14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA14th 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)

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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of moonknight31
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of regspeir
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at Wegman's in Collegeville, Pa. Pours a lemon yellow with a small head which dissaptes to an irregular coating. Lacing is thin and transient. Nose is earthy and grassy with only hints of citrus and pale malt. Taste is sweet malts, lemon, some spice. Bitterness is there for sure but especially in the finish. Good thing because this starts very sweet. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium and medium carbonation. The ABV is not noticed. This is a decent beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bassist286
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth densely packed creamy froth that is slightly off-white in color... Decent retention gives way to an uneven creamy lace with a thick collar... A moderately hazed pure golden straw color... Minimal carbonation, just a few moderate paced bubbles in the center of the glass...

S - Musky... Earthy... Lemon zest... Some faint pale malts... Just a slight hint of pepper... Cheeze-Its... Fairly subdued overall and rather unique for the style...

T - The hop presence that was largely M.I.A in the aroma come out swinging on the palette... A bitter mix of piney and citrusy hops... Strong malt undertones... Pale malts... Caramel... Weak caramel... The hop bitterness resurfaces and lingers on the finish and mixes with a touch of pepper...

M - Medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Sleek... Slightly sticky... Strongly bitter dry finish...

D - A solid and sturdy brew... Quite potent for the style... Not something I would drink with regularity, but something worthy of seeking out and trying... Tasty and potent... This is definitely a Stone brew...

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Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grassy hop with a musty sweetness and a bit of funk.

The taste consisted of a peppery herbal hop, sweet malt and some booze.

The mouthfeel was full for the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall an interesting imperial English IPA, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of dstc
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with a full, foamy off-white head. Head falls extremely slow. Nice lace.

Nice hop aroma with noticeable malts underneath. Bit floral and spicy.

Hop taste yet very spicy and sweet. Sweetness gives way to the hop bitterness. Oily with a strong black pepper flavor.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Not bad. The finish and aftertaste are a bit different but it is a solid beer.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Chimay beer glass
A= Poured a bright, cloudy orange. One finger of light, tan head.

S= Somewhat malty. A touch of pine.

T= Malt sweetness giving way to a bitter hop finish. Some floral and pepper notes.

M= Smooth and sweet, with a dry hoppy finish.

D= An easy drinking IPA. As their 14th anniversary IPA, I was anticipating a big flavored, complex beer, but was left with a drinkable, but not exceptional IPA.

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Photo of denflyr
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

Nice golden color and clear for the most part....I was expecting a little different as it seemed slightly cloudy in the bottle.

Smell was not overwhelming, but had some nice lemon notes and a slight malty overtone.

The taste was very nice! Yes this beer was the typical Stone "hoppy" IPA, but it had more to it than that! It has a nice subtle "hoppy" tone to the beer, but not like previous anniversary beers.

The mouthfeel is nice. You know for a beer that has high IBU's, this beer is not overly harsh on the palate. This is a nice touch to the beer!

Drinkability is nice, but only slightly over average. I like the "hoppy" side of this beer, but find the malt backbone lacking just a bit. So I want a bit more structure.

Nice overall, but my favorite is still the 11th Anniversary beer!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I got a hold of this one. My usual store was sold out and I stumbled upon it at a place I had never been to. Lucky day! Poured this into a tulip. Nice golden orange color with a rocky white head. Giant bubbles and sticky lacing. Decent retention. This is very appealing to me. Smells like pine and citrus; mainly grapefruit tartness and pineapple sweetness. I'm probably cracking this a little older than anticipated, but it still smells hoppy and delicious!
Now this is unfortunate. Like I said, maybe this could be fresher but the hops still present in the nose are not as present as I would like them to be. Good flavor and has some nice sweetness to the finish, but the smell is stronger than the flavor.
Nice mouthfeel on this. The carbonation is good and I'm loving the light body to it. Really good one for this scorching hot August day. Drinking nice and the 8.9 abv is hidden well.

On a side note, I really hope someone is aging this for a year or more in the hull of their seafaring vessel as recommended on the bottle.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold, lighter than expected, almost the color of ripe apricot flesh. Fluffy white head on top leaves wicked lacing clinging tenaciously to the glass as it recedes.

