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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.

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3.8
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26.05%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter glass

Appearance – Served an orange colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head was rather thin with it maintaining its composure for only a short time before fading to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweeter fruit smells of tropical fruits as well as a strong presence of some grapefruit and sweeter tangerine hop. Along with the citrus hop is a nice presence of a light pine and light floral hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some caramel and light fruit sweetness. There is a lighter citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front. While it is light initially the citrus get quite strong as the taste advances, bittering it quite a bit. More toward the end a pine taste enters the taste. This is accompanied by some caramel flavors which also come to the tongue more toward the end. These flavors all mingle quite well to give a pleasant hopped taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that was a bit below average. Both were quite nice for the hop flavors and bready flavors of the beer as they allowed all the hop tastes to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A rather tasty brew. Decently balanced for a stronger IPA. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to the generous DaftCaskBC for this big want!

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Lemon and savory herbs and wet, fresh-cut grass. Lemon smells just a bit artificial, like dish soap.

Taste. Herbs, lemon and grass again, along with some toasty grains and a little caramel. Lingering lemon rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low carbonation. Just a bit of booze warmth. Highlight of the beer for me.

Overall. A good ipa. The lemon flavour was interesting, but not amazing. Different and actually drinks fairly well, especially for the ABV.

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Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden-orange in color. This beer has a soapy, bright white head...it leaves the glass draped in lace. The aroma is flowery and fruity...citrus, and some peach like scents. Soft malt, spicy, earthy hops. The taste is complex and engaging. Lots of fruit and a solid hop bitterness and flavor. Semi sweet, spicy, herbal, and enjoyable. I get a lot of fruit, but I am not sure that I would call it 'lemony', despite the ingredients. The complexity, however, and the balance/flavor profile are well crafted. Firm body, lingering bitterness. Exceptionally good.

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

22oz bottle $7.99. Picked this up because you know hoppy Stone beers will be at least worth the money if not radical. This was orange-yellow with a hoppy, lemony smell, smells good. Rye was present in the flavor but it was dominated by the lemon verbena and hops. Seriously this stuff was like something from bath and body works with hops. Lotion, shower gel, hops! Still, it was a rad double IPA I just won't buy a bunch of them.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled August 2012.

A: Fluffy white head fades sorta soon. Good lacing. Mild effervescence and amber clarity.

S: Huge hops. This smells 100+ IBU. Huge, piny hops with grapefruit rind and weed. Lemon zest and excellence.

T: Uh, what? The lemon oil/verbena is way overwhelming and makes it taste like my bathsoap (L'Occitane en Provence Lime Verbena). The IPA part is fine, but I don't really enjoy the additional citrus peel supplements. The aftertaste is bitter and earthy.

M: Substantial enough. Goodish carbonation.

O: You can't just throw hops at everything. The herbal nature of this beer puts me off. Not recommended from the bottle (though I seem to recall an excellent draft version).

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, bright copper body, filmy white lace

smell: really beautiful - lush tropical fruit is dominant, sugarcane, some caramel malt

taste: a little bit of a different story - spicy rye is dominant, herbal hops, a somewhat abrasive alcohol presence. caramel malt, bitter orange peel. Not particularly great

mouthfeel: quite bitter, boozy

overall: not the finest anniversary effort

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I didn't notice the strength or brew date (Aug 2012) when I grabbed this, warm, off the shelf at local market (new seasons, small, high craft turn-over). The ABV suprised me when I read it after drinking a few ounces before starting this review. The age not so much....
Appearance is pale bronze. The huge head on this sucker is really dense and fluffy, lots of thick clingy white foam.

Smell is herbal, mint green tea. The lemon (verbana?) gains pungency as it warms. But more so, the band-aide.

Taste is a little on the oxidized side, this really has a strong hrebal lemon / mint tea vibe. It's clean though regarding the blistering ABV, and from the consideration of an herbal beer, it's not bad at all, a fine pairing with a nice rich, hot panang curry. I like the little spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's just not at all what I expected. But, I didn't read the date on this, and frankly, it's aged seemingly well.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
10% ABV, Bottle Conditioned. Enjoy Fresh. August 2012.

A - The haziness from tiny floating particles in the beer is no surprise due to It's bottle conditioned nature but, the beer remains a gorgeous vibrant orange color. The rocky ivory head has exceptional retention and leaves some nice chunky lace attached to the glass.

