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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Photo of beersensei305
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This double IPA pours a hazy gold with lost of carbination. Pearl white head thats foamy and lacy with good retention. Has a grassy citrus (smells like lemon/grapefruit) scent. Sweet to the tip of the tongue followed by a hint of pepperiness- the beer actual has a slight burn to it if you let it mellow off your taste buds. Very bitter from the hops, dry and the taste lingers. I really like this, but this is a good Imperial IPA to sip to let all the flavors come out.

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Photo of Soonami
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a difficult beer to judge because of the drinker's expectations and the how this beer would be categorized based on the ingredients used and the description from the packaging. One wonders if this "Emperial IPA" is a British IPA as the ingredients would lead you to believe or if it's a double IPA as the 8.9% ABV and Stone's reputation would lead you to think.

This beer is a very pale in color with a billowy head, that is more reminiscent of a Saison than an IPA of any variety. The foam was finely knit, white, and persistent, providing very nice lacing. The aroma was intensely hoppy with tones of fresh cut pine boughs, savory herbs, and a floral perfume. The beer was very bitter with little body and not much malt character to speak of, not surprising considering the color of the beer. The beer finished dry with clean bitterness and was very pleasant even as it warmed up.

I would say that this beer is a bit one-noted, just hops and not much else. This is not a bad thing, but I feel that an English IPA should have much more biscuit and caramel flavors from the malt. Overall, the alcohol was well-hidden and the hop flavor was very good, but not as balanced as expected.

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Photo of Briken
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with sunny edges and good retention but little lacing. Very earthy, cut weeds/grass aromas. Pure earthy hop taste up front, like I would imagine putting a hop flower in my mouth with a bit of the vine, too. Earthy and peppery with no malt flavor to speak of. However, once accustomed to the bitter, earthiness, an odd sweetness, not unlike wheatgrass comes through with a bit of alcohol and balances out the hops. Then, the peppery, earthy hops come back, more subdued but linger on a bit longer. Strong carbonation lends a semi-dry finish some help.

I for one am happy to have an IPA with some different hops for once. I can understand some people may not like the earthy flavors but I really like them. An absolute gem for those looking for a different IPA flavor but definitely not for everyone... like Gubna.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale straw yellow with a sticky white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Earthy English hops,orange zest.

T_Grassy, earthy , English hops followed by citrus. Orange zest,honey,and a bit of lemon zest.

M_Thick and sticky.

D_ Pretty drinkable. Very differnt take on DIPAs.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Presentation: 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing.

S: Hops, spices and mild smokiness. Not much on the nose, but it could be my allergies.

T&M: Definitely has the characteristic bitter hop taste of typical English IPA's. Very dry and full-bodied. Some citrus fruit and alcohol presence. Big, bitter, dry, earthy, spicy finish.

Very nice, different flavor that is completely hopped up. The bitter hops hang around forever, but don't rip your tongue apart. Nice.

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

Note: a mis-spelling on the Emperial on here.

Pours a light apricot, golden color. Clean and clear. Large white, fluffy head at about 2 fingers. Settles to a collar of white, quick swirl with bring back the head.

Sharp aroma of spice and floral, wet biscuit, white pepper.

Quick light malt up front, followed by faint herbal. The bite picks up at the end. Minerally with hints of floral and soft citrus. Dry dry dry. Very nice.

At 8.9% avbv, it's not an easy drinker, but darn tasty.

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Photo of livewire78
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a subdued lemony honey yellow. Nice head and pretty rings of wispy lace hang around my glass.

I'm smelling a little pale malts and a slight mustiness. There is a very nice lemon zest aroma that flows with the mustiness that smells a lot better than I'm making it seem.

Wow! Stone didn't try to overpower something for once. The flavors are all in balance with the lemon zest and pale malts complimenting each other rather than fighting for command. Flavors are flowing together really smoothly. I can't taste the freakin alcohol and I can't believe it.

I like the way this is going down. Carbonation is right in my wheelhouse. No peppery flavor and ZERO alcohol burn going on. A little full and I like it.

I drank this waaay to fast because it was so good. The only problem was the alcohol snuck up on me. For me one isn't enough and two is too many.

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Photo of Foxxypants
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone has been, for me, one of those breweries that I have to be in the mood to have a beer from. I received my Emperial from my brother (liquor store manager) for my birthday. While I was very happy to get one because of what it is, I was iffy simply because I'm not a huge hophead. I've had a lot of IPA's that I do love, but I know how Stone likes take their brews to the extremes. But, I got in one of my Stone moods, so I cracked it open and poured the first half into a glass.

A: First thing I noticed was how brightly colored it was. It's the the most vibrant yellow/orange beer I've ever seen. Head was pretty standard for an IPA, quick to recede.

