10th Anniversary IPA
Stone Brewing

10th Anniversary IPA10th Anniversary IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 10.67%
Reviews:
411
Ratings:
492
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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95
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Reviews by seedee17:
Photo of seedee17
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice orange-amber color, really clear, with a nice uniform head .
The smell was my favorite aspect of this beer, huge fresh hop aroma, and lots of caramel and sugary malts to balance it out.
Taste is great, really hoppy, citrus and fresh hop flavor, balanced out nicely with the sweet malts.
Mouthfell is really nice, smooth and not overly carbonated.
The alcohol is definitely there, but the beer is drinkable for what it is, double IPA's aren't meant for sessions.
Overall I liked this better than Stone's Ruination.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass some 8 years after this was bottled...

A pretty good, semi-flat barleywine essentially.

I was nervous - I've never had such an old IPA. I loved it - it reminds me of beers like Double Dancer, but with less carbonation.

The smell was great, with some nice malt and hop aroma.

Color was extremely cloudy and muddy - a reddish orange.

For such an old beer, this held up amazingly well.

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Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge hops creakily supported by a slightly syrupy malt. A hops overload is expected from this beer, and it certainly does not fail to deliver. A well-done study in excess for the consumption of hop heads (into which category I fall), but overall it is a novelty, something to be experienced more than enjoyed.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color was exceptional, a brilliant mahogany with an off white head. The only drawback was the lack of head retention.

Smell: This was pretty normal with no unattractive scents. Piney and grapefruity hops mainly.

Taste: A very thick backbone of malts supported the intricate hop layering. Piney hops, grapefruity hops, and more sutble plantish hops all came together in this festival of flavor. The malt could have been intricately woven, however, and provided a standard sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I found this brew to glide easily around the palate. The alcohol wasn't present and the bitterness quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: I can't find any reason to say why this isn't so drinkable for me... the lack of alcoholic taste makes it easy to drink, but it was so intricate in other respects that just drinking a bomber took me almost an hour and a half. There are more drinkable dipas out there, but this one is still smooth and succulent.

Notes: Sorry lpayette, I never found this in a store... just a restaurant :(

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an aroma like hop perfume. Big, bold, brashy. Color is a beautiful orange-amber. Poured without much fanfare, just a light lacing of foam. Taste is like a slice of grapefruit with a sweet malt backbone and hints of tangerine. There's also an underlying mustiness. A good beer, perhaps slightly over the top in the hops balance. I'll let my last bottle age for a bit, I think 6 months might be just what this bad boy needs.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into a Stone IPA glass.
Acquired in trade with fellow BA BigErn.
Brewed for the Stone 10th Anniversary celebration.

Pours a deep, glowing orange color, moslty clear with good carbonation. Awesome two inch thick, fluffy, cream colored head, with decent retention. Tons of delicate, sticky lacing surrounds my glass. Fantastic looking double IPA! Smell, is almost as good! I swear this was grapefruit juice, not beer. Very strong, citrusy, fruity, smells, like I said, just like grapefruit juice. There are some hints of alcohol and hops present, but take a backseat to the fruity, citrusy aromas. Very intense hop bitterness all the way around, very sweet, with a good malt backbone. Alcohol is present too. Very enjoyable, and a pleasure for any hophead. Mouthfeel is smooth, slighlty syrupy and sticky. Drinkability is good, one bomber is enough for me, there is a definite alcohol burn. Overall a great double IPA from Stone, but who would have expected any less? A great beer to celebrate ten years of awesome beers. Here's to ten more. Congratulations Stone!!!!

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Photo of Bighuge
2.66/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed orange-copper. Thin and creamy off white head. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, caramel malt and tropical fruits. Alcohol is the easiest to pick out. Taste starts out boozy and ends boozy. The Green Flash IPA I had before this was much more enjoyable. Hop traits in this are ghostly. I get a tropical fruit melange of sorts. But the alcohol overrides it all. Fussel-like in nature. To me this is what Arrogant Bastard would taste like if it were 15-20% a/v.

Hands down, my least favorite of their Anniversary beers. And not even in the same ballpark as their 5th Anniversary IPA.

