Stone 5th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone 5th Anniversary IPAStone 5th Anniversary IPA
BA SCORE
4.3/5
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
43
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
4.82
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Luscious and slightly hazy orange in color with a beautiful head that was tinted with orange coloring. This one pitted nicely and left some good lacing on the inside of my Ruination glass.

Smell – Man, this thing has a strong aroma. The grapefruit is monstrous but blends well with the big malt base. The hops are so mellow they are difficult to find at first. All these smells come together amazing well, though.

Taste – This is a mouthful. The sharp grapefruit leads the way, followed by the huge malt balance. The malts have lots of butter and toffee. This ale is rich!

Behind that I’m getting the complex and mellow hops along with a slightly bitter finish and a touch of grass. There are just too many flavors to list!

Mouthfeel – Probably one of the creamiest beers that I have had to date. This ale just oozes in between the teeth, and the malts are gooey and chewy like none other. Dr. Atkins is probably rolling over in his grave at this one.

Drinkability – A session Stone? Impossible! And, I don’t know how much this has mellowed with age since this is my first tasting. I certainly wouldn’t cellar it any longer (if you have some put away), but this is one fantastic brew.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbom
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good-looking medium-copper colored bier, and a hard pour left a small, fine, thin head (with ok lacing). As with all the Stone biers I've tried, it had a big-time hoppy/floral aroma. Set it down on the table, and I could still smell it when the breeze blew towards me. Good body, and a very pleasing smoothness on the tongue (again, something I've found with all Stones). I didn't get much evidence of malt here, just hops galore. And they were robust, floral, fruity and long-lasting. Another good Stone product! Thanks again, Murph! Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An illogically old IPA, going on 8, from one of my favorite breweries, Stone. Part of my beer glassware project, photographing beers in the appropriate glassware. Beer is poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone 5th Anniversary IPA shaker pint glass. I wonder if my review of this beer will be the last review ever?

Beer is clear and amber to orange in color. Carbonation is steady but there isn't much of a head at all. Diffuse, white, broken, tiny bubbles.

Aroma is super strong, even after all this time. Although I assume it didn't start out as such a strong malt bomb as this beer smell like now. Muted sweetness overall, almost a barleywine aroma to it.

Thin bodied, strong caramel aftertaste, no real bitterness to this beer, its a shadow of its former self unfortunately. Completely past its prime.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the bottle at winter storm last sunday. It was amazing how clear it came out o the bottle after 6 years of sitting. It was a clear orange color that was good for an IPA. There was enough carbonation and lots of little bubbles. The foam was white and fluffy and laced the glass a little. I gave the appearance a 4.5 because after 6 years this beer was crystal clear.

The smell was similar to the 4th anniversary but even stronger. The smells were sweet malt (obviously aged) and lots of piney hops. It was really nice smell. The flavor was really nice and hoppy and balanced with malt. It would have been perfect but there was a strange bitterness in there that almost seemed like the beer had gotten infected. So picture a really nice as well as powerful IPA that has a touch of sourness to it. I actually didn't mind the sourness but I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be there.

As with most of stone's beers it had a heavy body and was pretty drinkable. Again, the sourness lowered the score a little.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned, cloudy amber. More head than basically any Stone I’ve encountered. A living proof of the sillyness of some top microbreweries to stop bottle-conditioning their double IPAs... Huge fruity aroma explodes with orange and citrusy flavors, dried apricots. Big malt bill here, almost vinous and slightly earthy. Taste displays a more pleasant than usual for the type citric acidity. It indeed IS vinous, and quite tart at that. Pineapple, grapefruit and melon flavors. Soft yet powerful hop profile marries the sweet malt with class. Long aftertaste has a pleasant alcohol backbone in it. In terms of mouthfeel, I assume it has lost some, but the carbonation is still more than adequate while the body remains medium in size. Big thanks to Skyhand for this rarity.

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Photo of BWood
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 4 pack of anniversary beers.

L: dark copper with nice carbonation and a white head that lingers.

S: nice floral smell.

T: Malty with light bitterness at the end. Slight hop flavor.

F: pretty smooth but a little dank. I like it more on the crisp end.

O: good ipa. Stone always delivers.

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Photo of dertyd
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hophazzard
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZX6Chris
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Lloyd for breaking a 3 liter of this open at his retirement party(from the marines).

Believe it or not drabmuh there was some still floating around.

A-A few bubbles but no real head. Dark amber, brown like tea.

S-Malt bomb! Sweet just a touch of alcohol. Fruit, tropical fruits. Very nice nose like a weaker Old Guardian. Bready. Caramel.

T-malty, sweet, fruity no real hop character. I get some bitterness on the finish.

M-Light body almost thin mouthfeel. Surprisingly good carbonation for the lack of head.

D-more like a barleywine now not a sipper but not a chugger either. Pretty smooth and easydrinking.

I can't give this a higher score because although it held up amazingly well it's not really an IPA anymore it's a mild barleywine.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 19 June 2002.
This is a very good IPA, but Ruination & Stone's regular IPA are better, IMHO. The 5th Anniversary IPA has a beautiful Hoppy flavor. It's finish isn't as clean as their Ruination, but it has more of a full mouth finish. I certainly wouldn't pass this up, but I figure that Stone will come up w/ another great IPA at another anniversary in the future. Great beer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Will mine be the last review for this? Maybe. Picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port Stone promotion.

Clearly a beer that's past its prime, there's still echoes of something grand here. Smell and taste are overwhelmingly grapefruit, orange, and some tropical blends. Pine and wheat tastes as well. Poured a big beautiful orange hue. Not much head, and what little there was settled down quickly.

This was a beer that supposedly aged quick. Still drinkable, and I bumped the scores a bit to take into account the excessive aging. Probably was awesome "back in the day."

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Photo of beerluvr
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a regular white head over finely carbonated orange/golden liquid that has a slight haze to it. Nose is ...hops!! First taste is a massive hoppiness with an undercurrent of malt backbone & a late citrus tanginess that continues into the finish. I'm just a bit underwhelmed after drinking this, I expected a bit more. But I have to add...for a high-octane brew the alcohol is hidden well.

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Stone 5th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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