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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 721   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.


3.2
   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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10798) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy smooth yeast bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (10649) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
Cloudy golden with a large white head. Plenty of hops in the nose along with fruity and piney notes. Flavour was bone dry with plenty of hops, pine and grapefruits. Finished dry and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, citrus and white pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, white pepper and lemon zest with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9686) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a medium, fizzy white head, frothy-rocky, with fair retention and good lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted biscuit malt with grain and straw notes, huge hops (flowers, resin, pine, citrus) with light fruity yeast esters. Flavor has malt beginnings with a huge hop flavor, moderate hop bitterness; peach, apricot, and pineapple fruit notes with a dry finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a spicy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle… Hazy golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Peppery, spicy, resiny hops play the lead role in this show. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with jazzy carbonation. The flavor provides heavy bitterness, but in a spicy, peppery, polite, English sort of way. Finishes bitter, caustic and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2010 (As This Beer Tastes Better On Tap) Fruity aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a dry and bitter malt finish.


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