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Photo of kmudrick
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clearish ruby brown - very clean with no visible sediments. Ended up with a slight swell of head which dissipated into a scattering of pools of lacing. Initial nose is deep, earthy, and hoppy - heavy on the malts. Further scents reveal a pulpy aroma with hints of hazelnut. First taste is powerful - a burst of hops blended with a fruit punch-like flavor. Very complex - more than I'm used to in an IPA (an entirely pleasant surprise) - with swirls of grapefruit and pineapple. Mouth-feel is medium in thickness, creamy up front on the tongue, tart and biting towards the back. The smack of alcohol, unfortunately, is a little too evident and detracts from the fun flavor battles going on each each sip.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored this 22oz bomber from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA last week. No freshness dating, but the bottle says it sports commemorative label #5 of 10, with the usual, rambling soliloquy on the back (this time from Dave Dyer)... Time for some 10th....

I poured it into my Portsmouth Imperial Pint glass... clear, light copper colored, with a thin, beige head. Topping is almost an afterthought, and lacing is minimal... Aroma is heavy on hops, though some toasty malt also comes forth. Has lots of piney, resiny action here, plus hints of the heat to come (10% abv). Mouthfeel is top-shelf, with the body being a solid medium to medium-plus. 10th also has a creamy, velvety feel on the tongue. Jawohl!

Flavor has caramel lurking here and there, but comes a-calling strongly with hops. Alcohol hits hard as well, and cuts into the piney hoppage present. Flavor is rough and grainy, and also has a character akin to orange peel, and even a smidge of mint. All of this leads into a syrupy, sticky finish which has lupulins lingering on the palate. Another solid, well-made Stone offering, though the "heat" is a bit of a distraction, leading me to peg 10th a bit lower than other Stone biers.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is rust-orange, slight chill haze. Head is 1/2 inch and lingers well. Aroma of strong piney hops with mild citrus notes present. Slight hint of a soap-like smell in there, and the alcohol also becomes more evident as it warms. Overall a nice bouquet for the nose. The taste is loaded with orange and grapefruit tang and sweet sugary malt. Dank and resiny on the hops. Moderate bitterness in the finish with some astringence from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium thick, bordering on syrupy.

From the first whiff I was pretty excited about this one, but the flavor wasn't as spectacular. It's big on taste, but way overdone. The alcohol was just a bit high also. Stone likes to brew big, so that's what you get here. It's no doubt good, but sometimes it pays to be more subtle and complex...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear red-orange body, topped by a highly whipped four fingers of milk shake like froth. Excellent lacing.

A haymaker of pine punches the nose, and as the head spins it notes the grapefruit and orange groves on the outskirts of the pine forest.

Thick chewy caramely malt hits the tongue like the troops at Normandy, but its quickly engulfed by luscious juicy pulpy oranges, and then a pine tree falls on you. It all big and bold, except the alcohol, which adds shading but never takes the spotlight.

Solid, well-crafted mouthfeel has some viscosity to it. Drinkability is delightful and perhaps dangerous.

An outstanding example of an Imperial/double IPA. If you like IPAs at all, and haven't tried this, run to your nearest store.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a burnt orange almost amber in color with a a darker tan head into my brand new Stone 10th pint glass. Plenty of piney hops, citrusy grapefruit scents and a hint of sweet malts. Now the most important part, WOAH, talk about getting smacked with a pine tree, lots of piney taste (yeah I know it's an I2PA but wow) also a strong taste of grapefruit, it's almost like a blooming flower one taste as you begin then it slowly opens into another taste and does this several times. I like it. The alcohol is hidden pretty well but is present. Gotta be careful with these. I need to have another one of these before I decide but I'm leaning towards this being my favorite Stone Brew. If you don't like hops or chewing on pine tree branches stay away :)

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have very eagerly anticipated this beer for a longtime now thank you Orfeu for the bottles.Poures a deep burnt orange with a pillowey slight off one finger head that settles nice ans slowly leaving a thick ring of lace behind,hop complexity in the nose I pick up some apricot and leafiness as well as oddly enough a nutty character,obviously the pine and citric fruit was there maybe that dont even need to be mentioned.The alcohol presence in this beer doesnt shy away from being noticed right away quite warm on the inside a little stinging with big resiny hop character takes over after that intial alc punch big and piney with residual sweetness from hefty dose of malt to back the huge load of hops.Finishing with that apricot-like fruitiness and alcohol warmth again,like apricots soaked in vodka.Whoo this isnt for the faint of heart and I am not its hugely hoppy and the alcohol takes no prisoners its an awesome brew that should be sipped or it will leave a mark.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tyrawlings for the chance. Poured into a Dobbelen tulip.

Appearance: Rust colored body, big off-white head, very slow fade.

Smell: Sweet caramel in front sharp alcohol and floral hops (a lot of them). There is also a strong fruit and honey scent that makes it a very interesting beer to smell.

