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 stephenjmoore
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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Photo of coastiefish
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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Photo of VncentLIFE
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge amber reddish pour with a great quarter inch of a yellowish tan head. Considering the abv and oil, this has great retention and lacing. The nose is a bitter lemon rind with a touch of sweetness from an impressive malt base. The taste is sweet with a lingering lemony bitterness that bites down hard on my palate and makes itself comfortable between sips. The aftertaste is a bit overpowering, but not undrinkable. I honestly prefer a smoother drinking DIPA over one with such a ferocious bite. Overall I'm impressed by Stone's ingenuity in adding actual lemon oil/verbena to the brew, but it could use a little cellar time to mellow out.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of lemon, rye, and a bit of pine.

Tastes of the overarching lemon flavor layered with hops and sweet malts. Bready malts lead off with some caramel and toffee notes. This gives way to a little rye spiciness which add some body as well. The lemon becomes more noticeable as the hops kick in. Citrus, tropical fruits, and pine notes emerge along with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, there is a bit too much going on here, but my love of lemons still has me liking it.

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Photo of dmatsui
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A pour from a 22 bomber left a creamy, off-white tight 2-finger head that stuck around for a while (considering the massive abv) and left a little bit of lacing. The alcohol legs and feet are definitely present. The beer itself has a typical west coast IPA character; coppery, burnt orange and pretty hazy. Looks unfiltered.

Such a unique aroma. The hops come first with sweet citrusy, rindy and piny notes but the addition of lemon verbana and whatever spices Stone's throwing in this brew make for an exceptional and complex nose. The combination of aromatics results in a very savory, botanical character. There are definite notes of sage, thyme, rosemary and meyer lemon rind.

The flavor of the beer is well-represented by the aromatics. The hops slap you in the face with Stone's trademark bittering varietals, but the citrus factor really comes through with the addition of the Verbana. There is a spicy quality mid-palate which probably comes from the addition of rye, which also provides for a fuller body. It's a huge beer, with a ton of mat characteristics as well, but the bill doesn't interfere with the hops or herb additions. There's also a definite mint presence. The calypso hops are definitely present, it's super fruity with hints of mango, papaya, grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is sharp, tart, bitter, oily and dry. Very nice.

There is definitely a lot going on in this beer; it's very balanced but there are a lot of competing flavors. It's very, very good and very different. It's one of the better offerings I've had from Stone.

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Photo of Pahn
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that leaves a thick ring of lacing. Pours a not-quite-translucent gold. Spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Amarillo hops. From the glass: bizarre savory and perfume-y aroma. Black tea with lemon, along with some fruit (maybe peaches) and herbs. Black pepper. Gets pretty boozy with time.

Swings way too far into savory, and not like "GUBNA onion-hops savory," but a full on herb marinade. Starting to turn me off of the idea of livening up traditional beer aroma and flavor by experimenting with savory elements. Gets a 3.0 for some nice hop aroma and smelling like a reasonably good marinade/salad dressing, at least.

Taste: Lemony, some passion fruit. Herbal hops, black tea aftertaste. 85 IBU coming off as pretty bitter, yet the beer also tastes a bit too sweet. Like the aroma, savory without being the familiar Summit hop oniony. Not quite mushroom or umami, but more like a heavily herbed marinade (plus some tropical fruit hops, and some black tea, and some lemons...). Way more going on than I can keep track of in a single sip, but also not exactly motivating me to try to do so.

I suppose it's impressive that they expressed so much flavor from the hops and rye and adjuncts and such. I don't want to give such skillful hop use lower than a 3.0, but the planning behind this beer doesn't suggest any skill whatsoever... It's really a mess. The mouthfeel doesn't help either; you've got all these savory + sweet + lemon + tea flavors fighting, set to a creamy and soapy feel that's very bitter but not dry. Blech.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy. Under-attenuated for my taste.

Overall: This beer is like finding 20 beautiful but unrelated ingredients at a farmer's market, gently cooking them all to preserve their natural flavors, then throwing them all in a bowl and eating them. A gamble that could end up amazing or terrible.

This beer ends up a big mess and makes me wonder why they bothered. Stone is usually the king of balancing bold flavors, but not this time... Could it be that now everyone at the brewery is so enthusiastic about everything that they've forgotten how to say no to *anything*?

Drinking this, I'm longing for a well-made IPA with 1 hop, 1 malt, water, and some clean yeast. I usually love bloated experiments by genius brewers, but Stone 16th is a huge miss.

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Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This has a gorgeous pour, a brilliant orange-red body crested with three fingers of head. The aroma is intensely hoppy and lemony, with a hint of rye malts. The taste is interesting and ultimately very good. It doesn't have much in the way of subtleness, this one hits you right away with all it's got - Lemon, rye, tropical and floral hops, and a touch of booziness. Spice and floral aspects are the name of the game. The hops are very complex here, there's a lot of different hop flavor. The mouthfeel feels a little light and slick to me, but the drinkability is great. Another excellent anniversary beer from Stone.

