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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjulian24 (18) - USA - SEP 5, 2006
Very nice beer with a wonderful hop aroma. Yeast and alcohol aroma are also present and add nice balance and character. There is a slight malt finish in the back, but for a 10% beer it is actually surprisingly dry - which is just right for this big of a double IPA. The bitterness is robust early, but then subsides quickly and lacks a lot of back of the mouth bitterness. The flavor is a bit hot - perhaps a hot ferment. I also get a slight medicinal flavor to it. Overall a very good beer, though the hot flavor in the after taste is a little overpowering. May need some time to age and mellow.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
An awesomely big beer. Pours cloudy amber with a meringue-type head. Nearly overpowering hoppy nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, almost like fresh-cut wood. Huge hop taste with a subtle alcohol burn. The malt smooths it out in the end, but retains the nice hop bite. Can’t wait to try this after a year or so.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Much thanks to egajdzis for opening up the latest Stone creation. Those of us who know Eric, know that he’s one of the biggest Stone fans out there and always grabs the latest offerings. Split the bomber, while I continued to be cleaned out playing roulette... Appears an opaque amber with a foamy, bubly off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass. Smell is of huge biscuits, caramel, grassy, herbal notes, rich, piney hops with citrus. There is a little bit of Ruination being evoked in this beer with it’s intense aromas. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet and bitter notes all over the place. Sweet, woody, bready, sourdough-esque. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bready, sweet, sugary, and bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a thin dirty white diminishing head. Thick wavy fields of carb rising. Huge fruity citrus nose, mixed with lots of sweet caramel. Thick, sticky-sweet body, bordering on barleywine levels of substance. Incredible spicy herbal hops in the mid-palate and in the finish. Awesome hop variety, but overall, a little too sweet and sticky yet. Gets a little earthier as it warms. It’s an "after dinner IIPA," and if there’s a pleasurable point at the exact opposite of "refreshing," this beer occupies it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Lots of big fruit up front. Mostly grapefruit, but some pineapple and a little mango as well. Pine and resin also, but not ’in your face’. A very smooth and inviting hop aroma. Malt comes to play too. Nice caramel and bread notes with a touch of yeastiness. Really nice aroma. Appearance: Alluring copper color with just the slightest haze. Light khaki head was full and creamy with good retention. Head dissipated into a nice film over the surface. Good lacing. Flavor: Pine and resin hop flavor is the first flavors I get, but is followed immediately by a syrupy, caramely malt sweetness. Sweetness lingers for a moment before the grapefruit punches through. Grapefruit is very well done and packs a nice punch. Finishes with a light bitterness with some of the grapefruit tagging along. Bitterness lingers for a bit, but is never unpleasant. A bit of hay in the aftertaste. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol burn. Overall: Stone is kind of hit-or-miss to me. This is definatly a hit. Big malt. Big hops. Big flavor. And it all works well together. Have to pick some more up before they’re gone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Poured an amber color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, toffee and caramel malts, and light alcohol as well. Taste of tropical fruits, pine, caramel malts, tobacco, some resin, citrus fruits, and light alcohol as well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
WOW this is great! I have never liked any IPA; I think I’ve been waiting for this one. It smells lovely and tastes smooth. Copper caramel color, and reminds me of a Belgian beer. Citrus taste & very friendly hops! Great cold, refreshing!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Bottle from Rivers Bend in Mainesville, OH. Thanks Matt. Pours copper orange with a frothy off white head. Aroma of pine, carmelized sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor of caramel, with some syrupy like sweetness, balanced by some grassy hop bitterness. Bitter finish is peppery and really bites, then the alcohol comes in and zaps the back edges of the mouth with some hotness. This is more like a strong ale or barleywine IMO. Like the Old Guardian 2006 release, this is a little young, and needs more time in the cellar. These flavors need to blend. I have a good feeling this is going to be much improved once I let my 4 bottles sit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Pours a nice dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is tons of grapefruit from that awesome Simcoe dry hop. Taste is thick, malty, chewy, and citrus hoppy. Loved it. Extremely, and incredibly easy to drink for a 10% beer. I can’t wait to have another one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2006
Nice amber pour with a long lasting 1inch or so head, pine hit my tongue first, then lots of fruitiness, citrus, followed by maltiness. Not overly sweet, plenty of hops, great brew!


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