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 micmillon18
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Brewed June 2010.

A - Pale yellow color. Two finger head that dissipates slowly. Lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of floral scents here, like lilac. Lavender, fresh laundry (or atleast the floral smells that are sometimes associated with it). Lemon or some kind of similar citrus is also present. Smells really good, rather impressed with the types of scents. I've smelled flowers in lots of other beers but not this profound.

T - Very sweet, hoppy tones. I'm definitely tasting lemon or citrus of some sort, something sour is roaming around in here. More floral tastes as well, though more subtle in comparison to what I was smelling. The alcohol is present but its the hops that really hit the pallet (obviously considering the style). Lots and lots of hops, thats all I can say.

M - Long lasting after taste that I wouldn't exactly call pleasant. Smooth though.

D - Certainly something you'd want to sip and at 8.9 you'd be smart to. I kinda wish I let this chill a little longer as it was a little too warm at the beginning, which made the alcohol too overly prevalent. Overall a good beer, smells great and of course lays down the hops with an imperial passion!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from the lovely, lovely folks at Kingdom Spirits in Brandon, FL. Served in a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy-as-all-get-out tangerine, a really gorgeous sunset hue. It's actually not entirely opaque around the edges, but mere microns under the surface it transforms completely in to a turgid, murky mass. The head - ecru, foamy, meringue-like - has great stick around the edges of the glass but not in the middle, resulting in a caldera-like effect. The above suggests two things, both true: 1) the retention leaves a little to be desired, and the head fades pretty quickly in the center to a creamy, disuniform surface blob; and 2) the stick on the sides of the glass is much better, with the initial head recession leaving nice sheets of rocky, crystalline snow and successive sips leaving nice patches of the same.

Aroma: This beer's weakest aspect. It's not terribly robust or complex, with the main notes being the astringent, chemically hop acids, some faintly sweet tropical fruits, and tobacco biscuits. What? You've never had a tobacco biscuit? Well, neither have I, but if I were to have one, it would likely taste like this.

Taste: I suppose if there was ever intended to be an imperial (emperial?) English IPA, this is what it would taste like. First, the obvious - this is a pretty bitter beer, and the quenching dryness and mineral-like qualities of the water do definitely play a part here, in precisely the same way they do in any good English IPA - amplifying bitterness and dryness. The bitterness would likely have been intense and forward even without this amplifying characteristic, but it does help either way. The hop profile also augments the bitterness - very piney and herbal, with a slew of leafy and tobacco-like notes mingling with freshly cut grass and hay. There's also a good amount of lighter citrus and tropical fruits, too, which seem - if not entirely out of place in an English-esque IPA - a little odd. They don't taste bad - they do lend a nice amount of freshly squeezed orange juice, pithy tangerine, and peach puree - but they're not strictly what I would expect from this one. The malt base is much more faithful, though - simply sweet, with just a kiss of roast, but mostly crackery, biscuity, and actually fairly perfectly balanced between dryness and residual sugars.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation in a very well-balanced body (w/ re: to attenuation) makes for a fluffy, ethereal, and even and eminently velvety mouthfeel. It's an interesting juxtaposition with what is essentially a fairly bitter, abrasive flavor profile, though I think it works pretty well (and, of course, it's very well made).

Drinkability: People seem to be pretty down on both of Stone's latest releases in their two longest running series (the 14th Anniversary and the VE 10.10.10), and I think the pessimism is a little more deserving in the case of this beer. On the one hand, both series suffer from pretty high expectations and very wide availability (a variable directly related to the supply of criticism). But, on the other, this beer just simply isn't as good as, say, Stone X or Stone XI (or even Stone XII, the difficulty of such a cross-style comparison notwithstanding). That's not to say it's bad or poorly made - it's good, and is well made. But it's not as good, as complex, as flavorful as either of two DIPAs were (and both are among my all time favorites). The 8.9% keeps this one drinkable (for the style), but give me the X or XI any day of the week. Keep pushing the envelope, though, Stone - your hits far, far outweigh your misses, and your misses are hardly even that.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright hay color ale with a huge pure white frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is quite singular and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some floral malt notes with bitterness and astringent notes well complementing the malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. This one is a lot more complex then your standard IIPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head.

S - Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs.

T - Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this.

M - A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation.

D - Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nearly opaque gold/amber with a beautiful foamy head booming to the rim. A solid 2 fingers worth that settles to a rocky 1 finger seafom that really lasts. Sticky lacing abounds. Overall a GREAT looking IPA

S - Citrusy hops with a lot of pineapple and grapefruit coming through strong. Very fruity nose with just a hint of the ABV

T - The taste of crisp grapefruit up front giving way to a sweeter, more tamed maltiness. Finishes with a sticky bitterness that hints of grapefruit. Very nice IIPA.

M - Great feeling beer. Very big bodied with enough carbonation to make it feel incredibly crisp and fresh. The heavy carbonation pairs harmoniously with the grapefruit notes to make this one smooth as butter without too dry or bitter of a finish.

D - Very Drinkable, especially for the alcohol content. Clean, crisp, and citrusy without any off flavors to be found. I would like to pair this next to Ruination and see how my taste buds discern between the two.

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Photo of dfillius
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Moderate to gentle pour yields 1 finger of just off-white head with good retention. Hazy gold liquid with lemon highlights. Pretty and looks almost like a hefeweizen. Light color for the style.
S: Citrus, grass, marijuana hoppiness, biscuit, slight skunk?/DMS. Smells good but kind of restrained.
T:Quite hoppy, aggressively so. A little cucumber flavor. Grapefruit. Wow, fairly balanced at first with the heavy handed hops coming in the aftertaste. I like it a lot!
M: Bitter, very much so! Definitely a DIPA in bitterness.
D: I want another pint and would buy regularly if it was year round.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges a golden copper color which I find to be the most ideal DIPA color. A beer with this color tends to lean more toward hoppy and fruity than malty, which I prefer in the style. A huge, rocky and dense white head forms on the beer, is about three fingers in size, and has great retention. Looks a bit like Pliny.

I was expecting the aroma to be west coast hops but instead it seems as this one leans more toward east coast or English. Piney, slightly fruity, quite earthy, and grassy. Almost like EKG and Saaz; sounds weird right? Malt is "well hidden" but there is a slight sweet aroma.

Flavor profile is marvelous. Quite bitter with large doses of piney and very earthy hops. Slightly alcoholic and warming. This is my kind of beer. What malt there is lends toward the Munich malt and not the specialty malt category. Fruity.

The bitterness hits the tongue immediatley and then lingers long after the swallow, making this one a long and bitter finish. Perhaps a little thin on the tongue, but certainly not watery. Being a hop head, I dont mind my DIPA IPA being a bit out of balance toward the bitter end of the spectrum. I really liked this beer alot. Perhaps a bit too "English" for me but certainly a great beer.

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a snifter.

This is a big IPA. It's pours a hazy golden amber with ample head. The aroma is pure hops. It's pungent and a little funky.

Taste is dominated by hops. It's intensely bitter. I'm a hop head, but the first sip was jarring even for me. It was so bitter. However, as the beer warmed a little, the bitterness mellowed to an enjoyable level. The beer starts bitter and it ends bitter with only the slightest of malt interregnums to interrupt the hops avalanche..

It's oily and thicker than expected. The carbonation is present throughout, holding a pleasing fizz to the end.

It's incredible how a beer can change its flavor and character from beginning to end of the bottle. At the end of the first sip, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish the entire bottle and by the end of the bottle, I was thinking of picking up a second.

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Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bomber from BevMo today for $5.99.

Beer poured an golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that is long lasting - 4.5.
Nose is bready malts with hints of citrus hops - 3.5.
Taste buds were initially met by those bready malts well balanced by lemon zest hop. Pepper lingers in the background - 4.5.
Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and pretty darn smooth - 4.0.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol was felt on the initial sip but it is not noticeable after.
This is a well balanced brew, the recipe is very good. I like the ramped up English ingredients - I am sure our friends in the UK would love to sample this! Glad to have tried!

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my Dogfish Head snifter.

A-- Pours a yellow, straw-color. It's funny because Arrogant always claims to hate the "yellow, fizzy beers," but his one isn't too deferent from those in color

S-- Some citrus, but mostly pine and floral. The nose is semi-strong, but not as in your face as other Stone brews

T-- As you would expect, it's hoppy as Hell. You do get a light taste of the floral and fruit, but you also get a little water with the taste. That disappoints me. The smell is deceiving and the taste just can't match what your nose tells you will be there.

