Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good DIPA but not the citrus hop bombs that I am used to. Kind of an English style restraint in a big American IPA. Pours a cloudy gold color with a big white head and good lacing.

Smell is of mostly grassy and some floral hops. Good but not great.

Taste is good a balance between slightly sweet malts and grassy/floral hops. big flavor but a certain restraint as well.

Mouthfeel is and smooth.

Drinkability is good as well. Nicely balanced and very flavorful!!!

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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 adam42381
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a 1 finger bubbly white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, tangerine, pine, black pepper and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by black pepper and spice in the middle before an explosion of bitter lemon rind at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and bitter. This is a real hop bomb. There is no subtlety to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. The peppery flavor and bitterness knocks this one down a bit. I wouldn't want any more after I polish off the bomber.

Overall: Good beer overall. The hoppiness is not for the faint of heart. It's definitely worth trying but there are better Imperial IPAs out there.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light golden, with orange dominating yellow.
Ample head, solid lacing.

Aroma is very pungent.
Immense amounts of grassy floral notes.
Dry, assertive, and lingering.
Citrus background with lemon zest, grapefruit, and ethanol.

Taste is familiar to the nose, with some primary differences.
The citrus stands out this time, with lots of lemon, and grapefruit leading the way.
Grapefruit dominated, leading to that familiar West Coast vibe.
Midway, seems to lean towards the dry hoppy side with lots of grass, hay, and robust earthiness.
Finishes with some bitterness, and zest, while remaining excellent drinkability.

Although, this wasn't near the top echelon of Stone Beers, it was indeed quite enjoyable, while remaining it's extreme drinkability. Quite nice.

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

Appearance: Extremely cloudy yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus, oranges.

Taste: Nice solid citrus flavor with moderate sweetness, bitter finish.

Drinkability: I could have a couple if this was on tap somewhere.

Another Wiscoland refugee, this was probably the cloudiest beer of it's color that I've seen--either a lot of suspended hops or yeast. Not a super memorable beer, but good citrus flavor and less bitterness than some other Stone beers.

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

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from Stone, recommended.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Appearance: Orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and hoppy grass.

Taste: Malty hop, some citrus, and a slight candy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and malty.

This is a tasty, malty IPA.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance shows off a pale orange body with a cloudy clook. A sticky and rocky cream colored head sits atop almost 2 inches thick and slowly fades.

Aroma is heavy on a sweet floral hop note, even at four months of age. Slight hint of pale malt comes through on the nose, but the hops mask it well.

While I wish I could have had this fresher, the hops still dominate the taste profile. A pleasant but not palate busting bitterness with lots of peppery and floral hop flavors. Unlike in the aroma, the malt has much more of a chance to make an appearance in the flavor profile, providing a residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick but smooth with a slight warming kick from the alcohol. Overall a highly enjoyable DIPA, done a bit differently with English ingredients. I would definitely like to see more beers like this.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, translucent, about a finger of head, slight lacing throughout
S-Citrusy, not as hoppy as I expected
T- Very smooth and balanced for a DIPA. Nice citrusy taste up front followed by hop bitterness
M- Nice and light for a dipa, not as heavy as others I've had
D- I'm enjoying this, even at close to 9%, the alcohol seems well masked.

This beer almost has an ESB feel to it. I would get it again. I just wish it was fresher.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a mildly aggressive hop nose. It's quite bitter with some excellent yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite that hits hard up front and resinates in the finish. The malt profile is pretty standard. It has a solid pale malt flavor with little else to speak of. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an easy drinking DIPA. It's nothing too spectacular, but it's still better than most. I guess it's a bastardised version of an English IPA. That explains the hop profile and the overall feel of the beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ethereal yellow-gold and slightly hazy with a huge cap of foamy white head.

Smell: Resinous pine, grapefruit and lemons.

Taste: Substantial hop bitterness on the tongue with herbal-grassy notes as well as grapefruit, lemons and subtle zest of orange. Backbone of malt and bisquit really ties this one together nicely. Finishes clean and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Substantial and coating without being heavy.

Drinkability. Smooth drinking with a clean finish and even a bit refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a unique chilled gold color with a huge, fluffy paper white head that rose three fingers. Chunks of lace all over the glass. A unique color for sure.

The aroma is of slightly damp hay with pine needles, citrus, and a noticeable herbal hop presence. More lemons than anything else. Everything is soft and subtle, nothing takes the daring leap out of the glass and seizes the olfactories.

Pine needles and white grapefruit take control. This was somewhat unexpected considering how soft and subtle the aroma was. Heavy on the grassy/herbal hops too, it really lingers with an astringent bitterness. There is a sweet biscuity malt backbone that makes a brief appearance before being pummeled by bitterness.

