16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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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393
Ratings:
1,395
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
26.05%
 
 
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Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750bl bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed glass.

The color is a golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is full lemon aroma with a tangerine and a touch of grass that comes out in the back end of the nose.

The taste is sweet malts at first that gives to a citrus flavor that brings in the bitter hops toward the end. More lemon and tangerine like a lot of west coast IPAs that bring the hops. There is a slight candy sugar flavor like a Belgian triple that leaves a nice sweetness before that bitterness hooks up with it but does not push the sweetness completely away.

The feel of this beer is smooth going down with a push here in there with some bitterness but seems to be less spikey feel in back end. Things seem to meld together well and contributes to the nice drinkable feel of this beer.

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer appears as a cloudy, hazy orange/copper color that very little light shows through. Almost looks like a lighter apple cider. Thick, three finger head of off-white foam.

Smell is very strong up front with pine, resin, lemon and subtle mint. Not picking up muchin the way of the rye described on the label.

Upon first sip it's mostly slightly citrusy tang followed by some sweet malt and then finishes with a balanced hop finish. The lemon doesn't really work with the beer, for my tastes, and overpowers it, giving it an almost unnatural taste.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and syrup-like, but not to a fault. Nicely carbonated and carries the depth of flavors well.

Overall, this is a slightly disappointing effort from a remarkably consistent brewery. This won't deter me from purchasing and consuming all of the other excellent Stone Brewery products, but I can't imagine going out of my way to drink the 16th anniversary brew again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange, with a 2 inch head, and very good lacing.

Smells very lemony, with some honey, and spicy, piney hops.

The taste is similar. Less of a lemon presence in the flavor, but still there. A bit reminiscent of lemon pledge, but not in a bad way, necessarily. Some spicy hop flavors are reminiscent of rye, which makes sense given the rye additions, as well as the typical Stone pine/grapefruit bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness, might be because it's an older(ish) keg.

Starts sweet, but finishes very dry. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low.

An interesting take on the IPA- the lemon IPA, basically, and I thought it worked.

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Photo of durwood64
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just about the worst beer I can remember from such a usually great brewery. I was very disappointed with this one.Tastes like the an arrogant bastard mixed with a lemon furniture polish. I like IPAs and love double IPAs, but I think this one is trying too hard to push the envelope. Stick with a ruination.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

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Photo of ajpadre
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I currently live in Pensacola after moving from San Marcos, CA. I'm very used to drinking the local SD beers however we tend to get them months after their production date.

The weather down here is very warm, and I have to say this beer is an excellent complement.

It has had some time to mellow and it comes through. The color is a lovely orange to a lighter color that resembles their ruination.

The nose is interesting because you're trying to find the lemon, but I honestly think that if this was a blind taste test you wouldn't be able to smell it over the typical hop nose.

The taste is what I would call very refreshing. I hesitate to use that terminology due to certain trademarked slogans. But it almost resembles a Thai tea lemon flavor that blends very well with the already bitter hop characteristic. And the flavor dissipates very quickly leaving a clean feeling on the pallet.

I'm a hop head myself, the bitter the better. This one kicks fairly well for aging this long, but the 10% ABV is completely undedectable.

All and all and awesome brew. I honestly thought I wasn't going to like it, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden-orange in color. This beer has a soapy, bright white head...it leaves the glass draped in lace. The aroma is flowery and fruity...citrus, and some peach like scents. Soft malt, spicy, earthy hops. The taste is complex and engaging. Lots of fruit and a solid hop bitterness and flavor. Semi sweet, spicy, herbal, and enjoyable. I get a lot of fruit, but I am not sure that I would call it 'lemony', despite the ingredients. The complexity, however, and the balance/flavor profile are well crafted. Firm body, lingering bitterness. Exceptionally good.

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant appearance with orange color in the tall Saxo tulip. Plenty of foam and quite spritzy in the mouth. Tends to attack the tongue after some sipping.

This doesn't seem so overly lemoned, in fact the nose is quite interesting. But it just seems to add to the general bitterness, which this doesn't need any more of. Rich and malty, but then the bitter blast blows through. Quite unpleasant aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and generally acidic. It doesn't taste so alcoholic, but it's a harsh mistress nonetheless.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in San Diego for six bucks.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with moderate thick off white head.
S: It smelled like bitter lemon zest and fresh grapefruit, with some floral hops and sweet wild honey.
T: It tasted like strong herbal and resinous hops, with some lemon zest and unripe grapefruit and peppercorn and light caramel. It had a strong and clean aftertaste of earthy bitterness, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice full body.
D: This was a pretty powerful 2IPA with nice scent and bold taste. The body was immense, nearly chewy, and the finish was reasonably smooth. The alcohol wasn't too hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but I could see some age turning this into an entirely different but also good...and more mellow beer. Quite enjoyable fresh, and one of the better IPAs from Stone, but still not on the same level as some other modern IPAs.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a off white head. Lots of sticky lace and good head retention. Some haze. Aroma balances pineapple and malt with less tropical fruit that expected. Flavor is less complex than other Stone IPAs. Leans toward the dry side. Lots of bitterness in the finish and mild acidity. Some alcohol present middle to finish. Medium to medium heavy body and very rich. Medium plus carbonation.

