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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)

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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bronze color with a lively carbonation that produces a big, fluffy white head. Excellent lacing and retention lasts the whole glass.

The aroma has a strong, English hop presence with leafy, earthy and herbal notes. Very little fruitiness contributed from the hops, keeping a dark tone. The malt provides a firm, rich base to the nose that accentuates some fruity yeast and alcohol warmth.

I thought the bitterness was overbearing at first, but as it warms and my tongue gets used to it, the extreme bitterness grows on me. The malt flavor comes mostly from a high amount of English-tasting base malt, which brings a bright sweetness to play off the dark, earthy, bitter flavor from the hops. On the finish, there is a slightly fruity hop flavor that wasn't found in the nose.

The mouthfeel is a standout for this beer. It's firm, tight, and smooth through the middle, and dry in the finish. It compliments the flavor of the beer nicely. This was a nice beer, and another worthy purchase from Stone.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bomber from BevMo today for $5.99.

Beer poured an golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that is long lasting - 4.5.
Nose is bready malts with hints of citrus hops - 3.5.
Taste buds were initially met by those bready malts well balanced by lemon zest hop. Pepper lingers in the background - 4.5.
Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and pretty darn smooth - 4.0.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol was felt on the initial sip but it is not noticeable after.
This is a well balanced brew, the recipe is very good. I like the ramped up English ingredients - I am sure our friends in the UK would love to sample this! Glad to have tried!

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Photo of axeman9182
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, poured into my Allagash chalice.

An aggressive pour yields a brilliant translucent gold brew, with a white three finger crown. Head retention is decent, but this beer leaves gobs of lacing clinging to my glass. The nose is of spicy hops and more than a hint of sulfer, but it's also a little bit weak. Each sip features just a hint of sweetness, along with a a big (yet remarkably smooth) wave of bitterness. Spicy hops, a hint of earthiness, and a mineral flavor close things out. It took me a few minutes to get used to it all, as this is a fairly unique beer, but I'm definitely a fan. The body is as light as one might expect for a beer with as barebones a malt skeleton, but the carbonation is wonderful, a little high with just the right amount of liveliness. The most impressive aspect of this beer is how completely drinkable it is. It clocks in at just under 9%, but drinks like it's under 6, and the bitterness is as refined as I've found in an IPA. I can see how this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought Stone did a great job with this style-bending beer.

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Photo of Shaw
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright cloudy gold with a big off-white head.

Grassy and earthy hop aroma. Reminds me of smelling hops before brewing.

The taste is great. Citrus hops flavors mix with light grainy sweetness and finish with a nice bitterness. This isn't as sweet and is more earthy than a double IPA. Alcohol is noticable, but big whoop.

Smooth body with plenty of heft.

Another winning "angry" beer from Stone. Seek this one out; it's worth it.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been about a year since I've had Stone's 13. What a fantastic beer. I accept nothing less of their 14, and with it being an Imperial IPA, I doubt it will disappoint. Once I poured the 14, I knew this would be an interesting beer.

Out of the bomber came a cloudy golden-yellow beer, not like most IPAs that are more copper or amber colored. It's head grew tall and very frothy, leaving a substantial amount of lacing after every gulp, and a thick film head remained on the top. Cool! I like beers that are different in ways and the 14 is already different. I don't remember drinking a golden-colored IPA before. Actually, the 14 LOOKS like a wheat beer but TASTES like an IPA. On the back it explains that white malt was used so I guess that explains the wheat beer look. As for the smell, it has a prominent mixture of floral and spicy hops, and wheat and citrus. It turns out the wheat beer look of the beer is also in the smell (and taste). It smells...chalky too...if that's the right word. Earthy and doughy are other adjectives I think make sense. smells good.

