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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 719   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14074) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13288) - 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. 

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13283) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle. [thanks for getting me a bottle, joergen]
Pours hazy pale yellow with a firm, frothy, white head. Good duration. Aroma is lovely fruity hoppy. Good grapefruit, peach, apricot, lemony. Medium carbonation, very creamy and kinda fat mouthfeel. Flavour has a good dose of lemony hops at first, quite citric bitter. Some mild maltiness in the middle giving it a good mouthfeel. Long, lingering bitter finish with some grapefruit and peach. Lightly warming. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
22oz bottle-thanks decaturstevo for sharing-pours a retaining thin white head with yellow color. Aroma is lemon/pine that gains a mustiness. Taste is biting lemon/pine hops with some sweetness, light malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: June 30, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: cloudy dark yellow, fine white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, floral and citrus hops
Flavor: sweet pale malt flavor, lots of balancing mix of hops, bready sweetness, light bitterness, long bitter finish

Date: September 15, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
picking up a fruity sweetness on draft,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: 14th Anniversary, Double Dry Hopper
Date: October 06, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: hazy gold, wispy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet paly malt aroma, lots of floral and spicy hops, touch of citrus
Flavor: sweet liquid hop flavor, lots of floral hops, light balancing bitterness, touch of spicyness
Overall: all about the hops

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10803) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
cloudy yellow, small smooth white head hoppy aroma, also slightly flowery. flavor is hoppu, mild pine and grapefruit, malty base. okay, bordering to fine ipa, but not out of the ordinary.


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