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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 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 brew...as 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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Photo of Yimosan
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into my Spiegelau pint glass.

A: Cloudy light orange with a 2 finger, off white head. Nice retention and pretty lacing. Good size bubbles rising up to a foamy top.

S: Citrus, fresh pine tree, and toddler mattress (If you know what I mean). I also get a far away hint of malt and sour orange.

T: Did I just bite into a grapefruit? Yes, juicy citrus fruit and a bit of a peek-a-boo malt hint. I thought that by the smell I was going to get some sweetness, but NO, this is Stone all the way!! Hops!!!!

M: A very dry and clean finish, with the astringent qualities you would find in sour grapes. Nice carbonation and thirst quenching for sure.

D: No doubt I can have a few of these, but I'm a fan of Crystal Malt and that would have brought it home for me...of course, that is my personal preference.

Epilogue: Good beer if you are a die hard hop-head, just not what my palate craves.


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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy pale orange color with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Smells like citrus, floral hop, pine and skunky buds with a sweet malt aroma in background.

T: The beer is sweet up front with a strong citrus, floral and pine hop flavor. The malt flavor barely show through. The first few sips, the finish is mostly a residual bitterness and pepper from the alcohol, but after you wet the whistle, the beer becomes very smooth and the finish gets sweeter and less dry.

M: Medium body, and smooth going down, finish does leaves the mouth rather dry at first, but then totally redeems itself.

D: It's a good IPA, the alcohol doesn't show through until the finish where it blends with the hop to create a peppery sweetness.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacing is great and color is reminiscent of grapefruit juice. The nose is of mostly hops, in typical Stone fashion, with aromas primarily in the range of citrus with hints of fresh air, mint and spices. Bitterness is a bit high for a standard IPA but ABV is a little low for a DIPA/IIPA... Kent Goldings stick out as the hops of choice with a decent rounding of malts. As far as Stone products go, I wasn't overly impressed with this simple offering.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

I really like the look of this sucker. It pours an unexpected yellow with lots of haze. It actually looks a bit like a glass of grapfruit juice.

Not much grapfruit in the smell, however. The hop scent is on the citrus side, though, but didn't have much bite or impact.

The flavor changed a little bit throughout for me. The first few foamy sips had a bit of an oddly metallic aftertaste that was a bit off-putting. Once I got down into it, serious dry bitterness took over. This sucker sticks to the back of the tongue like Elmers. Ever eat fresh dandilions when you were an adventurous little kid? That's the sticky dryness we're talking about here. The good news is that the 8.9% is pretty well hidden. Believe it or not, though, the flavor is just mild enough and hoppy enough to hold my interest.

The mouthfeel would be much nicer if it wasn't so... so sticky. The head is nice and lingering, which makes each sip pleasant, if slightly metallic-y.

It's not drinkable so much as it's nice to look at. Not worth 6 bucks/bomber to just stare at a nicely-colored beer, however. On the flipside, it'll get you drunk without much booziness.

Not sure what to make of this beer. Stone's reputation is superb, so I'm left a little disappointed by the weird flavors of this one. The bottled date is June 2010, and it's September, but I'm not sure staleness was the issue here.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bulbous tulip

A - Super hazy, golden glow reminiscent of an American Wheat. Soapy white respectable head with spotty lacing.

S - Citrus like orange pulp, pine, faint apple, wood, earth and sweet malt.

T - Pretty close to the nose, lots of mild citrus and apple and a sort of earthy English hop tinge and more wood. Long lingering bitterness that isn't as punchy as an all American hop IPA, just kind of meh. Malt is present put nothing to wax poetic about and a slight tinge of alcohol.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel, a little oily and middle of the road carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink for nearly 9% but if Doc Brown and I were to hop in the Delorean and go back to the super market I probably would have picked up Ruination or Sublimely-Self Righteous. Not one of Stone's best offerings but a worthy experiment.

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Photo of JLeege
1.99/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

English style IPA, brewed the "American" way, should be interesting.

Appearance- Pours a hazy deep yellow with hints of orange. Quickly disipating head, no lace.

Smell- Getting lots of pine and some citrus. Grassy and earthy as well.

