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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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Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 755
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool chill haze throughout the beer, very cloudy, bright yellow, chunky. Aroma was grassy hops different old world vibe to them, but New World quantities.

Taste was a real cool English style of a hoppy beer, paired with pale English malts, it works. Alcohol is hidden quite well. This one was a more unique but still very good anniversary beer Stone made, really stood out, would like to see them put it back into production one day.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer. Big yellow haze, vibrant. Aroma was grassy hops.

Taste was mind blowing, this is the kind of English Ale I can get into. Super hoppy, but definitely they are amped up Euro hops. Nice to see this non traditional ingredients into the typical Stone uber hopping. Very light body, was great on a hot 4th of July weekend. The English hops are pungent, something I've never experienced. Unique. Mouthfeel rocks, more and more hops in a different vein than used to. Alcohol hidden, beer gets chewy but never heavy. I wouldn't age this beer. Great price.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you're in the mood for major hops.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is straight citrus hops, slight hints of other fruits but also a decent amount of earthiness and herbal hops follow. Slight hints of pine as well.

The taste is initially not amazing, but this beer grows on you with every sip. The malt body is not as thick as I expected (but upon research according to Stone, classic English IPAs weren't as malt dominated as today's examples). The lack of caramel malts is apparent; just straight English pale ale malt. Hops start the taste profile, citrus, then earthy, then floral, then piney resiny hops. Delicious. Really improves as it warms up. The English malts although subtle are now detectable and you can tell how much better they are then traditional American 2 or 6-row; light biscuity notes are also detectable.

Not your "traditional" malty English IPA but I really appreciate this style because I love English hops and American IPAs make me nauseous now because they all taste like the C hops and this is a great change of pace. Alcohol isn't detectable at all which is dangerous and why it took my about a half an hour to type this w/o making any typos and I still probably made a few.

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Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Third time having this one, was the best by far on-tap about a month ago. This bottle is a bit better than the last one I had, which tasted like peas and urinal cakes.

A- Hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white cap that has low retention and leaves a small cloud and ring behind. Very small amount of lace.

S- A lot going on here, not a huge fan. Upon opening I got some nice tropical, citrus and earthy hop notes. Then it went all over. I do soapy, grassy and light sweet-caramel malt notes. There is also an odd, musty chessy hint hidden in there, it becomes distracting.

T- The foremost thing I get is a mix of overly earthy-grassy-spicy hops with sweet light malt. Too much hop flavor, getting sick of this trend. It just gets messy. Citrus-zest also blasts the palate. The end product is an overly bitter, almost soapy beer. I understand what is English here but it is Americanized, I see why the English keep their hops in check for the most part.

MF- Huge bitterness. Light body with nice creaminess. High, smooth carbonation. Slightly warm.

DB- I am sick of this trend but I can still drink this one decently, I am too forgiving to food and drink. Sadly this is the first Stone beer I have to say I didn't enjoy a lot. A blast of hops that feels messy and unbalanced, probably gonna get me some Ruination to make me forget this one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at ACBF in Boston 2 weeks ago, only a 2oz pour. But now I found my first bottle in Columbus, $6.99, and I'm gonna buy a lot more of it. The best looking Stone artwork to date, including the gargoyle from Stone 10th but this time with a cool parchment colored background.

The beer is crystal clear, a light orange shade of copper with a huge pillowy and rocky foam and big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is earthy and floral, pungent kick-ass hops. Apparently Kent East Goldings, Boadicea, and Target based on the bottle description. Mitch Steele and company kicked ass with this formulation.

The taste is strongly hoppy, no malt balance in sight, just loads of English hops. Peppery and spicy, floral, a little chalky and turing bitter in the aftertaste.

Delicious, like I noted above I'll be getting lots more. My favorite Stone Anniversary beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of breadiness and large citrus and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit less robust. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large citrus hops and milder grassy and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of bready flavors make a brief appearance before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was surprised by the large amounts of citrus hop flavors, and the profile of the citrus hops, in this bad boy, expecting more earthy, grassy, and light citrus from the more popular English varietals. What I got was more in line with what most of Stone puts out, so if you're a fan then it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up during a foray into the territory of the hapless (Brewers) recently. Man, I like living within 20 miles of the state line, it's amazing what Wisconsin gets that MN doesn't, & vice versa.

Poured into my Foothills pint glass, a very nice, sunset-colored, sour-lemon-looking yellow that offsets the yellow of the Foothills logo very well (man, there's gotta be less Project Runway on in the background while I'm around). Smell is wild, aggressive lemon-spritz, Sierra Mist with lemons ringing the glass. Slightly sour, but really, really nice.

