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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

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RATINGS: 583   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 In a word, perfection: Dark amber, copper color. Smells great. This is NOT your typical Stone brew. In fact, this is actually a rare breed for a San Diego brew. Maltier & very hoppy, but a more mellow hop flavor. The mouthfeel and taste remind me of a hopped up 90 minute IPA. Somewhat akin to Southern Tier UnEarthly. First sip is sweet and thick, but somehow, the beer quickly mellows and thins on the tounge, and ends with a wallop from what I assume is simcoe hop. I think this is a beer that is going to be loved by the masses. It’s hoppy enough to make us West coast people happy, yet it’s balanced and not overbearing. A true winner.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Gold dark appearance – nose hop, hard citrus, malt, brown sugar and mint- nice hops bitter, sweet, prunes, grapefruit, malt, baking chocolate, alcohol – medium/thick body- bitter/sweet lingering aftertastes – unexpected taste for a imperial ipa thick and heavy like a strong ale

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
This Imperial IPA pours a deep copper color form a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is piney hops, mango and pineapple, somewhat sweet with some herbal and peppery notes. A Full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of fruit flavors, pineapple and caramel. Hops are piney, grapefruity, herbal and peppery. Ah.. Summit hops. It tastes more like a barley wine at the start and then the hops kick in and it could not be anything but an Imperial IPA. Nicely balanced. Good carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol hotness, but its not that bad. This one will only get better with cellaring. Awesome. Once again a very cool etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.


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