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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring that is hazy and opaque with a low profile, fluffy, white, clingy head that sits a solid half an inch on the surface. Aromas of caramel sweetness, a roasty overtone, lemon sweetness, and herbal spicing. Flavors are a bit spicy, with a peppery and oregano blend that adds to the carbonation to give the body a sharp feel in mouth. Toffee backbone that supports the lemon sweet flavors, both fruity and tart. A heavy hops presence spices it up, with a resiny character that brings an overall heaviness the beer was previously lacking. It doesn't start this way, but the brew turns out to be fairly well balanced. Herbal influences come around again leading into the aftertaste, with fiddlehead and cedar green flavors as well. This really is a topsy-turvy ride for the taste buds, starting on the malt heavy side, swinging over to a fruity and spiced blending, and then delving into a hoppy bath for the palate. Very unique and tasty. Smooth, slightly effervecent and bitter-dry finish cleans the palate and gives you a slight reprieve before round two. Tasty brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in my Detroit hotel room... Picked up in Lansing at a party supply store... Can't remember the name.

Pours a polished clear lite amber... very pretty... off white head shows for about an inch and drops back pretty quickly but leaves behind decent drapes of lacing..

Nose shows herby lemon.. a bit of sorta soapy fruitiness.. just enough pale malt to balance... something that I identify with menthol with warmth, but I can't really pick out.. flowery.. almost potpourri (not a compliment)...

Flavor certainly has the traditional SoCal DIPA qualities, but they seem to get lost in a bit of astringent notes.. Big bitterness right up front.. "NOW I know what lemon verbena tastes like", too much.. reminds me of a dry tea... The malts are the tie that binds... Not really digging it.. Potpourri is a good comparison.

Expected body and carbonation... Stone does no wrong.

Overall though.. I think this one for me is maybe only a two or bottle buy... Seems pretty decent fresh, but just too abrasive and shows nothing interesting. Smells and tastes like a "flower shop" with warmth.. Okay, and I appreciate what they are going for, but it is just not in my liking.

4/3/3/4/3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden in color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever and leave lots of lace on the way down the glass. Spicy and lemony aromas waft from glass signaling that this is no ordinary IPA. Earthy and herbal hops mesh with just a hint of bready malt aroma. The initial hit to the palette is bready malt until the earthy hops lake over. The spice takes over and when mixed with the lemon provides a mesh of herbal flavor long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Interesting IPA. I'm not totally sold on the rye and lemon combo but it is great to try a beer with non traditional ingredients.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Thin off white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon and orange. Flavor is distinct lemon and orange essence, pine and citrus hops supported by a nice slightly sweet, but neutral malt body. Finishes refreshing citrus and hops. Medium bodied. Very unusual, but I really liked it. Interesting flavor components, but nicely integrated. High ABV is hardly noticeable until you stand up. Happy aniversary Stone!

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

Fresh bottle from August 2012 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Translucent light to medium orange. One finger of creamy off-white head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, peach, lemon and a spiciness present. The lemon is not as pungent as I expected, which is a good thing. A slight caramel malt backbone adds another layer of complexity to a nice nose.

T - A big bitter hop punch up front with some lemon zest and lighter grapefruit and orange notes. Some spiciness is present, alo

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of xnicknj
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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