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 angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 8/19/10

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy orange/gold color with a white head

Smell: Loads of hops, an interesting profile - smells leafy, herbal, decidedly different than a West Coast hop bomb - some biscuity malts in the background

Taste: I've never encountered a hop profile like this before - very spicy, herbal, and leafy with some citrus in the background - super bitter and somewhat dry - the malts serve as a reminder that this is supposed to be slightly English in style - some biscuits here - ultimately this tastes like an English IPA tweaked to taste more American, if that makes sense - this works in theory, but the actual beer is only great, not excellent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some weird syrupyness that I did not really enjoy

Overall: A fun experiment, but nothing to write home about

Stone's 14 Anniversary has some good aspects, but overall I felt a bit disappointed. I felt that it could have been better, or at least slightly more balanced. I grew tired of this about halfway through the bomber. I'd prefer an English pale followed by a ridiculous West Coast IPA rather than trying to put both styles into one beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a large, creamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind large, thick spots of lace.

Smell: Buttery malt with grapefruit and other citrus/fruit, but there's also a strong soapy aroma that takes a lot away.

Taste: Begins piney and spicy and remains so throughout. The middle shows some buttery malt character, but the finish is very pleasantly hoppy with a lot of herbal character- despite the intense hop profile, this beer is not a palate-destroyer but will leave you with hop-breath for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good brew that masks its alcohol content well. This is an IPA I would love having for special occasions.

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Photo of pancho27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle of this beer for the first time and a new place I checked Mission Hills liquor and deli. I enjoyed it very typical of a Stone in my opinion. This is the 1st time I am reviewing so just trying get into it. It is a little more cloudy in appearance than I expected, has a piny taste, with a long aftertaste. For the most part a very enjoyable beer...

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

Even before pouring I noticed this brew had the appearance of a wheat beer; cloudy, unfiltered wheat style. Poured nice with sufficient head to release a nice hoppy aroma... not unique in any way but very nice nonetheless.

The taste was very pleasing. A bit of citrus and pine with a heavy bitterness. As with other IPA's, it left me with a want for more sweetness to balance out the bitter. The feel was light on the tongue with a full body experience... interesting balance.

Another solid edition to the IIPA family but with not much new going on here. I could have another, but I wouldn't dream about it after it was gone.


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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden yellow with flashes of orange and lively bubbles of carbonation that dance below the foamy, feather white head that very patiently leaves a hearty lacing behind.

The aroma offers a very nice blend of citrus and floral hops traditional of an American IPA as well as the citrus yeast more traditional of an English style as advertised. There is also some sweetness hidden in there as well as citrus zest.

The flavor offers similar citrus hop bite accompanied by the same yeast as the aroma, with even more citrus character and floral hops with hints of spice.

This IPA offers very generous carbonation with a medium body and a drying finish.

Nice beer overall featuring a nice blend of IPA styles. Well brewed.

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

It's been about a year since I've had Stone's 13. What a fantastic beer. I accept nothing less of their 14, and with it being an Imperial IPA, I doubt it will disappoint. Once I poured the 14, I knew this would be an interesting beer.

Out of the bomber came a cloudy golden-yellow beer, not like most IPAs that are more copper or amber colored. It's head grew tall and very frothy, leaving a substantial amount of lacing after every gulp, and a thick film head remained on the top. Cool! I like beers that are different in ways and the 14 is already different. I don't remember drinking a golden-colored IPA before. Actually, the 14 LOOKS like a wheat beer but TASTES like an IPA. On the back it explains that white malt was used so I guess that explains the wheat beer look. As for the smell, it has a prominent mixture of floral and spicy hops, and wheat and citrus. It turns out the wheat beer look of the beer is also in the smell (and taste). It smells...chalky too...if that's the right word. Earthy and doughy are other adjectives I think make sense. smells good.

Flavor is fantastic. It is like other IPAs but at the same time it is different as well, just as the look and smell led me to believe. There is plenty of hoppiness in bitterness and spice but it is balanced out by the white malt that gives it some wheat beer undertones; it's more earthy, adds the chalkiness, and lemon citrus. It has some grapefruit flavor like other IPAs but no pine flavors that I can pick up like others as well. Booze smell and flavor are masked very well. Stone's 14th Anniversary Imperial IPA is an interesting departure from your usual IPAs. It's very hoppy and yet has a wheat beer aspect to it that doesn't intrude on it being a pale ale. It's also very refreshing, a good medium-bodied brew, and has a high amount of carbonation that tingles the tongue. I'd say it's worth buying it just for the smell!

