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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:
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Added by Todd on 08-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
411
Ratings:
489
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 411
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, about 1 and 1/2 years old at time of tasting, I'm estimating,

A: Pours a pale brown, amber, if you will, with a small white head, with some lacing into a pint glass.

S: Pine hops, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol and brown sugar.

T: As Gabe described, this beer, at this point in its evolution, is a lot more like a barleywine than a Double IPA. There is a major malt character that wasn't there before, when this beer was a hop bomb in 2006. Nice caramel and toffee flavour arises after aging, this is the major character, good, solid pine and citrus character from the hops. It's molded into a beer that's reminiscent of English Strong Ale, quite complex.

M: Smooth, resiny, oily, medium-bodied, nice hoppy feel in the mouth and in the aftertaste.

D: A nice, drinkable beer from Stone. It is interesting to see how this beer evolves from year to year. Hopefully, I'll be able to try it next year.

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of HopHead84
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike and Mike for cracking the 3L. Poured into a snifter. Appears transparent dark orange with a fantastic frothy, creamy, sea foam head. Excellent retention and nice lacing is left behind.

The nose is citrus hops with a slightly sweet caramel malt presence. There's s decent amount of oxidation that can really only be described as stale cardboard. This bears similarities to a barleywine, but the oxidation isn't at all complimentary.

The flavor still has a moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness. The malt is slightly sugary and that cardboard oxidation is again evident. Booze is strong. Bitterness, cardboard, and booze linger in the finish. This beer has seen better days.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for opening up the latest Stone creation. Those of us who know Eric, know that he's one of the biggest Stone fans out there and always grabs the latest offerings. Split the bomber, while I continued to be cleaned out playing roulette...
Appears an opaque amber with a foamy, bubly off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuits, caramel, grassy, herbal notes, rich, piney hops with citrus. There is a little bit of Ruination being evoked in this beer with it's intense aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet and bitter notes all over the place. Sweet, woody, bready, sourdough-esque.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bready, sweet, sugary, and bitter.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color with about an inch off-white head. It smells very hoppy, like citrusy and piney hops, and a sweet sugary smell, kinda like brown sugar. Mostly, this tastes like citrusy and piney hops, but I can also taste pineapple, grapefruit and caramel. There's also noticable alcohol warming/feeling with this beer. It's sweet and hoppy at the same time, very nice. The mouthfeel is full, and it's slick and a bit syrupy. The drinkability is very good, but the alcohol catches up to you after a little while. I think this is a pretty good beer, I wish Stone would make this one a regular beer of theirs.

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Photo of hozersr
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A tulip glass served at the Blind Tiger's Stone 12/12/12/12 day. Yes, this is the 10th Anniversary.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber color, showing off bright highlights when daylight pours through it. There is little head but thie beer doesn't need a head to shine.

S: The nose is American barleywine, full of thick grains and equally (if not greater) hops. The vinous scents wafting off the glass are incredible; the year has done wonders for the overall aroma even if it diminished the hops.

T: A sip, so exquisite! Thick malts emerge, struggling with thick hops for attention. This beer has taken on a new dimension, losing some hop kick but picking up a deliciously thick grainy body. The flavors have taken on a barleywine-like profile, with the intensity of the malts finally managing to equal the intensity of the hops. Further sips reveal that the hops are still a presence, adding a piney sweet flavor that seems to be full of sugars. The bitterness from those hops has eroded a bit but it still leaves a lasting presence.

M: Oh so delicious, this keg has withstood the test of time. The flavor profile has evolved but will not disappoint a fan of the original creation.

D: The intense flavors make more than a glass or two difficult, but if you happen to stumble across this beauty on tap, by all means get a glass. The dimensions that the beer has taken are impressive.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Labvel #5 of 10.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant tangerines and a touch of pine, with lots of underlying sweetness. Flavor is syrupy to start, but quickly overpowered by the immensely fruity yet prickly hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are a bit limited just by the intensity of the flavors, at least for me. Probably this will not be such a problem after some subtle tongue-numbing sets in. Certainly an impressive beer for an impressive occassion.

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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 scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a hazy, anti-freeze like amber/deep copper hue thats so hazy, I couldn't see the bubbles. Good head seen throughout teh entire 22 ozs.

Smell- I've never had a beer that smelled do much of exotic fruits as this oone. I really liked it. Leave it Stone to blaze a trail or make a path in in brewing.

