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:
488
Reviews:
411
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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16
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16
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Photo of Zorro
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a burnished orange brown in the glass with not much head formation. I poured this a little cold at first but after about five minutes this becomes a crystal clear shade of dark amber.

Extremely rich aroma from the glass. Strong hop aroma as expected, this is much like the best Double IPAs. Sweet with a lot of hop aroma this is sensed as mostly tropical fruit. The scents of pineapple and mango are the strongest. A bit of pine and lots of grapefruit are detectable. Sweet to the nose I can't unravel the malt mix here is simply smells like pineapple juice.

Taste is spicy and full of melon flavor at the beginning. Melon flavor remains a major flavor but is joined with grapefruit and pineapple. Mango/peach joins the mix after a while along with mint and menthol.

Excellent Mouthfeel.

Outstanding drinkability. A new member of the best super IPAs in the world. In the same class as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught. I just happen to know where an under valued case of this is located, I must buy it.

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

What can I say, but 4.5 across the board. This is a truely deligtful beverage! The smell is sweet fruity-grassy floral aroma-very nice. The appreance is an amber, with a somewhat small head (but does size really matter?). The taste is oh so finely balanced between the hops bittering and malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is generally smooth with a slight smack to the posterior 3rd of the glossal apparatus. Highly drinakble at the the ABV. Damn...I must get some more of this fine brew. Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't usually write reviews like this because I feel that the purpose of a review is to inform other readers of what a beer tastes like, and then in some way help to give them an idea of what relevance or value it might have to them. However, given the recent thread about the decline of Dogfish Head and Sam's response to it, I thought I'd mention some "popularity backlash" that's gone on here.

Stone seems to be receiving a 'popularity backlash'. I was told by several people that the 10th Anniversay was not particularily worth it, and that it was a "let down". One person even stated that Stone has simply taken to making "gimmick" beers to garner more interest. I almost didn't buy this beer based on that. But looking at the price (which is actually great in comparison to many others), and knowing, based on their previous efforts, that it would at the least be "very good", I went back to the aisle where I found it and added it to my cart. And I couldn't be more happier!

It pours a very clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves rings of craggy lace that are so numerous they become almost a "wall" of spotty and streaky lace.

The nose is bright with citrusy and pungent hops, and fruity with yeast, over a sweetish caramelish malt base. It's big and round and supple with fruit (sugary apricot, peach, grapefruit, and tangerine), soft pine, and light caramel. I find no harsh edges to it; and I think it might be one of the best beer aroma's I've found - ever!

In the mouth it's full-bodied and gently effervescent with a delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it remarkably smooth.

In the flavor, it delivers piney, grassy, and fruity hoppiness (orange, grapefruit - as well as some yeasty berry and plum) upfront atop a slick wave of maltiness that seems to balance itself 'oh so perfectly'. There's a caramel edge to it, but the basic grainy and straw-like character is still in command. It's superbly well-rounded between the flavors, and perfectly balanced by the bitterness. It's sweetish but not sweet - and bitter but not BITTER!

Very nice! Superbly balanced! Interesting! Drinkable! A must-try!

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Photo of uberabr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, gold red. Very unique color, much darker than Stone's regualr IPA. The head is light and frothy with good lace and recedes quickly. Excellent carbonation.

Pungeant, complex aroma. Pine and perfume with citrus. A definite hint of grapefruit but nowhere near the normal IPA, not as much hopps either. This one's sweeter. Smells of caramel and apple, a good combination!

Bold taste. A strong, hoppy, sugary malt with a medium-to-light bitterness and a sweet nectar, malty aftertaste. Like the aroma, this one's very complex. You can definitely taste the alcohol, maybe a little too much for my taste. This one's not a session ale and it's not trying to be. Mouthfeel is perfect. Full body and exquisite carbonation. Did I mention the carbonation?

Overall: A bold, even brazen, confident ale. A classy package that might have a little more than you asked for, but demands respect.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A reddish tinted golden color with a nice two finger off white head. Looks great in a tulip glass.

S - Lots of citrusy hop smells. Really a great aroma overall.

T - Mouth is filled with a huge hop character balanced by sweet malts. Definitely a distinct alcohol flavor in there that lingers into the aftertaste.

