14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
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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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Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Fire yellow orange color. Very clear appearance with a ton of large carbonation bubbles that lead to a large two finger head that is off white in color and medium creamy in appearance. Lace isn't sticking that well.

Smell is very rich in caramel malts. Sweet, some earthy aromas like grass and just a bit of bread.

Taste is on the malty side. Sweet, but not super sweet, mild caramel, light kayro syrup. Some earthy yeast or hop flavors. Some mild alcohol at the end but very mild.

Mouth is round, carbonation is rather light and creamy. Body is medium and the finish is not very long and on the weak side of wet.

Overall for this being 2+ years old I think it is still drinking pretty nice. I don't remember it having the earthy, grass tastes when it was fresh but I didn't review it then so I could be wrong. If you are sitting on some of these I don't think there is a hurry on drinking them because I don't believe this has dropped off that much.

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Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to bamadog who hooked me up with this out of his fridge full of beer! :)

A: Yellow-orange with a lot of cloudiness - leaves a good white head and lace on the glass

S: Nose is malt, citrus, and some orange rind

T: wow - bitterness comes through from the hops - mellows after a while with a good malt finish

M: Carbonation is moderate-high - sits well

D: high - love stone and this beer fits well in their inventory.

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Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy golden-yellow color. It has a medium white head that left decent lacing behind. There is some carbonation present.

S - The smell is hoppy and citrusy. There are also some fruity notes to it, and a slight peppery scent as well. It doesn't smell as strong as Stone beers normally do.

T - The taste is hoppy up front, just as you would expect. The hoppiness is balanced pretty well by the malts. There are also some light fruity and floral notes. The finish is dry and hoppy. There is also some citrus present.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. The hop bitterness sticks to the mouth and slowly fades.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easy, and it is nicely balanced. I think this is a good beer, but I kind of wish they would have done something more special for their anniversary release. All in all it is a good beer, and I'm glad I had the chance to pick it up. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, translucent, about a finger of head, slight lacing throughout
S-Citrusy, not as hoppy as I expected
T- Very smooth and balanced for a DIPA. Nice citrusy taste up front followed by hop bitterness
M- Nice and light for a dipa, not as heavy as others I've had
D- I'm enjoying this, even at close to 9%, the alcohol seems well masked.

This beer almost has an ESB feel to it. I would get it again. I just wish it was fresher.

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Photo of rwf08
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium hued straw color. Dense white fluffy head. Clear and clean looking. Some dense sticky lacing.

S: Very pungent hop aroma. Some vegetal qualities. Smells of fresh hops. Very pungent as I said before. It is good though.

T: Hops up front with some light thin malty sweetness on the finish.

M: Carbonation isn't too high. Fairly thin mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: Pretty good for a higher ABV beer. I don't notice any alcohol in this. The smell is kind of off putting as it is very pungent almost skunky hop aroma. All in all pretty good though.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Faint tangerine orange with an eggshell white head. Head is rather large despite gentle pour and has very good satying power. Chunky lacing left on the glass

S - Earthingess up front, somewhat chalky. Faint fruit aromas but nothing too strong. Remains very earthy throughout the drink with floral notes becoming more prevelant as it warms

T - Sweet biscuity malts quickly matched by an earthy and floral bitteness. Hops bounce back and forth between floral and earthy. Light chalkiness in the finish. Basically an over the top American IPA using English hops in place of big C-hops. An interesting beer, very much what you would expect when Stone takes on an English IPA.

M/D - Light and crisp with a nice dryness in the finish. Very easy drinking. Not sure if the over the top English hops are my thing, but this is certainly a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium eggshell colored head that retains well considering the ABV. The aroma is really nice with peppery, floral and minty hops, peach and apricot, chalk, biscuit and toffee, soap, fruity esters and alcohol. The flavor again has a big hoppy character upfront with notes of white pepper, mint, flora, and lemon, some peach and apricot,along with fruity esters, minerals, biscuit, a little soap, a cane sugar sweetness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, and drinkability is decent. An interesting interpretation of an English IPA, pungently hoppy and massively bitter...not for the faint of heart or casual IPA fan but tasty and complex all the same.

