16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

16th Anniversary IPA16th Anniversary IPA
BA SCORE
69.2%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 1,395 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
1,395
Liked:
966
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
13.91%
Alströms:
3.28
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
56
Trade:
1
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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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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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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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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 69.2% out of 100 with 1,395 ratings
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