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

A: Slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head.

S: Pretty much all hops with a hint of something tropical (mango?).

T: A lot of hops, but these taste different than the hops I'm used to. Slightly more oily and earthy. After the hops comes a buttery, peppery flavor that gradually fades into a smooth finish.

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

Scant off white head is not all that impressive and a multitude of suspended yeast particles renders this an unlikely candidate for best looking DIPA I've ever seen. Hazy and dull yellow orange, there is a ring that sticks around. Nose is all tropical fruit and zest, citrus and sharp, inviting. The taste is very much a DIPA with cutting citrus, grapefruit and more subtle passion fruit, mango and orchard fruit undertones. Finish is slightly bitter and biting. Overall, decent and worth a try, the alcohol could be better blended but, after all, it is a DIPA so one shouldn't harbour illusions about a really smooth and subtle experience.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They said the sun never set on the British Empire and, indeed, the sunny glow of this English-inspired IPA appears ceaseless as well. This is one bright beer despite its very hazy, frosted-over complexion. Visible are particles of what is probably yeast, but what I will pretend to be hop cones. Only if we count bubbles and lace then this has a head.

The nose is a concentrate of juicy, fruity hop flavours. For an English-style IPA this smells mighty exotic, evincing notes of mango, papaya, lychee, guava and even a little coconut. This blows apple and oranges out of the water, that's for sure. This tropical fruit punch is underlined by a very thin wafer-like maltiness and also concedes a little to the alcohol.

I'm not sure how Stone achieved such a tropical fruitiness from using only English hops but the bready, wafer-y flavour is characteristic of English malts. Mind you, they don't seem to have used much of them. This should surely delight American hops head but I imagine, should any of this make it over there, be much to the horror of the general British public.

Stone have never really been too concerned with masking the alcohol content of their beers. It probably has something to do with their ego. Though not always, sometimes I wish they would - and this is one such incident. The fruity hoppiness is great, but it alone isn't enough to hold up the almost 9% alcohol. Even really cold this has a stiff spike to it.

Notwithstanding, token notes of toast and tropical fruits survive unscathed and press the palate with the tight, clutching kind of embrace usually only executed by Portuguese women. Bitterness and alcohol prevent it from ever being great - or all that distinctly tasted for that matter - but both malts and hops maintain a good presence.

Stone asks: What good is history if you can't rewrite it to suit your own tastes?. Well, I dunno. But that's clearly what they did and, while it bears only nominal resemblance to the English IPA it claimed to be, this San Diego-style ale was a hit with me. That said, it doesn't cut the mustard with their standards and I'm not too upset it's only a one-off.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle split and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a hazy yellow/orange/light brown color, when held up to the light it's slightly more orange glow appears. An aggressive pour gives a thick white head, it produces some very good lacing to it. Overall not a bad look, but really looks more like a Belgian pale or a hefeweizen than a double IPA.

Smell is the best feature in my opinion. Extremely hoppy for something that's trying to pass itself off as an English style, but it's one of the things that makes Stone awesome. Citrus, floral, and some sweet pine hops completely dominate each sniff. There are some sweetness features in the smell as well, like honey glazed pale malts, very good overall.

Taste is a slight step down from the smell, but still very good. Much like the smell, the hops are still the more dominate feature in the flavor. Citrus and a sweet piney flavor combine together with some slight toasted malt. There is almost a honey flavor, but far more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel and texture is good, medium bodied and complex with a very clean bitter/zesty finish. Very drinkable, good all year round in my opinion.

Certainly not a traditional English IPA (or English DIPA), but I love how Stone does stuff like this. Thank you Stone for another good Anniversary beer!

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Photo of uturn
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz capped bomber poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A: This beer poured as a hazy straw color with a fluffy 2 finger off white head.

S: The nose was more citrusy, with grapefruit rinds, then piney.

T: The taste started off sweeter than expected with caramel malts and then I got the citrus flavors of the hops.

