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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 720   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yemenmocha (658) - 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 (371) - redmond, 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 (2315) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1130) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 25, 2010
like an imperial version of their regular ipa. thats exactly how this tastes. really good hoppy aroma that stone has made very popular in the last few years taken to another level. the abv is not that bad considering its only a few more degrees more than the regular ipa. the taste is distinctive stone, hoppy and grapefruit. nice beer, enjoyed it more than 13.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Bomber. Pours a shiny yellow-orange. with an ample offering of fluffy white foam head. Aroma is mostly subtle piney hops, with a tough of citrus and honey. Taste is rich and balanced. Initially bitter hops (though pleasant and mild), followed by honey-graham sweetness. Full and very well balanced throughout, with just a touch of the ABV coming through at the end-palate, with a slightly boozy burn. Happy anniversary Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Enjoyed in a 4 oz sampler at Stone World Bistro. This, along with everything I had there, was just incredible. Aroma is of an English Ale on steroids, very pronounced yeast aroma complimented with Fuggle hops that have it smelling like a college dorm room. Appearance is of a standard English ale with little head. Taste was very smooth, subtle hops but very much present. This is an English IPA with tremendous character and I wouldn’t have guessed its 9% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2010
If there goal was to create an amped up version of a hoppy british ale, they certainly nailed it with this - the nose starts this off - the british hops are apparent, as are some dry, crackery malts, and a distinct hard water quality - some notes of peach and citrus add a slight american element - all of this carries over to the flavor - the "burtonized" hard water amplifies the character of the dry malt and bitter east kent - the faintest bit of buttery diacetyl quickly dissolves into moderate sweetness through the middle - finishes dry, peppery, bitter, mildly chalky, earthy - not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. My 40th Stone rating. The appearance is a straw yellow with a white peach tone to it. A small white head that fades. The aromas are full of English hops, fresh fruits (mostly stone fruits), heavy pale malts, alcohol. The flavors are also full of the English hops, white peaces, pale malts, salt, honeydew, under ripped pineapple, tangerine, pine resins, nice lime too.The mouth is very dry with a powdery feel at time in the middle but the drying prevails towards the end. Loving this brew, almost want to open my 2nd bottle. If you are looking for a West Coast hop bomb this really isn’t it, if you want something complex, different, and a strong and unique hop profile grab some of this one!

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