Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
771 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:
771
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I imagine this would have been a stunning beer when fresh and clearly Stone can't be blamed for my poor cellaring choices, but although the taste has held up remarkably well, other elements don't shine as much.

Not a visually appealing beer, as it pours a yellowish-orange with limited head and many large floating chunks. Aroma has faded remarkably, so that now hops are barely present, just the "fresh blood" copper smell that comes with their passing. However the faint citrus tang in the background hints at what must have been. The flavour still has some bitter punch and is nowhere near as simple as the aroma. Tropical fruit and citrus with a decent caramelized malt backbone and a bracing alcohol warmth fitting its 8.9% ABV

I’ll state again how sad I am to have lost this bomber at the back of the beer fridge! This beer should definitely have been enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of Kahmal
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Philousa
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I tried this first at Stone's NYE celebration ringing in 2012. Thought it was interesting and then I saw it in a bottle at Lone Hill Liquor. Decided to grab it. Glad I did.

It should be noted that this is incorrectly labeled as an American Imperial IPA. According to the bottle this is an English Imperial IPA.

Somewhat opaque pale gold with a dense white head. Aroma is (unsurprisingly) hoppy. Mostly a perfume of flower and nectar notes with some grapefruit and lemon. Slight alcohol and biscuit. Flavor starts with white bread crust and lemon rind. Fades to bitter orange and then grassy, earthy bitterness of aforementioned hops. Feel is appropriate and finish is dry. Actually, the finish is the most unorthodox thing about this beer. The hops and malt are English, but this is more floral than I'm used to, so I view that as Stone's take on the style. The dry finish is a bit grating, the only flaw really. Definitely like this one. A different take on a tried and true style that is overlooked in the states. Glad I tried it, now I wish I had it fresh to compare.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bassist286
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sittin' around the cellar for some time now, I thought I would pull one of these out to see how it was doing.

eyes...
audible sizzle fizz, one full finger of head (the craggy soapy kind), hazy straw color with a good amount of carbonation running through, the head settles in a hurry into your typical O-ring configuration, no lacing to speak of, minimal legs, so far this is far from impressive

nose...
piney hops with some malt backing, not too much else, I bet it has calmed down from being set down

taste etc...
for as much carbonation as seen in the glass it barely seems detectable in the sip, also, there is barely any flavor here, kind of a mild orange flavor with almost zero bitterness, there is some of the ABV felt in the gullet. This is a tamed tiger. It drinks really easy in this form but I would not recommend it to highly. This has been perfectly cellar kept since the release (no sunlight, no anything).

verdict?
this one has definitely lost its punch

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Photo of Yoda22
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Fire yellow orange color. Very clear appearance with a ton of large carbonation bubbles that lead to a large two finger head that is off white in color and medium creamy in appearance. Lace isn't sticking that well.

Smell is very rich in caramel malts. Sweet, some earthy aromas like grass and just a bit of bread.

Taste is on the malty side. Sweet, but not super sweet, mild caramel, light kayro syrup. Some earthy yeast or hop flavors. Some mild alcohol at the end but very mild.

Mouth is round, carbonation is rather light and creamy. Body is medium and the finish is not very long and on the weak side of wet.

Overall for this being 2+ years old I think it is still drinking pretty nice. I don't remember it having the earthy, grass tastes when it was fresh but I didn't review it then so I could be wrong. If you are sitting on some of these I don't think there is a hurry on drinking them because I don't believe this has dropped off that much.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Moderate head with some lacing. Very citrusy with grapefruit and some piney hops. Moderate malt and moderate body. Finishes hoppy and bitter. A bit of an astringent aftertaste. A satisfactory IPA, but nothing really stands out. Not as well balanced as other Stone IPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 771 ratings.
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