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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 719   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 ďIPA HuntersĒ on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of India Pale Ale Ė 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 brewerís logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empireís 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 ďBurtonisedĒ water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all British ingredients to brew our ďEmperialĒ 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 canít 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours blonde with a fairly small white head. Nose is very bitter and hoppy (this is a Stone IPA, duh), but with a good dose of sweet malt and a hint of yeast as well. The flavor plays out similarly; the initial taste is a big malt with a hopped background, but it quickly switches over to some very intense and almost exclusively bitter hops. Finish is surprisingly short and bitter as well. A good IPA but not all that different from Ruination....it seems a little less balanced, actually.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Wow, aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle! Sweet earthy aroma that is amazing. Pours a hazy honey color with a large white lumpy head with plenty of lace. Taste is over-the-top hops, just as it should be! Really unique flavor profile thatís hard to break-down. Very spicy. Leaves a hop residue that just lingers forever. Another great year for Stone! Donít drink if youíre not a hop-head, it just might kill you. Plus that might leave more for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a sticky off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of lemony, spicy hops that have a light earthy edge, as well as a light caramel, biscuit scent. Lots of bitterness all the way through with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hops, very light alcohol bite at the end. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Iíve been drinking Stone since the 10th anniversary and I love how they really mix up the beers and try different things. Lots of bitterness in this one but you can tell they dry hopped the heck out of it too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #67. Pours out a hazy golden/yellow pour with a pretty nice white bubbly head. Piney aroma, it was very nice to sit back and breathe it in actually. Flavor was very different to me, very bitter and very sticky on the tongue, a little over the top on the bitterness for me, maybe it was more astringent than bitter, but it didnít hit me right I guess, I will have to try another bottle and come back too it. (1276)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (557) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Aromas is sweeter than expected. It smells like sweet honey, malt, and of coarse floral hops. It pours a clear yellow with very little lacing and medium carbonation. The taste is hoppy, lots of pine hops. The hops are slightly balanced by some sweet malts but this thing is a hop bomb. The palate is very oily and the biterness stays on your tongue forever. Very good beer and a lot different from all of the other hoppy beers that stone makes. Itís unique and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Cloudy yellow/ orange pour. Aroma of floral hop, earth and bread. Nice floral taste with subtle hints of fruit and pine. Strong sharpness on the tip of the tongue. Blended well. Cool label on bottle. (What more could one ask for?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22oz bottle, fresh from grape & gourmet. pours a very bright, slightly hazy, yellow-gold (looks almost ironic in my "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" pint glass) with a thick, creamy white head leaving drippy lace. aroma is great, very different, with big, sticky pine resin, wet grass, and orange citrus with some skunky/catty, lemony notes, interesting spices, biscuity malts, and hints of sweet tropical fruits including pineapple and peach skins. flavor is outstanding, unique even for the stone boys, with huge notes of sweet peaches, starfruit, and apricots up front with spicy, herbal hops, pine sap, and black pepper and just a touch of funk and light, crackery, caramel malts on the back end. palate is medium bodied, creamy on the tongue, with great carbonating a long, agressive, dry, bitter hop finish. overall, while not my favorite stone anniversary ale, itís different, daring, and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Yum. Another great one from stone, Thanks guys! This is what happens when England mets San Diego. Citrus and pine aroma. Citrus hops dominate this brew so its a winner in my book. Hints of greatfruit. No sign of the 9.0 in this one. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Iím pretty disappointed in this one. Itís probably just the style it was brewed in, though. I canít really get into English type IPA, so there you have it. Itís fairly bitter but I canít help feeling that it reminds me of Ruination after it gets old. Just sort of blah.

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