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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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


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RATINGS: 727   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pretty good Double IPA, bit, but I was hoping for it to bite a little bit harder. The taste was very good and I’d definitely drink it again, i was slightly underwhelmed but that was probably due to high hopes

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (165) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It’s the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there’s no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Big bottle. Pours a really great looking pale orange with a fluffly white head that holds up for longer then 2 seconds. I had a long day. This beer was my tonic. The aroma is light. sweet and spicy. Its a bit oily on the palate but if finishes dry and bitter. A damn fine IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours pale cloudy gold with frothy white head. Nose is yeasty, rotten fruit, alcohol. Soft, medium body, nice carbonation. Notes of grapefruit and caramel. Finish is bitter with a bit of warming alcohol but balanced well with malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into tulip glass. Golden yellow pour with a finger of white head. Super-hoppy aroma full of citrus, pine, and resin (it’s Stone: don’t act surprised). Flavor is, of course, bitter and hoppy, but there is surprising hand-fruit sweetness that would have made the beer better had it been more pronounced. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. Pretty good, but nothing Stone hasn’t done before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Pours a golden cloudy color with a white head. Has a very bready and floral aroma to it. Medium bodied. Very bready, doughy, yeasty taste to it, along with a blast of hoppiness that one would expect from a Stone Ipa. Has a dry finish to go along with it. Personally not a big fan, but I think it is a well made beer, just not nearly worth the price of admission.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Very good. Not as strong as I thought, especially or 8.9%. The hops are different than their regular IPA and somehow not as bitter (not as grapefruit like). Well balanced malty flavor and great beer to try. Great beer for an IPA lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Beer poors with a huge grapefruit aroma which settles to a very nice orange aroma. Beer has an excellent white head that sticks around on a very pale foggy body that appears like a white ale. Flavor carries citrus characteristics through to the mouth. Very bitter from the hops but seems ecsensuated by the alchol. Overall the beer is good and I like the citrus aspects. Would be curious how this calms down over shelving for a year.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma is a strong sweet orange citrus hoppy goodness. Strong bitter mouthfeel that is a wonderful hoppy, piney, grapefruity, floral oasis that moves to a sweetness then follows up with a lingering bitter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
22oz. Bomber purchased from BevMo Long Beach. Pours a hazy golden orange with a strong creamy white foam head. Aroma is full of hoppy goodness, with lighter malt and yeast aromas in the background. Upfront is a nice sweetness which morphs into a nice peppery, floral hop bouquet, and finishes with a very nice complex hop finish. This beer feels nice and full on the palate without becoming syrupy. For the amount of hops in this beer it finishes surprisingly well. Overall a very nice offering from Stone and my favorite anniversary beer since the 10th. Definitely recommended.

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