16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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86
very good
1,395 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
1,395
Reviews:
393
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
12
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For Trade:
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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared thanks to Jeff, thanks man.

The beer pours with a nice fluffy off white head that takes a while to go down, nice deep dark orange color with some gold highlights, just a little hazy.

The smell has a very piney and almost rosemary like, a little bizarre but interesting. Some other grassy notes. Some sweet fruity notes. that lemon herb thing is definitely there.

Taste is also very piney and veggie like, again a distinct rosemary or flowery edge that is interesting but not really what you expect at all in a DIPA. Lemon zest. Certainly a taste of rye. Interesting. Some definite alcohol buttery edge. A little sweet candy like stuff.

The feel is very influenced by the flower pine taste lemon verbena, it gives it a very oily slick feel.

Overall interesting but not amazing to me, might be just a bit too much muddled flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is orange hued with a thin, white collar. The aroma brings notes of pineapple, melon, alcohol, hops, citrus. Smells both strong and inviting. The flavor is sweet and a bit syrupy, with candied tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and spice. The aroma is far superior to the flavor. The feel is a bit sweet and oozy. A solid beer, though best in small quantities. A nice brew to bring to a tasting.

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Photo of jtingue
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1456th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

2012 Vintage
Bottled 8/13/12 per the Stone box

App- A deep citrus orange color with a wonderful glow behind it. A huge 3 finger head that lasts for a long time and was just a tad off white. Great cling and lace.

Smell- Had a duality behind it. When you first open the beer you get a lot of that hoppy, citrus zest on the nose. Once it breaths and warms, the sweet caramel and rye flavors come forward. Had a good balance and you could smell the 10% on this one.

Taste- Much like the nose, it was very two sided. The one colder side, showed more of the zest and citrus and lemon flavors with a touch more hops and a small bitter. When warmed the Rye came out and added more spice with a creamy caramel balance. The ABV is somewhat hidden but as you drink, you really feel the 10%.

Mouth- On the larger side of a medium body with a medium creamy carbonation level. A bit thick but its a 10% DIPA, was pretty much right on point but still find the larger feel a bit of a detracter.

Drink- Its a good beer. The label says the didnt go for the full rye, but I like the balance they struck. Could be dialed up a bit. I dont know if I will be buying another bottle though. Good beer, but with Rustic Rye for $4.99 from Bootleggers and Nelson from Alpine, Im golden on the Rye.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bstave
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into retro Olympia glass.

This pores a transparent golden with a half finger white head. Nice lacing too. Smell is citrusy and pine with the lemon shining through. Not as big of a hop blast in the nose as I was expecting even after letting it warm up. Taste is awesome with big bittering hops that bring a big citrus and pine punch. The lemon is big too. Mouthfeel is spot on and alcohol isn't too overwhelming. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was big on citrus with the lemon melding really nicely with the hops. Seek out this limited release.

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Photo of JohnLynch
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber honey golden hue. White, fluffy head with great lacy retention.

S: Sweet caramel and honey. Citrus and lemon zest. Layers of citrus and a tinge on mint.

T: Great hop character and sweet malts. Layers of lemon zest and overall citrus profile. I'm getting orange peals and a touch of mint on the back.

M: Big, round beer. It lays on the palate and lingers for a while. Medium tannins.

O: Great beer, but it tires your palate quickly. Simple but complex and very thoughtfully crafted.

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Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WesM63
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber with a nice 2finger head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S: Lots of citrus (grapefruit), some pine/resin a hint of malt and some funk or spice peaking in.

T: Sweet malts, huge hop bitterness with some pine/resin followed by a spice and lemon/citrus finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, excellent and complex brew. Stone doesn't hold anything back.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours darker than I'm used to in an IPA. Almost more of an amber color. A nice two finger foamy tan head foams and settles to about 1/2 a finger.

S: A really interesting mix of things going on here. Some citrus hops, tropical fruit, a fragrant blast of lemon soap, and some herbal hop oils.

T: Lots of citrus hop oils upfront with some orange zest, a touch of lemon and some notes of wood. Finish has some toasty malt. Not bad, but this definitely has nothing on the 15th Anniversary.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mwrecording
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was SO excited to get this all the way in MD the week or two after it was released. This is an AMAZING DIPA. May be the best one I've ever had...

Appearance: A really pretty dark gold, thick yet small head that fades real quick

Smell: Citrus, bubble gum, pepper/rye, floral notes with a touch of booze on the nose. Wondeful.

Taste: Wow, wow, wow. A lot going on and a lot working amazingly well together. Lemon zest is pretty forward with a nice blast of hops surprisingly in the backround. The rye is there but its just a touch, really as much as I'd want it to be an any of my beers - especially the DIPA's

Mouthfeel: light carbonation with a really sticky off-dry sort of finish.

Overall: Thoroughly impressed, I didn't get to try the 10th anny Ruination unfortunately but this easily makes up for it. I've got 2 more bottles of this and will make an effort to snag another from my shop. This is one of the better beers and DIPA's I've had in my young BA life. Drank a Pliny last night and while I'm never been too huge on Pliny, this simply puts it to shame for me. This is an amazing beer...try hard to get it.

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Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of JazzIPA55
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells beautiful, simply beautiful. Nice tan head, bronzed body, smells of ripe citrus and old forest pines. The lemon peal and lemon verbena mesh so perfectly with the citrusy american hops, Vienna(?) malt backs it up to be full yet fairly dry for 10 points of booze. No burn, no booze, just a bitter, citrus bite with a solid malt body and complex aroma.

Splendid, one of the best new beers I have had in a long time.

Stone- You're doing it right.

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Photo of fox227
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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

A- Pours clear orange with a one finger white head. Good alcohol legs.

S- A lot of citrus, pineapple and mango. There is some rye, a bit of a spiciness, almost like a Christmas beer.

T- A strong bitterness. There is a ton of citrus, there's pineapple and lime. There's some cinnamon. A little rye, a farmhouse feel. Hops are very fruity.

M- This is a pretty big IPA, High in bitterness and alcohol. A spicy mouthfeel.

O- This is a solid IPA, definitely not my favorite anniversary beer from them but I cant complain for them taking chances. Its like a Christmas beer and an IPA got together.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with two fingers of slightly off white head after an aggressive pour. The head sticks around for a bit dissapating on the slow side an leaving a ton of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S: there is a kind of lemony soapyness, citrusy orange hops, and a general herby/spicy aroma... Almost smells like potpourri, soapy potpourri with some hops. Overall it's not a horrible aroma, but that soapyness is getting to me a bit.

T: lots of lemony herby/spicyness, the soapyness doesn't seem as present, but the the herbal spicyness is, along with some deffinate citrusy hops, but I feel like they take a back seat to the lemon, overall I feel like these flavors clash a bit, not a fan.

M: medium body with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish, except for the lingering slightly bitter/ lemon rindy aftertaste that doesn't want to seem to leave my mouth.

O: not a fan, and honestly i am dissapointed, perhaps it's just the flavor profile they chose here isn't something that appeals to me. But I felt like the flavors clashed and the hops took almost a backseat.... I deffinatly would have likes to see the lemon an spicyness tones down, and the hops toned way up.... Dissapointing especially on the curtails of ruination 10 and the fact that i greatly look forward to this release every year.

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Photo of chriooos
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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