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 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 BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated June 2010, Poured October 24,2011 into a flute glass.

Appearance: A cloudy, light golden amber with a 1/8 inch white head.

Smell: Smell of grapefruit, and rich pine. True essence of hops but doesn't cling they way some might like it to.

Taste: Bitter but super tasty of pine and grapefruit. Smooth hoppy feel to it which some might have mixed reaction to. I like the after taste as well definitely made for true hop-heads with the intention of saying "I need more".

Mouth: Great after taste, not too carbonated which in my opinion is great for this type of beer. Flavor is sticky doesn't leave so easily emphasizing the word "emperial".

Overall: Incredible beer wish I could find more but seems to be a limited release. Take your time drinking it might not like it right away if you do good luck finding more.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying to make room in the cellar.

Pours a murky deep apricot with a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving thick lacing. Visible chunks are present.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness in the background accompanying pine, and substantial doughy malt ties things together. Surprised it's still this hoppy.

Orange, tangerine, and bitter pith flavors emerge first. Bitterness is quite high throughout. Citrus is accompanied by floral hops to dominate the profile. The finish is fairly dry and peppery. Grassy, earthy notes emerge as out warms. Caramel malt adds a substantial sweetness initially, but is dominated by hops in the finish.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

More citrus character than anticipated. Very bitter.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter that left good sheeting and thick lacing throughout. the head was very bubbly and thick. the body was a dull orange color and was bubbly as well.
s - malty with a hint of some spice underneath. lightly fruity.
t - tastes dry with some pepper and very bitter from the hops. i'm a huge hop guy but this seems a little off. also tastes a little bready.
m - bubbly and medium.
d - stone is probably my favorite brewery and i've never disliked anything they've done and while i do like this beer it's my least favorite stone ever. all of their anniversary beers are phenomenal and maybe my expectations were too high but this falls a bit short of them.

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

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Head diminished to the one-bubble layer on top of the beer that remained throughout.

The smell was what you would expect form an IPA. Sweet, alcoholic, pungent hop tones that were fighting for airspace.

The taste was as sweet as it smelled, but not heavy on the alcohol. Started off with an up-front approach of hops and light bitterness, hints of citrus and then mellowed out to a soft, almost grassy after taste.

Not an overly impressive IPA if comparing it to others, but well enough to stand alone. I don't quite understand the purpose or reasoning behind wanting to Imperial-ise an IPA other than the fact to say that it was done. Perhaps to set it apart from the past anniversary IPAs that Stone has done...

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

Pours straw yellow with a bone white head climbing above. Great retention and foamy lace.

Aroma is definitely unique, with some dusty grain, white raisin fruit, and a bitter earthy lightly dirty backdrop of waffles. Raspy and difficult to describe. Certainly unique. Not necessarily attractive on it's own, other than the alluring intrigue.

Light citrusy notes pop in taste, with a dusty raspy, yet not harsh light tight malty grain flavor. Not too deep or complex, but decidedly interesting. Lightly peppery with some soft lemon and an orange flavor with almost no sweetness. Strong without being overwhelming, and light enough to stay fresh despite the strength. Sits high on the palate, kind of airy and never really coming down to hit any bottom end notes to round it out. Bitter long finish that seems to swell up again when you think it's done.

Feel is decent. Present in fullness, but really medium bodied with a mild cling on the palate. Faint but active carbonation.

Drinks with relative ease for someone who really likes this take on the style, but its uniqueness could argue the other way. Bitter and pleasant to some, but I would imagine harsh and disagreeable to others. Certainly worth the try, and I'd potentially want it again, but not something I'm likely to crave... though perhaps it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I imagine this would have been a stunning beer when fresh and clearly Stone can't be blamed for my poor cellaring choices, but although the taste has held up remarkably well, other elements don't shine as much.

Not a visually appealing beer, as it pours a yellowish-orange with limited head and many large floating chunks. Aroma has faded remarkably, so that now hops are barely present, just the "fresh blood" copper smell that comes with their passing. However the faint citrus tang in the background hints at what must have been. The flavour still has some bitter punch and is nowhere near as simple as the aroma. Tropical fruit and citrus with a decent caramelized malt backbone and a bracing alcohol warmth fitting its 8.9% ABV

I’ll state again how sad I am to have lost this bomber at the back of the beer fridge! This beer should definitely have been enjoyed fresh.

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

This beer pours a pail straw to very light orange with a ton of haze most likely due to the hops.

The aroma is a little weak right out of the fridge but comes out a little more as it warms with some earthyness and a little grapefruit. I also want to note this was a very clean smell.

The beer is over powered by the hops. Spicey and earthy (completely unlike Stone) with a flowery like vegitable after flavor. I pick up on a little bit of malt sweetness when it warms.

This is a very clean beer aside from a very coying bitterness which I think is what they were going for with the "burtonize" water profile which is the only thing that detracts from the mouthfeel.
I think the drinkabliity speaks for its self. 8.9%ABV, a ton of British hops, and a ton of sulfates in the water. Not exactly a lawn mower beer.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that settles slowly to a thin film. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Hops dominate aroma with pine, flowers, and just a hint of grapefruit. Some malt character shines through with some caramel and toast. Yeast is present as well. Almost smells Belgian in a way.

T: Much like the smell, but hops almost mask any malt character. Extremely bitter, with pine, floral, and some citrus notes. Finish has some sweetness, but does not last long.

M: Full bodied, and has a somewhat rough mouthfeel. Finish is short, and all that remains is bitterness.

D: This brew is good and drinkable, but I expected more from Stone. A solid effort, bit one is enough. Maybe next year, guys.

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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 mwa423
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear golden color with tons of billowy white head that refuses to die. Almost too much head.

S - Smells very earthy, dirty hops, almost like marijuana.