Flavor is fantastic. It is like other IPAs but at the same time it is different as well, just as the look and smell led me to believe. There is plenty of hoppiness in bitterness and spice but it is balanced out by the white malt that gives it some wheat beer undertones; it's more earthy, adds the chalkiness, and lemon citrus. It has some grapefruit flavor like other IPAs but no pine flavors that I can pick up like others as well. Booze smell and flavor are masked very well. Stone's 14th Anniversary Imperial IPA is an interesting departure from your usual IPAs. It's very hoppy and yet has a wheat beer aspect to it that doesn't intrude on it being a pale ale. It's also very refreshing, a good medium-bodied brew, and has a high amount of carbonation that tingles the tongue. I'd say it's worth buying it just for the smell!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright hay color ale with a huge pure white frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is quite singular and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some floral malt notes with bitterness and astringent notes well complementing the malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. This one is a lot more complex then your standard IIPA.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44. Poured into a tulip, showed a clear yellow gold with a frothy white head. Good retention. Smell grassy and dry with hop bitterness, some light bready malts. Taste light and dry up front with typically stone finish in the back. Good but somehow not as good an IPA as their standard IPA or Ruination.

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Photo of coastiefish
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"a West Coast versions of an Imperial English IPA"
22 > pint glass

Foamy 1 finger head, pretty cloudy, peachy golden hue.

Wow. that smell pulls itself through my nose, I can feel it in my eyes. Fruity- very very very berry with a hint of peach.

Grassy, grapefruit peel, salty
Soapy, piney in the end through the long bitter finish.

smooth and slick.

drinkable? Its up to you. If you can handle bitter lingering for minutes upon minutes until the next sip washes it away briefly, bringing on a rush of salty grassy grapefruit pine, then YES. try this.

Im licking my lips enjoying the feel and taste as I say this was a fun one to review. There were a lot of new combinations I picked up from this brew. I dont think I would intentionally buy this again just for myself (though the 8.9% ABV can be desirable if I want a bold beer to back it up..this beer hides it well!) I would recommend this to certain beer geeks/lovers. <3

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Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. A 2-finger fluffy ivory head settles over a slightly hazy, light-honey colored body. Leaves behind good lace.

S: Definitely brought the hops. Think honey-drizzled tropical fruit. Some toffee or brown sugary malt underneath. Touch of pine as well.

T: First impression: I like. Leafy and juicy hops. Peppery spice is noted at the back of the mouth right away. Toffee, caramel malt, maybe even butterscotchy malt is up front. Finishes with a lemony bitter dryness that seems to "lighten" the feel. Decent balance overall, but the more I drink the more I get pepper.

M: Slightly resiny. Medium in heft. Has an odd lightening feel to it -- I'm crediting the lemony finish.

D: Very good at first, when cold, but slowing down when it warms. Just a tad bit too peppery as it heats up a bit.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very straw yellow and slight haze. The head is very white and sticky but it fades quickly.

S- Unique hop smell. Its sharp and piny with huge gin notes but earthy at the same time.

T- Same sharp and edgy hop taste. Gin and pine with earthy grass tastes. Good Buddhas Hand and other citrus notes.

M- Good mouthfeel medium body but the hops are destroying my tongue for later reviews tonight.

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up during a foray into the territory of the hapless (Brewers) recently. Man, I like living within 20 miles of the state line, it's amazing what Wisconsin gets that MN doesn't, & vice versa.

Poured into my Foothills pint glass, a very nice, sunset-colored, sour-lemon-looking yellow that offsets the yellow of the Foothills logo very well (man, there's gotta be less Project Runway on in the background while I'm around). Smell is wild, aggressive lemon-spritz, Sierra Mist with lemons ringing the glass. Slightly sour, but really, really nice.

The taste of Stone 14th Anniversary doesn't quite live up to that divine smell. The lemony, citrusy hops flare up like a sun-spot, but they're leavened with a chunk of earthiness that brings the hops down to earth, so to speak. Bits & pieces of orange, too. Flash of bitterness ends the experience hoppily.

The earthiness dulls the taste a bit but amps up the drinkability, allowing it to be swilled with impunity. Nice.

