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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4770) - 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 (13828) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark amber body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head. Smell: Fruit-scented, pithy aroma enveloped by a sweet-smelling caramel maltiness. Very minimal waft of alcohol. Taste: Toasted caramel with a full, hearty sweetness. Earthy, fruity hop flavors of concentrated citrus and diminished pine resin that, though itís now two years old, still provides a solid jab of bitterness that holds until the hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is, Iíll admit, a bit chewy. Drinkability: Still delicious! Ah, my zest for life has finally returned. Stone 10th was good then and itís good now. Some beers arrive a mess and need years upon years to morph into something decent. Some beers are fantastic fresh but die quick, painful deaths. So, itís good to see some can stand the test of time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap at Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is very floral and hoppy with notes of sweet malt, grass, and wheat. Flavor is also very floral and hoppy with some slightly sweet, malty notes as well. Good balance between malt and hops. Generally medium to full body with a hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
On tap at OTH. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, and a hint of pine. Taste is the same as aroma with the caramel really coming through. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very smooth alcohol. This beer has aged very nicely. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On Tap @ OTH Stone Release Party- It pours a copper/ orange color with a slight white head. Aroma is floral hops with a gentle piney-citrus tang. The flavor is smooth flowers, and citric pieces with pine sap. Amazing sweetness with the age it is carrying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
From the bottle. Pours copper with a white head. Wish I had this when it was a little more fresh...still good aged though. Citrus hop aroma. Good flavor, with age the malt overpowers the hops. Good flavor though, and I love the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6761) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
On tap @ OTH, FL Stone kick off party. Pours orange, with white/beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste, sugary, fruity, lightly hoppy with some caramel malts. After taste remains quite hoppy. A good IPA but I saw nothing that would set it apart from all the other CA IPA’s.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Pours a hazy copper with a dense tan head that lingers for q while leaving some delicate lacing. Honestly, it looks a lot like an American barleywine... ...and it smells a lot like a barleywine as well. There is an initial citrus hop aroma, but definitely subdued. The smell is dominated by the caramel malts with butterscotch and brown sugar as well. The taste is much like the smell. I never had it fresh, but I imagine there was a huge hop kick in this at some point. Now it’s almost all malts with a touch of citrus up front and some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of sugary sweetness and some dark fruits as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, but it is very smooth and sticks to the mouth throughout. This beer has aged very well in my opinion though it’s certainly more of a barleywine than an IIPA at this point. Regardless of category, this is a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of citrus, some sweet malt. Tastes citrussy and bitter with a nice hint of dry malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied and enjoyable.


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