21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief
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American Imperial IPA
3.99 | pDev: 8.27%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief
Notes: The big wide world inspires our imagination and fuels our passions. Anything from music, film, beer, literature, architecture, food, engineering, poetry…all art forms essentially, including more beer. We steal with any and all things that possess the one value that we hold most dear: authenticity. The important thing of course is that ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’ So, what are we saying about this beer, exactly? We gave it our take. We took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry-hopped it a lot, left it unfiltered and shared it openly in the hopes that in some way it may, in turn, inspire you. Hail to The Hop Thief, an original.
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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy, orange amber with a medium head that hangs out as suds for a long while. nose; sweet biscuit & fragrant, floral citrus hops. taste; heavy caramel malt, citrus pith, grapefruit zest, candied orange, pine, & citrus hops. almost has a bit of an oak character also. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. ethanol peeks out a touch, but otherwise great job on this ipa. actually reminds me quite a bit of dogfish head’s burton baton. tasty!

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Draft, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Great, bright golden color. The half finger head dissolves into a thin foam layer that sticks around until the end with the lacing covering the entire glass in patches.

Smell: A dank, pine resin, floral assault on the nose; it's amazing. There's hints of fruity sweetness in the background as well.

Taste: It starts off with a big, spicy hop kick that stings the palate but is balanced by the fruit sweetness and wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A great DIPA from stone, as expected. Strong with the hops, specially on the nose, but surprisingly balance with just the right amount of sweetness and wheat presence.

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Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably drinking this later than optimal, but it was tasty anyway

Cloudy amber, noticeable sediment, huge fluffy head

Tropical fruits the primary novelty in the smell

Pineyness upon breadyness, with mango/pineapple citrus washing into a somewhat dank finish

Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

Something a little different, I liked it.

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Photo of Ego
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

in the cellar behind some stuff...
August 2017 release

almost wanted to escape on a pretty careful pour, 3 fingers of the fluffy white stuff, pretty clear orange (there is plenty of junk on the bottom of the bomber though), this is a carbonation party - bring your bubble friends, super clingy foam that is sure taking its damn time to dissipate (and I don't feel like wearing a foam 'stache this evening), great looking glass of suds

piney and cascadey (as in the hops), strong honey/malt with a touch of alcohol backing it, the hops smell a little earthier than they might have when this was new, definitely some tropical notes in there as well, a good bouquet of hops from seemingly across the spectrum of the hop universe (that was a mouthful....sheesh), nice nose

taste etc...
oddly the carbonation lacks bite, almost a little too fine, it needs a little kick in the pep department
I suspect the hops are past their prime, there is some nice bitterness here but the hops are a touch flat and the alcohol comes through a bit too much, aside from the carbonation not being up to snuff the actual weight of the beer is perfect, it walks that line of almost syrupy but not that good DIPAs do

I should not have been a putz and forgot this was in my cellar... I am sure this is way better fresh. even with that said it is pretty tasty and definitely well crafted

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Copper colored pour, one finger head fades to skin.Aroma is malty and resinous hops. Taste ramps up the hops, sharp biting bitterness, caramel. Mild sweet notes slip in between the stinging hops Bittersweet, through and through.

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Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 7/27/17, had 9/5/17.

Pours a fizzy looking lighter orange, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Smells of citrus and tropical hops- orange, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, yeast, light pine, some toffee. The hop profile leads the taste as well- grapefruit, mango, orange, more pine than the nose, malt, some caramel and lemon. There’s a decent amount of bitterness up front and especially on the finish, a good amount of sweetness in the middle. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

Smells great, tastes very good, but it was kind of ordinary for a Stone anniversary IPA. Enjoyable, though.

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Photo of colts9016
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A three finger head with good retention. The head is off white foamy and creamy with some lacing left on the glass. The beer is SRM 11, between a pale amber and medium amber. The beer is hazy but some light does pass through. A huge amount of carbonation is visible throughout the beer. It is a beautiful beer.

Nose: The beer presents with big tropical notes, mango, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, floral esters, pine cones, and resin. The beer has a lightly roasted malt profile with caramel, earthy, yeast and honey like sweetness.

The flavor is uber fruity, mango pineapple, lemons, grapefruit, pine, resin, a sweet note, caramel, floral, yeast, earthy, and lightly toasted malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium body, high carbonation, medium astringency, and medium finish.

