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16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by CloudStrife on 08-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
13.91%
Bros Score:
3.28
 
 
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a flavourful orange citrus DIPA, not too aggressive on the palate. A good amount of retained head. Some hop aromas. Medium bodied. Slight orange coloured body. Very drinkable with food. Fresh from Premiere, with carbonation right there. My experience, another positive one for a Stone, apparently, exceeds that of the nay-sayers.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, honey, and some herbal and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal and spice finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

stone doing what they do best here, making a big bad ipa. this is both big and bad, as bad means good nowadays. it pours a curious red color, glowing and clear, with a sudsy off white head a few inches high. its got a great nose of lemony hops and some aggressive varities. amarillo and simcoe maybe? its got that oily character to it. the flavor is intensely lemony, but not tart at all. its only mildly bitter too, and has more of that sappy sweet hop vibe. the malts are reminiscent of an irish red ale, which works really well with the selected hops here. the huge abv sneaks right up on you too, its not apparent in the taste or the smell of this beer. i was shocked when i found out it was 10%. the feel is good, its big in the mouth with a good sized body, and the carbonation is a little relaxed, which is nice in this beer. it lets the hops do the talking, and they speak quite loudly here. this is an excellent brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking yellowish copper color. The head was white and had a light sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is fresh, hoppy and full of lemony aromas. There is a light amount of malt sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is good on the first sip, the more I drank the more I felt the lemon flavors became more artificial to me like a cleaning product of some kind. The flavors were still very refreshing but I think I was just hindered a little by how much the citrusy lemon flavors took over. The mouthfeel of the beer was really nice, lots of little carbonation bubbles with a decent smooth feel to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I won't need to buy more of it though. I did enjoy it for the most part.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a dash of lemon-flavored leaves, and a handful of rye grain that many whisky makers have considered useless to the planet, Stone embraces the esoteric anololies as if they were a super hero to ward off the bullies. But the results show that the stronger IPAs does not, and should not reside in the boundaries, but revel outside of them. They're not just stepping outside the box, their building a better box!

With the familiar amber and copper color of most pale ales, the beer uncharacteristically demonstrates bright clarity without the preview of hop-promised haze that we are accustomed to seeing. The classic starchy eggshell white head fits the top of the snifter like an electric blanket, tucking the beer in for the night. Speckled lace and tremendous retention shows that even though this is a strong, strong beer- there's no forgiveness for lack of foam character.

Perfume and citrus rise to the nose with sharp citrusy character that's soon followed by the scent of alcohol-infused spaghetti starch. But the citrus isn't the typical grapefruit notes that is shared by famed American "c" hops, but rather a lemony furniture polish, herbal, and lightly grassy note that puts a spring in the beer's step. Fueled not only by the crusted elements of toasted malt, but from a kiss of earthen, spicy rye that provides a broad earthiness that's usually reserved by biscuity English ales.

Upon the first draw from the glass, the malts strike first with flavors of burnt caramel, heavily crusted breads, marzipan, tree bark, and walnut oils. An almost salty, almost metalic yet savory taste bridges confidently into into the resinous hop taste that soon follows. Lemon-like sassafras, mint, and root"ish" fenel play a part in the flavor metrix where hops are normally expected. Instead, the middle palate does all this along with the apple and pear character of calypso hops. For better or worse, the alcohol flavors weave into the beer's finish for an effect of furniture polish that bridges over from the scent. Aside from a slight earthy rye bread spiciness, the rye grains are tossed to the wayside and their mild flavor would have easily been attributed to either non-rye hop or malt complexities.

With the amount of flavor that the beer delivers, it's easy to read a fuller than actual body into the beer. But its medium weight is bolstered by deeply embedded carbonation into a plethora of residual dextrin-rich malt. The beer retains it's rich textures until very late into the taste before it waivers just a bit and allows for the resiny hop bitterness and alcohol dryness to take hold. An extra long aftertaste of lemon and rye keeps the palate savoring the taste indefinately- ok, until the next sooner-than-should revisit to the glass.

