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16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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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:
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Reviews:
393
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
13.91%
Bros Score:
3.28
 
 
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of beesy
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a beautiful light orange that is mostly clear. A rocky, creamy three finger head of off white color builds and seems to persist forever. A fair amount of lacing left.

S - floral and citrus. Herbally, gassy and minty.

T - hoppy with notes if floral and citrus; herbally and almost medicinal. Some lemon appeara as it warms. Noticeable rye on the front end. Slightly sweet with a firm bitterness on the back end. Not much in the way of alcohol detected in this bigger beer.

M - full bodied and slightly less attenuated than I'd like to see.

D - fairly low for me. Too much herbal/medicinal notes and too sweet.

Overall, a decent beer with some obvious pitfalls. The appearance of this beer was my favorite part.

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Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nimrod979
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. August 2012. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper color with a two finger slight off white frothy head. Long retention and amazing lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lemony citrus and pine cones. Just hops.

Taste: Big ol' lemony citrus blast with some pine resin notes that are sure to let you know this one is hopped up. Some sweet malt backs it up a bit but i think there is just too much lemon for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering bitterness but so does that lemon and I'm not so sure I'm digging on that.

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Photo of boxofhate
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner consumed at Jones Radiator in Spokane for $4.

Poured a copper/amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that took it's time dropping.

Very odd nose to this one. Very herbal, more so than one would expect from hops alone. This had an aroma not unlike sage. There were also some mild piney notes but the weird herb scent overrides everything else.

The taste is very much like the smell, but with more boozy heat to it. The sage aroma is the most dominant part of the flavor profile, though other aspects of hop flavor stand out a little more than in the nose. Weird, weird beer.

About average mouthfeel and carbonation to this beer.

A very odd tasting beer. Not bad, mind you, but weird enough that I was glad I only ordered a schooner. Too much weird flavor and alcohol heat to enjoy in any larger serving.

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

appearance: Somewhere between honey and amber. plush white head with spotty lacing.
smell: intense intense lemon, pine and earth. Love it or hate it, this is certainly a different creature.
taste: A bit more restrained than the nose. Lots o lemon and floral and other citrus. The flavors are surprisingly harmonious.
overall: Not a huge fan of Stone's non IPA's, they always seem an IPA mixed with something else (and labeled that something else) but they do know IPA's.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. "August 2012" pours out a nice clear copper color, slight tint of red. a nice big 2-3 fingers of slightly offwhite head. great retention and lots of sticky lace.

intially lots of woody piney hops, caramel biscuit sweet malt, resins, and some citrus, only a bit of that lemon though. becomes really boozey as it warms up.

starts with a nice woody, piney, resinous hop, and sticky caramel malt than finishes with kind of a harsh citrus bitterness, fruity ester, and boozey sweet malt that really lingers. somewhat herbal at times. the slight spiciness from the rye kind of adds to the booziness. the mouthfeel that lingers after the sip isnt too enjoyable.

a little too much here, this prolly wouldve been better as a lower abv beer. too boozey and too much sweet malt for any hops, lemon, or rye to really show nicely. i expected more from an IPA from stone.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up some light lemon, dry citrus and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's more of a malt presence than I expected, and the finish is alcoholic and hot. The beer has good bitterness, but it's not enough to counter the sweet malty alcohol flavor, and I don't think the lemon flavor helps a whole lot. Mourhfeel is medium bodied with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability is very poor... cannot imagine trying to down an entire bomber of this beer.

While not terrible, I think this is a miss for Stone. I had a difficult time even drinking the sampler size glass I got, and drinking the beer side by side with the excellent Stone double dry hop IPA really put things into perspective. Am not impressed with this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. I do have to say that when it comes down to it, as an IPA, it just breathes Stone. All of the characteristics are here from what you have become used to from the brewery; yet, there are some subtle lemon tones (surprise, surprise?) and a spicy burning rye and hop thing going on. Overall, it's a good beer. I can dig it. And the bottle is one of the nicest special release bottles I've seen from Stone. (It must be the red.)

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Photo of DallasJones
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a brilliant orange color. Body glows. Head is a chunk of raw dough.mhead is tan, Head retains in veteran fashion. Superb lacing too. Another perfect looking Stone brew.

S-Wow, this may be the most mint-stressed beer I have come across. Menthol. Lemons and citrus. Plenty of pine. Light rye spice. Very bold. I am excited.