The taste of Stone 14th Anniversary doesn't quite live up to that divine smell. The lemony, citrusy hops flare up like a sun-spot, but they're leavened with a chunk of earthiness that brings the hops down to earth, so to speak. Bits & pieces of orange, too. Flash of bitterness ends the experience hoppily.

The earthiness dulls the taste a bit but amps up the drinkability, allowing it to be swilled with impunity. Nice.

Excellent beer Smells great, tastes really good, easy to drink. The earthy hoppage took some getting used to, but I warmed up to them in the end.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. At first a tow finger white head forms, but recedes in a second to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left though.
S: Citrus and grassy hops up front. Herbal and medicinal. Slightly soapy with a lingering spicy aroma.
T: Very piny and resiny up front this time. Citrus lingers. Rough grainy malt that tries to balance everything out. Medicinal and soapy with a lingering spiciness. Very hot with an ethanol like quality.
M/D: A medium body with rough and prickly carbonation. Hot ethanol that is just rough. Hard to drink.

This did not do it for me. If Stone wants to imitate English brewers again, I say they make a beer that has more nuance and subtlety. This is somewhat crass, very rough, and unpleasant.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really, really liked this beer.
In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a copious white head that was very sticky.
Peppery aroma, floral, sweet malt.
The taste was peppery up front, followed by some very sweet malt, with a late hops finish.
Incredibly smooth and balanced, great to drink.
Hope it likes my cellar.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split during the Spain world cup final

appearance: light, bright orange body - thick foamy white head - a touch pulpy

smell: odd aroma - "a sweaty sock filled with smarties", but perhaps not - grapefruit rind, bitter citrus

taste: very deviant from the english ipa - well pronounced bitterness from grapefruit zest and peel, sugary, caramel malts, strange but very enjoyable

mouthfeel: cask-like, pulpy

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an emperial pint. 8.9% ABV, June 2010, "Consume when fresh or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or more."

A - I watched helplessly as tiny particles rushed from the bottle into my beer. Luckily their damage didn't amount to much as it remained a mostly clear goldenrod yellow color. Lots of carbonation kept the well-retained white head alive for sometime. Chunky lace clung to the glass pretty well too!

S - Distinctly different, English hops populate the aroma with a blend of both grass, freshly cut, and a squirt of lemon juice with a light hint of pineapple. Sweet crystal and pale malts back the aroma up very nicely offering good balance without distracting from the hops.

T - Something must have changed between the aroma and flavor as it's much less attractive now. Maybe I was better off setting this beer to sea... Sharply and overly bitter, grassy and earthy flavors with a bit of cardboard aren't very appealing. The sweet backing malts in the aroma turn dry and flakey like a biscuit without butter. A small pinch of lemon and pineapple citrus makes it's way in but certainly not enough. Burtonized water is pretty big in this beer too. Lots of minerals and salt present.

M - Sharp carbonation brings a lively feel to this medium-bodied English IPA while a dry, incredibly bitter finish changes it up quite a bit. Much too dry and very bitter for my liking. Strange that I don't particularly enjoy THIS bitterness but love overly hopped American IPAs.

D - I'm determined to finish this bottle and have it change my mind about the beer. It isn't a half-bad beer, I just can't get into the flavor profile or large bitterness. Definitely one of my least favorite Stone brews to date.

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Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that leaves chunks of foamy lace. I like the parchment background of the "label". Pale IPAs, love them.

Smell is big hops, lots of spicy herbal hops, some mint, a bit of cat pee. EKGs are the most prominent. The stemmy earthy component of the hops almost picks up a cocoa note.

Taste is also big earthy hops, very spicy, robust, a hint of peanut butter as well. The burtonized water accentuated the substantial bitterness, to which the base pale malts stand no chance. Which is fine, it's a good hop blast, as to be expected from Stone. The salts accentuate the alcohol, even though it's pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a huge IPA, perhaps English ingredients, but clearly American DIPA style. Very good, a nice change of pace from typical west coast DIPAs.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always game for a Stone Anniversary beer, especially an IPA. This was billed as sort of English but it is clearly a Stone style hopped up IPA which is a good thing!. This had a nice smell, bitter taste of citrus, a bit of malt, hoppy with a bit of kick from the alcohol. This was my third bottle and I couldn't help but to knock it back quick fast in a hurry. I still wish they would recreate the 10th anniversary because that was their best beer in my opinion.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin white film and a cloudy dark yellow with particles gathering at the bottom. Resin, cat piss, and waxy orange skin on the nose - crazy but not bad. Golden Crunch biscuit and lemon cake malts with citrus and clove hops and a big IBU punch. White pepper finish, long lemony linger. Medium, chewy, burns long after swallowing.