The beer has the characters of a DIPA, but it is fruity and the astringency seems more on par with an IPA than Stone DIPA. Maybe I am just used to the bitter DIPA and this was made this way. I was expecting a bit more in the hop bitter department. Good Beer, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pineapple, floral hops, citrus hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of pineapple, floral hops, citrus hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, not too bitter, but a little simplistic.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber and cloudy with a little carbonation, and topped with only 1 finger of off white, well sustained head.

Smells very fruity, of peaches, nectarines and cantaloupe. Big pine and spruce, and a dankness as well.

Extremely fruity with tropical fruits, pineapple and mangos, a real tropical punch quality, followed by a solid caramel and creme brulee, then a bitter grapefruit pith to finish. Overall, its pretty fruity and sweet and floral.

Thick, syrupy body with a little foamy carbonation. Very sticky but smooth.

Got this tonight at Namtons, and drinking it a home, Nov 6th, 2016. Excellent brew. It was released in August, 2017.

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Photo of jonb5
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Stone Brewing Berlin.

A: Pale shade of amber, slightly hazy, tanned head which left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Strawberry dominated.

T: Sweet strawberry flavoured malt, hints of fudge, booze barely registered apart from a tiny touch at the finish.

M: Amazingly crisp texture for the high abv.

O: Seriously good, couldn't believe it was so strong.

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Photo of matcris
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A burnt orange/amber in color. A bit murky, finger + of off white frothy head that lasts. Nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is citrus, and some tropical fruits. I get a pretty nice oj scent. Biscuits, also. The flavor is a nice blend of citrus juice, that oj, again, which stays with you through the finish. It's not over the top orange juice, but it's layered in there with the biscuity caramel malt. The bitterness builds a bit as you drink, but is not obnoxious. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. The feel is full body, well carbonated, and a little sticky all the way through, and mildly dry on the finish. Nice brew that has a nice balance, and a lot of body.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 10/19/17

A: Lightly burnt orange with some gold around the edges - mostly clear, with some light chill haze - pours with a small white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Candied citrus with some bright orange and ruby red grapefruit - herbal, leafy, and light spicy hops - grass and some sharp pine - orange candy - loads of sugar - hints of bread, bread crust, and booze

T: Fairly straightforward, particularly for a Stone anniversary beer - candied orange and candied grapefruit - oily citrus - herbal, grassy hops with some sticky pine sap - very bitter - very sweet with some rather muddled malts, kind of like bread crust sprinkled with sugar - booze is very obvious and seems >10% ABV - finishes with lingering booze and sweetness

M: On the heavy side of medium, low carbonation, oily, kind of sticky

O: Go home, you're drunk (and now legal)

I've been buying Stone anniversary beers since I have legally been capable. This is my 9th Stone anniversary beer, so I have some perspective... This is easily one of my least favorites. It's a sloppy mess of a beer. Perhaps that was intentional, if this beer is supposed to celebrate turning 21.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"21 Anniversary Hail To The Hop Thief Double IPA"
22 fl. oz. bomber bottle, "RVA (?) 07/27/17 EJBY 10/25/17"

Pours with a medium haze, typical amber, leaves LOADS of high quality looking fine bubble sheeting...nice looking beer

Pine/citrus/melon sniff.

Full flavor IPA, mostly I get an old school, west coast character here, heavy grapefruit and pine coming through, but it also has some melon, orange and more tropical intentions lurking in the back ground...so that adds up to complex, boldly flavorful and intriguing...large shoulders and quite heady stuff at almost 10%...well worth a try

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Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color and topped with a finger of tan froth. Not fizzy, but plenty of activity to let you know things are going on.

Aroma involves caramel, vanilla and herb.

The bitterness of this beer is subdued by plenty of light fruits (green apple, pear, white grape), malt and alcohol spice. Has certain qualities of an APA (lighter in body and fruitier than expected). If it weren't for the modest, lingering alcohol heat there might be some foolin' going on.

The words old school and forgive me, drinkable, come to mind. Neither of those is a knock in any form or fashion, so any cliche' is a lack of creativity on the reviewer's end and not the brewers, unless there is.


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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a lot of particulate in suspension. Small whitish head settles on top as a bit of a thin film.

S: Nose is of candied oranges, brown-sugar dusted grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit or ripe melon.

T: Surprisingly tame, especially for Stone. Sweet tropical and stone fruit follows a good amount of caramel malt. Candied oranges show up as well. Heat from the ABV is definitely noted about mid-sip, with a slight burn on the back of the palate at the end. Finishes, however, with a good dose of hop bitterness that lingers onto the aftertaste. Still, the overall impression here is one of sweetness, not hop bitterness.