Nose is really different. Intense, vivid aromas of lemon and orange are marked by a big pungency that is surprisingly sharp - like taking a shot of those citric aromas right up the nose. I like it.

Taste doesn't let the nose down. Intensely citrusy, though like the nose more in the orange and lemon sense than the more grapefruity, tropical notes most often present in American versions. Very pungently bitter, peppery, just a bit of underlying cat pee bite, a sweet side to the citric fruitiness that comes from the underlying, almost anonymous malt sweetness - more candy than anything, but buried beneath the shouldered load of hop hysteria. Alcohol is quite subtle, lurking way in the back without ever causing a real stir. Finish is long, lingering pungent bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer now, and I bet this would age fairly well for a DIPA. In my opinion, this would be a better candidate for producing a Belgian version than Stone's standard IPA is. Really intriguing beer, and one I was rather surprised to enjoy as much as I did.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with that characteristic mellow fullness of unfiltered beers, with a softish carbonation and lingering bitterness. A bit on the juicy side.

Drinkability is ok - the alcohol is there but subtle, the flavors mesh well and are unique. The pungency and big bitterness are somewhat distracting, and the pungency especially wears after a bit.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Hazy straw/orange , and fairly hazy. Too hard a pour unleashes 3+ fingers of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- Floral hop aroma, tinged with some citrus notes. Bready caramel malt notes sneak in behind the hops, and become more pronounced as the head fades and the drink warms.

T- Huge, floral/slightly earthy bitter assault right off the bat. Lightly fruity, sweet malts slip around the lingering bitterness. Drink seems more sweet as it warms.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel.

D- Surprisingly good. Bitterness seems almost too assertive and lingering at first, yet the desire to keep drinking it remains high...

Future outlook: Very interesting drink....I can sort of see why it's a polarizing drink. On the whole, I quite enjoyed it, and would be happy to have again, or have one to age and see how it might change.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to be honest: I wasn't very excited at first to hear about Stone's 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA. English IPA's just don't do it for me, mainly because I'm a stupid American who doesn't appreciate subtlety, blah blah blah. Then, I remembered Stone was brewing it to Imperial strength. I figured it would be like a beer version of the EMT sticking adrenaline needles into Nikki Sixx's heart. So, might as well crank up "Kickstart My Heart" and crack this one open.

The pour is a pale golden orange, with emphasis on the "golden." A bit over a finger of white foam retains well, and the inside of my pint glass is pretty well plastered with sticky lacing. Off the top of my head, I can't recall a Stone beer I've had that didn't look amazing. They're like Unibroue in that aspect, but I digress.

The aroma is pure Briton Stone...sweet malts and bitterness. There's a sweet fruity smell that seems to be mostly orange. Earthy, herbal bitterness that may also have a bit of grapefruit rind to it. Also some pepper. Plus, there's a bit of an odd scent (not a bad odd, just a "what is that?" odd) that I never would have been able to place had I not been told ahead of time that it smelled like chicken flavored ramen noodles. Well, Joseph, I smell it, too. It's got to be the "Burtonised" water.

The flavor is all Stone. Big bitterness that really makes me think Imperial ESB. All of the malty/fruity sweetness takes a backseat to intense hoppy bitterness. Peppery, resinous, earthy, and herbal. I know, I'm an idiot for being surprised by a Stone IPA's bitterness. It just doesn't offer a ton of flavor to back that up. The finish is weirdly salty and dry. I think that can also be attributed to the water. Still a solid flavor, but a disappointment from Stone after having had their IPA, Ruination, and Double Dry Hopped IPA.

Texture is a bit more to my liking. Medium-bodied. Sticky, with a ton of lasting bitterness. 8.9% ABV never really makes itself known. Wasn't really a huge fan, but enjoyed it more than any English IPA I can remember having. Not the easiest drinker, but far from challenging. Again, disappointing for a Stone IPA, but still a quality brew.

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Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, saffron colored with a thick puff of slate suds. The stack dwindles with time, but leaves smears of lace all around.
Mowed weeds and wildflower aroma, with sizable backup from wet cement and aged cheddar. One part fresh-cut vacant lot, one part fresh-laid sidewalk, and one part artisan cheese-maker. All squeezed with lemon juice. I like it. And it works together, in its own weird way. Though, I have some questions as to how these same things would work in the mouth.

