22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stone Brewing has spent over 20 years pursuing clean, bitter, hop forward beers. It would be passé to suggest this beer is simply another gigantically juicy and extremely complex Stone Double IPA. It’s a middle finger to the haze craze proving that clean, crisp IPA’s can still be smashed full of big, juicy, tropical flavor. It’s also the winner of our 2018 Spotlight Series contest, which pits teams of brewers against each other to see who can brew the best beer. Citrus takes the forefront, with plenty of fruit character to back it up. With incredible mouthfeel from the malted oats, the beer isn’t sweet at all, but its light amber color would make you think it is sweeter than it tastes.

Hops: Columbus, Denali, Hopsteiner #06297, Galaxy, Citra, Amarillo

Added by superspak on 04-08-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
211
pDev:
7.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Jcarriglio
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

twas the night after xmas, and I will not rewrite that poem, I will however, down this lovely capped with foam

eyes...
head as white as the clean driven snow, well constructed with micro bubbles and holding strong grasping for each last millimeter of glass space before sinking into the cerveza abyss, a good amount of carbonation traffic internally, a nice bright (glowing) orange hue, yep, we have ourselves an IPA here to be sure

nose...
I was expecting the usual Stone hop assault but yet I am hit with more malt than that, a bready honey tone pervades, some slight pine and faint tropical notes float around here (like an island on the horizon), a bit underwhelming but nothing off putting

taste...
definitely more on the tropical flavors hop wise, this is think, near oily, certainly not hazy but might make me so, the alcohol is a component for sure, not overly bitter (but a nice lingering bitter note), the malt is holding steady but is not adding much else except being the stalwart against the alcohol, this has the feel and power of a DIPA but is somewhat lacking in overall flavor

verdict?
solid but not great, something about this combination of flavors does not thrill me, this drinks bigger than the ABV suggests however, so take care in your steps on this

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Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wmcgar01
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber color, two finger white head, nice lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, malts, mango, citrus, floral. Superb!

T: Hops, malts, mango, citrus, floral, bitter on the back end. Superb!

F: Medium bodied, nicely flavored.

O: A great West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of TheOakKing
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and is clear with a slightly off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a combination of stone fruit and herbal qualities in the aroma. There is a slight melon quality in the background. It has some tea like qualities in the nose as well.

Taste: The flavor is stone fruit with a strong herbal quality. The alcohol is noticeable. There is a very low pine quality to it.

Feel: It has a moderately-full body with moderately-high bitterness to it. The bitterness is not harsh. It has smooth alcohol warming to it.

Overall, there are some good combination of flavors and nice aromas.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiefz1
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedho21
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler on 9-5-18 for $2.99. Bottled on 7-23-18, best by 11-5-18. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured deep gold with a gorgeous white head that is super long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus forward, quite nice.

Taste is old school WCIPA, citrus dominated malt base finishing with a nice pine abrasiveness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a nice style choice by Stone, fits with what they are all about!

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness noticeable. Tastes of piney hops, spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-orange body with a modest very white head. Pine resin & oranges dominate the aroma. There is a good amount of bitterness to it’s taste and despite Stone’s denial there is a fair amount of sweetness too. Flavorwise there is a lot of citrus, some melon & a hint of earthyness. Feel is thin but well carbonated. No alcohol detected despite although it is felt. Certainly, a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Mcb99d
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Highline RxR in Arlington, VA.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 24th July 2018, and with an enjoy by date of 6th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear light copper amber colour with an almost two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Light biscuit, caramel malts, citrusy orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, hints of tropical melon, pineapple and pine.

Taste: Moderate bitterness, orange peel, mandarin, light caramel, pine and hints of melon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A good Stone styled Double IPA with nice aroma and flavours. The 9.1% ABV just drinks really easy.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with one finger of cream colored head. Food head retention & above average lacing

S: Some grassyness, a little breadyness, wanted more nose

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a little orange up front. A little pine shows as this warms, some breadyness, a touch of grapefruit, plus cakey dryness. Finishes bready with a little gassy & citrussy hoppyness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, great balance

A well put together DIPA, drinks too easy

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

EJBY 11/06/18.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body with a quarter-inch-high head of near white froth and suds.

Smell: Florals, melon and a spritely alcohol accent, some earthiness, scallions and sharp citrus slices. Lightly toasted biscuit tops given a glaze of toffee.

Taste: Lightly biscuity, with a very low level of toffee-esque sweetness that quickly transitions to reconciliatory juiciness and tastes of tangy tangerine, melon cubes (subtly so), pithy lemon-lime rinds, florals and spicy earthiness with a herbal, oniony hint at the tailend. Fairly bitter throughout. Well bittered, tropical yet citric finish with some lingering heat from the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth going 'cross the tongue.

Overall: How Stone.

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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onewayboogie
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 211 ratings