S - The aroma whisks me back a few weeks to hop harvest when my fingers were covered in delicious-smelling lupulin. Stone's 16th Anniversary is quite similar, exploding with mango and pineapple citrus and gummy pine resin, the added lemon ingredients help quite a bit though. In addition to the sticky lupulin-covered fingers, the aroma's herbal quality is reminiscent of dry potpourri or walking into Michael's, the arts and crafts chain. Undertones of sweet pilsner and caramel malt and a hint of pale graininess provide a good base for it's strong, unique hoppiness.

T - Sharp lemon Pledge citrus attacks the tongue viciously with it's tangy bite and acidic feel which overtakes even what the nose suggested. Heavy pine and citrus characteristics from the hops flood the taste buds afterwards and are briefly followed by a flash of sweet caramel malt. In fact, forget the malt in this beer - it provides no real interaction beyond keeping the hops from over-running the whole thing. But not for a lack of trying, instead for the fact they're just way over powered.

M - Bitter as all hell, this beer decimates the taste buds with a flurry of sticky hop resin and a full body. It goes down rather smooth and finishes dry, but forget about tasting anything once you're through.

O - Stone continues their tradition of innovation and brewing a commemorative IPA with their 16th Anniversary beer, an outrageously bitter and lemon-centric brew that destroys balance while marrying bold citrus hops with interesting ingredients. Despite the uniqueness Stone 16th Anniversary showcases, this IPA becomes taxing after a few short sips, even for a hop-head such as myself. The liquid envelope is pushed which is worthy of praise, but I regret not splitting this bottle more than two ways.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Tipples in Gainesville. Smells excellent, almost like ruination with lemons and grapefruit. Pours a beautiful grapefruit red with a one finger white head. Taste is a little strange. Hints of lemon for sure, but with an unfamiliar hop profile and some strange soapy background. Malt definitely comes out in this, with sweet toffee and biscuit on the palate. Adequate carbonation and very slick. All in all a solid brew, but doesn't quite live up to expectations for a special edition.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den

Pours a clouded copper color with some golden tones. Thin white head dissolves slowly while leaving sticky, webbed lacing around the glass.

A plethora of pine, citrus, lemon and boozy warmth in the nose. Bread crust and biscuit malt with a dosage of sweetness.

Biting hops with acidic lemony tones and grapefruit. Hints of rye spice creep through, mixed in with citrus fruit. Soft sweetness from bready malt backbone, although the combo of heavily acidic and bitter hops with rye and high ABV makes this a little rough. Finishes dry, hot and abrasive.

Medium body, decent carbonation, rougher on the tongue with lingering dryness. After the success of last year's anniversary installment, I had higher hopes for this, but there's just too much going on at once. Combine this with the double digit ABV and it's not something I'll be too quick to revisit.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with moderate thick off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter lemon zest and fresh grapefruit, with some floral hops and sweet wild honey.
T: It tasted like strong herbal and resinous hops, with some lemon zest and unripe grapefruit and peppercorn and light caramel. It had a strong and clean aftertaste of earthy bitterness, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice full body.
D: This was a pretty powerful 2IPA with nice scent and bold taste. The body was immense, nearly chewy, and the finish was reasonably smooth. The alcohol wasn't too hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but I could see some age turning this into an entirely different but also good...and more mellow beer. Quite enjoyable fresh, and one of the better IPAs from Stone, but still not on the same level as some other modern IPAs.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 5 oz poured into a tasting snifter. Compared side to side with Ruination 10th Anniversary.

A: Pours a clear light copper color with excellent clarity. The two finger offwhite head lingers fantastically, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Uh oh - this smells like lemon soap spiced with black pepper and basil. Not looking forward to this...

T: Better than the aroma, but only on the grounds that it's actually pretty mellow (especially next to Ruination 10th) and not TOO unpleasant; but that lemon Pledge flavor is too hard to shake here. The initial flavors are better than the finish in general.

M: Kind of neutral...it's not overly dry in any way, but the finish does impart a hint of harshness. On the plus side, the flavors don't linger oppressively, nor is it overcarbonated.

O: STONE YOU ARE BREAKING MY BALLS. To be fair, it was probably a bad idea to compare this to Ruination 10th (even in its old age), but I can tell this isn't very good on its own.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with some dark copper hints around the edges, mild clarity and a frothy, creamy off-white head - this is a Stone brew, so you can typically expect excellent lacing, and sure enough, the lacing is magnificent.

