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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 725   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Great pour. One or two finger white head that slowly dissipates. Medium body. Nothing about this beer gives up its almost 9% ABV. Good smell, Citrus and that common hoppy aroma. Earthy. I smell the alcohol more than I can taste it. I like IPAs, but sometimes I struggle to find a difference in the taste. This beer overcomes that. I keep finding a unique taste, that I can’t quite place. Other reviewers say fresh, earthy hops, with lemon and citrus. Which is common, but I feel intrigued it, way more than normal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skvader (115) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
Light,golden with big pieces of yeast in the bottom. Aroma of papaya, mango and pineapple. Very dry, very bitter. Could have been better balanced by something, possibly the bottle was a bit too old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Was only able to ’save’ this one for about a month in my cellar (pantry)....just below the mac ’n cheese shelf. Great Brew! The pour is beautiful! cloudy golden color with a thin creamy head that never left me! Aroma is very delicate with just a hint of citrus. Taste is also delicate almost perfect, but has a very ’dull’ version of the IPA aftertaste. Get this one down your gullet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Really nice IPA. Aroma is strong bitterness and tropical fruit. Color is pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Flavor is tropical with a strong malt backbone. Palate is a bit thinner than I would like on a double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2010
This gets points for being different. It pours a surprisingly pale yellow color with a thick white head. The aroma is grapes, fruit punch, and grapefruit. The flavor is very earthy and bitter with a strong grainy malt presence. Fruit punch with a touch of tropical fruit and earth in the finish. A bit phenolic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head that hangs and laces nicely. On the nose it’s like walking through an xmas tree lot, evergreen every where, along with some citrus, oranges, tangerine, and floral. Medium body, plenty of carbonation and bitterness, drying finish. Tastes of pungent hops, at times it’s like drinking an evergreen but in a good way, eary, spice and citrus hops follow, all over a sweet malt backbone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
I think I am coming to love "Empirial" IPA’s. I have had several and they have all been good. This one was no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
very different then most stones ive had. thin on the palate lite hop flavor is over powered by grass and earth and lite grapefruit tart flavor. in the end not much hops. very different then ipas that i usually drink but very interesting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Smells like another winner from Stone! Hop-forward nose with big grapefruit presence and some resiny notes as well and just a touch of malty goodness to balance. Pours a beautiful light gold and almost peachy color. Slightly hazy with barely off-white persistent head. Medium-low carbonation. Nice lacing. Taste is big bitterness like the nose on the attack, a little malt sweetness creeping in the middle and a long bitter finish. Pretty much just like the commercial description. Medium body with a creamy/sticky texture. Medium carbonation and a wonderfully long bitter and dry finish. Great beer. Plan on stocking up on a few of these (me AND you!).

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