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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3456) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. This one should be interesting. Pours hazy copper color with thin tan head. Dusty caramel aroma with some alcohol and toffee. The aromatic hops are long gone in this one. Very sweet caramel and maolasses flavor with some iced tea and a little alcohol. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty much a mild barley wine at this point. Interesting to see what happens to a DIPA after a few years. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bomber thanks to Kan, made in 2006 I guess. Drank in 2010. Pours a bright and opaque red color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is rich caramel, sweet and fruity hops. The flavor is very good, certainly changed in four years but still good; rich caramel and malts dominate, sweet hops, fruity, dusty. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2006. Clear amber color with a beige head. Big floral, pine, citrus hop aromas with caramel. medium bodied. Very nice citrus, pine sap, floral hop flavors riding a toasted caramel, toffee sweet base brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Big-ass bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Pours hazy, muddy amber in color with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma has faded piney and citrusy hops as well as a great sweet malt profile with lots of caramel. Flavor is sweet but not inappropriately so. Just a touch of hop bitterness adds complexity, with grapefruit and pine, to the caramel and toffee malt base. Very nice palate - medium-full bodied with some faded hop resins and an otherwise slick mouthfeel. Overall, wow, this is interesting. What I assume was a killer IPA has morphed into a very solid barleywine. Still a pleasure to drink almost 4 years later. Good job, Greg and co.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #4 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Mild Lacy head. Clear pretty bright amber color. Malty crisp rich hop front. Tangy creamy sweet caramel malty body. Smooth tangy malty mellow hop spice end. Tasty complex bordering Barlywine IPA. Sampled 8/10/2007. 10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #9 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Sampled In Norway 10/23. Mild lacy head. Clear rich bright golden color. Huge hoppy floral front. Rich sweet caramel body. Hot EtOH hop spice end. Barleywine sweetness detracts from big hops. Sampled 12/22/2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2827) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. I consumed numerous bottles of this beer in September 2006 during a long, sunny, lazy vacation in the San Diego area. A copper coloured pour with a smallish head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Tastes really complex, hoppy, fruity, piney, bitter. A really big beer from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Getbetter (1029) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
I would like to appreciate Joetheyounger and mspindler for the pint that i got from them to rate. golden, Medium head,Strong Aroma 10% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing. S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma. T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish. M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side. D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, there’s only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh.

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