Medium body with a welcome creaminess. This guy drinks bigger than than it looks. A unique, solid DIPA that I would buy again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010
A solid pour into my Oerbier tulip produces a fat, three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white head that is quite dense and leaves some pretty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazed gold / pale-honey color that shows orange notes when held up to the light. As the beer warms it becomes quite clear, showing that the initial haze was just a chill-haze. The aroma smells up front like a field of dried hay, sprinkled with some dried weeds. It picks up some soft pine-like notes as well as a citrus character that reminds me of Meyer lemons. Touches of menthol, hints of intriguing cinnamon, as well as a sometimes bright herbal note round out the hop aromatics. The malt character actually is fairly noticeable towards the finish with a hay like / dried grass grain character as well as some cracker like malt. The citrus character can at times be quite noticeable, in a soft manner, but at others it gets buried under the other hop aromatics.

The beer has a substantial herbal bitterness and even some hop astringency in the finish; both of which linger on in the palate after a sip. The hop character reminds me of dried grass up front but moves to a substantial herbal note and then a soft, but lingering citrus character that is a bit dirtier than lemon zest, with maybe a hint of tropical fruit character. As the beer warms more notes of meyer lemon and even some orange zest become a bit more noticeable. The malt character, despite its pale color, is quite substantial here; a nice cracker and pale-biscuit maltiness contributes a significant chewy grain character to this beer and there is also a soft pale malt sweetness that helps temper the herbal / grassy hop character. As the beer warms the biting bitterness and astringency softens quite a bit as it is tempered by the malt flavors. The body has some chew to it as it is fairly viscous and definitely coats the palate; the hops do a good job of scrubbing the palate in the finish though. This is a bit heavier than I prefer in my American Double IPA, though the hop character would likely be too harsh in this beer with out this body and malt heft.

While this is really not my ideal type of Double IPA, I always enjoy tasting over the top English hops in a beer because I get them so rarely and it is nice to experience the hops in an intense way from time to time. This point certainly makes this particular beer that much more enjoyable that it would otherwise be if this was a common thing.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a burnt sunset orange with a pretty one finger head that dissipates into a thick ring with an island of froth, with plenty of lacing. A pretty beer. The nose is a fresh pine forest after a rain, an assertive but not overpowering hop presence, really pleasant. On the tongue the fresh pine notes hit up front with a little hint of a sweet fresh fruit at the back. In the mouth it's a bit too carbonated for my preferences, but the feel is very good other than that. I could drink this one often. Very happy to have picked this out on a whim to go with a bleu cheese steak. A great beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden straw with a 2 finger mounded head with outstanding retention. Big cliffs of frothy lacing left behind.

S - Earthy lemongrass hops over pale malt.

T - Lemon and orange citrus hits up front. Slightly burnt biscuity malt adds a balanced sweetness. The hops remain pungent from start to finish. Mouthfeel is prickly at first but turns creamy. Bright strawberries. The aftertaste is grassy grapefruit rind.

I like that this IIPA drives in a different direction. It's hop forward but not unbalanced. The malt holds up against the assertive hops.
It provides a smooth and clean finish.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Total Tap Takeover Tour at the Rattle n Hum in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hazy straw color with a little orange. Big off white head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind.

Smell: hops dominate, obviously. Citrus, pine, and earthy hops are present.

Taste: citrus hop flavors followed by toasted malts. There's no alcohol taste.

Feel: medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly light.

Drink: drinkable but not exceptionally drinkable. I think this is a case of it being sessionable but why would you want to?

Overall, this is decent but it is not in the same league as Ruination IPA. Not even close. Worth a try though if you get a chance.

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Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Rich, hazy golden color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the smell, with a surprising presence of strong grapefruit citrus, as well as melon. Light butterscotch is also detectable, adding considerable depth and complexity. No alcohol is detectable in the smell.

T: Begins with off-dry piney and tropical fruit aromatic hop flavors, then sharp toasty malt emerges in the middle. Bright fruit flavors linger as the bitter, slightly mineral finish arrives. No alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity--juicy, creamy, very satisfying. Carbonation is light, staying out of the way.

D: The conspicuous combination of English and West Coast qualities present in this DIPA plays wonderful tricks on the palate and the mind, conjuring appearances of the familiar and the unknown. It tastes and feels like Russian River's Pliny the Elder for the first few beats, until the diacetyl and burtonized water are detected. That said, Stone's celebratory brew in honor of their 14th year has its own identity, and is delicious in its own right.

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Photo of bobhits
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow orange body, extremely cloudy, with a strong 2 finger head. Lots of lacing and rather good looking by any standards.

The nose is piny and earthy english hops. The malt is really lost in that mix of hops.