M: The mouthfeel was a medium to heavy body with a "thickness' not found in most IPA's and a nice level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was fairly good for a 8.9% abv brew.

This is not the best beer I've had from Stone, but is one which I would like to have again.

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

Hazy, bright golden in color with a short white head. Aroma of herbal hops, lemon, and some grassy notes.

Taste is crisp and bitter, with a strong grassy, herbal -- almost medicinal -- character, more lemon. Quite astringent, with an ever so faint touch of pine sap. Brutalizes the palate without overpowering flavor.

I can't decide if I like this or not, but I appreciate it for what it is.

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

It's a little hazy on the pour which indicates a good ale to me. Golden in color with white head and lacing.

Aroma is strong of citrus hops and that distinct Stone hop/yeast combo. It's also got a bright, almost summery aroma - hard to be in a bad mood after a sniff.

I've read the info on this beer being almost all British ingredients including water treated to match Burton mineral qualities. To my palate, that means very bitter and astringent up front while smoothing out and mellowing in the finish. Also, wow is there a lot of hops in here. If you've ever had an English IPA you know hops aren't as aggressive as they are here.

Mouthfeel-wise, I'd say it's a little to intense upfront to be a regular drinker, but as a one-timer it's a nice change.

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Photo of rarbring
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a hazy brass yellow color, a white head that is huge, recedes slowly, and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell has a honey and nectar sweetness, grape-fruit peel, pine, raisin, old cheese, fresh hay, glue.

The taste also has loads of nuances, sweet caramel, dark rye bread, pine resin, dew sprinkled herbs and fresh grass, resin and wood. Marzipan.

Medium low carbonation, small soft bubbles, a smooth texture and full body, slightly oily and alcoholic. A long dry finsih.

I can't help liking this kind of beer, if searching for anything there could be a notch more sour freshness.

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

Clear golden straw. Huge near white head, thick and frosty. Sticky waves of lace.

Spicy peppery, herbal lemon hop aromas. Some pale toasted malt aroma.

Zesty lemon, pepper, spicy herbal, and grassy. Big peppery herbal bitterness. Touch of saltiness. Crisp bready yeast and a touch of vanilla.

Medium light body for style. Bigger body than color indicates. Drying, slightly sticky, and crisp. nice assertive slow carbonation.

Tasty and drinkable. Quite a departure from american IIPAs and English IPAs. I can get down with something like this from time to time. But I prefer the american hops.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 15 Aug 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large foamy slightly yellow head. Moderate carbonation. Hazy toasted yellow corn color. Aroma is reminiscent of apples, floral, roses, slightly medicinal. Flavor starts somewhat soapy. Bitter. Some apple cideriness to it. Strong hop profile, quite medicinally-aspirin bitter throughout. Grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Warming alcohol.

Not sure what hop variety gives the aspirin bitterness but it is unappealing.

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Photo of pilotgod
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz into a tulip.

I had two bottles brought to me in August straight from the brewery. Drank one that night, cellered the other one, but did it wrong and it started to skunk, so drank it while it was still saveable. The below is from notes on the first beer, which was in bottle for less than 72 hours.

A: When poured correctly into the tulip a pronounced head is left that will support the bottle cap. The head isn't going anywhere either leaves lacing all the way down that clings fast and doesn't slowly migrate down the glass. The beer is a hazy yellow, but a little darker than other IPA's, such as Stone's Ruination.

S: It's an IPA, so first off you smell hops, followed by more hops, then a little pine smell, followed by hops again. Once your olfactory senses have been sufficiently stunned into submission, other nuances of the beer become apparent such as citrus notes and some flower essences that I can't peg exactly. The effect is to definitely let you know this is an IPA, but nothing really stands out above the rest.

T: Citrusy and hoppy are the two best adjectives here. They both combine in equal amounts to give you a unique IPA taste. This is however, a lot lighter on the hops presence then one would expect from an Emperial IPA and especially from Stone. It comes across a bit reserved as if Stone pulled back at the last minute from making a more substantial IPA.

M: The feel is OK, but a bit over carbonated for an IPA, this combined by an overly dry feeling, leave me less than impressed.

