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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10139) - 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......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (797) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4123) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
10 May 2011, tap. orange yellow, clear, small steady bubbles. soft nose. passion fruit and grassy, floral hops. med/thin body and fairly fizzy. bubblegum, bitter floral hops. obviously heavily hopped but not too aggressive. very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2011
On keg at BrewDog Edinburgh’s Stone night. Pour is opaque pale amber with a medium froth. Aroma is lemon curd, some orange. Taste is sweeter, honey matched with orange zest. As cgarvieuk says, an interesting mix of lemon and sweetness. Still good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2011
tap at brewdog bar ... amber .. thin white head ... soft sweeet creamy lemony custard nose ... light sharbert lemon zezty ... light lemon rind zezt ... sweet lemon sause ... its an odd mix of lemon and sweetness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Sehr heller Hopfenantrunk mit grasig-bitteren Aromen. Der Hopfen wird süßer, was die Frische zuerst unterstützt, später aber aufdringlich wirkt. Minimal alkoholisch, stark hellmalzig. Dabei tritt nur im Hintergrund die durchaus starke Bitterkeit auf, die auch im Nachgeschmack nicht überhand nimmt sondern gleichauf mit dem Hopfenaroma und der Süße ist. Sehr frisches und gelungenes IPA! 9/10/12/12/14/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAY 4, 2011
very pretty blond slightly hazy color. good aroma of hop that is not overwhelming. slight citrus but more floral aroma. light mouthfeel, doesn’t kill you’re palate. i really liked this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Cloudy deep blond color with orange reflex, and medium-sized creamy head; nice lace. Strong hop aroma, a bit fruity, but also soapy, and with traces of yeast, cheese and sweat. Good mouthfeel, but also a bit oily; toffee flavor; any sweetness would be completely overwhelmed by a most powerful bitterness; the resins burn the tastebuds, and there is some tangerine fruitiness. The final is also a bit sandy.
It’s a bit too oily and soapy for me. Quite rude, but fully enjoyable after a session of the worst German beers.

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