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18th Anniversary IPA18th Anniversary IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As we compose the text for this celebratory beer—a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops—we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross-planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped-down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

Added by jhartley on 07-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 1,351
Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with substantial creamy head. Aroma is equal parts malt and hops. Taste leans more towards the hops. Lingering bitter finish. Nice seasonal.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amberish bright pour with two fingers of beige head. Good carbonation, spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice pine and resin, caramel, candy. Good balance. Boozy pineapple. Almost a barleywine-esque dark fruit note.

T - Big and piney with resinous notes again. Caramel, bread. Balanced and aggressive.

M - Proper carbonation, full body, rich fruity finish with a low-medium bitterness.

O/D - Nice stuff. More of a American Strong Ale b/c of the maltiness, but a nice one nonetheless.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber pour with an off-white one-finger head. Nice floral and pine aroma. Taste has a strong bitterness as expected from a Stone beer with flavors of pine, orange, resin and grass are the most predominant. Also has quite a bit of caramel malt present in the taste and a bit of warmth. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that has both pine and citrus flavors.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm late with my review, however had notes on this. Was very disappointed. Stone is usually solid with the Anniversary releases but this was a miss. Hope the 19th is an improvement.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.5%.

Appearance: The body has a dark tarnished copper color. It is cloudy and topped off with a thick light tan head. The holds on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I the aroma I get a full nose of fresh baked bread, doughy yeast and orange rind like citrus hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is balanced between sweet maltiness and citrusy hops. It’s a big full bodied hit of fresh baked bread, brown sugar up front and bitter orange peel and pith in the finish.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into chalice

Deep copper , translucent with two finger taupe head . Good lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt

Malt on the tip and middle of the tongue, slight bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Gentle sudsing, nice weight, quaffable.

Very enjoyable beer

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"As we compose the text for this celebratory beer- a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops- we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a buttery white complexion over a densely hazy deep amber body with moderate sediment and light, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of lemony, grassy and floral hops with a moderate bitterness, somewhat dank. Malt notes of candied malts, pale syrups, crystal grains, some moderate sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Big hop flavors up front of citrusy and lemony hops, some mild grass, dank and citrus flavors, moderate bitterness. Malt notes of caramel grain and light syrups, some soft biscuit and a pinch of earthy bread malts. Finishes moderately dry with a spicy hop bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual oily, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is full generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) I missed getting to this one in a timely manner but was still quite impressed with the hop flavors going in, the El Dorado hop flavor is quite lemony on the citrus front and very dank as well. Paired with the filling malt profile, this is a filling but satisfying American IPA with consistent, clean and enjoyable malt and hop flavor throughout, reminiscent of the diversity of the malt and hop profile found in the Enjoy By IPA. 18th Anniversary is one of Stone's better Anniversary ales that I have had in recent years. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
18th Anniversary IPA

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Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated beer. Deep, burnished copper color, huge conifer nose, a light beige head that leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass, big oily pine resin on the tongue, pleasant almost caramel malt middle, dry resin finish. This has alcohol in it? We'll see.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber: this one pours a murky dark amber color. There was about a finger of an light tan head on it that didn’t linger long, but left some lacing. It has a nice nose. Grapefruit and pineapple hops are predominate, but there are some others hiding in there. Some caramel malts trying to peak thru. The taste is very good. Bitter, but nicely balance with a lot of malts. Grapefruit, pine and pineapple hop flavors are predominate. Some malts also trying to come thru, but not adding any sweetness. Really well balanced and easy drinking. I definitely want another!

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When you pour this beer, it pours a Ruby colour with Golden sides and a medium white head. It really does look nice in the glass. It leaves dotty lacing on the glass as the head dissipates to a Thin Foam on the top of the beer. On the nose there's loads of Lemon, a little Liquorice, Pine and some slight Cocoa. The way this beer looks and smells makes you want to drink it straight away, I haven't written about a beer that looks this good in the glass for a little while! On the palate, the first thing you get is Toffee and Liquorice, followed by a big Lemony Citrus kick, ending with some bitter Orange peel and Pine. The Lemon flavour carries through the entire time, tied in with some complex coffee and toffee undertone. This beer feels quite light in the mouth, is medium carbonated and ends quite dry. What a fantastic beer, one that I wish Stone would brew again! I'd recommend it if you can get hold of one now, but in a few months it may be worth passing up.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ridiculously dark burnt caramel and amber orange color. Forms a nice finger and a half of slightly tan foamy yet creamy head which persists through the drink. Whispy lacing left behind.
S - Crazy bouquet of aromas here. Hops, grapefruit, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, mangos, lemon, lime and a good amount of caramel and event brown sugar in the background. Extremely pleasant.
T - Medium sweet hops upfront which lend way, interestingly enough, to touches of lemon and lemon grass. Never tasted an IPA quite like this before.
O - A very good IPA. Definitely one of a kind in it's taste and a must try experience for fans of the style if you're able to get your hands on this offering.
V - Medium value, available in a 22oz bomber.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to caramel in color, this comes across as a heavily hopped brown ale with an IPA profile. Truly ramped up hops meet the solid malt backbone. Lots to enjoy here.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark Cloudy Good head retention

