see 10% as I was half-way through the bottle). Mouth-feel is medium bodied, resiny, and sticky on the palate, while finishing semi-dry. Overall, I was a a little disappointed in this one. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting for an anniversary IPA from Stone.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I didn't notice the strength or brew date (Aug 2012) when I grabbed this, warm, off the shelf at local market (new seasons, small, high craft turn-over). The ABV suprised me when I read it after drinking a few ounces before starting this review. The age not so much....
Appearance is pale bronze. The huge head on this sucker is really dense and fluffy, lots of thick clingy white foam.

Smell is herbal, mint green tea. The lemon (verbana?) gains pungency as it warms. But more so, the band-aide.

Taste is a little on the oxidized side, this really has a strong hrebal lemon / mint tea vibe. It's clean though regarding the blistering ABV, and from the consideration of an herbal beer, it's not bad at all, a fine pairing with a nice rich, hot panang curry. I like the little spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's just not at all what I expected. But, I didn't read the date on this, and frankly, it's aged seemingly well.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
10% ABV, Bottle Conditioned. Enjoy Fresh. August 2012.

A - The haziness from tiny floating particles in the beer is no surprise due to It's bottle conditioned nature but, the beer remains a gorgeous vibrant orange color. The rocky ivory head has exceptional retention and leaves some nice chunky lace attached to the glass.

S - The aroma whisks me back a few weeks to hop harvest when my fingers were covered in delicious-smelling lupulin. Stone's 16th Anniversary is quite similar, exploding with mango and pineapple citrus and gummy pine resin, the added lemon ingredients help quite a bit though. In addition to the sticky lupulin-covered fingers, the aroma's herbal quality is reminiscent of dry potpourri or walking into Michael's, the arts and crafts chain. Undertones of sweet pilsner and caramel malt and a hint of pale graininess provide a good base for it's strong, unique hoppiness.

T - Sharp lemon Pledge citrus attacks the tongue viciously with it's tangy bite and acidic feel which overtakes even what the nose suggested. Heavy pine and citrus characteristics from the hops flood the taste buds afterwards and are briefly followed by a flash of sweet caramel malt. In fact, forget the malt in this beer - it provides no real interaction beyond keeping the hops from over-running the whole thing. But not for a lack of trying, instead for the fact they're just way over powered.

M - Bitter as all hell, this beer decimates the taste buds with a flurry of sticky hop resin and a full body. It goes down rather smooth and finishes dry, but forget about tasting anything once you're through.

O - Stone continues their tradition of innovation and brewing a commemorative IPA with their 16th Anniversary beer, an outrageously bitter and lemon-centric brew that destroys balance while marrying bold citrus hops with interesting ingredients. Despite the uniqueness Stone 16th Anniversary showcases, this IPA becomes taxing after a few short sips, even for a hop-head such as myself. The liquid envelope is pushed which is worthy of praise, but I regret not splitting this bottle more than two ways.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den

Pours a clouded copper color with some golden tones. Thin white head dissolves slowly while leaving sticky, webbed lacing around the glass.

A plethora of pine, citrus, lemon and boozy warmth in the nose. Bread crust and biscuit malt with a dosage of sweetness.

Biting hops with acidic lemony tones and grapefruit. Hints of rye spice creep through, mixed in with citrus fruit. Soft sweetness from bready malt backbone, although the combo of heavily acidic and bitter hops with rye and high ABV makes this a little rough. Finishes dry, hot and abrasive.

Medium body, decent carbonation, rougher on the tongue with lingering dryness. After the success of last year's anniversary installment, I had higher hopes for this, but there's just too much going on at once. Combine this with the double digit ABV and it's not something I'll be too quick to revisit.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with some dark copper hints around the edges, mild clarity and a frothy, creamy off-white head - this is a Stone brew, so you can typically expect excellent lacing, and sure enough, the lacing is magnificent.

The aroma is heavily saturated with pine and resinous oils, somewhat grassy and herbal, along with a thick overcoat of citrus and fruit, but not the typical profile you'd expect to see in an IPA. This one includes some lemon and lemon zest, almost with a "Lemon Pledge" type aroma to it, along with faint tangerine, grapefruit rinds, and sugary sweetness.

The aroma leads into the taste pretty well, you get what you're expecting here. Lots of pines, oils, and grassy notes outline things while the lemon verbena, citrus, and orange peel come alive. The lemon flavors in conjunction with the hop profile yields an interesting, herbal, lemongrass tea flavor. Nice amount of bitterness from the pines while remaining sweet from the fruit.

Alcohol is not a problem here, especially considering the hefty 10% ABV tag. Malt flavor is subdued here, I'd like to say I taste some caramel malts, but it's just not prominent enough to really bother talking about. Medium body, maybe a little on the thicker side, slick and smooth. The rye actually provides a relaxing, somewhat dry finish and really shines in the aftertaste, along with a touch of grassy bitterness. Medium-high carbonation in this one.

Many people seem to be upset with this beer, but I thought it was pretty good. Nice fruity characteristics, which were a little different than most IPAs. It's always good to mix things up. I didn't think the fruitiness was too overdone, either. It was nice and refreshing and it works well with Stone's monster hop line-up. I guess when all is said and done, I'd still reach for a Ruination before this, but it was definitely a decent change of pace.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

A golden orange liquid with a two finger ecru cap. The cap falls slowly with some big sip marks as I work my way through.

The nose is of fusel alcohol, lemons, pine, rye, grapefruit, and lightly toasted pale malt. Fairly straightforward until that big dose of lemons hit you.

On the palate, it follows the nose. The rye lends a spicy note that complements the tart citric nature of the lemons nicely. A good sized malt driven heft mid-palate. Some grapefruit and pine up front with fusel alcohol on the back end. A moderate warming lingers.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a good amount of booze on the back end. In time, a pleasing hop bitterness builds, covering up the booze.

A different IPA, reminding me of sorachi ace prominent ales. Flavorful and big; the 10% is not bashful. Good bitterness that will satisfy any hophead's craving....as expected from Stone.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.