Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bomber of Stone Emperial 14th Anniversary English IPA poured into my Stone imperial pint glass, quite appropriate indeed. Pours a hazy light orange/copper color. White head is about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a good 1/4 inch with good lacing. Aromas of piney cirtus hops followed by some nice caramel malt tones. Good mix of citrus piney hop flavors and sweet caramel malt, especially once the beer warms up a bit. The piney citrus hops dominate when the beer is first poured, but after a bit the flavors balance each other nicely. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner that well crafted beer should be. I really like this and certainly would go out of my way to drink it again.


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Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bomber of this, but didn't get around to reviewing it. I found it on tap and had to give it a try...

Poured a hazy golden color with a nearly white head of 2 fingers. The head had great retention and leaves some nice lace behind as well.

The smell is slightly sweet-- then pure Stone hoppiness. Big, bold, clean, and crisp. I'm surprised they call it an "English" version-- this fits the American style in my opinion. The hops are citrus and pine with huge bitterness. Very drinkable-- I'll go ahead and be that guy who admits that a kit of Stone's IPAs seem to forget about flavor and instead go for assertive bitterness and over hopped punchiness.

The light sweetnes fits the big hoppiness perfectly. The body is light enough to keep it drinkable!

This an exceptionally delicious beer from the Stone team-- happy anniversary to you fine gents, and thanks for the excellent beer!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA pours an opaque straw yellow with a two finger width, frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma is full of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange peel. A touch of sweet malt is noticeable too.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is moderately chewy, soft, and has a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor begins bitter with lots of citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. A touch of pepper spice is also present. There's enough sweet malt flavor in the background to take the edge off the bitter flavors. It finishes dry with some grassy hop bitterness. Once gone the peppery spice and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This beer is definitely on the bitter and hoppy side, but the malt does a descent job of balancing out the hops. It's quite drinkable for a nearly 9% abv beer.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Dated June 2010 (consume fresh or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more)
I dont know about all that but Its being consumed after 19 months, recently bought of a shelf.

A- Pours incredibly hazy light orange with yellow on the edges. A nice two finger head with decent retention. (note: This beer has a lot of trub and other particles that only made it into the second pour)
S- Certainly a unique IPA. Lots of spicy dark fruits as well as citrus like grapefruit and lemon. Figs, mangoes and other oddities. Smells overly ripened and a little funky. A light caramel feel to the smell.
T- Tastes exactly like it smells. Theres a lot of old ripened fruits like grapefruit and mangoes and raisins. Light caramel, but this beer is all about the hops, and the yeast too. I think a lot of the bitter character has died with age but its still ever present here.
M- This bitter, but silky smooth IPA is a great drinker. Perfect carbonation, A full and coating mouth feel, Leaves behind a lot of bitterness. Smooth malts and a funky hop feel balance rather well. A little warming.
O- This another great IPA offering from Stone, too bad it has come and gone but it wont be forgotten. I has a smooth body, a warming feel and a hoppy funk that I have never really experienced.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, floral and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pepper and spices. Medium light body with a spicy, yet astringent finish.

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Photo of ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary pours a hazy, gold with a decent head that leaves very nice lacing. The aroma is grassy, herbal, and slightly citrusy hops. Bitterness is upfront in the flavor, with tons of earthy, spicy, herbal and damp piney hop flavor. Sweet pale malt squeezes it's way in here and there, but a lingering, slightly resiny bitterness covers it well.

Yet another delicious IPA from Stone, they are amazing at squeezing the best flavor and aroma out of whatever hops they use!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with an overtone of surprisingly sweet grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is richly hoppy and subtly bitter, just as an IPA should be, with citrus undertone - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that complements the hoppy bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a citrus finish that is both sweet and bitter. Hunt this one down!

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Photo of SaazWarz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Al's as well on draft.Super with hot wings! Simply a great beer. I find it funny that folks find it funny stone made an english Dipa! Whats it to them...but to dog this beer is just wrong(IMO). The E in Emperial is maybe for the great Empire that England once was. And can someone tell me what the hell is a cat box taste? What are you guys eating?

