RateBeer
Home >

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

 (RETIRED)
overall
99
94
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1548) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Spicey, floral, and lemony. This is a tasty IPA. Another winner from Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1263) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, Seden. Short biege head. Really clowdy light yellow color. Extreme hop aroma that goes over into a overpowering not plesent hoppiness. The taste is much better with huge hop taste and fine bitterness and big body with some sweetness to balance the hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head. Smell: Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs. Taste: Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this. A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation. Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (1553) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Frisk doft av tropiskt frukt. Smak av tropiskt frukt, honung lite metallisk med sparsmakad beska med en kryddig chutney känsla i eftersmaken, välbalanserad och därmed väldigt god.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (608) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
22oz bottle marked June 2010. Pours a bright hazy yellow with large white head. Aroma is spicy and just a little fruity. Flavor is at first spicy and then citrusy bitter. Just a little bit of sweetness in this one and a long bitter dry finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Lucky to find this one considering it was brewed two years ago. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2461) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours a cloudy tan yellow to orange color. Has a minimal head with a noticable lacing. Can also see yeast specs in the bottom. Aroma consists of pine, resin and citrusy hops. Medium to full body, light to average carbonation, oily texture and long bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/13/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. This pours a very hazy, bright tangerine color with an elegant 3 cm white head. Pretty good retention, and some nice lace sticking on the glass. Pretty much what I expect out of a Stone IPA. Lots of yeast particles float around toward the bottom of the glass. A nice bouquet of floral, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of piney hops in the nose. Some sweet biscuity malt in the background. There is definitely a ton of hop goodness in this one. Stone knows that’s what I love and provides it for me. There is some sweetness up front, but the bready malt is really light. The flavor quickly moves to a floral bouquet, some grapefruit hop goodness, and some bitter sticky pine to close it out. Finishes bitter on the tongue. This has a wet and juicy feel, with bubbly tingly carbonation on the tongue. A little bit fuller than medium carbonation. Actually just a little disappointed in how this turned out. Having a ton of floral, citrus, and pine hops in the mix is a good start, but the malt is really lacking. It was pretty good, but it will get lost among the better beers in the category.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Old Review from back 8/10 - First off I love the look of this beer. You don’t see this color in a beer often. It’s like a radioactive glow. Cloudy, orange, and glowing. Small white head. Smell is not your typical IPA. It’s spicy and earthy. Small amounts of citrus and lemon peak through but the earthiness came through mostly for me. In the taste the fruits come through more. Citrus and lemon zest. The earthiness and spiciness still come through big here though and are the main components. There is a nice bready malt character holding everything together. The finish on this beer is very bitter and it just sticks around. Small amounts of alcohol peak through. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry from start to finish. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2481) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled June 2010. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal spices, floral, some pine resin, and light spicy alcohol. Fairly nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, herbal spiciness, pine resin, biscuit, honey-like sweetness; and other light fruits. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal spice, pine, and bread on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden at 8.9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall, for being and DIPA, this has held up quite nicely since 2010. Nice hop flavor profile is still present; with nice flavor balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2012
It was a Stone IPA that got the most basic part of Stone IPAs so drastically wrong: the hop flavors just didn’t work as well as I wouldve hoped. Not bad, but good evidence that english IPAs should remain little.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 72


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50