22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA | Stone Brewing

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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:
#7,993
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
159
pDev:
7.18%
 
 
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.23 (because of 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: Aug. 17, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 18, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled on July 24, 2018; Best by Nov. 6, 2018

Picked this up on a trip to Bine & Vine, along with five others for the 10 percent off. First time I had seen it in stores. Was digging the front of the bottle which read, “The No Haze Double IPA.” Online description called it, “Stone 22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA is a clean, crisp IPA that reinforces bold, flavorful, juicy IPAs can still be perfectly clear. This beer is proudly haze-free. Every year our brewers have a special recipe creation challenge with two-person teams. We call it the Stone Spotlight Competition. This year’s winner “Anni-Matter” was brewed (and named) by Stone brewers Jason Smith and Jose Flores. We felt it was a great candidate for our 22nd Anniversary beer, as it’s not only an amazing IPA, but a great way to showcase the deep bench of talented and dedicated brewers on Team Stone. This No Haze Double IPA is the perfect tribute to 22 years of challenging convention and doing things our way.” Lots of hops mentioned in Columbus, Denali, Hopsteiner, #06297, Galaxy, Citra & Amarillo.

Poured an amber clear color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at different speeds. World-class uneven foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled dank resin, Columbus, purple grape, plum, sprucy pine, herbal, mixed berries, floral, sweet caramel malt, honey and citrus zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good overall, but close. Got Columbus, black licorice, purple grape, cotton candy, black cherry, plum, sweet caramel malt, bitter pine, dank resin, herbal, mango, red grapefruit and trashy Galaxy. Grew on me as it went down. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this one. Two or three of these categories could have gone up or down. In terms of a West Coast IPA, this was outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stone Brewing "22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "RVA 07/24/18 EJBY 11/06/18" and sampled on 09/18/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a slightly hazy deep amber body with an orange sheen and golden highlights when held to the light. The head is a two-inch cap of fluffy off-white foam. In the nose I'm finding candied orange, soft peach and pine or spruce (it's fairly soft), some sweet bready malts, and tropical fruits beyond that. It's fairly bright and welcoming, and somewhat original. The flavor follows without adding much, just some caramel in the maltiness as far as I can tell, and some alcoholic strength, although the pine is definitely a fuller. It's still interesting, and quite pleasant, and I imagine it will 'shift' a bit as it warms and your tastes become accustomed to it. A solid bitterness balances it and it finishes dry with fruit that fades quickly as herbal, piney, and minty notes rise. Bitterness and a spritz of alcohol linger. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and a crisp, standard carbonation level. As an anniversary beer... I don't know. Maybe it could be bigger, or more different, but at the same time it's a Stone beer so it's kind of hard for them to top themselves and thus I won't complain about this fairly excellent double IPA. I'm only halfway through it but I want another, although I'm pretty sure the alcohol will wack me by the time I get there.
Review# 6,241

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Photo of mschrei
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber colored and clear. Mild head but it provides several thick rings on the glass.

The smell leans to the hop but overall the nose is well-balanced.

Up front, there's a mildly sweet, fresh crushed blackberry flavor. The bitterness never overwhelming but it is distinctively dry with a black pepper overtone. This creates a long lasting aftertaste. The body leans full but this may be exaggerated by the very low carbonation.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orangish amber with a fair amount of off white head that recedes slowly and leaves adequate lacing. Aroma is muted citrus and a touch of dank pine. Flavor is sweeter up front than the nose would suggest. Orange rind with a bitter finish. Feel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Overall an adequate beer but not a home run.

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Photo of wetdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (7/18 - EJBY 11/18) poured into tulip. Aroma above average - liked it. Orange copper - one of my favorite colors. Like the degree of clarity. Thin white head that lasts. Gotta like that. Nice lacing. Enjoyed the smell - a giveaway I will really like the taste of the beer. I did. The 9% abv is well hidden, but I do appreciate some bite. Nice mouth feel, not too thin. A great beer for a sunny 80 degree mid September Indiana day - or any other day really.

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Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. Dated 7/24/18.
Beautiful semi-clear orange. Nose is melon , tropical fruit. Taste follows with apricot and melon and nice dry finish.Alcohol is hidden well. Feel is fairly light. Overall a nice DIPA, not a juice bomb but nice and tasty.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/24/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with some clarity; small off-white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are floral along with some hints of citrus. Some caramel. Malts are there. The flavors have a nice amount of citrus. Orange leads the way along with some tangerine and grapefruit. More hints of caramel. It's slightly sticky. Some pine sap and resin. Nice malt backbone. Solid bitterness and hop flavor. Mild warmth in the, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and ultimately dangerously drinkable despite drinking somewhat like a big brew.

This is a solid DIPA. It's pretty bold. Stone has brewed better hoppy beers, in my opinion, but they've set the bar and expectations pretty high over the years. They've created a signature hop profile, which isn't found in this one. I'm not saying that's a bad thing because you can't expect or should want all of their hoppy beers to taste the same. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice DIPA, but it's nothing super crazy. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. It becomes even more more enjoyable the more you get into it. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of addiwilliams
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with just a thin wisp of whitish head.

S: Not a terribly strong nose at all, and what's there is predominantly on the sweet side of things: brown sugar, candied orange peels, tropical fruit.

T: First impression: not impressed, as it leaves a surprisingly bitter aftertaste. Let's give this a few sips for the palate to adjust and see what happens. . . . OK, here's what I get: caramel malt and brown bread is there at the foundation. Mid-sip is the fruity hops: citrus (oranges, lemons), tropical fruit (sweeter stuff, like mango), and then piney bitterness at the finish. Big time piney bitterness with a drying astringency. Also heat from the high ABV noted both on the back end of the palate and as warming in the belly.

M: Medium-to-full in weight. Slightly syrupy, but the bitter finish leaves the impression of cutting through that.

O: Old school Stone in the sense that this is a big palate-destroying hop bomb. Appropriate for an anniversary beer, though I still wish they'd simply bring back their 10th Anniversary beer every year. Man, I loved that beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a clear, deep orange. Small off-white head doesn't last long, with not much lacing. Smell has orange and other citrus, a bit of pine and a touch of sweet malt. Taste follows, but bolder than the smell. Very definite taste of raspberries as well. Solid drying bitterness. Feel is nice and full without being syrupy. This is a very good West Coast IIPA. I've found a lot of the Enjoy By beers around this same ABV to be marred by being overly boozy, but this beer hides it well. Good stuff!

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snapp1422
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lerxst
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdog
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: Sweet, tropical fruits, mild in strength.

Taste: Nice sweetness, pineapple and tropical fruit flavors, finishes dry, very easy drinker for a double IPA.

Overall: Congrats to Stone on 22 years! This is a nice DIPA, new school hops and not very bitter. Stone still makes some really nice IPAs and this is a good one.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 159 ratings