Stone 10th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPAStone 10th Anniversary IPA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 jzlyo
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral, citrus/fruit and creeping dank hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, grapefruit, malts, hops/mild hop resin and a mix of bitter and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one-time-only brew pours a lush amber color from a capped 750ml bottle. There was very little head to speak of, and what was there, dissipated quickly, leaving lacing. It gives off an aroma of roasted malt and a characteristic that is light, sweet--almost maple syrup-like with a zest of lemon. The hoppy bitterness for which Stone is know dominates the flavor, along with toasted malt, big alcohol (ABV 10%), and some sugar; in fact this beer was far sweeter than anticipated. It is rich and somwhat complex, yet the literally "bitter/sweet" finish is a bit overwrought for my taste, lowering the drinkability. I like the more balanced bitterness and overall flavor of Stone's other strong ales, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, and am thankful that those are here to stay.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the rattle n hum 05-27-09

There were about 14 stone beers on tap at the time from there Stone event and this was one of them. I was excited to see this on tap remembering how good it was when it 1st come out and was interested to see how 2 + years later it held up.

Pours a hazy dark orange with about a two finger white head, a lot of lacing on the way down. The nose is a fruit explosion of tropical ones, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit, some alcohol, oak. The taste is of peppery hops, high alcohol malt, very complex in flavor, caramel malts and sweet fruits mix togetherThe mouthfeel is thick, hot with alcohol, malty, hop bitterness is still there but no where what i remember it being when i had this 2 years back. A boozy finish and high alcohol content makes this one a sipper

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

A huge head that mellows to a small coating with great lacing.
This beer is more like a barley wine at this point, with a bready character surrounded by citrus and a hint of pine and spearmint.
Grapefruit, orange rind and a minty character all contribute as well as a bready character that has clearly changed over time.
A full syrupy body with great carbonation.
A fantastic beer that has changed over time into something different but equally delicious.

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

Served from a 22oz bomber in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Look: Stored on it's side, the bottle showed a noticeable ribbon of sediment down one side and I uncapped and poured it. As expected from that sediment, the beer was faintly hazy with a toasted orange color. The pour was viscous, as the 10% ABV would have you guess, and the head formed in a slow but powerful uprush of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, rising to a sticky, off-white head of two finger thickness. Lacing comes in sappy, iridescent bubbled, concentric rings that multiply with each sip and go nowhere. Looking good!

Smell: Citrusy west-coast American hops, leaning toward sweetly juicy, in the vein of a ruby red grapefruit drizzled with light honey. Not much to report in the malt department other than the detectable sweetness. Some florals; crisp and fresh.

Taste: Well rounded, medium bodied maltiness helps this beer begin with a very nice sweetness that's not overdone. The almost unhideable alcohol comes in without pause in the middle, setting up the hop whipcrack on the back of the tongue. The finish is quite dry and the aftertaste is that of wet hops. An all around pleasant journey for a DIPA, when you put aside the heat from the alcohol.

Feel: Slick and slightly syrupy on the way in, with a good puffiness and tingle on the tongue shortly thereafter. The swallow is slick and sticky, leaving hop residue all the way down, and ending with embers in the belly.

Drink: Well, there is no doubting that Stone's hop-bomb beers are all very well crafted and quite tasty to boot. They've certainly gotten that aspect of their craft down, along with a penchant for keeping the ABV pumped up. This beer is no exception, even though personally, I think DIPAs are a little overplayed in the game of "extreme brewing". Nevertheless, this beer is easy to drink, and a nice treat for your bitter taste buds. Happy Anniversary, Stone!

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

Picked up a growler of this at Stone on Saturday.

A: I was worried about cabonation so a fairly aggressive pour which revealed a slightly syrupy but clear deep orange with a tiny bit of red/brown in the middle. Big fluffy white three finger head that slowly dissipated into a thick film.

S: Mild tropical malts, somewhat reminiscant of Double Bastard but not nearly as strong, with a mild citrus and pine hop scent. The smell is really not overwhelming, not nearly as strong as some of their other brews.

T: Sweet tropical esters come on strong and linger to the finish. Soon after the sweet malt base comes a mini hop blast. Mostly pine and not the typical Stone citrus.

MF: Carbonation is not really a problem, although it's very mild for an IPA. I do wonder if this was more carbonated a year ago, or even right off the tap. Syrupy and thick with a strong alcohol flavor.

