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 nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice biege head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty herbal and spices starting off. Lemon is here for sure. A bit of rye and bready malts.

T- Just like the nose more spices here than I expected. Lemon again is pretty strong. A good amount of bitterness.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Not too bad. Very different.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brewdude1982
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange. Clear. Bright-white head. Smooth and creamy. Drops to a thin cap and chunky collar. Some solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Tropical from the start. Tangerine and a touch of peach. Big hit of lemon candy. Bright. Mild spiciness in the back. Almost no malt presence. Tiny hints of bready sweetness. It smells like a tropical Lemonhead. Slightly herbal and earthy. Dustings of pine. So much sweet lemon goodness.

Taste: Spicy rye with a big compliment of lemon verbena. Grass, herbal, and earthy. Some malts back it up a touch. Dry bread. Spiciness lingers. Some other fruit, mainly pears and apples. Aspirin-like bitterness. Reminds me of bergamot at times. Lots going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lingering dry spiciness.

Overall: A hot mess from Stone. All the big IPA/DIPA flavors are there, but they don't quite come together like I was hoping. Big huge layers, but it's not a whole cake. The cake is a lie.

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Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of brentusaurus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rangr514
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ezperkins2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

A- Light amber body with a bit of particulate matter. Nice fluffy white head, eventually turned into just a foam ring.

A- Lots of citrus and pine. Almost like cleaning supplies. Light rye.

T- Sweet malt flavor followed with a spicy hint of rye. Lemon flavors throughout. Hops just kick the citrus up a notch.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

D- Enjoyable, but I probably wouldn't pick up another. The citrusy pine was just on the border of cleaning supplies. The light rye spiciness was a nice touch though.

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Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Tamarack22
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a big fluffy cap that leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and lemony up front, with floral undertones. A touch of lavender, bready rye and alcohol. The liberal use of lemon verbena gives the beer a perfumey, soapy quality that isn't especially enjoyable to me.

Taste and mouthfeel: Straight-up lemon rind. Bitter and botanical, soapy, perfumey, and rather malty. Booze is somewhat noticeable, too. The body has some heft to it, though the beer remains on the dry side. Lemon peel and botanical soap flavors linger throughout the finish. Very bitter.

Overall: Clean, well crafted, but not really appealing to me. Would be a nice but unspectacular DIPA without the lemon verbena; as is it's not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tupil glass.

A- It looks transluscent brown to me. Nice 1+ finger head and good lacing.

S-Rye IPA...I'll say. Let's be honest - rye whiskey with a touch of lemon scent.

T- Mellow rye IPA, the rye and malt disguises the hops until the very end.

M- heavy duty, not for the faint of heart. A one and done beer if I've ever had one.

O- Rye and lemon zest flavors carry this beer, a little more hop presence and a little less rye alcohol would pair better for me. I enjoyed it's drinkability, though.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of begforme4484
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice clear orange and amber body. It has about 2 fingers white and fizzy head that begins rescinding quickly. Fantastic, lasting lacing on the glass.

Beautiful pine, grassy, and citrus hops breaking through on the nose. Strong lemon overtone that subdues the grain scent of the alcohol.

A somewhat citrus astringency at first that melds away to a bitter pineapple, orange, lemon, and a dirty hop tone. Somewhat of a medicinal flavor, but it blends well. This beer is very sharp in it's flavor, with a nice lemon resin in the after palate.

The mouthfeel FEELS dry due to the sharp bite in the beer, but it's not. It's a medium body/carbonation build that smooths out very much so after the first few seconds of your sip.

Overall, I really dig this beer. Most IPA's are going toward the punch you in the back of the tongue bitterness route. This one takes a different path and overwhelms you with a sharp lemon bite before the hops ever take hold.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of tightly packed, fizzy, slightly creamy, light khaki colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Average retention gives way to a full lacing and fairly thick collar... The color is a deep rich vibrant amber with a distinctive red hue... A limited bit of slightly sluggish paced carbonation... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass throughout...

S - An earthy hoppiness is at the forefront... Lots of grassy notes... The lemony notes are buried beneath the surface... A very subtle gummi bear like sweetness lingers beneath the surface... Some grainy alcohol notes as well...

T - Starts with grassy and wheat notes... A subtle fruit juice like sweetness is next... The earhty hop presence then emerges... The finish is dominated by sour citrus notes of both the orange and lemon variety...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... A bit sleek... A bit sticky... Lightly carbonated... Starts fairly juicy and lush... The finish is a touch dry...

D - A very unique and interesting offering from Stone... Not something that I would drink with regularity, but fresh perspective on the style that makes for an interesting anniversary beer... Pales a bit in comparison to previous Stone Anniversary brews (the 15th is an all-time classic)...

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

Didn't even have a clue this was coming out until low and behold...there it was. Bought for $6.99.

Pours a darn clear apricot color with a cream colored head for days and nice lacing.

Aroma is lemon zest, lemon cake, a little Pine Sol action going on too! Hops and grassy also. I like lemons so I dig this.

Taste is maltier than I expected from the flavor. Nice tinge of lemon on the finish. Subdued hops. The aftertaste is like a lemon should be...mouthwatering but the malt does a great job of keeping the bitterness at bay. Nicely done.

Big mouthfeel here. Make sure to get the foam for nice creaminess.

Overall I like the effort. The Stone crew should be proud of this 16th Anny brew. The lemon was a nice addition. Not overally lemony so that shouldn't scare anybody away. 10%? Couldn't tell at all. Uh-oh.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very interesting yet nice color, it is a orangeish hue but with faint reddish color to it as well. Solid white head, slight lacing, but overall looks really good in my book, nothing crazy special but still good.

S- Smell is...well good but it is very odd. The usual smells of hops are there on the nose, but a very prominent lemon smell which I cannot decide if I like or don't. Sometimes it is a quite refreshing lemon scent, while other times it smells as though it is lemon pledge. I rated the smell highly just because of its uniqueness.

T- Taste is again all over the place. I had some sips that were the usual floral and very good IPA with a hint of lemon to it, but then I had sips that were just over the top lemon cleaner flavor. If all sips were like the ipa with a lemon flavor and not the lemon pledge flavor, I would be a huge fan.

M- Mouthfeel is very good, but also pretty drying in the mouth. I thought the mouthfeel was good, but something was off, and I could not quite put my finger on it.

O- I enjoyed this beer and it was very unique but it was just not my type overall, as the lemon came very overpowering at some points. Stone had a good idea with this, and nearly made it perfect, but just a few flaws really drew this back.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TrackZero
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This 16th anniversary is weird. Glad I only picked up a few of 'em.

It started off with a bit of a funky hard-to-describe smell that kind of threw me off, but the taste was still a Stone IPA at the heart.

It was almost like drinking a Stone IPA out of a dirty glass that previously held a sun-skunked Heineken, with some weird twist of lemon skin, but not lemon juice.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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