A- Cloudy, blonde, nice white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,grapefruit, nice pungant burst of hops

T- Grapefruit,sticky sweet, piney resins,

m- tart,nice bitterness on the palate and back of tongue

D- easly drinkin if your a seasoned IPA consumer. So good I had to take a growler home.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this beer has some real mixed reviews but if you consider the style and what they were going fo here I feel Stone knocked it out of the park.

Was one thinking that they would make yet another IPA that tasted like all thier others?

Well the good news is that they didn't and what you have here is a beer unlike any other that I have had that stands out and makes a difference.

Look is golden with a nice head sediment in the bottom suggest nice bottle conditioning.

Smell light citrus some spices.

Taste - to me exceptional loved it and hope others will too because it is different don't expect a west coast style here and really don't expect a east coast either it is just different and great at the same time.

M - good stays with you a nice feel.

D - Good as well. Definately having another soon.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ethereal yellow-gold and slightly hazy with a huge cap of foamy white head.

Smell: Resinous pine, grapefruit and lemons.

Taste: Substantial hop bitterness on the tongue with herbal-grassy notes as well as grapefruit, lemons and subtle zest of orange. Backbone of malt and bisquit really ties this one together nicely. Finishes clean and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Substantial and coating without being heavy.

Drinkability. Smooth drinking with a clean finish and even a bit refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kwjd
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy orange colour with huge fluffy white head and tons of lacing. Nice enough head retention. Smell is strongly of herbal/floral hops. Bitterness hits hard in the taste, unlike most English IPA's. Lots of fresh herbal hop flavour with some mild citrus. Nice biscuit malt too. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but it is a really winner for me.

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Photo of Lothore
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy tangerine color with a fluffy, white head.

S- Lots of citrus, sweet orange, light fruits.

T- Crisp, orange, citrusey hops, light fruits, lots of hop kick on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I love this beer. Extremely crisp and excellent on a summer night.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Stone 11th, 12th and 13th Anniversary Ales so when I heard this one was launching, I was stoked.... This brew was interesting to say the least...

Pours a very cloudy pale yellowish golden with a thick head of white and lots of active carbonation throughout... Almost hefeweizen-like in its cloudiness... Swirling the glass throughout renews the fluffy head and keeps this one looking great...

Very floral hop aromas abound here with an earthiness that is both unusual and surprising... There is a hint of maltiness here but this ones all about those noble hops and the abundance of floral character that they provide... Very characteristic of the style...

Upon the first sip of this brew, the extremely bitter hop assault that immediately punishes my palate brings to mind a brew that I fell in love with the first time I had it: Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. Can't believe no one else has mentioned this in their reviews... The brutal punishing hop bitterness coats the tongue and palate and won't relent whatsoever. Superbly hoppy, this one won't let up throughout even as it warms... Very different from anything Stone has produced thus far but I'm digging the hell out of this offering... Not at all your typical American IPA although its hopped like one albeit with noble hops... Its a masterpiece of brewing in my opinion...

I know I'm in the minority on this one but I could care less... I downed 2 bombers of this one tonight and if I had another I'd crack it as well... Lots of folks didn't get what the Stone crew was doing with this one but I did... An amped up version of a traditional cask English IPA... I'm super impressed with this one and I'm going to take the advice given on the bottle and age a couple to see how it progresses...

Superb brew... Highly recommended...

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Photo of chickencoop
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it about this beer but i can't stop drinking it. Big citrusy everything on this, but almost a lagery drinkablility to this, just a crisp finsh. I have beeen down on stone for some time, no reason, just a few bad beers (i was the biggest supporters of these guys when they launched in norcal, i told everybody to drink this stuff in 98', seriously). This beer is legit, i will be buying more and spreading the word again.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy, light honey gold body with a large vanilla hued head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Lovely aroma boasts lemon and orange zest, honeyed biscuit, and an herbal mintiness.

Medium body has a zesty carbonation and prevailing dryness.