Probably should have open it sooner. Aug 2012 date, consumed 19-Jan-13. Stored in refrigerator at a fairly cold temperature (~40-45).

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This one was brewed with me in mind. I'm a hop-head and this one, with the slight rye characteristics along with a vibrant lemon accord made my summer. The nose is of over-exaggerrated lemon, which is the verbena. The mouthfeel is oily and pine/green tasting. At 10.00 ABV this beer is two glasses into a wonderful and flavorful IIPA experience. The nose is great, the body is great, color is great, bottle is great...catch my drift? One of my favs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldn’t be safe. For my taste buds, it wasn’t. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didn’t help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes it’s okay not to go extreme.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts. It slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: lemon, earthy hops, and some caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon, spicy rye, earthy hop bitterness, and a mild fruitiness creates a well balanced flavors. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. There is a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: a slower sipping big DIPA that has a nice spicy and earthy flavor. Enjoyable beer.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear light copper body with a matrix of microbubbles supporting a sticky beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The woody rye note has some green lemon hops that finish the aroma. There is some caramel malt notes that come thru as the beer opens.

T- A mellow green hops flavor has dark juicy and woody qualities to it with some rye and dry toasted malt leading to a dry spice finish. There is a caramel malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. The aftertaste has a touch of sweetness with woody lemon hops flavor lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of malts, hops and lemon herbs that surprisingly work well together. The hops are not huge and they let the other flavors come through nicely.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It has an amber body with golden highlights. An average pour yielded me a half glass of rocky, tan head that clung to the sides.

S - There is a lot of citrus. I immediately notice the lemon, but there is also a strong grapefruit presence. Once the head subsides, I get more of a caramel malt aroma.

T - I notice a lot of caramel malt in the taste. The lemon is muted, and the finish is Stone's typical hop bitterness with a kiss of rye.

M - It's thick for an IPA.

O - I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for some more lemon flavor. Instead I got a typical Stone hop bomb. If you are a fan of Stone you would like this beer. I prefer the mid-west IPA's.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date says August 2012 printed on the side in cadmium ink.

A - Nice standard orange IPA looking appearance. Typical stuff. Non-aggressive pour yields virtually no head.

S - I can smell this beer from a distance. Very strong scent of a grapefruit citrus hop assault.

T - Bitter and hoppy. There is a vague hint of spiciness, and a nice hot alcohol burn in the finish. The lemon slowly creeps out as you sip on this beer, but for me it's not very distinct in the sense that the Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound On My Ale was. Although, I think it's good, there is more citrus alcohol burn than there is genuine lemon flavor.

M - Sticky, bitter, hot, hoppy, tangy, citrus mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer feels good, but I feel like it is missing some floral aspects to tone it down a bit and make it not so spicy. However, it was a very good brew and I recommend picking it up before it disappears.

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA --- 4/5.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into pint glass a light copper color with slight haze, nice creamy two finger head.

S - nose is dominated by citrus and orange hop character. Bright and floral, almost like potpourri our cleaning supplies.

T - first thoughts very herbal almost mint character, spicey. A very sweet caramel malt is there but plays a secondary role to the fruity almost juice like grapefruit and orange flavor. Hop bitterness doesn't quell the over the top sweet and citrus character. This is an extremely unique flavor, but it does wear on me with the mint character and cloying sweetness.

M - thick and syrupy, sticky, slow sipping, light carbonation.

Overall - mixed emotions... I wasn't blown away but it's certainly unique. I think it's a great beer but I find the herbal flavor weird. Too sweet and not enough bitter for an IPA.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this fresh on September 3 before leaving the country and had to get a IPA in my system beforehand.

Poured into a tulip producing a great looking beer with a semi-transparent effervescent deep orange body and a voluminous slightly off-white head that dissipates slowly.

The lemon smell seems to hit juts a bit more above the sweet peach, grapefruit, and mango. Slight bit of spicy rye characteristic. Kind of melds with the lemon and isn't there too much.

The interplay between the lemon and malts in this beer is great to me. The lemon is prominent and pops out again over everything for a second. Sweet caramel and bready maltiness is there. The rye malt provides a nice little spice. The great hop aromas seem a little muddled in the taste. There is mostly juts grapefruit underneath the lemon.

The body is medium. The beer goes down smooth with a slight oiliness. After the initial pour the carbonation settled nicely.

The added lemon character seems a touch too much and overpowers some of the aspects of the beer which is unfortunate but makes for an interesting drinking experience.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.37/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours out a hazy yellow red color with a big white head. Bubbles aerate the beer and hold up the head, which laces nicely.

S: The aroma is full of lemon and orange. The piny hops I had hoped to experience aren't there. The fruits almost make this smell like cleaner and need the other hop aromas for balance.

