14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
Stone Brewing

14th Anniversary Emperial IPA14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.91 | pDev: 13.81%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
14th Anniversary Emperial IPA14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A: Bright yellow cloudy brew pours a bit thick - eggshell white 2 finger head settles leaving thick lacing.

S: LEMONY! really attractive to the nose, but not at all like any other brew I have smelled.

T: OK here goes: this has a hoppy, tarty bite that is as citrusy as any hops I have ever tasted.

M: not bad, but not as much body as I expect from STONE.

D: to quote rufus the stunt bum: call that a beer? I'd rather have another! (God love him!)

Aug 29, 2010
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Arbitrator from California

1.28/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell at a weekend tasting. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot body with a finger of short-lived beige head. No lace. The lack of clarity is really unsettling -- it makes the beer look like turbid pond water.

S: Old towels and urinals. There were four of us seated around the table, and I purposely took the last pour and made the last comment so that people wouldn't be influenced by what I had to say. But when I did, that became the consensus of the tasting. There's a peppery, salty, organic note to this that distinctly reminds me of urine and old towels. It's unpleasant.

T: Toasted malt and biscuit, I can pick out. But that weird organic smell I noticed is back, here. It presents the flavors of mildew, decay, and salty pee. I don't think the beer is infected, exactly -- I just have this reaction to certain flavor / aroma combinations (see Nugget Nectar and Tongue Buckler, which smell like urinal cakes to me). This beer goes a step beyond that and carries the unpleasantness into the flavor. And this time, I had 3 witnesses to agree with me.

M: Some alcohol to this, an astringent (tea-like) finish, and a semi-dry body. Nothing about this works at all: it needs more sugar to cover up the booze and bitterness.

D: A complete misfire. Terrible. Between 4 hopheads, we drainpoured half the bottle. And I'm very forgiving toward Stone products, so I'm sad to give this the score I am.

I'm actually half-wondering if they made this to mock Ding. Not cool, Stone.

Jul 06, 2010
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into a pint glass.

14th is a hazy golden yellow color, classic American IPA actually, with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is so incredibly hoppy and wonderfully fresh. Great citrus and grass notes here.

Flavor is intense and hoppier than any other beer in this category by far. Big time grass flavor and tons of earthy bitterness. It's way different than any other IPA out there (imperial or emperial or whatever) that it has me taking sip after sip just to experience the unique style that Stone has basically invented.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Very bitter but not completely out of balance.

Overall an amazingly different beer. One that you soon won't forget. In fact, this may be a style that grows in popularity because of this particular example.

Jun 26, 2010
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden hue that produced a good fluffy white head with good retention behind it. Some tiny bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A big resin-like pine dryness up front with plenty of lime citrus with a twist of pineapple. A light honey sweetness.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A big resin-like pine dryness up front with lime and pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very very much a hop forward beer with massive pine resin and citrus. This actually gets rather bitter as it goes on; very very bitter!

(D)- A fun beer that I enjoyed in a style often overlooked by the more popular American DIPA. Fits the style it is in well, but gets really bitter the more I have of it, but its still enjoyable.

Jul 12, 2010
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ghwolf from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an over-sized bottle, this IPA was middle golden in color with a noticeable beer head, light yellow in appearance. The aroma, dominated by hops, had slight fruity subtlety. The flavor was a full-bodied characterized by strong notes of hops and some latent alcohol, owing to its high 8.9ABV. The taste remained consistent throughout the experience. The beer has a smooth feeling on the palette.
Because of the size of the bottle (22. oz), there may be a tendency for the beer to get warmer; however the taste is not compromised. If anything, the hops taste is more pronounced.

The high ABV may mean that it's best to drink just one in order to enjoy fully the complexities of the flavors.

Nov 23, 2011
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alamode from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 11, 2011
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Westsidebuddha from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods Torrance, Calif.

Poured a light golden color into tulip glass. Slight head with bubbles. Smell of grapefruit and hops and spices. The taste of hops and a slight peppery backend hits the palate. Mouthfeel of different English hops gives this a different taste that I'm used to. Good drinkability with the different hop taste and spices on each sip hitting the taste buds. Had this first on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena and the hops was definitely present. Almost a "bud-like" taste! A different anniversary ale for sure!

