16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA
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
Ratings:
1,395
Reviews:
393
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains in the glass with a big frothy dollop and roughly a finger of rich foam when swirled, leaving back a good bit of sudsy lacing sticking to the sides. There’s a nice rich look to this. The aroma smells of lemon, spice, tropical fruit, pine, underlying bitter fruit and sweet malt across the back that sticks to that juicy fruit character. Although this does have a fresh feel in the nose, it’s overall not coming off as very airy in the nostrils.

The taste is fairly spicy throughout, and encircles notes of pine, zesty grapefruit bitterness and lemon (which have more of a rind-like pithiness to it than it did in the nose). This is actually well balanced by a combination of ripe tropical fruit and a malt profile this is equal parts sticky sweetness and dry graininess. This finishes very strong, with spice and resins that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bigger, with a softer yet still firm creaminess that fills up the mouth. There is some crispness here on the tongue but a prominent underlying oiliness really helps keep the carbonation here slick on the palate. While not overly hot, that 10% is felt here really intensifies that already aggressive finish.

The lemon and rye additions here kept this interesting to drink but the overall profiles here just couldn’t quite hold up to the heady ABV on this, which does sadly hold this back a bit in spots. While maybe not quite maintaining the already high standards of these Stone Anniversary releases, this is still worth picking up and checking out. Just split it with a buddy, as that combo of flavor and alcohol unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to high drinkability.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant appearance with orange color in the tall Saxo tulip. Plenty of foam and quite spritzy in the mouth. Tends to attack the tongue after some sipping.

This doesn't seem so overly lemoned, in fact the nose is quite interesting. But it just seems to add to the general bitterness, which this doesn't need any more of. Rich and malty, but then the bitter blast blows through. Quite unpleasant aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and generally acidic. It doesn't taste so alcoholic, but it's a harsh mistress nonetheless.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in San Diego for six bucks.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of billab914
2.57/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into my Mad Fox glass. Amber in color with a thin, sticky head to it. It left some really nice lacing as I drank it.

The lemon verbena is immediately apparent in the aroma. It gives it a pretty strong herbal, floral, lemony flavor. I like the notes of rye and toasted malts I'm getting though. The hops seem overshadowed by the lemon verbena for me unfortunately.

The taste follows through with more of the herbal, floral, lemony flavors throughout. I get some of the hop bitterness coming out mostly in the finish. Again, I'm really liking the rye and toasted malt base, but the lemon verbena is just ruining it for me. It reminds me a little of air freshener or some type of cleaning product.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I really didn't like the lemon verbena addition. It gave it a strong herbal and floral character that made me think of cleaning products or potpourri. I can't believe the description says the lemon is supposed to be "subtle", because that definitely wasn't my experience with it. It had did have a lot of positive things going for it, they just got overshadowed unfortunately. I'd love to try this without the lemon verbena, but with it I can't say it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gently hazed, orange-yellow body with a couple inches of nearingly white foam. Drips and drabs of lace on the way down.

Smell: Fresh fragrant herbs, florals, wafting resins, and citrus oils, but the toasty, sweetish notes of caramel from the malts are well represented, too, don't get me wrong (again). Hey, some rye. Hey, some booze.

Taste: Caramel and honey coated barley grains, moderately toasted bread, and crunchy rye malt. Fair sweetness upfront. Floral, lemony, tangerine-hinting hops with a sliver of herbal mintiness, too. Brightly bitter. The sweetness begins the falter on the the waves of bitter citrus oils, rye, alcohol, and herbaceousness. Bitter, citrus oil finish. Lingering Vicks Vapor-rub quality to the mouth, throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation. Slight noted creaminess present for fullishness to the mouthfeel..

Overall: Fairly good Stone Anniversary offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange color with a large off-white head with decent retention. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Lots of lemon and pine, almost reminds me of lemon pine-sol. Some light citrus fruits, a little bit of spice, and faint alcohol. Overall there is a perfumy/soapy aroma that I don't really dig.

T: Interestingly, there is some candied sugar mixed in with lemon, lemon zest and a little bit of rye spice. On the finish there is a bit of grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The pine-sol aspect doesn't really do much for me.

O: Not bad, not really sure why they had to make the abv so high, I think at around 7% it would have been a little better.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy head that leaves some spots on the glass. The liquid is orange amber and clear.

Mild grapefruit smelling hop--some pineapple.

Toasted malt beginning, there's a white pepper kick as the hop takes over. Creamy body with a low-ish level of carbonation. The aftertaste goes for a very long time, fading slowly.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Bright brassy hue, good amount of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Macerated lemons, earthy, herbal, bready, estery, black tea, mildly soapy, spicy, quince paste

TASTE: Herbal tea, very smooth, lemon oil, bitter grassiness, spicy, warming alcohol, fallen apples, ripe pears, bready, peppery, faint potpourri, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, passion fruit, bitter finish with some body

A muddled mess, somewhat tasty but way too many distractions and becomes almost too tea like or even soapy like I just walked through a The Body Shop. Over use of Amarillo with the addition of another high alpha acid hop does not work for me either. I can understand wanting to push to be different but if the pieces don't fall right then this is what you end up with.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber with me, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is deep bronze with mild haziness and the head is huge with 2+ fingers of creamy cap that holds well and has a sticky lace pattern. The smell is very good with light pine and strong tropical odors with pleasant tinges of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma to balance the light sweet malt ester. The feel is good, but the aggressive nature of the hops is a litte intense with moderate carbonation and light sweetness the spiciness of the hops is sharp and acidiy is above average with low astringency level overall. I like how the hops seem less acidic as it goes though one way of knowing the level of palate damage the beer is doing.

This tastes familiar and unique at the same time - some trademark oily hop resinous spice and citrus with peppery tropical fruit combo Stone is known to have, yet the lemon oil and verbena comes through with a light sweet citrus edge before another wave of grapefruit flesh and pine acidity is felt on the palate. The taste of malt is there, but only a sweet caramel accent to the ruby red and lemony orange blast this IPA is delivering. overall I knew it would be a big beer it shows all the signs and smells, but it is fresh and intense which is great for this style I am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer is amber in color with a creamy off-white head. Candied citrus on the nose. Fairly sweet with some toffee notes, light herbal and pine aromas, and a fairly woody character to it as well. The hop profile on the palate is quite herbal. A bit too sweet for my tastes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar on the tongue. Candied citrus/grapefruit peel, a touch of candied ginger, and a mild bitterness on the back end.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is orange hued with a thin, white collar. The aroma brings notes of pineapple, melon, alcohol, hops, citrus. Smells both strong and inviting. The flavor is sweet and a bit syrupy, with candied tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and spice. The aroma is far superior to the flavor. The feel is a bit sweet and oozy. A solid beer, though best in small quantities. A nice brew to bring to a tasting.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden in color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever and leave lots of lace on the way down the glass. Spicy and lemony aromas waft from glass signaling that this is no ordinary IPA. Earthy and herbal hops mesh with just a hint of bready malt aroma. The initial hit to the palette is bready malt until the earthy hops lake over. The spice takes over and when mixed with the lemon provides a mesh of herbal flavor long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Interesting IPA. I'm not totally sold on the rye and lemon combo but it is great to try a beer with non traditional ingredients.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,395 ratings.
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