M - A nice full body complements the hop kick on this brew

D - Very smooth despite the noticeable alcohol. Very nice for fans of big beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Body appears copper ruby roange let's just face it this is ambrosia as in amber nectar of the gods, it simply glows. Head initially forms thick coating jcdiflorio's Mad Elf chalice. Aroma: Succulent layers of grapefruit rind, ruddy earthy dirt tinges, pine cone, with apricot and mild pineapple highlights...deep sugary sweet malt base, massive amounts of specialty malts blended to bring balance to this raw unrefined hop explosion that some would argue borders a barleywine. Either way it's amazing! Taste: Thoroughly expressive on both ends of the malt and hop caracteristics, yet the equilibrium of the two is found in a harmoniously unmatched combonation, I've yet experienced in my beer drinking. Soft yet abrasive with sweet sugary alcoholic hop bursts exploding on the palate. So worthy of a Stone 10th celebration combines extreme yet completely balanced flavors. Truely raw hops include ripe apricot, bitter rinds with a multitude of citrus fruits blended with warming alcohol that was fermented out to 10 percent abv. Sticky pine erupts in the flavor to a beer that only Stone is capable of. Mouthfeel: Full syrupy body resinous flow of hop oils this one brings it all together with even smooth carbonation with a touch of alcohol burn to lively up the palate. Drinkability: Not just another double IPA trying to out do the competition...this is a true original expression of a brewmaster's talent. Yes a ton of hops and malts don't always equate to a great creation, but in this case we're nearing perfection.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Padron4KM
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber.

Hazy burnt orange with a thick orange cream head.
Head diminishes at a medium pace and settles to a half inch cap. Rings of sticky lace coat the glass.

Aroma is fruity, piney, woody, and alcohol.

Flavor is caramel over grapefruit. A little sweet at first, then the hops kick in. Piney, grapefruity, resiny. Still, enough maltiness to keep it from getting out of control. A touch of alcohol burn on the way down.

Finish starts out a little sticky sweet, but ends up lip tingling bitter. One for the cellar for sure.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into snifters.

Very nice burnished copper color with a light, white head that slowly falls to islands and lace with some stick on the sides.

Smell is perfect. Resinous pine, flowers, grapefruit, and a very distinct presence of grilled pineapple. The caramel malt interacting with the pineapple/grapefruit-y hops is just awesome.

Taste is similar with a pronounced, but never unpleasant alcohol presence. Really fruity, really floral, with a nice malt balance and some spicy alcohol that is never overbearing or unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fairly sticky sweet, but very nice, with medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability is great for a DIPA, because of the fact that this isn't abrasive, it's very floral and fruity, with a nice malt balance, and an alcohol presence that's never overly hot. It is nicely warming, however.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh goodness. Pours a reddened-amber with a nice solid cream head that subsides into a lingering lace.

Sniff sniff - *faint*

This may be upwards of the best-smelling beer I've ever experienced. Every sort of good thing you can pull out of hops - resin and fruit all over the place. More fruit when it's cooler: a really pineapple-y citrus tartness, then more resin and spice as it warms. Alcohol comes through but it's unobtrusive.

Taste follows up nicely on the aroma, with an aggressive hop bitterness balanced by a slight malt syrup and liquored-up piney character. It's a bit of an overload, but the balance is wonderful compared to a lot of DIPAs, and it's amazing how well the alcohol is hidden until it's warmed considerably. Spicy in the finish, and the alcohol dries everything out at last, but it's a wonderfully silky beer in the mouth as you drink it.

I. Want. More.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

finally my store got more of this beer, we originally got about five cases which flew out unbelievably quick, not before I got to try it but before I got to review it, today we finally got more

A- pours a reddish copper color with a creamy white head that ha decent retention and laces nicely

S- wonderful floraly citrusy/floral hop aroma, very crisp and refreshing

T- at first a mild sweet malt taste before the citrusy hop kick nice and clean taste

M- medium body, good carbonation, flavor sticks around a while

D- excellent beer, will try to buy up as much as I can, my favorite IPA from stone, It would be great if this were available year round, my store has a keg of this stuff waiting in the back, I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS OFF TAP

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was a clear amber, with a one finger head that died away to a thin film that left good lacing around the glass.

The aroma was strong mingled pine and citrus. This was a hop bomb. No malt to speak of. Lots of resinous quality.

Taste was of strong pine and hop resins, with a strong malt backbone. This was nice and warm going down. One really REALLy good brew.

Mouthfeel was a little oily, pretty chewy. Had a bite going down.

