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 bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention is very good, and there's also a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice but a bit light, I can smell lemon peel, citrusy hops, bready malt and also some pine hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like citrusy, spicy and grassy hops, peppery spice, lemon peel and some bready malt. This brew is definitely more hoppy than malty, but that's not much of a surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating, finishes dry and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's certainly easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, not bad at all.

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Photo of klikger
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Beautiful hue of apricot-orange. It's cloudy, but I can still see through it. Features good lacing and a small white head.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, and yeast

T - Floral and citrus hops right away, with honeysuckle, clover, and freshly cut grass showing up soon thereafter. There are traces of pepper in the back half. All of the above blend with the hops for an earthy, herbal bitter end.

M - Medium bodied; a little chewy at points. The carbonation is spot on, and the complex flavors make this a joy to swish back and forth over the different regions of the tongue.

D - If money weren't an object, I'd be drink another bomber right away.

Very impressive despite high expectations. Stone rarely disappoints and certainly not here. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber' bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with an attractive, fluffy,
whipped-eggwhites head of foam
Aroma-Earthy hops and citrus notes
Taste-Spicy, lemon zest zing,bittering earthy hops, peppery, citrus-rind, rather dry finish.
Very interesting and complex. Lots of character.
Each sip tastes a little different. Alchohol very well-hidden in the hop profile. Not a "gulper" by any means, but pretty easy-drinking for the strength.
Overall, a very interesting and tasty interpretation of the style. You can almost hear the "reserved" English hops squealing with delight at their new found freedom!

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a hazy, yet glowing, golden body...a nice, two finger, white head...good retention and nice lacing

S - The hops (citrus and pine) are present as you would expect from a Stone beer but there is also an underlying grain and sweet malt aroma

T - The flavors are rather balanced with both the malts and hops having their time to shine...the malts have a sweet caramel flavor to them and they also give off that roasted grain flavor too...this helps knock down the bitterness from the hops...the hops present themselves as citrus first (grapefruit, orange, lemon) then the finish with a blast of pine

M - Medium bodied...moderate carbonation, dry, I think having it on tap helped

D - Being an anniversary ale I would get this one while it's still around...I was actually expecting this to be a tad more hoppy, but Stone stuck to the Queen's orders and threw in a good dose of malts

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Photo of Overlord
1.78/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Hophead84 and I usually see eye to eye on beer, but whoa, do we differ on this one.

Pours a billowy orange-gold. Big off-white foam head. Bit turbid.

Smells herbally, medicinally, faintly of toasted malts, and ... I don't know .. pungent.

Taste is a mess. Shouldn't be called an IPA, frankly. It's more like an uber-ESB that's been dried out on medicinal herb twigs. So much herbaliness it destroys the malt/toastiness component, plus a hint of pine, grass, and hay components, and ... ugh. A sort of drying (other people mention salt, but to me it's just dry) aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Not citrus-y, no hint of sweetness, just a chore to drink. The acrid-ness combined with an alcohol tone really made me feel like I was drinking a cleaning solvent.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, whoever took the picture for this beer has mad skilz. Heh...

Appearance - Pours a brilliant, cloudy tangerine hue into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half of slightly tan head is achieved, which dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spicy hops up front with a citrus kick right after. Yeast, bready malts, cracker, and a hint of sweetness comes in at the end.

Taste - Damn, quite a bit more bitter...way more bitter...than expected from the nose. Massive citrus (i.e. grapefruit rind) up front with a spicy, piney hop flavor midway. Finishes a bit earthy and bitter. Very low malt presence and sweetness is almost undetected.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes very dry and bitter.

Drinkability -Ehh...Stone seems to always have "that" style with everything they do. I know many breweries have their own style they incorporate into almost every beer (i.e. JP), however, I am somewhat over the massively bitter tasting offerings of stone. As always, I'm glad to try their new releases but rarely will I come back for more. This one is such a bitter hop bomb is reminds me of trying to finish the 13th Anniversary last year. A bit difficult.

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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 lightindarkness
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a bone white head climbing above. Great retention and foamy lace.

Aroma is definitely unique, with some dusty grain, white raisin fruit, and a bitter earthy lightly dirty backdrop of waffles. Raspy and difficult to describe. Certainly unique. Not necessarily attractive on it's own, other than the alluring intrigue.

Light citrusy notes pop in taste, with a dusty raspy, yet not harsh light tight malty grain flavor. Not too deep or complex, but decidedly interesting. Lightly peppery with some soft lemon and an orange flavor with almost no sweetness. Strong without being overwhelming, and light enough to stay fresh despite the strength. Sits high on the palate, kind of airy and never really coming down to hit any bottom end notes to round it out. Bitter long finish that seems to swell up again when you think it's done.