Excellent beer Smells great, tastes really good, easy to drink. The earthy hoppage took some getting used to, but I warmed up to them in the end.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out as a lightly hazy golden color, the head was pretty thick and left behind a good lacing too. The smell of the has a great amount of hops on the nose, giving off a piney citrus aroma that to me smell really good. The taste of the beer follows up with the smell. The flavors of citrus fruits and some pine blend together to make a very flavorful IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a dry tingly feeling. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Looking forward to the next Anniversary.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer has an immediately sharp aroma to it. It pours a very cloudy golden/orange color with a nice, medium-sized fluffy white head. I get some very bready scents along with a strong scense of fruit snacks! Weird huh? I get fruit snacks and some minor grassy and floral notes. A strong citrus backbone with the fruit snack smell. I really enjoy this smell. Immediately after tasting, I get hit with some malt sweetness, followed buy tons of citrus hops with an English twist on it. The aftertaste definitely reminds me of an English IPA...definitely not what I'm used to with my typical west coast style IPAs. A bit of alcohol in the finish as well. This actually makes me very happy Stone chose to do this, because I think they mashed the two styles quite nicely. The mouthfeel is very pleasant...not too chewy, and definitely not too light. Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I could see myself having a few pints of this at a bar.

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Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, pine, earth, and flowers. There is also a slight malt backbone.

Tastes like grapefruit, pine, pepper, and a little bit of sweet malt. A unique combination that works for me.

Nicely carbonated, medium to full bodied, creamy, and a long, dry, bitter finish. As usual, Stone puts their own spin on a beer style. As is usually the case, I like it.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial Ipa... 8.9% alcohol content. Brewed in the British way and with all British ingredents. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a golden orange fluid with mildly active white head that settles to a thick frothy top and heavy patchy lacing. Looking into the light the colors are shown as a medium orange center with light firey lemon juice colors on the the outer glass areas.

S- Upfront is a overly ripe oranges and tangerines. Soft overtones of alcohol esters open the nose to a deep malty essence of woody carmel and figs. Has an English IPA smell but with large American dryhopping.

T-M- Taste is biting with bitter citrus and grassy hop flavors. Bitter hits of grapefruit and tangy fresh cut grass. Backbone is malty and full of charactor. Sweet hints of carmel malts and musty barley are excellent. Thick brown sugar flavors linger with the beer warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Lightly astringent on the tongue stinging with bitterness.

D- A hell of a drinkable 8.9% alcohol beer that packs a beautiful flavor and is of the upmost drinkablity.

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Photo of rand
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to pint
Paired with garlic-panko crusted Ahi and veggies

A: Pours a very cloudy yellow-orange with white hues (is there such a thing as a white hue? Well, there is now), almost as if someone had poured cream in the beer. This brew is opaque and almost no light passes through the glass. Seems to be well carbonated, and a frothy, 1 inch head forms that leaves lots of lacing

S: Strong pine and citrusy grapefruit, reminiscent of a West Coast IPA, but some unique fruit tones are noted, apricot and orange. Has an earthy overtone that's distinct from any American IPA I've sampled

T: Typical pine and citrus up front, and very bitter (this IS Stone, what would you expect?), but this is quickly followed by an earthy, semi-sweet malt. The alcohol is noticeable here, but quite proportional for 9%. As the pint warms, the earthy tones become distinctly tobacco-like. Finishes bitter and relatively dry. This brew has a completely unique and delicious flavor profile.

M: Creamy, oily, but the ample carbonation leaves your mouth dry.

D: I have trouble with this rating category. Did I find it drinkable? Yep. Perfectly so. Could drink it all night. And, objectively, it is really well crafted and balanced. I just wouldn't introduce it anyone to who's not well acquainted with bitter IPA's (like really, really Stone-y bitter). And with an English twist on it? Well, I remember finding Samuel Smith's array of beers absolutely delicious when I was in college, but everyone else thought I was crazy. So, drinkable for me, maybe not for you. But I'm kinda shocked to see fellow BA's finding this beer out-of-bounds. It seems like Stone is becoming a master and combining styles and collaborating, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden somewhat hazy color with a nice lingering head of white.
Smells like a unique hop profile, cant put my finger on it exactly definitely smells bittersweet.
Tastes fruity, with some hints of apple and sugar, as well as peaches. Nice and bitter.

An interesting beer, and much sweeter than I would expect but not in a bad way.

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Photo of Buck89
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 30 days ago. Poured into a nonic pint glass. A slightly hazy golden-amber color with a pillowy white head. Nice staying power and lacing. Spicy, herbal nose - really unique for an IPA - lavender, rose petals, leather, and other earth tones, with a bit of citrus. The taste followed the nose closely. Aggressively bitter as expected but with a soft, earthy feel. The floral and leathery notes stood out to me. Medium-bodied with a smooth, graceful finish.