D: This is quite good, but not nearly as strong as I had expected. At this point, it's quite similar to Double Bastard, although the flavor is toned down quite a bit. Really a pretty mellow beer flavor wise. I guess I would call it a malty IIPA, reminds me a bit of the summer Yulesmith. The drinkability is a bit deceptive because of the flavor, and I think it would be easy to put away a few pints of this before realizing that you were pretty messed up. Glad I got to try this, but the 11th was better, IMO.

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

Pours a clear golden amber with a very thick and creamy white head. Head quickly sinks to a finger or so but remains after that. Nice frothy lacing all around.

Nose is sweet citrus and malts, with very earthy undertones. Not too hoppy for a double, though they definitely do make themselves known, as does the alcohol.

Initial taste is alcohol and hops. Very fruity -- oranges, tangerines, and a very firm earthy/pine taste. Malts are a bit overpowered here, and in my opinion not as well balanced as most of the Stone brews. .

Very warm mouthfeel, and thick for an IPA. Goes down soft, but the drinkability is hindered by the high ABV and the unbalanced bitterness. Hopefully it'll get better with age.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sslightly hazy dark golden/medium amber with very littl head and some spotty lacing. The smell is surprisingly faint, but there are notes of orange citrus and cherries as well as an underlying beeswax aroma. The flavor is more powerful and trhe beer has become somewhat integrated by now. No notes of dominant alcohol, but the hops have faded slightly into a waxiness. Somewhat grainy and with plenty of sweet malt, orange and grapefruit, and almonds as well as the beeswax again. Slick mouthfeel with some creaminess there as well. Coats the mouth, but its not sticky or unpleasant. Pretty drinkable at this point, but obviously one to be carefful of with the abv what it is. This beer seems a little more integrated than some of the big hoppy Stone's I've had while still retaining some of its hop proffile.

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Photo of lpayette
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- Poured into a tulip. A perfectly clear copper with a nice white head that produces ample lacing. Textbook perfect Double IPA as far as looks goes.

Smell- The aroma is very floral and hoppy as expected. This beer is packed with citrus notes which I love. Pine as well. A rich amber malt characteristic is there too, unwilling to be shoved to the side by the beastly hops. In fact, I think it may even smell a bit sweeter than the majority of double IPAs out there.

Taste- Rich and malty with a full bite of hops. Hints of apple with a piney aftertaste. Moderately complex. Not my favorite tasting double IPA, but still very good. Piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A bit tingly with an everlasting hop aftertaste. Medium to more than medium bodied- but I wouldn't quite consider this to be full-bodied.

Drinkability- Drinkable considering the high alcohol content, but not overly inviting either. This was a delicious brew that I'm glad I sought out, but not my favorite stone brew to date.

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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 tkdchampxi
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

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 jmalex
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Major props go out to Aprilluvsbeer for trading this to me. I missed out on it when it was released and by the time I took to seeking it out, it was pretty much nowhere to be found.

APPEARANCE: Pours a cool looking orange red color with a good-sized sturdy beige head. It takes forever to dissipate and leaves thick curtains of lace all the way down the glass. Picture perfect.

SMELL: The aroma is very tangy and sweet. Very grapefruity and very piny. I'm also picking up some odd fruity smells, almost like apples. It seems a bit odd and out of place. Perhaps it's a product of the high alcohol.

TASTE: Holy crap! I expected this to be a big beer, but I was not prepared for the shock I just got. The alcohol and sweet hop flavors hit you so hard up front, you really have to pay attention to what comes after. And what comes after is really darn good. Very spicy hops make up the major flavor here. The finish is somewhat malty, but very clean. No offensive flavors anywhere to be found. This beer is incredibly complex and incredibly tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Very syrupy with a fine-bubbled crisp carbonation. Just what you'd want in a beer like this.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is a real heavy hitter, so it suffers in drinkability a bit. However I've had double IPAs that go down much harder than this one. For what it is, this beer is really crisp and clean, and dare I say, refreshing to some degree.

This really is a special beer and worth trying to find if any is left over anywhere. Lucky for me, I was able to find someone generous enough to share a bottle with me before it was all gone. Thanks again April.

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Photo of akahn
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden-amber color with a healthy off-white head.

Solvent alcohol aroma accompanied by sweet fruit -- peach and tangerine. Quite a hoppy pine needle aroma, as well.

Taste and mouthful work together beautifully -- simultaneously bitter and prickly. Sweet, in a clear sugary way. Alcohol is prominent but not unpleasant. Resinous, piney hop character, very spicy, too. Surprisingly smooth despite the palate assault. In conclusion, I think I prefer Ruination IPA to this beer, but this, too, is liquid poetry.