Drinkability was deceptively good... I could do two bombers of this stuff, and at 10%, that would knock me on my ass.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber honey color with a huge three finger tan foamy head. A very impressive looking beer. The smell is a strong citrus grapefruit aroma that's both pungent and pleasing. The taste is a crisp bitter hop explosion. Citrus flavors abound,grapefruit?, with a creamy texture. The hop bitterness,however, is extreme making this a little hard to drink. A very good sipping beer,but a little hard to take in a big pint glass. Cellar aging might help. Cheers.

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Photo of MaGno
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very beautiful beer. Medium copper color with a nice creamy tan head. Nice tight bubbles with a creamy light top. Head remains after several minutes although it is dissipating.

Smell: Nice smooth smell of hops with a slight tinge of alcohol at the end.

Taste: All I can say is HOLY CRAP. This beer is probably the most well balanced IPA I have ever tasted. Hops are very nice and not overly bitter on the finish. I get a slight caramel taste right before the finish. If this beer were a girl I would marry it....even though I vowed to never get married again! I thought my palate would be ruined with Ruination but i have to say this beer is more balanced and makes Ruination my "old" favorite.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with a nice tingle on the tongue. Not too heavy and not too light. Near perfect mouthfeel I must say.

Drinkability: Wow! If I could find this in Texas I would buy up every bottle and quit my job. Needless to say I will be trading for some more of this soon.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a moderate head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Grapefruit pith and apricots underscored by the caramel malt and some alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a potent caramel base that is quickly joined and then overwhelmed by the grapefruit pith bitterness; after the swallow, their is a brief flourish from the caramel and alcohol, followed by a pithy bitterness on the sides of the mouth

Mouthfeel: Thick and somewhat sticky with moderate carbonation; considerable warming from the alcohol

Drinkability: Very tasty but a real mouthful; a special beer to enjoy in moderation

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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 jcdiflorio
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass,a very thick dense creamy white head.Masses of tightly wound strings of tiney bubbles surge to the top of the glass.A light to medium coppery hue a slight cloudy appearance.A lively looking beer. Extremely tantalizing looking.A lasting head.
Smells citrusy,piney,grapefruity,caramelly,sweet,very complex the aroma makes your mouth water.
Taste piney,resiney,citrusy,grapefruity,carmelly,a warm sensastion of alcohol. An exploision of taste in your mouth.
An amazingly smooth mouthfeel,but thick and chewey in the best possible way.
This beer is so good you don't even think about its drinkability,you just want to drink it all night long. It's hard to believe it's 10% .
This is a great and unforgettable beer,a hopheads dream come true.
The balance and drinkability of this beer is amazing.
I can't believe i'm drinking this beer,I feel like i'm dreaming.

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Photo of nicefix
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wicked looking silkscreen label on the bottle, very cool artwork.

Poured a nice clear amber color with a good sized off white head and sticky lace down the glass.

Smells of massive hops, pungent oily piney grapefruit aromas, very very pleasant.

Taste- At first I wasn't sure what to think. I had a lot of antisipation and it seemed a little rough at first. Maltier than I expected. Heavy alcohol. But after a few more sips, I got passed the alcohol, and the hops became more appearent. Really quite delicious, although still very strong in alcohol.

I have to say, it doesn't have the greatest drikability but it's still a very good brew. It's so strong in taste and alcohol that I couldn't see drinking this all night.

Notes- I respect this beer. But it's a bit rough. I expected more hoppy goodness. The heavy alcohol flavor is a bit much for me and IMO seems to overpower the other flavors. But still a must try.

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

22oz, bottle 2 of 10. Served at RFD in DC
Pours a clear orange color with a large head of off white bubbles. Aroma is of oranges. Sweet oranges and a bit of pineapple. Very aromatic. Taste begins the same way, but ends with a tannic grassy bite of bitterness. Body is medium to heavy. Alcohol is apparent. At first I wasnÂ’t sure about the aftertaste, but I grew too really like it after the first few sips. Excellent beer. One I would seek out again.

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Photo of Franchise
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This offering from Stone pours a deep orange maybe some hint of maroon very nice shading. It left a thin tan head that disappeared quickly but was remedied by a couple swirls in my Rapscallion snifter. The aroma is fantastic, pineapple, passion fruit, honey, hoppy citrus notes, slight alcohal presence, this is a very complex nose so much going on I don't think I can describe everything.