Taste- Not a big fan, not as hoppy or bitter as I was expecting. This is more plain dry than hoppy bitterness. Getting a weird cheese-y taste as well. Having trouble describing this, sweaty gym bag? I like earthy funk usually, but this is borderline repulsive.

Mouthfeel- fairly light actually.

Overall- The excessive englishs hops has produced a very strange taste. Stone is a world class brewery, but this particular brew, not so much. Dissapointed, but not everything can be great.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazey oarneg skin and copper with a spritzy head that lasts only after a few sips.

The aroma is piney, heavy citrus, and rustic Prairie grass hops with some heavy toasted malt aromas. But the malts are definetly overwayed by the hops.

The taste is complex with hop bitterness. You get some earthy grass from an open prairie. Then you have lots fo citrus zest, mayve even some lime peel aromas. The hops play with or trick some of these aromas around a bit. Some fresh baked bread with lots of gypsum and baking soda makes some of the orange zest taste like cherry flavored oranges. I know this sounds bizarre, but thst what I tasted at times. Very interesting But isn't all that exceptional eithe rin the end.

The palate can be a bit overly astringent, but not too bad.

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Photo of Stigs
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, served in an English-style pint glass

A - two+ fingers of very puffy and creamy, just slightly off-white foam. seems to be taking hold and fighting valiantly on its way down. the beer is light gold, and very hazy - wondering if this will clear up after warming a bit (***). clingy, sticky lace left down the glass most of the way.

S - bright citrus (melons, pineapple, hint of banana) and grassy hops. sharp crackery malts cut through - almost pilsener-like. lemon picks up, and finishes with a bit of floral and perfume.

T - ridiculously sharp grassy hops, to the point of being overwhelming. other flavors struggle to make it through: lemon zest, pine-sol, pine needles, and perfume...no balance whatsoever. unable to pickout exactly what it reminds me of until I saw in another review: urinal cakes.

M - lightish body with assertive and prickly carbonation, just a flash of creaminess before finishing very dry...lingering alcohol, grass, and pine.

D - i wanted to like this one - too similar to Ruination, which I just cannot wrap my head around. hop-head here, but this has ZERO balance, and a pretty unpleasant hop profile to match. struggling to make it through half a glass here.

edit - ok, ill admit it is slightly growing on me...

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a huge cap of chunky white foam, that lasts forever in the glass... and upper lip... you get lots of thick lacing. The beer itself it golden yellow and strongly carbonated... Fizzy Yellow Beer indeed! Sharp, spicy hop nose with almost imperceptible traces of alcohol. The hops carry over as expected into the taste, but as the initial wisp of sweetness gets run over by the hop train, things go downhill a bit. The hops are more bitter than flavorful and have a unpleasant, astringent aftertaste. The flavor from initial sip through to finish is a roller coaster that oscillates between very good and not so great. Overall, interesting, but nothing I would stash away for the future... unless to see if it smooths out and tames some of the grubbiness.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw with a fluffy white head. Sticky lace, some haze in the beer.
Strong aroma of citrus and pine. Very hop forward as expected
Drinks pretty bitter, mostly pine, some tart grapefruit on the end with some bready notes.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel
A bit aggressive to drink all night, but the bomber wasn't too hard to finish. Good drinkability.
Happy anniversary to Stone.

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Photo of beorn7676
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden straw color with a bubbly pure white head. Looks very pleasing. Almost crystal clear. Aroma is piny, citrus, with a touch of yeast. Theirs a earthiness to the nose. Taste is pine, citrus, juniper,and lots of bitterness. Touch of malt sweetness, but it is minimal. Body is a little on the light side, but very refreshing for 8.9 abv.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Stone Anniversary brew 22oz bomber poured into tulip glass. a yellow hazy orange with a puffy 2 finger head, nice layered lacing. I found myself really enjoying the appearance and thought this is going to be a great beer.
The aroma of pine, citrus, lemon, faint caramel malt
Taste is citrus hops, some orange, pepper, layered nicely with earthy hops at the end ties everything up together
Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation with nice dry finish.
Drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer and will go get some more while its available.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pretty light for a DIPA with an highly unfiltered light orange, deep yellow color. Alright white head that fades quickly with average lacing. No visible carbonation.

