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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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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oline73

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Stub and Herb's while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour and leaves mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus and pine notes from the hops. There are also some citrus juice type notes as well. Rather sweet.

Taste: There is a ton of citrus in this beer. Reminds me of mandarine oranges. The pine hops and alcohol remind me a bit of floor cleaner. The finish has a weird bitterness to it. Can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really weird beer. The various flavors just didn't work together for me. I wasn't able to finish my pour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:48:38 | More by oline73
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with moderate thick off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter lemon zest and fresh grapefruit, with some floral hops and sweet wild honey.
T: It tasted like strong herbal and resinous hops, with some lemon zest and unripe grapefruit and peppercorn and light caramel. It had a strong and clean aftertaste of earthy bitterness, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice full body.
D: This was a pretty powerful 2IPA with nice scent and bold taste. The body was immense, nearly chewy, and the finish was reasonably smooth. The alcohol wasn't too hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but I could see some age turning this into an entirely different but also good...and more mellow beer. Quite enjoyable fresh, and one of the better IPAs from Stone, but still not on the same level as some other modern IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:23:03 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:10:43 | More by billab914
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter glass

Appearance – Served an orange colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head was rather thin with it maintaining its composure for only a short time before fading to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweeter fruit smells of tropical fruits as well as a strong presence of some grapefruit and sweeter tangerine hop. Along with the citrus hop is a nice presence of a light pine and light floral hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some caramel and light fruit sweetness. There is a lighter citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front. While it is light initially the citrus get quite strong as the taste advances, bittering it quite a bit. More toward the end a pine taste enters the taste. This is accompanied by some caramel flavors which also come to the tongue more toward the end. These flavors all mingle quite well to give a pleasant hopped taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that was a bit below average. Both were quite nice for the hop flavors and bready flavors of the beer as they allowed all the hop tastes to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A rather tasty brew. Decently balanced for a stronger IPA. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:06:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 22oz bomber @ Bevco. Brewed with rye, "a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix" in addition to the Amarillo and Calypso hops.
10% ABV, 85 IBU's.

Pours out to a beautifully clear orange amber, forming a thick yellow head with excellent retention and beautiful sticky lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about ~2.7 carbs or so. The nose is all hops...not really picking up any lemon verbena which is dwarfed in comparison to the skunkweed, pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is dense, sticky, and lightly syrupy but still refreshing. Thankfully, the lemon verbena pops out in the flavor and adds a nice citrus character that one wouldn't get from hops alone. Bitterness is moderate, but is still balanced for being a hop bomb. Medium husky grain character in the middle, peculiar suggestions of mint and fennel, and a hoppy astringent finish with lingering tastes of lemon verbena.

A good beer. Expertly brewed, but also kinda a one-trick pony, as most DIPA's are. Not inclined to buy it again. @10% ABV, one is plenty, and the lemon verbena is a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:38:22 | More by Mitchster
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flexabull

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright and clear copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Aromas are of stinky resin, orange zest, and lemons.

Taste is definitely a bit different than your standard DIPA. Resiny, floral, lemon notes and with a sticky sweetness. Finish is bitter, with some orange, and hard candy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good body.

Overall, an interesting beer, maybe not really my cup of tea. Worth trying though because it's certainly unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:38:22 | More by flexabull
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scottfrie

California

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a glowing amber with huge, oily, khaki head that slowly faded into a fluffy film leaving streaks of rocky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of pine and citrus hops fill my nose. Grapefruit comes through alongside the lemon oil and lemon verbena it was brewed with. I get hints of toasted malt undertones and spicy rye.
T: Lemon is very noticeable on the nose. Pine sap and grapefruit are present as well, but the lemon really shines. The rye is much stronger than the nose as well, adding a nice balancing amount of spice to the hops. The finish has a good dose of both rye and hop bitterness and the lingering aftertaste is full of lemon oil. Bread crust malts and toasted grains poke through as well.
M: Very slick and oily mouthfeel, viscous body and smooth carbonation. Feels and drinks like a double digit super hopped dipa. The alcohol is well hidden although slightly noticeable in the finish, but this drinks like a beer with half the ABV.
O: Another enjoyable dipa from Stone. Very well executed with all the ingredients working well together.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:48:06 | More by scottfrie
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:54:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:07:42 | More by mdaschaf
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color. Rich and dense in the head department. Thick-lipped foam buttresses the wall of the glass. Nice clarity. Good retention. 4.0

