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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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
411
Ratings:
489
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Liars' Club.

This IPA poured a clear, amber color with creamy, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was hoppy, but not overly so, and malty. The taste was dominated by the hops: bitter and fruity with flavors of orange and grapefruit. There was a good malty backbone to balance the hops. This was not a "hop bomb". The flavor of alcohol became more noticeable as the beer warmed . The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied with modest carbonation feel. Very warming. The aftertaste was hoppy with some bitterness. This was a good beer, but less hoppy than I expected.

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Photo of Brew33
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this at The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana, last week. Haven't seen it in Evansville, yet. Beautiful bottle. The Stone Gargoyle has never looked better. Pouring into a large pint glass the body is a radiant orange amber. Excellent clarity, with a two finger ecru head that stays around for several minutes. Lacing is lavish and quite attractive.

Aroma is initially very hoppy, with lots of citrus. Pink grapefruit, orange, and lime zest are complimented by a solid spruce pine note. Bready malt is also noted, and reminds me of DFH 120 Minute. A hint of red apple is sensed in the background, seemingly from the malt.

Mouthfeel is a full medium. Carbonation is ideal for melding the big malts and hops here.

Lovely taste boasts big and juicy citrusy hops. Orange, tangerine, and pink grapefruit add an ideal bittersweet character. Malt character is very intriguing. Reminds me of the rounded breadiness of some of the DFH 90 or 120 Minute IPAs. Works better here. More complex than Stone Ruination or IPA. Uniquely Stone, this is a really fine DIPA. Happy Birthday Stone!

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Photo of Vancer
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Stone classic – those that can readily get these are indeed fortunate.

I mean, check this out: semi-hazy amber, poured hard in case the 10% tries to knock down the head. But it didn’t, got a nice ivory cap that left sticky laces. TONS of citrus, orange and hops in the aroma. Very sweet and sticky quaff, can’t believe the amount of orange in here. NO hint of alcohol, it slides oily and smooth.

Nice. Enough said, what more can you say about a superb brew>

Muchas Thanks to boolshot for sending this for my BA annv.

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Photo of Burt
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

A - Copper/rusty in color, mirky, white head. Lots of random bigger bubbles left behind from the head floating around on top. What's left of the head is pretty sticky, leaving some lacing behind.

S - More sweetness/malts then hoppy citrus/bitterness on this one. In fact, very little hoppy flavors and a lot of malts up front. I don't know if I'd say "fruity" sweetness, but a sweetness nonetheless. Probably because it's been a few of years since this was brewed, it has changed a bit. I don't think it's for the worse though, as I enjoy something different (which is what Stone is all about).

T - Sweetness, sugars, malts with a miniscule amount of hoppy bitterness. Almost reminds of of an American Barleywine in some ways, but the sugary sweetness is a good balance and not overly in-your-face. I probably would like some more hoppy citrus but I do like it as-is.

M - Very nice, medium in body, rich. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and I would do so again. Although, I think most of its hop characteristics are down to the bare minimum. I think a year or so ago, this would have been just about perfect but I think this one is past its prime.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint last night at Concordia Ale House from "...the VERY LAST keg of Stone's 10th Anniversary in the state of Oregon..." [according to "Meet the Brewer" event posting, 12.14.06]. Certainly there can't be much left in that keg, since it's been tapped for 4 days... Tried this beer earlier in the year from a bottle and thought I'd give it another shot before it's gone for good.

A: Deep amber w/ ruby hilights with a 1 finger off-white head, which is creamy but with an unusual sheen. Glistens in the light, almost like soap bubbles. Some clinging lace.

S: Loads of hops - resinous pine - melded with sweet fruit. Something juicy and citrusy, like tangerines. Caramel malts and a zesty spice too. Other reviews have commented on their beers smelling of all hops, so I was surprised by the balance I found in my pour between hops and sweeter malts.

T: Hops tend to dominate at first - a tastebud-pounding scotch pine flavor. Then the malty sweet backbone develops and unleashes a rich caramel/grainy flavor. Some spiciness and alcohol warming in the finish. Flavors are fairly typical of other Stone beers I've had - big, bold, complex.

M: Full mouthfeel and body, active carbonation. A sticky, sweet residue is left on the lips along with a bitter and slightly yeasty aftertaste.