As I took the first sip there is a sweetness upfront of caramel and fruit, the hops in this brew actually don't dominate as much as I expected in a IIPA but don't get me wrong they are very much present. The alcohal in this brew is very suttle and by the end of this 22oz bottle I began to feel its presence. The finish is smooth a small grapefruit bitterness but because of that dominate malt presence not very stong. Overall this is a fantastic brew the aroma is phenomenal and well worth the price at $5.95/22oz bottle.

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Photo of BradBLR
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where to start with this one. I originally had this for the first time at the Stone's 10th Anni. and it was on cask and double dry hopped and it was terrific. Yesterday I opened my first bottle and needless to say I was impressed. The appearance was a amber orange color with a thick slighty yellow head. The head lasted the whole beer and the was a better than average amount of lacing. The smell was great, one of the most aromatic beers I've had. There was a strong scent of hops, with a nice floral scent. Then there was a nice part of citrus and maybe even a slight scent of pine, also there was a very slight sweetish smell as well.

The taste was amazing, a big dose of hops right of the bat and all the way through. The were hints of citrus, and a nice sweetness that may have come from some carmel??? The after taste was great, with a big hop flavor. The mouthfeel was really good as well, CO2 was perfect and the thickness was great. Also there was not a huge notice of alcohol considering that it is over 10 percent.

All in all my favorite beer to date. The only flaw is the availabilty. This beer at the minimum should be a yearly offering and in my opinon should be offered year round. I would tell you to get some and try, but you will be lucky if you find any.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good double IPA. The jury is still out as to whether or not I like Summit hops. This is the first commercial example I've tried with Summit. I can see why people think they might taste onion and garlicy, but at the same time, I tasted so many different fruits it was ridiculous.

The beer looks amazing. Has a firey red glow to it with a hint of a golden undertone. Nice carbonation and head, but the lacing could be better, especially for such a hoppy beer.

The smell is good. But what little bit of garlic and onion that I detect is derived from the nose. Still has a nice juicy hop fruitiness. A subtle spiciness as well.

The taste is nice and hoppy. I tasted grapefruit, orange, kiwi, and pommegranate. Also an intense bitterness in the finish. Sweet up front with a dry garlic and onion finish from the retroolfaction. Like many DIPA's, this walks a fine line between IPA and barleywine.

Very interesting, but I don't know if I would be able to finish a bomber by myself. My roommate, on the other hand, said it was more drinkable than Gumballhead. Tomorrow, we will do the taster's choice challenge as we brew a six hop DIPA (with a 90 minute summit boil) between the two, and I am 100% confident that the Gumballhead is way more drinkable for a number of reasons. Still a damn good beer. So far this is the best of the Anniversary ales that I've tried from stone. I like it more than the Ruination.

edit: now that I've posted my review and read the next few, I can also get the pineapple and bubblegum flavors... the power of suggestion.

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Photo of Freshie
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice caramel colour with bubbly head and active carbonation.

The smell was astonishing to me. Grapefruit. Very clearly grapefruit to me. Alcohol comes afterwards and is warm and spicy. Stings the nostrils.

The taste kicks you in the mouth. Strong hop character gives way to a spicy alcohol burn in the back of your throat. Very little malt sweetness to balance the hops.

Maybe I am not worthy, but I could only stand this one if sipped. Very strong.

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Photo of cbl2
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/1/2006 $6.25 22 oz. 10.00% No best by date.

My jaw almost dropped when I stumbled upon this today at Gary's. There were 5 bottles available, and it was hard to resist not purchasing them all, but I decided to leave one bottle behind so that someone else's day could be made, as mine was. I had almost given up hope of ever trying this beer, after searching high and low through numerous states, but at last, she is mine!!!

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear orange/brown with over an inch of foamy tan head that leaves behind considerable lace as it slowly settles.

Aroma:

Bready with vibrant fresh ruby red grapefruit and black pepper spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nicely smooth with some biting acidity followed by some of the jammiest red grapefruit I've encountered in a beer before. Beautiful mouth scorching hop bitterness balanced by a load of sweet malts. Alcohol is entirely masked.

Stone has once more concocted a thoroughly enjoyable, boundary breaking beer. Sadly this will never be made again, but I'm so glad I snagged some of the last bottles available in the country to sample.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 488 ratings.
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