OK, you made a harsh SDPA using English hops. But do I want that?

Way out of balance, and some funky flavors, too. (What are Boadicea hops?) Not one to chase down.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh color from fathead's.

A-pours an extremely murky orangish amber color with tons of dense white head leaving solid lacing.

S-nose is interesting, doughy bread with some funkiness to it, melon rind, honeydew.

T-much more towards a traditional english ipa, sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, honeydew and a little melon rind, hints of herbal and grassy hops in the back, moderate to strong bitterness in the finish.

M-soft but very grainy palate, syrupy and thick, moderate carbonation.

D-nicely balanced with good malt body and strong hop presence in the back. quite enjoyable and pretty unique, all in all a very good beer.

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

Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with an overtone of surprisingly sweet grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is richly hoppy and subtly bitter, just as an IPA should be, with citrus undertone - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that complements the hoppy bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a citrus finish that is both sweet and bitter. Hunt this one down!

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like earthy citrus and unripe grapefruit, with some herbal and pine hops and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like strong earthy citrus with pine and herbal hops, and a little honey malt. It had a strong and harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was an interesting blend of English and American IPAs, but the result was not really a great flavor to me. The alcohol was well hidden, but the harsh bitterness made it not as easy to drink. Maybe some sweeter malts to help balance out all the bitterness of the hops would have helped?

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium gold color with just a slight haze. Foam is creamy and tan, leaving a nice lace in its wake.

Nose is tropical, grassy and lemony...almost like Fruity Pebbles. Strong malt presence with some sweetness and light caramel. Does not smell overly British to me; clean, no minerals and light on dark fruit.

Tastes like caramel covered lemon peel shavings. Gritty, earthy hop flavors abound. Bitterness is there, but a little tame compared to the hop flavor. Has just enough sweetness to help out with balancing. Does not have the toffee or minerality of a British IPA...seems more of an American IPA brewed with British hops. That said, it is a delicious beer and very enjoyable, the bomber went down exceptionally fast. Drinks easy for such a hoppy brew. "Another hoppy Stone brew" came to mind when this one came out, but I must admit that this is a damn fine tasty beverage.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a short dirty white head that is pleasant looking. Very little lacing however.

Nice bright citrus scent that is juicy and sweet smelling. A little pale malt in the background.

Sharp hop bite that is a vast mix of piney, citrusy and a bit earthy and floral as well. Nice grapefruit presence. The malt is ever present and provides a nice sweetness.

Nice feel that is creamy and soft. Perfect carbonation feel. Lightly chewy body adds texture.

This is a damn fine IPA no matter what style you want to call it. It's hoppy and thoroughly enjoyable. I would welcome this one again any time.

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Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a very hazy straw color wit one finger of rather persistent off-white head.

S - Pungent hops. Has a rather earthy aroma for such a hop-forward beer.

T - I had this fresh but didn't review. The hops have definitely faded, but are still in abundance. Has an almost salty taste, like licking the side of an old sea-faring vessel (which I mean in mostly a good way). This definitely is't for everyone, but I enjoyed it. A decent amount of malt backbone to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Finishes dry.

O - An interesting brew. One to savor in small quantities

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, hops, and malt. The flavor was of massive hops, grapefruit upon sitting on the palate and swallowing. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew. Usually I will get the hops on the followthrough but they came upfront in this one and were balanced/counteracted nicely with the refreshing fruit followthrough. Very nice touch for a very good beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light lemon-tangerine hue with a large, oily, bright white head that faded into a thin scum that left sticky lace down the glass.
S: Ok. So I've seen threads where people claim that some hops and therefore IPA's smell a bit like marijuana, but I've never encounter such a beer. THIS beer to me smell like weed. It's so very perfume-y and floral in addition to notes of citrusy lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and...cantaloupe. But there is definitely a grassy herbal quality to this beer, not unlike its cousin of the same plant family.
T: Big herbal and floral hop punch with a touch of herbal and citrus notes. Follows the nose quite well. There is a hint of biscuity malt shining through the perfume near the end of each swallow, but the hops pretty much overpower everything. Tangerine, cantaloupe and grapefruit dominate. Finish also has some alcohol warmth to it.
M: Medium-full body with a tingly feel from all the perfume hops. Very tingly. Soft carb.
D: I wasn't expecting as much from what others were saying, but I was pretty impressed by this beer. Very sweet and juicy. I guess some could find it too sweet though. Still, I liked this one better than last years. Great EIPA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small hop, but actually quite mild. In the taste, a nice bitter hop and quite malty. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel and a small bite and dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Very English like, kind of lame for Stone, OK nonetheless.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
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