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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 726   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8324) - Tel Aviv, - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2010
On tap. Poured a cloudy deep gold with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma had pine and sweet grains with a bit of caramel. Flavor had a strong pine note accompanied by a slight grapefruit note and a bit of grain backing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
June 2010 bottle. Pours with a nearly clear pale straw colored body with a medium to large white head. Great lace! Aroma is grassy, earthy, peppery, bready with notes of melon and ripening fruit. A touch salty. Taste is fruity, very dry, grassy and bitter finish. Some orchard fruit mid palate. Long duration. Lots of straw and grain astringency in the finish. Definitely a unique IIPA. Very dry, lovely mouthfeel. I was looking forward to this one, and it is well done, but I am not loving the hop bill and there is a pronounced tannic bitterness imparted by the malt (at least that’s what my taste buds leave me to believe). It is not my favorite sadly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7815) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Very hazy gold, enormous frothy gold-tinted head leaving clingy lace. Intensely piney, slightly vegetal hop aroma and flavour. Sweet, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Intensely bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at Buckeye on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed grey to brown with a medium sized beige head. Toasty and nutty, hoppy citrus and toast. Spicy, subtle and complex. Does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, the very seedy ones. Nutty and juicy. Light alcohol, long tannins and grapefruit bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
hay color, silky white head. aroma, nose was on the weak side, light yeast, pine hops. flavors, spicy hops, tropical fruits, warming abv, with a mild bitter finish, grapefruit and citrus aplenty along with other tropical flavors. Mouthfeel is thick, light malts that tend to be overtaken by the hops and strong bitter citrus and spices in the finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7450) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
On tap at Monk’s Kettle. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive white head and a marvelous spice and yeast aroma. This is a well-balanced beer that combines sweet light malt, citrus, yeast, pine, and spice into an amalgamation of flavor. Well-done, Stone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (7442) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Golden coloured and faint hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma of cerials, citrus, hops, crisp too. Flavor is moderate sweet and finish heavy bitter. Dry, creamy texture and soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
Bomber. Grassy hop aroma, alcohol there, dryinsh. Big grassy and wededy flavor, light citrus and other fruit, and a slight sweetness followed by an amazing, harsh, bitterness. Hop tea? Some turpentine? Dry and peppery, with an unfriendly finish. I don’t dig this kind of absolutely balance-less hop bomb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
65 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pale yellow colour with medium head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, mild malts and caramel notes. Flavour of exotic fruits, some caramel, grass and sweetish malts.
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