Jun 28, 2010
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hpthebull from California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Nov 20, 2011
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semibaked from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark yellow with some brown highlights and produces about 2 fingers of fluffy white head and really nice carbonation.

S - Lemons, spices, and floral and bitter hops.

T - Tastes like spice laden lemon candy, the spices are complex and hard to put my finger on what they are I get a little pepper though. The hops come through more throughout drinking, but there is a little taste that reminds me of dish soap, kinda weird.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and lots of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good but the more I drink the spice and hops come out. This is definitely one of the most different IPA's I have had, it is worth a try.

Jul 25, 2010
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jul 03, 2012
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pushstartnow13 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Jan 07, 2012
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-gold color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Good presentation here and knowing Stone, they always get it right.

The aroma has some grassy hops with just a slight hint of buttery malt. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant change from the usual.

The taste? Full of grassy hops with a slight edge of grapefruit. Alcohol warmth is present along with buttery/toffee flavors. Interesting dynamic at play.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering butter/toffee and grassy hops. Alcohol warmth fades, ensuring a clean finish.

A decent take on the style that nearly imperializes it. Usually, modern British IPAs don't reach this strength. Worth a try and if you want the malt to shine through, nothing wrong with laying it down for a few months or perhaps years (if that's your thing).

Jul 18, 2010
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Deathtomacro from Georgia

4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color. Lighter than most pale ales I've had/brewed.
The smell was all over the board with sweet caramel, grass, coconut, passion fruit, mango and many different citrus qualities. The taste was very much the same but with a quick cut to bitterness and a subtle sourness. (it works well) Mouth feel is medium thickness. Not too heavy. Not too light. Just about perfect IMO.

Dangerously drinkable. By far the best English IPA that I've had. (if you can really call it that)

Aug 10, 2010
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Discordian from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 15, 2011
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TheodorHerzl from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bomber.

A: Orange hued with spotty lacing
S: Earthy, lemony, bready
T: loads of lemon, peppery, and caramel malt balancing
M: Decent, leaves a bit of a dry sensation in the back
D: This is my highest rated score, but I didn't even know the alcohol was at 8.9% in this one. It was went down easy and was rather refreshing.

Jul 06, 2010
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared on the 4th.

A- A lighter burnt orange. Its moderately hazed. A typical white head and decent lacing. The beer doesnt look huge but it looks pretty nice.

S- Very pungent, dank, resinous smelling hops. It smells very unique. There is also a lot of pine and tropical fruits.

T- Bitter throughout. The actual bitterness remains the same all the way from start to finish but the tastes underneath change and is quite nice. Lots of juicy tropical fruits. Loads of mango, pineapple and oranges. On the finish lots of pine comes out. Malts are very tame and subtle.

M- Dry-ish. Fairly light and crisp.

This smells and tastes totally English but ramped up. Stone achieved what they were going for.

Jul 05, 2010
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shagal from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 21, 2016
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1759Girl from California

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Oh heck yes. This looks to me like a perfect English IPA as I would see Stone do it. Beautiful golden colour (that's the English spelling, in homage to the beer's style) with a big vanilla coloured head that has good retention and heaps heaps HEAPS of lacing. The ale is very hazy with medium liveliness.

Smell>Almost too wonderful to be an English IPA. It is easily a Stone beer by its arrogantly hoppy nose. Other notes are sweet grasses and honey.

Taste>Nicely done, Stone. The beer isn't overly complex, like most Stone brews, which is good because English IPAs are also not too complex. This beer gives you a a nice wallop of hops and a bitter hang, and doesn't leave you questioning too much more. The only thing stopping this from being a 5 is the fact that it is just too hoppy for its style. I'm giving it a 4 because it is still hella tasty.


Drinkability> not as easy as it's style should be, but good.

Aug 15, 2010
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JizackFH from New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy golden-yellow color. It has a medium white head that left decent lacing behind. There is some carbonation present.

S - The smell is hoppy and citrusy. There are also some fruity notes to it, and a slight peppery scent as well. It doesn't smell as strong as Stone beers normally do.

