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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
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Reviews:
411
Ratings:
490
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of bigone4
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark hazy amber orange hue from a 22oz bomber. Great screen printed label with a nice lengthy story on the back. Nice appreciation to the drinkers of Stone products. Had #3 of 10 for the art on the bottle label. Nice color and head. Beautiful creamy tan colored head that dissipates to a mild film on top. Proved to have some great lacing cascading down the whole glass. The smell is very complex with many different aromas merging to create quite a different smell. There are a mix of peaches and apricots also subtle hints of mild caramel malt tones. There are some decent kicks of citrus in the back ground. Has a rather different smell from other double IPA's I have tried. Ten percent ABV is hidden very well in the nice blend of flavors in the taste. Mild hop oil flavors mix with a rather smooth caramel malt flavor up front followed by a strong hop presence. Finally the finish is with a strong kick in the mouth hop finish. The mixed flavors of citrusy grapefruit and caramel tones from the malt really make for an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Well crafted and balanced brew. Well done for a double IPA.

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Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into a 22oz beer glass. Beer has been aged in the fridge for the past 3 years.

A - A clean pour into my glass with a good finger of tan head that dissipates in the glass leaving a nice cover of lacing. There is a lot of carbonation and foam for a 3+ year old beer. The color of the beer is dark copper and the beer is exceptionally clear for an aged DIPA.

S - The smell is spicy with a strong malt presence. There is a strong toasted malt, caramel and burnt sugar flavor of this beer. As for a high powered hop presence it is not there. There is a hint of pine and citrusy hops but the malt is the clear winner here.

T - Strong hop presence and bitterness on the front end which segues quite nicely into a spicy caramel malt flavor that finishes with a fruity kick to it. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. The beer tends to grab more flavor as it warms up a bit.

M - This is a medium bodied beer that has moderate carbonation on board. The beer starts with a bite but finishes very smooth and somewhat dry. Slight feel of warming alcohol on the back end but not overwhelming.

D - Very drinkable and well aged after 3+ years. The alcohol is extremely well hidden but does catch up to you after you finish the entire 22oz. This is a nice beer that seems to be off the beaten path compared to your traditional DIPA offerings. I would definitely drink it again.

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

Awesome job on the label design, on par with everything one would expect from Stone. Not that it makes the beer taste better, but soem eye candy is always appreciated.

Appearence: A light amber in color, nice white head that seemed to stick around a little while.

Smell: Grapefruit like, smells exactly like the last homebrew we did with all Simcoe.

Taste: Great hop taste, the grapefruit carries through with some pine. The malts are present, which was nice to bring a bit of balance to this huge brew. Great hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, not neccessarily chewy but no mistaking its high gravity.

Drinkability: I don't think anyone expects a 10% beer to be sessional but I thought it went down with ease. A bomber of this will make the night perfect.

Overall, this has been an excellent beer, it lived up to everything I had hoped it would be. I don't believe I have ever given a 5, and I thought I would never but Stone really was on the money with this one. If only I could find more.

Come on Stone, give this to us all year long!!

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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 hustlemuscle
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant, clear, goldeny orange. No much head from the first pour of a big bottle. Glorious pine hops with a touch of citrus for the nose, tending toward english taste-wise. Sweet and sugery, heady hops balanced nicely by the malt. Has some of the sweetness and flavor of a barleywine. Coating, but not too much, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

A darn fine way to celebrate 10 years.

