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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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We went to England this past spring as self-styled “IPA Hunters” on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of India Pale Ale – to look for some certainty where those before us have found mostly mystery and mercantilism. While our success in this pursuit is open to debate, there can be no question that we returned home inspired by the ghosts of Burton and by the experience of poring over 150-year old brewer’s logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empire’s brewing history: we make ales, and all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point. If this seems a roundabout way of letting you know that, yes, we are in fact brewing another IPA to mark our Anniversary, well, so be it.

This one however, promises to be different! From the imported white malt to the “Burtonised” water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all British ingredients to brew our “Emperial” IPA.* While we may have brewed Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA with our own distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch, what good is history if you can’t rewrite it to suit your tastes?

In this case, our tastes called for highly intemperate quantities of Target, East Kent Goldings, and Boadicea hops, bestowing upon this dry-bodied ale a powerfully spicy, earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present, and future?

*Um, except for our filtered Colorado River water, of course.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - APR 20, 2011
One the best IPAs I have tasted in a long while. It’s balanced and complete with a flavor that it respects. Try this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Cloudy gold color with a large head. Herbal hop aroma with very light citrus notes. Strong and powerful bitter flavor. Slightly herbal and spicy. Hardly any malt character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle split with my friend a while back. Pours out a gold color that looks like Stone IPA or Ruination. Smell is fruity and hoppy; notes of pine and grapefruit are present as well. Taste is smooth and refreshing, almost thirst quenching. This was a really good IPA; they should start brewing this all the time. We bought 3 bombers with the intention of saving one for later... they all three were consumed on the same night. Damn you Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn’t really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn’t really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-28-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2132) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a medium straw, thin head. Fruity, yeast nose, spicy, notes of hay, citrus peel, grapes. Medium bodied, dry. Dry, slightly sour taste, yeast, spices, aromatic, some floral notes. (2010-12-01)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Hazy yellow color. Front flavor reminds me of a whole grain mustard--a bit sweet, a bit sour--with an aroma and mid-range of grape followed by a long, mellow bitterness and straights of a soft sweetness, like a subtle candy. Somewhat lively palate. On tap at Happy Gnome for Stone Release Party.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at Small Bar into a 10oz glass during the Stone event...Pours a bright gold with a white head, good retention...The aroma is very strong, you can tell its dry hopped as fresh but yummy hops show through...The taste is hop bomb for sure but this is incredibly drinkable. This takes the 14th anniversary beer to a whole new level. A beer worth trying for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA--India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.90% ABV. 100 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Dense lacy lasting rocky 1/2 inch head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Fizzy! Sweet rich floral aromatic yet gentle hop front. Creamy rich resinous mild fruit citrus pine white malt dough hint body. Mellow smooth hop spice dangerously refreshing clean end. Sampled 3/20/2011. Purchased for $7.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 6/1/2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Ah god bless you stone, you never disappoint. Bought this back in the summer, it’s been sitting patiently in the back of my over sized beer fridge for many a month now, waiting for the perfect time to be drank. Pours an almost neon yellow/gold colour with a short lived white cap. The aroma is super citrus, grapefruit, rind, candy, musk, floral hops, pine, awesome. The flavour starts sweet, but it’s quickly replaced with a full on running drop kick of hop bitterness, grapefruit/orange citrus, herbal notes running along side, pineapple, and something unknown in the finish mingling with more bitter hops notes and some alcohol sweetness. This stuff is bomb, absolutely genius brew, god bless you stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4137) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a very bright peach flesh yellow with a one finger crackling white head. Nose is pungent and citrusy, herbal, resinous, kind of musty, and a tad phenolic. Flavor has some green astringency, waxy, some spicy phenol, citrus rind, and a mild sweetness. Palate is astringent and green.

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