Feel is decent. Present in fullness, but really medium bodied with a mild cling on the palate. Faint but active carbonation.

Drinks with relative ease for someone who really likes this take on the style, but its uniqueness could argue the other way. Bitter and pleasant to some, but I would imagine harsh and disagreeable to others. Certainly worth the try, and I'd potentially want it again, but not something I'm likely to crave... though perhaps it's just not my cup of tea.

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

Medium golden with white topping head. Floral aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness, much like a superior ESB. Some melon. Will try this again.Seek it out.
Bottle from Mike's newly obtained case.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intrigued by the concept. Always willing to try something new from Stone.

Appearance- A nice orange, gold. Half inch of stark white head rings nicely. Decent lacing. Very nice looking bev.

Smell- Some pine, and earthiness from the hops. Some grass. Very clean. Not a ton going on.

Taste- Lots of pepper and spice. Some definitely grassy. Bitter, grass, pine. Very subtle malt. The finish lingers. Dry. Grapefruit rind. Not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel- A little light. Wish it had some more carbonation to make it shine.

Drinkability- The grassiness and bitter rind is a little much.

Once again, more concept than product. Stone has better IPA options out there. West coasts IPAs are great. English IPAs can be nice and different. The combination brings out the lesser qualities in each. Oh well.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Honey, murky, nice near white head that stays for some time. Reduces to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very light. Hops apparent, but not in large proportions.

T - Juicy, fruity, citruisy and bitter.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Nice beer. Doesn't really stand out in any way, but nice!

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

Review is from notes taken on 7/1/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow with some hints of apricot in the highlights; starts with a 1/2 finger white head that is very uneven and fades relatively quickly to a thin film on the surface; body is very cloudy, but you can still see far enough into it to see very fast and strong carbonation; nice spots and washes/webs of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Lots of bitter and lemony hops with a faint whiff of honey sweet malts; the nose just pours out of the pint glass and fills the nostrils with the wonderful presence of Stone.

Taste: Oh yes, lots of those bitter and citric lemony hops (like chewing on a lemon peel almost) with a great backing of honey-like malts; a nice lingering of bitterness in the aftertaste and as it warms, there is a warming presence of alcohol in the mouth as well.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is fairly dry and leaves a thin and dry cottony feeling all over the palate, especially the roof of the mouth though; body is light to medium in weight, but is very lively and prickly from the strong carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is great, and Stone definitely does it again! Wonderful balance of bitter hoppiness followed by sweet honey-like maltiness, and finished off with some more lingering bitterness; the body isn't too heavy and the ABV is a little high for too much, but a bomber will definitely do.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, floral and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops, pepper and spices. Medium light body with a spicy, yet astringent finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.

S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.

T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).

M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.

D: I usually like Stone's anniversary beers, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. I guess if I'm going to have any more of these, I'll have to drink them quickly.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this beer after all I've heard about it. Totally unimpressed by it though once I had it. Aroma was extremely floral, almost prfume like. Flavor was pretty well balanced but it tasted more like an IPA than a Double IPA. The hop bitterness may have been there but the alcohol was really missing. Give me a Ruination over this beer anyday.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice crisp golden look to it. Kind of like a pilsner but a bit stronger. Really nice strong frothy head. I get refreshed just looking at it.

S: Very tart and a bit sweet white grapefruit. Very piney and sharp hoppiness. Smells like an IPA I have always dreamed about. Nothing like an English IPA.

T: Sharp hop bitterness but just before that you do get a citrus zing kick. Grapefruit is more of a team player than overwhelming the field. One of the better hoppy beers besides Ruination. I have been really burnt out on sweet IPA's lately and this will satisfy.

M: Nice and oily and carbonation finds a happy medium. The only downside it does have a bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable! Really hits the spot if you are dying for bitter. Just the heat makes it a little less desirable.

Really glad I got this one. I saw English IPA and wasn't interested. The reviews really changed my mind. Hopheads can buy this without worry.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very straw yellow and slight haze. The head is very white and sticky but it fades quickly.

S- Unique hop smell. Its sharp and piny with huge gin notes but earthy at the same time.

T- Same sharp and edgy hop taste. Gin and pine with earthy grass tastes. Good Buddhas Hand and other citrus notes.

M- Good mouthfeel medium body but the hops are destroying my tongue for later reviews tonight.

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Eureka! Burger in Redlands on Tap for Steal the Glass. 14th anniversary glass.

A: Golden color. Excellent head retention. Slight head after even after a half hour.

S: Citrus, Grape fruit, malt, spice, and booze.