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

'06-Holy Shit!, this stuff is blowing me away! I am a malt man, so there aren't very many IPA's that would ever garner this much admirition from me. Wow! Half of a glass into this and I can't keep up with my thoughts.
Absolutely gorgeous pour (think blood apricot with a beautiful full head of curls), that dims quickly, but is reconstituted with a few swirls.
A bodaciously huge citric fruit nose (I feel like I'm walking through a grapefruit orchard). Very floral, clean & fragrant.
Great juicy fruit tartness, and not overly bitter, with a subtle malt finish.
Great on the tongue, but maybe a little too much syrup on the finish.
Again, I am not what a beerman would befriend if he were a hop-head, but holy shit!, this beer is damn-near perfect. And this review is not influenced by any of the Stone hype. Very balanced.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Appearance is a bright copper hued opaque peach with a full finger and a half of bone white foamy head that held well before falling back to a white cap with heavy white lacing. Smell is a bouquet of citrusy grapefruit and floral/grassy hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is a huge juicy grapefruit hop hit up front before making a smooth equalizing transition into the malty caramel sweetness. Leaves a resinous hop-oil bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and viscous, goes down slippery and slick, low carbonation only tickles the tongue. Drinkability is great, one can hardly notice the 10% lingering in this brew, very solid all around beer. An ideal example of the style, very good DIPA. Strongly suggest trying.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours medium to dark amber, clear and bubbly with a cream-colored bubbly head. Nice caramel and floral aroma with a hint of roasted malt.

Flavor - One of my all-time favorites. Malty start with a nutty, sweet middle, and light bitter (for the style) finish. Very nicely balanced between hops and malt.

Slightly syruppy mouthfeel. "I could drink gallons."

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

Thank you stone for being the pallet assassin!

I love big bold beers, unless I want to get something done.

A.: clouding copper

S: big fruity hints and grapefruit.

T: MMM Hops alcohol and butterscotch.

F: good annihilate all other flavors in your mouth feeling. Like you could chew raw garlic and teach a virgin how to kiss after drinking this. The Stone experience is what other tastes can we knock out of your fead.

Yes, Love it, by it and be at home, with not were to go and hit this beer. It is so aggressive, You must take a preemptive [email protected]

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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 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 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 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 JamesZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of pershan
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Amber colored, with nice, thick, creamy white head. Beer was fairly cloudy, maybe because the keg was nearly empty and might have been picking up some sediment from the bottom.

S: Beautiful hop aroma, with pine scent dominating.

T: A big alcoholic warmth with sweet malt undertones, fading into a strong, but not overpowering hop bitterness. A really nice balance, in my opinion, but you can definitely tell that this is a high ABV brew.

M: Much different than the 11th Anniversary beer, with alcoholic warmness dominating over hop flavor and bitterness.

D: A great beer, but not something to be imbibed in large doses. Would be great on a cold winter day.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Appearance: pours a beautiful blood orange amber, with some blond accents. A frothy head which settles into a smaller, barely-there froth, with some very, very pretty lacing upon swirling the glass.

Smell: Wowy wow wow. Undoubtedly one of the most pleasant noses I've ever smelled on a beer, ever. So much going on, as others have said: piney, floral, and citrusy hops up front, criss crossing with some incredible ester-like tropical malt aromas, including pineapple, kiwi, blueberry, and a little apple, dissolving into an earthy, slightly alcoholic backbone. Just incredible.

Taste: Again, wow. The so-familiar hop bitterness kicks in first, orangey, citrusy stuff with some floral accents. So many hop flavors whoo. Pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry malt flavors next, criss crossing, again, with the hop flavors in almost perfect matrimony. Lastly, an earthy rusticness grounds your palate. Slight alcoholic sting, but the 10% is hidden extremely, extremely well. Great.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, juicy, as another reviewer said perhaps a little under carbonated, but I didn't mind.

Drinkability: Amazing. I could drink these for hours, if not for the deceptive ABV (you only remember its percentage when you finish one and have that familiar warm body sensation). Just an amazing IIPA, unlike any other I've really had. I'd probably pick this over Yule Smith, even, but that's just me. One of my favorite beers ever - hands down. I've been a Stone fan for a long time, but this is just on a pillar of greatness not reached by anything I can remember.

