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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (871) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
pours a golden orange. Nose and taste is of spicy hops, dry, crisp, and has a nice citrus punch. A very nice example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8017) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
Draught Small dense, just off-white head over hazy orange-yellow beer. Ureum!! Dry, ureum-rich (indeed, British) hops. Strawy, hay. Ureum seems to be volatile, less obvious after a moment, but it is really adaptation: leave the glass for a couple of minutes, and the smell returns in force. Dry bitter, other grains hints, even drier finish. Medium bodied, very slick, hopoils. Aftertaste shows the alcohol and... liquorice? Ureum is just too present to be really great. I fear that the American idea of "more is better" just doesn’t work for British hops, some of which indeed have this enormous amount of ureum-like components.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bomber 8/18/10). Dark gold color, with light cloudiness. Medium off white head. Moderate floral hop aroma, with light citrus, malt, and grass. Flavor of the same, with light spicy hop character. Avg duration. Moderate bitterness. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2149) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
En 9,5%-ig IIPA från Stone = Stora förväntningar. Ljusgul disig vätska med måttligt skum. Stor humledoft av färsk tropisk frukt. Vattnet är enligt texten på flaskan "burtonized". Gissar att det innebär att mineraler tillsatts vilket, kan uppfattas i smaken. Den är torr och friskt fruktig, gräs, lite pepprig. Inte alls så sötklibbig som en del DIP:or kan vara. Måttlig men tydlig beska åt grape med lång eftersmak. En mycket lyckad öl. Tänker på Alesmiths IPA där allt skruvats upp. Jästfällning i botten som var mycket drickbar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbill (3509) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with lots of tan and white chunks floating about. Looks like somebody’s pond water experiment. The chunks stay suspended in the beer throughout and never settle. The aroma thankfully is pleasant despite this beer’s disturbing appearance. There is ample grapefruit with a bit of spiciness to it along with some alcohol vapors. The flavor begins with some malt, but that is quickly overrun by grapefruit pith hops bitterness that is quite assertive and lingers annoyingly on the palate. That combined with some jet-fuel heat from the alcohol make this beer generally an unpleasant experience. Avoid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
From notes: poured a very cloudy straw color with a small white head. Aroma was surprisingly mild-piney hops mixed with yeast. Very deep palate, with a notable thickness. Found it to be mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuity yeast mixed in. I usually really like Stone’s brews, and reading the other desscriptions in the reviews leaves me wondering if I got a bad bottle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bomber. Clear chestnut pour under a tall dark tan head with a ton of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, biscuits and pine resin. Quick citrus bite followed quickly by a strong bready note and a metallic, coppery kick. Exactly as advertised. An English REALLY Bitter. Surprisingly silky, clean texture and a very dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 28, 2011
bebida en tirador,bastante notas de alcohol ,turbia,no se si es por los lúpulos boadicea que no los conocía que no me ha gustado tanto como esperaba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a pale yellow color with slight orange highlights that had a thin white head and left good blotchy lacing. Citrus grapefruit aromas alongside piney hops that stand out with a good malt presence and hints of grass. Taste is very nice piney hops upfront with citrus grapefruit that propels the overall bitterness and good sweet malts that balance out the hop bomb. Medium body with moderate amount of carbonation that had a great hop bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4250) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Stone 14th Anniversary.
22oz bottle. Pours a solid opaque cloudiness, golden orange color, white rocky head of foam. Aroma of hops. Mostly the scent of earthier varieties. A touch of citrus, with a good amount of wooded forest in the autumn, and sweet biscuit malts. Tastes of sharp bitter American hops, nice West Coast (San Diego-style) bite. Kinda like biting into a grapefruit rind, although without alot of citrus. Finishes with a dry malt and a bit of white pepper spice. Very soft texture, perfect malt backbone, makes me want another sip, and then another,

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