Stone 5th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
43 Ratings
Stone 5th Anniversary IPAStone 5th Anniversary IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of hozersr
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerguy101
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is very floral, along with fruit and citrus hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, mild grapefruit/tropical fruit, malts and an increasingly bitter finish. Not as blunt or dank in bitterness as the more recent Stone IPAs, this is very reminiscent of another era of IPAs; at least where I live you don't often get many this good and balanced anymore.

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Photo of pbrian
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just what I needed as a hop fix to counter the malt-accentuated Okts I've been having lately. Big, wet, juicy, citrusy, apricoty hop aromas and flavors. Malts and alcohol keep them in check. Chewy mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2008 Stone Winter Storm

Appearance is clear orange/honey hue, thin layer of creamy bubbles dissipates to a ring, moderate lacing

Smell is pine and citrus hops, considerable malts, some sugary fruits and light spices

Taste is moderate pine hops with big malts stepping out, light syrupy fruits in the background, finishes oily and bitter, quite delicious

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, syrupy smooth texture, and smooth carbonation

Drinkability is high, the 5th has considerably more of a malt presence than the 4th, but both have aged extremely well with good balance and flavors, I look forward to trying this again at the next Storm

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Murph
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick creamy head. Nice citrusy, hop oil aroma. The taste is full of hops but not in the sense that I thought. I expected to get my tastebuds singed off. It definitely has a strong citrusy hop flavor but there is a nice malt balance to it. Not a malt that is perceptible but the presence is detected just through the balance. As the beer warms the hops assert themselves a little stronger. The mouthfeel is crisp and extraordinarily smooth. The beer is very drinkable as well. This is one kick ass beer. Another must for hopheads.

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Photo of DrewS
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had some of this a while ago and really enjoyed it. I just got ahold of some more and was able to examine it more closely. Beautiful copper orange color with some slight haze. The citrusy floral aroma hit me as I poured and formed a nice creamy head that did dissapate somewhat quickly. Was expecting a serious hop bite but was greeted by a well balanced floral and citrus flavor, definate grapefruit. I might be losing it but was also sensing a hint white raisin, call me crazy. This beer was no slouch in the hoppy bitterness department, but was not over the top. All in all, a great beer, I really liked it, get some if you still can. I'm sad that this will be Stone's last year for their anniversary beers.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice copper color. It has really good clarity for an IPA. Medium bumpy head that clings to the glass nicely as I drink. A bombarding of the nose with hops. I like it. Great floral tones at work here. Fruity esters too. There are some nice complexities working on the palate. This is not as "over the top" as I was expecting from my first taste of a Stone brew. There's a really nice delicacy in the bitterness and hop tones. (The Rogue Horse Brass 25th Anniversary Ale was a lot more over the top in my opinion.) There seems to be a solid caramel malt backbone. The hop intricacies seem to work magic, because there are great floral and citrus and slight pungent tones all interplaying nicely.

Great IPAs (and great Pale Ales) are hard to come by in my opinion. This is a great one.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific beer and quite a bit better than the regular Stone IPA. It's more complex, with hints of grapefuit and orange. It's hoppy but well-balance, and the malt flavor really makes its presence known. I'm heading back to my local store to pick up a few more.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovingly savored at the 7/24/04 Richmond gathering. Monstrous thanks to the Innsbrook Capital Ale House for donating this 2001 classic to the group.

Appearance:My pint glass had a burned orange-colored color and a thin layer of off-white head. Quality lacing of the glass with distinct sticky rings.

Smell: I've gotta wonder what this must have been like when it was new. Hefty doses of citrus and resinous pine cone oils were surprisingly balanced by a sweet and malty caramel aroma. Not the expected kick in the nose hop aroma I'd expected.

Taste: Stupendous. The multiple years of aging this beast has brought the flavor in line nicely. Don't get me wrong. This is a bitter beer. But in a joyfully smooth way. Up front inital sweetness was quickly cast aside by a cascade of hoppy chunks. Finish was dry and long-lasting, with a twinge of honey mixed in with the resinous oils of hop left on your palate.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-full body with almost perfect carbonation. Stupidly drinkable. I'm very lucky to have been able to try this wonderful brew from the gang at Stone.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Stone Brewing Days at the Stuffed Sandwich, 8-31-04, so the beer was aged 3 years. Served in a chalice-like Leffe glass. The beer had a thin and continuous head on top. The color is a red to orange amber showing medium carbonation. The flavors are malty and sweet with a good hops balance. Also it is a bit roasty and oily. Excellent all around flavor and one of th best IPAs I've had. I don't know how it tasted when it was originally released, but on tap 3 years later it is excellent. It goes especially well with corn chowder and garlic bread (my lunch from that day).

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Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Todd
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Big 750ml brown bomber bottle, with a painted lable. Bottle in September 2001.

Appearance: Pours a sem-hazy orange-amber beer with a magnificent creamy, pillowy foam head with great head retention.

Smell: One of the most aromatic beers to touch my nose in a long time. Floral, herbal, perfume, citrus, pine, pungent, fruit, biscuit, caramel and alcohol spice are all present.

Taste: A tremendously malty beer with a sensually smooth and creamy palate. Rich and full-bodied with a syrupy texture. Malt flavours are toasted, biscuity, bready and hold a smoothed-in dose of caramel. It's not overly sweet, however there is a strong base of sugary sweetness that mingles around. Hop profile is indeed intense, not intensely bitter, but rather extremely intricate with grapefruit, leaf, wood and pine flavours that are fairly in check and balance extremely well with the bold malt profile. Alcohol is quite hidden within the malt and hops, however as the beer warms you can taste a slight spicy alcohol finish and you can feel the 8.5% assassinate your brain cells. The finish itself makes your palate scream for help with lingering reminants of all flavours and hop burps.

Notes: Holy ba-geezus! This is one crazy-ass beer! Over the top, like everything else American. Each year they up the additions on this beer, and being the 5th year ... well, just try it. It's a knock your off your ass beer, physically and mentally.

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Photo of marc77
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear light copper hue. Steadfast head. Wow. Intensely pungent, citrusy, piney, obnoxiously American hop nose. The hop flavor is no surprise... intense and essentially a continuation of the aroma. Assertively bitter. Finishes surprisingly dry... I think there may be some malt there... who knows!? This is a hop lovers dream. Can't really tell that it's 8.5% by vol due to the assertiveness of the hops. Hop character overshadows any alcohol presence. Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer arrived after pouring from the huge bottle a pale light golden with a slight haze and a white extremely long lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with muted American hops present in a complex expression. The aroma lasted for as long as drops of beer lingered in the glass.

The flavor was malty with a strong hop flavor and bitterness present, but both had a complexity that added to the balance. The malt flavor was huge and the flavors are well blended.

The finish was dry with a long lasting muted malty bitterness well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

3 Qt. 5.4 fl ounce bottle (probably better called a 3L) at CAH Innsbrook. Given by the CAH to the BA event. What a treat! 2001 on the bottle.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man I love the nose on these Stone beers...SPECTACULAR!!...It want to smell it. Hop smell is sweet, fresh and spicy at different points...This is a truly outstanding beer..."Strong" malt backbone balances and accentuates the terrific hop profile...some caramel notes...not a real bitter finish, just a well balanced IPA with fresh spicy hops balanced by a caramel malty backbone...not many, if any, IPA's better than this...

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Stone 5th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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