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 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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Photo of kshizzle101
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bomber

A - dark golden brown. 2-inch head which lingers

S - scents of pine, booze, and of course, lemon

T - Sweet, piney hops at first followed by a very lemony and spicy after taste. for a 10% DIPA, booziness is rather sneaky.

M - fairly heavy mouthfeel

Overall - This beer screams 'Stone.' They always think outside the box and this beer is no exception. A solid effort with good execution.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Nice slightly off white head atop a slightly cloudy, medium light amber body.

S: Hops, and certainly a strong herbal component here.

T: Delicious herbal lemon flavor blends well with a great hop presence. Could be a little strong on the herbs, but worth it for a one off beer.

M: Mouthfeel is nice, slightly thick, but not overly so. Always looking for a somewhat dry finish in my IPAs.

D: Herbs make a good addition, though they might be a little strong, it's a good statement for a one off beer.

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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 MisSigsFan
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated August 2012. Pours a golden amber with a finger and a half thick head. Smells sweet with lemon and booze. Taste is mostly citrus with some sweetness and boozey sting at the end. Good amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Mouth is pretty smooth with medium body. Carbonation is average to above average average. Overall I really like this brew. Probably the only IPA I've had from Stone that didn't have a strong piney hop character.

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold pour with a sparse, large bubble stream up the center of the glass. Billowing 2-finger cream head. Very nice retention and laces well.

Nose is lemon and tropical fruit hops, mainly mango and papaya. Floral hops are here too. Mild, but pleasant.

Taste is stronger tropical fruit. Lemon is there, too, as is the verbena. Definite floral hop presence. Light pepper feel sneaks in towards the end, adding a bit of spice. Picking up orange later in the glass. Moderately dry finish with a decent blast of bitters. Fruity, but very tasty.

Feel is slightly thick and a bit oily, as expected. Not overly heavy, though.

Overall, I'd say they hit what they were aiming for. If fruity, floral IPAs are your thing then this is well worth a try.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lemon notes with some orange citrus. In the the taste, orange citrus hops, with dry lemon peel. Kind of a dry to sweet to dry context. A small hop bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon peel and note of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon dry versus a orange citrus sweetness, I was expecting a note of rye, but the hops were bigger.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice transparent dark orange in color, with nice retention and awesome lacing around the glass, a nice finger of white head at the top.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, great floral notes up front, a great nose on this brew.

T: Strong hoppyness, lots of floral notes and strong alcohol presence. The malt brings out the spicyness. A good tasting brew.

M: Dry and stickey, moderate carbonation, nice warm feeling from this DIPA.

O: This is great brew, I enjoyed it very much, I would say this is probably one of the most bitter DIPA's from Stone, but still awesome.

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Photo of ArrogantBastard203
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time trying as i was entirely too inebriated the first time i had it. This time around i found it not to be as hyped as i had strained to recollect.

A- A very nice clear amber with a nice orange hue to it.

S- grass clippings with lemon juice. Oily, resinous hops garnishing a lemonade.

T- Bitter lemon and hops upfront. A sweet malt backbone that makes the beer surpsingly more drinkable than the earlier lemon notes would have made you think. Warming alcohol is vaguely there.

MF- Slick on the mouth, warming alcohol on the way down.

Overall another solid release from Stone as usual however the second time around I must say that the lemon is a bit much. I much prefer grapefruit notes to an IPA

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Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't find any bottles of this in the Albany area. Stumbled across the last bottle on the shelf at Monarch Beverage in Long Beach on the day after Thanksgiving (11/23/12). Consumed on 11/24/12.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a solid 1+ finger off-white head. Some splotches of lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Very nice nose that reminds me (from a long-ago memory, of course) of Stone 10th Anniversary, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. Chock full of citrus - heavy on the grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and lemon, but also a nice sweet malt foundation (toffee).

T: Pretty much follows the nose - toffee and caramel malt sweetness are then knocked back a bit by grapefruit and lemon peel. Alcohol heat is felt in the belly; there's also a spicy presence at the back end of the palate, which I attribute to the rye (spicy burps also remind me of rye for some reason). Lingering somewhat harsh lemony bitterness well into the aftertaste.

M: Pretty much full-bodied. Slightly gritty feel to it at times.

O: This is good stuff. I see a lot of negativity over this beer, but maybe the extra time it took for me to come across it (the bottle has an "August 2012" date on it and the words "Drink Fresh") has helped. It really does recall the Stone 10th Anniversary beer, but with a big dose of lemon peel at the back end and more noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yeilds a nearly three finger high, creamy, off-white head with plenty of staying power. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass as well. Below is a brilliantly clear golden/amber colored beer.

Like a mix of Stone's characteristic IPA/hoppy smell and lots of lemon and herbs like rosemary and thyme (are they sure they didn't mistakenly blend some Saison Du Buff with this?). Some other tropical aromas of grapefruit are in there, herbal hoppy qualities, tea notes, spicy rye (which is a lovely divergence from the norm for Stone), floral and piney hops show slightly, and some bready malt showing through.