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright yet hazy amber with a sticky white head.

The smell is a nice mixture of herbal and lemony notes with some mice green hop notes. It smells bitter.

The flavors are a bit sweet up front with a fresh lemon flavor. The big orange rind hop blast Takes over with a big long lasting juniper bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and oily with a tons of hop resin.

Very tasty and fun double IPA. I love the big lemony quality.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my wild heaven glass. Nice ruby red copper color creamy white head sticking to the side of the glass. Smell is nice hops, resiny, slightly sweet. Not getting the lemon the beer claims to have in it. Let's have a taste... hops are there slight bitterness left behind. Some alcohol presence again not really getting the lemon shining through at all. Would expect some citrus brightness from this but I'm just not getting it. This hurts my taste score because it doesn't do much to deviate from a standard ipa/dbl ipa... a good beer drinkable perhaps my expectations were too high for a beer touted here in GA as only 300 bottles arriving in the state.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains in the glass with a big frothy dollop and roughly a finger of rich foam when swirled, leaving back a good bit of sudsy lacing sticking to the sides. There’s a nice rich look to this. The aroma smells of lemon, spice, tropical fruit, pine, underlying bitter fruit and sweet malt across the back that sticks to that juicy fruit character. Although this does have a fresh feel in the nose, it’s overall not coming off as very airy in the nostrils.

The taste is fairly spicy throughout, and encircles notes of pine, zesty grapefruit bitterness and lemon (which have more of a rind-like pithiness to it than it did in the nose). This is actually well balanced by a combination of ripe tropical fruit and a malt profile this is equal parts sticky sweetness and dry graininess. This finishes very strong, with spice and resins that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little bigger, with a softer yet still firm creaminess that fills up the mouth. There is some crispness here on the tongue but a prominent underlying oiliness really helps keep the carbonation here slick on the palate. While not overly hot, that 10% is felt here really intensifies that already aggressive finish.

The lemon and rye additions here kept this interesting to drink but the overall profiles here just couldn’t quite hold up to the heady ABV on this, which does sadly hold this back a bit in spots. While maybe not quite maintaining the already high standards of these Stone Anniversary releases, this is still worth picking up and checking out. Just split it with a buddy, as that combo of flavor and alcohol unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to high drinkability.

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

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a sudsy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is not suprisingly hoppy, citrusy, resinous. Not as pronounced or explosive as I expected from a Stone IPA, but smells clean and fresh with more of a floral, lemony accent as it warms.

Taste is bitter and hoppy w/ plenty of malt to balance it out. A blend of biscuity pale, sweet caramel, and spicy rye malts, combined with copious hops and that herbal lemon essence. No alcohol detected, a feat in itself.

Mouthfeel is clean and crips, a little oily but surprisingly drinkable.

Overall another really good DIPA from Stone. Happy anniversary!

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Photo of Philousa
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with a quarter inch white head. Aroma is very citrusy, lemon is pronounced along with floral and nectar hops. Some pine is definitely there too. Herbal notes of parsley and sage with rye spiciness comes out with a swirl. Hop presence is strong, but it's not dank. Malt is hard to get, but it's there. A little bit of breadiness, but it mostly takes a back seat to the hops. Flavor fades in slowly, starting with a light malt followed by some muskiness and herbal flavors, mostly parsley, before the hops come a rolling in. The hops are pretty gentle coming in, starting out light and nectary, but they stay very bitter on the palate. Dry finish, balanced body.

This is surprisingly good. I heard lemon verbena and rye and had my doubts. But the tropical flavors and aromas mix very well with the rye, which is used in moderation. I just said moderation to describe a Stone beer. Excuse me while I pinch myself. Anyway, This isn't something I'd like very often, but it's a very good beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, dated August 2012.

A: Pours a clear orange-red with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing everywhere with a big island of foam that never seems to go away.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, with some lemon and apricot perhaps? A bit of grapefruit and even a little pine. Lots of very sweet caramel.

T: Huge hop flavor up front. Again, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemons, pine and even resin. Very bitter. The middle smooths out a bit with some caramel. Just the slightest hint of rye but it's probably the power of suggestion more than anything. A little bitter lemon and resin in the aftertaste.

M: Not as heavy as you'd expect given the ABV and only a little drying despite all the hops.

O: A bit unbalanced, this one is pretty much a huge variety of hops without much malt to balance it. Not far from Ruination really, with many a little extra complexity and ABV. I enjoyed it though, it was quite tasty. Not nearly as bitter as you'd expect given all the hop flavors either. Not necessarily a bad thing.

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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.
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