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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fresh citrus (orange, pink grapefruit, lemon). Flavor of bready malt, caramel, and hops. Fairly average compared to other IIPAs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 (9/27/06, 22oz bottle) Crystal clear deep amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, herbal, caramel, peach, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, peach syrup, light alcohol, cane sugar. Alcohol is held well by the resiny, sticky full body.

(3/5/08, 22oz bottle) For some reason I saved a bottle, then of course forgot about it. Tonight when I opened it, it was a gusher and a boozy mess. Iím not going to knock my score down, because this isnít something that makes much sense to age. All the same, itís about a 2.4 now, a waste of money to have saved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11002) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
on tap -pours a light tan head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel apple, hint of spice. Taste is medium malt-caramel, apple (25% crystal malt? Or less with the one year of aging), secondary spicy hops. Smooth, mellow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 09/02/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

amber with a slight haze, whispy white head, sweet pine aroma, lots of sticky pine flavor, nice balancing lasting bitterness
-------- /> Date: 10/21/2006
Mode: bottle
Score: iii to ii+

clear red, pours with a nice cream head that quietly settles down, traces of drippy lace, picking up sweet citrus along with the pine aroma, upon warming it pick up lots of hot alcohol, best cold
-------- /> Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Words: double dry hopped version from the Stone Bistro

thick creamy head and tons of lace, the hop flavor is very smooth and balanced from beginning to end,
-------- /> Date: 09/08/2007
Mode: bottle
Words: cellar party

no alcohol showing up, otherwise has not changed after a year of cold storage,
-------- /> Date: 02/10/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.3 to 3.5

picking up some really nice fruityness in the aroma and flavor, still sweet crystal and lots of hops, cold storage works,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
Cloudy orange with a yellowish, off-white head. Grapefruit, peach, apricot and syrup in the aroma. Alcohol is very obvious in the very sweet flavour, much hop flavour and of course, bitterness too. When it comes to sweet peachy IIPAs, I prefer the Maharaja

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle @ tasting at my place.
[thank you, boutip!]
Pours a hazy amber with a medium frothy white head. Aroma is a soapy hops, and lots of flowers, caramel and general freshness. Nice, creaminess to the mouthfeel. Flavour is hoppy with little caramel background but not too much at all. Peach, flowers and hops hops hops. Nice!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10344) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Floral, pine and citrus in the aroma. Orangy amber color. Very little head, but lots of tiny bubbles. Seems to start with grapefruit, then some malty sweetness, then on to pineness. That evergreen aroma may be a little more cedar than pine. Certainly smells well. The high alcohol tends to dominate the finish. Really excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. Tasting @ thewolf. Pours a deep orange bit hazy colour with an off-white slightly yellowish medium well lasting head. Fruity, sweet, bitter, hoppy alcohol aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity peach flavour with bitter hops and pine. Very long lasting dry fruity finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy caramel malt and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy smooth balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing. S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma. T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish. M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side. D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, thereís only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh.


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