Some hop bitterness mixed with all that lemon. Very close to lemon overload but it doesn't quite cross that line. Bready malts, less hebs from the nose, a tad more spicy rye, some floral and piney hops as well.

Light-medium body, super smooth and creamy consistency, medium carbonation (maybe light-medium), and a light finish.

Overall this beer is a Stone anniversary IPA. Stone has always strayed from the beaten path and this brew is no different. This brew is unequivocally and characteristically Stone: Out there, different, possibly even Arrogant. Regardless, this beer shows Stone isn't afraid to do things different or afraid to not brew the same beer year after year. I applaud their zeal and this years anniversary IPA!

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Photo of BabyBastard
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, decent amount of head from a slightly aggressive pour into my snifter. Very appetizing looking ale. The lacing seems to sparkle in the light, leaves some great lacing around the entire glass. Nose is big citrusy hops, along with a zesty lemon scent. I really love the scent of this one, it makes you anticipate the next swig.
Taste is great, big hop bite, nice and bitter, but with that lemon zing that makes it a refreshing drink. Does mask the alcohol, surely doesn't taste like a 10% brew. Would reccomend this brew, great stuff in my opinion.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a creamy 1 inch head and lots of foamy lacing.

Smell - Lemon , orange, pineapple, lots of floral hops. Some yeasts and a little malt backbone. Major hops up front.

Taste - FIrst sip you get the lemon, thick, oily resin mixed with tropcal fruits. Lots of sugary yeasts, some minor caramel malts and alcohol warmth. I also get alot of orange and pineapple. A bit grassy/farmhouse like finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouth gets hop coated along with the lemon oils, leaving a resin on tounge. Palate gets tons of hops and lemon, along with the alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is dry, semisweet and bitter.

Overall - Interesting ipa. I really enjoy the unique flavor profile of this. I look at it like this, its a anniversary beer, something special, different not same old dipa. I enjoyed this, its easy to drink for being so strong, and im already looking forward to next years release. Try it out if you get a chance.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated August 2012, which pours a clear, light amber body, with a three-finger off-white head. Good retention with a decent amount of sticky lacing.

I have to mark the aroma up a notch because it smells great. Nice, sweet, hop aroma notes of tropical and citrus fruit. A light amount of sweet malt blends into the aroma and makes this a very inviting brew.

The taste is a very good blend of the notes found in the aroma with a pleasant addition of the rye notes. The prominent flavor is the hops, which are stronger in the pine an citrus side, with an addition of a touch of spicy rye flavor. The sweet malt takes a background position in the flavor overall, but the blend is very good.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. This is a very enjoyable brew and I'm very glad to have scored a bottle.

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Photo of mscudder
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a dash of lemon-flavored leaves, and a handful of rye grain that many whisky makers have considered useless to the planet, Stone embraces the esoteric anololies as if they were a super hero to ward off the bullies. But the results show that the stronger IPAs does not, and should not reside in the boundaries, but revel outside of them. They're not just stepping outside the box, their building a better box!

With the familiar amber and copper color of most pale ales, the beer uncharacteristically demonstrates bright clarity without the preview of hop-promised haze that we are accustomed to seeing. The classic starchy eggshell white head fits the top of the snifter like an electric blanket, tucking the beer in for the night. Speckled lace and tremendous retention shows that even though this is a strong, strong beer- there's no forgiveness for lack of foam character.

Perfume and citrus rise to the nose with sharp citrusy character that's soon followed by the scent of alcohol-infused spaghetti starch. But the citrus isn't the typical grapefruit notes that is shared by famed American "c" hops, but rather a lemony furniture polish, herbal, and lightly grassy note that puts a spring in the beer's step. Fueled not only by the crusted elements of toasted malt, but from a kiss of earthen, spicy rye that provides a broad earthiness that's usually reserved by biscuity English ales.

Upon the first draw from the glass, the malts strike first with flavors of burnt caramel, heavily crusted breads, marzipan, tree bark, and walnut oils. An almost salty, almost metalic yet savory taste bridges confidently into into the resinous hop taste that soon follows. Lemon-like sassafras, mint, and root"ish" fenel play a part in the flavor metrix where hops are normally expected. Instead, the middle palate does all this along with the apple and pear character of calypso hops. For better or worse, the alcohol flavors weave into the beer's finish for an effect of furniture polish that bridges over from the scent. Aside from a slight earthy rye bread spiciness, the rye grains are tossed to the wayside and their mild flavor would have easily been attributed to either non-rye hop or malt complexities.

With the amount of flavor that the beer delivers, it's easy to read a fuller than actual body into the beer. But its medium weight is bolstered by deeply embedded carbonation into a plethora of residual dextrin-rich malt. The beer retains it's rich textures until very late into the taste before it waivers just a bit and allows for the resiny hop bitterness and alcohol dryness to take hold. An extra long aftertaste of lemon and rye keeps the palate savoring the taste indefinately- ok, until the next sooner-than-should revisit to the glass.

