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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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1111) - Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Poured a hazy orange/yellow color with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy. Some lemons and oranges. Slightly tart, very nice aroma overall. Taste is very hoppy as well with some tart citrus and lemon flavors. A good amount of pine and floral notes as well. The finish has some alcohol with a very earthy dry taste. Overall this is very flavorful. I’m not sure the combination of flavors is my favorite, but I like how the fruity notes are present. Overall a very nice ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cleverlobo (315) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle share with my father-in-law and my wife; hazy orange with medium white head; aroma-sweet, citrus, spice, cloves, pine and some other fruits I can’t quite identify; taste-medium sweetness, high bitterness, long-lasting, almost unpleasant. Very creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Interesting beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
galensmith (29) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Hoppy nose, although coupled with interesting aromas of citrus and pear(?). Looks and smells more like a hefe than an IPA... I’m confused. Starts out on the sweet side, with bitterness and hops only creeping in towards the end (contrary to the description). Very strange beer, and certainly delicious in its own way... but not the IPA I was expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grima (2101) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle@Festival der Bierkulturen, Cologne, 14.05.2011
Pineapple yellow color, slightly cloudy, with high, fine-pored head. The smell is delicious of aroma hops-citrusy with a nice herbal note. Starts with a lot of aroma hops, citrussy, bitter, slightly herbaceous. Taste at first slightly medicinal, but this impression disappears very quickly. The aftertaste is very fruity and bitter, with grapefruit and hints of orange. The further course is slightly sweet, fruity hop aromas come through a lot. Very weighty IIPA!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2011
draft. cloudy golden wheat body, small bubbled white head. musty cheese and BO nose, honey-tinged, green, raw and vegetal (onion, garlic, canned tomato sauce). similar flavor: musty, cheesy, stinky, almost putrid, with garlic, butter and onion thrown in for good measure. surprisingly soft texture, low sweetness, high bitterness, medium-high acid. but.... disgusting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bomber served in a tulip. Interesting lighter color. Pours bright orange-yellow with a medium sized white head. Decent retention and lacing. Complex aroma of marmalade, tropical fruit, orange peel, toffee, and some floral elements. Has a solid bitter-sweet attack that shows big grainy malt on the mid-palate. Medium body, creamy-sticky texture, followed by a bright array of bitter goodness on the finish. This is still great after almost a year in the cellar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8919) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle (mit größtem Dank an Grima!): Golden, hazy, bigger stable off-white head; solid grapefruity-piney nose with a light pale-malty background; solid bitter-sweet flavour, almost full bodied; slightly vinous, but mainly dry bitter-sweet finish with lingering hops. Impressive stuff......

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (712) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
on tap at Tremont Tap House: pours hazy straw, off white head. good lacing. cotton candy, pez, citrus. really distinct nose. T- tangerine sweetness, quick bitterness, grassy malts, bread on finish. Real nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1912) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
650 mL bottle. (2010 vintage). Orange with a small white head and tonnes of sediment. Lotsa pineapple juice in the aroma, and a little candy sweetness. The flavour is a little more restrained than the aroma. The hops are floral early, herbal/earthy at the end, and juicy throughout. And much fruitier than I expected Brithops to be. Nice, but not overpowering, bitterness throughout. Not IIPA bitterness. Nice body, and it is not under-carbonated. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Edinburgh] Amber colour with a thin white head. Smells like syrupy lemonade, with other citrus fruit in there. Quite soft and fruity on the palate initially, before once again the hops arrive on the finish like a stampeding herd of cows. It got very bitter (and non-British) at this point, once the IBU’s arrived [10052011]


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