Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
576 Reviews
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
Reviews:
576
Ratings:
773
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 576 | Ratings: 773
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 goofyfootrr
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: 1/8" head, yellow and cloudy.

Smell: Hints of fruit. Either lemon or grapefruit stood out.

Taste: Very good but it tasted like Dogfish Head 60 min. I was expecting a bit more because of the description and inspiration on the back of the bottle. Nevertheless is continues in the Stone Brewery fashion of excellence.

Mouthfull: Medium with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very good. Above 8% this beer could be dangerous. It hides the alcohol very well. Enjoy.

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Photo of Deathtomacro
4.84/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color. Lighter than most pale ales I've had/brewed.
The smell was all over the board with sweet caramel, grass, coconut, passion fruit, mango and many different citrus qualities. The taste was very much the same but with a quick cut to bitterness and a subtle sourness. (it works well) Mouth feel is medium thickness. Not too heavy. Not too light. Just about perfect IMO.

Dangerously drinkable. By far the best English IPA that I've had. (if you can really call it that)

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Photo of onesoul
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard Stone was releasing a new addition so naturally, I had to try. Bought from a local market which specializes in hard-to-find craft beers.

First off, the hop aroma is overwhelming, which is to be expected from Stone. It's familiar territory, but wait!....what's this? A very complex yeast taste, not at all similar to other Stone offerings.

Color is golden. Head is immense. Taste changes as the beer warms. Citrusy, piney, sweet malty but then there's the almost indescribable earthy undertones which come [presumably] from the inclusion of a "rare English yeast" (as noted on the bottle - those Stone folks are always so kind to include a brief summery of characteristics of said beer).

Very complex and interesting. And I'll be honest--you can tell from the get-go the alcohol content is high. Though the malt is detectable from the first sip, this beer is sharp, bitter, and not candy-smooth. But nonetheless it is balanced. Definitely not to be wasted on a beer-community newbie who previously enjoyed "cocktails". This is beer as it was meant to be.

If you like bite in your beer and you appreciate complex hops, this brew's for you!

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Photo of tmalone510
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this IPA. I typically prefer a lighter IPA with aggressive, but not over the top, hop flavor and aroma. I prefer color on the lighter side which yields a more drinkable and refreshing taste in my opinion. The Target hops are a clear standout and in my opinion make the beer. This is a true success.

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Photo of SaazWarz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Al's as well on draft.Super with hot wings! Simply a great beer. I find it funny that folks find it funny stone made an english Dipa! Whats it to them...but to dog this beer is just wrong(IMO). The E in Emperial is maybe for the great Empire that England once was. And can someone tell me what the hell is a cat box taste? What are you guys eating?

A- Cloudy, blonde, nice white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,grapefruit, nice pungant burst of hops

T- Grapefruit,sticky sweet, piney resins,

m- tart,nice bitterness on the palate and back of tongue

D- easly drinkin if your a seasoned IPA consumer. So good I had to take a growler home.

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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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