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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Herbal, light piney and citric aroma. Flavour of citrus, pine, alcohol, fruits and caramel. Quite balancced. MEdium to full bodied. *Very dry and acidic. Light soapy end filled with caramel, sweetness, alcohol, and loads of bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bomber pourede a clesr coppeer with a lasting amber head. Aromas of earthiness, carmel, pine, grassiness and some herbal notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, pepper, sweet malt, hint of pine and light orange with a warming lingering bitter finish. Alcohol was very obvious. Much, much better than Ruination.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased and consumed at Gunnison Brewery. Pours sparkling amber with a small, rocky, off-white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, toasted grain), heavy hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day via trade with pineypower. Pours a hazy orange appearance with no head. Very malty, caramel, oxidized, cardboard, herbal aroma. Flavor is again quite malty- the hops are completely gone at this point- and has some notes of citrus and toffee. This one is long gone but it was still interesting to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, amber ale with orange highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Tropical fruit, piney nose with lots of biting alcohol. Well-balanced flavor with sticky pineapple, citrus fruit and caramel… alcohol, citric acid and hop bitterness provide balance. Full-bodied and creamy/sticky with soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, tongue-tingling finish. World class brew! Thanks to growler for the bottle!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8760) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a deep orange / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peel, spicy hopiness, pine, tropical fruitiness, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, spicy, melons, caramel, and has a light sugary sweetness. Some alcohol in the finish. Nicely bitter with a lighter sweet balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
Wafting aroma greets me, a barleywine aroma in there. A great bubblyhead, lace in the glass is abundant. Its c-hoppy and it remiods me of a barleywine, some cross-style. Aggressive carbonation, and big in every way. Full mouthfeel and balanced not as bitter as expected from hop city.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
22 oz bottle Deep amber coloured beer with a thin white head. Lovely hop aromas of grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of peppery alcohol as well. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel. Peachy/orangey aroma as well with a bit of cologne and spice as well. The flavour is quite boozy but there is a lovely spicy/orangey character that I find myself quite liking. It’s a very good brew, a bit too alcoholic IMHO and while all of the components are nice enough it doesn’t really distinguish itself all that much either. Bitterness is surprisingly

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Gathering. Pours an amber color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops and something a bit cheesy. Taste is toffee and citrus hops. Very high bitterness level. Full bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 I found this at Pletcher’s in State College, PA, and they said it arrived on three days before, though they didn’t have it on the shelves yet. Yes I’ve been spektical about this beer, ever since the first ratings were posted and it jumped quickly thereafter into the top 50. That’s how it goes with special releases which are high gravity, and usually you can count on them disappointing. Combine this with the fact that my fondness for Stone IPA has dropped significantly in the last year or two, and how I never really enjoyed Ruination. However, the Stone 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversary IPAs were all very nice. Stone 10th isn’t close, that’s my initial impression. The color is a medium dark amber, and the tan colored head sits on top as a thin film. The nose on this thing is ok, but lacking complexity, lacks juice, and there’s still an issue with the yeast, which I don’t particularily like. It’s a bit too muddy and doughy for my tastes, when it should be more transparent. The honey, cedar and pineapple hop scents are decent, though. The bitterness is subdued, and the palate is almost frothy and creamy. I prefer crispness personally, but creamy is OK some times, as is seen in the first batch of Avery Maharaja (though that’s where the similarities end). Caramel and maple flavored malts are present, but only show up on the tip on the tongue, at the first sip really. After that there’s a chewy pine and cedar hop flavor, with some toffee and dough flavors over the middle, finishing more fruity and lightly sweet. Does this blow me away? No.


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