Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
774 Ratings
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
774
Reviews:
576
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short 1/4" head breaks apart immediately.

Smell: lemon zest and a somewhat sharp bitterness. Some earthiness in the aroma too.

Taste: strong bready malt sweetness balanced with a sharp earthy bitterness. Golden apples, some pear, and a bit of grassiness shows up late. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer wasn't as refreshing as I would have liked for the style. Slow sipping beer here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/2 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an amber, murky-golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells very weird. Got some earthy malts and manure. Not enjoyable at all.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, sweet fruity hops, citrus, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a nice beer except for the smell, which was awful. I asked several other people who ordered it as well and they all agreed on the smell. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of stewart124
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a haxy pale yellow with just a note fo golden hues.

Nice head that goes from a finger of white and turns into a pretty lace.

Smells of spicy/noble hops with a trace of fruitiness. Very interesting so far and I cannot wait to taste it.

Wow! What is this? There is an initial bitterness follow by a white pepper spice that I wasn't anticipating. This is backed up by a noble spice and just noticable earthy/fruity bitterness. There are some fruity esters but it is hard to overcome the pepper in the taste. This really overcomes everything in that beer and the malt profile falls by the wayside.

Pleasant enough but I am amazed at how much the hop spice takes over the beer. I'd like to see more of a fusion between malt and hop bill.

Still a tasty English IPA but this really leans towards the spice.

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Photo of pmsawyer
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As an English IPA it misses the style; it is an Imperial IPA . The ingredients were English, except the treated water, but the style is Imperial as implied in the spelling Emperial which implies something different has been done.

Aroma - Hops with no detectable malt

Appearance - gold with orange tint. Little to no head.

Flavor - aroma did not mis-lead all hops. Very little malt tasted. Long aftertaste of hops a little harsh and bitter.

Texture - light body but astringent.

Overall a strong hop tonic. Never sure what "drinkability" means (Bud Light?) but one was enough.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Murky, hazy orange, auburn, and copper with a thin white head. Lines of lacing down the glass.

Grapefruit, orange, and pine aromas dominate along with an earthy and floral scent from the hops. Very little malt character. By far, my favorite aspect of this beer.

The flavor is hoppy, though not particularly bright, floral, citrusy, or for that matter, enjoyable. The flavors seem muddled together and focus on the earthy (even dirt-like) flavors as opposed to the bright citrus ones found in the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied.

Not one of my favorite offerings from Stone, though not a bad beer by any means. I wish I'd sought this one out when fresh.

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Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. Not sure what to make of the nose. Obviously, one picks up a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness, mostly consisting of black pepper and dank earth, but also pine and even some barnyard funk. Kind of an odd mixture of aromas....

The barnyard funk, dank earth and pine come on strong on the palate, but then there's literally a tidal wave of hoppy bitterness that completely dominates the flavor profile. This leads to a very dry, very bitter finish. The bitterness is so intense, you really don't pick up much alcohol (at least I don't), so I was a bit surprised to learn the abv. is nearly 9% in this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, and there's no doubt this beer delivers plenty of flavor, and has a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK at best. Frankly, even though I consider myself a hophead, this just struck me as too much of a good thing. The bitterness really wears out the palate, and it was a struggle finishing off the small glass I ordered.

Just not my cup of tea.... guess you can't expect any brewery to hit a homerun every time.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach colour with a fluffy, bright white cap. Great head retention, lots of clumpy/streaky lace that really clung to the glass. Fruity, citrusy aroma, grassy and a bit floral, almost like sniffing freshly ground hop pellets in character. There's a bit of pineapple as it warms, it's a little powdery, slightly catty, with some doughy malt in the background. The flavour started with some malt presence, but as this disappeared all I was left with was a sharp, herbal bitterness followed by a significant amount of alcohol flavour and warmth, a little white pepper in the finish. There were grapefruit and lemon hop notes, some fruitiness, and a dry maltiness mid-palate. Medium bodied with somewhat creamy carbonation. Not bad, but not one of my favs out of the Stone anniversary releases.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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 beerbully
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from bomber

A-Hazy yellow with bright white head about 1/2 inch that slowly melts away leaving some thick lacing on glass

S-nothing too pungent coming through some very faint citrus and some bready aromas

T-hops, bitter, grapefruit. quite a bit of aftertaste

M-creamy and silky coats the inside of the mouth rather well

D-probably done after a bomber

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Photo of GOGRANDE
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pretty light in color for a big IPA. Its a bright yellow. Sticking pretty good to the sides of the glass, with a white head.

S: straight up lemon grass. dang...big grassy nose. Pungent...little burn aswell.

T: grassy burn with strong citrus tones of lemon and orange peel.

M: pretty standard for this style. medium oily/sticky.

D: um...not that great on the drinkability...very harsh on the pallet. Not smooth at all. Its almost scrapping the back of my throat. I have definitely had smoother IIPA's.

Overall: Generally, I am a fan of stone. But I feel like this beer is a little bit under what I usually expect from them. Not a bad beer by any means. Just not there best offering.

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Photo of gpogo
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden orange, small to medium white head that quickly dissipated, nice fizzy bubbles.

A- Floral hop aroma, very light soft malt notes.

T- Very bitter with a nice sweet malt taste in the middle, but leaving a bitter finish.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation

D- Admittedly I am not the biggest English IPA fan. That said I still think this is a bit bitter with such a light malt flavor to it. Drinkable yes.

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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 Liverpool08
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow, kind of surprised by the color. Big white sticky head. Aroma of pine grapefruit. First sip is bitter with good hop flavor. Not picking up much malt. Just a solid hop bitter, a little citrus. I kind of expected more for an anniversary brew. This one falls kind of flat. Its a nice hopy bitter IPA, but thats about it. Glad I tried it but nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazey oarneg skin and copper with a spritzy head that lasts only after a few sips.

The aroma is piney, heavy citrus, and rustic Prairie grass hops with some heavy toasted malt aromas. But the malts are definetly overwayed by the hops.

The taste is complex with hop bitterness. You get some earthy grass from an open prairie. Then you have lots fo citrus zest, mayve even some lime peel aromas. The hops play with or trick some of these aromas around a bit. Some fresh baked bread with lots of gypsum and baking soda makes some of the orange zest taste like cherry flavored oranges. I know this sounds bizarre, but thst what I tasted at times. Very interesting But isn't all that exceptional eithe rin the end.

The palate can be a bit overly astringent, but not too bad.

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Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of engelhart
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of beernut
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kahmal
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bargerking
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale straw color. Medium viscosity. Egg shell thin head. Super small bubbles make a creamy head. Soapy splotchy lacing. Nose is very revealing of a citrus type ipa. Pineapple is dominant with hints of pine and grapefruit shining through at moments. Initial sip is a little spicy on the lips. A resinous bitter reconizable IPA malt starts at the front and then transforms into a odd roasty finish. Almost like a roasted nutty type taste. Really odd and off-putting for an IPA. Everything was awesome about this beer until the finish kicked in. Kind of odd brew to have a Stone label on it. Maybe thats why this isn't an A rated beer. It has all of the makings for a great example for a strong IPA profiled brew but gets lost with its finish. A usual hop head may even think this beer isn't fresh with the finish it leaves. Still a solid brew but im not digging the finish. I would advise to drink this fresh due to the type of nose/smell it produces.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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