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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle from my cellar. Pours a murky amber. Big pineapple citrus hops and caramel malt. Flavor is still dominated by citrusy hops pineapple, grapefruit and some nice sweetness. Several more years nd this might be a nice BW.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Hi-Time. Never got the chance to try this one fresh but one that I wished I did so an aged bottle was my last opportunity. Pours a reddish-copper color with a relatively thick off-white head that fades. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some toffee and some hops showing in the way of pine and resin. Lots of caramel malty and citrusy flavors, orange peel, maybe even some mango with some hops that are very resiny, a little oily, some grapefruit as well. Obviously the hops have faded but they were still sharper than I expected from a 2 1/2 year old bottle. This is no doubt totally different than it was fresh, drinking more like an American Barleywine now, but still very good and aged pretty well. I wish I could comment on how it was fresh.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Thanks Craig. Seriously. Canít believe Iím drinking another one of these. This beer single handedly changed my perspective on beer. Clear amber, sticky head, lots of lacing. Malt is more caramel forward, hops are earthy. Yup. Maybe itís the romantic nostalgia, but THIS BEER has a special place in my liver. It showed me that hoppy and bitter can be tasty and complex. It opened up IPAs to me, and for that matter, every other style that was previously intimidating or offensive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Appearance- Nice light orange-red color; frothy white head that was mostly lasting, beautiful, intricate lacing that lingers throughout Smell- Very pleasant hoppy and sweet aroma, strong citrus tones Taste- First taste characterized by citrus consistent with aroma, heavy grapefruit emphasis, well balanced hoppiness nicely balanced by light malts Mouthfeel- Medium body, syrupy/oily texture, soft carbonation Drinkability- Very drinkable double-hopped IPA. The smooth citrus profile plays well with the extra hoppiness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. Iím a big fan of this one. First off, this is much more like a barley wine at this point than an IPA. I think itís better now than it was fresh. Pours a sparkling reddish copper with a tan head. Great lacing and retention. Aroma is fantastically caramely and a bit buttery with a slight hop twang. The flavor has tons of caramel thatís perfectly balanced by citrus and pine hoppiness. Not particularly complex, but incredibly smooth and balanced. Finishes with a nice bitter bite. Chewy with low carbonation. One of my favorites and Iíll be sad to see it go.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle many thanks to ang at chris oís teabag for 2009 tasting. Alround rating: The aroma is really malty caramalt, but becomes fresher and hoppier as it wakes up. Taste is similar, but you can still taste the citrusy lychee goodness. Tasty stuff, would have been mindblowing when it was fresh i dont doubt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís pre NYE tasting. Hazy amber with a faint off white topping. Just about hanging onto the hops but age is certainly catching up. Aromatic and sharp notes make me wonder how this would have been fresh. Loads of caramel and some good bitterness in the finish with some late floral hits. Old, but still very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Growler (Sampled 01/19/08) . Pours a slightly murky two tone amber orange with some lively bubbles. Aromas of pineapple, floral hops that tickle the nose, and a faint hint of some sweet caramel. Wonderful nose! Nice sweet tropical fruit flavors with a hoppy overtone. Very light pine tones. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste but you can feel it. Mouth is super smooth with a light but full dry and bitter finish. Excellent DIPA! I think this would of been better fresh but it is still wonderful!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Deep amber coloured body with a perfect sized tan head. Aroma of super strong Pacific NorthWest hops, bunches of malt and a ton of caramel. Full-bodied; Very strong and pungent hop flavour with good malt notes afterwards. Very good flavour and body - nice across the board! Aftertaste very bittered from the hops - a good experience! Overall, a damn good IPA - full bodied and fully hopped of course! Finally, a Stone beer that I actually like!!! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon on 28-October-2006.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle at Chris o New Year tasting 08/09. I think Phil l brought this, so thanks. Hazy cloudy amber colour, thin lasting beige head. Piney hop aroma. Thatís a bit surprising. Perfumey. Not my favourite of the Stone beers. Very hoppy finish. I can see that itís good, but it just didnít do it for me.


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