Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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86
very good
773 Ratings
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
773
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden with white topping head. Floral aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness, much like a superior ESB. Some melon. Will try this again.Seek it out.
Bottle from Mike's newly obtained case.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a thick two finger, white head that has good retention. foamy lacing is left on glass. Body is a orange haze, with light carbonation present.

S: A orange, clove aroma is present. A bit on the weak side for an IPA, but the subtle hop profiles express hints of grapefruit and citrus. A peach type of aroma is present as well.

T/M: A nice malt and hop balance on the front of this brew really yells English IPA. Although there is something that tastes funny. A kind of funny that I am not sure if I like, but the type of funny that has me interested in what is going on in this brew. A overload of orange, in the form of a hop bomb or a candy type is playing into this aggressive full body. A smooth peppery finish is played into this huge hop overload. With this hop bomb, the finish is pleasantly dry. A bold English creamy mouthfeel, also plays into the this high sensory beer.

D: For a brew that is limited, in quantity and availability, I would say that the drinkablity is quite low. Not an easy sipper, but the overly hoppy taste is a nice beer to return to sip after sip. I will enjoy the rest of my 14th anniversary, but not seek out more, unless we see how it ages.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beast...a hopped to hell English IPA.

It's a little lighter than what I've come to expect from IPAs from American brewers, but that's OK. Looks great in the Stone imperial pint glass, plenty of head retention.

Aroma is of a little alcohol, and dank earthy hops.

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear they are using Summit hops here, as I get that onion taste I'm not that crazy about. Not on all sips, though. It's definitely hopped to hell, with different hops than most of us are used to. Very "dirty" hop character, like chewing bitter dirt.

Still has a greasy resinous feel that I like.

No problem finishing off the bomber, but would I make this a regular? Not so sure. For English IPAs I'd take the Meantime IPA over this any day. Still a very good effort though.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, meet Corsendonk tulip.

Pleasantries exchanged, Stone's Emperial IPA fills the glass with a glowing, goldenrod-peach body. Sticky lace clings to the edge as the soapy white head slowly recedes to a fat cap of foam. Tropical-smelling hops, very familiar to Stone's highly hopped beers, but Emperial has just enough variability to keep it unique. Pineapple and mango with a good dose of spicy booze. Pale malts and a hint of medicine. Not much "English-ness" to the aroma, but I'm not complaining.

The hops hit the palate with a spicy, piny blast that congeals with the alcohol mid-sip and finishes with a phenolic, wooden bitterness. Liiinnngggeeerriiinnnggg hoppiness, so much so that the tastebuds never fully recover. But unlike the sheer joy I experience when getting my palate smashed by Ruination, Emperial just doesn't have a comparable supporting cast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but on the thicker side of medium and too cumbersome for the style. I've come to expect a lot from Stone's Anniversary releases, and perhaps that influenced my opinion of their 14th, but that's the nature of the beast (or gargoyle). One-and-done for me, but definitely give it a try.

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Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick orange juice with white head that disappears shortly after pour. Aroma of deep orange, orange peels, fruit punch and booze. Tastes of oranges, peels, booze, punch (similar to jungle juice), bitter towards the finish with a stale fruit aftertaste. Thick in body with light carbonation. A juicy imperial IPA.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, golden honey with half inch creamy white head that leaves a coating of lace.

Has the aroma of citrus and dried orange peel in a Stone snifter. There is an odd cheddar aroma and some welcome pine tar.

Opens with a big, hoppy bite and pine. The upfront bitterness is followed by honey. There is a short, pungent finish that gradually fades to grapefruit.

Full body with a velvety texture with warming alcohol about as expected. This one is very dry and a bit chalky.

This one is relatively easy to drink despite the high alcohol because is warms well. I enjoyed it with pasta but it might also pair well with reading.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP..

Big SN goblet.. 2 finger head... pale golden.. okay retention..

Spicy and sorta floral weed hops.... reminds me of arugula... peppery with a nice smack of pale malts... skunky green weeds.. very fresh.

Bitterness is weird like dandelion greens.. Nice pale malt with hints of background biscuits... the bitterness plays for the whole sip... minerally.. floral hops finish it out with a lingering pale maltiness... bitterness just lingers forever.

