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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange/yellow with a big 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of puffy lacing on the drink down. Smells of sweet malts, extreme pine/citrus zest hops, and nail polish remover. The chemical nail polish smell is really throwing me off. Taste is all up in your face with the pine/citrus zest hops, almost like chewing on pine needles and grapefruit rinds at the same time. There is a sweet malt finish and surprisingly the bitterness on the palate after each sip is quite mild. Mouthfeel is weird because there is carbonation but the beer is still somehow flat and thick. Overall, this is a good DIPA from Stone. They really know how to pack in the hops and this anniversary beer is just another example of their love for the green stuff.

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

A- Hazy orange with a decent sized orange-ish head, Decent lacing with big bubbles as head dissipates.

S- Sweet hoppyness, citrusy with a mix of other hops as well.

T- Hops, and hops. Citrusy hops are definately the biggest player but a good mix of hop flavors thoughout the drink. Nice bitter finish with a warmth of alcohol involved.

M- Sticky, medium body and low-moderate carbonation. Alcohol definately noticable in the finish (as mentioned above) not sure if the warmth helps the finish or not.

O- Decent DIPA but nothing spectacular, could probably only have one of these in a night but this 22 will take a while to finish as it is.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Why not celebrate the beer in a company glass?

I bought three bottles when this beautiful beer came out. I finally opened the third bottle of this incredibly hoppy beer.

On the pour I had a one and a half finger head. It retained the creaminess for a couple minutes.

The color is a deep yellow color. It has some nice haze to the shading to the beer.

I smell a nice bouquet of hops. There are a lot of different hops in the beer, but the cascade comes through. Your can smell the grapefruit coming through. Not a surprise with Stone. They throw lots of great hops into all their beers. This works for my hophead favortism.

I enjoy the flavors coming through from the first drink. I like how the hops come through in each drink. The hops have matured well with the additional aging. These extra years have added bitterness, but they mellow in each drink.

I am excited for the 15th to come.

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

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Pours an orange-yellow-amber colour. Rather hazy with a bubbly 1/2 inch thick head, visible lacing as it begins to dissipate.

Smell: Very hoppy, fruity, and sweet. A bit of spice lingers at the end.

Taste: Not as powerful as I would have expected. Very bitter and somewhat boozy upfront, some citrus, lots of pine. Finishes bitter and boozy. Overall, hoppy,.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, somewhat crisp yet a little sticky at the same time. Very nice.

Overall: As with many other imperial IPAs, it doesn't go down quite like water. The amount of bitter and alcohol is powerful and strong yet to be expected. It's nice to sit and sip but I can't imagine having more than one in a single night.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.

S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.

T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).

M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.

D: I usually like Stone's anniversary beers, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. I guess if I'm going to have any more of these, I'll have to drink them quickly.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.

T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.

O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.

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

Stone Brewing Company--Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.90% ABV. 100 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Dense lacy lasting rocky 1/2 inch head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Fizzy! Sweet rich floral aromatic yet gentle hop front. Creamy rich resinous mild fruit citrus pine white malt dough hint body. Mellow smooth hop spice dangerously refreshing clean end. Sampled 3/20/2011. Purchased for $7.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 6/1/2010.

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

From notes, 7-23-2010

A - medium cloudy yellow body, thin white dissipating head

S - strong citrus on the nose, not specifically very hoppy, a light maltiness

T - good creamy malt character, a unique bitterness, sharp flavors, not floral or fruity.

M - full and thick, highly palatable.

O (D) - pretty interesting, good tasting. Overall, quite drinkable.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Fireworks Pizza in VA. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours slightly hazy glowing orange with a beautiful and foamy white head. Aroma is super citrusy hops, hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, very resiny and juicy with a touch of wood and floral notes. Flavor is again citrusy, juicy fruits with mango and orange, some caramel candies with a little bit of a booziness with the citric and fresh hop oils. Sticky sweet medium full body and a moderate carbonation. Very nice Imperial IPA, balanced and freshly hoppy!

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

A: A thick looking hazy gold....kinda looks like melted butter with about a half inch of foam floating on top...

S: some citrus, some hay?, a little dank something or other... Not to sure...

T: unAmericanized.. Not your typical Micro Hop bomb - which is fine..bit maltier, dryer.. but pleasant..I think my mouth though, is still trying to make up its mind on what's going on here...

M: buttery/creamy... Carbonation isp resent...

O: Interesting

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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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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 773 ratings.
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