The aroma is heavily saturated with pine and resinous oils, somewhat grassy and herbal, along with a thick overcoat of citrus and fruit, but not the typical profile you'd expect to see in an IPA. This one includes some lemon and lemon zest, almost with a "Lemon Pledge" type aroma to it, along with faint tangerine, grapefruit rinds, and sugary sweetness.

The aroma leads into the taste pretty well, you get what you're expecting here. Lots of pines, oils, and grassy notes outline things while the lemon verbena, citrus, and orange peel come alive. The lemon flavors in conjunction with the hop profile yields an interesting, herbal, lemongrass tea flavor. Nice amount of bitterness from the pines while remaining sweet from the fruit.

Alcohol is not a problem here, especially considering the hefty 10% ABV tag. Malt flavor is subdued here, I'd like to say I taste some caramel malts, but it's just not prominent enough to really bother talking about. Medium body, maybe a little on the thicker side, slick and smooth. The rye actually provides a relaxing, somewhat dry finish and really shines in the aftertaste, along with a touch of grassy bitterness. Medium-high carbonation in this one.

Many people seem to be upset with this beer, but I thought it was pretty good. Nice fruity characteristics, which were a little different than most IPAs. It's always good to mix things up. I didn't think the fruitiness was too overdone, either. It was nice and refreshing and it works well with Stone's monster hop line-up. I guess when all is said and done, I'd still reach for a Ruination before this, but it was definitely a decent change of pace.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a sticky, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Veeery nice looking brew. Tons of chunky lace and retention is great.

I can smell the lemon verbena right off, very lemon-grassy and herbal. There is a light undertone of lightest-of-caramel malts and some various hop pine hop aromas. The verbena dominates to me though.

Same way in the flavor for my palate, I have been exposed to a few lemon verbena beers in the past and the flavor just is so pervasive to me. I do like the flavor a little though, so at least that is working in my favor. It is very herbal and grassy with alot of hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. The malts are light, but sweet. They never give off that crushed graininess that seems like would help the beer balance out the herbal-ness a little bit. The sweetness from the grain does nothing to offset the alcohol or the verbena-hoppiness. It is a bit too minty and pungent for me, but I can appreciate the offering. I could see others liking this, but if you don’t like verbena, I would not recommend.

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Photo of gtermi
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark golden amber body with a thick white head that quickly fades. It also leaves a lot of spiderweb lace on the glass.

S: A stinging alcohol scent, decent amount of hops, some malt and some lemon zest.

T: Hmmm... to me this doesnt really taste like am IPA at all, other than the bitterness. There is a nice spice type flavor that I really enjoy and that lingers on the palate for a long time.

M: Beer goes down very smooth with a nice crispness burn as it goes down my throat.

O: This is not the best beer Stone has put out there, but its still pretty decent. I would say try it because it could be something you really enjoy.

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes found today...but how could I forget?

This beer, while a slight chill haze comes off the tap (?), is a bright coppery orange, seeming to lean toward neither end of the spectrum. A lightly orange-tinted head nearly reaches a solid finger and offers pretty good retention. It leaves lacing in moderation, mostly in patching with some spotting to follow.
There's a lot going on here. Stone tends to know what they're doing with making complex beers meld together and making lots of ingredients blend well, but this isn't one of their best examples by any stretch. The spicy rye clashes with the sweeter tropical fruits, though I think it's more the earthiness.There's lots of lemon and an herbal, leafy tea-like (English?) thing going on. It's better than average, probably only because it's Stone, but barely.
The flavor, though, includes all these elements but allows more soapiness to come out; there's just too much soap, perfume and chalkiness. Again, it's Stone, but I've never known them to make only a decent beer.
There's nothing wrong with the feel, really. It's definitely the best aspect of this brew. A nice body with ample carbonation makes for a soft flow with a crispness alongside.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a glowing amber with huge, oily, khaki head that slowly faded into a fluffy film leaving streaks of rocky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of pine and citrus hops fill my nose. Grapefruit comes through alongside the lemon oil and lemon verbena it was brewed with. I get hints of toasted malt undertones and spicy rye.
T: Lemon is very noticeable on the nose. Pine sap and grapefruit are present as well, but the lemon really shines. The rye is much stronger than the nose as well, adding a nice balancing amount of spice to the hops. The finish has a good dose of both rye and hop bitterness and the lingering aftertaste is full of lemon oil. Bread crust malts and toasted grains poke through as well.
M: Very slick and oily mouthfeel, viscous body and smooth carbonation. Feels and drinks like a double digit super hopped dipa. The alcohol is well hidden although slightly noticeable in the finish, but this drinks like a beer with half the ABV.
O: Another enjoyable dipa from Stone. Very well executed with all the ingredients working well together.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as a part of the tasting held at GBX! Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemongrass, alcohol, spicy hop, earth, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemongrass, spices, floral, floral hop, flower petals, pine resin, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am honest here, there was something in the flavor and aroma that was a little off-putting. The lemongrass aspect going on here definitely dominated this brew to a degree and covered up a lot of other little things going on. While it wasn't abrasive to the palate it also wasn't the most enjoyable thing either. Everything else was fairly solid on it though so I can't fault them for that. Worth trying at least once, but I doubt I would go out of my way to do so again unless I felt like I needed to eat some Thai flowers.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lemon notes with some orange citrus. In the the taste, orange citrus hops, with dry lemon peel. Kind of a dry to sweet to dry context. A small hop bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon peel and note of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon dry versus a orange citrus sweetness, I was expecting a note of rye, but the hops were bigger.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is light orange and clear in the body with a pure white, modest head.