Taste: A rich and maly, yet highly hopped DIPA. Sweet, yet never cloying, a well above average DIPA. The alcohol is noticable, but an asset to the experience.

Drinkability: While not the best in the style, not too far from, top notch. Happy 10th, Stone.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a nice frothy, slightly off-white head that retains well. Decent lacing.

Smells of HUGE citrus and piney hops with a certain sweetness from a nice malt backbone. Grapefruitiness also present.

Taste is of grassy, very piney, and floral hoppiness. Sweet malts come through as well, even a tad bit of biscuity flavors try their best to fight there way through the hops but come and go very rapidly, right up front. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish which makes this beer a little less enjoyable/drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very oily, full-bodied and good carbonation.

I wouldnt consider this beer to be very drinkable on the fact that the alcohol is just way too present in the taste.

Overall, I feel that this beer is very overrated.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, the wait is over. I cracked this bottle with much anticipation and it was indeed worth it. Poured a nice amber and the hops hit the nose instantly. eGrapefruit juce all the way with a bit of pine for good measure. This had elemnts of Arrogant Bastard (mainly in mouthfeel) but the hops are on a whole other level.
Nice thick, chewy mouthfeel and a great balance of the hops. I wouldn't really call this the most drinkable as you will feel it after one glass and after a few, the taste will be a bit much. This is a beer to savor and enjoy in moderation.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, somewhat amber, attractive beer. The head is solid, but modest. It’s got a wonderful fruity aroma…lots of citrus, pine, and wood in the aroma. The smell is certainly centered on hops, but there’s also a nice malt quality to the beer. The alcohol, surprisingly, is fairly well hidden in the smell. The taste is warming and slightly sweet. There’s a touch of hotness, but it lasts only a brief moment. Lots of hops kick in by the mid-taste. It’s surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol concentration. Fairly smooth, with a full-to-moderate body.

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Photo of rayjay
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY got ahold of one, after lots of hunting and 2 long distance trips in vein.

Small head, fast carbonation, nice and pale.

Smells like fresh hops being broken up in your hand, plus sweet malts. Not very strong smelling.

Whoah! Strong like whiskey, but with tons of bitterness (even for IPA standards), maybe over 100 units. Nothing but pure bitterness, along with the tiniest bit of sweet. Finishes hot. This is "extreme" beer, bold and straight to the point.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thick, which I feel is keeping down the carbonation.

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Photo of shirfan
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep honey-golden brown with a thick, sticky layer of foam. Slight haze. Excellent lacing.

Juicy hop aroma, but not quite as huge as it could be. Combo of floral and citrus notes with a little pine.

Taste: Five. I don't think a double IPA could surpass this, only perhaps match it. A huge hops presence without excessive bitterness. Flavor profile closely follows the nose... floral and citric notes mix, with mild resin following. On the sweet side, malt holds up well to the hops assault but isn't especially assertive. Just enough alcohol warmth in the finish to be enjoyable without seeming boozy.

This is now my measuring stick against which all DIPAs of the future will be judged.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bomber that timtheenchanta shared with me. Thanks!

This beer pours a transparent rust color with a frothy white head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is all pale malt up front with a nice amount of west coast citrusy and piney hops. The taste hits you with a large amount of bitterness. Afterwards the maltiness of the brew hits you and then is followed by the hop flavor. It is quite a nice taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, a highly drinkable DIPA. An amazing way to cap off a great evening.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sample from a tap to see if it was any different from the bottle. And wow, this is actually drinkable on tap. Didn't have the weird phenolics that the bottle I reviewed had and the alcohol flavors not as dominating. Hop aroma was still a little deficient for the style, but the aroma was not unpleasant like the bottle. Typical Stone yeast flavors and hop profile but still needed a bit more bitterness imo. Juicy hop flavors coupled with a nice creamy mouthfeel and subdued alcohol flavors made this version of Stone 10th very enjoyable.

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Photo of Burt
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going off of some tasting notes here, for accually had the brew, mid-march, after it cellared about six months or so.

It poured a mild copper orange with a good tan head that laced somewhat as it faded down. The medium full body held the small bubbled carbonation in check but allowed the aroma of citric fruits and alcohol hop to tease the nose.
The taste was complex citric orange peel, grapefruit, lemon and lime. While good malts and alcohol hints balanced things nicely. The alcohol warms while a med-like hop oil lingers the mouth.

I enjoyed thisone, It wasn't as big a beer as I thought the tenth might be, but very pleased, indeed.

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10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 492 ratings