S - Very faint for a DIPA...super light on the hop aroma. It almost has a light lemon scent with flowers thrown in.

T - Again, not too heavy on the hops for a typical DIPA. The hops don't taste fresh and juicy but there are flavors of flowers, wood, grass/moss, and a black licorice/citrus combo finish. Definitely had better tasting DIPA's.

M/D - Nice medium body and lots of light carbonation. Sticky hops remain on the palate with a funky flower petal taste. Drinkability is a little low for me because the flavors seem confused and a little old.

Don't know when this one came out, maybe it was old/sat on the shelf too long, etc. but I was not impressed with this brew from Stone.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes.
Look:Poured into a Duvel tulip.Light peachy gold with a decent head, minimal lacing with very visible carbonation.
Smell:Light floral and grassy hops with a slight, sweet malt background.
Taste:Very light for being such a big beer. Grassy hops are very noticable with not much of a malt background to round it out. Noticable alcohol content.
Mouth: Nice and light, not bad.
Drink:Won't pick up another. I like a lot of Stone's lineup but this one was a miss for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 1000th review, I thought it would be, um, nice, to go back to what started it all for me - Stone Brewing. For those of us north of the 49th parallel, obtaining a Stone beer is a reason to celebrate, and that's what kicked off my BA reviewing experience - a bomber of Stone IPA. So now, with another Stone bomber, this time procured from a dash across the Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park last month, I close this particular millennial loop.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky white head, which leaves a thin wall of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. Looks pretty much like a hefeweizen. It smells of bitter orange citrus, lemon, pine needles, soft biscuity malt, and a mild soapiness. The taste is pretty in line with the aroma - bitter orange and pine, a soft underlying bready, biscuity maltiness, with some mild zippy spice, muted tropical fruits, and a bit of grassiness. There is only a soft warming from the close to 9 points of alcohol. The carbonation is average, the body a bit on the light side, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes dry, bitter, and uh, more bitter.

The ingredients may be as British as Stone could have practically made them, but this is still one of their West Coast hop Acme brand falling anvils for the palate. The edgy, sharp bitterness, that just persists, and overshadows otherwise worthy flavours, is here in spades. And I thought that they would wuss out or compromise when implementing this obvious (to hopheads, anyway) collision of worlds. Silly, silly me.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up during a foray into the territory of the hapless (Brewers) recently. Man, I like living within 20 miles of the state line, it's amazing what Wisconsin gets that MN doesn't, & vice versa.

Poured into my Foothills pint glass, a very nice, sunset-colored, sour-lemon-looking yellow that offsets the yellow of the Foothills logo very well (man, there's gotta be less Project Runway on in the background while I'm around). Smell is wild, aggressive lemon-spritz, Sierra Mist with lemons ringing the glass. Slightly sour, but really, really nice.

The taste of Stone 14th Anniversary doesn't quite live up to that divine smell. The lemony, citrusy hops flare up like a sun-spot, but they're leavened with a chunk of earthiness that brings the hops down to earth, so to speak. Bits & pieces of orange, too. Flash of bitterness ends the experience hoppily.

The earthiness dulls the taste a bit but amps up the drinkability, allowing it to be swilled with impunity. Nice.

Excellent beer Smells great, tastes really good, easy to drink. The earthy hoppage took some getting used to, but I warmed up to them in the end.

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Photo of dubc19382
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always been a fan of Stone Brewery and their IPAs and Pale Ales.

Initial taste took a moment to get used to. Not as much of a bite, like a Sculpin IPA, but very mellow full bodied beer. Like other reviews, gets better with every sip. Nice aroma, and I do like the difference in taste to other speciality or imperial IPAs. Not disappointed to say the least! It would be a great night a at a bar with this on tap!

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is straight citrus hops, slight hints of other fruits but also a decent amount of earthiness and herbal hops follow. Slight hints of pine as well.

The taste is initially not amazing, but this beer grows on you with every sip. The malt body is not as thick as I expected (but upon research according to Stone, classic English IPAs weren't as malt dominated as today's examples). The lack of caramel malts is apparent; just straight English pale ale malt. Hops start the taste profile, citrus, then earthy, then floral, then piney resiny hops. Delicious. Really improves as it warms up. The English malts although subtle are now detectable and you can tell how much better they are then traditional American 2 or 6-row; light biscuity notes are also detectable.

