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16th Anniversary IPA - Lemon Verbena & Cascade Hop Cask | Stone Brewing

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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:
This beer is cask only.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second bottle of 16th Anniversary from Stone and really love this beer. A quick look at BA and... it seems I'm in the minority. So be it.

Sunset orange ale in the glass with yellow highlights around the edge. Creamy fluff for a head that lingers for a long time. Assertive nose of grapefruit, clear lemon, full spice and toasted malt. Taste is sharply acidic and full bodied. Rye from the description shows up as a lingering spice on the tongue. This IPA fills the mouth with malt and spice that doesn't disappear. Along with the nose, it's a full experience. According to Stone, lemon verdena is in this beer, a lemon scented herb (I didn't know).

I have a weakness for lemongrass and lemon beers, so this one is no different. I enjoy it a lot. My buddy Al likes it better than some of the BA reviews as well, so I'll stand with Al.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, not overly exciting style... but its well done.. the color is deep golden straw with nice head retention. Aromas on the beer are amzing... tons of ctirus and pronouced lemonas expected and should be... loved the flavor... im a sucker for citrus dominated flavor ipas and this was a nice treat. Nice little experimentation. I would drink this agin for sure. Nice medium bodied ipa. Well done stone

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Attic last year. Notes are fresher than my memory.

This brew is a deep, clear amber-orange in color. It grows a strong head off the tap that rests a finger and a half tall. It sits like a craggy pillow and drops to a finger at a moderate pace, leaving behind thin but steady patchy lacing beneath a fairly thick ring.
I remember loving what they did with this, a unique beer that wasn't nearly so muddled as the other 16th anny version I had. The nose doeesn't quite pour out with the hoppy base, but it's the first on the tongue, making itself known as the carrier for the additional flavors rather than the other way around. Big pine and grapefruit notes balance lemon and a sharp but bright and crisp acidity. The verbana seems to add a bit of perfume that doesn't come in too hard. The herbal element is so much leafy as almost lightly spicy. The balance is excellent as well, with some caramel balancing the hard bitterness and the breads smoothing the flavor out a bit while the hops still come hard. Overall the exceptional juiciness that's so unique makes this a pleasure to drink.
This beer flows nicely, not creamy with the juicier aspect but certainly smooth, with lots of crispness to boot in a firm medium body.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed orange color with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of lemon and herbal notes along with bready malts.

The taste brought out the lemon and piney hops plus a nice malty bite for balance. A moderately bitter bite to the finish. The 10% abv was surprisingly well-hidden.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Very nice. A quality IPA from the folks at Stone.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug. At 10% ABV, this surely qualifies as a DIPA rather than a regular ol' IPA, no?

Appearance: rich orange hue with a light haze and a very light effervescence. head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Looks like quite a decent IPA!

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a bit of a toasty character. Hops are very citrus-oriented and there is a hint of lemony goodness there. At first I didn't love it, but it has kind of grown on me; it's subtle without being underpowered.

Taste: citrusy, piney and resiny hops sit atop a pretty strong and sticky malt backbone. Bitterness is pretty high, but not destructively so. A decent citrusy IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation; it's quite creamy for the style. I like it.

Overall: a good-drinkin' citrusy IPA. I think the lemony qualities might be hiding some of the alcohol content, because this is much more quaffable than its killer ABV would indicate.

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16th Anniversary IPA - Lemon Verbena & Cascade Hop Cask from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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