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16th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a sticky, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Veeery nice looking brew. Tons of chunky lace and retention is great.

I can smell the lemon verbena right off, very lemon-grassy and herbal. There is a light undertone of lightest-of-caramel malts and some various hop pine hop aromas. The verbena dominates to me though.

Same way in the flavor for my palate, I have been exposed to a few lemon verbena beers in the past and the flavor just is so pervasive to me. I do like the flavor a little though, so at least that is working in my favor. It is very herbal and grassy with alot of hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. The malts are light, but sweet. They never give off that crushed graininess that seems like would help the beer balance out the herbal-ness a little bit. The sweetness from the grain does nothing to offset the alcohol or the verbena-hoppiness. It is a bit too minty and pungent for me, but I can appreciate the offering. I could see others liking this, but if you don’t like verbena, I would not recommend.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says August 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that does a decent job of retaining before residing at a suspended state of solid surface foam with mold formations indicating healthy yeast and a thick ring bordering the edge of the glass.

S- Whoa, you can definitely smell the lemon. It's fresh though, not pine-sol-like. Sweet as well, closer to a lemon-flavored hard candy. Also smells like lavender but mainly just lemon in your face without much hop aroma. Perfumey.

T- Man, that tastes like lemon too. Also tastes like some of the flower/herb-driven beers I've had in the past (Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs and Dogfish Saison du Buff come to mind). However, there's certainly a malt backbone somewhere in there as well as a slight hop bitterness. As more sips are taken, the core beer flavor comes through. Alcohol is hidden decently and the flavors are balanced enough. There's a sweetness that's purveyed throughout.

M- A bit dry and sharp with medium carbonation. The body is viscous enough but could use a little more substance.

O- Certainly unique and enjoyable even if it is a bit confusing. Even when there seems to be little more ground to break in the beer world, Stone finds a way

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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).

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes found today...but how could I forget?

This beer, while a slight chill haze comes off the tap (?), is a bright coppery orange, seeming to lean toward neither end of the spectrum. A lightly orange-tinted head nearly reaches a solid finger and offers pretty good retention. It leaves lacing in moderation, mostly in patching with some spotting to follow.
There's a lot going on here. Stone tends to know what they're doing with making complex beers meld together and making lots of ingredients blend well, but this isn't one of their best examples by any stretch. The spicy rye clashes with the sweeter tropical fruits, though I think it's more the earthiness.There's lots of lemon and an herbal, leafy tea-like (English?) thing going on. It's better than average, probably only because it's Stone, but barely.
The flavor, though, includes all these elements but allows more soapiness to come out; there's just too much soap, perfume and chalkiness. Again, it's Stone, but I've never known them to make only a decent beer.
There's nothing wrong with the feel, really. It's definitely the best aspect of this brew. A nice body with ample carbonation makes for a soft flow with a crispness alongside.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as a part of the tasting held at GBX! Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemongrass, alcohol, spicy hop, earth, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemongrass, spices, floral, floral hop, flower petals, pine resin, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am honest here, there was something in the flavor and aroma that was a little off-putting. The lemongrass aspect going on here definitely dominated this brew to a degree and covered up a lot of other little things going on. While it wasn't abrasive to the palate it also wasn't the most enjoyable thing either. Everything else was fairly solid on it though so I can't fault them for that. Worth trying at least once, but I doubt I would go out of my way to do so again unless I felt like I needed to eat some Thai flowers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber split with my wife while watching Aragorn kill orcs. What better way to spend a Saturday night?

Pour is a clean orange/red with typhoon-level carbonation swirling the liquid. Nose is attractive. Cloudburst of lemon & citrus, plus an outpouring of sweet malts. No hop bitterness, but that's OK. Very nice.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA is good. Front row is lemon & massively sweet malts, which cancel out whatever lemon tartness may have arisen; bitterness sneaks in behind with bunny ears held high. Citrus & spice in the mid-section, but the lemon oil & surreal bitterenss reassert themselves & stick around for the long run. Nice combination that I feel like swigging with wild abandon. Sticky.

Strange but pleasing combination of flavors. Doesn't quite reach the spot that gives me joy, but darn close. Very good beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lemon notes with some orange citrus. In the the taste, orange citrus hops, with dry lemon peel. Kind of a dry to sweet to dry context. A small hop bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon peel and note of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon dry versus a orange citrus sweetness, I was expecting a note of rye, but the hops were bigger.

