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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Gold pour, big, thick, rocky white head that took a while to fall. Smells very dank, grassy, earthy, with herbs and spices. Upon first tasting this, I got hit by the fecal notes that I sometimes get when it comes to very "dank" hoppy beers, but I found that the beer really grew on me as it warmed, gaining a lot more pepperiness. This has a pretty strong caramelly malt sweetness, strongly earthy and herbal hops which have hints of rosemary and garlic shoots. A little weird, but fun to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a strange pale cloudy yellow with a fizzy yet foamy white head.Nose is herbal hops,grass and bread.Taste is bitter stinging hops with spicy and citrus notes as well.But bitter hops dominate this beer.As far as bitter IPA’s go this is world class.I prefer more balance but really appreciate the example of the style..

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
On draught at the Brick Store Pub. Quite a good IIPA. Pours a deep, cloudy orange with about a finger of fluffy white head. The aroma is strong hops, and the flavor follows. There are upfront hops, balanced somewhat in the middle, with a long bitter finish. It is fairly carbonated, and goes down very smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
light yellow with huge white head. floral and citrus hops to nose with a tough of alcohol. moderate to low carb for style. firm bitterness before a lot of floral and citrusy hops followed by some crystal sweetness and alcohol that provides only depth and some fruity esters. a very nice english ipa that displays the firm bitterness and malt presence of a good english style bitter but elevated to an ipa intensity

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2010
bomber.Very lager like in appearance (clear pale), very not what I expected. Nose is heady, spiced out hopped goodness. Taste is a nice, spicy, subdued hop snap. Different, & good enough, to send me back the very next day for more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Nose is feet, funky cheese, b.o., apricot, peach, iced tea, and biscuits. Hops are really stanky. Pours golden with a nice lasting head and lace. The flavor is also fully of stanky hops - funky cheeses, apricots, feet, b.o., peaches. Malt bill has iced tea, biscuits, and hints of caramel. Lingering funky hops. Enjoyable finish even though the descriptive words might not make it seem to be the case. Nice fruitiness as well. No hint of 9%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head that left some spotty lacing. Nose held great aromas of earthy, spicy hops, some roasted malts. Off dry on the palate, nice bitterness. A damn tasty one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy smooth yeast bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (918) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bomber from Mesa Liquor ($6.99). Pours a clear light orange-amber with a finger and a half of off-white foam with pretty good retention. Aroma of spicy and earthy hops which include some interesting notes: watered down citrus, unwashed feet, must basement, and even salt water...as if this really has just completed the long voyage to India. Flavor is more of the spicy and earthy hops; grapefruit, pepper, salt, bitter under-ripe fruit, herbs. Though there’s certainly a healthy amount of earthy bitterness, it actually came off quite a bit sweeter (in the middle) than I might have thought. Bitter finish and notably dry for an IPA...not "juicy" like many other West Coast IPA’s including Stone’s. Another unique and very good one from Stone. I appreciate their desire to re-create what an original IPA might have tasted like. (45, 330)


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