21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief
Stone Brewing

21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
269
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  45
SCORE
89
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.
Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 269 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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

Aug 24, 2017
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 25, 2017
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BeerBeast from Florida

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

Aug 25, 2017
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baklo from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 09, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a great thick white head. Good retention and lacing.
Taste is initially a caramel mealtimes which quickly turns into piney with a mix of tropical fruits, mango, citrus, light orange, grapefruit, watermelon finish. Slight alcohol presence. Crisp body - not overly sweet like DIPAs get sometime.

Aug 19, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

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

Aug 15, 2017
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok, one could say, "Oh, it's another West Coast Double IPA." And you would be absolutely right. The thick, viscous, bright gold pour. Check. A thick, fine head and good lacing. Check. Complex hop bill. Check. Stone does a solid job, crafted well, almost flawless execution. Balanced flavor, a hint of cinamon hotness, Enjoyable, not memorable.

Aug 20, 2017
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2018
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

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

Aug 29, 2017
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mrcraft from California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 09, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle on September 3, 2017. Bottled 07/27/17. Enjoy by 10/25/17. A nice interpretation of the style.

Sep 04, 2017
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powdersoldier from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 30, 2017
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BrewmanCapote from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 20, 2017
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2017
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Maillard from Ohio

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

Aug 28, 2017
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice rich amber, slightly hazy, with a pillowy off white head full of big bubbles that persist. Smell is remarkably muted for a Stone beer, especially an IPA celebrating themselves. Caramel malt with hints of lemon and sweeter citrus around it. There is a boozy sort of bite in it and a very light sourness. Taste is nicely balanced but, again, surprisingly muted for such a celebratory beer. At first orange and rye-pepper followed by wheat and malt and finishing with a bit more grassy, earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel is full and malty without being overbearing, very drinkable. Not a bad beer, and very well balanced and smooth considering the strength but far from what I was expecting from Stone's 21st anniversary brew, especially given the name, this is far from their wildest hop zaniness. I suppose they are just maturing in their old age

Sep 07, 2017
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kmoen from California

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2017
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hermit990 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 19, 2017
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Jame515 from Texas

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

Sep 08, 2017
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cherche from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 30, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Oct 02, 2017
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rossracing from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 31, 2017
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 17, 2017
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GarbageMan10 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 04, 2017
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 26, 2017
21st Anniversary Hail To the Hop Thief from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 269 ratings