D: I prefered this beer on-tap rather than the bottle I tried several months ago. It's a fine tasting, bold DIPA - nicely balanced and quite satisfying. At 10% ABV, it's one to sip and savor. It has my endorsement for certain...

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Photo of bnes09
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pungent, off balanced, oily, soapy hop. Oily feel.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a snifter.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Off white one finger head dissapates into small floating islands of micro bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Topical fruit. Strong citrus and pine hops. Slight malt presence with an earth or herbal undertone. Warm spicy alcohol.

T: First taste reveals grapefruit, mango, and peach. A bitter citrus and pine hop bite is followed by a strong malt wave that tries to balance things out. A wet earth or herbal taste is overtaken by a spicy warming alcohol tingle. Fruit in the nose.

M: Syrup like but smooth. Slick to oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Spicy, warm and dry finish.

D: Extremely complex. A fruity hop lovers dream come true. The high ABV limits the amount embibed in one evening but a treat none the less! I am interested to see what this beer will taste like after being aged one full year.Highly recommended!

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

a - burnt orange color, big white head with decent retention and moderate lacing, pretty transparent

s - big hops presence with lots of citrus and pine nicely balanced, very interesting aroma, alcohol is present as well

t - sweet maltiness at the start, then the citrusy/piney hops hit the palate, absolutely perfect DIPA in my opinion, the finish has an alcohol presence and is long and bitter with the hop oil coating the whole mouth

m - not much carbonation, medium-bodied, hop oil coats the mouth very well, mildly dry finish

d - I really want to drink this all night, but I know I would be miserable tomorow if I did, the 10%abv seems much less and the taste is amazingly complex and interesting which makes me want to keep on drinking

Wow. That's the best description of this beer. Stone has outdone itself with this 10th Anniversary brew. It makes me sad to think that this will not be brewed again. Hands down one of my favorite beers. I just wish I was in San Francisco another couple days to enjoy more of this amazing beer.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, a clear, bright orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger off-white head. Left some chunks of lacing as I drank my way down the glass.

S: Immediate assault of tropical fruits dominated by pineapple -- sugar dusted, honey-coated pineapple -- and grapefruit and mango. Also evident as it warms is just a hint of pine and a peppery spice, presumably from the 10% ABV. Nice.

T: Sugary-sweet pineapple juice follows the nose to the taste. A peppery spice is evident briefly up front, along with a honey-caramel malt sweetness. But both flavors are quickly beaten back by the tropical fruit salad of the hops. A palate-shredding bitterness tears the roof off my mouth, but then repairs it by coating the hole it left with mouth-watering sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit and even tangerine or maybe mandarin orange. It finishes with a nicely balanced menage-a-trois of peppery spice, malty sweetness and fruity hop bitterness. An interesting experience all around -- it literally makes my mouth water after each sip, simply demanding that you take the next sip.

M: Definitely full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, maybe just a tad bit oily.

D: Excellent. As I said above, it creates a Pavlovian desire for the next sip. As a heavier offering you're going to go a bit slow, but it's not a chore to drink this at all. 'Tis a pleasure.

Notes: I shared this (a small portion, that is) with a wine drinker who was wowed by the complexity of flavors and balance going on here. Another person who sampled from his glass asked "is there pineapple juice in this?" giving me a chance to explain that it was the hops (Simcoes I believe) that imparted that flavor, nothing else. This is a remarkable beer that I believe now rates atop my list of reviewed beers. Highly, highly recommended.

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

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy medium copper with an off-white low persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with a strong caramel malt presence which was bready and almost biscuity. The hop character was lightly spicy and citrusy, but not over the top in terms of hop aroma. Some alcohol was present in the hop and malt mix.

The flavor was malty with a super strong citrus bittering which contained grapefruit, orange and a twist of lemon. The hop flavor was also piney and resinous and just a bit spicy. The malt was no slouch either with a strong caramel presence and a bready character.

The finish was dry with lasting long and strong malt and hop flavors into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous and had a bit of a creamy mouthfeel despite the fairly low level of carbonation. Alcohol was present throughout the beer. While notable in the aroma and the flavor, it really showed what it was made of in the warming that occurred after consumption. A very nice IPA. If I secure another bottle I'll age it to see what it may become.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of flexabull
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well... needed something special for my 100th review. I think this should work fine.

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice head. A great looking beer.

Nose is sweet, a bit dusty, and citrus like. A bit different than I expected. Still a pleasant beer to smell.

