Stone 10th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPAStone 10th Anniversary IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 08-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
487
Reviews:
410
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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Photo of trep
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Translucent dark orange body with a creamy white head. Nice lacing as it slowly fades. Sweet fruity hops. Pineapple, peaches, grapefruit, very aromatic. A bit of alcohol, but can be expected with 10%. Also a good bit of rich malt presence.

This is pretty damn good. Bittersweet hops cleanse your palate with every drink. The fruit that was present in the aroma is manifesting itself on your tongue. The bitterness only lasts for a short second though as the malt profile comes through. Very solid to keep it balanced. Me likey. Finishes with a grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Has a little alcohol as it warms.

Oily medium body with medium carbonation. Just right for my likings. The bubbles create a creamy feeling as it slides down your throat. Incredibly drinkable. At 10% this is an incredibly balanced IIPA and super easy to drink, dangerously easy.

This reminded me alot of Dreadnaught in its hop and malt profile as well as the drinkability. Tremendous beer from Greg and Co.

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Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased from Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a beautiful ruddy orange/amber with a one finger, cream colored, fizzy head which faded very quickly. Small amounts of sporadic lacing appeared on the glass.

Smell was very hoppy (cascade hops with hop oils), rich and fruity (citrusy with grapefruit prevailing) yet sweetly malted and candy-like. Some brandy-like notes were apparent as the beer warmed.

The taste was overwhelmingly hoppy and complex. Piney and resiny hops were initially noticeable before the huge alcohol punch kicked in. The alcohol phenols hit hard but disappeared very quickly. As the beer settled in the mouth, the hops once again become detectable along with some citrus and lemon zest. Later, notes of sweet malts, fruits and candied sugar were noticeable before the biting, ultra-hoppy, resiny and somewhat sticky hop finish kicked in. As intense as the hops may have been, they were quite palatable and did not leave any unpleasant bitterness in the mouth. Huge, yet pleasant, alcohol warming in the back of the throat (not quite an alcohol burn).

The outstanding mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and velvety, as well as a bit syrupy.

Drinkability was moderate. This is a flavorful, delicious and (dare I say) moderately well balanced brew, yet the overwhelming alcohol punch can be a bit much to handle. By the end of the bottle I felt like I was going to hit the floor. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 jaxon53
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a rather cloudy, dull orange. Almost a brownish tint to it. Moderate amounts of lace on the glass from the two finger , frothy off-white head that had decent retention. Smelled strongly of citrus fruits, piney hops, and minor hints of alcohol. Tasted of orange, maybe some grapefruit hidden in there, lemon zest, and hops with a little bit of pine coming through. Needs to be a little warmer. Nice bitter hoppy brew that was smooth with a nice warming alcohol finish. The alcohol isn't too overpowering. Just enough carbonation. Glad I have a few of these kicking around because the drinkability is great. Definitely a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours with a semi-creamy eggshell colored head that has decent retention, eventually settling at a half-finger thick cap of creamy head. Excellent and sticky lacing is left all over and down the glass as you drink this beer. It has a beautiful and very clear honey amber color with some ruby in there as well.

Smell - Wow! Juicy hops all over this brew. Definitely a large portion of amarillo. So many smells are coming off the nose immediately: mango, tangerine, lemon, orange, lime, nectarine, peach, etc. Amazing tropical and citrus fruit aromas. There is also an herbal texture to the overall aroma. It reminds me a lot of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA in aroma. A slight bready malt can barely be picked up behind all of the hop smells. There is moderate but tamed alcohol burn on the nose.

Taste - Juicy hops again right up front, but not nearly as complex as in the smell, although still quite complex in its own right. Lots of tropical and citrusy fruits with herbal and floral notes. As you taste this beer, the different flavors progressively change as you approach the finish. For example, you aren't hit with all of the flavors at once, but rather one at a time...like the gradual and gradiated color change in a rainbow. Initially I can taste a lot of mango and some lime/lemon. As you progress a growing peppery spiciness and strong herbal notes appear, with hints of floral hops. The finish comes in with the bready malt character balancing nicely with a full peppery spiciness and slightly less intense hop presence. The aftertaste immediately has a quick alcohol burn in your mouth and nose, and a few different spices come into play: cinnamon, clove, and corriander. Some very slight earthiness and a muttled and almost pudding-like malt aftertaste finish the beer. There is noticeable and moderate alcohol throughout, with a nice burst immediately after the swallow.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and somewhat biting carbonation throughout the entire taste, and it holds its structure very well and doesn't break down. It is medium-bodied with a heavy-liquid like moderate smoothness. Pretty wet throughout but dries up a bit in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Strong alcohol presense especially in the finish and aftertaste with a quite strong array of hoppy flavors. I personally love it, but I admit I couldn't drink a lot of this fine brew.