Sticky yet medium bodied.. resinous without any of the customary citrus... interesting, I guess.. odd, for sure.. like it was dosed with too much brewer salts.. alot of things blossom and go no where.

Meh... This is my 4th bottle... I will probably buy it again, but really, only because I am having a hard time wrapping my palate around it and want to get it straight.

I get the "English" qualities, but wow are they a mess... This review, I am being probably a bit gentle...

3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn't really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn't really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO.

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Photo of cdeem
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone has always been producing amazing IPA's! This one however has been different from them all! The standard west coast hoppy flavor can be found in most of their IPA's, but this one was very different which makes it a new favorite! 10th anniversary IPA from them is still my favorite ,but the 14th is surprising in all categories! Buy one or two to try and buy 2 more to cellar and save for a special occasion!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a couple of fingers of white head that stay on the scene for a while. The beer is a hazy yellow/orange color and distinctly lighter than I had imagined. Not that this comment means anything. Some light lacing.

Pretty fruity and citrus like in the nose.

Hop forward and back, lots of black pepper and lemon. Lots of citrus and a light malt profile that plays second fiddle. Very sweet.

Medium/Light body w/appropriate carbonation.

Interesting beer, but not among my favorite. Seemed to be fine, not memorable.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting offering from Stone. Not what I expected at all from an IPA and you might have to set aside some notions regarding IPA's to appreciate this product.
750 ml bottle. Pours a light gold, slightly hazy appearance. Smell is quite restrained. No piney resins, just a subtle citrus tone.
First impression is actually about mouthfeel, rather than taste. An interesting prickly, effervescent sensation on the tongue, followed by a spicy, almost peppery feel. Bitter on the finish, but the moderate citrus notes and almost sweet aftertaste helps balance this. Piney, resinous tones in here too, but not overwhelming. Dry.
Pretty drinkable due to the moderate carbonation level.
Not sure I understand this well. I will certainly buy more to improve my education.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Decent gold with 2 fingers of head that left little to no lacing.

S- Wow, loads of citrusy hops and caramel malt... At first the hops dominate this beer and smells a lot like weed, as it warms the caramel malt brings forth which I didn't like as much.

T- Light caramel malt and almost a yeasiness followed by the typical English bitter hops, citrusy hops have vanished replaced by different earthy/loamy hops, quite bitter and light with a real heat on the backend.

M- At first I wanted to say medium, however upon the taste I must say a light body with loads of light carbonation that dance on the tounge, quite torn on the mouthfeel essence.

D- Pretty easy to drink this bomber, might look for more but I really didn't like the taste as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

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Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a 2-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is very subtle--floral and lemony hops with some caramel, toasty hops. There are flavors of bitter, floral and earthy hops with pepper. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slightly acidic. Some alcohol burning.

This is a pretty good beer, but it's not a traditional English IPA, it's sort of a combination English IPA-Imperial IPA. It could probably use some aging to mellow out and bring forward some better flavors.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours an orangeish shade of yellow, pretty cloudy. Head is 2 fingers thick and very white. Head sticks around for a really long time...impressive

S- grassy, floral hoppy aroma with a little bit of citrus in there too. Its an interesting combination that works pretty well together

T- SUPER bitter! A lot of those grassy and floral hops are coming through, as you'd expect in an English style IPA. Not really citric at all, which is how I like my IPAs, but that's alright. Still tasty

M- good, solid body...carbonated well. Nothing earth shattering here, but I'd maybe like it a little thicker

D- this is a sipper. VERY bitter. Good beer, but it will absolutely destroy your palate

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Photo of semibaked
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1.5 finger frothy head in my tulip glass that is fades slowly, leaving a slight lacing. The beer is a hazy murky orange-yellow wheat color.

The nose emanates with musty fresh hops, dry hopped with some resinous hop oils, some floral, very light pine, and lots of earthy hops. There is also a slight malty sweet aroma coming behind all that hop presence, but enough of a malty sweetness that a hint of alcohol will probably make it's way out.

