14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA14th 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)

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Added by jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 779 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass. Very cool write up on the back of the bottle, love the Emperial instead of Imperial.

A: A hazy golden color with a half finger white head on an aggressive pour. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Blast of herbal floral notes with a decent amount of citrus smells like orange and tangerine. Some slight pepper and caramel come in. Lots going on here.

T: First taste is very herbal and floral with grassy hints and some orange and tangerine citrus. As the beer warms these up front flavors turn more spicy and earthy with some pepper flavors. Body holds caramel malt that gets trounced by the bitter ending hops. Clean an crisp. Real different with the English hops, but very good and super complex. Wonderful.

M: Medium, prickly, peppery, no alcohol and bitterness lingers.

D: High, damn this is a good beer.

You notice right away that the hops they use in this beer are not your average variety. Great use of the Kent and Golding hops as they obviously put a ton of hops in this beer. This beer is so different, but so damn good that it's mind blowing. How Stone keeps doing it is beyond me, but this is a real winner. Way different from the rest, this is another one that needs to go along the route of the 11th and become a regular rotation beer. Stunning.

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Photo of russellaaron69
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color. Very clear. Soft white head that left behind a lot of really nice lacing. Smell is fresh citrus all the way (grapefruit is the main smell I picked up). Taste was amazing! Very crispy fruity taste with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is very good not to full but not thin by any means. Wow what an amazing brew! I've always been a big fan of Stone and this beer definitely furthers my love. Very drinkable with no sign of alcohol. I would love for this to be a year round or atleast seasonal release. I'm going tomorrow to pick up a few more bottles for my collection.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber in color very impressed with a nice fluffy white head. Lacing all throughout.

S - Ow Wow! I never had such a crisp smell of citrus hops in all my beer experience. Very strong grapefruit as well. Loving it.

T - Man the ABV is well hidden. The fruity sweetness of the hops really leaves only a slight hoppy bitterness from the brew but the bitter finish is just harsh enough to take the edge off of the ABV. A perfect IPA in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied and full of flavor.

D - It sucks that it's limited but I guess it's a way to get me to buy another! Great beer overall and a pretty ok price (paid 8 dollars for the bomber)

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Photo of chickencoop
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it about this beer but i can't stop drinking it. Big citrusy everything on this, but almost a lagery drinkablility to this, just a crisp finsh. I have beeen down on stone for some time, no reason, just a few bad beers (i was the biggest supporters of these guys when they launched in norcal, i told everybody to drink this stuff in 98', seriously). This beer is legit, i will be buying more and spreading the word again.

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Photo of jmich24
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A: One finger head. Color resembles a unfiltered orangish colored wheat ale. Some sporadic lacing.
S: Holy Oranges. The citrus hops smell outstanding.
T: Starts a bit sweet and then the hops kick in. More hops than I expected from a English style IPA. Awesome citrus especially orange/tangerine.
M: Nice creaminess for an IPA. Crisp finish
D: Way too drinkable for a beer that tops out at almost 9% ABV.

This was outstanding for me. Im not sure if this well represents the "English IPA" because if is awfully hoppy and fruity, but outstanding any who!

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Photo of Lothore
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy tangerine color with a fluffy, white head.

S- Lots of citrus, sweet orange, light fruits.

T- Crisp, orange, citrusey hops, light fruits, lots of hop kick on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I love this beer. Extremely crisp and excellent on a summer night.

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Photo of mikey711
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review # 400

A: Cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head that holds pretty well. more clarity would have been nice

S: Very grassy smelling with notes of pine and maybe a touch of citrus fruit. Some caramel is present in the background

T: Heavy bitter pine note with some grassy and floral notes. nice caramel sweetness. Some hints of orange citrus too

M: A bit rough around the edges. slightly oily and a touch of heat.

d: A nice solid drinking DIPA. The mouthfeel and the hops were a little overwhelming but not always in a good way as the pine got slightly astrigent tasting

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours a hazy peach with a moderate sticky white head. It has a grassy, sweet aroma. The flavor has a strong grass, hay like hop prescence. Slightly sweet with floral notes, it has a lingering bitter finish. It has a medium body and is nicely carbonated. A great enlish IPA.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beast...a hopped to hell English IPA.

It's a little lighter than what I've come to expect from IPAs from American brewers, but that's OK. Looks great in the Stone imperial pint glass, plenty of head retention.

Aroma is of a little alcohol, and dank earthy hops.

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear they are using Summit hops here, as I get that onion taste I'm not that crazy about. Not on all sips, though. It's definitely hopped to hell, with different hops than most of us are used to. Very "dirty" hop character, like chewing bitter dirt.

Still has a greasy resinous feel that I like.

No problem finishing off the bomber, but would I make this a regular? Not so sure. For English IPAs I'd take the Meantime IPA over this any day. Still a very good effort though.

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Photo of magnj
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body with a white frothy head that subsides quickly but still hangs around enough to leave some lacing on my snifter.

