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:
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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a chalice

A: Pours a murky yellow with a big white head that slowly fades to a big ring leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is tropical fruits like pineapple and apricot along with a spicey grapefruit aroma in the background. Lots of malt sweetness is wafting up as well.

T: The taste is a sharp bitterness followed by a tropical fruit sweentess in the form of pineapple and then a grapefruit bitterness on the finish. There's a bit of caramel/toffee from the malt but it's quickly overpowered by the bitterness. Excellent flavors and mouth puckering for sure.

M: The feel is medium-light bodied and relatively creamy.

D: The bittering hops and ABV would make me think twice before drinking more than 1 in a sitting but I would drink it again. Pretty good DIPA...although it's listed as an English IPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Faint tangerine orange with an eggshell white head. Head is rather large despite gentle pour and has very good satying power. Chunky lacing left on the glass

S - Earthingess up front, somewhat chalky. Faint fruit aromas but nothing too strong. Remains very earthy throughout the drink with floral notes becoming more prevelant as it warms

T - Sweet biscuity malts quickly matched by an earthy and floral bitteness. Hops bounce back and forth between floral and earthy. Light chalkiness in the finish. Basically an over the top American IPA using English hops in place of big C-hops. An interesting beer, very much what you would expect when Stone takes on an English IPA.

M/D - Light and crisp with a nice dryness in the finish. Very easy drinking. Not sure if the over the top English hops are my thing, but this is certainly a beer worth checking out.

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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 berpwillie
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden copper yellow color with average white frothy head, spare lacing, and soft carbonation. smell is fruity and spicy, taste is much the same. spicy bitter fruity (grapefruit) peppery taste. crisp and harsh with a strong bitter finish. light body, long flavor duration, and thin slick texture.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden color, looks a bit light in color for an alcoholic IPA. No head really, only a little just as you pour it. Nice alcohol flavors and aromas, nothing off-putting about its booze content, which is surprising considering how old it is. Very satisfying hoppiness to the beer in bitterness, flavor and aroma.
I assume it is Emperial to explain its British ingrediants and style. Doesn't taste like the IPAs I have had lately.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale straw yellow with a sticky white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Earthy English hops,orange zest.

T_Grassy, earthy , English hops followed by citrus. Orange zest,honey,and a bit of lemon zest.

M_Thick and sticky.

D_ Pretty drinkable. Very differnt take on DIPAs.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an emperial pint. 8.9% ABV, June 2010, "Consume when fresh or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more."

A - I watched helplessly as tiny particles rushed from the bottle into my beer. Luckily their damage didn't amount to much as it remained a mostly clear goldenrod yellow color. Lots of carbonation kept the well-retained white head alive for sometime. Chunky lace clung to the glass pretty well too!

S - Distinctly different, English hops populate the aroma with a blend of both grass, freshly cut, and a squirt of lemon juice with a light hint of pineapple. Sweet crystal and pale malts back the aroma up very nicely offering good balance without distracting from the hops.

T - Something must have changed between the aroma and flavor as it's much less attractive now. Maybe I was better off setting this beer to sea... Sharply and overly bitter, grassy and earthy flavors with a bit of cardboard aren't very appealing. The sweet backing malts in the aroma turn dry and flakey like a biscuit without butter. A small pinch of lemon and pineapple citrus makes it's way in but certainly not enough. Burtonized water is pretty big in this beer too. Lots of minerals and salt present.

M - Sharp carbonation brings a lively feel to this medium-bodied English IPA while a dry, incredibly bitter finish changes it up quite a bit. Much too dry and very bitter for my liking. Strange that I don't particularly enjoy THIS bitterness but love overly hopped American IPAs.

D - I'm determined to finish this bottle and have it change my mind about the beer. It isn't a half-bad beer, I just can't get into the flavor profile or large bitterness. Definitely one of my least favorite Stone brews to date.

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Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a 2-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is very subtle--floral and lemony hops with some caramel, toasty hops. There are flavors of bitter, floral and earthy hops with pepper. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slightly acidic. Some alcohol burning.

This is a pretty good beer, but it's not a traditional English IPA, it's sort of a combination English IPA-Imperial IPA. It could probably use some aging to mellow out and bring forward some better flavors.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow/orangish color with a large off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention qualities.

