25th Anniversary Triple IPA
Stone Brewing

25th Anniversary Triple IPA25th Anniversary Triple IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,513
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,682
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
69
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Outstanding
25th Anniversary Triple IPA25th Anniversary Triple IPA
Notes: It was 25 years ago that we planted our flag in North County San Diego. We showed up to a modest, empty warehouse with some mighty big dreams. We thought people deserved a world with better beer, and were determined to be part of a cultural transformation we believed could happen… even though few others shared our vision. This massive triple IPA is another important milestone on our continuing journey. Speaking of journeys, for reasons you may guess, our 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2021 will be a bit understated for such a monumental anniversary, so we’ve decided to hold our big event in 2022 with the Stone 25+1 Years In The Making Anniversary Celebration. After a quarter of a century and quite a few twists and turns, we’re still here. Here for hops. Here for quality. Here for making great mistakes. Here for more good times. Here for another round. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!

IBUs: 100+
FEATURED HOPS: Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Cascade, Belma, Simcoe, Amarillo & Sabro
FLAVOR PROFILE: Peach, apricot jam, orange marmalade, very resinous and very dank, baked pineapple, lemongrass, peppercorn
PALATE: Medium-heavy body, very bitter, some warming from (very) high alcohol
APPEARANCE: Orange-copper, clear, thin white head
AROMA: Peach, stone fruit, cantaloupe, orange, pineapple, red currant, citrus
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Really? Outstanding? What are we reviewing these days? Bottom line, after 25 years, this is what you got? You should be embarrassed, because this beer fucking stinks. There, let's say it again, THIS BEER FUCKING STINKS. The review? ... Looks good, bright copper penny. Smell is muted, at best. Flavor follows, an almost decent lip smacking on first taste, issue is quickly recedes into an medicinal, off tasting, syrupy, way too much malt, taste. To think, this brewery once made the legendary Stone RIS. The Espresso RIS was also amazing. Could've even done something interesting, like the 15th anniversary black IPA.

Today at 12:17 AM
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Sweet, alcohol, green citrus.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, nice citrus bitterness--old school. Alcohol is present but not too hot. Lasting bitter finish.

Overall: Congrats on 25 years. This is an old school BIG IPA, lots of malt, lots of alcohol, lots of hops. Over-the-top, and in your face, just like Stone has been for many years, so it's fitting. Good stuff.

Yesterday at 01:54 PM
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - thick dark copper with a slight white head and great lacing
Smell - boozy caramel slight citrus
Taste - boozy caramel malt backbone with a bitter citrus resin
Feel - medium thick with a medium light carb
Overall - great classic strong ipa

Thursday at 11:08 PM
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, citrus, grapefruit and resin. Sweet tropical fruit taste with toasted caramel and a big, piney bitterness.

Tuesday at 09:51 PM
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice off-white head that looks nice. The beer itself is a clear dark amber color that looks clean.
The smell is good and strong. It has as sharp pine and grassy note alongside a moderate grapefruit and immediately followed by a slightly fruity alcohol note.
The taste is good. It has the same powerful bitter hop notes such as a grapefruit and strong resin note but mixed in with a sweet peppery peach and sugary fruit note.
The feel is good. It has a smooth and slick body with tingling carbonation sticky finish.
Overall, this is a fairly powerful beer and pretty good. I definitely recommend this one to celebrate their anniversary.

Tuesday at 08:13 PM
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy 25th Stone, one of my first and still one of my top 10 brewers in the world.
25+1 in 2022 is a great idea. Please invite me.
a) Perfect
s) Crack open the bottle and snap. All these hops race into your atmosphere:Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Cascade, Belma, Simcoe, Amarillo & Sabro, like genees.
t) Peach jam, marmalade, spice and pepper, fluid resiny, sap, lands in a see-saw battle where bitter wins.
f) full and flexy mouth feel. IBUs: 100+, boozy but not rip your face off.
o) Stunning and a great celebration, up there with Ruination.

Sep 21, 2021
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WTBash from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper in color with a fairly thin white head. A bit sweet and very hop forward. Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. As far as TIPA goes, this is one of the better examples I've had

Sep 20, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip glass. Packaged 08/11/21. Best before 12/09/21.

Appearance: Dark amber color with quite a bit of haze to it. Thick off-white head with thick strands and islands of persistent lacing. I'm actually surprised the lacing lasted as long as it did given the higher ABV.