M-- Bitter. I mean, this beer is for serious hop heads only. Like I said, it's a bit weaker than I would like, but it's a nice overall brew from these guys

D-- What can I say? at 8.9% this beer isn't something you'll sit down with and drink away all day and night. It's strong, but it's deceivingly so. The beer sneaks up on you, but I can't see myself having more than one.

Overall, it's a good beer from these guys, but I don't see it becoming part of the rotation. But I love Stone, and I'm happy with this beer. Thanks, guys.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium white head that leaves a bit of lace. I know that IPAs are generally a little hazy but this one is difficult to see through even though it is light in color.

S- The nose is not as aromatic as I had expected. Little to no citrus aroma to be found and just a bit of herbal musk.

T- Well, the bitterness is there but it is completely lacking in terms of traditional IPA flavor (citrus, pine, floral). Just a very bitter, slightly boozy, rather boring brew. *Full disclaimer* I am huge fan of American IPAs and not so much a fan of English IPAs. I just prefer the citrusy bitterness of the C-hops over the Euro ones. This brew tastes like an overly bitter English IPA.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- When I heard that 14th was going to be a IIPA I was really excited to give it a try. IIPA + Stone is the perfect recipe for a killer brew but this one really let me down.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Brewing Co. releases an anniversary beer every single year - and it should be no surprise that their anniversary style of choice most of the time is something hoppy. Stone has by now become widely known for their self proclaimed and widely celebrated arrogant approach to brewing. The beer that began it all was an American IPA called the Arrogant Bastard. So Stone loves IPAs. They love hoppy bitter beers, and they love unique beer styles. Each IPA that they have produced as an Anniversary beer has been richly unique - this, th 14th, is a celebration of the origins of the IPA; England.

In February of 2010 Mitch Steeler (Head Brewer) and Steve Wagner (President and Brewmaster) went over to England to research India Pale Ales and how they are made in their home land. This inspired the guys to create fully English-influenced IPA called the Emperial IPA - one brewed only with English ingredients. The malts, hops and yeast are all sources straight from Great Brittan. They even treated their water to make it reflect the water of Burton on Trent (the famous English producing region of IPAs) appropriately. So we have a West Cost take here on a classic English IPA.

These Anniversary Beers are brewed only once and are available as long as they are on the shelves, and thats it! There have been exceptions though; Stone's 11th Anniversary beer was the Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA, and because of its popularity it made its way into the permanent lineup. So there is some potential we may see this again. However the didstance that its ingredients must travel to get here would make me doubt it. This Emperial IPA comes in at 8.9% abv, and is reported to be over 100 IBUs bitter. Just for reference, the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is 60 IBUs, so when you start to reach 100 the beer gets very, very bitter.

I opened the 14th cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into the Stone 14th Anniversary Glass that the guys at Stone were nice enough to send me (thanks guys!!). The pour was smooth and oily building huge rushes of bright white foam in an explosion of excitement right away. I eased my pour and created a remarkably pretty pale yellow and golden beer. The beer really did beam color in a golden state of sunshine. It was cloudy and deep in color showing copper oranges and a rich caramel amber gold. The head was lifted a good 2 or 3 inches above the beer and stood proudly with excellent retention. It was pure white with neatly packed bubbles and a soft foamy cap.

The nose is malty sweet with smooth fruity flavors that make me think of apricots, orange zest, peaches and apples. Right in behind the malt is a melange of spicy, herbal and earthy hops - a much difference rush of bitter than I am used to from Stone's beers. The English hop varieties bring more subtle aromas but Stone has managed to bring them right to the forefront of this beer. They rush into your nose with grassy bitterness that reaches light spice and pepper. Gently sweet aromas of pale malt match the sweetness of the hops perfectly - the 14th shows clean and smooth aromas that I expect will be reproduced very well in the beer's flavor.

Much to my delight, Stone has proven me right. The first gulp mimics the aroma well but its more hop focused with the malts playing the balancing act. Big rushes of clean bitterness and dry herbs stick to every inch of your palate. My tongue, cheeks, and the back of my throat have all just been engorged by a smoothly clean English hop sensation pounded at me by the arrogance of a west coast brewer.