T: The taste has more of a balance, luckily. The lemons and orange are back, but this time they're paired with some pine. The orange is stronger than the lemon, but the hops still aren't strong enough to make this something I'd consider drinking again. It's just too much lemon for me. The booze comes out at the end, which really doesn't help.

MF: The body is light and full of carbonation. The booze at the end negatively impacts the nice hop finish that I considered one of the only plusses of the beer.

O: I haven't been all that impressed with the Stone Anniversary series, and this is another example of that. The lemon was just too much, perhaps it wasn't fresh enough.

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

Great appearance with a deep orange color and a nice thick white head. Some thin spotty lacing down the glass. Smells of a lemon and pine. Tastes of a lemony, hoppy bomb, with a definite strong malt backbone. After that you get an herbal aftertaste that is pretty good in my book.

Overall, I liked this beer just to try it because I can not get it in my state. The lemon verbena flavor is outstanding and if you don't like this beer, keep it for a chicken marinade. I think it would be outstanding for that use.

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

A- Hazy amber color, topped with a thick off white head. The head fall slowly to a cap and leaves a lot of thick lace rings on the glass.

S- Mild citrus and fresh cut grass slight notes of malt to balance things out.

T- Creamy smooth note of hops that builds to a herbal climax, unusual not unpleasant, but unexpected. Malt balances thing out and leads to the finish with has a slightly puckering tart dry final note of hops. Slight heat of alcohol at the finish too, other wise it is well hidden.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, smooth and creamy as well, finish is pretty clean there is a bit of hop oil residue but it isn't distracting from the enjoyment of this one.

O- Nice effort but nothing outstanding here the 10% ABV is well hidden and for an IPA is is a pretty easy drinker, just nothing special.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to orange body with dark golden hues beneath the creamy white head which is quite slow to dissipate waving a scattered sticky lacing.

Citrus and grass hop aromas float from the glass with generous sweet malt balance.

Flavors of zest citrus hops of lemon, woody pine and spicy rye are all present accompanied by generous sweet malt.

Medium in body and carbonation with a drying and puckering finish.

Not a bad beer, perhaps not the big hop profile Stone has gotten us accustomed to as it seems to have a generous amount of malts. This beer is as advertised with its lemon zest and subtle rye spice.

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

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

LOOK: Orange colored brew, with good clarity. Soapy foam lasts the duration and leaves good lace. Looks like an oily, sticky IpA.

SMELL: Citrus, typically lemon and grapefruit and some pineapple notes. Pine, grass and honey round things out.

TASTE: Herbal tones are strong from lemon verbena. Oily hops and lemon influences are also well pronounced. Decent balance of sweetness, herbal qualities and bitterness. The alcohol is not very apparent in the taste.

FEEL: Full bodied, crisp carbonation. Flavor of hop, lemon and herb linger.

OVERALL: As solid as ever, stone creates another hop monster.

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Photo of hoody711
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to pick it up. Cant be terrible right? I try not to read the other reviews prior to writing mine, lest I get caught up in the bias, but I was surprised by the number rating. I'm reviewing the 2nd half of the bottle.

A - into a tulip. It's a beautiful beer. Hazy, sunset indian red/orange. The head is off-white/ivory, the head is about 2 fingers, and the lacing is great.

S - malty backbone with a little hops, a little lemon, and maybe verbana? I don't know what verbana is, but maybe it's this. Maybe this reminds me of Hercules, but maybe I'm way off. I'll pop one of those after this, then edit this review if necessary. For 10%, I smell very little booze. There's a little there, and it fits very nicely.

T - malty and sweet, then a the slightly muted hoppy bitterness. Citrus and good. A little alcohol burn on the way out. It's good.

M - for a big burly beer, it's surprisingly clean and crisp. That, or my tastebuds are scorched off. But seriously, it's not as heavy on the palate as I would expect. There's a somewhat unpleasant tang at the base of the tongue on the way out. The alcohol warmth is nice.

O - in summary, a beautiful looking beer that smells good, but maybe not for a DIPA. Too much malt spine. The taste is similar - for a DIPA, I'd like less malt, but it's still a good beer. The mouthfeel is nice, but nothing special. I'm glad I bought it. Not Stone's best, but good. I assume my rating will be about 9% higher than the average.

Edit: only 2% higher than the average. Meh. Maybe bias.

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Photo of colts9016
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A three finger monster head that has great retention. The head is ivory in color that is creamy and foam that left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a copper color with red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles.

Nose: A very strong lemon, verbena and grapefruit aroma with a subtle hop profile in the background. The malt aroma is caramel, toast, and biscuit,

Taste: A nice lemon, verbena, and grapefruit, flavor. The hops is muted compared to the nose. The malt is more prominent with caramel, toast, and biscuit,

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, creamy, and slightly warm

The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. Well I was starting to like the appearance and the Nose; however, the rest of the beer let me down. I know stone beer and this one is sub par compared to the rest of their brews.

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