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Photo of rarbring
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a hazy brass yellow color, a white head that is huge, recedes slowly, and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell has a honey and nectar sweetness, grape-fruit peel, pine, raisin, old cheese, fresh hay, glue.

The taste also has loads of nuances, sweet caramel, dark rye bread, pine resin, dew sprinkled herbs and fresh grass, resin and wood. Marzipan.

Medium low carbonation, small soft bubbles, a smooth texture and full body, slightly oily and alcoholic. A long dry finsih.

I can't help liking this kind of beer, if searching for anything there could be a notch more sour freshness.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, hops, and malt. The flavor was of massive hops, grapefruit upon sitting on the palate and swallowing. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew. Usually I will get the hops on the followthrough but they came upfront in this one and were balanced/counteracted nicely with the refreshing fruit followthrough. Very nice touch for a very good beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly tan with one finger of white suds.
Smell is pine and grapefruit with a slight malt hint.
Taste is fairly bitter and piney. Still a well balanced IPA here.
Mouthfeel is very dry and the taste leaves the palate quickly making you want another sip.
Drinkability is still great even though the ABV is a little high.
Very good IPA from Stone.

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Photo of HosP
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured after a long day, helped get me through knowing it was waiting for me!

A - Poured nice golden color with slight haze to it. Nice white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Full of hops in the nose. Pretty sweet smelling with citrus and pine hops right up front! Seemed to get a hint of orange in the aroma as well.

T - Like the smell, lots of hops to this! Pretty bitter that stays with your mouth.

M - Medium body with small amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with bitterness bite towards the end.

D - Good IIPA! Will have to hope they still have another bottle left at the store. Very nice solid IIPA!

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thick, dense head settles in rocky fashion, leaving lots of stringy, clumpy lace. The liquid is very cloudy with a relatively unusual yellow-ish color.

Classic Stone fresh, floral hop aroma. Beautiful and inviting.

A very brief moment of paler malts that instantly bursts into a bitter hop explosion. This lasts throughout the taste into the finish and long after the swallow. It's not quite enough to be an extreme beer, but it's awfully close. Full body with ample carbonation for a richer mouthfeel.

Hopheads will find this very drinkable. Others may find it too bitter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As an English IPA brewed to Imperial IPA strength, Stone shows more refinement and elegance but still with the aggression that is unmistakably 'Stone'.

Spicy, earthy, and pungent hops set the tone of the nose while soft and light Pale Malts give structure to the hop scent while contributing light cracker and biscuit breadiness. Low on its ester profile for an English Ale, the beer boasts a clean scent while giving up a little on complexity.

The pale malts are truely evident in the lighter colored ale- deep golden to very light amber the beer remains on the lighter side of the style, color-wise. A significant haze hints toward the aggressive use of dry hops. Light but creamy carbonation leads to a froathy and stubborn head that laces and retains very well. The beer isn't over carbonated which may lead to a more pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is more timidly carbonated, obviously trying to imulate a cask ale appearance.

Unusual in English Ales, this one lead the flavors with aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Very spicy, earthy, and pungent, the hops straddle flavors of pine and resin. Because of the lightly kilned malts, the sweetness and malt contributions remain subtle and only offer up a light bread biscuit vebal attempt to balance. Again, the fruity notes are low and are completely swamped by the hop taste and bitterness. As with American IPA's, the beer is a showcase for hop character with only supportive malt and yeast contributions. Balance is not on the agenda.

The mouthfeel is also heavy in favor of American IPA's. Medium weight and creaminess fades very quickly to a aggressively bitter bite and crisp fleeting sweetness. Hops and alcohols work in conjunction to ensure a clean but dry finish. Only a bitter linger remains, but sustains well into the next sip. The lower carbonation allows for a less bitey or stinging sensation and seems smoother which is a real plus- again working toward cask ale textures.

Stone 14th may use English ingredients (and they absolutely get the most out of them), but the brewing techniques and ingredient proportions and their introduction into the brewing process has the fingerprints of an American Double IPA all over it. This beer reminds me a lot of Hopback Summer Lightning, except with Double IPA proportions and strength.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
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