Light white pepper and a hay field like grassy flavor flow in with hop aromas that add a great deal of complexity and earth to the beer. They stand firmly on a biscuit like malt backbone that is otherwise very simple and easy to understand. Only 1 single variety of English Malts were used in this brew, and it does a good job. Malt is not meant to be the front runner here - rather it plays the support role by holding up the hops enough to form a beer with easy drinkability and richly unique hop qualities.

Still though, I get hints of caramel and biscuit and a smooth and silky mouthfeel. The finish is bitter and dry with a spice and earth flavors again. Hints of hop sweetness and light fruit also make themselves known again. It ends perfectly with a smooth texture, medium carbonation and just the right snap. A very well done Imperial English Style IPA, one I don't think we will see again, and I feel privileged to have been able to enjoy.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Akorsak for this one.

I've been wanting to try this since it came out. I've been lucky enough to try all the Stone Anniversary going back to Stone 8 (albiet some have had a little age on them) and they have all been good to great. Poured a double deuce into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a hazy, orangey-straw with a decent sized 2inch head that leaves just a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass as it disappears from my glass. The nose is a bit jumbled. Orange pith, old cut grass, dried herbs, a nice floral aspect all tied together with aspirin. Everything is rather distinct and doesn't interplay very well. The flavor is abrasive. The first sip reminds me of chewing a aspirin while sucking on a grapefruit peel. Floral hops open up on the palate after it warms but that medicinal herbal hop presences is really distinct. Behind the layers and layers of full frontal hops is a nice biscuity malt backbone. Wish it would have been amped up just a bit. The mouthfeel is very menthol. It seems like it almost cools the palate with every sip. Over all this has been my least favorite of the series. I think I'll go drink a 12 to get over this.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA pours an opaque straw yellow with a two finger width, frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma is full of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange peel. A touch of sweet malt is noticeable too.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is moderately chewy, soft, and has a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor begins bitter with lots of citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. A touch of pepper spice is also present. There's enough sweet malt flavor in the background to take the edge off the bitter flavors. It finishes dry with some grassy hop bitterness. Once gone the peppery spice and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This beer is definitely on the bitter and hoppy side, but the malt does a descent job of balancing out the hops. It's quite drinkable for a nearly 9% abv beer.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright lemon yellow body with bits of sediment floating about the glass. Massive five finger rocky white head towers above. An equally rocky one finger cap remains for the duration leaving an obscene amount of lacing in its wake.

I love Maris Otter. The English sure do know how to do pale malt. The malt is in no way dominating but sets a pleasantly bready base hop the hops to build off of. Lemon and grapefruit pith citrus aromas find themselves intertwined with a heavy does of floral and spicy earthy hops.

The palate picks up on many of the cues left by the nose. The malt is lightly bready and sweet. The sweetness is light and pleasant without a hint of caramel. The hops really overwhelm the palate and make it hard to pick up on what the malt is doing. Limited fruitiness existing on the tongue, what does show is primarily lemon. Strong portions of grassy hops soon follow. I love the concept of this beer, appropriate as well with Stone's European aspirations, but this is not my type of hop schedule.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style. The finish is rather dry.

I really like this beer with the exception of the hops. While this is not a complete turn off it does make it that much less enjoyable. Very solid representation of the style and well worth a look.

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Photo of Brillig
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as this taster's taste buds are concerned, this beer nails the double/imperial IPA.

Great hop flavor, tangy grapefruit mixed with other wonderful hops flavors, laid on strong, with a bit of a malt base. Balance? Who wants balance? The malt is launching pad, keeping strong enough for the hops to rocket off into delightful dominance.

I grab this whenever I get a chance. Another victory for Stone and a special anniversary offering.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial Ipa... 8.9% alcohol content. Brewed in the British way and with all British ingredents. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a golden orange fluid with mildly active white head that settles to a thick frothy top and heavy patchy lacing. Looking into the light the colors are shown as a medium orange center with light firey lemon juice colors on the the outer glass areas.

S- Upfront is a overly ripe oranges and tangerines. Soft overtones of alcohol esters open the nose to a deep malty essence of woody carmel and figs. Has an English IPA smell but with large American dryhopping.

T-M- Taste is biting with bitter citrus and grassy hop flavors. Bitter hits of grapefruit and tangy fresh cut grass. Backbone is malty and full of charactor. Sweet hints of carmel malts and musty barley are excellent. Thick brown sugar flavors linger with the beer warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Lightly astringent on the tongue stinging with bitterness.