S- The aroma is pale malts with some earthy and spicy hops. I like the aroma, I isn't going to knock your socks off like most Stone beers but the aroma is very well balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is solid all the way around. Sweet malts up front, with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. The hops don't provide a tongue scorching bitterness like some of their other IPAs, but it does provide a solid amount of bitterness that provides more flavor than anything. Very nice!

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I came away very impressed with this offering. I think it is a very well-crafted beer that I would love to see as a year round offering someday. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Decent gold with 2 fingers of head that left little to no lacing.

S- Wow, loads of citrusy hops and caramel malt... At first the hops dominate this beer and smells a lot like weed, as it warms the caramel malt brings forth which I didn't like as much.

T- Light caramel malt and almost a yeasiness followed by the typical English bitter hops, citrusy hops have vanished replaced by different earthy/loamy hops, quite bitter and light with a real heat on the backend.

M- At first I wanted to say medium, however upon the taste I must say a light body with loads of light carbonation that dance on the tounge, quite torn on the mouthfeel essence.

D- Pretty easy to drink this bomber, might look for more but I really didn't like the taste as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A murky piller of golden surrounded by lighter yellow on the edges. Nice two finger foam head that didn't stick around long. Nothing in the way of lacing.

S - A lot of citrus off the nose with some orange rind and caramel sweetness. Something different here that I cannot put my finger on, but it is not necessarily bad.

T - Something strange here that I cannot quite put my finger on. Quite bitter, something almost like a little bit of smoke going on with this one. A hop burn on this that I feel like detracts from the taste.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied.

D - Not super drinkable, has burn/hotness and not great taste that made me only drink about half of the bomber.

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

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bright golden and slightly hazy with a bright white head, lots of lace as it drinks.

Very crisp spicy hop character, some mint and tree sap (birch, cedar, faint pine) malt profile is baked bread, biscuit and pie crust with slight sugary note. Alcohol is well masked.

Flavor is very hop forward, spicy more mint and herbal character. Nice firm bitterness, crisp and what a true IPA should present

one of my favorite anniversary beers that Stone has put out. Might not have the wow factor found in 10, 12 or 13 from a hopheads perspective, but the balance and hop bitterness make it an IPA that would be a welcome year round brew. Reminds me a great deal of Youngs Special London Ale in character and profile.

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at tops, poured into a standard pint glass.

Looks: pours an interesting pale sunshine yellow, just a bit hazy, with a meringue-like white head that sticks around for quite a while.

Smells: like a forest rain. Dank, but also biting. Weed, lemons, roses, soil. Bright and hop-heavy, with woody wet pine.

Tastes: interesting. It's the finish that gets you -- like the pure resin of English hops, it's an odd acrid-dry tinge that blasts the taste buds. Grapefruit rind, pencil shavings, lager yeast, lime. The sweetness of the nose drops of completely in favor of bitterness. It's like hop tea.

Feels: impressively full-bodied for an IPA. It's filling and feels weighty on the tongue. Medium-light carb.

Drinks: boldly. I can see how this beer wouldn't be for everyone. A stretch for Stone, and an interesting take on the English IPA. I appreciate the bravery.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pale clear golden with a dense creamy white head; thick clumpy sheets of lacing. Pungent, floral hops balanced by a strong pale malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium thick and lightly carbonated. Flavor is oddly for style dominated from the start by floral, earthy hops (but I guess not unusual for Stone). Flavor is also very sweet and loaded with a strong pale malt body. Overall this certainly has a unique flavor profile, not really comparing to any English IPA or American DIPA I've had, but it's lacking any subtlety and balance. Oh well, at least it's different and worth one try, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, slightly orange golden color, with two inches of bone white head. It keeps a thick, full lace, rocky and messy all over the sides all the way to the bottom.

Smell is initially very citrusy...wait I thought this had English ingredients? Smells like a west coast DIPA to me. Lots of orange and grapefruit, with some caramel sweetness. Ah now here we go, some earthy and spicy aromas, quite spicy actually, are also here.