S - Awesome. IPA but not American (not that they are bad). Hops are very aggressive but not the typical "C" hops that give off pine and tropical fruits. These are more grassy and herbal, still some citrus but that may also be attributed to the English yeast a bit. Aside from the hops which are the main show you get a sugary sweet character.

T - Just like it smells this thing is all business with a ton of hops up front, grassy but pungent. There is a mildly fruity thing in there, not sure again if it's yeast driven or hops or both. Malts really don't come through much except towards the end and even then it seems to be a simple recipe, clean but nothing fancy. Overall really enjoyable and I'm just starting the bomber. ABV so far is not an issue though I suspect as it warms it will pop up.

M/D - Full body but backed up by the huge hops additions and strong ABV it seems appropriate. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of tmalone510
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this IPA. I typically prefer a lighter IPA with aggressive, but not over the top, hop flavor and aroma. I prefer color on the lighter side which yields a more drinkable and refreshing taste in my opinion. The Target hops are a clear standout and in my opinion make the beer. This is a true success.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyebacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Decent retention with some sticky lace. Color is a pale golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy floral hops. Light citrus. Bready malts. Has some herbal notes like a saison would.

Taste: Much different than the aroma. Lots of English malts. Bready. Floral grassy hops. Light citrus. Very odd. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Some alcohol showing. Ends with a bitter hop bite.

Overall, not a bad English IPA. It was worth a try and I was able to finish the bomber. Glad it was hopped up. Just a tad too much malt for me.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

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Photo of denflyr
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

Nice golden color and clear for the most part....I was expecting a little different as it seemed slightly cloudy in the bottle.

Smell was not overwhelming, but had some nice lemon notes and a slight malty overtone.

The taste was very nice! Yes this beer was the typical Stone "hoppy" IPA, but it had more to it than that! It has a nice subtle "hoppy" tone to the beer, but not like previous anniversary beers.

The mouthfeel is nice. You know for a beer that has high IBU's, this beer is not overly harsh on the palate. This is a nice touch to the beer!

Drinkability is nice, but only slightly over average. I like the "hoppy" side of this beer, but find the malt backbone lacking just a bit. So I want a bit more structure.

Nice overall, but my favorite is still the 11th Anniversary beer!

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Photo of gregmoscetti
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty stoked to try this beer but unfortunately, Stone has swung on and missed big. The beer goes in a three step process: Aggressive hop bitter (surprise surprise)...2...1.. hmmm that tastes interesting and not too bad...2...1... ugh gross, is that a sweaty sock?

so for those of you at home, it will taste "ok", then "not bad", then "ugh, gross."

Die hard stone fans and people who don't get to drink great IPAs whenever they want will say its good. But it isnt. Way better stuff down here in so-cal to be wasting a penny on this beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this beer has some real mixed reviews but if you consider the style and what they were going fo here I feel Stone knocked it out of the park.

Was one thinking that they would make yet another IPA that tasted like all thier others?

Well the good news is that they didn't and what you have here is a beer unlike any other that I have had that stands out and makes a difference.

Look is golden with a nice head sediment in the bottom suggest nice bottle conditioning.

Smell light citrus some spices.

Taste - to me exceptional loved it and hope others will too because it is different don't expect a west coast style here and really don't expect a east coast either it is just different and great at the same time.

M - good stays with you a nice feel.

D - Good as well. Definately having another soon.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is fruity hoppy - candied orange and some lemon - with herbs & spices - fresh cut grass, lemongrass, and something akin to cinnamon. Smells good.

Pours clear medium gold with lots of head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose with some heavy sweetness, lots of candied orange, deeper spices - clove, slight peppermint - and a moderate tea-like bitterness. Mild grassy/leafiness and raw hop oil. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Nice IPA. Stone have outdone themselves.

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Photo of kwjd
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy orange colour with huge fluffy white head and tons of lacing. Nice enough head retention. Smell is strongly of herbal/floral hops. Bitterness hits hard in the taste, unlike most English IPA's. Lots of fresh herbal hop flavour with some mild citrus. Nice biscuit malt too. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but it is a really winner for me.

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Photo of phishgator
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Medium head with good carbonation. Dark golden hue with no visible light (hazed). The nose is of strong citrusy hops and pepper. The taste upfront is almost too bitter, but that subsides once your taste buds are numbed. The flavor is big bittering hops followed by a grassy crisp finish. Not a session beer, but one that is good to have from time to time this year.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good but quick dying head on top of an orange-tinted gold body. Smell is extremely hoppy with citric and grape notes yet a strong sugary malt smell like maple for some reason. A really hoppy and bread/biscuit taste but is really balanced with a citric, juicy taste and finishes dry and crisp. Lemony and sour apple like taste flavors yet not sour or tart; sweetness is minimal but there and there's a tad bit of huskiness in the finish from some roasted malts. A good beer, although I found hops and dryness a little overpowering. Still a good beer.

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Photo of charlzm
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed July 26th, 2010 in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

This "Emperial" pale ale is a mostly-clear deep yellow, sort of like morning urine. Right, anyway... there is a verrrry smooooth creamy head atop this beer, almost a cask/nitro texture due to the uniformly fine off-white bubbles that rise throughout the session with this beer.