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Photo of beerhan
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was kind of wary of this beer after everyone saying it was not as good as blackheart but this is really good. This is however a real ping hop bomb. It is rather overpowering but still quite tasty. There is a nice thick head with nice level of drinkability. I think that with some age the hops will fade and this will be real tasty.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a bright cloudy orange color with a super sticky and soapy head.

Smell: Herbal earthiness with hints of a pine forest in the background. The malt presence is fairly low. I was a bit skeptical of the all English hops and malt but so far it's pretty good.

Taste: Huge herbal earthy tone that is slightly balanced by a sweet bready english malt. This is a super ramped up English IPA and it doesn't take it's self lightly. The super herbal flavor is pretty nice and not too unsimilar from your standard English strong tea. Overall not bad as long as you don't expect your standardized American style.

Mouthfeel: Super dry with a medium to heavy body, fairly sticky as well.

Drinkability: Taken for what it is, this is fairly good. They were going for something different and they really hit on something pretty good hear. I'll look out for this style in the future. Keep pushing the envelope guys...

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Photo of muskabeatz
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review for a while. Got to drinking this beer and thought this would be a good time to get back to reviewing.

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

A- Pours a pale, slightly murky orange hue. Fluffy white head plumes above the rest of the beer, dissipating fairly quickly and leaving some patchy lacing.

S- A nice burst of floral hops, backed by a zesty citrusy hop presence. Very lemony. Also get some bready yeast, and sweet malt in the nose. Just a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Not the juicy hop presence that would be expected of an American DIPA, but still retains a bit of the zesty, lemony hop profile. Nice big surge of spicy, bitter hops, supported by a bready maltiness. I really like the mix of the bitter, piney hops, and the sweet bready malt. Really gives this beer a nice finish.

M- Has a nice chewy, bready mouthfeel. The kind of body I would expect from an english style DIPA. Excellent carbonation level throughout.

D- An intriguing beer that definitely gets better as it goes. However, it doesn't really leave you screaming for more at the end. Possibly a bit to full bodied to be a "very drinkable" beer.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

An IPA made of all British ingredients...aside from the water...nice.

Pours a straw-yellow with copper hues. Minimal head, but looks to be some good carbonation bubbling to the top. The color on this one looks like wheat...light malts...it's a pretty pour.

As for the smell...creamy hop notes, caramel, ginger and citrus. There are some malty notes in there, but finely masked by some sweet hoppy character.

First on the tongue comes a sort of cinnamon spice and clove, followed by a nice dry malty middle, and finishing with rose, lemongrass, and grapefruit. This one has a decent astringency, quite potent, in fact. However, the hop presence seems to be well-balanced against the English malts. This is a tasty IPA, nice and dry, and full of flavor.

The mouthfeel on this is good, nice and dry, citrusy, and not too active on the tongue...a pleasant drink.

While the beer is good, it's a bit too much to be one to drink all night...the flavor is delicious, and a bomber of this is just right to pair with some good Indian food or on its own. Cheers!

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow amber color with a solid white cover and very nice lacing. The aroma brings a buttery nut pine hop. Very nice! The taste offers a frisky citrus-pine hop blend with butterscotch toffey with a leafy bite. It's medium bodied with a crisp feel. It's fairly drinkable for the style and a pretty refreshing brew with nice hop personality.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loved the 13th Aniv. Imperial Red last year. Heard this was in my neck of the woods and couldn't resist picking it up.

Pours a very light blonde body with yellow hues. Foam was superb, as well as lacing and retention. I really love Stone beers due to the fact that most of the beers I've reviewed have long lasting heads and big lacing. A feast for the eyes.

Aroma was a touch dry. Hops where present but where more herbal. I don't think I've found a hop aroma quite like this. Its interesting and pleasing at the same time. Seems to be a multitude of different scents, but all cascade and disappear as soon as they appear. I must of sniffed this sucker for at least 5 minutes to figure it out.

