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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10404) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10350) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10255) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. It pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a foamy white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, floral notes, straw and citrus fruits. The taste is of farmyard, biscuit, bread, lots of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and spicy ginger towards the decent bitter finish. Quite a bit lighter than I expected, especially with the % and IBU it boasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9979) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
I think it was pretty good, they Americanized the English hops, it’s very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9973) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9517) - 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......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???

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