16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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Average: 3.84 | pDev: 13.8%

Reviews: 393 | Ratings: 1,397

American Imperial IPA | 10.00% ABV

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. We've been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, it's all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). We're talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it's a Double IPA (can you really say you're surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let's-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we've brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn't quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

This beer provides an amber color with reddish and orangish tones. Definitely thick as an quintessential IPA would be, and the alcohol leggings and low carbonation make it seem pensive, patient, and quite elegant in presentation. Slightly modest head, which is impressive considering its high ABV. If this was slightly more filtered, it would look just like many homemade brews that come one's way (although whether they're a comparable quality product is the question here...).

The aroma is definitely quite strong and diverse, and I'm immediately reminded that this is indeed a San Diego hoppy product. The Amarillo hops are extremely recognizable, and malty rye smell is predominantly featured. Not too tropical or lemony though... getting more orange and grapefruit aromas. No alcohol at all, no matter how much it warms up. Approach with caution.

Spiced rye and hop explosion! Add that to a dry and lemon finish, and you essentially have a bare description of what this beer tastes like. No alcohol present in the taste or finish, but sadly no tropical flavors to my liking. I definitely enjoy that the rye flavor is more subtle than expected, and the lemon, herby finish is really nice and smooth. In terms of body, it's a good take on the "classic" SD Imperial IPA - meaning that it's definitely more the type I like - but the flavors seem a bit conflicting at times, especially as it goes from overtly bitter to spicy to a little sour - but never sweet. The finish is fabulous, though, and makes it an overall easy beer to drink.

Nevertheless, while it still is a great product by Stone, I feel a little underwhelmed overall, despite the fact that the rye/lemon combo worked pretty well here. It's definitely not "tropical" enough, and the citrus flavors, while good, are slightly conflicting with the lemon sour and dryness. It makes a very good accompaniment with food - I drank this with fried tuna filet and spinach which were soaked in butter, fried garlic, and a dash of lemon. Alone however? A good beer, but perhaps not my personal favorite the sector of SD imperial IPAs. I always make question to support Stone, but they've definitely had more thrilling anniversary ales in the past.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a nice orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Leapord spotting of lacing remains on the glass.

S- Caramel, orange, pineapple, lemon, spices.

T- Seet caramel, orange, lemon and spices (can't pick out but spice is familiar), pine and more lemon zest.

M- Medium body and carbonation. REally nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Rye might play a role in creaminess.

O- Just a ok dipa to me. Lemon and spice is a bit much and detracts from the beer for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know. I just don't. Something in this beer is hitting me wrongly. Looks good, no question. The aroma is a bit like lemon Pledge and flowers. Maybe it's just that I expected hops. It's similar to hops, and hops are there, but the weird lemon thing....

For a base, the malt is great. A bit of spice, some caramel, but mostly it's sturdy toasted biscuit.

Feels like an IPA, abv is hidden very well. Normally a 22oz of Stone is fine. This one I shared b/c I wanted to. I don't know

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Only dating visible on the bottle is “August 2012” printed in red ink as part of the label artwork above the barcode, but this juuust came out and has barely gotten through distribution, so it’s damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): Very nice, rich head on this beer, ivory-colored and rising to a good three or four fingers of moderately tight bubbles and fading slowly, atop a rich amber body, which is crystal-clear. Lacing is a bit underwhelming, but it leaves some spots as it recedes.

Smell (4.0): Classic, West Coast DIPA aroma, here: hop-dominated, with strong pineapple and passionfruit notes (hi, Amarillo!), with an undercurrent of pine coming from the glass. From the bottle, there’s a good lemon essence in the nose, at least as strong as the hop component and very refreshing.

Taste (4.5): The rye is noticeable on the palate, leaving a nice, rye bread spiciness to play with the hop profile, which comes off more resinous and dank in terms of flavor, but finishing with a strong pink grapefruit / citrus pith bitterness. The lemon verbena is half-citrusy, half-herbal in character and interestingly, kind of melds into that nice, dank character—very nice touch. The malt body, meanwhile, is well put-together: a bit of caramel sweetness, mixing with moderate-to-strong toasty and spicy notes, it’s got enough going on to hold its own, but doesn’t distract from the hops and adjuncts in this brew, either. Well-balanced. Finally, the alcohol heat is there, but it’s easy to miss because it folds into the bitter hop finish and resinous character so well—which is key for a hop-forward beer this big. As it warms, the lemony character, malt sweetness, and alcohol vapor all become more pronounced, but it makes for a nice effect, like boozy lemon icing.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft, lush carbonation that never gets prickly or sharp; the body is on the full side of medium-bodied, and very oily—really, really nice mouthfeel. The finish is on the dry side and just slightly chalky, but nice.

Overall (4.5): This is a really well put-together DIPA, with a great use of adjuncts. The rye malt is perfectly balanced, which is uncommon for a lot of beers featuring rye in my experience, and it’s full-flavored but not overdone in any respect. The lemon verbena is a really nice complement to the rye and hops both, and the ABV is well-hidden—just a really, really well-made beer all around. Great brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Tropical fruit & grapefruit & some pine once warm, but other aspects fade

T: Follows the nose, pink grapefruiit, pineapple & pine are all upfront along herbal & woody bitterness, you can also pick on the peppery aspects of the rye in this one. Grapefruit, peppery notes, passion fruit & pinapple are all strong as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty, peppery, slight woody dryness & with just a bit of breadyness & pine, plus pineapple

Medium body, smooth carbonation, pretty good balance, a bit of warming sensation

Not the best Anniversary offering I've had from these guys, but damn tasty & would buy again if availible, very easy drinker for the style

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

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I've been seeing this around a lot, so I figured I'd might as well get it while it's here...haven't had anything new from Stone in a while. Served in a snifter, a clear, darker amber color with a small but dense cap of white head that receded to a ringlet and left some streaky lacing on the glass. Nice hit of citrus and herbal hops in the nose, lesser notes of caramel and ammonia (well within tolerance). More hoppage in the taste, unctuous citrus zest, resinous to an extent, herbal, caramel, nice bready rye profile. Medium-bodied and a bit sticky, mellow carbonation, some alcohol burn, intense for the less daring palate, but quite drinkable for the style.

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