S: Strong hop smell as expected, but incredibly strong citrus aromas to accompany. It smelled liked its color: vibrant.

T: Huge rush of hops, bitter enough to kick your tongue back, but then fades into bright citrus flavors to match the color and smell. Very interesting to let sit on your tongue and analyze. Finished with bitterness comparable to most strong IPA's, and that unique Stone aftertaste (I'm sure some of you know what I mean)

M: Dries you right out, lots of carbonation. Not bad to start, but I personally don't like the finish.

D: I don't think I'd pick this up again, simply due to my personal tastes. Overall: harsh hitting, but one of the better IPA's I've had, and uniquely Stone. Perhaps I'm just not worthy for this one.

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

A - Pours golden honey in color with about two fingers of creamy head that lasts a bit and has very nice lacing.

S - Smells very sweet at first, full of citrus, hops, and a strange kind of pine aroma that I am not used to.

T - Nice balance of hops, pine, malt and bitterness that lingers for a while after it goes down.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, no alcohol burn, and a nice dry finish.

D - Awesome, glad this one made it into town and hope it's around for a little while to continue drinking it.

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Photo of philbertk
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange color with a sizeable head.

It smells like grapefruit, a bit of grassy and slightly of dry malt.

It tastes strongly of fresh citrusy, fruity and grassy hops. There is quite a complex hoppy flavor that is multilayered. There are just enough dry malts to balance the hops. The citrus flavor of the hops adds a slight sweetness to the beer which is balance by the ample bitterness of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate and provides a creamy texture to the ale. This is a sipping beer however I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

Overall a quite nice beer, I was expecting a slight more English taste but it is a very good beer that I would drink again.

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

22 oz bomber.
Pour it in a generic tulip glass.

Bright golden color, very cloudy. Tons of fine bubbles. Head looks very nice, very nice lacing.

Tons of fresh hops, citrus-piney, hint of tropical fruit, mild sweet malts.

Juicy hops up front, citrus, slight piney-grassy, just a touch of earthly. Sweet malts, biscuity, maybe a little dash of honey. Slight tropical fruit in the middle, pineapple-mango. Finish off really crisp with slight dry peppery aftertaste. Body is light-medium. Carbonation feels nice.

It's really good.

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

Poured from a 220z bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clean light amber hue with a decent head that leaves some lacing in the glass.

S: Floral (jasmine-like) and grassy, some sweet & earthy citrus notes in there too.

T: Similar to the smell with a powerful hoppy bitterness that comes through real nicely. There's some matliness there but not much in comparison to the hop - not to say it's out of balance by any means, just that the hop dominates this brew (as should be expected with Stone). Big time peppery citrus at the end - very lemony and grassy. Some insanely delicious stuff here.

M: Very rich - medium/full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Man, as much as I dig this stuff, I can't imagine drinking more than one or two of these - the 8.9% will catch up with you quickly. Easy to drink though, just dangerous.

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

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. June 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Nose: Muted citrus, like "fruit leather" almost, tangerine and nectarine, some earthy/tree mulch notes, tanned leather, sage maybe?

Palate: Bitterness attacks right away, but on the sides of the tongue not the whole thing. Some slick pale sugar malt manages to poke through before the flavors of herbs take over and a eucalyptus-like cooling sensation kicks in. The hop bitterness hangs on for dear life and won't let up, squeezing every drop of alpha acid all over the place making me salivate for another sip.

Notes: Definitely a unique brew! Reminds me a little of the BrewDog Punk, but bigger and with more body, but not biscuit-y at all. English ingredients, Stone essence. Love it.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 7oz.snifter.

Appearance: Sits hazed and honey-colored in the glass, with a moderately thick layer of white froth on top. As the head descends, it drags a blanket of cobweb-like lace in its wake. Head retention isn't too impressive, nor is clarity, nor is the color or even carbonation. Other than the lacing, this really doesn't have much going for it.

Smell: Hop oils and flowery notes leap out of the glass! Sitting just beneath them are buttery malts, sea salt, lime, and a hint of grass. That's about all I can pull from this, but I'm diggin' the overall aroma. It highlights the English influence in a way that's both pungent and intriguing. That said, I've never had an English IPA like this before. (I suppose that's because I've never had an Emperial IPA.) As it warms, the hop aromas become more intense and alcohol enters the mix. Really enjoyable.

Taste: English IPA? Yes, I suppose. But this one is crafted in a manner that's decidedly Stone: loads of hops, followed by more loads of hops. There's no way one could argue that this doesn't deserve the "imperial" tag (or in this case, "Emperial"). Hops create the deep floral and grapefruit notes, trailed by long-lasting bitterness. Malts provide a buttery backbone, but other than that stay out of the way. Not as "English" as I was expecting, but certainly good.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, resinous, and lightly carbonated, which suits the style very well. Medium-bodied with a well-developed and long-lasting aftertaste. I dig.