This somewhat innocent looking beer really knocks you upside the mouth when you first taste it... whoa! Really bitter and pine like up front, has a sweet and tart middle, then finishes with a bit of creaminess, some alcohol making it's presence known, and then the bitterness from the hops hits you again. This is extremely well balanced for such a huge beer.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable. This is a huge well rounded beer that really coats your mouth. Almost perfect!

This is an amazing beer. It loses a few points for being a bit over the top, but I would never turn one of these down. However... I'd probably only have one per night.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz Imperial Pint glass.

A: Pours a very nice looking copper color. Off white one finger cap of foam that as it recedes, leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S: Big nose of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and piney hops.

T: Big whack of sweet caramel/toffee and alcohol burn right off the bat. Sweet fruit flavors take over and lead the tongue on a neat voyage towards resinous, oily, piney hops. The finish sticks to the tongue (teeth, lips, roof of the mouth,...) and alternates between sweet tropical fruits (mango, guava, pineapple) and bitter piney hops.

M: Mouthfeel seems slick and almost slimey. Strange how something described as slimey could be such a good thing.

D: Drinkability would rate higher for me if it was a little less sweet with less alcohol heat. I also believe this could use a tad more bitterness. Overall this is great but, to me, this doesn't hold a candle to Dreadnaught.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with reddish hues, beige, tight head of a half inch height.
The foam dissapates quickly to reveal a skim coat on the surface of small to medium orbs of carbonation.
Nose is pungent and floral.
Very tropical in nature with mossy pine notes in the back.
Pears, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, and spruce sap.
Malt is subdued and aromatics finish with warming alcohols and more fruit.
Body is on the thick side of medium- sticky, sappy, and slightly chewy.
Pallet is massively bitter and alcoholic.
Pineyness is in the forefront now, with the fruit backing it up.
Neither the pine nor fruit are a match for the alcohol sting that is ...10%? Drinks bigger.
Malt is light enough to put the 10th anniversary spot on in the IIPA category, and pulls off some crispness despite the massive grain bill.

A huge, unapolagetic, hop and alcohol attack to the senses.
Big karma goes out a fellow BFD'er in San Marcos.

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle from Naja's Place

Poured into a chilled pint glass with a 1/2 inch head

Amazing double IPA with some fruit accents and a strong bitter taste

Hopefully the 11th Anniversary will be as good because I have been hearing a lot of good things about it as well

Highly recommended if you can still find this one floating around somewhere

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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 Magery
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 Overlord
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hell of a brew. Had it fresh years ago (dimly remembered), and recall loving it, but was surprised to see bottles of this reappearing.

Pours a bright orange with hints of amber. Two inches of off-white head.

The aroma ... breathtaking. Exotic fruits (pineapple? Mango? Guava? Mandarin Orange?) and a bunch of sweet white grapefruit with ... is that malt I detect? Wow, the flavor is pretty balanced. Sweet, viscous caramel, delightful brown sugar, and a bunch of sweet grapefruit and tropical notes.

This is a splendid beer, and I'm shocked at how well it's aged. Going back and getting more. Many more. I never cellar any hop-based brews, but I'm going to make an exception. This has really gone through a barley-wine style maturation process (10% ABV?), and while it may be a different animal, it's still one I'd like to butcher and consume.

**I spotted this review after writing my own: I agree, and would like to know how the tenth was stored.

http://thefullpint.com/2008/09/09/review-stone-10th-anniversary-ale-2-years-later

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Photo of mcallister
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking pours I've witnessed in awhile. Brings a tear to my eye. Clean bright ruby/amber red with an awesome fluffy thick cloud of a head that is an off white/yellow/brown in color. Damn good looker.

One complex nose this beer posseses. Piney sweet hop and malt, hints of toffee, hints of fig, freshly picked flowers, dried golden raisins as well.

For how complex the nose is the taste has it beat. Not just complex but almost perfect balance as well. The toffee thick malt lends itself wonderfully to the layered hop flavors. Starts with a piney resiny hop than hits the middle with a sweet floral accent, and ends on the 50 second finish with a twist of citrusy fruit goodness. And in between is dried fruits and even some nutty characteristics that leave an oily palate enamoring sensation.

Rich, creamy, smooth, medium carbonated mouthfeel all equals a beer I'd be more than happy to drink on all day and night and well into the next day.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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