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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (10884) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Apricot colored pour. Aroma is all grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor is bitter and delicious. Grapefruit and sour orange peels. Awesome!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden/yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, some floralness, and earthy. Tastes of citrus, pineapples, caramel, lighter earthiness, and a little spicy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (10657) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
I think it was pretty good, they Americanized the English hops, it’s very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
Medium golden with white topping head. Understated aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness. Will try this again. Bottle from Swoop Jones newly obtained case.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks Ariel. Cloudy golden. Fruity hoppy aroma with some oranges, flowers and some malty notes. Sweetish fruity flavor with a bit of somewhat honey-ish malt and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10522) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10408) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with two finger orange/cream colored head. Slightly juniper-like and quite citrus-like hop aroma with some underlying pale malts. Slightly piney hop flavor that’s quite citrusy with an exceptional orange flavor along with a pale malty body. Somewhat bitter, piney hop finish. Exceptional citrusy DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9861) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle (mit größtem Dank an Grima!): Golden, hazy, bigger stable off-white head; solid grapefruity-piney nose with a light pale-malty background; solid bitter-sweet flavour, almost full bodied; slightly vinous, but mainly dry bitter-sweet finish with lingering hops. Impressive stuff......


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