Taste has a lot of dry and bitter lemon zest hoppiness, with an edge of grapefruit. Honeyed biscuity malt sweetness balances well. There is a herbal mintiness throughout, the only English trait(if that can be called such) I can discern. Finishes clean and dry with a lasting lemonrind aftertaste.

Satisfying and highly drinkable. Another solid product from the folks at Stone. Happy Anniversary!

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light golden, with orange dominating yellow.
Ample head, solid lacing.

Aroma is very pungent.
Immense amounts of grassy floral notes.
Dry, assertive, and lingering.
Citrus background with lemon zest, grapefruit, and ethanol.

Taste is familiar to the nose, with some primary differences.
The citrus stands out this time, with lots of lemon, and grapefruit leading the way.
Grapefruit dominated, leading to that familiar West Coast vibe.
Midway, seems to lean towards the dry hoppy side with lots of grass, hay, and robust earthiness.
Finishes with some bitterness, and zest, while remaining excellent drinkability.

Although, this wasn't near the top echelon of Stone Beers, it was indeed quite enjoyable, while remaining it's extreme drinkability. Quite nice.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bright golden and slightly hazy with a bright white head, lots of lace as it drinks.

Very crisp spicy hop character, some mint and tree sap (birch, cedar, faint pine) malt profile is baked bread, biscuit and pie crust with slight sugary note. Alcohol is well masked.

Flavor is very hop forward, spicy more mint and herbal character. Nice firm bitterness, crisp and what a true IPA should present

one of my favorite anniversary beers that Stone has put out. Might not have the wow factor found in 10, 12 or 13 from a hopheads perspective, but the balance and hop bitterness make it an IPA that would be a welcome year round brew. Reminds me a great deal of Youngs Special London Ale in character and profile.

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Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Rich, hazy golden color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the smell, with a surprising presence of strong grapefruit citrus, as well as melon. Light butterscotch is also detectable, adding considerable depth and complexity. No alcohol is detectable in the smell.

T: Begins with off-dry piney and tropical fruit aromatic hop flavors, then sharp toasty malt emerges in the middle. Bright fruit flavors linger as the bitter, slightly mineral finish arrives. No alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity--juicy, creamy, very satisfying. Carbonation is light, staying out of the way.

D: The conspicuous combination of English and West Coast qualities present in this DIPA plays wonderful tricks on the palate and the mind, conjuring appearances of the familiar and the unknown. It tastes and feels like Russian River's Pliny the Elder for the first few beats, until the diacetyl and burtonized water are detected. That said, Stone's celebratory brew in honor of their 14th year has its own identity, and is delicious in its own right.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a hazy light yellowish gold with about a half finger of bubbling white head that leaves whips of white dotted on the surface and rim as it recedes. Looks like your standard IPA really, only hazy...maybe there's a Belgian Yeast strain?

Aroma-They definitely use English hops here as this doesn't smell much like your standard west coast IPA; it smells a lot like a really hoppy ESB to me actually, I like it. I get a lot of herbal tea-like aromas in addition to the typical grassy fair, only much gentler; the more I smell, the more I like.

Taste-Again, I draw comparisons to an ESB; it tastes like a really, really hoppy ESB and that is in no way a bad thing. I get the same flavors as in the aroma with more of that herbal tea-like quality and a more pronounced grassiness as well as an underlying, and unquestionably English, pale malt character.

Mouthfeel-Maybe it's because of the English ingredients but this is much thinner and in a way 'smoother' than what I'm used to in my IPAs. It's a nice change of pace that suits what they were going for in terms of flavor.

Drinkability-The more herbal and tea-like character of the English hops really make me more inclined to sip this rather than gulp it, not quite sure why but the flavors don't really lend themselves to quick sips the way, say, Stone's Ruination IPA does. I don't mind though, it'll last longer this way.

Notes-I hope Stone makes this a seasonal, it's a great change of pace when one is craving a hopfix but wants something different than the typical west-coast fare.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a decent sized white head that has good retention and leaves lacing throughout.

