Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
774 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:
774
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Marked June 2010.

Appearance - Big white foamy head with decent retention and very erratic patchy stick. Opaque yellow-orange body with tons of floating yeast nodules.

Smell - Band-Aids. Peach? Very yeasty. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter and fishy. Some lime peel and something like yogurt and bread. Strange. Reminds me of Orval for some reason. Underlying maltiness like maple syrup.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Good bite and mild astringency. Head offers plenty of froth.

Overall Drinkability - Complex. Different. Makes me want to travel time and have an old school IPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cloudy straw-yellow haze with floating green hop chunks, Emperial IPA opens with a fruity, hoppy, effervescent nose bubbling over with not the expected pungent grapefruits and pines one would expect from a beer with, reportedly, 100 IBUs, but a floral, almost bubble-gum like sugary rosewater flair, as if rose petals and rose hips had been infused into a light grapefruit spritzer, then sprinkled with Candi sugar. Touches of toast crust provide grounding, but the beer is largely sugary in aroma, and so saturated with sugars that the bottle's mouth is sticky. The effect is enticing, but strangely so, the aromas not quite resembling those of a beer, but still delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a brown sugar rush, then moves quickly into a bitter, hop-based middle, the hops providing pine and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon, dandelion stem, and eucalyptus notes. Hints of anise and pepper linger in the background, and the soft palate burns gently under the 100 IBUs. A good toast and biscuit base helps offset the sugary bitters, and brown sugars bring sweeter notes, joined by touches of orange liqueur and apricot. The aftertaste is largely bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with hints of toasted wheat stems, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensations on the tongue.

Overall, this is excellent fare, though I suspect many will find the hops overpowering, especially in their tendency to reproduce stem and twig flavors, as if one was eating the plant as well as drinking the plant infusion. Still, the beer is nicely balanced, the hops providing a lovely palate of mingling and delicious flavors, and the malts bringing good fruit esters and biscuit flavors. Well worth trying, and a beer worthy of being bottled again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 774 ratings.
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