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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
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle marked August 2012. Poured into a tulip. Served around 40*F.

A: Perfectly clear amber/copper, with a light one-finger head which quickly dissipates to a dusting, and leaves behind nice lacing. Love the way this beer looks... it almost glows.

S: A strong hop smell, mixed with lemon, grass, grapefruit. Becomes less hoppy and more peppery and malty as it warms. Though the smell was good, you really had to pay attention and seek it out. A little subtle for my likes.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, lemon rind), floral and spicy. Hoptastic. This is very fresh, and the flavors reflect it.

M: As a good DIPA should, this coats the mouth. Low carbonation and a smooth, thick mouthfeel. Oily hops and a lemon/bitter aftertaste are left behind. A slight tingle from the high ABV.

O: I set the bar really high for this one. Great hop selection, and the malt balances it very well. The lemon oil adds a bit more zing in the aftertaste department, and the mouthfeel is appropriate for a DIPA. Nice touch with the rye, as well. Definitely a great beer. Happy 16th, Stone!

Review #4 - 8/26/12

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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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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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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange in color with a 2 finger off white head and moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy.

Powerful hop aroma with overripe citrus initially. After it warms, more of the spicy rye and the sweet malt character show through.

Hoppy bitterness is a bit over the top at first, but after it destroys your taste buds, it seems more balanced. The malts gather their forces and make their assault as the beer warms. Spicy rye and tart citrus make their presence known soon after.

Medium-full bodied with bit of bite. Light syrup coats the tongue and lips, and there's a light burn in the throat.

This beer seems a bit sub par at first, for a Stone, but I thought the second glass was much better. I would try it again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear copper, with a thin white head. Head disappears quick and leaves little lacing. Nose is hops (grapefruit, and tropical fruit) up front with tea leaves and more grassy hops in the background. Taste is a minty/hoppy punch up front with tea leaves and a faint graininess in the background with a subtle lingering spicyness throughout. Personally, I'm not picking up the intense lemon that a lot of others seemed to. Definitely a lot going on here but it all seems to come together nicely. Stone making an anniversary IPA seems a bit cliche, but they did put a truly unique spin on it.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very slight hint of amber color. Reasonable head at pour fading more quickly than other Stones. Aroma is citrus hops - lemon does not jump out here. Flavor is excellent fresh hops, again on the citrus side with lemon clearly coming through on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice with a meal - some additional carbonation is present in the finish maybe due to the lemon.

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

Pour yeilds a nearly three finger high, creamy, off-white head with plenty of staying power. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass as well. Below is a brilliantly clear golden/amber colored beer.

Like a mix of Stone's characteristic IPA/hoppy smell and lots of lemon and herbs like rosemary and thyme (are they sure they didn't mistakenly blend some Saison Du Buff with this?). Some other tropical aromas of grapefruit are in there, herbal hoppy qualities, tea notes, spicy rye (which is a lovely divergence from the norm for Stone), floral and piney hops show slightly, and some bready malt showing through.

Some hop bitterness mixed with all that lemon. Very close to lemon overload but it doesn't quite cross that line. Bready malts, less hebs from the nose, a tad more spicy rye, some floral and piney hops as well.

Light-medium body, super smooth and creamy consistency, medium carbonation (maybe light-medium), and a light finish.

Overall this beer is a Stone anniversary IPA. Stone has always strayed from the beaten path and this brew is no different. This brew is unequivocally and characteristically Stone: Out there, different, possibly even Arrogant. Regardless, this beer shows Stone isn't afraid to do things different or afraid to not brew the same beer year after year. I applaud their zeal and this years anniversary IPA!

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