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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Ratings: 779 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, with an eighth-inch white head that fades slowly. Decent lacing.
Smell is bready malts and strong, fruity, grassy hops. Strong notes of pineapple, as well as some pickled mango and melon.
Taste is heavy, breaded malts, as well as more fruity, grassy hops. Heavy citrus notes, as well as some pineapple, mango, lemon peel, and melon. Stong, bitter rush near the finish. Finish is malty and hoppy, with the bitterness carrying through and lingering.
Mouthfeel is smooth up front, with the hops coming in to give it some bite halfway through. Finish is crisp. Medium body.
Drinkability is good. Very good, quite bitter IPA.

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

Duvel tulip. Hazy creamsickle orange in color with a thick white head. Surprised by the appearance...lighter than I expected.
Aroma of pencil shavings and lots of citrus. Citric bitter up front. Navel orange rind, tangerine and pink grapefruit juice. Tart and tangy for sure. Fungal bitter in the middle with a pronounced minerality. Tons of citrus. Finishes bitter (a tad harsh and woody.) I would rate the mouthfeel and drinkability higher but the harsh bitterness stopped me. Overall, good IPA.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice hazy yellow, almost like a belgian triple, with a one finger white foamy head. Great lacing all the way down.

Strong floral hops scent to this beer with some sugars present.

The taste is a great one. Lots of hop bite with a great sugary malt presence. Very well balanced and well done.

The mouthfeel is good with a very noticeable alchol presence.

Overall, another homer for Stone.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Medium head with good carbonation. Dark golden hue with no visible light (hazed). The nose is of strong citrusy hops and pepper. The taste upfront is almost too bitter, but that subsides once your taste buds are numbed. The flavor is big bittering hops followed by a grassy crisp finish. Not a session beer, but one that is good to have from time to time this year.

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

Another winner from Stone. Even after a year of aging, this IPA This beer poured a nice lightly cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Smell was quite fruity with lots of nice grapefruit and strawberry notes. Flavor was nice with peppery hops right off the bat followed by a nice semi sweet malt backbone and another dose of dry bitterness on the back end that begged you to take another sip. Match this with a nice light mouthfeel and this is a very enjoyable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ToddT
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow topped with an large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and a hint of pineapple, aroma is subtle in nature.

T- Bitter hops that slowly builds to a crescendo of hop bitterness, somewhat balanced out by a quick note of sweet pineapple. The finish is dry, clean and with a lingering bitter hop note.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation, the body has a slightly viscous feel to it, not unpleasant but noticeable.

O- Solid effort, could use a little more balance to make it more interesting though. The 8.6% ABV shows up a little as it warms in the form of some heat in the finish,

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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 RockyTopHeel
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, bright golden in color with a short white head. Aroma of herbal hops, lemon, and some grassy notes.

Taste is crisp and bitter, with a strong grassy, herbal -- almost medicinal -- character, more lemon. Quite astringent, with an ever so faint touch of pine sap. Brutalizes the palate without overpowering flavor.

I can't decide if I like this or not, but I appreciate it for what it is.

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Photo of bosco7
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really pale orange with a nice tight white head.

Smells full floral hops. Reminds me of some pacific northwest IPAs. Some soft malt notes below the hops.

Aggressive noble hops followed with a really pretty maltiness. Marmalade. The Stone shines through despite the unusual hop regime. Prolonged pithy bitterness in the finish, like biting into grapefruit pith.

The stickiness of the bitterness really detracts from the drinkabilty a bit. Overall though this is an interesting beer, especially coming from Stone. I am really reminded of some of the IPAs and DIPAs I have tasted in the Pac NW.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden somewhat hazy color with a nice lingering head of white.
Smells like a unique hop profile, cant put my finger on it exactly definitely smells bittersweet.
Tastes fruity, with some hints of apple and sugar, as well as peaches. Nice and bitter.

An interesting beer, and much sweeter than I would expect but not in a bad way.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love what Stone does so here goes...Pours nice, slightly hazy and pale Amber. good carbonation and creamy head that leaves great lacing. What you might expect from a doubel IPA. Pretty carbonated for a robust ale of this stature (8.9% ABV). Smell has great citrusy and hoppy characteristics - some grapefruit, some sour peach, some flowery-ish notes...Flavor is big and uber hoppy, typical of Stone. First sip carried an off, smelly foot flavor...gross, but has since then lost this off flavor. VERY smooth for a huge beer...Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Actually pretty durn good ale. Not overly complex, but tasty. $5.99 for a bomber, so mid-to-slightly high priced for everyday drinkage...Try and find it folks...

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw/golden orange with a nice fluffy white head. Some strands of carbonation flowing from the bottom of the glass. After visiting England, I can safely say this is what I found the IPA's to look like.

S: Aroma is strong and earthy, reminiscent of a saison aroma mixed with English malts. There is an upfront must, followed by some grassy and citric elements. Never smelled something quite like this actually. The English malt base is present, which is nice. The other aromas coming off this beer are very pleasing to say the least. The earthiness of the hops is outstanding, you can almost smell the soil and vines and flowers all at once.

T: Hops. Holy smokes is this hoppy. Also has a bit of a smokey malt flavor in the back. Very resinous and earthy hops, with some citrus of lemon and grapefruit. The English character doesnt come through so well though. Not picking up the subtle qualities that English IPA's have. Who would expect Stone to stick to parameters though. This is certainly aggressively hopped and is very tasty, just a bit off style though.

M: Light and crisp like it should be. Good carb and lasting flavor on the palate. Very dry as well. A bit puckering and astringent. Mouthfeel is on point as far as style.

