Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
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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Ratings: 773 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of rrryanc
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of pushstartnow13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of orsulacp
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly cloudy orange/golden body with a small quickly dissolving white head that was poured in to a small brandy snifter. Spicy nose, some pine, mostly white pepper a little caramel, fresh cut grass and a little citrus. The taste is awesome, the spicy pepper hits hard and then is washed away with a sweet malt and then the earthy not quite bitter hop flavor takes over. The finish is a little bitter but there is enough malt to keep it down. The thing that impresses me is that you can taste all the individual parts and they don't step on each other. It has a slick/oily mouthfeel with small biting carbonation. I can feel the alcohol burn, but it is so tasty I have to drink more.

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Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at ACBF in Boston 2 weeks ago, only a 2oz pour. But now I found my first bottle in Columbus, $6.99, and I'm gonna buy a lot more of it. The best looking Stone artwork to date, including the gargoyle from Stone 10th but this time with a cool parchment colored background.

The beer is crystal clear, a light orange shade of copper with a huge pillowy and rocky foam and big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and floral, pungent kick-ass hops. Apparently Kent East Goldings, Boadicea, and Target based on the bottle description. Mitch Steele and company kicked ass with this formulation.

The taste is strongly hoppy, no malt balance in sight, just loads of English hops. Peppery and spicy, floral, a little chalky and turing bitter in the aftertaste.

Delicious, like I noted above I'll be getting lots more. My favorite Stone Anniversary beer.

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Photo of jorgemir
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of vma
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of trevorjn06
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright orange/straw color with about 2 fingers of head that is foamy and dissipates to a thin layer on the surface and leaves some lacing on the glass.

As soon as I pour the beer I can smell grassy hops. I can pick up pepper, light floral, earthy aromas, a hint of pineapple and some sweet malt.

Taste is light malt, peppery hop flavor and some sweet fruity flavors. Starts with a lightly sweet malt and some mild, clean hop bitterness that transitions into a more hop focused flavor with more bitterness and some lightly sweet floral and fruit flavors. Toward the finish it is a clean hop bitterness with notes of pepper, herbal qualities and mild sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and it coats the mouth well without being sticky or cloying.

Overall this IPA is different than many American versions (as it was intended) and I find it quite nice. It strikes a nice balance between light, sweet malt and a pleasant hop bitterness while hiding it's alcohol well for being so strong.

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Photo of JustinA1
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Gorgeous wheat gold color, Ivory white lacing. I'd look more but the aroma is everywhere.

S - This beer is all about the smell. Once the bottle is opened: Candy. It's everywhere. Floral, Light, Sugary, like a sweet scented candle or incense. It's nothing like any Stone beer you've had before, yet it still retains that bright hoppy characteristic of a solid IPA.

T - Good, dominated by spicy/peppery hops for sure, but with hints of sweet caramel deep within. The taste parallels the aroma, a feature so often missing in a good IPA.

M - Couldn't ask for more, light yet smooth body. Perfect condition, slightly more bubbly than one expects for an IPA but it works.

D - More, please. I hope, I beg, Stone's exercise in the 'Emperial' is a sign of more to come and not just that: an exercise. This beer shows refinement, care, and class. Rock on.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Taken from notes) 2010 bottle enjoyed on 6.26.11 in a snifter.

A beautiful glowing peach-yellow golden color with a very foggy look (likely due to the sediment I may have stirred when negotiating this from the fridge). Aroma is a deep and delectable citrus blend of sweet ripe orange and peach nectar. There's no doubt that from start to finish, there's a hop cornucopia in my glass. The appropriate malt is present to hold the reins on the bitter wave that breaks down on the palate. Notes of peppery peak ripe tangerine citrus and pine fill the bitter taste here.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacking the seafaring vessel in which Stone recommends to age this, I decided to enjoy my stash fresh. This is my second one in as many days. According to the label text, this was brewed using all English ingredients, except for the "Burtonised" Colorado River water, of course.

Pours the color of a pear/pineapple juice mix, and it's as hazy as such a thing would be if unfiltered. The head is gleaming whiteness, with excellent stamina, leaving thick, clingy lace as it slowly thins and with each tilt of the glass.