Taste- The fruitiest IPA I've ever had. very unique for such a style and such a brewery. This brough out a very different balance of malty sweets and hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Smooth yet very thick and sort of weighed down my palate. But very interetsting in the sweetness and bitterness contrasts.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, somewhat amber, attractive beer. The head is solid, but modest. It’s got a wonderful fruity aroma…lots of citrus, pine, and wood in the aroma. The smell is certainly centered on hops, but there’s also a nice malt quality to the beer. The alcohol, surprisingly, is fairly well hidden in the smell. The taste is warming and slightly sweet. There’s a touch of hotness, but it lasts only a brief moment. Lots of hops kick in by the mid-taste. It’s surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol concentration. Fairly smooth, with a full-to-moderate body.

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

Enjoyed from my Arrogant Bastard glass. Clear orange/amber colour with a long-lasting beige head. The foam was composed of bubbles of mixed sizes, though the smaller ones tended to cling in solid sheets to the glass as I sipped. Pine resin hit my nose just after I cracked the bottle and was still strong after the pour, but by this time other aromas were present. Grapefruit became an equal to the pine and chalky, floral hops became more apparent. The only hint of malt came in the form of a sweet orange aroma. A solid malt backbone forms a good flavour base with a bitterness that's nicely balanced. There's a bit of caramel and toasted malt in there that really plays well with the hopping. Notes of hops fade in and out, particularly oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Alcohol is quite warm at the finish and slightly stunned my tongue on the first sip - it's quite pleasant after that. Full bodied with middling carbonation, just on the edge of syrupy. Now that's a big IPA. The aroma is absolutely spectacular. And the malt flavour and alcohol combination was reminiscent of some finer American barleywines while still letting the hops shine. Definitely worthy of Stone's 10th Anniversary.

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Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bighuge
2.66/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed orange-copper. Thin and creamy off white head. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is comprised of alcohol, caramel malt and tropical fruits. Alcohol is the easiest to pick out. Taste starts out boozy and ends boozy. The Green Flash IPA I had before this was much more enjoyable. Hop traits in this are ghostly. I get a tropical fruit melange of sorts. But the alcohol overrides it all. Fussel-like in nature. To me this is what Arrogant Bastard would taste like if it were 15-20% a/v.

Hands down, my least favorite of their Anniversary beers. And not even in the same ballpark as their 5th Anniversary IPA.

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

Pours a clear orange with some reddish hues, thick white head forms, nice lacing and stubborn head. Smell is sweet toffee, huge pine and floral hops, like the Stone I know and love, they never disappoint, some alcohol in the finish, couldn't stop sniffing this one, great complexity and balance. Taste is sweet up front, toffee, some grains, then hops, big West Coast floral and pine, nice play between the malts and the hops, some booze in the finish but it makes you appreciate this beast more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Didn't blow me away like I was expecting but was very nice, excellent craftsmanship. If I have it again I won't drink Ruination before. Thanks a lot biegaman!!

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

22 oz bottle purchased way back in August 2006 when it was released. The color is orange and transparent. Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones. The taste is very tropical fruit with sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn. While the hops are not as explosive as they were when I first bought a case, they are still a big factor here. I think this is still holding up very well and is possibly one of my favorite brews.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The artwork continues to impress on Stone bottles. On this bottle the Stone demon strikes a stoic pose, proudly raising his beer mug in homage to me. The marketing worked, I was humbled by the salute and bought a couple bottles.

This is one sweet ipa. I poured it into a Ruination glass because it seemed appropriate, and it showcased the clear orange hop resin covered by a thick foam with a spitty consistency. Pine needle and grapefruit-like hop aromas are balanced by sweet malts for a perfect score on smell. The flavor was huge, very hoppy and malty and everything, a little bitter in the after-taste but I guess it's hardly avoidable.

The mouthfeel was thick and coating, another perfect score. I didn't taste the alcohol, but I'm starting to feel it so I guess it's there. This is a top-notch IPA, I completely recommend everyone tries it before it's gone.

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Photo of dertyd
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

22oz bomber, received from BigErn (and 2 more bottles from lou91 to share once the madison BA scene wakes up from its nap)

appearance: pours into my New Belgium chalice...big dark copper-amber body with a fluffy beige head and pretty solid lacing...enticing beer that I have been anxiously awaiting from Stone

smell: 2 nights in a row of amazing smelling ipa's...like the hop whore this is a bouquet of dripping green hops, big grapefruit-citrus aroma, high pine presence. Unlike the hop whore, this beer clearly appears to have a nice malt/booze balance, that makes it undeniably Stone

taste: This is a very nice DIPA indeed...strong pine up front with a bitter grapefruit hop compliment, pungent green hops...great caramel malt balance which leads me to consider this as bordering a barleywine. I have 3 bottles and might let one die down a little to see if the barleywine in it comes out a little more, that is if I dont drink it all! Booze presence is noticeable in a nice way and bitterness is moderate. Mmmm

mouthfeel: moderate-high bitterness, medium-low alcohol presence, pungent and juicy hop creation

drinkability: high

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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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