Drinkability: This really grew on me throughout the session. I was a little unsure about it at first, but midway through the 22oz. bomber I was in the zone. Then again, I suppose I'm like that with every IPA from Stone. Damn good, let's leave it at that.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy, light honey gold body with a large vanilla hued head that retains well and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Lovely aroma boasts lemon and orange zest, honeyed biscuit, and an herbal mintiness.

Medium body has a zesty carbonation and prevailing dryness.

Taste has a lot of dry and bitter lemon zest hoppiness, with an edge of grapefruit. Honeyed biscuity malt sweetness balances well. There is a herbal mintiness throughout, the only English trait(if that can be called such) I can discern. Finishes clean and dry with a lasting lemonrind aftertaste.

Satisfying and highly drinkable. Another solid product from the folks at Stone. Happy Anniversary!

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light golden, with orange dominating yellow.
Ample head, solid lacing.

Aroma is very pungent.
Immense amounts of grassy floral notes.
Dry, assertive, and lingering.
Citrus background with lemon zest, grapefruit, and ethanol.

Taste is familiar to the nose, with some primary differences.
The citrus stands out this time, with lots of lemon, and grapefruit leading the way.
Grapefruit dominated, leading to that familiar West Coast vibe.
Midway, seems to lean towards the dry hoppy side with lots of grass, hay, and robust earthiness.
Finishes with some bitterness, and zest, while remaining excellent drinkability.

Although, this wasn't near the top echelon of Stone Beers, it was indeed quite enjoyable, while remaining it's extreme drinkability. Quite nice.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bright golden and slightly hazy with a bright white head, lots of lace as it drinks.

Very crisp spicy hop character, some mint and tree sap (birch, cedar, faint pine) malt profile is baked bread, biscuit and pie crust with slight sugary note. Alcohol is well masked.

Flavor is very hop forward, spicy more mint and herbal character. Nice firm bitterness, crisp and what a true IPA should present

one of my favorite anniversary beers that Stone has put out. Might not have the wow factor found in 10, 12 or 13 from a hopheads perspective, but the balance and hop bitterness make it an IPA that would be a welcome year round brew. Reminds me a great deal of Youngs Special London Ale in character and profile.

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Photo of beagle75
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Rich, hazy golden color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate the smell, with a surprising presence of strong grapefruit citrus, as well as melon. Light butterscotch is also detectable, adding considerable depth and complexity. No alcohol is detectable in the smell.

T: Begins with off-dry piney and tropical fruit aromatic hop flavors, then sharp toasty malt emerges in the middle. Bright fruit flavors linger as the bitter, slightly mineral finish arrives. No alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity--juicy, creamy, very satisfying. Carbonation is light, staying out of the way.

D: The conspicuous combination of English and West Coast qualities present in this DIPA plays wonderful tricks on the palate and the mind, conjuring appearances of the familiar and the unknown. It tastes and feels like Russian River's Pliny the Elder for the first few beats, until the diacetyl and burtonized water are detected. That said, Stone's celebratory brew in honor of their 14th year has its own identity, and is delicious in its own right.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a hazy light yellowish gold with about a half finger of bubbling white head that leaves whips of white dotted on the surface and rim as it recedes. Looks like your standard IPA really, only hazy...maybe there's a Belgian Yeast strain?

Aroma-They definitely use English hops here as this doesn't smell much like your standard west coast IPA; it smells a lot like a really hoppy ESB to me actually, I like it. I get a lot of herbal tea-like aromas in addition to the typical grassy fair, only much gentler; the more I smell, the more I like.

Taste-Again, I draw comparisons to an ESB; it tastes like a really, really hoppy ESB and that is in no way a bad thing. I get the same flavors as in the aroma with more of that herbal tea-like quality and a more pronounced grassiness as well as an underlying, and unquestionably English, pale malt character.

Mouthfeel-Maybe it's because of the English ingredients but this is much thinner and in a way 'smoother' than what I'm used to in my IPAs. It's a nice change of pace that suits what they were going for in terms of flavor.

Drinkability-The more herbal and tea-like character of the English hops really make me more inclined to sip this rather than gulp it, not quite sure why but the flavors don't really lend themselves to quick sips the way, say, Stone's Ruination IPA does. I don't mind though, it'll last longer this way.

Notes-I hope Stone makes this a seasonal, it's a great change of pace when one is craving a hopfix but wants something different than the typical west-coast fare.

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14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 776 ratings