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22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA | Stone Brewing

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22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by travolta:
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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of riptorn
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other reviewers are pretty much spot-on with regards to color, opacity and head. My pour from bottle to a shaker is not what I'd describe as hazy; far from it, but also not crystal clear.
Citrus aroma through the nose and on the exhale. I'm not getting the berries, grape or floral to the extent others have mentioned....nor dankness.
Bittering lingered and was pleasant without regard to whether it suits the style. Very noticeable but not overpowering malt.
Those two together helped to mask the 9.1% ABV.

Overall, nice.....liked it and would have again. It would be easy to drink too many, too fast.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much showing on the nose. On the palate, some citrusy hops and a fair amount of malt; low bitterness; soft-ish body from the oats. This is sorta like a throwback, old-school, malty, not-very-hoppy-by-today’s-standard DIPA crossed with the mouthfeel of a NEIPA. I’ve always loved Stone, but I don’t really love this.

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Photo of nonnie864
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCSapiens
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caroscal
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snapp1422
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Stone 22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter IIPA - 9.1% ABV - 81 IBUs
Date: 07/24/18, enjoyed on 8/17/18.
Appearance: The color is mix of dark amber and orange and it produced a finger of off white head.
Aroma: Hefty aromas of assorted sweet tropical and, specifically mango, orange, and a little apricot. The malts adds a typical caramel sweetness and according to the bottle, this was brewed with oats which is fairly apparent on the nose. There is also a light dank quality floating somewhere in the background.
Taste: The malts on this one are certainly more pronounced than usual for a Stone beer, but hop heads need not worry, Anni-Matter is very liberally hopped as well. The taste is close to the nose with pine, mango, grapefruit and caramel notes. It has a very nice thick and creamy mouthfeel thanks, I’m sure, to the oats, and the accuracy with which it balances that abundance of hops and malts is impressive. It is, as one would imagine, bitter, but the malts sweeten it up as it sure doesn’t taste like a beer with 81 IBUs.
Biased comments: This is a good beer, no doubt about it. More thick and syrupy than I generally like warm weather IIPAs to be? Sure, but for something familiar but a bit different at the same time, this is a winner.

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Photo of DThorp777
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Goes down like a pale ale, while punching flavor like Broke Lesnar. Balanced tropical taste without being sweet. A gift from the Beer God'd of Valhalla

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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this brew is absolutely beautiful...clear, amber-gold, with a thick white head...rocky, dense, and stable. The aroma is fresh, resinous, and has some citrus rind as well. The taste is intense...sweet, bitter, malty, and solid. The finish has a musky, hoppy, bitter note. What I would expect from Stone.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

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 RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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 rajendra82
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer looked typical for the style, as the pour was golden amber in color, and the head was rather small. The aroma was a treasure trove of citrus fruits, evoking grapefruit, tangerine, and blood orange. The citrus came out big time in the taste too, as there was a bracing grapefruit pith bitterness with a ton of citrus juiciness to follow. The alcohol was scarily well hidden, and drinkability was off the charts. The feel was sticky, and the aftertaste was prolonged and full of bracing bitterness. This is a breathtaking DIPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper gold with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet cracker malt and lemon with some spicy and slightly tarry hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt and lemon a little rye and some spicy and slightly harsh hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA, but not one of Stone's better ones.

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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 Gagnonsux
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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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22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 216 ratings