Stone exercises a ton of liberties in creating an imperial IPA that pays homage to the style in which this version was spawn, yet wallowing in artistry, madness, and ingeniousness. Happy 16th Stone Brewing Company!

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Photo of oline73
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Stub and Herb's while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of creamy off white head that fades to a ring around the pour and leaves mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus and pine notes from the hops. There are also some citrus juice type notes as well. Rather sweet.

Taste: There is a ton of citrus in this beer. Reminds me of mandarine oranges. The pine hops and alcohol remind me a bit of floor cleaner. The finish has a weird bitterness to it. Can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really weird beer. The various flavors just didn't work together for me. I wasn't able to finish my pour.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus floral hoppy notes with some good notes of lemon. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hops notes with clear lemon notes without any tart flavours. Fruity notes from the Amarillo with light residual sugar form the malt backbone bring out a good balanced mix overall. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good and one beer that Stone should keep producing as a regular instead on an Anniversary one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, head of khaki-colored foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, pine and some spices. A touch of toastiness, too.

T - Very bitter and spicy - almost too much. The lemon flavor was too much. There was a good caramel sweetness to combat some of that.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is interesting. I can't say I loved it. I hope it mellows. I am going to save my other one for later.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big off white to light yellow head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a copper honey colored beer.

Light pine and floral notes mixed with citrus hops, with some lemon aroma.

A light quick bitter bite hits with the first sip and is followed with lemony citrus, pine, and some floral like hops tastes that kind of finishes with a light caramel malt that isn't to strong.

A dryish aftertaste with some light citrus hops tastes hanging around on this solid medium bodied IPA.

A pretty decent IPA, but I think there are quite a few better IPA's waiting in store coolers that cost less. That's not saying there's anything bad about this, it's just that I think there are better IPA's like Happy Camper, and some of Stone's own stuff.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a big fluffy cap that leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and lemony up front, with floral undertones. A touch of lavender, bready rye and alcohol. The liberal use of lemon verbena gives the beer a perfumey, soapy quality that isn't especially enjoyable to me.

Taste and mouthfeel: Straight-up lemon rind. Bitter and botanical, soapy, perfumey, and rather malty. Booze is somewhat noticeable, too. The body has some heft to it, though the beer remains on the dry side. Lemon peel and botanical soap flavors linger throughout the finish. Very bitter.

Overall: Clean, well crafted, but not really appealing to me. Would be a nice but unspectacular DIPA without the lemon verbena; as is it's not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, lemongrass, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, grass, orange, spicy rye, caramel, pineapple, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, lemon grass, caramel, rye, bread, pineapple, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Rye is subtle and not overwhelming. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Double IPA from Stone. Very unique with the lemon zest and rye flavors, but they work very well. Very well balanced with all flavors including the rye; very smooth to sip on for the gravity. Highly enjoyable stuff as I would have expected from Stone.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark orange to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy/foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a large patch of thick large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a ton of hops in the aroma of this beer with the strongest presence being that of lemon/citrus, followed by lesser amounts of pine/resin, floral, grassy, herbal, and spicy hop aromas in decreasing intensity. There is just a touch of pineapple/tropical hops and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Like the smell, there are a lot of different hop flavors in the taste of this beer. There is a lot of lemon/citrus, pine/resin, and herbal hop flavors along with a much lighter amount of grassy and spicy/peppery hop flavors. Light amounts of alcohol are present and there is a moderate amount of bitterness present which lingers.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly sticky with a good amount of alcohol warming/heat in the finish.

O: This beer is good and tasty but perhaps a little too big with the amount of alcohol heat in the finish (at 10% ABV that is not super surprising). I enjoy the flavors and the aromas but this beer is a total hop bomb. I just wish I had not had the 10th Anniversary Ruination so recently, because that beer was too awesome and set my expectations too high. Maybe there is just a little too much going on with all of the hop flavors in this beer, they compete rather than harmonize.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with strong sweet flavors of caramel and citrus along with a touch of spic followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for slightly different 2IPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldn’t be safe. For my taste buds, it wasn’t. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didn’t help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes it’s okay not to go extreme.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings
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