D- A hell of a drinkable 8.9% alcohol beer that packs a beautiful flavor and is of the upmost drinkablity.

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Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's for the stone brewery tasting with Jlynn and her awesome parents. This one pours an interesting hazy orange color. Smells like fresh hops. The taste is boom bang slammin with lots of grapefruit bitterness. I've had this one in a bottle and enjoyed it so I'm glad I got to have it on tap. Jlynn's dad and I finished our pints very quickly and I would have had another if I didn't want to try the 10-10-10 as well. Love stone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn't really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn't really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A deep clear yellow brew with a fair sized head and a ton of visible carbonation. A lot of thick rings of lacing line the glass. The bottom of the bottle has some lumpy sediment.

S - Hops! Grapefruit pith, pineapple, gum ball, white pepper and mango.

T - Hops galore! Pomelo pith, grapefruit flesh, white pepper, only a hint of malt. Aftertaste is bitter grasses and white pepper.

M - Medium body and pretty refreshing. The bitterness is a little tough, but not too bad.

D - Pretty good. I'd have it again, but not at this price.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light yellow/gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet and fruity with flavors of citrus along with some caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in but isn't over-powering. The malt character is a little on the thin side but it provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style with a well-done twist, this is a very good beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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

Massively murky lemony orange with borders of sunshine yellow. A good sized crown of parchment colored foam has the usual quality Stone look. It's firmly creamy, develops all sorts of interesting topography as it descends, and is plastering the pint glass with a masterpiece in lace.

English-style IPAs/DIPAs gotta have all-English ingredients. This one uses a whole heapin' helping of Target, East Kent Goldings and Boadicea. The result is a powerful combination of floral, fruity, herbal and spicy goodness. I'll still take the tremendous tropical fruit quality of American hops any day of the week.

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a beer that your average Englishman would not recognize as being English in any way, shape or form. For starters, there are more hops in this single bomber than in any 6 bottles of English IPA. That's why we love you guys, Greg.

Malt contributes very little in terms of flavor, though it does add a solid base of biscotti-like sweetness so the hops can do their thing without completely ruining the tongue after a few ounces. This brew is still raging from an alpha acid standpoint after 4 months in the bottle, so I wouldn't worry about much drop-off until 2011 at least.

Again, this hop flavor profile is not my favorite. That said, it's different, interesting, and still mighty delicious. Each sip delivers bitter grasses, citrus peel, assorted herbs, and an appealing white pepperinesss that takes no prisoners. This beer is definitely not for the faint of taste bud.

Alcohol is buried beneath a tidal wave of pungent hop flavor and abundant alpha acids. The mouthfeel, like the appearance, is classic Stone. It's large without being massive, hangs on forever, and has an ideal amount of semi-sparkly bubbles. Good stuff.

My experience with the Stone Anniversary Series started with 7th Anniversary Ale. Only 13th Anniversary is head-and-shoulders better than this year's model. Please don't go into this expecting anything even remotely English. Expect to be walloped upside the head (and tongue) with a massive barrage of English hops... San Diego style.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice white thin head. Awsome orange cloudy color! Some yeast floaties. Smell is citrus fruits. Some rose floral elements. Yeast and "dank" come through.
Taste is good with peppery fruits and bitter hops. Bitterness lingers for a long time. Seems dry. Bitter but smooth makes for great drinkabality for this style.
Great job stone!

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Photo of beersensei305
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Night
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy peach-gold with yeast floating in suspension. Chunky, foamy, glowing pearlescent-white head dies down fairly quickly, leaves almost a full ring of medium-sized lacing, with a few spots really sticking around. Aroma is immediate pineapple hops, with notes of cane sugar and a strong, raw, boozy kick. Distant hints of golden apple and walnut, and a bit of pepper and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, juicy, and bitingly fizzy. The booze in this one is very hasty; feels more like an 11% than a 9%. Flavor is a full frontal assault of black pepper, bell pepper, jalapeño, undisguised alcohol, and extremely resiny, piney hops. A tiny bit of orange zest. Sneaking in somewhere is the faintest tone of honeyish malts. Overwhelmingly sharp and bitter. Very warming, very dry. True to the beer's intent, hop bitterness is very English in style - though very American in magnitude. Aftertaste is hot, boozy, dry, and extremely bitter.

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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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