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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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 JohnGalt1
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

JohnGalt1, Sep 02, 2012
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a globe glass

A: Fairly clear amber copper colored body with a creamy, bubbly off-white one finger head. Lacing is pretty good as well as nice amounts of retention on the surface.

S: Big citrus hops, lemon and orange oil, sweet sugary malts. Sort of reminded me of a sugar-coated orange slice candy with touches of floral hops too.

T: More lemon and orange oil up front, almost as if this were some sort of extract; very potent. Citrus, floral and a dash of piney hops on the palate. Finish is fairly bitter into the linger.

M: Just a bit thin though it does have a nice feel and creaminess for the style. Easy drinking with a small amount of alcohol.

This was a nice beer but the oils just were a bit too much at times I felt. If those could have been dialed back a bit to let more of the rich malts and floral hops come out, this would be a big winner.

ShanePB, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/13/2012

Bottle into a snifter.

Dark orange with good clarity and a finger of white froth. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

The nose is a blend of pine, tangerine, mango, and papaya. I detect floral and lemon character as well. Soft notes of pumpernickel linger beneath the hop aromatics. There's a light sweetness that balances the expressive hop profile, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Lower moderate sweetness in the flavor accompanying rye, toasted malt, and a dash of spiciness. The beer is moderately bitter with an insistent booziness. Firm pine resin influence meets orange flesh and pith, grapefruit rind, and a dash of tangerine. Alcohol flavor waxes as the beer warms up and I slowly drain my glass. Upper medium in body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

A nice beer for what it is and for the ABV, but as was the case with Ruination 10th I'd rather they dropped the ABV a couple points as it's somewhat heavy on the palate and the alcohol flavor is a little too strong for my taste. Reminds me too much of an American Barleywine. I guess it's not really my type of Double IPA. Still pretty good though, and I think many will enjoy it.

HopHead84, Aug 14, 2012
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.

DrJay, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rolltide8425, Sep 26, 2012
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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 14, 2012
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 27, 2012
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.

beertunes, Aug 02, 2013
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +5%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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!

LiquidAmber, Aug 28, 2012
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

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

drummermattie02, May 14, 2013
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

dirtylou, Sep 09, 2012
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 13, 2013
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.

xnicknj, Sep 28, 2012
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.

avalon07, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of ccrida
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.

ccrida, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Axnjxn, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

DrDemento456, Oct 03, 2012
16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.