Stone exercises a ton of liberties in creating an imperial IPA that pays homage to the style in which this version was spawn, yet wallowing in artistry, madness, and ingeniousness. Happy 16th Stone Brewing Company!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, August 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, lemongrass, pineapple, pine, caramel, floral, bread, and herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, grass, orange, spicy rye, caramel, pineapple, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, lemon grass, caramel, rye, bread, pineapple, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Rye is subtle and not overwhelming. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Double IPA from Stone. Very unique with the lemon zest and rye flavors, but they work very well. Very well balanced with all flavors including the rye; very smooth to sip on for the gravity. Highly enjoyable stuff as I would have expected from Stone.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 09/04/12:
Bottled: August 2012; Poured in a snifter.

A - One inch of off-white creamy head with good retention; Deep, darker shade of amber and dark burnt orange with a slight haze; Decent showing of lacing left behind

S - Certainly hoppy with notes of pine resin, lemongrass, lemon oils, and onions; Detect more citrus and mango notes as the beer begins to warm; Has some toasted biscuit and caramel character as well; Hints of alcohol

T - Lots of hoppy character here, much like nose, though there is a mellow quality too - lemon dominated with lemongrass and lemon peel and oils front and center, with some pine, pepper, and oniony flavors as well; Tropical fruits lurk underneath; Moderate bitterness is there, but nowhere close to overpowering; Caramel and toasted bread and biscuits accompany the plentiful hops

M - Between medium and full bodied; Nearly moderate, and very fine carbonation; Dries out the mouth substantially; Has a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish

O - As much as I enjoyed the 15th Anniversary IPA, purchasing this edition was a no-brainer. Though this offering isn't one of the more drinkable Stone concoctions, it's certainly a unique IPA interpretation that brings quite a bit of complexity including the obvious lemon notes. I might not grab another bottle of this, but I always appreciate Stone's passion to push the limits of an IPA, and this one is no different.

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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 Oakenator
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with very slight hint of amber color. Reasonable head at pour fading more quickly than other Stones. Aroma is citrus hops - lemon does not jump out here. Flavor is excellent fresh hops, again on the citrus side with lemon clearly coming through on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice with a meal - some additional carbonation is present in the finish maybe due to the lemon.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says August 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that does a decent job of retaining before residing at a suspended state of solid surface foam with mold formations indicating healthy yeast and a thick ring bordering the edge of the glass.

S- Whoa, you can definitely smell the lemon. It's fresh though, not pine-sol-like. Sweet as well, closer to a lemon-flavored hard candy. Also smells like lavender but mainly just lemon in your face without much hop aroma. Perfumey.

T- Man, that tastes like lemon too. Also tastes like some of the flower/herb-driven beers I've had in the past (Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs and Dogfish Saison du Buff come to mind). However, there's certainly a malt backbone somewhere in there as well as a slight hop bitterness. As more sips are taken, the core beer flavor comes through. Alcohol is hidden decently and the flavors are balanced enough. There's a sweetness that's purveyed throughout.

M- A bit dry and sharp with medium carbonation. The body is viscous enough but could use a little more substance.

O- Certainly unique and enjoyable even if it is a bit confusing. Even when there seems to be little more ground to break in the beer world, Stone finds a way

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hard to find much of a fault here. Perfectly clear dark orange color with a big off white head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Very floral. Citrus and pine hops aromas too. Some malt sweetness and light toast in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy with sweet and bitter citrus. Lemon flavor is a little more than subtle, but not overdone. BItter, not sour. Malt flavor has caramel and a spicy kick from the rye. Very dry finish with a little alcohol burn and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well done mouthfeel for a double IPA. Soft and creamy, then dry with a stiff, sticky hops residue.

Overall: Using exotic ingredients is overdone and usually adds little of value to the beer, but its done well here. Very nice DIPA. Would give 4.25.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber dated August 2012. Pours a mildly hazy honey/orange color with a nice voluminous white head. Produces some nice lacing and head retention is pretty good.

Smell is spicy with some lemon, grass, and tropical fruits. Picking up some malt undercurrents in the background.

Taste is also spicy with a wide spectrum of hop flavors. Tropical fruit predominates with some pine and bitterness in the finish. Also a nice malt backbone to even this beer out. Some alcohol ester flavors towards the end.

Mouthfeel is more substantial than I would have expected. Perhaps it is the rye. Up there with Avery's Maharaja as far as oomph and substance. Has some oily slickness as well.

Overall, a deviation from the standard double/imperial IPA formula and one that I think works well. I decided to drink this one on Labor Day to mark my transition from IPAs and other summer brews to the fall lineup and other more substantial malty beers. The spiciness of this IPA works well. Would like to try it with some spicy Thai food. Created a nice contrast with the lemon and tropical fruit flavors and lingering hop flavors.

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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 jimmah120
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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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16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing
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