Wafery malts and citrusy hops with a nice dose of boozy lemon from the lemon oil. More resinous than leafy. Caramelly notes play with some light medicinal phenols. 4.0

Liqueury and citrusy. Lemon oil, grapefruit, pastry dough, caramel malt backbone, shortbread, and some middling orange notes. Interesting flavors combined. 4.0

Pretty smooth body. A little sticky. Pick-up carbonation towards the end. Hot with alcohol. I'd rate this beer as 'pretty big'. 3.5

Impressive DIPA. A case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 14:42:50 | More by thecheapies
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prototypic

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16th Anniversary pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Holding it to light gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head sits on top. It stands over two fingers tall and is very slow to completely dissipate. Lacing was very sticky and thick, leaving an impressive web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. It smells rather sweet and sugary. Caramel malt is definitely in the mix, but doesn’t smell too strong. Toasted malts are secondary. Hops come through nice and strong. They smell mostly citric. Lemon and orange seem to be strongest scents, but they’re followed by grassy and floral notes. There is a bit of spicy rye, more than anticipated. Smells a bit bread-like. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s there. Smells good.

The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose. It starts out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s definitely sweet and sugary. The caramel variety is a little stronger than I’d like. Hops are nice and strong. They have a pretty nice flavor. It’s mostly citric lemon and orange. They’re nice and bitter, but the malts provide some balance. Rye is definitely more pronounced than advertised. It adds a spicy kick and works with the hops pretty well. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes sweet, hoppy, and a bit spicy.

16th Anniversary has a medium body. Carbonation seems relatively light and soft. It’s nice and smooth overall though. For a bigger beer, it goes down relatively easy. If the flavor were a little better, its drinkability would be scary.

Stone’s 16th Anniversary release is pretty good, but isn’t great. I like the flavors they experimented with, but the caramel and toasted malt base isn’t all that great. It’s a bit much for my taste, but it’s far from terrible. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle while it’s around. Happy 16th!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:37:44 | More by prototypic
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ironically its my 16th Anniversary and I'm drinking the 16th Anniversary from Stone...un planned I swear!! Nevertheless, the beer pours a cloudy copper with big finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The smell is fresh pine mixed with sweet malt and a tinge of citrus. The taste is starts bitter with pine and bitter citrus, then a smoothing malt comes in then followed by a bitter finish that is left on the pallet. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonaiton. Overall this is a big beer and is more of a sipping type. At 10% ABV it is a knockout punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:14:00 | More by WoodBrew
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 19:10:43 | More by sweemzander
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third time having this, finally reviewing it.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a golden slightly amber color. A nice two finger head. The texture is nice and creamy and lace forms immediately. Nice coat of lace around the glass.

S- Who would have guessed? A ton of lemon and citrus zest up front. Some herbal and floral qualities as well, hops make up most of the aroma. A bit of caramel and bread.

T- Lemon incarnate. Pretty much as zesty and lemon filled as a beer can be. Beyond that there is a bit of floral, spicy, pine, herbal, alcohol and caramel malts. Not tart but lemon flavors really dominate.

MF- Creamy body with a nice moderate carbonation level. Nice and bitter in the finish.

Lemon all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 04:12:24 | More by cbutova
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a fairly bright, chill-hazed orange color, with a whopping 2-3 finger off-white head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got a mild bit or grassiness that resembled (to me) a Belgian IPA in a few respects. It also had a bit of green tea notes that were infinitely interesting, along with a nice citrus orange component.

T: Not a totally, "laying waste to the palate," hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. This one has more in common with one of DFH's "Off-Centered" historical brews. I got some lemon peel, rye, and TONS of Amarillo. Good stuff....

M: Actually, the lemon takes center stage here, putting the bitter, grapefruit sizzle in its place. The lacing was pretty ridiculous, but I didn't find it cloying in any way.