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Photo of bobhits
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Lots of bubbles, great head, great color.

smell. Lots of citric hops.

Taste. nearly perfect balance of hops and malt. A bit more alcohol flavor than I would like, but very good. Sadly age will mellow the hops AND the alcohol which will make for a different beer, but most likely not a better one.

Mouth. Smooth, silky. A bit of alcohol harshness that takes away from perfection (at 10% this comes as no surprise)

A bit heavy and the bitterness of the beer does make you think twice about drinking it quickly. It's not a sipper by any means but something you'll nurse for a while. I'm not sure what they wanted out of this, but since we only get one shot at this beer it probably is best to savor it.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this!

Commemorative Label #9 of 10: "I'm not worthy" haha.

Pours a murky golden/brown/red color, little head with little lacing. Second pour gives much more head, more frothy looking, with slightly more lacing.

Smell is not as hoppy as I expected, although there is a decent deal of hops, a strong fruity aroma is present with some citrus, very inviting.

Taste is a little different than other DIPA's I've had, pretty unique as I've sure it's mellowed out since bottling and matured. Piney hop bitterness is highly melded with the malt and a fruitiness (most likely orange as I'm picking up some orange peel). It's also fairly syrupy with low carbonation.

It would have been interesting to have tried this when it was first released as the hop presence has certainly decreased. It seems as if this DIPA has crossed style barriers as it seems more like a barleywine now.

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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 ejquin
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppper color with white head.

S: Smells of hops mostly, some caramel, and a nice sweetness in the back.

T: FIrst of all I definitely like this better than ruination. It's much deeper. It starts out malty and carmaly, and then fades to the hops. On the finish the hops really come through bordering on overbearing, and it made me downgrade the drinkibility, but all in all head and shoulders above Stones other IPA's.

M: Heavy and slick with good carbonation.

D: Good for the abv, but the hops keep it the drinkibility rating down.

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

really interesting IPA. Having with my friend Paul B. and we both note the differences between what we're drinking and the commercilal description. Hardly any piney qualities. Poured with some head and lace. Color is dark & hazy amber with cherry highlights. Aroma is a little grapefruity, some malty, rotten fruit, caramel, and grain. Wrap around the tongue body. Silky. Sweet finish. Not a session beer though. This is about 3 years old. Killler.

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

From the 3 of the anniversary brews i've tried 8,9,10,this is the best one.Had this one in a bomber at the Peach.This is the most drinkable of the 3.All the Stone stuff smashes ur face but this one is a treat has a citrus bite to it first off but easy on the finish,malts present,great carbination, not enough to kill the fish just right..Two thumbs up..Beckons from the glass a golden amber with a foamy, bready off white head. The aroma is very hoppy, bready, and some floral notes. From the first sip I knew for sure buying a swing top 3L 3 years late was not a bad call by any means. Tons of hops still punch through this baby, lots of floral and citrus accompanied by a distinct biscuit/bready flavor that produces a hint of staleness but not enough to negate the hop deliciousness. A very sweet taste overall, maybe some honey. .

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Photo of Longstaff
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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 DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a ridiculous allergic reaction to this beer that included an 8 hour long migraine like sinus headache and a sinus infection that lasted a couple of days but if I had to go through that again to taste this beer, I might consider it. ItÂ’s that good. Note to self, I need to figure out which hop/hops in this beer really bother me: Summit, Chinook, Crystal and Simcoe hops. I have a similar problem with Ruination.

Appearance: Dark pumpkin with ruby highlights and a long lasting, clingy, sticky lace.

Aroma: Ridiculously aromatic. Topical and citric with a surprisingly hefty amount of sweet caramel. Fruit salad served in pine resin.

Taste/MF: blistering. This one really stings. Full bodied, oily, lip smacking, bitter, boozy goodness. Grassy and piney with loads of tropical, citrus, and berry fruits.

Very drinkable in general but sadly not for me. 10 ounces into it my nose was clogged, 5 ounces later I started wheezing, by the end of the bomber I was getting a head ache. Curse these damned allergies!

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

Surprisingly good! Let me say that I'm not a hophead at all, I received this in a trade with Bluescooter because I wanted to try some more hoppy stuff. I didn't have this fresh when it was first released, but I've got to say this is pretty nice now. Not overpoweringly piney or anything, but very fruity and citrusy without terribly bitter grapefruit. Not something I could drink a lot of, or very often, but this bomber was very enjoyable.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
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