Not your "traditional" malty English IPA but I really appreciate this style because I love English hops and American IPAs make me nauseous now because they all taste like the C hops and this is a great change of pace. Alcohol isn't detectable at all which is dangerous and why it took my about a half an hour to type this w/o making any typos and I still probably made a few.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy golden yellow color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled down to a constant foam cap. Good sheeting that slowly slides back with good amount sticking.

The aroma was initially heavy on lemon zest but as that faded the floral and pine hops started to dominate. This one has a few months on it so the hop aroma has faded a bit but it's still very good. Usually more of an American vs English IPA fan but this one represents the English style very well. Peppery spice starts off the flavor with a quick malt presence and then the bitter, but not overly bitter, hops wrap it up. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation. Slightly dry. Good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good English IPA. I still prefer the AIPA but if I had to go EIPA this would be near the top of my choices. Another great offering from Stone. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time limited release but if it was regular release maybe the rare one [O;O]

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an unabashedly cloudy, dark yellow-orange body with a large, churning, white head.

Smell: Strong, pungent hoppiness in the aroma, smelling sharply of pith-packed citrus rinds, biting spices, pine sap, and tropical fruits. It's a real task to discern the honeyed, biscuit-toned malts beyond the hops.

Taste: The initial biscuity, lightly sweet malts with a kiss of honey are all-too tired and timid in the face of such a heavy-handed, West Coast hop assault. Gratingly citric lemon, black pepper spiciness, some resinous pine, even some sliced pineapple with a brutal, tongue-scalding bitterness that continues to build with each subsequent mouthful. A little pinch felt from the alcohol as well. Quite bitter on the dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whew. As easy to put down as the treasured family pet - there will be many tears, lost sleep, and certainly an undetermined period of mourning.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Midnight Sun stem. From notes.

A - Pours a nectarine-orange with a fluffy white, retained, head.

S - Relatively subdued, in a good way. Mainly piney hops followed by citrus.

T - Piney/resiny hops up front which then gives way nicely to grapefruit, pineapple, orange and some dry malt.

M - Medium body with a nice dry finish that hides the alcohol well. Lingering stickiness to finish.

D - The style tones down the hop 'slap' typical with large IPAs (and Stone brews) making this an easy drinking, delicious, IPA. Love this beer.

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Photo of Jeriba
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange juice color. Thick, long-lasting head with the consistency of bath bubbles. Beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine, followed by dry hoppiness. Malt presence is very faint.

T: Equal parts dry hops and roasted malt.

M: Crisp and light, with heavy carbonation.

D: This bomber disappeared way too quickly. This is my first Stone anniversary ale, and I will definitely be stocking up before it's gone.

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Photo of rrski198
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like a pilsner, just a little more cloudy. Smaller white head with little lacing.

S: Big time English hops. Much more pine than citrus. Like crushed pine needles.

T: Great balance. For an IPA (EPA) this has outstanding balance between the spicy and deep biterness of the hops and smooth creamy malt. I ahve never had an "emperial" English style IPA and I like it.

M: Average biterness. Spicy alcohol lingers quite nicely.

D: I finished the bomber and was a little dissapointed it was the only one I had. Again, for an "english" style IPA, this was one fo the better ones I have had.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Looked almost like orange soda, minus the carbonation. There is only light-medium carbonation going on here, in comparison to the soda analogy. Extremely unfiltered.

S- Almost like stepping into a hop field, extremely hoppy and earthy. It almost has that "organic" smell to it. Personally, I don't prefer this in my beers, but it isn't a bad smell by any means. Almost no alcohol present.

T- Tastes pretty much the same as it smells... Less of the "organic" though, which is good. Stone has a history with making their Anniversary beers IPA's, so there is no surprise with this heavy west-coast styling. Massive hop taste all the way through, definitely a bitter after taste. I don't like many IPA's because of the bitterness, but this one is definitely an exception (even though it is still extremely bitter). Most reviews say they can discern the alcohol, but I could barely taste it.

M- Fairly light on the palate, medium carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, I wouldn't be able to drink more than 2 bombers in a session though because of the 8.9% in this one.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
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