Aroma is an airy, breezy, razor-sharp, ultra-clean hit of hops. The "white malt" this was brewed with surely aids in delivering such a bright smell, the kind of dryer-sheet intensity I also find in beers like 3Floyd's Gumballhead and Surly's SurlyFest.

This is obviously not brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, but Emperial IPA isn't that far from a Belgian IPA. It brings to mind the Cali/Belgique IPA Stone created not long ago. There's a pungent fruit essence that carries this beer--twisted pear, mutant white raisin and radiated pineapple. Intense herbal tea; salt; sugar cookie dough; shortbread. The hops are super-grassy and bright, while a sweetness lingers but never overtakes. Slight bit of soil/earth gives a dirty sort of edge here, but it's mostly the vivid hops and weirdo yellow/white fruits that hog the spotlight. Astringent/grassy hops mostly feature in the finish, and they linger a long, long time. Complex as fuck.

Slick, silky and creamy, yet somehow drying, with just the right amount of carbonation...a wonderful and complex texture for delivering the wild tropical/herbal intensities going on in the mouth.

Mega-refreshing. Leave it to Stone to say "we're brewing an English IPA using all English ingredients," and then have the final product taste nothing like anything ever brewed in England. This is more San Diego than Surrey, more Belgium than Birmingham, and brighter than any given day in the foggy English countryside. And ultimately, another unique creation from Stone, and I do mean "unique," as I've never tasted another beer quite like this. Well done.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I got 2 bottle of this beer in the cellar and did not want to open them due to the rarity of the beer in my location. A local bar had it on tap so I had to try it. It was simply incredible. The hop character was very earthy and not as citrusy as a normal IPA. I am getting ahead of myself. It poured a nice golden hew with a minimal white head that laced all the way down the glass. The aromas that came out of the beer were fantastic. Earthy, hoppy, and some pale malt came through. Now, back to the flavors. It was a very drinkable beer for the ABV and the smoothness kept me wanting more. Hats off to Stone on their 14th anniversary beer. I cannot wait to see how it tastes in a year or two.

CHEERS!

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Photo of rye726
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a orangish tan with a silky beige head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has fresh earthy and floral hops, spicy alcohol, caramel and bready malts.

Taste has really herbal hops up front followed by a lush candy malt body with a long finish of bitter, resiny hops and peppery alcohol.

Clean, crisp body. Delicate carbonation and a great finish.

Simply fantastic IPA from stone.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice head and retention with a cloudy yellow/orange color.

Smells like I stuck my nose in a bag of English hops...ridiculously woody.

Body is dry by has a malt sweetness. Bitterness and woody hop character are apparent with some fruity esters.

God mouthful. Somewhat dry with a hint of fuselage alcohol.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, grapefruit yellow. Frothy white head that vanishes surprisingly quickly leaving one giant lace ring - the alpha ring. Some other retention slips and slides down the glass but doesn't stick.

Smells exactly like Yikes Strips grapefruit bubblegum. Some herbal tones there as well, so maybe not exactly. Bready focaccia malt. Taste is more grapefruit, more herbal, and maybe some white pepper. Baguette malt with some sourdough character in back.

I think the herbal character of this beer would get to me after awhile but for 22oz it rocks my socks.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really, really liked this beer.
In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a copious white head that was very sticky.
Peppery aroma, floral, sweet malt.
The taste was peppery up front, followed by some very sweet malt, with a late hops finish.
Incredibly smooth and balanced, great to drink.
Hope it likes my cellar.

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Photo of AleMonger69
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served it from a 750 ML bomber into my St. Bernardus glass. This brew was especially delicious and on the back it says they used all English ingredients except for their Colorado spring water. It's appearance was a very hazy dark orange but if you hold it up to the light you can see many little floaty yeasts and the color changed to a peach like glowy orange. Smell was extremely hoppy with hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste is about the same as the smell and not as much of a bitter after taste as you would expect from such a hoppy brew. Lots of hoppy and citrus flavors. Mouthfeel was a good medium body I'd say. Drinkability is very good as it's not as bitter as many imperial IPA's out there and is easy to identify the different flavors. Would buy this again and definitely worth a try for anyone who hasn't had it yet.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy light orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy, big surprise, but there seems to be a fruity flavor that seems to be a little like lettuce. There are some citrus fruit flavor in the nose but no grapefruit like expected but more toward a tangerine.

