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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 716   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33332) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2010, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

[ As Stone This Beer Tastes Better On Tap ].
Clear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, heavy hoppy, grapefruit, orange - citrus. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark orange peel bitter, dry. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100805]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2010
From cask at GBBF2010 as Stone This Beer Tastes Better On Tap. Pours hazy orange with a fully gone head. Aroma is fruity, slight spiced and grassy. Sweet malty, distinct hoppy. Dry grapefruity and mild peachy. Ends bone dry and bitter with a lasting fruity note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a yellow head. The aroma has notes of hops, grass, ane yeast. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of orange peal, combined with a medium hop note, leading to a dry and bitter finish, where a note of straw appears. Thanks joergen for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of joergen. Pours a cloudy opaque golden with a white head. Sweet fruit and citrusy hops in the nose. Medium body, again sweet fruits, yeast and phenols with an astringently bitter finish from somewhat dusty hops. 141210

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Cask@GBBF2010 (as Stone This Beer Tastes Better On Tap!). Goldeny orange colour with no head. Aroma is fruits, quite citrusy, earthy and has some mild acidic hppyness to it as well. Flavour is sweet fruits, some mild acidic notes. Brutally hopped and very bitter. Too hoppy acidic for me...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of hops, grass and citrus with notes of pine needles. Fruity flavour of hops, grass, grape fruits and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Bottled. Cloudy golden, mid-sized head. Rich citric grapefruit aroma. Dry and surprisingly crisp with medium body. Citric and aromatic, getting even drier towards the really bitter finish. Grapefruity hops with hay as a sidekick entertain on the way. Tasty stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2011
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2010. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity bitter hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity and very bitter hoppy grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity hoppy bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (13397) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
5th August 2010. GBBF.
As ’This Beer Tastes Better On Tap’. Hazy gold beer with a tiny suddy head. Rich hops - not too bitter mind. Rich marmalade orange, strong pine notes. Underpinned by a litte sweet pineapple and traces of mango and peach. Some spice. Well joined up. Pretty good stuff. A very interesting beer - Stone takes all British ingredients and brews an IPA that is well beyond the reach of 99.9% of UK breweries! Really hope the rumours of Stone opening a UK based brewery are true!


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