Smell – The hops are large but very complex. Usually a big hop bomb like this is almost all pine at the nose but this one is a bouquet. It’s hard to pick everything out but the traditional West Coast collection has a hefty balance of Amarillos.

The malts are equally complex and although you have to hunt through the hops to find them it is well worth the effort. They are slightly carmeled and a little bit toasted.

Taste – The hops are equally impressive at the taste and the malts are a little more assertive. Together this is balanced towards hops of course but isn’t one-sided.

Mouthfeel – This isn’t super big like some DIPAs, I’d say medium-bodied, with a strong bitter bite and very light on the carbonation.

Drinkability – This will be too much for most but for those of us who have worshipped the brewery and are completely amazed at how they continue to find different iterations of their unique brewing style it won’t disappoint.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says August 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white creamy head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a sharp kick of citrus. Hints of citrus grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, peach, and a big scent of lemon from the verbena. Also a minty, tea like scent. Some earthy hops along with a good hint of spicy pine resin. Decent malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit and caramel. A little scent of alcohol also comes through. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a big bitter taste of citrus hop esters. Starts with a bitter slap on the tongue from ripe citrus hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, pineapple, and lots of lemon all over. In addition to the citrus is a solid mix of earthy and herbal hops with a nice piney kick. There is a quite noticeable taste of a green tea like mint lingering with the citrus. Some bready malts back things up with some caramel and biscuit. A quite interesting and tasty take on a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Somewhat slick and a fairly oily and juicy feel. A little heat is felt but the high abv is still masked fairly well.

Overall: Another good IPA from Stone. The heavy lemon and hint of mint tea is a nice twist. Solid all around.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is amber in colour with a small white head. Retention is poor. Some lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy (how shocking), with orange scents. Also floral scents, and a surprising degree of spicy aromas. I didn't realize at the time of drinking this beer that there was rye in it, but I suppose that accounts for that. Certainly gave a twist to the DIPA scent- seemed like ginger to me.

Taste is somewhat unusual. Spicy malt flavours, lemon, citrus, caramel malt. The rye and lemon addition really dominate the attention of the beer, and make for a surprising flavour.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level.

Overall, a pretty unusual beer, but an experiment that did not totally work for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a ton of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Surprisingly earthy. Usually Stone goes for floral and, while there is some of that, the hops are decidedly earthy. I'm loving the lemon components in this, which makes this come off somewhat like a hoppy saison. Though this is hop forward, the malts are quite potent as well. Plenty of caramel with just as much toastiness. This really isn't all that complex and I doubt many will think much of this nose, but I am just loving the lemon too much to not give it a good score.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but there isn't enough hops, which is something I rarely have to say about Stone's beers. To be fair, it does have a big earthy hoppiness, but I want some complexity from the hops. There is some floral and woody notes, but not enough. There is a good balance between hops and malts though. Caramel and toastiness sticks out quite well. Moderate to heavy moderate bitterness. Booze is just barely detectable. The lemon products give a nice earthy lemony vibe, but not much in terms of tartness. Still, I like what they bring.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess given that this is an IPA, but it's not bad overall and it is quite smooth.

3.5 D: Decent effort. Doesn't "wow" me in any way, but it was worth a try.

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