D: This is definitely a hop bomb, no surprise again coming from Stone. Huge earthy and grassy notes from the hops. Very dry, making this one yank at your gums and tooth enamel. Great beer to enjoy during hot weather. (Inside, of course).

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Photo of afrokaze
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review for my first beer of 2011! 22oz bomber shared with a fellow hop-head. Bottle dated June 2010*. Poured into a tulip. Writing this as I drink it to give impressions as it warms.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange with a bit more body than a normal DIPA, and a finger of off-white creamy head that quickly dissapears, leaving some nice oily lacing. Haze settles some as the beer warms, but still looks like a gorgeous dirty-blonde under light.

S: Tons of floral notes, citrus, grassy/leafy, but with a nice malt backbone that grows as it warms, along with the alcohol. Pretty unique in this style, for some reason that's hard to name.

T: Plenty of hops and citrus, plus spice up front, despite the age. Nice crisp leaf/floral notes are balanced by malt presence that grows in the aftertaste. Grapefruit and lime/tangerine really shine through, followed by raisin honey, bready malt, and alcohol that grows as it warms. Good balance, not quite the hop assault you might expect from Stone.

M: Maybe my favorite part of the beer - it had a nice creaminess from the English yeast that I've never gotten in a DIPA. Really nice.

D: Really pretty good considering the ABV, but you'll feel it in the end.

Overall, I liked the effort. I think the unique ingredients really brought something new to the table, and it's nice to see even Stone moving towards more balance in their hoppy beers. Unfortunately, the dank bitterness comes out a little too much at the end when it warms. This will be a style to watch when it matures!

*As far as the age goes, I was holding onto this beer for a little over 2 months inadvertently before I uncapped it. However it's about 6 months or more by the bottle date, meaning it was a bit old by the time I got it (should have checked.) Despite what some might say, I thought the age added a nice dimension to this beer - the mellowing suited the malt & creaminess that I liked. That said, I wouldn't let it sit any longer really, and I wish I could have had it fresh.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very interesting cloudy yellowy peachy color. white head that isn't that thick but doesn't vanish completely.
a kick-ass citrusy smell from the hops. wow its really pleasant and not over the top.
a very hop heavy taste, yet yeast is in the background too. the alcohol is hidden well.
mouthfeel is decent. more carbonated than preferred.
this is definitely a sipper, but its a fantastic beer.

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Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents.

The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?)

Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should.

I'm glad I tried this but not sure that I'd really seek it out again.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Enjoyed quite a few of these this summer, but this is the first time that I have sat down to review. Nice, antique looking painted label on this one.

A-Hazy bright golden peach with a creamy eggshell head that goes on forever and laces nicely.

S-Earthy floral hops with a hint of lemon zest. Light biscuit and cracker. Subtle overall, but very nice.

T-This is a power packed flavor punch of a brew. The tastebuds are attacked with a powerfully balanced mixture of malt and hops, but both are very "over the top"...but then again, we are drinking a Stone Anniversary ale....nuff said. I think the only thing that keeps this one in check is the fact that English ingredients are used, but in massive, west coast quantities....this keeps this brew from the harshness that last year's anniversary ale suffered from, and it is all the better for it. The hop and malt bill here is huge, but for all the flavor, it remains in balance. Alcohol is definately present, but takes a warming back seat as the bottle goes down. Think toned-down C-hops with some carmel malt thrown in, and "cranked to 11". Overall very refreshing. I like this one alot.

M-Medium with balanced carbonation.

D-I'd be lying if I didn't say this was a damn drinkable beer. During this horribly hot summer, the beer man at Penn Station NYC serves these up at the same price that I can buy them at the store. It quenches the thirst and relieves the commute, and may be one of my favorite anniversary ales in recent memory. Unfortunately, this likely will not age well, but who knows....

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden color, looks a bit light in color for an alcoholic IPA. No head really, only a little just as you pour it. Nice alcohol flavors and aromas, nothing off-putting about its booze content, which is surprising considering how old it is. Very satisfying hoppiness to the beer in bitterness, flavor and aroma.
I assume it is Emperial to explain its British ingrediants and style. Doesn't taste like the IPAs I have had lately.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it about this beer but i can't stop drinking it. Big citrusy everything on this, but almost a lagery drinkablility to this, just a crisp finsh. I have beeen down on stone for some time, no reason, just a few bad beers (i was the biggest supporters of these guys when they launched in norcal, i told everybody to drink this stuff in 98', seriously). This beer is legit, i will be buying more and spreading the word again.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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 HosP
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured after a long day, helped get me through knowing it was waiting for me!

A - Poured nice golden color with slight haze to it. Nice white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Full of hops in the nose. Pretty sweet smelling with citrus and pine hops right up front! Seemed to get a hint of orange in the aroma as well.

T - Like the smell, lots of hops to this! Pretty bitter that stays with your mouth.

M - Medium body with small amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth with bitterness bite towards the end.

D - Good IIPA! Will have to hope they still have another bottle left at the store. Very nice solid IIPA!

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Photo of jnorris404
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is pale in appearance, grassy, bitter, and dry.

It poured hazy pale straw with a tall white head that quickly dissipated leaving one weak skinny ring. It looked like a hefe. The smell and flavor were subtle and earthy, dominated by grass and pine. There was a strong bitterness with a long-lingering dry finish.

With the heavily bitter feel, Emperial IPA leaves a strong impression; however, there isn't much flavor. Stone makes several great year-round ales and IPAs (e.g., Ruination and Arrogant Bastard). Among that company, Emperial IPA isn't much of a celebratory ale.

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