T-A sad mixture of mouthwash, Orbit gum, and pine sap. Stinging. Not much tropical hops at all. Rye is washed out. Abrasive in the worst way. Very disjointed and even a bit offensive.

M-Boozy and the flavor hangs on to a sickening degree. Dry, bitter and stinging.

O/D-Almost as bad as their Belgo-Anise RIS. Really a big letdown. As happy I was yesterday with their 10th Anni Ruination, I am hugely let down by this brew. No dice kid.

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Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jimmah120
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into pint glass

Look is amber-orange, light with a fantastic long lasting off-white head. Smell is heavy on the lemon and pine. Also, pepper, orange marmalade, grapefruit. The taste is very tart lemon and pine, with a peppery background that nips at the underside of the massive hop blast. There's also notes of rye, dry biscuits, white bread, limes, and oranges. It's complex, sure, but also slightly underwhelming. Feel is very bitter and syrup-like, maybe could have used a bit more carbonation. The alcohol shows up in the finish but is very inoffensive.

Solid beer, as to be expected from stone, but I much prefer their year-round IPAs.

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Photo of claaark13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mscudder
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to delve into this one! The 15 year anniversary was average so let us see how this one goes.

A - A typical imperial IPA, perhaps a bit lighter. Almost looks like iced tea with its hue. Off-white, ivory head.

S - Lots of pine, peppercorn, big time hops and some warm tropical fruits. Some alcohol gives the scent some warmth near the back end.

T - Perhaps one of the most unique IPA's I have ever tried. Lots, and i mean lots, of lemon here. It leaves a large quantity of tartness which is interesting alongside the big piney hops. The malt backbone is fairly large, but far from making this brew too big.

M - A bit on the oily side with a medium body and fair carbonation. Perhaps the lemon oil (?) kicking in?

O - This is strange for sure. Drinking it slowly and realizing it is a brew for those who love lemon and hops. A good beer that is worth some respect but I am not sure I would be buying this on a frequent basis.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Served in Bailey's tulip.

A: Lightly rusted copper with an off-white/cream colored head that foams straight up from an aggressive pour. Looks pretty nice, I must say.

N: Well, it's an IPA. Shock coming from Stone, I know. Resinous pine, green peppercorn, earth, and some very light tropical fruit. However, the dominant flavor is the bitter hops. Slight hint of the lemon aspects, but they almost seem to come more from the hops.

T: More malt forward than I expected. There's a bit of lemon zest here, and more of the pine hoppiness. Has some pronounced medicinal qualities, as though I was going to rub this on my skin. Has a very woody quality, as well. Alcohol's well hidden for 10% though.

M: Probably the worst part of this. It's kind of oily and slick and it really coats the palate but it doesn't dry it out. I'm guessing that's lemon oil doing it.

O: Decent, I suppose. Drinkable and certainly worth a shot, but pretty much every DIPA I open from Stone, I want to be equivalent to their 10th Anniversary.

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Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Copper rust pour with a huge tan head. Yup, there's no hiding the lemon extracts used in this brew. A huge lemon infused nose greets you immediately then the citrus fruit appears again as you take your first sip. I pick up zero influence from the Rye addition, it's a citrus fruit bomb for sure. It's a tad sweet and you can pick up the heat from the high ABV. Not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another year, another anniversary ale from Stone!

Pours out a nice amber color with orange hues and 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy head.

The aroma is instantly a blend of tropical hop notes; mango, grapefruit, papaya, peach, orange and a nice amount of lemon followed with a hint of the rye spiciness.

The taste starts off with the intense tropical hop notes and then goes into the bright burst of lemon that even adds a very slight hint of tartness. This is followed by the spiciness of the rye and some sweetness coming from the malt.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and dry and for being such a big beer this is actually pretty balanced and not too bitter either. Another great beer from Stone and I can't wait until the 17th!

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light amber with thick, off-white head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Lemon, tropical notes, herbs, spicy bread and semi-sweet caramel.

Taste: Lemon, mango and grapefruit offset by caramel and toasted malts. Maybe there is a touch of spicy rye, but really not very noticeable. The beer is a little sweeter than I expected, but finished with some bitterness, herbalness and lingering lemon. The lemon straggles the line between being refreshing and solvent-like, but mostly stays on the right side of the divide.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry but just slightly astringent. Can't tell this is 10%; this is a sneaky sumbitch.

Overall: Another very good IPA from Stone. But I can see why the lemon turns some away.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. There's also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.

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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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