Taste also starts out very citrusy, with some juicy grapefruit, slightly sweet but with some more bitter pithy flavor too. It's substantially bitter right from the start; don't have to wait for the finish to get slapped in the face with it. It's very spicy, with earthy and peppery spicing that goes really nicely with the big hop bitterness in the finish. This beer just comes together so well; the flavors are different than your typical DIPA but pack just as much hoppy punch and work really well.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, pretty crisply carbonated and is very dry in the finish. The spicy, earthy hop bitterness dries the heck out of this thing. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Man I don't understand why this beer is getting trashed by so many people. This is freakin outstanding, and after two years of merely good (such a bad thing, right?) anniversary beers, this takes Stone back to the levels of 10 and 11. It does what a DIPA is supposed to do but in a different way, and I think it's excellent. It's intensely bitter but super flavorful, and English only in terms of ingredients; this is a west coast DIPA all the way. Give this beer some love!

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Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my SN tulip pint glass. Purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Bottled dated June 2010. Sampled on the warm side.

A - A surprisingly yellow to light golden color with good clarity and a big, fluffy white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Floral and spicy hops with a hint of lemon. Different but interesting.

T - Follows the aroma pretty closely. It's got that same floral, spicy, lemony thing going on. Again, it's different. It's crisp, neither dry nor sweet and has a firm bitterness that lingers for quite some time. I find it more like a Belgian IPA than a west coast IPA. Based on the back of the bottle, it sounds like they used English ingredients in an west coast manner. It's an interesting and worthy experiment but I prefer American ingredients for a super hoppy IPA any day.

M - A bit thinner than I'd expect for a big IPA but not a significant detraction. A moderate to high carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Different and interesting. I applaud Stone for pushing the envelope. I enjoyed the ride but I prefer their other IPAs.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Okay, sweet label awesome story of why the famous west coast Stone Brewery wants to go all English Imperial aka Emperial on us. But it's a hard sell from the notion of an aggessive English IPA, that's an oxymoron to me. Body pours a glowing slightly clouded bright yellow orange hue apricot I guess...head forms thick bright white head fine sticky lacing clings to the sides of my chalice.

Prickly citrus rinds hits the nares with a touch of alcohol and a spicy yeast component, pretty intense nose so far. Sweet melon and a touch of peppery funky yeast edges collide, this is a strange brew for me.

Flavor hits with so much bitterness the English hops in American doses cause much abrasive qualities on the palate. It's like a burning citrus hop tequila, it burns the back of the throat and the nares and earthy, grapefruit, harsh herbal hops hit the palate like a sledgehammer. I usually find some sense of finesse from brewers at Stone even when their concept is as intense as this. I want a bit of balance to go with the massive hop bill then I want some nice English malts to fight back to create some nice balanced acceptable flavors. Not until the last pour did I get more malt and breads with the spicy/grapefruit/herbal/earthy hop bomb, too little too late.

Mouthfeel I'm getting hop chunks in this one that I literally had to chew on towards the end of the bottle. Carbonation is agressive upfront but not overdone body is medium to full definitely an aggressive palate wrecker of a beer, I have this beer and the other Stone alternative IPAs right down the street from me.

Drinkability is a rough subject as the beer starts to get more approachable and your palate is ready for the onslaught of hops, it begins to feel like I'm chewing on this beer it's one of the hardest 22 ounce bottles from Stone I've ever consumed. It reminds me of te first year that Sam Adams made an Imperial Hallertau hopped pilsner, it was pure hop insanity in a German sense...well, this is it's English brethren.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty orange color, a lot like orange juice. The beer has a tight white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy which seems odd, not bad, kinda cool, just odd. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit and grapefruit, noticable malty presence. I swear this could be a glass of fruit juice. The flavor starts off sweet with the fruit juice type flavors but quickly transforms into a hoppy bitter punch. A bit of honey flavor from the malt and some mineral characteristics to give the beer a traditional burton-on-trent feel. The hop profile is not great; some short lived fruitiness but a bigger dash of bitter. Definitely a unique IPA flavor. The beer has a moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes well bitter; a bit lingering but not too dry. Interesting beer. I like how the beer starts off, has a nice fruity sweetness, though it finishes a bit bitter. Well made, I just don't think it is fantastic.

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

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a straw yellow with an impressive frothy head.

S: The aroma is excellent. Spicy and refresh. Floral and fruity. This IPA smells very refreshing, but is not as aromatic and complex as an IPA can be.

T: The taste is great. The hop bitterness is refined and the slightly toasted and bready malt really ground this beer. The yeasty and Belgium influence add a spicyness to this brew that complements the hop profile very well.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is full and carbonation is full also. The drinkability is superb.