Smell: Tropical fruit, a bit of Simcoe "cattiness", a wee bit of booze, and citrus.

Taste: A bit like hop candy, but strong bitterness at the finish. Hoppy tropical fruits up front, then bready malt, and then a strong bitter finish - a mix of pine and citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and smooth, just right carbonation. A tiny bit warming at the finish from the alcohol, but otherwise the high ABV is well hidden here.

Overall / Drinkability: This is quite potent - a triple IPA indeed! Very much to the style of Stone, and amped up. A slow sipping beer, and potent enough at the finish that I cannot have more than one in a sitting as it began to wreck my palate halfway through. Happy 25th Stone! Thanks for all the good beers over the years, and for continuing to smack me about the head and shoulders with the aggressive hopping in some of your beers, like this one.

Sep 19, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can dated 8/11/21 (enjoy by 12/9/21) into a weizen glass.

Pours a translucent amber with about two and a half fingers of light beige head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells sweet, like pine mixed with sugar. Definitely a dank piney, resiny component to the aroma. Just a hint of citrus.

Taste follows almost exactly. Sweet malts, pine, resin, alcohol.

Sticky mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste. Warming from alcohol. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall, very good-not great. This is in Stone's wheelhouse-big and bitter. Just a touch sweet.

Sep 19, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden amber pour. Big foamy off-white head leaves a solid ring of lacing.

S: Big sweet toasted grains with pine and citrus hops. Resinous.

T.F: Massive flavor. Big caramel malts and bready grains. Sweetness up front. Loads of resinous pine, grapefruit, rind, and spice. Some peppercorn... more evergreen/pine. Solid bitterness. Medium bodied... hides its huge ABV dangerously well. Sticky on the tongue. More pine/citrus to finish.

O: An outstanding TIPA, and a fittingly arrogant brew for Stone's 25th anniversary. Almost drinks like an American Barleywine... big, assertive, and West Coast all the way. Really enjoyed this one.

Sep 18, 2021
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cakey, not much else

T: Piney, some herbal hops & cakeyness up front. Dryness, pine & faint cakey sweetness as this warms, some green melon sneaks in as well. Finishes dry, woody with some cakey sweetness & green melon

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, hoppyness is pretty one dimensional, so it skews bitter

Drinks easy for the heft, but honestly expected more for such a milestone. This six pack won't stick around too long, but not one I would pull the trigger on again

Sep 18, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden amber with a ton of clarity and a large off-white head that sticks around and leaves behind a ton of lacing. A very good looking IPA
S - Resinous, piney, bitter hops along with floral and earthy notes as well as citrus and apricots
T - Follows the nose with resinous, piney, bitter hops that really provides a dank flavor profile along with intermixed notes of citrus and apricot, earth and floral notes, tied together by a healthy malt backbone
F - Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat oily, but clean - but in a good way
O - Stone is really starting to come back to form this year and this is no exception- really enjoyed this one and hope they can keep it going for another 25 more years

Sep 18, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I am trying this beer off the tapper at the Daily Growler in Powell, Ohio. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had bitter pine resin notes. The taste was nicely balanced to start then turned bitter at the finish. There is sweet malt and citrus flare at the start but a quick conversion to a bittery pine resin finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Sep 17, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a clear dark golden color, thick white head. Aroma is strong citrusy and dank hops and boozy malt. Similar flavor, strong bitterness and its a touch hot. Sticky moutfeel

Sep 17, 2021
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep copper. finger and a half of thick off white head. excellent retention.
Nose is pine, pineapple, resin, melon
Taste follows. Pine, very resinous, citrus rind, pineapple firm bitterness with a hint of alcohol on the finish. Supported by a moderate caramel malt backbone.
Wonderful body considering the ABV. clean and crisp, not cloying or overly sweet

Sep 16, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours a mostly clear light copper color with a white head. Smell is bready boozy with caramel and pine. Taste is better with peach lemon citrus pineapple and and dank earthy notes. Mout feel was sweet and dry herbal and tropical. ABV was well hidden ,but would never want another can of this, would try on tap.

Sep 15, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Clear deep orange. Smells of grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, booze. Tastes of aggressive grapefruit hops, sweet caramel malt, booze, grapefruit bitterness. Heavy, sweet, very boozy. I dislike triple IPAs, but this is very tasty.

