16th Anniversary IPA | Stone Brewing

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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%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 generallee
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.

Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)

Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a bomber.

Pours a nice golden copper color with some orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms with very dense bubbles. The head is nice and slightly creamy colored. There is some really good head retention and as it recedes leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma of strong citrus hop notes starts things off. Some mango and grapefruit and orange. Definitely some refreshing lemony notes can be perceived. There is some malt sweetness in the background with slight rye spice notes.

Flavor starts off interesting. There is some hop resin and citrus notes that quickly get offset a bit byt some nice spice and lemony hints. THe spice is distinctly Rye. I love Rye IPAs particularly really dank ones such as Red Rye and Bear Republic and this brew has some of those similar qualities. The hop juice notes are nicely citrusy with strong grapefruit rind and some lemony notes as well. Tons of dank resinous pine notes are perceived as well while some malty sweetness and rye spice pop in and out. I can see why some people are down on this brew. There is a slight boozyness to it, maybe the lemon doesn't help. Regardless I like it. Body is sticky and medium. A strong IPA.

Overall. Its not Stones best by no means but I still like it. I might be a bit jaded because I thought their 10th Anniv. Ruination was awesome and last years 15th Anniv. beer (Black IPA) was AMAZING. Still Stone does a good job with IPAs so no real complaints from me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy light orange-amber color with two finger of soft soapy head that lasts for about six minutes, leaving behind some lovely fine-bubbled lacing curtains on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, somewhat sticky texture.

The nose is really quite lemony fresh, which is to be expected given the presence of lemon verbena and lemon oils to the beer. Surrounding the lemon-bomb is a housing built out of spicy / herbal noble hopping working in tandem with a mango-pineapple tropical fruit aroma. But throughout it all, the lemon remains solidly in the forefront. Floral bouquet also appears as the glass warms up.

The flavor is somewhat more grapefruit pith and pine resin focused than the nose was. In fact, sadly, most of the complexity from the nose doesn't show up as an equivalent flavor. All I get at first is a pretty standard herbal tea / leafy hopping in front of a medium-heavy grapefruit / pine and toffee malt standard IPA combo. Once the glass warms up, however, a small lemony flavor presence does appear, but not proportional to the hype expectations built up from the amazing nose. The ABV is very well hidden, though. A bit more peppery spice 'zing' could have helped brighten up the flavor profile a bit IMO.

Better than average, but not amazingly good.

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Brewed as a one time anniversary release in August 2012. Drink fresh? Whoops.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter glass. Served north of 50ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream-tone head of a crisp frothy consistency. Body color is a bold orange amber with high clarity aside from minute specks of sediment. Carbonation in this beer is almost nonexistent, but little relaxed bubbles inform me that it hasn't gone flat. Retention is average- the head settles quicker than expected for one of Stone's brews, but the surface cover is frothy and the lacing is thin and streaked. A decent appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Faint traces of verbena, a sprig of lemongrass, a mild grassy hop note and a sweet, clean pale malt base make for a straight forward aroma. Potency is very low, and warming does little to reveal the aroma better. This is surprisingly tepid for a DIPA on almost all accounts of malt and hop brilliance. What's here isn't offensive or out of balance, but it may leave a lot to be desired. 3.25

(Taste) Light tea-like pale malt body, lemongrass, mellow citrus and aggressive piney, mildly spicy hop bitterness with a lingering dry, resinous finish. The malt diversity and flavor is straight-up simple- just shy of absent, with the combined efforts of the hop bitterness and the lemongrass leading the flavor almost entirely. It goes for mild in flavor despite a strong bitter front, even though I would have suggested a slightly bolder malt profile to pair, the drinkability is high and the beer is simple, yet refreshing and bitter in that Stone-grade of expected bitterness intensity. It's not my favorite of the Stone Anniversary Ale series, but it's not too shabby for what it had going in. Probably not a winning recipe for many, but those who want a DIPA that drinks light yet packs a bitter punch (and alcohol boost), this may be your dead ringer. For the rest, you may find this a rather weak and unbalanced brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slickness is moderate, and carbonation is mildly airy. Balance is medium/sharp in regards to bitter over sweet. Body is light+ for the style and medium amongst all beer. A sneaky alcohol presence is medium/high, difficult to conceal behind the simplicity of the malts or lemongrass. It's especially well presented amongst the hop bitterness. The carbonation is decent in regards to exposing the simplicity of the recipe, but the malt body would be more enjoyable if it were a touch sweeter or more complex to better balance the beer out. 3.5

(Overall) I appreciated the simplicity of this beer, and the ingredients used to go with it, as few of them are used regularly in Double IPAs, let alone standard IPAs. The lemongrass led a subtle lemony character and paired with grassy and faint citrus hops, it starts light and drinkable, but ends in typical stone IPA fashion with an intense bitterness, seemingly magnified in intensity by the subtle qualities of the other ingredients. I didn't find the verbena all that well utilized in the flavor and also may have found the alcohol a bit unnecessarily high for this beer altogether. The malt base suggested a tea-like thinness and drinkability for the character- did it really need to be 10% with all the simplicity and drinkability enhanced? Not everybody is going to enjoy this DIPA, but only if you come up to the plate with the expectation that all DIPAs are bold, flavorful and exciting, only then may you be disappointed. Aside from the ABV, I'd sooner classify this a standard IPA. 3.5

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
3.45/5.00

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/7/12

Honey amber color with a few browned hues. Rather clear. Puffy, two finger head dissipates slowly. A thin, soapy layer is kept alive with the tilting of the glass. Thick rings of lace.

Lots of lemon aromatics going on: lemon pine-sol, lemon bars, lemon zest and lemongrass. The malts have a buttery pie crust and sugar cookie bent, so it's no surprise this smells like various lemon pastries and such. Mild, spicy overtones. I actually like it.

The taste fairly malt-heavy. Toasted dark bread and rye. Similarly, this has some pastry notions, too. The hops here are mainly piney with earthy overtones. Lemon doesn't come across as distinctly as in the aroma; instead, it's woven in among the malts and hops and seems like more of an afterthought.

I don't much care for the feel, at least in terms of the body. Double IPA or not, it's full, sluggish and heavy with alcohol and oils. Carbonation is low, but moves enough to keep the beer moving along. The finish has some toasted rye and piney hops.

Perhaps I should have had a go of this when it was fresher, but it just wasn't high on the list of priorities at the time. 16th amusing, but nothing outstanding. Still, it's decent enough.

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

Appearance: Amber-gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, lemon in the background.

Taste: Bitter citrus to start but not too harsh. Lemon note stays in the background throughout. As it warms up, more sweetness comes through, nice caramel flavor.

Overall: Had to give the Stone anniversary beer a try. I was a little surprised as it seemed more "balanced" than I expect from Stone. Still on the hoppy side, but not over-the-top. The lemon flavors stayed in the background but added a little interesting touch to the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Big lemon and grapefruit notes, slightly spicy, fresh cut grass, bright citrus. Some melon as it warms.

L: Hazy, reddish-orange, off-white head that dissipates slightly. Decent lacing.

T: Smooth malt character with a backbone of lemon sweetness. Medium lemony bitterness with a smooth, fairly clean maltiness. Background flavors of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Ok, your typical Stone beer. An intersting experiment, but pretty mediocre. Why they just don't concentrate on something like Ruination 10th anniversary is beyond me.

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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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