The taste is somewhat as expected, lots of fresh hops, almost like I'm chewing on hop pellets actually. It has that dry grainy feel to it that just sucks the water from my mouth like chewy on a hop pellet would do. Lots of grassy and herbal and super earthy hop flavors, pretty bitter and very dry. A touch of a malty backbone in there, somewhere. A hint of a warming booze also sticks its nose out.

The mouth is medium body with decent carbonation, and a really dry chewy kinda feel that really does give the feel like chewing on a dry hop pellet, and slightly grainy.

The finish is pretty bitter, but not overwhelming. Lots more dryness, again like it sucked the water from my mouth it was so dry. Still have that long lingering feel and taste like chewing on hops pellets. A slight malty presence, but not much. It's just pure earthy and herbal hops basically.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways, poured into a deschutes globe. Reviewed 7/5/2010.

Ar: Fresh hops, light floral, herbal, spicy, mild citrus, great hop aroma, alcohol

Ap: Fine haze straw, creamy head, great retention, lacing

T: Earthy/herbal hop, good bitter end, light floral, fresh hop, clean pale malt, lightly sweet in balance, nice lasting hop bitterness, helps dry beer out, light alcohol, hints of candy sweetness

M: mouth coating resin, medium fine carbonation, light alcohol warmth at end

O: good and unique, i like a good us ipa more but good

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is pale in appearance, grassy, bitter, and dry.

It poured hazy pale straw with a tall white head that quickly dissipated leaving one weak skinny ring. It looked like a hefe. The smell and flavor were subtle and earthy, dominated by grass and pine. There was a strong bitterness with a long-lingering dry finish.

With the heavily bitter feel, Emperial IPA leaves a strong impression; however, there isn't much flavor. Stone makes several great year-round ales and IPAs (e.g., Ruination and Arrogant Bastard). Among that company, Emperial IPA isn't much of a celebratory ale.

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Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was very interested to try Stone's take on a "double" English IPA... Pours a bright, yet cloudy gold into a tulip glass, with a nice, sudsy, white head. Smell is dominated by earthy hops, pepper, maybe a slight hint of grapefruit and resin. Taste is dominated by the crucial, bitter, resinous finish. The malt profile is pretty clean - breadiness and a touch doughy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Wow, that finish is pretty brutal! An interesting foray for Stone, but I'd much prefer their American IPA / DIPA / Strong Ale styles. Glad I tried it, but probably won't seek out any extras.

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Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents.

The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?)

Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should.

I'm glad I tried this but not sure that I'd really seek it out again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Marked June 2010.

Appearance - Big white foamy head with decent retention and very erratic patchy stick. Opaque yellow-orange body with tons of floating yeast nodules.

Smell - Band-Aids. Peach? Very yeasty. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter and fishy. Some lime peel and something like yogurt and bread. Strange. Reminds me of Orval for some reason. Underlying maltiness like maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Good bite and mild astringency. Head offers plenty of froth.

Overall Drinkability - Complex. Different. Makes me want to travel time and have an old school IPA.

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Photo of mklinger
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with some friends. It looks like a Stone beer to me. Very golden -- color was similar to Stone IPA or Ruination. Very white thick head that left lots of lacing. Clarity was good.

Aroma was very English in character. Grassy, earthy, and floral. It was almost too much grass & earth to be as desirable as it could be though.

Taste was less dominated by earthiness though. Really nice bitterness here as you'd expect from a Stone beer -- a clean bitterness with some toasty malt but not overly assertive & not caramelly. Still some of the floral earthy character but more in balance.

Mouthfeel was crisp for a strong IPA. Plenty of carbonation. A pretty easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow straw color with nice fluffy white head and moderate retention.

There are citrus and tropical hops, but somewhat muted. It's just not that aromatic.

It's hoppy and bitter, for sure. Pineapple and grapefruit flavors are dominated by sheer bitterness. I wish the flavor was more pronounced. It was a tease. It felt like it was starting strong but never quite peaked.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, ok carbonation. Finish is not as dry as I'd prefer.

Good drinkability and overall an ok beer. From Stone, it was a little disappointing.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- golden color, nice looking head, nice lacing

Smell- hops, citrus, light spice

Taste- malt, hops, spice, citrus, nice bitter flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would like to grab a few more while I still can.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 773 ratings.
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