I thought I was prepared for what was in store from the aroma, but was sorely mistaken. Beautifully floral hops take center stage with hints of lemon and grapefruit undertones. A bit peppery in the finish, not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel was modestly lush, medium is the name of the game here.

Drinkability is ok. The ABV is quite high for a English IPA, but once you get past that initial bitter aftertaste, it has a lot to offer.

I thought this was gonna be a big malty mess of a IPA, but was surprised at its lightness. I think Stone is getting onto something with the direction they took in this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

upon pouring the beer reveal a rather large amount of cloudiness. its a bit frightful. in appearance i thought the beer had gone bad. the nose said otherwise. lemon zest more so than most other beers. i'd like to think that pollen was murky in the beer due to the ridiculous amount in the palate. a soapy floral feel some something a bit sweet. tad bit-o-honey with perfume astringent quality on the gums and teeth. finish of bitter, honey, candied pineapple. pretty good. would recommend aging for about a year. could even out the inconsistencies.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this years Anniversary offering is a great idea,going to the style roots but with enough American "pizazz" to make it interesting to the American hophead palate.Poured into a imperial nonic a dulled lighter golden with a light infusion of orange,a very well defined white head atop,the proper glassware worked wonders.Big leafy hops in the nose,as green as all get out,light citrus but not the grapefruit rind,resiny feel of an American IPA wich is right for the style,a noticeable sweet dough/biscuit malt base holds true as well.Hop flavors are slightly medicinal and leafy from the start,a light mineral note as well,light caramel malt again holds true to the finish,alcohol only becomes noticeable after it warms a bit.A "not in your face brash" offering for this years anniversary beer from Stone.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a little sweet bready fruit with a lot of pungent resiny hops and a little pepper.

The flavor is a little sweet fruit and bready malts followed by a big resiny, peppery hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge one sided hop bomb. It's fun though, and surprising that the British hops can taste so American.

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Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: What a weird and kind of awesome-looking brew. Lighter and mildly hazy golden yellow, with streams of edge-carbonation tightly shooting up the side. With each pour, the head billows like crazy, foaming and then collapsing 9inward, leaving huge dish soap-like craters and clumps of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An awesome strawberry fruit roll-up component is candied and initially wonderful, followed by pungent sweatsock hops, like they were soaked in water, left in a bag for two weeks, and then opened. It's a double assault of funk and citrus all at once. A lot of caramel's going on too, along with some apple and cherries from the fruit esters.

Taste: The so-called hop assault isn't as monumental as Stone maybe likes to think, but this is, after all, an English IPA, so I didn't expect anything too west coast. That said, the hops do a good job battling with the fruit esters, as the pungency comes through a lot, and the good rind bitterness battles with the caramel-soaked apples and sour cherries, leaving a lingering, slightly compelling soapy and root-esque hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with a good burst of carbonation at the end, which is nice because at the beginning it almost feels like there's going to be no carbonation, so the end thankfully saves it.

Drinkability: A solid and admirable version of the style, one of my favorites, for Stone's 14th Anniversary. It won't blow your mind, but for around $6 or $7, there are a lot of good things going on here, and I imagine that this would appeal, like it did for me, for many others too.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy golden yellow color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled down to a constant foam cap. Good sheeting that slowly slides back with good amount sticking.

The aroma was initially heavy on lemon zest but as that faded the floral and pine hops started to dominate. This one has a few months on it so the hop aroma has faded a bit but it's still very good. Usually more of an American vs English IPA fan but this one represents the English style very well. Peppery spice starts off the flavor with a quick malt presence and then the bitter, but not overly bitter, hops wrap it up. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation. Slightly dry. Good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good English IPA. I still prefer the AIPA but if I had to go EIPA this would be near the top of my choices. Another great offering from Stone. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time limited release but if it was regular release maybe the rare one [O;O]

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 777 ratings