S: Heavy hop scent

T: Good hoppiness without overpowering it

F: Good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Thicker than most.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a dark, but clear brownish amber color with a very nice head and good lacing.

Smell – Pine, malt, toffee, and a hint of lemon.

Taste – Malt, toffee, piney bitter hops and a hint of tea.

Mouthfeel – Bitter, but sweet, with no lingering bitter aftertaste. Full bodied, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability – A like that this IPA is not over-hopped, but it still has a bitterness that Stone seems to like.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was brown but brighter than most browns would be.
s - fruity hops are the big thing here. the aroma is like melons and grapefruit.
t - fruity hops come through again with a little more toasty and chocolate aromas to balance it out.
m - smooth and creamy.
o - leave it to stone to do a wholly original anniversary beer. i liked it a lot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA
22 oz. brown glass bottle, Bottled on date is illegible (partially smeared off)

My first thought was that this is a "Brown IPA", a style that hasn't particularly appealed to me in the past.Then I feared that as a Stone beer it might be a little too much. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that it's quite smooth and rounded, which is something that Stone seems to be moving towards these days. Good for them!

Back to the "Brown IPA". This is what they've labeled a "Golden-Brown IPA", and that comes through. It's certainly brown in color, appearing a dark russet with orange and golden highlights beneath a frothy head of khaki foam, but it doesn't have all of the chocolate or softly roast flavors that a brown ale might have.

Stepping back, the aroma is quite wonderful, clearly due to the El Dorado hops. It displays a combination of fruit that's really hard to pinpoint at first. I felt I was smelling one fruit, but I eventually I found papaya, grapefruit, and watermelon (!?). It's a touch sweetish and floral as well. These all carry over into the flavor, and I'm quite sure that the restrained "brown" character of the malt is restrained so that the hops are able to shine.

The hops are much fuller in the flavor than they are in the aroma, and even more complex - all the while not stepping forward so that the beer seems very streamlined and focused (although there is much more citrus). If you weren't looking specifically for hop flavors they'd pass right by you. The malt then does more than just support the hop flavors, it blends with and balances them. It's toasty, and subtly chocolatey, but mainly caramelish; displaying mainly golden caramel, but a bit of darker caramel as well. In my opinion the caramel flavors help to accentuate the tropical melon and citrus flavors that the hops offer. With all of that said, it's a fairly focus flavor overall, remaining the same from start to finish with the exception of a little bit more pine and citrus appearing in the drying finish. The bitterness is restrained, particularly for a Stone beer, but that's also most likely been done to allow the hop flavors to shine. There's more than enough to balance it, but not so much that it becomes harsh.

Finally, the carbonation is restrained as well, leaving it smooth and creamy across the palate, accentuating the maltiness and allowing the hops to come through without interference of carbonic acid or increased perceived bitterness.

Overall this is a really remarkable beer that shows a deft hand in brewing. Whoever formulated this should be congratulated as I'm sure they won't receive accolades from the public - it'll just fall blindly into the cracks of ignorance.

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Photo of fps_dean
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid brown color with a little head that mostly dissipates rather quickly and leaves solid lacing on my glass.

Smells of indistinct, fruity hop and malts.

Tastes of very strong fruity and citrusy hops and very strong malts. Grapefruit is a rather distinct flavor, as is caramel and molasses. Rather poor mix of hops an malts and poor use of malts in this. Does not taste very well.

It is quite thick, but does go down fairly smoothly, especially considering how thick it is.

Overall, it's worth a shot as a limited edition Stone brew but I did not like this one. Both a poor balance of hops and malts, and terrible use of each. This would be the first beer from Stone that I straight up did not like and had a hard time finishing, and I've had quite a few too.