The taste is full of surprises, there is some grapefruit for just a moment that goes into nice malt flavor and establishes the balance of this beer. Toward the end there is a real pop of bitter hop flavor that stays for a short moment then disappears.

This beer was a real surprise, still a west coast IPA but was a bit more balanced than hopped till you fall over. The feel is a little more balanced than most Stone IPA's but was still hoped quite well. This beer goes down with a nice crisp feel and is pretty smooth. It goes down well and is a really drinkable.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice crisp golden look to it. Kind of like a pilsner but a bit stronger. Really nice strong frothy head. I get refreshed just looking at it.

S: Very tart and a bit sweet white grapefruit. Very piney and sharp hoppiness. Smells like an IPA I have always dreamed about. Nothing like an English IPA.

T: Sharp hop bitterness but just before that you do get a citrus zing kick. Grapefruit is more of a team player than overwhelming the field. One of the better hoppy beers besides Ruination. I have been really burnt out on sweet IPA's lately and this will satisfy.

M: Nice and oily and carbonation finds a happy medium. The only downside it does have a bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable! Really hits the spot if you are dying for bitter. Just the heat makes it a little less desirable.

Really glad I got this one. I saw English IPA and wasn't interested. The reviews really changed my mind. Hopheads can buy this without worry.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is really good! I don't know why this is only a B+, this is the epitamy of what an EIPA ought to be!

Pours in my sniffer a slightly hazy deep yellow color with a huge white creamy/slightly rocky head that has very good retention and great lacing.

AND THE SMELL IS AMAZING!!! It smells like fresh dank sticky icky hops fo sho. Huge resony/citrusy/floral hop aroma. I love it. In the aftermath of the hop blast, there comes through a beautiful soft and sweet biscuit malt aroma.

And the flavor is amazing too! Huge, very clean huge bitterness that lingers along a base of sweet biscuit malt foundation. Huge hop flavor that is so complex with citrus/floral/sticky icky-ness.

And the feel is full and creamy and oh so smooth. This wonderful beer has a very clean finish with a bittersweet finish.

Also is very drinkable, a beer that could be sessioned slowly fo sho. Man I'm so glad to have tried this, think I'll go pick up some mo!

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Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle info includes its abv (8.9%), born on date (June2010), ingredients used and a good disruption of the beer as the motivation behind it.

Appearance: The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation.

Notes: What more can I say I absolutely love this beer and this brewery!!!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-orange pour with nice two finger head and decent lacing. Surprisingly light colored for an Imperial IPA. Huge floral, tropical nose with tons of pineapple and mango along with grapefruit and spicy hop resin. A touch of caramel malt peeks through also. The taste is a hop assault right off the bat, but a very unique one. Spicy, herbal, earthy and resiny with a great citrus bite. You can definitely see the English influence, albeit magnified to West Coast standards. Surprisingly complex. It's a hard beer to review because there's so much going on. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA on steroids. Very peppery but citrusy at the same time. It finishes crisp and dry and the alcohol is almost non-existent which makes it a very scary drinkable DIPA. I am shocked at the reviews for this one. For me, it's probably the best double/imperial IPA I've ever had. It's a unique and in your face version of West coast meets traditional English IPA. I love this beer!

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Photo of pastradul
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. Stone always seems to impress. This is by far on of the most unique DIPAs I have ever tasted.

poured into a old gaurdian chalice. somewhat rough pour produces a ton of head. good 3 fingures worth. A nice hazy yellow with off white head, that leaves ton of lacing.

the smell is hops and... somethign else? sea salt, salt water...salty yeast? very ineresting.

the taste is more of that.... I honestly have never tasted anything like this... so I am at a lose for words? Has a great bitter hop finish that is expected... but everything before that is new to my palate.

get some of this and try it is all I can say.

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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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