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16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Hoppy, pine, tropical fruits, citrus, rye, lemon, toasted malts, smells great.

T- Hoppy, pine, resin, citrus, lemon, spicy rye in the finish, nice malt backbone. Very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body, kind of creamy.

O- A great beer that I will definitely be stocking up on. Love the rye and lemon combo. 10% ABV is unnoticeable.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully with a clear, copper color, tiny bubbles swirling toward the surface. A two-finger, meringue head formed that several minutes later remains a solid coating over the beverage.

Smell is pretty nice; not of the pedigree that lulls me into a brief, dreamlike, interludial trip to hop heaven. But there are definite hints of the promised lemon, and fruity, tropical, and spicy-peppery notes jump out as well.

Lemon; spice; lingering bitterness and warmth mixed with lemon flavor turns metallic and somewhat astringent throughout a lengthy finish. The body is surprisingly lithe and nimble for a 10% brew. A round sweetness pervades mid-quaff, but fades quickly as the lemony tang and bitter hops take over.

Overall I appreciate the beer; it's good to taste the lemon with more traditional double IPA flavors. However, it's not a combination that would produce repeat purchases from me if it were a regular release.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of HardTarget
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber gold glass with good clarity. Holds a solid cover of off white that leaves professional grade tide marks down the glass.

Smell: Earthy hop tonic note with a twinge of malt sweetness. An almost Belgian hop profile with a firm lemon peel but no citric hop notes.

Taste: Sweet start goes very tonic bitter with a lemon twist. Not Stone's usual hop profile at all. Almost grassy tea finish that somehow keeps pushing the Pilsner button in my head.

Mouthfeel: Light grit in a low carbonation medium heavy body.

Overall: Different than expected, like a 16 year old with blue hair. Built to shock, but a good heart. Not really hitting the West Coast IPA buttons I wanted, but happy to lift a glass to Stone.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Duffman79
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright deep gold body. Rocky snow white head fills half the glass. Great dripping lace.

Nose is big with lemon. Can a scent echo? Hint of rye. More there that I can't define.

A flash of malt sweet under a wave of lemon citrus. Spicy. Rye. Fresh.

Mouthfeel comes across s light but not thin.

A lot of elements, some unusual for an IPA. Certainly an interesting one-off. I don't feel they all come together well enough that I would want to revisit this anniversary beer.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of coz
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of pisano
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served cold out of a tulip glass

a: pours a gorgeous deep golden amber with a tinge of red when held up to the light and a half finger white head that doesn't stick around too long. slight haze when cold and nice lacing is left on the glass as i drink it.

s: strong on the malt, alcohol, getting an intense herbal essence and the lemon verbena is very distinct

t: slight malt sweetness, alcohol, strong bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the sweetness. there's lemon in there but it's more like a chemical lemon cleaning product than real lemons.

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: overall not loving it and surprised/disappointed by that. i would have liked more sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a few times now.

Pours into a tulip a copper orange, white head of a couple fingers is formed. Retains pretty well as a thick ring+spotty cap and leaves some good lacing.

Smell certainly shows off its lemons, lots of lemon/lemon oil with perhaps some pine/earthiness, bready and sweet malts.

Taste is quite strange and a bit all over the place, but it grew on me some as it went on. Lemon, earthy/herbal/light pine, grapefruit , mint toothpaste, spicy hops, maybe some pineapple. Malts are pretty big too, on the sweeter side with caramel and butterscotch, some toastiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much of the alcohol shows up, half a bomber is quite enough though.

As expected it's kind of an odd mess and gives off a Pine-Sol/medicinal type feel, but not bad, takes some time to get used to.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear orange gold with a finger of thick fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Nice lemon zest, caramel malt, a little bit of alcohol, some really sour smelling citrus, lime especially, pine.
T - At this point its mostly caramel malt, there's some of that lemon flavor still there, a little herbal, some spicy hop bite mid end, pine, and some grapefruit.
M - Sticky with a moderate burn.
O - Granted this is a year and a half old it was pretty decent, I would have like to have had it fresh, not sure how I missed out on it when it came out, but I love lemon flavored anything for the most part.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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