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Photo of wolverine0712
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from the brewery; it appears to be something they perfected over the last 18 years. The combination of smell and taste set up a good finish. I recommend tracking down this beer. Full review: http://www.examiner.com/review/beer-review-stone-18th-anniversary-ipa

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Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a very solid DIPA / brown IPA. Burn orange / brown color with Stone signature lacing. Big citrus flavor, hop forward, malty. Hits all the marks for a really solid DIPA with some malt back bone.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a light brown body.
The aroma is caramel, pine, lemon and candy. Wonderful blend.
The taste is a lot of things at once and not always in step. Slightly nutty and sweet at first, big pine bitter in the middle and finishes with a mild sweet and bitter note.
The texture is quite smooth.
It smells amazing and looks great, the taste is not quite to my liking though.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, Let me just say that I have been a fan of stone for nearly 15 years. They were one of the first breweries that made me really fall in love with craft beer. I do feel however that in recent years they have pushed some beers onto the shelf that were a little to experimental or out there. In this case a golden brown IPA is not that weird but doesn't sound quite right either. So lets see.

Body is as expected, Golden to copper brown in color. It hosts a full and thick two finger rocky head. Head is a warm tan in color and sticks around for a good while. Swiss cheese like lace is left behind.

Nose is very nice with some spicy tones. Definitely grassy and noticeable green tea like feel to the smell. A hint of sassafras plays as well.

Enters the mouth oddly sharp with distinct dry bitter bite. This dryness battles a prominent fresh tea leaf feel on the palate. The mixture almost comes off like a raw odd vegetable like taste that sticks around on the back of the tongue. This is not what I am really looking for in an IPA.

I strongly think the best things this brew has going for it is the look and smell.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2%

A: poured into a tulip to a medium shade of brown with a two finger dense off white head tha retains well and leaves good lacing. The beer is a little cloudy and light struggles to make it through
S: smells is resinous hops with some citrus, tropical fruit and pine with just a touch of toasted malt and some sweetness
T: taste is somewhat muted at first but comes on hard after a little with some bitter pine, citrus rind, and hints of tropical fruit. slight toasted malt and a little caramel sweetness are trying to come through and provide some balance. swallow is a little roasty with a long oily and resinous pine oil and tropical fruit
M: surprisingly heavy on the palate but it isn't excessive. carbonation is adequate and slightly prickly. this beer has a nice smoothness to it and the finish is oily hops which keeps things from drying out
O: Another great beer from Stone. Plenty of delicious hop flavors with some brown ale qualities to mix things up. Definitely heavily hopped and the malt struggles to balance things out but that's Stone...

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Photo of Glennlawless
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Using a frosted 16oz Tulip Glass.

Pours a verrrry cloudy reddish brown, nice one inch frothy kind of thick head as well. Looks very thick and full....not see through at all. looks like a heavy hitter.

The Smell is of citrus grapefruit...mango..type hops. smells very good.Some sweet malt pushing through a lot as well. Smells almost too sweet....im hoping the hops shine in this and its not a malt bomb.

Kind of let down by this one...im very accustom with super hoppy beers and this isn't really doing it for me...yes hops do come through but the amount of sweetness happening here is crazy...overpowering the bitterness which I'm not a fan of, let those hops shine dammit!

Has a medium to heavy mouthfeel, and very well carbonated, semi creamy.

Overall, as a huge stone beer fan, i expected that west coast hop bomb of a beer and i didn't get it here. if your a total hop head this beer may not be for you.Decent.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown color with golden highlights. The off white head is pillowy and settles fairly quickly leaving some foamy lacing on the glass.

The hop profile is interesting. It herbal, spicy and has some citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit. Some pineapple as well. Not much from the malt.

The taste is quite sweet. The hop profile seems to be heavy on the pineapple and orange. The spicy profile comes through as well. A bit of a grassy and piney bitterness in the finish. The malt is light and bready.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Kind of a soft airy feel. Starts sweet on the palate but is balanced by an earthy piney bitterness that lingers a bit. The ABV seems to pop through here and there.

A good IPA, nice to showcase the El Dorado hops. Its a bit sweet but it gets balanced an aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

The label doesn't lie. This is one hobby golden brown ale. Light brown with off white head. Beautiful lacing.

Pine and citrus in the nose. No noticeable caramel so I wonder if this was brown or pale chocolate malts. The bottle boasts el dorado hops which may speak for the spicy earthy bitterness. Mild citrus as this warms and more biscuity/bready characters.

Easy to sip on and doesn't drink like 8.5%. Nice lingering bitterness that comes through as pine. Just a touch of malty sweetness.

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18th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
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