Overall, I like what Stone did here. They took tradition and made it American Craft. This brew is much better than the Belgium-Cali IPA they make. I wouldn't mind if this was it's replacement.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love what Stone does so here goes...Pours nice, slightly hazy and pale Amber. good carbonation and creamy head that leaves great lacing. What you might expect from a doubel IPA. Pretty carbonated for a robust ale of this stature (8.9% ABV). Smell has great citrusy and hoppy characteristics - some grapefruit, some sour peach, some flowery-ish notes...Flavor is big and uber hoppy, typical of Stone. First sip carried an off, smelly foot flavor...gross, but has since then lost this off flavor. VERY smooth for a huge beer...Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Actually pretty durn good ale. Not overly complex, but tasty. $5.99 for a bomber, so mid-to-slightly high priced for everyday drinkage...Try and find it folks...

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very light straw hazy yellow with a small white thin sticky head. Nose is Not too hoppy, it's more earthy and malty with light vegetial notes.

Taste comes through though, it's really kinda cool. It's very light and not over the top, but it's pretty sweet and malty with some very strong citrus flavors with a very nice hop bite on the finish. I had no idea British ingredients could have this much pop! I forget this is an English IPA, so it's supposed to be a bit different. The mouthfeel is light and sharp, really drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you're in the mood for major hops.

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Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass.

I almost remember what it was like to be 14. More balls than brains, starting to really carve out my identity while still stumbling through much of my days. This recipe was a perfect choice for the Stone 14th anniversary beer; it's a little awkward, but it's interesting and flavorful. Overall, this was a winner to me, but this beer drinks far beyond it's years (ABV).

Orange with a nice head. A good looking beer.

Smell is nice earthy hops and some pale, bready malt. There's a bit of spice too. Nice but could be just a touch more refined, this is rough around the edges.

Taste is nice, sweet biscuity and bready malt with TONS of bitter grass, earthy spices, and some grapefruit rind. Crazy the bitterness on this one and a sharp sweet note that quickly gets overwhelmed. Eventually, my tongue gets back to tasting more than the ruinous hoppiness. A touch of asprin flavor lingers and kills this from being just outstanding.

Medium body, creamy carb, and a runious lingering finish. Just not quite there to be outstanding, but not too oily or sticky.

Ah, to be young again. So full of hope. And 14 is a great age. This beer reflects that interesting stage in life, where we're anything but polished. This was a nice beer and an interesting and successful take on the English IPA.

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

Smoggy orange-canary, with a wispy white cap. Though its ingredients are all English, it could hardly smell more American even if it had a fresh Cascade hop cone floating in it. Huge pine, lemon, coriander and lemongrass aromas with a background of sponge cake, curaƧao, and coconut rum. Fruity and tropical but not tropical fruity, if that makes sense.

The hop blast in the aroma sadly doesn't translate to the flavor, though I suspect that's due to the cask conditioning. This leaves it full of flavor but also quite sweet, and reminiscent of an Old Ale or blonde barleywine. Golden raisins, frosted flakes, caramel and honey take the edge off juniper, citrus, and pine hop flavors and virtually undetectable alcohol - like an assassin's bullet of hops shot through a silencer of malts. Smooth and dangerously drinkable, and a potential partner for strong cheese.

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Photo of rossthefireman
2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Nice pale yellow straw color with a good foam head. A chill haze present.

S- Hops. sweetness, some citrus- lemon and grapefruit

T- Noble hop bomb. Extremely bitter to the point of assaulting your taste buds. A little hot from the alcohol. Feels like Im sucking on grapefruit rind. No malt whatsoever.

I love Stone beers and everything they do. They are one of my fav breweries and still will be after this review but...This is the first beer from Stone I do not love. Matte of fact I think it completely misfires.
This beer is a noble hop bomb but not in a good way. This beer assaulted my tastebuds to the point where it ruined my palate fairly quick. Mind you, I love Stone Ruination, so for a beer to do this to my tongue is fairly impressive. After about half way through my first glass from the 22oz bomber, my taste buds were shot. Stone usually has a way for even thier most ambitious beers to have a certain balancing act as not to completely ruin your mouth. This didn't deliver
Sorry Stone, I love you guys, but this beer missed.
I actually have another bottle Im going to age for a couple years, just to see what it does. Should be interesting.

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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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