T - Tons of taste, tons of hops, both traditional english bitter hops, but also some floral west coast hops. Once the hops pass, there is a smooth and rich malt flavoring that chases the hops down and leaves the dirty hoppy aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bite. Drinkability is going to vary, I'm in the mood for it, but if I wasn't expecting it, I would probably really hate it.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice, clear straw gold with a wispy white head and a bit of lacing with each sip.
Smell is really mild, some slightly wheaty sweetness, mild citrus hops and some caramel malt notes.
Taste is much like the smell. There are definite wheat notes here. Mildly sweet with some lingering bitter hop notes. Dry, lingering finish, pretty bitter and dark. Mild burnt caramel helps with the dark finish. Best paired with some strong cheese.
Very mild carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Easy to sip on a hot evening.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, bright tangerine color with an elegant 3 cm white head. Pretty good retention, and some nice lace sticking on the glass. Pretty much what I expect out of a Stone IPA. Lots of yeast particles float around toward the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A nice bouquet of floral, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of piney hops. Some sweet biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: Definitely a ton of hop goodness in this one. Stone knows that's what I love and provides it for me. There is some sweetness up front, but the bready malt is really light. The flavor quickly moves to a floral bouquet, some grapefruit hop goodness, and some bitter sticky pine to close it out. Finishes bitter on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Wet and juicy feel, with bubbly tingly carbonation on the tongue. A little bit fuller than medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Actually just a little disappointed in how this turned out. Having a ton of floral, citrus, and pine hops in the mix is a good start, but the malt is really lacking. It was pretty good, but it will get lost among the better beers in the category.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter.

A: Light orange. Very light for an IPA. Thick frothy head, very small bubbles -- lots of lacing. Hazy - no direct light is passing through. Can't really see any carbonation.

S: Strong citrus fruit smell. Along with pineapple, pear, and a bready smell.

T: Upfront hops -- citrus tanginess, a little tart. There's plenty of bitterness but it doesn't come across as too dry (IMO). Pretty juicy. Malts have some sweetness. Also getting a little alcohol - more than I prefer. And I'm also getting sort of a slight peppery flavor at the back.

M: Medium body. Not loose at all. I might even be a medium to fuller body - maybe. I cant see the carbonation but I can feel it. Not too dry.

D: Not bad. I love the smell. But the flavor didn't keep up. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I would have liked. Solid beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a very small egg-shell head, and very good lacing.

smell is of orange, floral, lemon, some caramel, hops, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, light grapefruit, hops, citrus, some caramel, pine, and a touch of pepper, ends very bitter.

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Photo of jnorris404
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at cellar temp poured into an imperial pint glass. june 2010 on the side of the bottle.

pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow/golden color. big 2-3 fingers of white head, great retention leaving a nice half inch of head the whole glass. very nice sticky lace too.

definatly a different aroma than i was expecting. quite perfumey, spicy hops. lemony citrus as well. pepper. a little bit of yeastiness.

i enjoy the taste more than the aroma, not to say the aroma is terrible or anything, it just doesnt live up to the taste. you get the perfumy, spicy, and lemon citrus hops in the taste as well. also some american like hops detectable, almost tropical fruity like. some pepper is noticable. a little bit of pale pilsner malt. maybe a little of that rare british yeast strain apparent,(as mentioned in the description on the bottle) but its slight. and holy bitterness, very bitter exspecially off the first few sips. finishs with a whole lot of lingering bitterness and citrus hop flavors.

nice mouthfeel, maybe a touch heavy for the style, but nice. resinous hops on the palate. good carbonation.

drinks good for the fairly high abv. one bomber would prolly be enough in a session, but i could definatly revisit this again. a good beer, but doesnt really live up to some of the other anniversary ales by stone. definatly worth a try though. what i like most about this ipa is that it is still really hoppy, but so much different than the majority of ipas, even english ipas out there.

this went very nicely with some jalapeno cheddar cheese, or any spicy cheese for that matter.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold near the bottom of the glass, darkening into an orange-tinted color up top. White head is frothy and sticky. Nice look. Nose is spicy and pungent with hops. Pretty earthy, with peppercorn and lemongrass. Malts are bready and a little toasted.

Dry hopped to the hilt, this one keeps the traditional English style flavor profile but ramps up the bitterness. Pale malts, relatively sweet but fairly dry. Hops fall into a resinous pine territory, with background notes of citrus and bubblegum. White pepper is in there as well, with a sweet-spiciness that I can't quite place - the brewing salts in the "Burtonised water" are probably contributing to the floral component.

Dramatically unbalanced - which is fine for me. Finishes highly bitter and peppery, with some booze warming the stomach. Lightly carbonated for an homage, which would be considered under-done here, but I happen to enjoy the silky mouthfeel and the bitter aftertaste that sinks deep into the palate. Those terrific brewers down at Stone have done it again, wrenching every last drop of flavor out of their chosen ingredients. Not quite up my personal alley, but an extremely well-made Anniversary.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Oh heck yes. This looks to me like a perfect English IPA as I would see Stone do it. Beautiful golden colour (that's the English spelling, in homage to the beer's style) with a big vanilla coloured head that has good retention and heaps heaps HEAPS of lacing. The ale is very hazy with medium liveliness.

Smell>Almost too wonderful to be an English IPA. It is easily a Stone beer by its arrogantly hoppy nose. Other notes are sweet grasses and honey.

Taste>Nicely done, Stone. The beer isn't overly complex, like most Stone brews, which is good because English IPAs are also not too complex. This beer gives you a a nice wallop of hops and a bitter hang, and doesn't leave you questioning too much more. The only thing stopping this from being a 5 is the fact that it is just too hoppy for its style. I'm giving it a 4 because it is still hella tasty.


Drinkability> not as easy as it's style should be, but good.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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