O: Considering I only paid $7.99 for this bad boy, I think it was a steal considering the quality in this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:41:33 | More by Chaney
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harrymel

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this at the local rosauers. Pours copper and clear with a sheet of white foam. Smells medicinal with sweet lemons, orange peels, peppercorn, tea tree and just a hint of licorice at the end. Flavor is sweet with the lemon oil, alcohol, caramel and very little hops for the likes of stone. Medium bodied with moderate Carb and dry fimish. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:18:27 | More by harrymel
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Florida9

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Darker shade of amber. Forms a rather small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention, but there's not much there to start with. Some moderate lacing.

S: Light notes of caramel and rye malts with a more perceptible dose of citrus hops. Some light lemon.

T: Starts off with a pretty good amount of whole lemon. Lemon peel and lemon pith. But the "brightness" of the lemon is tempered by a a woodsy, malty, earthiness. There is a hint of peppery spice from the rye. Finishes with a slight umami note. Intriguing.

M: Medium bodied and a little meaty with a moderate to strong bitterness. Medium carbonation. There is a slight bit of alcoholic heat, but I admit that sometimes I like the way rye plays with fusel spice.

O: This beer is a hard one to place, but, in the end, I enjoyed it quite a bit. There is an interplay between the earthy rye and the citrus lemon that is very interesting. Not sure where the verbena comes in, but it still works for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:05:27 | More by Florida9
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AgentMunky

California

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled August 2012.

A: Fluffy white head fades sorta soon. Good lacing. Mild effervescence and amber clarity.

S: Huge hops. This smells 100+ IBU. Huge, piny hops with grapefruit rind and weed. Lemon zest and excellence.

T: Uh, what? The lemon oil/verbena is way overwhelming and makes it taste like my bathsoap (L'Occitane en Provence Lime Verbena). The IPA part is fine, but I don't really enjoy the additional citrus peel supplements. The aftertaste is bitter and earthy.

M: Substantial enough. Goodish carbonation.

O: You can't just throw hops at everything. The herbal nature of this beer puts me off. Not recommended from the bottle (though I seem to recall an excellent draft version).

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 06:25:56 | More by AgentMunky
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 11:12:11 | More by claspada
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Hazy deep orange pour topped with a thick, tight, creamy head. Smooth, well-blended, and quite hoppy...a very Stone-like aroma. Highly fruity: peach, apple, and sweet lemon along with a little pine resin and some bread way in the back. First sip doesn't bring as much lemon as I was expecting. It's hoppy alright, but not brashly so. More sweet peach, melon, floral hops, and bright fruitiness all commingling into a smooth, interesting lupulin showcase. The lemon/citrus does seem to make itself more known the longer it sits in the glass, but the rye doesn't show much. Bitter and medium bodied. Less drinkable than anniversary beers in years past, but still a fairly unique take on the style and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:14:34 | More by wedge
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allengarvin

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard nonik pint glass, this beer is a clear amber color, with fine streaming bubbles from the bottom leading up to a densely packed quarter-inch of head. The nose offers a sweet orange scent of hops (not lemon, to my nose)... and lots of it. The flavor, though, I don't find all that interesting. The initial sweet, thick malt gives way to highly citrus hops, but there's an almost medicinal tinge to it that's not, I think, attributable to the high alcohol content. It's not unpleasant per se, but it is somewhat harsh, especially at the finish. It is a very warming beer, and might make a good closer after a meal of assertive flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:14:56 | More by allengarvin
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange, with a fluffy off-white head. Left some lacing

S: Definitely can get the lemon oil. Hints a booze, some peppery notes, spices and some herbal qualities

T: Lemony too on the taste, bit of a bitter edge, citrus fruits, and some alcohol. Some sweet malts too.

M: Quite full, slick and quite oily feeling.

Overall, it's pretty good, but it's not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:24:37 | More by EgadBananas
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright deep gold body. Rocky snow white head fills half the glass. Great dripping lace.

Nose is big with lemon. Can a scent echo? Hint of rye. More there that I can't define.

A flash of malt sweet under a wave of lemon citrus. Spicy. Rye. Fresh.

Mouthfeel comes across s light but not thin.

A lot of elements, some unusual for an IPA. Certainly an interesting one-off. I don't feel they all come together well enough that I would want to revisit this anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:45:01 | More by RonfromJersey
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Beaver13

Colorado

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

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesn't quite fit in.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:05:29 | More by Beaver13
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:23:31 | More by Dope
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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