D: The brew didn't live up to what I've come to expect from DIPA styles and from Stone. While I wouldn't turn a glass of this down, I wouldn't spend my own money on another bottle or glass. Instead, for a good IPA and Stone product, I would turn back to Ruination.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 08/09/2010:

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a finger of fluffy marshmallow-white head that doesn't last and doesn't lace very well.

S: Grass, pineapple, some floral notes, lemon zest, and earthiness.

T: Citrus heavy early with floral hop bitterness, honey, grass, and caramel malts taking over.

M: It has a medium-thick body with a lasting bitterness on the palate and some stickiness afterwards.

D: This beer is loaded with weirdness and contradictions.

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Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick orange juice with white head that disappears shortly after pour. Aroma of deep orange, orange peels, fruit punch and booze. Tastes of oranges, peels, booze, punch (similar to jungle juice), bitter towards the finish with a stale fruit aftertaste. Thick in body with light carbonation. A juicy imperial IPA.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a deuce-deuce (22 oz. bottle) into a beer taster.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden color with moderate carbonation visible through the murky liquid. Head settles to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and leaves moderate lacing on the way down.

Smell: There's a great deal of pungent citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit) in the initial scent. Certainly a floral hop element, and even some light breadiness towards the end. From the scent, I could see it pairing with Indian/Pakistani cuisine or fishy seafood quite nicely. No unpleasantness.

Taste: Slightly repugnant. The scent is superbly misleading. First sip yields bitter nastiness. Burned popcorn and heavy fusel-type alcohol flavors battle voraciously, while a nearly cloying sweetness (of caramel malt, perhaps) creates a layer of strangeness underneath it all. Aftertaste is bitter and pungent. Not my favorite take on an IPA of any kind.

Mouthfeel: Lightly hop-oiled, ample carbonation, slightly chewy. Leaves a light coating upon imbibation.

Drinkability: I fear I may have to offer this as a libation to the beer-gods.

My only regret is that I drank the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid first tonight. *Sigh* if I could turn back time.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe on 1/14/10

A - Pours a light golden yellow with a really nice white cap that left plenty of lacing as it faded.
S - Aroma is dominated by by citrus, pineapple and orange, i'm even picking up a little bit of cherry. There is a nice malty backbone but it steps aside to let the hops take charge.
T - Lemon, orange and pinapple all mixed together. A malty biscuit base shows through in the middle ending with a nicely bitter citrus finish.
M/D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a fairly dry finish, the bitter finish is nice but a little too much to make it very drinkable. I could have another but definitely not one to have alot of. I like this one alot though, and I hope to have it again.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. While the bottle is 6 months old, I'll note that it's spent those 6 months in my fridge, not on a hot bottleshop's shelf. Also, the fact that I waited 6 months to drink it isn't a mini-review in and of itself; I'm just not often in the mood for big, dry IPAs (I've had a few bottles of this beer already, and remember it fondly).

Appearance: Free pour yields a long lasting, one inch, frothy white head. Pours a hazy yellow, and leaves large swatches of lacing.

Smell: Right from the bottle there's a strong, potent, citrus hop aroma. In the glass it smells like orange, tropical fruit, and grass, with a mild bready malt backbone. Pungent, fruity hops are the dominant aroma. The smell is insistently hoppy, and enriches the taste. It would be mildly criminal to drink this out of a vessel that doesn't capitalize on how aromatic the beer is.

Taste: Lemony, orange-y hops giving way to a biscuity finish. High bitterness. Hop flavor lasts into the aftertaste.

The conceit of this beer is very simple: make a trademark west coast USA hop assault DIPA with hops reminiscent of milder English IPAs. The beer is well done on both fronts, and honestly tastes more balanced now than ever (when it was fresh, the powerhouse orange note from the smell was equally dominant in the taste, but now there's more of a balance between abundant hops and biscuit undertones).

My only complaints are that the flavor gets a bit solvent-like near the finish, and that lemony IPAs often put me a bit too in mind of washing dishes. All in all the flavor combinations are quite good though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and juicy. Moderate to high carbonation. Finishes dry. West coast DIPA all the way in this category.

Drinkability: The alcohol gets in the way of really wanting to take down an entire 22oz bottle of this. It's a decent DIPA, and if it were made regularly I'd definitely hit it on tap once in awhile, or buy a bottle for a change. Wouldn't really even consider putting it into regular rotation though.

