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16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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3.81/5
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1,395 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this thrice in the past week and a half, and for the first time last night, the beer was actually drinkable, and my notes are based on this bottle. My score, however, is a composite of all my experiences with the beer.

A brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head that leaves nice lacing, this beer looks great! The nose is rather intensely lemony, almost Pledge-like, with a bit of bleach. Huge lemon aromatics, drowning out the hops, the malt and the rye. A little sweetness is perceived, though. The palate is similar. Intensely oily, resiny lemon, citronella-like, the lemon verbana is way overdone. Despite what the bottle says, it isn't a hint of lemon, it's a metric fuckton. All the contribution of the hops are washed out, the malt is present mostly as a sweetness, and the lemon helps hide the alcohol. Medium-light in body, very oily and resiny, this beer is more of an experience than something to revisit. A bit of a chore.

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Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated August 2012, which pours a clear, light amber body, with a three-finger off-white head. Good retention with a decent amount of sticky lacing.

I have to mark the aroma up a notch because it smells great. Nice, sweet, hop aroma notes of tropical and citrus fruit. A light amount of sweet malt blends into the aroma and makes this a very inviting brew.

The taste is a very good blend of the notes found in the aroma with a pleasant addition of the rye notes. The prominent flavor is the hops, which are stronger in the pine an citrus side, with an addition of a touch of spicy rye flavor. The sweet malt takes a background position in the flavor overall, but the blend is very good.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable brew and I'm very glad to have scored a bottle.

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Photo of Mcooly
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of havok1024
4/5  rDev +5%

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

22oz bottle, served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper with a three finger off-white head that leaves good clumpy walls of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, lemon, apricot, some fruity hops, a bit of pine, grass, can pick up the rye and some caramel malt, bread, toffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon, citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, strong malt backbone of caramel and rye, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, strong alcohol bite on the finish. Pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.

This is one big beer. Bigger than I prefer my Double IPAs, bordering more on the American Strong Ale or even Barleywine style. Good, but far from my favorite Anniversary brew from Stone.

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Photo of uvm2003
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: A clear, dark gold beer with a one finger white head and lively visible carbonation.

S: Lemony, grainy, hints of pine & tropical fruit.

T: Follows the nose nicely at first but with an alcoholic, thin, tinny spicy/bitter flavor at end - I'm not sure where this is coming from. I'm wondering if it was from some early harvest hops, since as it warms, this turned into more of the spicy/garlic hop smell

M: Medium weight, big carbonation sensation. It does taste a little hot - but the ABV is up there. The finish is the hop bitterness with metallic flavor.

O: Not awful but not particularly good. It does get better as it warms up a little bit. I won't be buying this again, even at a relatively reasonable price point.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of djschnabel
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Ray7233
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mt24turner
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear copper color

smell: is explosively lemony with a depth of hop aroma lurking behind, personally i love the smell of this beer

taste: smooth malt and lemon upfront, followed by some alcohol warmth and spicy rye, the hops are not as intense as expected but come through strong in the finish.

overall: i really enjoyed this beer, even though it wasnt the furiously bitter ipa i had expected from stone, i enjoyed the change of pace bringing the lemon more to the front. absolutely an enjoyable brew and will buy some more

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving a few specks of lace behind. Transparent dark amber body.

S - Tons of lemon verbena, citrus and lightly herbal hops - fairly typical Amarillo character - and icing sugar malts. Alcohol isn't completely masked here.

T - The taste is a little bit better, as the lemon verbena is better integrated into the flavor profile. Vaguely reminiscent of lemon sorbet, but with a touch of orange zest, herbs, and spicy rye malt.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant active carbonation, pretty dry from the rye addition, and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Too boozy for large quantities, and the lemon verbena really overpowers the aroma. Not really what I was hoping for from a Stone Anniversary beer, but not terrible either. Still, at this ABV I much preferred Pipeworks' Something Hoppy This Way Comes for its Sorachi Ace derived lemon flavors.

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Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy pale orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, lemon, some bready malts and a bit of alcohol, but quite citrus heavy and hop forward. Taste is of spicy malts, rye is aparent in the taste, lemony flavours also more forward than in the nose, malts and a modest bitterness, citurs and pine finish with a bit of warm alcohol. Light carbonation, soft oily mouthfeel, medium body. This was good but I had much higher hopes, still very enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of agaloco9
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Rizalini
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of off-white head. Nice lacing left behind as I sip.

S - The smell is of juicy lemons and citrusy hops. Mouth watering.

T/M - More lemon in the flavor than the nose leads onto. Slightly piney in the middle of the taste. Great bitterness in this one, with a residual hoppy aftertaste. Medium slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O - I don't think I've ever had a bad IPA from Stone, and this one's no different. I love their straight forward, bold approach to their IPAs. Their 16th Anniversary is everything that it claims to be; a bold DIPA with lemon. Great brew, cheers!

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Photo of hankthetank97
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a huge fan of Stone for a long time, and for good reason: They typically brew a high quality beer. This 16th anniversary IPA is not different. Despite it's 10% ABV bite, this beer is surprisingly balanced. Not as hoppy as many DIPA's, I was pleased with the rye malt flavors and slight bitterness. I typically drink very hoppy beers, but this beer could get me back into malty brews again. A bargain at $6.99 for the 22oz bottle.

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Photo of tziggy
4/5  rDev +5%

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