A fantastically excellent DIPA from Stone for their 10th Anniversary. This thing is loaded with all sorts of hops and has a very complex and excellent flavor. If you love juciy and tropical/citrusy hops flavors then you will adore this IPA. If you like the Dreadnaught IPA, you will adore this IPA. A must have beer for lovers of the hop!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone- 10th Aniversary

Appearance- Dark orange with a big thick head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight alcohol presence too.
Taste- Big chewy pine cone and orange/ grapefruit rind hops. Alcohol eventually kicks in.
Mouthfeel- Nice and dry with a big citrus bitterness. The strong 10% alcohol kicks in at th end.

Overall- This was a very tasty IPA. The alcohol is very noticeable at the end, but otherwise a very good 1! Find it and enjoy!!

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Photo of RedHaze
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle version 4.

Pours a dark copper color with a two finger off-white head that is very slow to fade away. The resulting lace is thick and very organized.

Smell; very strong pine resin aromas, with a little citric grapefruit and orange peels thrown in as well. There's also a bit of a tropical fruit presence. The malts have a bigger role in the aroma than I was expecting, with caramel malts

Taste; the caramel malts come out first, which is a bit of a surprise knowing how much hops are in this one. Lots of citric and tropical fruit flavors run rampant trough out the middle, with a little bit of piney hops in the finish. Very nice, but I thought the aroma was better than the flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full and very creamy, with a drinkability that gets better the warmer this gets. Doesn't get boring at all, as the subtulties change enough throughout the 22 ounces to keep me interested.

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Photo of granger10
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brighter amber color with a thinnish egg white head. Strong hoppy fruitiness in the aroma. A touch of alcohol twinges the nostrils as well. Very resiny. Flavor is sweeter than I was expecting. Caramel flavors at first. Good creaminess on the mouthfeel. Some resiny flavors but not piney more just green hops. Gets fruitier farther down. A bit hot but not too bad. Nothing too great about this beer. I don't quite get all the hype. Solid but I was expecting to be blown away. Maybe age will help but I don't really think so. Good is as far as I'll go. Still, it's good.

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Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

pours a light copper colour with a big, dense yellow head. head is slow to drop and leaves a nice layer of lace behind.

aroma is great. first sniff was a touch catty, but after that the other dimensions come out. fruity, orange and tangerine. just a hint of grapefruit. not piney/resiny at all. no real alcohol noticeable.

taste is great. really nice bready malt, decent bitterness level that isn't over the top, and a wonderful hoppiness. alcohol comes a bit, but well balanced. really complex, much more than the average dipa. bit of sherry/dried fruit. maybe cherry. nice.

mouthfeel is great. nice body without being overly full. good moderate carbonation level.

drinkabilty is suprisingly high. hides its 10% really well. i could easily drink a few of these, and fall over. but it's good!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnished, dark pumpkin orange suffused with coral red. The beer doesn't become brighter with backlighting so much as take on a soft, rosy glow. Occupying the top third of the glass is a heavily creamy cap of orangish ecru that looks as if it'll hang around as long as there's beer present. I have no doubt that the thick, buttery sheets of lace that are beginning to be laid down will last until I vanquish them with hot water. An outstanding look...

... and a pretty good nose. I knew that it would be as soon as I popped the cap, but it's even better up close. I had no doubt that a hop bill as special as this one (Summit, Chinook, Crystal and Simcoe), in the hands of the ale magicians at Stone, would result in a nose this aromatic. The tropical fruitiness of the Simcoe is especially nice. I'm a little concerned about the amount of sweet caramel however.

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA doesn't quite fit my preferred DIPA profile. It's still very good beer, it just isn't special in the way that my favorites of this style are special. There's much more malty sweetness and more caramel flavor than I prefer. The brewers attempted to counter all that malt with a few fields worth of hops... and almost pulled it off.

