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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Bottle. Copper color with a big cream colored head. Big orange/grapefruit aroma with some summer/tropical fruits. Big fruity (peach/mango/red grapefruit/pineapple) flavor with backing caramel malt. Slight alcohol warming. Lingering resiny, fruity bitterness. Itís great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (7045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7028) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
[2093-20090412] Bottle. Fruity boozy hops aroma with a rich toastiness. Murky, dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Heavily toasted boozy sweet malt flavour. Full body is heavy on the booze. Could be fresher but good as is.
Overheard: "To me it tastes like an old sneaker.
(w/ jerc, others)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (7001) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
This golden/copper ale poured with a foamy off-white head, eliciting a strong citrus and hop aroma. The complex flavor includes characteristics of pine, grapefruit and roasted malt. These flavors are very pleasant but are, unfortunately, overwhelmed by hop bitterness and alcohol. Hopheads will probably enjoy this beer, but it was just too bitter for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6625) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bomber thanks to Kan, made in 2006 I guess. Drank in 2010. Pours a bright and opaque red color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is rich caramel, sweet and fruity hops. The flavor is very good, certainly changed in four years but still good; rich caramel and malts dominate, sweet hops, fruity, dusty. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6545) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
22oz Bomber @ Coles, Buffalo NY. Huge hop aroma with pine & citrus also evident. Seems a little maltier than most Stone IPAís Different but I like it. Prefer Ruination though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (6508) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past itís prime. Like a bad barleywine.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6489) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of pear syrup and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Stone 7th and 8th were mostly drinkable if unexciting. Their 9th was a complete drain pour. This one is somewhat in between as far as enjoyment goes...pretty boring/dull. Not a lot of malt or hop aroma, lots of burn in the finish, quite syrupy sweet, etc. Surprising for an anniversary (or any) beer from Stone to just be a vague mess of malt and hops, but thatís all Iím getting here. I was at least expecting to have my nose torn off by the hops (it IS supposed to be a double IPA, after all, but most ordinary American IPAs are hoppier in aroma than this), but I didnít even get that. Odd beer for this brewer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6405) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a thin dirty white diminishing head. Thick wavy fields of carb rising. Huge fruity citrus nose, mixed with lots of sweet caramel. Thick, sticky-sweet body, bordering on barleywine levels of substance. Incredible spicy herbal hops in the mid-palate and in the finish. Awesome hop variety, but overall, a little too sweet and sticky yet. Gets a little earthier as it warms. Itís an "after dinner IIPA," and if thereís a pleasurable point at the exact opposite of "refreshing," this beer occupies it.


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