M: A wee bit syrupy in feel, call it medium-to-full in body.

O: Good, not great.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at The Brickhouse in Orwigsburg, PA tonight. Arrived in a 14oz goblet.

hazy bordering on murky orange apricot body. Small off white head which dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves some okay lacing.

aroma is hoppy and citrus.

interesting taste. initially i got a big hit of what seemed to be strawberries of all things. as it warmed, this was replaced with a strong but well balanced citrus hops and solid sweet malt background. as it warmed, the alcohol became more pronounced.

feel is above medium but not quite full. finish is well balanced.

All in all, a pretty decent, fairly aggressive but balanced double ipa. happy 21st birthday Stone!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow Stone Brewing is now 21 years old? That’s the legal drinking age in ‘Merica [the majority of the world is fine with 18 - for a country that is appallingly liberal with firearm ownership, among other things, it seems like an onerous restriction to have on civil liberties and freedom]. Anyhow, politics aside, Stone do manage to surprise me again and again with their brews, and this Double IPA is no different with a hop bill that includes: Magnum, Mosaic®, Pekko, and an odd little number called: Hopsteiner Exp 06300 (they’re really running out of hop names so they’ve resorted to using numbers as well now). So Mosaic® and Magnum? Had ‘em, love Mosaic®. Pekko is a new one for me, and Hopsteiner Exp 06300 - ??? Umm, yeah.

Poured from a 650ml US bomber-sized bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice ‘n cloudy with hop residue floating around - great sign for a DIPA! Body is a perfect safety-orange colour with an off-white head that slowly settles leaving splotches of lace on the side of the glass - she’s a looker this one! 9/10.

S: Orange peel, peppery notes, earthy/floral character, hint of mango, and a light caramel malt base tying it all together. The hops aren’t fresh (or they’re lacking in that “green” hop character) bottled in late July - that figures, so 2 months on it. Still there is enough hop character in this to still be noticed, and noticed well. It’s a solid West Coast DIPA aroma then. 8/10.

T: Eminently drinkable DIPA from the second it lands on the tongue till the very last sip (2 mins later) - what Stone have done here is what Stone almost always manage to do: Brew a great beer. Flavours are bountiful with: orange peel, peppery notes, earthy/floral character, hint of mango, light caramel & biscuit malt base, nectarine, and a slight piney note (there you are old piney). Balance is almost a perfect trifecta of dry/sweet/bitter - it doesn’t feel like it tips far in any of those directions. 9/10.

M: Medium to full bodied and creamy, tasty as brah! 8/10.

D: This is NOT a big hop onslaught of a brew - Stone has settled down a little in old age (for a craft brewery 21 is old). The fact that they haven’t gone for an all-out assault of hops shows that Stone are a dynamic brewer - they’re able to remain trendsetters because they don’t rest on their laurels. Even if that means pissing off some “hop heads” that seek more of the same, I say bravo to Stone for stepping back from that one-hop-manship machismo. Oh yeah, I also just realised this is 9.8% ABV: WTF are you hiding that alcohol Stone?! Seriously?! 9/10.

Food match: This is one versatile DIPA - steak, curry, chicken, etc...

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had anything new from Stone for a while, so I grabbed this when I saw it. Pour is a hazy orange, lots of floaties (dry hopping residue?), light tan head.

Aromas are dank, resiny hops, with big citrus notes, plus earthy notes that signify a big beer.

Taste has the citrus hops, lots of orange rind, plus an earthiness that gives this loads of gravitas. Really easy to drink, which can be dangerous at 9.8% ABV. Really well executed and a worthy anniversary beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in College Area (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.49
Purchased: Aug. 29, 2017
Consumed: Aug. 31, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 9, 2017; Enjoy by Nov. 9, 2017; Aug. 14 release date for the beer

Picked this up on a recent trip to the Trader Joe’s on campus. Had seen it in stores a few times, not sure why I didn’t pick it up then. Won’t get into what the bottled read, because most of Stone labels are a bunch of “who the hell cares?” Just give me the description. Some searching on Stone’s website and the hops seemed to be Magnum, Mosaic, Pekko and Hopsteiner Exp. 06300. Well, Mosaic is my favorite hop. I had Pekko once I think (in a Stone Old Guardian ironically) and had heard of Magnum, but not that familiar. Still looking forward to it.

