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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Mahogany with a foamy head that dissapates quickly. Some spots of lace adorn the glass. The nose is overpowering. Hops abound in this one! There is a great aroma of grapefruit citrus and pine. It’s almost like mango, really. There is a strong sweetness in the background. The flavor assaults you with hops. I just can’t get away from these brews this weekend! With all the IPA/DIPAs from last night coupled with this, I am sure that I simply sweat hops. Mango again, maybe another tropical fruit. Honey is in there with the caramel malts. Reminds me of honey and oatmeal kind of. Thick, sticky, and chewy. Leaves a nice bitter, fuzzy feeling in the mouth. This is a nice beer. I wholly agree with papajohn. Greg, you must brew this again!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Hazy copper-amber color with a moderate, but fading, light tan head. Aroma is pineapple and tropical fruit with a hint of evergreen. Flavor starts tropical fruit malty sweet balanced by a light hop bitterness and finishing with a long dry grapefruit juice taste. Body is full and rich. Creamy texture with soft carbonation. 10% ABV well hidden, but sneeks up on you. GREG, YOU CAN’T JUST BREW THIS ONE ONCE. It deserves seasonal status (right up there with YuleSmith). Congratulations on 10 very sucessful years!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
What a beer! Deep amber/orange color with a smallish off-white head. Sweeter than one would expect from an IIPA but not sugary sweet. Aroma is amzaing - tropical fruits and citrus that balance the sweetness on the tongue. In a word; superb.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
22 oz: Not your typical IPA or I think what you would expect from stone, but its damn good. The aroma is like nothing that I have ever inhaled: tropical fruits, espicially pinnaple. The nose is also resiny, earthy, and herbal. The beer pours a dark amber with tones of ruby with a great head that form as the beer billows to the top. The flavor is a lot sweeter than I expected. I expected to be punched in the face but bitterness, but there is balance and even sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden, I think that it goes back into the sweetness and fruityness of the simcoe hops. Beer has great finish as it bitters out more in the end. Sweet in the front of the mouth and bitter in the back. the palate is full and sticky. there must be a lot of hops thrown into this brew. You know you have to try one. cheers! its awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009
Tasted from 22 fl oz bottle at River’s Bend on 8/25/2006. Thanks Matt! -- Clear copper color with a nice yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of sweet citrus and hops. Flavor is pretty well balanced and not overly bitter, but the hop flavor is definitely there. Nice bitterness in the finish. This beer is smooth, but a bit thick on the palate, bordering on being to syrupy. This is a really good IPA that is definitely worth trying. Rating: 8/4/8/3/18 = 4.1
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Enjoyed at the "IPA/Porter Brewout" on 2/10/2007. -- The brewout was more of a party, but we did manage to brew 3 batches of beer as well. In between brewing steps and other bottles of homebrew and commercial beer, somebody popped open a 3L bottle of Stone 10th to share! This beer was just as good, if not better, than it was when I first had it in August 2006. Malty and sweet, lots of citrus juiciness and flavor, aggressive yet reserved bitterness. Thick, full, and smooth on the palate. This beer is aging quite nicely. I look forward to drinking the bottle I have tucked away in the basement for sometime in the future... Updated rating: 8/4/8/4/18 = 4.2
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2006 Vintage

8/29/2009: Stone 10th Anniversary India Pale Ale... Aroma: Very RIPE pineapple, rich toffee malt. Appearance: Cloudy amber-orange color; rapid currents of small carbonation bubbles; dense and lasting ivory-colored head; plenty of nice lacing. Flavor: Tons of malt and aged hops; extremely ripe orange and red grapefruit, a hint of resin; tons of dried, chewy apricot in the middle and finish; moderate bitterness overall. Palate: Full-bodied; thick, smooth, and creamy; goes down extremely easy! Overall: This beer has aged quite well for the style. It is more like a barleywine now and an excellent one at that. It is quite hoppy with a stong level of bitterness, but it is also heavy on the maltiness and accompanying sweetness making it perhaps the best of both barleywine worlds! However, I’m not sure how much longer this beer is really going to stay good. It would probably be best to start drinking it up soon as it is starting to slip a bit (as expected).

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle ( 10% ALC/VOL). Rating: 7/3/8/5/17=4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
WOW! pours a nice dark amber color. white head that lasts forever. Has a cvery crisp flavor. It sure doesn’t seem like a 10% abv beer, this one will sneak up on you. has a woderful flavor, very well balanced and has a clean aftertaste with a bit of bitterness. one of my friends who is far from a micro brew taster thoguht it was wonderful when he tasted it. i love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours with a frothy, fairly good lasting, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that is a mix of finally beaded bubbles and ones that are a bit bigger. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, darkish amber color that shows a lightly, ruby hued, amber color when held up to the light. Initially the aroma is a massive hit of candied fruit. Notes of mandarin orange oranges in syrup (straight from the can) mix with notes of lychee, juicy fruit and sweet tangerine. A touch of menthol like pine barely is able to peek through all of the massive hop fruitiness. This beer is really sweet smelling, though it is mostly hop derived, but I am sure the malt character contributes to the sweetness. All in all this is a very smooth, yet massively hoppy aromatic brew.

Quite sweet up front, this is quite thick on the palate as well, or at least thick for an IPA or even Double IPA. The massive fruitiness of the aroma is definitely in the flavor as well. Perhaps it is not as sweet as the aroma seems, but it is still fairly sweetly fruity seeming. Candied fruit is still an apt deScriptor; notes of lychee soaked in syrup are quite prominent, as well as notes of mandarin orange, and candied grapefruit peels. Starting somewhere in the middle is a light pine note that carries through to the finish, though it is mostly drowned out by the amped up fruit notes. This has a nice light lingering bitterness. I only say light because of the massive malt induced body and hop / malt induced sweetness, which tends to mitigate the otherwise ample bitterness.

This is a hop combination which is quite enjoyable, it really reminds me a whole lot of the Brewers Den Uwe’s hop glow Triple IPA. I think that edges this one out though, and since I encountered that first, this does not quite seem as original. It is still quite tasty and I really like how smooth, yet incredibly hoppy this beer is. I must say that this is quite tasty though, and is definitely a huge step up from the 9th Anniversary ale.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
From what i remember the release date of this beer was August 21st but was in a store in the southbay as of August 24th. So thats not to bad compared to other beers being released on time. Huge hoppy and floral aroma that is very appetizing and making me salivate. This beer is a monster or should i say a little evil gargoyle. Talk about a strong punch to the tastebuds of bitterness,sweetness, and with a tad bit of the salty part on the tongue being activated too. This DIIPA is on overload with the amount of hop and a classic signature of grapefruit juice with pulp. Truly a beauty to look upon with its copperish brass color and perfect and flush topping of foam. Amazing 10th anniversary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours a transparent deep amber with a somewhat light tan head. Big aroma of pineapple, sweet malt,bread, pine, citrus and alchohol...I really like the strong aroma...it’s fresh yet thick. The flavor has a good bit of grapefruit in the front, sweet malt and tropical fruit in the middle ending with some burning alchohol and sorta metalic pine. Nice body, a bit chewy with some smooth carbonation...the hot alchohol at the end makes for a kinda sloppy finish. Pretty good stuff overall with a few minor character flaws, I imagine in a few years this will be one super-sweet IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
The aroma is pleasent and complex with resin, pine, grapefruit, and malt. The pour is a deep amber with an off white head. Flavor is a combination of grapefruit, resin, pine, fruit, and toasted malt. Finishes with a nice sharp bitterness.

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