T - The taste is hoppy up front, just as you would expect. The hoppiness is balanced pretty well by the malts. There are also some light fruity and floral notes. The finish is dry and hoppy. There is also some citrus present.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. The hop bitterness sticks to the mouth and slowly fades.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easy, and it is nicely balanced. I think this is a good beer, but I kind of wish they would have done something more special for their anniversary release. All in all it is a good beer, and I'm glad I had the chance to pick it up. I would definitely try it again.

Dec 08, 2010
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Zachtheporter from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mar 02, 2012
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hooliganlife from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice yellow and orange with a heavy haze. nice inch high fluffy head hangs on well. light lacing.

light flowers, malt, and citrus. smell was actually pretty weak on this, i was hoping for far more floral.

delicious. tons of pine bitterness through out. light vivid floral hop flavors that mix in with some earthy resin like flavors. light biscuit malts through out.

lots of carbonation bite. a bit dry in the finish. light to moderate body over all.

i dug this, a lot. i hope to land some more and see what a few months does to the bitterness. i want more!

Jul 06, 2010
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dwilson01 from California

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber obtained TODAY (6/22) into an eastern sierra lager pint glass. Perfect 2 fingers of snow white frothy head dissipates evenly leaving nice thick lacing on the glass. The body is the color of gold (Empire reference? could be). It's completely clear on the initial pour with nice consistent carbonation bubbles rising up.

The smell is extremely earthy and bitter hop aromas, nothing floral about this one. Very intense and concentrated on the pine and some back door spices included.

The flavor follows directly from the nose. Initially I get the earthy hop bittering, very refreshing. combines with a hot spicing, literally spicy like black pepper freshly ground. This is backed by a straw-like malty flavor, not sweet at all. Where this one shines through is on the aftertaste and its endurance. Bitter and spice flavors combine in this, pine hops and pepper hotness. No trace of alcohol flavor because of the strongness of this. Very flavor forward in your face stone type brew with a great spiciness to lighten the flavor.

The mouthfeel on this one is great, For how light is feels the spiciness leaves your mouth with a nice little smack just the way stone does it. The bitterness sticks around for as long as you care to wait until your next sip which makes this one of the most endurance flavored brews I've ever had.

For how much flavor it has is it actually very smooth, the backround malting imparts barely any flavor to the beer, but it has to be present in significant amounts to keep the flavor profile as solid as it is. A tad dry for my taste but hey, it's pretty damn good. I wish I had a seafaring vessel to age it but I guess my basement will have to do.

Overall, my favorite aspects of this brew are the endurance of the flavor profile after you swallow as well as the literal spicy feeling your mouth gets during and after the taste. Honestly it's like I'm eating a meal that was made with fresh jalapenos sauteed in olive oil with some black pepper to lighten the flavor, I think this one definitely needs to be experimented with in the food pairing world, curry for sure and even just some roasted vegetables spiced up with some lemon and red pepper.

Jun 23, 2010
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iskeptopotamus from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Feb 19, 2012
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yellow/amber color with a smallish head but a nice ring and lacing..smell is pine ,citrus grass,and floral hops lots of grapefruit..taste is a hop hit filled with grapefruit and pine with crisp floral hops some malt in the background..mouth feel is full its robust with hops and citrus its bitter all around the mouth in a good way that wants you to take another sip..this is west coast ipa meets english ipa in a unique taste profile.. it a little bit more bitter in flavor that alot of ipa/dipa around the country do to the addition of hops that stone used but as this warms it gets better and grows on you i liked this one and do recommend it..

Jul 30, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer. Big yellow haze, vibrant. Aroma was grassy hops.

Taste was mind blowing, this is the kind of English Ale I can get into. Super hoppy, but definitely they are amped up Euro hops. Nice to see this non traditional ingredients into the typical Stone uber hopping. Very light body, was great on a hot 4th of July weekend. The English hops are pungent, something I've never experienced. Unique. Mouthfeel rocks, more and more hops in a different vein than used to. Alcohol hidden, beer gets chewy but never heavy. I wouldn't age this beer. Great price.

Jul 15, 2010
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