Poured a light amber hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Wow. Got that Pekko for sure in the smell, which is crazy because I think I’ve only had it that one time in their barleywine. Also got trashy Mosaic, caramel candy squares, spoiled fruit, grapefruit peel, graham cracker, honey, toffee, dry pineapple and ripe peach. (Smell - 3.75)

More bite in the taste. Got earthy orange peel, sharp ruby red grapefruit peel, spoiled fruit, caramel candy squares, rye, graham cracker, toffee, hints of tobacco, black pepper, woody notes, sappy pine, bitter Pekko, light Mosaic and apricot. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, spicy. dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Actually liked this one much more than I thought I would. A dry-hopped malty DIPA. (Overall - 4.00)

3.97 | 89 | B+

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Photo of argock
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old school DIPA with a lot of pine, resin, and citrus hop flavors with a bright character overall layered on a very clean and basic 2-row pale malt backing with some crackery character. I enjoyed this 10 oz pour quite a bit and would definitely order again although it is a one-off. Quite different than Enjoy By which is very tropical fruity and seemingly more bitter to my palate.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, RVA 07/27/17 EJBY 10/25/17
Amber colored ale with a frothy beige head that holds good retention. Fruity aroma with apricot, peach, and a bit of orange with grain amd caramel; almost smells like toast with apricot jam. Sweet & fruity flavors; more apricot and peach, orange and grapefruit marmalade on rye toast, caramel, honey, and pine. Full body, smooth yet resinous, ample carbonation, alcohol is slightly present and warming, finishes bittersweet with pine and citrus zest lingering with the sweeter caramel malt. Overall, big flavors and nice complexity in this one. Definitely worth a try, like most all of Stone's many one-off beers.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice white, foamy, and luxurious head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself looks very nice with a clear medium amber that looks very nice and definitely attractive.

The smell is decent. It has a fairly subdued head in comparison to some of the other DIPAs and IPAs from the brewery. The main note seems to be more of a light sweet honey malt to it. The hop notes seem to be subdued with a mix of a fruity grapefruit and pine note that does not really impress.

The taste is a bit more better than the smell but the hop is much more tame in comparison to some of the earlier work. The fruity hop notes seem to be a light orange and light pine notes with bits of honey sweetness from the malt. It's definitely not a hop bomb.

The feel is pretty good. It has a heavy body with fuzzy head that adds a nice light dryness to it. Otherwise the beer has a pretty smoothness to it in the finish. There is a slight smooth that resembles a bit like alcohol.

Overall, a good beer but not very impressive if you're a hop head. I'd still go for it just for the fact it's the 21st (and can finally legally drink!).

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Big time fruity, stone fruit, melon, some tropical notes, a touch of citrus, underlying earthy, spicy, and herbal tones, faintly resinous, lightly toasted bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

T: Fruity, peach, apricot, papaya, a little melon, earthy spicy herbal tones, floral, resinous, some citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and orange, a little wheat twang, slightly toasty bready malt, and big caramel/honey sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, holds its % quite well.

O: Interesting choice of hops on this one. Was expecting something a little more bold and in your face, but with this one you have to slow down and take in the subtleties. Not my favorite anniversary beer they've put out, but not bad.

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Photo of hman43
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with an off white head that has excellent head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of stone fruit that includes peach and apricot. It also has some bready notes and caramel with berries.

Taste: The flavors are full of stone fruit with low floral. It also has background notes of bread and caramel. The is a low element of berries.

Feel: It has a full body on the low side with a bit of slickness to it. It is moderately bitter and smooth on the way down.

Overall, this is a beer that focuses on stone fruit with the other elements in supporting roles.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - light golden amber with a thin light tan/off-white head that sticks around and leaves behind some lacing.
S - citrus, pine, and sweet malt. Notes of honey. Maybe pineapple - definitely some tropical fruit notes. A nice sweet, piney smell on this one.
T - largely follows the nose: piney bitter hops, followed by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes with notes of honey throughout. There's a nice sweet malt backbone to tie it all together. No notes of alcohol despite being 9.8%.
F - Medium to full - probably closer to the medium side - bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy.
O - This is a really nice offering from Stone - a nice way to celebrate their anniversary. Hop forward - what else could you expect from Stone? - but also nicely rounded with citrus, tropical fruits, and honey with a nice malt backbone. Well done.

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21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 269 ratings