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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (671) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
At iTap Chesterfield. Thanksfully some was left after the Stone night last night. I’m sure this would have been much hoppier to balance the maltiness when it first came out, but didn’t have a chance to have it then. Still glad Stone brought this on tap for their kickoff. Pours golden/yellow tihe white head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an emphasis on nectar fruits and is very rich. The hops seems to almost fallen completely out of the beer. Medium / thick body that is slick and cloying with light carbonation. The flavor starts very sweet and syrupy like a blonde barleywine with all of the hops minimized and minimally toasted malt. The finish has light spice and a hint of hops. Chance are I would have liked this significantly more fresh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
[bottle] Sourish pineapple aroma with some cherry and horseblanket. Cloudy yellow under a white ring. Very bitter flavour that is spicy and grainy, with some pleasant, sweet malt. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2011
(Bottle) Hazy golden colour with lasting, off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, honey, tropical fruit and herbal, citric hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with citrus, peaches, pineapple, toffee, honey, grassy herbs and generous amounts of grassy, citrussy hops in a bitter finish. Some alcohol comes through at the end. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Tasty, refreshing and very drinkable for its strength. Stone delivers as expected. Lovely beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
squigs46 (55) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2011
good beer...flying saucer had their stone kick off party celebrating its arrival in missouri and i tried a few beers brewed by stone.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - APR 20, 2011
One the best IPAs I have tasted in a long while. It’s balanced and complete with a flavor that it respects. Try this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Cloudy gold color with a large head. Herbal hop aroma with very light citrus notes. Strong and powerful bitter flavor. Slightly herbal and spicy. Hardly any malt character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle split with my friend a while back. Pours out a gold color that looks like Stone IPA or Ruination. Smell is fruity and hoppy; notes of pine and grapefruit are present as well. Taste is smooth and refreshing, almost thirst quenching. This was a really good IPA; they should start brewing this all the time. We bought 3 bombers with the intention of saving one for later... they all three were consumed on the same night. Damn you Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep golden yellow with a bit of a white head although not too much lacing. The nose brings forward some grassy and floral hops as well as a bit of spice. Hops are all the flavor as well, although there is something a bit off with them. Bitterness covers it up, but this amount of English hops just doesn’t really seem to work. Good bitter feel on a nice body. A good concept, but this didn’t really live up to past anniversary beers, IMO. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-28-2010


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