Emperial IPA is an experiment beer, and a relatively successful one. It works well as a brewery anniversary beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold, lighter than expected, almost the color of ripe apricot flesh. Fluffy white head on top leaves wicked lacing clinging tenaciously to the glass as it recedes.

Nose is really different. Intense, vivid aromas of lemon and orange are marked by a big pungency that is surprisingly sharp - like taking a shot of those citric aromas right up the nose. I like it.

Taste doesn't let the nose down. Intensely citrusy, though like the nose more in the orange and lemon sense than the more grapefruity, tropical notes most often present in American versions. Very pungently bitter, peppery, just a bit of underlying cat pee bite, a sweet side to the citric fruitiness that comes from the underlying, almost anonymous malt sweetness - more candy than anything, but buried beneath the shouldered load of hop hysteria. Alcohol is quite subtle, lurking way in the back without ever causing a real stir. Finish is long, lingering pungent bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer now, and I bet this would age fairly well for a DIPA. In my opinion, this would be a better candidate for producing a Belgian version than Stone's standard IPA is. Really intriguing beer, and one I was rather surprised to enjoy as much as I did.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with that characteristic mellow fullness of unfiltered beers, with a softish carbonation and lingering bitterness. A bit on the juicy side.

Drinkability is ok - the alcohol is there but subtle, the flavors mesh well and are unique. The pungency and big bitterness are somewhat distracting, and the pungency especially wears after a bit.

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

I've had a bottle of Stone 14 sitting in my fridge for a while. Looking at it I could tell that it was totally hoppy because I could see the haze through the brown glass. I decided to open it tonight to find that it's not actually hop resins that are making it hazy (it's actually cloudy), it's just yeast! It looks like a Bavarian style hefeweizen in the glass (except for the quick rising bubbles of a higher carbonation). In fact I can see fairly large chunks of yeast suspended an inch or so above the base of the glass. There's also a lot of sediment, but I'm surprised that there's so much floating about. And this is the first pour!!!

It holds a good head though, continually maintaining a 1/4" thick lid of creamy white foam. Rings and sheets of lace are also left behind with each sip.

Surprisingly, it's not that hoppy in the nose. Ahh, I see. After a quick look at the label I understand that it's an English style IPA (although a bit strong), hence the title "Emperial". It's gently citrusy, leafy, mildly floral, a touch piney; and fruity from the yeast (apple, some pear). But does being an English style allow for a cloudy appearance? Hmmm?

In the mouth it's medium with a gently dextrinous edge, and a moderate carbonation that gently bristles the palate (I guess that's English-style as well).

The flavor is fairly basic, except that it is a bigger beer with more alcohol and a lot of bitterness. I find pale ale malt with perhaps a touch of light crystal; but this could simply be "Golden Promise" or some other UK malt. It's not Maris Otter. The hops are as the nose suggests, although a bit more grassy and spicy, and less leafy. They remain floral. The fruitiness of the yeast is present throughout, and it's reminiscent of other Stone beers, however, I think it's a different strain than they normally use. Is it just White Labs WLP023? I initially thought WLP002 but that's a little sharper than the "Bass"... ... could be, but who knows? I find it amazing how the same strains of yeast can taste different coming out of different breweries based on how their fermentation program.

As to drinkability, I enjoyed it. It's not an English IPA by any means, but it sits well as a west coast interpretation of an English IPA. Could it be described as anything else? No. That said, it's a bit bitter and the alcohol shows. Is it too bitter...? Nah, not really. As far as micros go it's still well within reason, especially for Stone. But should the alcohol be so apparent? Probably not. Is there enough complexity to keep it interesting? Ahh, not really. But that goes back to the style. On the other hand, the alcohol and bitterness throw off the balance a bit.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, grapefruit yellow. Frothy white head that vanishes surprisingly quickly leaving one giant lace ring - the alpha ring. Some other retention slips and slides down the glass but doesn't stick.

Smells exactly like Yikes Strips grapefruit bubblegum. Some herbal tones there as well, so maybe not exactly. Bready focaccia malt. Taste is more grapefruit, more herbal, and maybe some white pepper. Baguette malt with some sourdough character in back.

I think the herbal character of this beer would get to me after awhile but for 22oz it rocks my socks.

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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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