And now they get answered.

It eddies between the teeth, coating everything with a layer of shortbread primer. Here and there are dabs of caramel and honey. There's an out-there burst of fruitcake, then the talc-y, mineral-rich yeast/hard water takes over. Metallic, with pangs of chewed vitamins and calcium deposits. This seamlessly segues into the milkweed, wet grass, and cut clover sense of pulpy chlorophyll bitterness and astringency. A big, gin-fueled, booze-wave adds crescendo.
The body is big, but lightened with the persistent carbonation. Fleecy, full, rotund, but fully aerated.
They were going for different, and they absolutely got there. There is a lot of fascinating nuance here, but most of that gets usurped by the bludgeoning bitterness and booze. A slightly scaled-down version could be a revelation.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, whoever took the picture for this beer has mad skilz. Heh...

Appearance - Pours a brilliant, cloudy tangerine hue into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half of slightly tan head is achieved, which dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spicy hops up front with a citrus kick right after. Yeast, bready malts, cracker, and a hint of sweetness comes in at the end.

Taste - Damn, quite a bit more bitter...way more bitter...than expected from the nose. Massive citrus (i.e. grapefruit rind) up front with a spicy, piney hop flavor midway. Finishes a bit earthy and bitter. Very low malt presence and sweetness is almost undetected.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes very dry and bitter.

Drinkability -Ehh...Stone seems to always have "that" style with everything they do. I know many breweries have their own style they incorporate into almost every beer (i.e. JP), however, I am somewhat over the massively bitter tasting offerings of stone. As always, I'm glad to try their new releases but rarely will I come back for more. This one is such a bitter hop bomb is reminds me of trying to finish the 13th Anniversary last year. A bit difficult.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle from Al's of Hampden. Tried it on tap but didn't take notes.

A: The EIPA is a golden yellow color, bright with a residual cold temperature haze. A two and a half finger head left fingers of lace all around my glass.

S: Lots of hops, flowery herbs, running throughout the ale. Grasses drive the herbal element, the aromas are intense with a resiny thickness. No word from the biscuity malts.

T: Sharp and bitter. An English IPA? The Queen would be pissed. The ale has an all-American hop profile, big and strong just with different flavors. The grassy hops, with a floral bouquet, strike the right note above a biscuity, pale grain base. They bite without being too boozy, although the strength does sneak up on you.

M: Floral, herbal, nuanced. These hops are strong but different from most DIPAs (I consider this an EDIPA, take that traditionalists!).

D: Slow and steady wins this race. The hoppiness, intensely strong, is unusual. I like it in smaller quantities.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a huge cap of chunky white foam, that lasts forever in the glass... and upper lip... you get lots of thick lacing. The beer itself it golden yellow and strongly carbonated... Fizzy Yellow Beer indeed! Sharp, spicy hop nose with almost imperceptible traces of alcohol. The hops carry over as expected into the taste, but as the initial wisp of sweetness gets run over by the hop train, things go downhill a bit. The hops are more bitter than flavorful and have a unpleasant, astringent aftertaste. The flavor from initial sip through to finish is a roller coaster that oscillates between very good and not so great. Overall, interesting, but nothing I would stash away for the future... unless to see if it smooths out and tames some of the grubbiness.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intrigued by the concept. Always willing to try something new from Stone.

Appearance- A nice orange, gold. Half inch of stark white head rings nicely. Decent lacing. Very nice looking bev.

Smell- Some pine, and earthiness from the hops. Some grass. Very clean. Not a ton going on.

Taste- Lots of pepper and spice. Some definitely grassy. Bitter, grass, pine. Very subtle malt. The finish lingers. Dry. Grapefruit rind. Not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel- A little light. Wish it had some more carbonation to make it shine.

Drinkability- The grassiness and bitter rind is a little much.

Once again, more concept than product. Stone has better IPA options out there. West coasts IPAs are great. English IPAs can be nice and different. The combination brings out the lesser qualities in each. Oh well.

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 779 ratings