T: boose, malt, hops. It becomes more impressive as it warms up but if it reaches room temp towards the end it becomes more alcoholic.

M: Any thicker it would be a barleywine.

D: One bottle portion is enough.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As an English IPA brewed to Imperial IPA strength, Stone shows more refinement and elegance but still with the aggression that is unmistakably 'Stone'.

Spicy, earthy, and pungent hops set the tone of the nose while soft and light Pale Malts give structure to the hop scent while contributing light cracker and biscuit breadiness. Low on its ester profile for an English Ale, the beer boasts a clean scent while giving up a little on complexity.

The pale malts are truely evident in the lighter colored ale- deep golden to very light amber the beer remains on the lighter side of the style, color-wise. A significant haze hints toward the aggressive use of dry hops. Light but creamy carbonation leads to a froathy and stubborn head that laces and retains very well. The beer isn't over carbonated which may lead to a more pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is more timidly carbonated, obviously trying to imulate a cask ale appearance.

Unusual in English Ales, this one lead the flavors with aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Very spicy, earthy, and pungent, the hops straddle flavors of pine and resin. Because of the lightly kilned malts, the sweetness and malt contributions remain subtle and only offer up a light bread biscuit vebal attempt to balance. Again, the fruity notes are low and are completely swamped by the hop taste and bitterness. As with American IPA's, the beer is a showcase for hop character with only supportive malt and yeast contributions. Balance is not on the agenda.

The mouthfeel is also heavy in favor of American IPA's. Medium weight and creaminess fades very quickly to a aggressively bitter bite and crisp fleeting sweetness. Hops and alcohols work in conjunction to ensure a clean but dry finish. Only a bitter linger remains, but sustains well into the next sip. The lower carbonation allows for a less bitey or stinging sensation and seems smoother which is a real plus- again working toward cask ale textures.

Stone 14th may use English ingredients (and they absolutely get the most out of them), but the brewing techniques and ingredient proportions and their introduction into the brewing process has the fingerprints of an American Double IPA all over it. This beer reminds me a lot of Hopback Summer Lightning, except with Double IPA proportions and strength.

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Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

a - pours dark yellow. like what my piss will look like tomorrow morning. its that color, but it looks good. good carbonation

s - big citrus hops. quite fruity. malt sweetness.

t - wow thats bitter. wasn't expecting that much off the nose. big hop flavor. grapefruit rind. this one is strong.

m - med-light body. nice carbonation.

o - very nice IPA, although I think it might be a DIPA. easy drinking, and hides the 8.9% very well.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 22 ounce bottle in pint

A: amber, decent head

S: pineapple, fresh hops,

T: spicy hops, has the malt character, i was expecting something more mild but am pleasantly surprised,

M: carbonation feels spot on with british ipa

D: smooth drinker, refreshing summer beer.

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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 xraided81
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a nice yellow-orange color, thin off white head that leaves lots of lacing/legs.
Smell- smell is eathy herbal, a hint of brett is present, i am getting the sweaty horse blanket aromas that are present in belgians, i havent had too many english ipas i am not sure if this fits the profile
T- is not what you would expect from a stone beer, im getting a strong grapefruit bitterness, with a lingering sour note in the back of the palate.
M- effervesent light body, lighter than expected for an imperial beer.
D- i would be able to drink 2 pints of this max, i am a bit of a hop head and this beer only teases my palate, i get an aggresive bittering hop/ grapefruit taste but not much hop presence in the aroma

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle purchased at Stone. I've had this on cask and tap, now it's time to try it from the bottle. Pours a magnificent yellow orange with a big, thick, and frothy head which has excellent retention and leaves scattered lacing. There's a slight haze to the beer. The color reminds me of a wheat beer, I don't recall having seen an IPA/DIPA/EIPA of this color. Very interesting.

The aroma exhibits a nice blend of citrus, floral, and earthy notes. The citrus is redolent of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The earthiness is decidedly English in character and there's a noticeable spiciness. The malt is bready. The aroma is great.

The flavor opens with a burst of upper moderately bitter citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit) that segues into a tantalizing and restrained bready/biscuit/caramel sweetness that compliments the aggressive hop profile quite well. The finish is earthy, with floral notes, finishing with a strong bitterness, a little alcohol, and a lingering taste of orange pith and grapefruit rind. The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel.

This is essentially a San Diego Pale Ale with a slight English flair. Purists will probably not like it, but I can't argue with my taste buds, I loved it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an orangish color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Bitterness,light pepper English malts and grass

T: Bitterness and grass. Some English malt and perhaps some melon with light pepper

M: Medium to full bodied with plenty of hop bite

D: Wont go back to this and my least fav of the Stone Anny beers so far

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