I find myself trying to wade through the syrupy sweetness to appreciate the flavor of the hops rather than having them be right up front as they should be, assaulting my tongue and making it beg for mercy. There's plenty of hop flavor and plenty of hoppy bitterness, it's just that they're coated and weighted down by too much pale malt and caramel malt sugar.

None of the hop varieties really stands out. The hoppy portion of the flavor profile is more a seamless melding that pulls elements from each. Chinook pine sap and spiciness combined with Simcoe tropical fruitiness... and so on. I had expected the 10% ABV to be somewhat hot since I'm drinking this bomber less than three months after bottling, but it isn't really. It's more evident than I'd like, but a few more months should take care of that nicely.

I'm on the fence about the body/mouthfeel. Generally speaking, I love huge, viscous, sappy, sticky mouthfeels on big beer. The reason that I'm not granting this one a perfect score is that the very thing that is responsible for that super-plush feel is the thing that keeps me from loving the beer as a whole. Namely, great gobs of malt.

I expected hop nirvana from Stone 10th Anniversary IPA, but it didn't quite deliver the goods (I'll never stop expecting great things from these guys because they come through much more often than not). Having said that, this is still good beer that put me squarely in the happy zone a few ounces ago and is sure to keep me there for the next several hours. Thanks to BitterBrian for the bomber. Oh... and happy 10th anniversary Stone.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 22 oz. bomber, bottle # 2 of 10. Thanks to IntriqKen for this freakin' beautiful offering.

A - Deep clear copper, off white head rises to about 1 1/2 inches then down to a sheath on the top of the beer. Inviting is the word.

S - A combo of fruity, floral, and maltiness. Fresh peach and plum, malt is awesome, perfectly balanced. Caramel makes itself known as it warms up. WOW.

T - Sweet maltiness that is perfectly balanced with the huge hop hit and fruity character. Warmth makes me want to curl up into a ball and take a cat-nap. This brew takes the cake.

M - Carbonation and weight on the palate go hand in hand skipping down my throat. Balance to a T.

D - Sweet mother of jesus, give me another!

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Photo of Onibubba
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big ass 3 litre bottle into 8 jelly glasses. Hazy amber orange and viscous liquid leaves little room for a head. What does form does not last. As soon as this bottle was popped the smell hit the room, and the catch phrase for the rest of the night was born - "That smells hoppy." In fact, nothing I have ever tried smells remotely this hoppy. BHM, 90 Minute, the Professor, Lenny's RIPA - None of them can compare to the fresh pungent fumes this monster is releasing. More of a pine scent than the grapefruit smell I am more familiar with in DIPAs. This bouquet is simply huge and fresh cut.

The taste and mouthfeel is so good. Very smooth, very full. A bit sweeter than the smell led me to expect. Alcohol is readily appearant, and that does go against the drinkability. A fantastic special occasion beer that was a unanimous hit with a group of non beer geeks even. Huzzah.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 10th Anniversary
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a hazy and cloud-induced orange crush. Massive head forms quickly and leaves incredible head sustain. Trails of sticky lace cling and create interesting patterns on the side of the glassware.

The nose is powerful; screaming with aggressive hop whiffs of black pepper spice, lemon-lime citrus notes and freshly chopped melon.

Grainy, sugary sweetness up front with a biting hop presence. Major flavors of the citrus family like oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruit and juicy caramel. Mellow peach and tangerine juice blend mixed together. Under the complexity of flavors is a warming, alcohol sharpness and a black pepper chai combo.

This brew becomes more and more enjoyable as it warms. Happy anniversary Stone, please continue making some of the best, highly assertive American IPA's on the market.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright agate ruby brown with a medium head of creamy, lightly yellowed froth thats dense and firmly fluffed. Resides ever so slowly to an always presense skim and bubbles along the collar. Big streams of stringy lacing stick strongly along the glass.

Aroma is of muted tropical juiceyness favoring pineapple, peach, and mango. Pine sap highness retreats into the warmth after sitting for a bit. Somehow maintains and creates a certain thickly luster of darkly sweet vapors that are pleasingly tropical and rounded. Nice nose.