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

22oz bottle $7.99. Picked this up because you know hoppy Stone beers will be at least worth the money if not radical. This was orange-yellow with a hoppy, lemony smell, smells good. Rye was present in the flavor but it was dominated by the lemon verbena and hops. Seriously this stuff was like something from bath and body works with hops. Lotion, shower gel, hops! Still, it was a rad double IPA I just won't buy a bunch of them.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is light orange and clear in the body with a pure white, modest head.

Smell – The hops are large but very complex. Usually a big hop bomb like this is almost all pine at the nose but this one is a bouquet. It’s hard to pick everything out but the traditional West Coast collection has a hefty balance of Amarillos.

The malts are equally complex and although you have to hunt through the hops to find them it is well worth the effort. They are slightly carmeled and a little bit toasted.

Taste – The hops are equally impressive at the taste and the malts are a little more assertive. Together this is balanced towards hops of course but isn’t one-sided.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t super big like some DIPAs, I’d say medium-bodied, with a strong bitter bite and very light on the carbonation.

Drinkability – This will be too much for most but for those of us who have worshipped the brewery and are completely amazed at how they continue to find different iterations of their unique brewing style it won’t disappoint.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to the generous DaftCaskBC for this big want!

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Lemon and savory herbs and wet, fresh-cut grass. Lemon smells just a bit artificial, like dish soap.

Taste. Herbs, lemon and grass again, along with some toasty grains and a little caramel. Lingering lemon rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low carbonation. Just a bit of booze warmth. Highlight of the beer for me.

Overall. A good ipa. The lemon flavour was interesting, but not amazing. Different and actually drinks fairly well, especially for the ABV.

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Photo of gtermi
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark golden amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades. It also leaves a lot of spiderweb lace on the glass.

S: A stinging alcohol scent, decent amount of hops, some malt and some lemon zest.

T: Hmmm... to me this doesnt really taste like am IPA at all, other than the bitterness. There is a nice spice type flavor that I really enjoy and that lingers on the palate for a long time.

M: Beer goes down very smooth with a nice crispness burn as it goes down my throat.

O: This is not the best beer Stone has put out there, but its still pretty decent. I would say try it because it could be something you really enjoy.

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Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden-orange in color. This beer has a soapy, bright white head...it leaves the glass draped in lace. The aroma is flowery and fruity...citrus, and some peach like scents. Soft malt, spicy, earthy hops. The taste is complex and engaging. Lots of fruit and a solid hop bitterness and flavor. Semi sweet, spicy, herbal, and enjoyable. I get a lot of fruit, but I am not sure that I would call it 'lemony', despite the ingredients. The complexity, however, and the balance/flavor profile are well crafted. Firm body, lingering bitterness. Exceptionally good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium copper color with a small white, creamy head and light carbonation.

S - Pungent lemon pith, citrus rind, pine, spicy herbal aroma that initially smells almost minty.

T - Even taste throughout the sip, lots of spice, pithy lemon rind, pine, grapefruit, spice, and herbs - everything blends evenly and nothing is overbearing.

M - Medium full body, slick, viscous, resinous, smooth carbonation, and leaves a spicy rye, lemon, grapefruit/pine coating in the mouth that lingers for several minutes.

O - The blend is unique for an IPA, everything balances very well, and you need to seek this one while it's fresh.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Tipples in Gainesville. Smells excellent, almost like ruination with lemons and grapefruit. Pours a beautiful grapefruit red with a one finger white head. Taste is a little strange. Hints of lemon for sure, but with an unfamiliar hop profile and some strange soapy background. Malt definitely comes out in this, with sweet toffee and biscuit on the palate. Adequate carbonation and very slick. All in all a solid brew, but doesn't quite live up to expectations for a special edition.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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

bomber from grape & gourmet, VA Beach

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, a khaki head falling back to a placid surface, the beer itself a copper amber in color

s: caramel malt, sweet tea spiked with herbal lemon and a touch of mint, some steeped mustiness, oily lemon rind, hops of moderate strength, earthy citrus

m: carbonation on the lighter side, medium bodied

t: caramel malt sweetness in sweet tea steeped with lemon and herbs, toasty caramel through the middle, begins to dry well into the finish and lingers long with a tannic herbal bitterness, growing with each sip

o: not a huge fan of the tealike character, everything seems a bit muddled and the bitter, leafy tannic nature overwhelms and detracts, old lemon, comes across more like old iced tea than a good dipa


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

1456th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip

2012 Vintage
Bottled 8/13/12 per the Stone box

App- A deep citrus orange color with a wonderful glow behind it. A huge 3 finger head that lasts for a long time and was just a tad off white. Great cling and lace.

