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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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 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 (420) - 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 (2200) - Lewes, 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 (4358) - 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,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1167) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cleverlobo (319) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (9149) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (1000) - 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.

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