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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 725   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15750) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
Cask gravity at GBBF 2010. Haze gold, thin bubbly beige head. Piney resiny hop. Wow. Lots of hoop. That’s a proper US IPA. Huge grapefruit. Not too syrupy, alcohol doesn’t come thru. Just this huge biting hop. Just sheer hoop joy in a glass. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14468) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draught at Churchkey. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit, grass. Decent malt balance, but this one is all about the hops. Straightforward. Bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle at Craft Heads. Cloudy yellow/orange - white head.  Citrus. Peppery. Spicy. Fruity. Light malty. Toasted. Orange. Light yeasty. Light sweetness. Nice. 

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it. S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness. T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer). M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation. D: I usually like Stone’s anniversary beers, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me. I guess if I’m going to have any more of these, I’ll have to drink them quickly.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweaty socks, pine resin, grass, earth, and some citrus. Flavor of peach up front with pine, grass, metal, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Hazy yellow/orange color, white head. Fruity, creamy, grassy aroma with citrus and pine apple. Grassy, citrus, flavor, fruity and hoppy. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11908) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bomber from Taylors Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a three finger frothy white head. Getting a floral, earth, pepper, citrus mixed aroma. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation of a sort. It’s really fresh. Fruity. Floral. Peppery. Finishes dry with just a touch of fresh stone fruit with hot bits. Man, tell me it’s a saison, and I might believe you. Fantastic.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draft, Double Dry Hopped version. Small off-white head atop lightly hazed light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, dirty sock/dishwater, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, light bread. Soft medium-full body.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11753) - 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


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