Taste follows suit with a big lolly pop lick of tropical fruit flavors that are sweetened in a low mannered dullness that keeps it from being overly juicy in any fashion. Dark and candyish all the way with a wallop of tangy undertoned mango, peach, orange, tangerine, and pineapple all wrapped up in an caramel cooking sauce. Piney stuff floats about, more so in the finishing areas where it tends to grab a slight bittering bite mixing with a citric peel, oil, and pith nudge. Warming throat tingley things develope late under the blanket of tropical laden malt tones. A well-rounded tropical treat.

Feel and body of this brew is pretty solid with a firm hold of malt that is darkly set with sweetened sugaryness of tropical fruits and caramel. Low ended piney oiled bitterness bends the balance together nicely, more so in the finish. Good malt body filled with a welcoming warmth as it fills the belly and the mind full of dancing tropical candied fruits, maintaining a very nice muted tang and dark wave of citric/piney bitterness.

Happy Anniversary to Stone Brewing. Keep em coming. This one is another keeper that's sure to soak your palate with malt laden goodness. And it has that certain hoppy twist and fare of other Stone brews that makes it oh so wondefully drinkable.

Big thanks to cvschaller for the hook up!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark copper in color, clear, with a small cream colored head that slowly fades. Aroma has a lemon sweet tart aroma, some tart citrus hops as well as some sweet orange and alcohol. Nice hop aroma but not overpowering. Taste displays some of the sweet orange citrus along with a berry like sweetness and a good bite in the finish of alcohol and bitterness. Fairly chewy mouthfeel, nice size malt body gives way to a large spicy dryness. At first the alcohol is close to being over the top but eventually dies down some. A nice DIPA-barleywine hybrid, may age nicely but is enjoyable now.

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Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's 10th anniversary ale pours majestically into my glass. The pour begets a large and cascading creamy off white three fingered head. As it begins to shirnk it leaves a nice trace of lacing along the sides of the glass. The color of this beer is amber hued, light copper. Head retention could use some work.(That or my glass isn't very clean)

To the nose this beer has a pretty balanced aroma. Hop and yeast esters can be detected, a bit of alcohol is also present. From the hops I get a somewhat spicy character, the yeast strain is giving this beer a fruity aroma. Don't get me wrong, the beer smells great, amazing actually, but this isn't the aroma which is usually associated with IPAs or Double/Imperial IPAs.

Throw the aroma out the window when it comes to the flavor of this beer. The first sip actually made my eyes go wide. The aroma prepares you for something completely different that what is provided by the flavor. This beer is a hop assault on the palate. First thing noticeable is the hop character which dominates the flavor, after that alcohol is perceived and then the fruity flavor, which was so strong in the aroma, makes a cameo. This beer easily represents the flavor guidelines of an Imperial/Double IPA-strong, highly hopped and alcoholic. However, I have never tasted the hops that are used in this brew. That tells me that the flavor and aroma hops are probably not cascade, chinook or coloumbus.

The beer feels lighter on the palate than I would've liked. For being such a strong brew I would've expected something with a bit of a heavier body, alas the body to this beer is fairly light. Carbonation does not get in the way of the flavor, and alcohol is slightly warming as it goes down. I don't know if I could sit and drink this brew all night, might be a bit too intense with the alcohol so upfront. As to drinkability I won't be able to buy this brew again, because its a limited release and to be honest I prefer Stone IPA or Ruination Ale to this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, opaque, big head, huge and creamy.

Screaming out load aroma, enormous pine and citrus, fantastic fruit, graperfruit, tropicals, big and fat and fruituous (is that a word?)...me, I like it. Wow.

Taste: Same, and then some. Big, fat, loud and proud citric fruit sour bitter hop domination. That's all. Don't like it? There's the door...

Smackitty, smack, there's the hops on the attack...don't mess with them.

Wow. This is a devil of an DIPA. Damnably delicious. No complaints here.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright copper color, slightly hazy with a full finger of bright white head with a very aggressive pour...gotta earn your head with this one. Fades pretty darn fast with some spotty lacing left behind.
Huge bouquet up front...boatload of citrus, pine and orange peel.
Tremendous hop profile...accompanied by a touch of alcohol, but well masked when served slightly colder than room temperature.
The malty sweetness, while heavy, is taken over by the overly dry back end...finishes very clean with just a hint of citrus remaining on the pallet.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick and the carbonation is where I like to see it. Not a sipper, but by no means a session brew either...will be feeling just right after this bomber.
Overall, a great job by a new brewer to Stone...look forward to many more of his makings.
Fantastic brew to celebrate 10 years!!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 taez555
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear reddish orange body with a white head that dies quickly.

