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Stone Anniversary shelf life

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Avangion, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Avangion

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    So, I saw a bunch of Stone 16th Anniversary Ale (August 2012) on the shelf today, but I hesitated to buy, because it says drink fresh. It's a double IPA, so I'm worried it'll already be stale. Are these generally brewed to keep? It's 10% ABV. What do people think?
     
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    Some of the hop notes you would get from a fresh batch might dissipate but really there's only one way to find out. I'd got for it, at least one or two bottles.
     
  3. 30-06pack

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    Won't be stale, but probably missing some of the original hop presence. 1 bottle to see if you like it would be your best bet. I enjoyed it, but in small doses due to the big lemon character of the beer. Enjoy!
     
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    I'm not sure if you've had it before, and this is merely an opinion, but the 16th Anniversary was awful even when fresh. If I were you, I'd skip it altogether and get a fresh Ruination or SSR.
     
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    I had a bottle in November and didn't think it was all that bad, but the lemon is pretty damn strong in it for sure. It's a lingering aftertaste that was a little strange at first, but I didn't find it all that bad just took a little while to get used to. I thought it was a decent interpretation from Stone.
     
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    Certainly wasn't amazing fresh and like jhartley said, I also thought way too much lemon with a not-so-favorable aftertaste that took some getting used to. But hey, the bottle at my local shop was under $6 so any DIPA from reputable brewer is definitely worth taking that little risk over...IMO.
     
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    Cheers to that. A terrible offering from Stone. Drain pour
     
  8. jhartley

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    I think I paid $8.99 at Knightly Spirits in Florida which I didn't think was that bad of a price.
    Again, I didn't think it was bad, per se, just different.
    If it's a good price go for it, it couldn't hurt.
     
  9. SeaOfShells

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    Now the 15th, on the other hand, is something that should still be drinking nicely. If you find that (and you probably could) you should snatch it up.
     
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    16 Ann is terrible fresh or aged for years.. Get 15 if avail..
     
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