16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,395
Reviews:
393
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.

A - orangish amber with a thin white head

S - very herbal: rosemary, thyme, lemon oil

T - lemon peel, lemon rind, rosemary, lemon oil, herbal hops

M - warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated

I enjoyed this. I think this is very unique. I didn't get much of the pepper from the rye, but the lemon and lemon oil are very noticeable. The herbal hops that are used add a very intricate flavor and aroma. I thought the aromas were quite similar to the herbs in Saison du BUFF. This definitely earns points for creativity, style, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Fresh bottle from August 2012 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Translucent light to medium orange. One finger of creamy off-white head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, peach, lemon and a spiciness present. The lemon is not as pungent as I expected, which is a good thing. A slight caramel malt backbone adds another layer of complexity to a nice nose.

T - A big bitter hop punch up front with some lemon zest and lighter grapefruit and orange notes. Some spiciness is present, alo

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of MEsoJD
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a large Duvel Tulip Glass]

I: Ah this has definitely been a stone week for me. Anyway, I can't resist Stone Anniversary Brews, and behold this time I'm looking at their "16th Anniversary IPA". From the description it seems like their trying to go in a radical direction from tradition with this new ipa. There is a risk with trying to make a unique or complex beer, and that it's very easy for it to become messy or unbalanced. Though it wouldn't surprise me if Stone can pull it off, though not everything they brew is gold. With all of that said, my mouth is salivating.

B: [[10.0% ABV. 1 Pint. 6 Fl. OZ. August 2012 Release] While the artwork may not be completely original, the color scheme is very attractive. Even if this doesn't turn out to be a favorite it's too beautiful to throw away. With all of that said, all the general information you'd expect from Stone is there. Back story, ABV, date, ingredients, and etc...

A: Orange copper or amber slight hazy/transparent body with a scattered head(fast dissipation), and little lacing.

S: Dominated by lemon zest, other slight tropical flavors are complimented with some boozy alcohol aroma, various spices, herbal/floral hops, and bread malt.

T: Lemon zest upfront, lingering spicy herbal presence throughout, and rye/bread malt/tropical fruit aftertaste.

M: slick/oily dry finish, medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(sipper).

O: Oh god what happened during the creation of this beer? Sorry if that's disrespectful, but I'm truly surprised. A good example of an unbalanced brew. It was almost too much for the senses at times. It saddens me to say that I can't really find any favorable qualities of this beer(besides the bottle presentation), unless you like getting just buzzed. I hate being hard on Stone, but no ones perfect and breweries for that matter. I would only recommend to Stone fans(for the experience), and I wouldn't buy again... nice bottle though. Savor Good Beer!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i am reserving ultimate judgement on this brew. i bought 2 and will just save one. this is VERY bitter and has a medicinal peppery bite that is more DFH than STONE.

the pour is very good, nice clear dark golden brew with a consistent foam cap. the aroma, like the taste, is totally reliant on the temperature -- this beer is not done. it's better VERY COLD. closer to room temp you get too many spices and off flavors. the aroma cold is more hoppy, but as it warms the medicinal creeps in.

the taste follows suit -- go cold OR put some age on this beer. i am getting killed by CARDAMOM here.... i like the malts and overall sturdiness of this beer, but the spice is too much. very bitter, palate wrecked. i can report no more at this time.

the booze was masked by spice. AGE THIS BEER FOR SIX MONTHS. AT LEAST.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper-golden color with a huge, persistent, antique-white, foamy head. Lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and occasional cream aromas. A much smoother mouthfeel than I'm used to from Stone. Nearly no hop harshness, but the spice lingers on the palate. Large pine backed with huge malt. The lemon oil is certainly there at the finish. In usual Stone fashion, this is a powerful concoction.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

A- Amber colored body with somewhat of a peach colored hue. Thin white head with good retention.

S- Floral hop aroma with notes of pine, citrus and lemon.

T- Really strong lemon flavor from beginning to end, with nice piney hops coming through at the beginning and towards the end.

M- Very nice, medium bodied, good carbonation, drinkable.

O- No complaints, another solid offering. Not a big of the lemon, but it works.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pretty copper pour, with a bubble packed carbonated 2 finger frothy head. Extremely inviting beer.

S - Subtle sweet malt, lemon pie, bit grassy, a touch spicy.

T - Real smooth. Lemony spices, a tiny bit of bitey hops.

M - Great full fluffy body, a bit oily, a touch dry on the finish.

O - This beer is fantastic. No gimmicks, no tricks, smooth, tasty

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

Thank god we got this on time.

Light amber body with a thick frothy white head. Initial pour was a bit too aggressive for the glass as it foamed over, but now its settled in nicely with a small but steady stream of carbonation.

I get the sweet honey malt on the nose, loads and loads of lemon, and quite a bit of grapefruit. Reminds of Ruination 10th alot on the nose.

The taste is for sure interesting. Strong herbal hops are a surprise, with a huge dose of lemongrass. Kind of feels like leafy hops, very grassy with the rye spiciness accenting it quite nicely. Good bit of slick alpha acids and bitterness really come out to make it feel a bit more easy drinking.

I love how this thing is put together. Slick spicy hops/rye, with a nice sweet bitterness. well done.

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