The nose is dominated by a resin filled oily hop nose. Mild touches of alcohol, but

Taste is over the top hops. FULL bodied and smooth with a candy like sticky sweetness in the finish. Rotting citrus peel dominates the taste. From start to finish it's like licking the outside of dirty lime that is covered in white fur. Mmm, mmm, mmm penicillin. On a lime, bad, but when it comes to DIPA's this is a killer. There's a decent malt base, but compared to the hops it's so far in the background as to be non existent. Has a long lingering bitterness.

For fans of the Ruination, this is sort of like Ruination on acid and speed at the same time. Which at first may seem cool, but honestly becomes a little too over the top. Definitely a departure for stone which seems to balance the big hops and malt and blend them together. Honestly this just feels like a grandstanding hop monster. Maybe age it a couple years to mellow it out, but right now it's just too over the top.

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Photo of ridedammit
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A and I tried this at Redbones in Somerville, MA a few days back and I was impressed with the brew. The coloris a bit darker than I would expect, but then again its dark in Underbones so I should not be surprised. I was expecting a bit more hop seeing as its Stone and its a 10th Anniversary, but I was pleased with the amount, not too heavy handed. What suprised me most was the maltiness and sweetness. It paired nicely with the hop for an overall lovely flavor. I gave it a lower score on drinkability simply because you can (and should) only have one. It is sweet and has a high ABV, so your session with this brew will be a one and out.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet jesus; I love my IPAs and I love Stone, but this even threw me. It poured a wonderful dark amber color with an off-white head and excellent lacing.
The nose is obviously dominated by hops, but had a lot more going on; sweet fruits and citrus, mild vanilla and very mild malts.
Sweet fruits and creamy vanilla are all but masked by a heavy assauly of bitter and piney hops.
There is a lot going on in this beer and I can't even begin to describe it all. I do have to admit I agree with some of the other reviewers that there was a lot more sweetness than I anticipated, but I find more often than not breweries like to really stick it to you with WAY too much hop bitterness, which makes for a bad experience. I think this was balaned almost perfectly, both in taste and feel, which started bitter and very sweet, then faded into an almost syrpy dryness if thats possible. Very clean and enjoyable, another fantastic beer from Stone.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew, dark/burnt orange , slightly hazy with a lovelly thicj creamy off white head ( eggshell). Nice bitter hoppy, citric aroma, still quite fresh, so good so far. But the taste, I will have to go against the grain, its way too sweet. Yes there is a great amount of hoppiness swirling about the mouth but underlying sweetness sort of messes this up for me, it sticks to my tongue and becomes cloying, putting me off the great hopping. To cloying on the palte, too sweet. Man i really feel bad about going against the grain on this..i love most everything Stone does, but even for a Scot who likes sweet beer this was too much

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Photo of Haslips
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although I'm not a high end beer rater with the ability to break down a beer to color, apperance, lacing...yada, yada, yada...I do however have the the ability to know what I like...and this is a beer that I could like forever...

This beer falls in the top ten of all the beers I've ever had...

If you like hops....then search no further....Stone has cornered the market!!!!

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Photo of isaac
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is far and away my favorite beer (...as of yet...)

A - bright, vibrant copper color, or burnt orange, or whatever you want to call it. thick, white head that faded to gorgeous lacing on both the top of the beer and down the glass.

S - This smell will provide the bench mark for all other smells. A whallop of citrus (orange, grapefruit) hops, toasted caramel malts, and faint wiffs of fruity alcohol. My mouth watered.

T - So. Very. Good. Big, juicy hoppy taste, which hides the (10%!) alcohol quite nicely. Some sweetness from the malts, but this is a showcase for the hops. The flavor lingers for a while after the sip has gone down and there is nice warming feeling in the back of the mouth and throat. Very well balanced.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, but not overly so. This big feel just adds to the taste and doesn't make the beer syrupy at all.

D - This is beer as food, and in the best way. I'm so sad I didn't get to have more of this, as it seems the local stores are out of the 22s. crap.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 487 ratings.
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