Aroma: hoppy in the English style. Medicinal herbs, white pepper, vague dash of floral character. Not as strong as I had expected.

Flavor starts off with toffee and toasty malt which segues swiftly to a medicinal, earthy hop assault. The bitterness is there in the form of a lemon rind flavor, though it doesn't come out fully until after the somewhat tea-like finish (literally a few seconds after the swallow). There is almost an English barleywine character to the flavor, due perhaps to the copious English hops used in the brewing? While I didn't especially care for it, I'm sure it's exactly what Stone intended.

Texture is creamy with the slightest carbonation bite.

I found this one overbearing; if it had been hopped a bit less, it would have been more enjoyable but probably considered less "Stone".

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with minimal head and a moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Moderate grapefruit and pine aroma make up the majority of the nose with biscuity malt in the background.

T - Some phenolic biscuit malt sets a foundation for a blend of sweet and bitter hop onslaught to the tongue. Mild orange citrus and a hefty dose of grapefruit and pine needles. Intertwined among the bitter fruit is some sweet pineapple. About half way through the glass the pineapple becomes more noticeable. Finishes dry and practically sucks the spit off your tongue.

M - There's some warming on the way down and the mouth is left with a cotton-like feel counterbalanced with a citrus and pine. Medium bodied, mild carbonation on the tongue.

D - Very good.

My first reaction to this beer was, "Meh". However, realizing this is an English style IPA on steroids, it's a total hop bomb for the style.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/24/10

Brightly colored tangerine with swaths of gold highlights. Quite cloudy & dense, held to the light it has an almost neon glow. Poured one finger of white foam that held for a few minutes then dropped to an island of bubbles amid a skim of foam. Ok lacing thus far. Minimal retention throughout with sporadic blobs & splotches of lacing.

The aroma is rather unconventional, if not downright odd. It's a mixed bag of good & bad qualities, in my opinion. The Good: bright citrusy notes of lemon zest, orange peel & a hint of grapefruit; juicy & floral overtones & a suitable toasty malt backdrop that doesn't seem overpowering. The Bad: said citrus notes are way past ripe; very, very soapy; a touch of solvent & though seemingly not boozy, my nose is left with a harsh chemical-like agitation after lofty sniffs.

I wish I had purchased a hazmat suit along with this beer. I was hoping the chemical burn of the aroma was quarantined in the aroma. No such luck. From the very first sip this tastes of brutal solvency. Not as bad as, say, GUBNA, but this isn't at all pleasant. Some of the citric aspects carry over from the nose, but are muddled by the solvency & bordering on rotten. The citrus zestiness doesn't last long either, as the finish is engulfed in aspirin-like bitterness. Malts are far in the background. Seems like some toasted bread notes, but the potency of the hops dominates. Starts to taste medicinal as it warms.

Emperial IPA is basically medium bodied, maybe even a few clicks toward full bodied. Carbonation starts out at the mid-point of the spectrum (though it gets low by the end). A little grittiness is to be had. Alcohol heat is pretty well-hidden; warming with a very slight slickness. Finishes with the astringent aspirin bitterness mentioned above.

I would be inclined to go outside & fling this into the air but I'm afraid it would fuel the chemtrail conspiracy theorists & kill the grass, vegetation & any neighborhood animals that came across it. I will say it's less painful whilst cold, as well as the second pour (which is probably just a desensitization from the first pour). I will likely check this one out as time goes by, however; it's strangely alluring despite its flaws.

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Photo of cavedave
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a finely cloudy golden topped by a thin off white head which relaxes to a lively cap and leaves some spotty lace.

Not a strong smell, but full of vegetal, citrus, and some herbal bitter hop notes, nice light tart and neutral sweet behind it.

Taste is a medium/full flavor. It starts surprisingly bitter, even for Stone, wends its way through citrus pith, vegetal, hints of tart yeast, neutral sweet, picks up some floral, and ends very citrus bitter with dark herbosity accompaniment. As it warms, the sweet almost disappears in this, and a hint of drying pine enters the scene. Sounds pretty good to read this, but it isn't the best flavor profile for an IPA, not even the best flavor profile for a Stone IPA.

Mouthfeel is not all that great, even for a IIPA wannabe. It is low carb., good, but could be even lower, highly viscous, but would benefit by being lighter in mouth, and a dry finish that isn't complex nor clean enough, and way too astringent. Good? Yes. Stone usual quality good? No.

Drinkability is average, and that is being kind. In a land of fine IPA I can instantly think of ten easier drinkers I would rather be drinking right now.

Impression: Where is the crazy complex hop artsitry Stone usually achieves? At this price think I'll stick to better, more affordable alternatives.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really, really liked this beer.
In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a copious white head that was very sticky.
Peppery aroma, floral, sweet malt.
The taste was peppery up front, followed by some very sweet malt, with a late hops finish.
Incredibly smooth and balanced, great to drink.
Hope it likes my cellar.

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 779 ratings