Nice aroma that starts out with some strong woody and grassy notes, then the hop explosion continues into fruity notes of lemon and pineapple. A peppery presence is evident throughout.

The strong hop presence is felt again in the taste, with a big burst of lemon, grapefruit and pepper upfront with some earthy and grassy hops in the middle. A slight touch of pineapple and some more lemon hangs around into the finish. The end is also a little malty with some bready flavors showing up alongside the fruit notes.

Medium body and medium carbonation. The alcohol presence is obvious but not too powerful. Overall this is a very interesting creation from Stone. Different than what I'm used to when it comes to (D)IPA's, but this was great to try and I'm glad I got my hands on a few bottles. Took a little getting used to, but fun to sip on once you've warmed up to it.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer looked a significantly lighter shade of yellow than typical for an IPA or DIPA. The head atop was foamy and beige, and lasted a good while, and formed lots of sticky lace. The aroma was quite hoppy, with earthy, and spicy notes being the most dominant, thus revealing the English hopping. The taste was nicely balanced with toffee and tangerine competing against a dry finish. The hopping was assertive for an English IPA, but quite moderate by West Coast standards. The finish was drawn out, and curiously tongue numbing. A departure from the usual citric dominant DIPA offerings, with strong English roots evident throughout.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 7oz.snifter.

Appearance: Sits hazed and honey-colored in the glass, with a moderately thick layer of white froth on top. As the head descends, it drags a blanket of cobweb-like lace in its wake. Head retention isn't too impressive, nor is clarity, nor is the color or even carbonation. Other than the lacing, this really doesn't have much going for it.

Smell: Hop oils and flowery notes leap out of the glass! Sitting just beneath them are buttery malts, sea salt, lime, and a hint of grass. That's about all I can pull from this, but I'm diggin' the overall aroma. It highlights the English influence in a way that's both pungent and intriguing. That said, I've never had an English IPA like this before. (I suppose that's because I've never had an Emperial IPA.) As it warms, the hop aromas become more intense and alcohol enters the mix. Really enjoyable.

Taste: English IPA? Yes, I suppose. But this one is crafted in a manner that's decidedly Stone: loads of hops, followed by more loads of hops. There's no way one could argue that this doesn't deserve the "imperial" tag (or in this case, "Emperial"). Hops create the deep floral and grapefruit notes, trailed by long-lasting bitterness. Malts provide a buttery backbone, but other than that stay out of the way. Not as "English" as I was expecting, but certainly good.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, resinous, and lightly carbonated, which suits the style very well. Medium-bodied with a well-developed and long-lasting aftertaste. I dig.

Drinkability: This really grew on me throughout the session. I was a little unsure about it at first, but midway through the 22oz. bomber I was in the zone. Then again, I suppose I'm like that with every IPA from Stone. Damn good, let's leave it at that.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale straw yellow with a sticky white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Earthy English hops,orange zest.

T_Grassy, earthy , English hops followed by citrus. Orange zest,honey,and a bit of lemon zest.

M_Thick and sticky.

D_ Pretty drinkable. Very differnt take on DIPAs.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops, spices and mild smokiness. Not much on the nose, but it could be my allergies.

T&M: Definitely has the characteristic bitter hop taste of typical English IPA's. Very dry and full-bodied. Some citrus fruit and alcohol presence. Big, bitter, dry, earthy, spicy finish.

Very nice, different flavor that is completely hopped up. The bitter hops hang around forever, but don't rip your tongue apart. Nice.

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Photo of jmich24
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A: One finger head. Color resembles a unfiltered orangish colored wheat ale. Some sporadic lacing.
S: Holy Oranges. The citrus hops smell outstanding.
T: Starts a bit sweet and then the hops kick in. More hops than I expected from a English style IPA. Awesome citrus especially orange/tangerine.
M: Nice creaminess for an IPA. Crisp finish
D: Way too drinkable for a beer that tops out at almost 9% ABV.

This was outstanding for me. Im not sure if this well represents the "English IPA" because if is awfully hoppy and fruity, but outstanding any who!

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
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