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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 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 wchesak
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into allagash chalice

Beer pours a ruby copper color with an off white/buttermilk colored head, about a fingers worth. About halfway through the head is gone, almost looks like i have poured some bourbon in my chalice.
The hops have definitely lasted much longer than expected, however they are not taking a leading role like they would have earlier in the life of this beer. It is more sweet, resiny like a chocolate covered hop or chocolate covered pineapple upside down cake.
The hop in the taste comes through differently, more medicinal and piney. The malt is a bakers/bittersweet chocolate that is rather intense. The last half of the glass is full of settled dregs. The consistency of a watery chocolate milk.
Overall glad to get a hold of a bottle even if its almost 4 years old. Paired it with homemade tandoori chicken, basmati rice, and naan. Good stuff.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one for a while, and anticipation was high. It is my last day of summer break, so this seemed like a good one to celebrate with.

Very nice clear burnt amber with a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing and some continuous fine carbonation.

Fantastic hop aroma. Piney, resinous and some dried candied fruit.

Very well balanced brew. The bitterness is offset by a sweet malt backbone. The original gravity must have been quite high to leave so much residual sugar. Nice flavor, but a little bit drier, more hop forward flavor was expected.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a warming presence left by the alcohol, which was masked well in the flavor.

I can drink the bomber down easily and still be ready for more (until the ABV catches up). Cheers to Stone for 10 great years!

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

Served in my arrogant bastard pub glass.

Pours a coppery-orange color with large beige head that last throughout the drinking. Super lacing.

Smells slightly piney, earth and floral hops. Strong citrus and tropical (pineapple mainly) smells along with a caramel malty sweetness. Very complexly aromatic.

Taste. Simply perfect. Very juicy in the taste while being well balanced with the maltiness. I can taste a raw cane sugar. Perfect balance of earthy and piney hops and caramel malt. Very fruity, pineapple and grapefruit are most pronounced, but there are other flavors that I can't quite tell what they are that balance it all out.

Medium plus body, slight oiliness without being filmy. Finished with a nice grapefruity dryness. The alcohol is well presented. I just can't stop drinking this!

Easy to drink, tastes so good. I must stop geekin' and get back to drinkin'!

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Photo of ScottyC54
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jhammerly
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After finally finding and getting this beer, I can sit down and enjoy it. This is one beer that I have been anticipating since I ordered it.

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Levitation tulip-style glass. A copper body with a creamy, off-white head that retains quite well.

I smell a slight pine aroma under a very heavy pineapple scent. I never experienced this before and couldn't quite place it at first. A little unusual, but it works.

Very malty for an IPA. Has a lot of hop bitterness (of course).Also, the pineapple makes an appearance in the taste, though not strong, just a hint. This could be that it's in the nose already. Some notes of alcohol are present.

This is a full-bodied beer that is heavy on the tongue. I can handle a bomber, anymore would be too much. That doesn't mean that this isn't good, because it is. It's just so big, you don't need anymore.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

Smell is not its shining feature, its smells very hot, but hoppy.

Taste, thankfully, does not follow suit. Still a little hot, but with a solid hop flavor, on the oily side, but very solid. This brew is a little hot, but with the malt and hops washing over the tongue, its just a beautiful thing.

Overall, I'm glad I drank this sooner rather than later. I will still be keeping one bottle in the cellar for at least another 9 months, but its mostly for S&G's. We'll see what happens then. If you can find this, buy and drink it right away.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the chance to sample this one both on tap and from the bottle now. Great both ways.

The appearance is a rich orange copper with an incredible head that laces the glass heavily. Impressive to see.

The smell is brash and hoppy. A hint of alcohol.

The taste is a hop beat down for your mouth. Huge hop flavors- oil like grapefruit, pineapple, and pine flavors are plentiful. There is also a caramel malt backbone that brings a sweet character to the beer. Not quite treading the line to a barleywine, but close. There is a hint of alcohol at the finish. Hops rule this beer.

The drinkability of this beer is incredible. I could drink it as long as I remain standing.

Another great creation from Stone. I can only hope they bring it back again, and not see it retired here.

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 490 ratings
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