Hop forward english piny and earthy...really odd. The malt is heavy and alcoholic. It's sweet but hard to really pick up a flavor there.

Thicker than I like for even a double IPA. A reason Runination is a master piece. Listed at just under 9%, I would have expected closer to 10%.

It's a drinkable beer dispite a few flaws and my general preference towards American hops.

A very interesting spin on this style. It isn't 13 year or 12 or 11 or 10....or 9 for that matter, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light color for an IPA, very straw-ish with a solid frothy head that sticks around. Hop heavy nose with hints of grapefruit and other citrusy fruits. A very different style of IIPA. There is a considerable amount of bitterness but the hop flavors taste more earthy and have a different kind of fruity flavor. There is a slight hint of malt, but it is pretty much nonexistent. An interesting, well done take on the IIPA (with all English Ingredients) that, while perhaps not up to par with Ruination, is still a solid beer.

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Photo of katan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a light gold, almost approaching straw color. Head formation is initially strong, but quickly breaks down to a film. Pearly white. Not hazy, but a certainly opaque.

S - A collection of very strong, earthy, often meaty hops dominate the nose. Very grabbing- grapefruit. Truly a hop bomb similar to gubna or abrasive.

T - Hops all the way. Starts off with just a light bitter, floral, and mostly grassy hop note. The hops get even stronger, more meaty, grapefruit, thick and earthy. Finishes with an extreme bitter tongue grabbing grassy note. Did I mention bitterness and hops?

M - Moderate beer body - clinging, thick, but finishes mostly clean. Carbonation is balanced for the body.

D - Moderate drinkability. The ABV will knock you around, and the crazy hop profile does overwhelm the palette. Perhaps this would fit better as a single special occasion beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body that I can barely see my fingers through. Four fingers of rocky white froth. Highly appealing stretchy lace.

Big citrus aroma, heavy on the lemon in the front, backed by orange, than grapefruit further behind.

Quick splash of sweetness at first sip, not much of a foundation. Quickly overpowered by juicy fruit everywhere. Plenty of citrus, by hard to identify individual flavors. Fruity, not heavily bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit wishy washy, could use a firmer feel across the tongue.

Good drinkability, well hidden alcohol.

Interesting beer, but instead of another of these, I have a real craving for Ruination.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white head, resting on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and lemon, backed by resinous pine notes. Some light, bready malt in the background.

T - Lemony hops with moderate bitterness up front along with a note of pine and some bready malt. Orange begins to creep into the hop character in the middle with some herbal notes and increasingly sweet, biscuit like malt. Finishes with a sweet, candied orange character of hops and soft malt, which is balanced by moderately high bitterness. Lingering orange hops and lightly toasted malt imparts a savory, herbal note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I love the hop character in this beer. The sweetness of the malt blends perfectly with the citrus and spice notes from the hops, especially in the finish. I am strongly reminded of Oscar Blues Gubna, though from the blurb on the bottle this is apparently made with entirely different hop varieties than that beer. Another great IPA from Stone!

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes

A: Bright golden orange color. Quite a bit of sediment floating around in the bottle. Minimal white head with a decent amount of lacing.

S: The nose is just off. Cheesy? Musty malt. This is not what I was expecting from a Stone anniversary beer. I keep smelling and it just is not getting any better for me.

T: Very citrussy and grassy. It does not have enough citrus to be an American DIPA and there is no such thing as a double English IPA which is what I think they were going for. I think they needed to bring out the malt a little more to make this one work. It is sort of all over the place.

M: Medium body. The carbonation is a little too sharp.

D: The color was the best part of this beer. I see what they were trying to do but it is a bridge left uncrossed. If you entered this into a competition based on style it would get killed. Above that it just was not that enjoyable which is a damn shame. Their anniversary beers have been excellent before this.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9-28-10
Bottled in June 2010

Pours a cloudy bright golden color, with a thin white head and thick rings of lacing. Very inviting.

Smell is all strong hops, tons of citrus, with a great slightly sour malt and booze to back it up. Heavy and hoppy but very good.

Taste is huge lemon hops. Sour and sweet, with just the right amount of malt to thicken it up. The finish is sharply bitter and very dry, leaving a tart, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and right for the style.

Drinkability is very good, hoppy but very balanced and well made.

Overall, one of the best I've had, and that's saying a lot.

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Photo of kgrober
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll apologize in advance for this thin review, but this was the final beer I had at a Stone tasting and while I remember citrus notes, particularly grapefruit and lemon, the hops were the star of this you might imagine.

In a word, it was a MF'er. Huge nose, Huge taste, and Huge (but not overpowering) alcohol. Finished dry...almost tart.

I don't know if I could many of these, but I sure enjoyed what I had.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
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