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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange amber with a bubbly/creamy off white lacing head that sustained. Aroma...wow love that hop aroma. Various citrus, mostly orange, fruity, floral, some light pine and caramel malt. Simcoe in the dry hop is the way to go. Flavor does a great job at matching the aroma. That orange, pine mix with the great malt balance that came across as a sweet caramel with some grains and a touch of nuts. Light ABV presence that became more noticeable as it warmed. Beers like this is why IIPA is my favorite style. Drink this one young as the hop aroma is great and not something you want to let "settle out".

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is all about the hops, and a great many many varieties, ranging from fruity, grapefruit, pine, citrus, herbal, floral and spicy, to tropical fruit, pepper. Man, I gotta get some of these Summit hops to brew with!!! The body is round, lush, and full of the malt base that is reminicent of Ruination, but a bit more balanced and nutty. Finishes with wonderful taste bud tweaking bitterness, and very well-hidden alcohol that leads you to cosume yet another sip, and another.. This cannot be 10%abv! With each sip, there is something different to experience.. Glad I loaded up on 4 bottles, and just may go pick up more before the day is out!! Quite a treat from Stone!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Another great beer from the guys at stone. A hell of a beer to celebrate their 10th ann. This beer is very drinkable at 10% alc. and the flavors are great. My sinuses were a little screwed up so I couldnt really get the most out of the aroma, but none the less it was good. The taste were great fruit flavors coming from the summit, simcoe, with nice bitterness from the chinook. The malt added a nice sweetness to the beer. Overall a very good beer and I was glad I got the chance to try it, Thanks Black95tt!!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2006
[Bottle - Johns Market] A great pouring and awesome colored brew. The hops from the beer are awesome. Loved the flavor. A great hint of spices and the hops go on forever. One of the best IPAs ever. Great job Stone Brewing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
A well done DIPA. Not too heavy on the malt body, so it is very distinguishable from a barley wine. They use a very fruity tasting hop (as opposed to pure bitter) which makes this beer more interesting in my opinion. They might be using sugar as an adjunct, to lighten the body because this was not too heavy. Just a really good, really strong, really bitter, really fruity, DIPA. Good job, because I donít usually like this style too much.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Clear appearance gives the impression of a stripped down version of a double ipa. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The taste alternates between sharp and spicy and sweet, round, full fruit. There is a wonderfully broad range of flavors in this ipa that truly highlights a thougtful combination of malt and hops. I have had a lot of double ipas as it is one of my favorite styles, but Stone consistently adds a transcendent dimension that makes me pray for the day they distribute in Minnesota.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN at odeeds party. this one was really good, and iím not a big IPA peep. very hoppy, citrisy, very smooth, with a caramel color

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a pretty big white head that actually didnt stay around that long. I got a piney aroma and also some pineapple. I also was getting some sweetness in the aroma probably some of the caramel malt and also a little alcohol. The flavor was very sweet, bitter, hoppy, and burning. It was everything I love in a beer. This was excellent. If this was just a little more drinkable it would be perfect.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 I found this at Pletcher’s in State College, PA, and they said it arrived on three days before, though they didn’t have it on the shelves yet. Yes I’ve been spektical about this beer, ever since the first ratings were posted and it jumped quickly thereafter into the top 50. That’s how it goes with special releases which are high gravity, and usually you can count on them disappointing. Combine this with the fact that my fondness for Stone IPA has dropped significantly in the last year or two, and how I never really enjoyed Ruination. However, the Stone 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversary IPAs were all very nice. Stone 10th isnít close, that’s my initial impression. The color is a medium dark amber, and the tan colored head sits on top as a thin film. The nose on this thing is ok, but lacking complexity, lacks juice, and there’s still an issue with the yeast, which I don’t particularily like. It’s a bit too muddy and doughy for my tastes, when it should be more transparent. The honey, cedar and pineapple hop scents are decent, though. The bitterness is subdued, and the palate is almost frothy and creamy. I prefer crispness personally, but creamy is OK some times, as is seen in the first batch of Avery Maharaja (though that’s where the similarities end). Caramel and maple flavored malts are present, but only show up on the tip on the tongue, at the first sip really. After that there’s a chewy pine and cedar hop flavor, with some toffee and dough flavors over the middle, finishing more fruity and lightly sweet. Does this blow me away? No.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Bottle. Copper color with a big cream colored head. Big orange/grapefruit aroma with some summer/tropical fruits. Big fruity (peach/mango/red grapefruit/pineapple) flavor with backing caramel malt. Slight alcohol warming. Lingering resiny, fruity bitterness. Itís great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.


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