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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 725   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Pours a hazy yellow orange with a large white foamy head. Aroma is fruit, citrus, malt, floral hop. Flavor is malt, citrus, grapefruit, fruit, bitter herbal spicy peppery hops, loads of bitterness and a bit of pepper and grass in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Pours hazy orange with thin white head. Aroma of fruity esters and a bit of spices. Flavor comes through with kind of onion pepper type thing presumably from the hop variance. Finishes with a hoppy bitter spice with solid carbonation. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (153) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It’s the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there’s no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (182) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bready, bitter, and maybe a little too strong IPA. Bomber pours clear yellow/orange with a thick warm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is overwhelmingly floral hops. Taste is thick and chewy golden malts supporting intensely bitter hops. The bitterness almost burns your mouth, and carries all the way down to your stomach and up into your nose. Strong notes of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and grape seeds dominate. Dry, but hot finish lingers for several minutes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Golden straw color. Nose is hoppy, but not a citrus hop. Flavor is incredibly hoppy, dank, woodsy, musty. This actually reminded me of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Definitely another winner from Stone, but something I can only handle in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Beautiful pour of Hefe-weizen like cloudy golden color. Head is thick, creamy, and pure white. Nose is lighter than anticipated, with some bready-biscuity notes & melon rinds. Chalky dry on the palate with herbal & garden vegetable earthy hop flavors. Intense flavor lasts awhile on finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color wih a dense off white head. Aroma is earthy, floral, and spicy wih some honey like sweetness. Flavor is initially chalky bitter and grainy then very earthy and sweet at the end.. the bitterness is very strong but smooth throughout and lasts a very long time. Hints of overrule fruit as it warms. Slick on the tongue and leaves your mouth dry and wanting more! Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Poured from the bottle into my sam adams pint glass. Pours a straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. Smells earthy and peppery. Suprisingly I dont smell much hops at all. Has a nice spicey and peppery hops flavor. Nice malt backbone but not too strong for and IIPA. Leaves a nice spicy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2010
This is a very very smooth drinking IIPA. Courtesy of Malt & Vine in Redmond, Washington. Complex, unctuous (can I say that about a beer?), and overwhelmingly tactile. Pours with the golden color of a Bock with a lingering thick cap of foam. Aroma is of Texas smooth skinned orange pith, peppery mature arugula, and golden caramel lollipops (yes I said lollipops...WHAT’S MY NAME? SAY MY NAME! SAY IT!!!) The alcohol is smooth and is complemented by a very smooth bitterness with no harsh or catty flavors. Based on the complexity and smoothness of this beer you can get a good feel for the fact that they worked on changing their water chemistry. Malt characteristics are amplified, however they equally matched it with the aggressive hopping. This is a special beer. Treat it with respekt. Share it with all who are worthy. Shut your mouth and savor it. WHAT’s MY NAME!!!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Very spicy and woodsy. First sip is really peppery. Nice to have a potent yet variant IPA. pours a yellow orange. bitterness really lingers on the palate. another anniversary winner from Escondido.

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