16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-red body with a tall white head. The lacing is brief.

Smells of orange, herbal, and slight lemon. The herbal aspect seems to cover up the pleasant citrus.

Ugh, not exactly what I was expecting. It's overly bitter and tastes like sucking on a stale tea bag. There's some redeeming orange flavor, but I keep coming back to the heavy herbal taste. The lemon is almost non-existant.

I don't like the mouthfeel much, either. It's dry and bitter, but in a cottonmouth kind of way. It almost leaves me parched.

Unfortunately, this one was a disappointment to me. I absolutely love Stone and this one was a detour from their usual path. It just didn't work.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

We pour a glowing, golden-orange brew. It throws up a three finger head of creamy, eggshell bubbles. This retains gorgeously, leaving sticky, patterned lacing all down the glass. Carbonation appears light, and there is a chill haze, but no sediment. The aroma gives huge herbal and floral hops freshness and lemon-soap cleanliness. The rye inclusions are certainly palpable, and do indeed add a niceness to the otherwise earthy, and musky paler malts. With warmth comes a light singe to the malts, light booze, and more florals of rose petal and eucalyptus. Our first impression is that the beer is quite bittering but cooling, and highly complex with all the hop varietals and florals. As we sip, honey and pale malt mash sweetness mix with deeper, spicier rye. The sweetness is fleeting, as bitterness quickly takes over. This comes in the form of floral, piney, and soapy hops that pucker, along with more of that biting rye, and lemony-plantiness. The middle peaks with additional lemon rind bitterness, cleaner pale malts, medicinal phenols, cherry cough syrup, and citric hop bite. We wash away through the finish with more citric and grassy hops, those same clean pale malts that rear at the middle, bittering and slightly fusel alcohol, and a final bittering bite of all that spice and floral goodness rolled up into one note. The aftertaste breathes equally as bitter, with peppery alcohol, earthen and piney hop cones, wet pale malts, rye, and sopping wheat, light metallic yeast, and light phenolic twang. The body is on the fuller side, and the carbonation medium, but soft. The mouth is prickled and coated with a wet malty spice before becoming dried and somewhat astringently puckered. There is great slurp, cream, smack, froth, and pop, and the feel, to reiterate, is beautifully soft. The abv is appropriate and warming, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the great look, the great feel, and the smooth drinkability. The floral notes were intensely complex, with great variability in hops, along with spicy, floral and malty inclusions. This translated surprisingly well to the taste, which showed similar “pow” factor. Finally, the slurp to each sip was soft and inviting, making you want to come back even more for each sip. This is a nice addition to their anniversary lineup.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 10% abv. Hazy copper color with some bright edges. Rocky white head provides a nice contrast. Excellent head retention and lace. Hard to imagine a double IPA looking much better.

Bright citrus notes, including lemon jump out first. Caramel malt backdrop, with hints of spices. Stone fruit comes through, as well as a herbal note. Slight earthy note in the back end.

Big malt character up front. Earthy and spicy notes of rye comes in at the beginning. Lemon oil next, with a lingering oily feel. Citrusy notes, and an herbal finish. Bitterness lingers long on the palate.

Medium body, with adequate carbonation. Some heat is felt. Very complex flavors here for the style. Nice stuff. Happy anniversary.

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

Appearance: Amber-gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, lemon in the background.

Taste: Bitter citrus to start but not too harsh. Lemon note stays in the background throughout. As it warms up, more sweetness comes through, nice caramel flavor.

Overall: Had to give the Stone anniversary beer a try. I was a little surprised as it seemed more "balanced" than I expect from Stone. Still on the hoppy side, but not over-the-top. The lemon flavors stayed in the background but added a little interesting touch to the beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright yet hazy amber with a sticky white head.

The smell is a nice mixture of herbal and lemony notes with some mice green hop notes. It smells bitter.

The flavors are a bit sweet up front with a fresh lemon flavor. The big orange rind hop blast Takes over with a big long lasting juniper bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and oily with a tons of hop resin.

Very tasty and fun double IPA. I love the big lemony quality.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Summer '12
Russian River

A: Pour out a nice copper orange color. Typical DIPA color. About a half a finger of bright white head. Leaving some lacing.

S: Definitely pulling some of that lemon verbena and floral notes. Some of that herbal medicinal hints. Smells very hop forward that is for sure.

T: Nice amount of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not Ruination aggressive or anything. Lots of lemon rind, or zest. Really interesting hop flavors. Not a ton of malts. The booze is there on the back end. Warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

A: pours a nice brassy hue with an off white head with decent retention in a duvel tulip
S: smells herbal, slightly piney and lemony with a slight sweetened iced tea smell
T: surprisingly docile with a tea like flavor, a bit of lemon, very herbal, slight rye spicyness, a bit of tropical fruit and a slight underlying sweetness. swallow brings bitter oily hops and more tropical fruitiness, another dash of spicyness and the tea like quality comes back
M: slightly heavy and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. not drying in the least.
O: different with a lot of complexity and some of them are not what you would expect to find in a double IPA. Not bad and it pushes the boundaries. I could do without the tea flavor but it's pretty clean and interesting. definitely a sipper as well and you pick up more flavors with each drink.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a bomber.

Pours a nice golden copper color with some orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms with very dense bubbles. The head is nice and slightly creamy colored. There is some really good head retention and as it recedes leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma of strong citrus hop notes starts things off. Some mango and grapefruit and orange. Definitely some refreshing lemony notes can be perceived. There is some malt sweetness in the background with slight rye spice notes.

Flavor starts off interesting. There is some hop resin and citrus notes that quickly get offset a bit byt some nice spice and lemony hints. THe spice is distinctly Rye. I love Rye IPAs particularly really dank ones such as Red Rye and Bear Republic and this brew has some of those similar qualities. The hop juice notes are nicely citrusy with strong grapefruit rind and some lemony notes as well. Tons of dank resinous pine notes are perceived as well while some malty sweetness and rye spice pop in and out. I can see why some people are down on this brew. There is a slight boozyness to it, maybe the lemon doesn't help. Regardless I like it. Body is sticky and medium. A strong IPA.

Overall. Its not Stones best by no means but I still like it. I might be a bit jaded because I thought their 10th Anniv. Ruination was awesome and last years 15th Anniv. beer (Black IPA) was AMAZING. Still Stone does a good job with IPAs so no real complaints from me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,397 ratings