Smell- Had a duality behind it. When you first open the beer you get a lot of that hoppy, citrus zest on the nose. Once it breaths and warms, the sweet caramel and rye flavors come forward. Had a good balance and you could smell the 10% on this one.

Taste- Much like the nose, it was very two sided. The one colder side, showed more of the zest and citrus and lemon flavors with a touch more hops and a small bitter. When warmed the Rye came out and added more spice with a creamy caramel balance. The ABV is somewhat hidden but as you drink, you really feel the 10%.

Mouth- On the larger side of a medium body with a medium creamy carbonation level. A bit thick but its a 10% DIPA, was pretty much right on point but still find the larger feel a bit of a detracter.

Drink- Its a good beer. The label says the didnt go for the full rye, but I like the balance they struck. Could be dialed up a bit. I dont know if I will be buying another bottle though. Good beer, but with Rustic Rye for $4.99 from Bootleggers and Nelson from Alpine, Im golden on the Rye.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, not much to some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S-Hoppy wonderfulness, earthy, pine, citrus and floral notes with some lemon sneaking in as well.

T-Lots of hops, some caramel is there as well. Didn't get much rye malt. Citrus is the main part with some earthy notes, tad bit of lemon. Nice bitterness with more lemon as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth for 10%.

O-Another really good DIPA from Stone, the lemon wasn't as good as DFH Hellhound, but it was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a ton of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Surprisingly earthy. Usually Stone goes for floral and, while there is some of that, the hops are decidedly earthy. I'm loving the lemon components in this, which makes this come off somewhat like a hoppy saison. Though this is hop forward, the malts are quite potent as well. Plenty of caramel with just as much toastiness. This really isn't all that complex and I doubt many will think much of this nose, but I am just loving the lemon too much to not give it a good score.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but there isn't enough hops, which is something I rarely have to say about Stone's beers. To be fair, it does have a big earthy hoppiness, but I want some complexity from the hops. There is some floral and woody notes, but not enough. There is a good balance between hops and malts though. Caramel and toastiness sticks out quite well. Moderate to heavy moderate bitterness. Booze is just barely detectable. The lemon products give a nice earthy lemony vibe, but not much in terms of tartness. Still, I like what they bring.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess given that this is an IPA, but it's not bad overall and it is quite smooth.

3.5 D: Decent effort. Doesn't "wow" me in any way, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 5 oz poured into a tasting snifter. Compared side to side with Ruination 10th Anniversary.

A: Pours a clear light copper color with excellent clarity. The two finger offwhite head lingers fantastically, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Uh oh - this smells like lemon soap spiced with black pepper and basil. Not looking forward to this...

T: Better than the aroma, but only on the grounds that it's actually pretty mellow (especially next to Ruination 10th) and not TOO unpleasant; but that lemon Pledge flavor is too hard to shake here. The initial flavors are better than the finish in general.

M: Kind of neutral...it's not overly dry in any way, but the finish does impart a hint of harshness. On the plus side, the flavors don't linger oppressively, nor is it overcarbonated.

O: STONE YOU ARE BREAKING MY BALLS. To be fair, it was probably a bad idea to compare this to Ruination 10th (even in its old age), but I can tell this isn't very good on its own.

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

22 oz. bottle.

Faint cloudiness in a dark orange body. Inch and a half of thick, whipped, dense, light beige head. Great lacing up the side of the tulip. Nose is a heady mix of pineapple, fruit cocktail, blood orange, citrus rind, spruce, and juniper. Interesting. Not sure if I am crazy about the spruce/juniper aspect.

Herbal bitterness and toasted grain up front. Mint and citrus hop notes take over, as bitterness escalates. Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple, and spicy caramel malt underneath. Grapefruit and lemon have a strong presence around the edges, along with the juniper (from the nose). Pine and spruce in the, numbingly bitter finish. Warming. Full-bodied, with a thick, creamy feel. Definitely got better as it warmed up and as I started to embrace the spruce, fruit, and lemon mix. With that said, not my favorite big Stone IPA (ahh, that 10th Anniversary was so good...).

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