16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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86
very good
1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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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
Ratings:
1,395
Reviews:
393
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know. I just don't. Something in this beer is hitting me wrongly. Looks good, no question. The aroma is a bit like lemon Pledge and flowers. Maybe it's just that I expected hops. It's similar to hops, and hops are there, but the weird lemon thing....

For a base, the malt is great. A bit of spice, some caramel, but mostly it's sturdy toasted biscuit.

Feels like an IPA, abv is hidden very well. Normally a 22oz of Stone is fine. This one I shared b/c I wanted to. I don't know

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A: amber coloured liquid with excellent clarity with a 1/4" cream coloured head.

S: Muted smell of lemon and resiny pine hops.

T: Lemon verbena and lemon oil, I guess... Very resiny lemon flavours that somewhat taste like tree sap along with grapefruit dominate the taste profile. Very overpowering and not very pleasant.

M: Thick resiny viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The drinkability on this one is low, which is unfortunate because I am a very big fan of Stone IPAs.

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