Sep 12, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour- clear amber with foamy white head leaving minimal lacing. Nose is alcohol infused citrus. Taste steps it down quite a bit with less alcohol influence. Amazing for such a high abv. Finish is a bit woody in a good way. Fairly smooth even with the alcohol creep.

Sep 11, 2021
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was a little deceptive as it did not smell, taste or feel like a big 12.5% Triple IPA. Stone did a great job hiding the alcohol in this one. Very smooth but it was lacking a touch on the taste side. Overall this was a really well done Triple IPA.

Sep 11, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from ABV.

Caramel with an off-white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is cooked citrus, cooked grapefruit peel, melon, canned peach. The palate opens bitter but with an unpleasant cooked fruit flavor, a blend of citrus, stone fruit and melon. Sweet, boozy, bitter and unrefined. Disappointing.

Sep 11, 2021
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from the glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a slight haziness to the body. Dark orange tinted white head which rose maybe half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar meshed with a grapefruit skin infused to the nostrils.

Taste: Pure west coast feel with a light warm sugar note mixed with tangerine.

Mouth: Juicy finish which feels like a superior imperial west coast IPA. I have had many and this one sticks to you like an insect to the web.

Overall: Seriously incredible. Hard to let go after the first sip. If you love the original American IPA west coast style coming off a bit boozy. Always in a glass.... salud!

Sep 11, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 08-11-21

A - Medium copper colored pour with moderate carbonation and a one fingered off white layer of creamy foam that doesn't dissipate.

S - Caramel malt along with light citrus, and onion/garlic spiciness.

T - Follows the nose. Caramel malt base sweetness from start to finish along with resiny pine, citrus, some garlic/onion, and spiciness. Finishes with a lingering resiny pine bite over top of caramel malt and coats the mouth with a healthy layer of earthy spicy citrus rind. The aftertaste lingers for what seems like forever - very nice.

M - Big body with a borderline syrupy texture and alcohol permeating up to the sinuses.

O - This is a boozy little monkey but I really dig what they did here. Nicely done and a well deserved Happy 25th Stone Brewing!

Sep 10, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour.
Nose is bready and boozy.
Taste is full of tropical/ stone fruit flavor with an aggressive bitterness and overall booze that dominates over it. There’s enough sweet malt and pine to satisfy the urge for a big-time hop fix. If only the juices/ citrus played as much a role as the rest. If any citrus plays a role it’s some lemony citrus toward the tail-end, although the main note there seems to be somewhat herbal, like ginger root really.
Feels medium-rich and creamy, slightly sticky. Drier finish, but balanced well enough.
The can description doesn’t highlight the example except by brief mention as a triple ipa. No notes. Only a large paragraph about the brewery hoping to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2022 due to obvious reasons…however I get the impression they highlighted the latter in order to minimize expectations of this beer.

Sep 09, 2021
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is good but I honestly expected more for a 25th anniversary beer. Sweet and a bit boozy. Some decent hop flavors but in the end it’s a bit lackluster. I prefer Double Two Heated and Hoptimum over this.

Sep 08, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twenty-five years ago, Stone Brewing brought a whole new and delicious connotation to the idea of "ruin", so to celebration such a monuments occasion, Ruination sees new heights.

Deep and bright golden, a frothy crown soon caps the 25th Anniversary "Triple" IPA. No subtlety here, the beer leaps right out with a brazen hop spice that's decorated with strong citrus, cannabis, floral aromas and a jolt of alcohol spice on the nose. A sweeter malt base is lightly toasty with notions of bread crust along with the flavors of honey, agave and somewhat coating like corn syrups.

But any malt influence soon takes a backseat to the overwhelming hop flavors that are set to erupt. The strong and stewed taste of the peels from grapefruit, orange and lemon all converge for a resinous citrus taste. As the spiciness of booze links up to a growing sense of bitterness from hops, they both converge for a strong solventy tone heading into finish. The ale finishes deeply bitter with those gullet gripping resins and the fruitiness, pine flavor and peppery sharpness that comes along with it.

Full bodied and finishing on the drier side of malty-dry, hints of apricot, pineapple and agave come about in a long and drawn-out finish. A trailing hop spice and a vodka-like spice riddles the aftertaste with a bitterness that easily lingers into the next sip.

Sep 07, 2021
25th Anniversary Triple IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 69 ratings