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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7323) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bomber. Poured clear, slightly-richer-than-straw golden with a sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up wet, juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and peppery earth over apricot meat and pale malts.. warm overall and very fruity, with a fine complement of black pepper. The flavor found the aforementioned black pepper just slightly above all other facets of the drink.. fruity notes, pale malts, and a hit of honey at the core.. very bitter on the edges and finish, showcasing tangerine, grapefruit, and earth.. a bit catty in the end with lots of bitterness and warmth. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. very bitter with an atypical blend of hops (that worked fairly well).. flowed well. I’d drink this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Golden beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and light spice flavor with pine, tropical fruit, and light caramel. medium-plus bodied. Great bitterness. Spice and grapefruit lingers with light caramel and pine.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7296) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7240) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear golden bronze with a stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a sweet pale malty nose with some grassy grapefruity hoppy notes and earthy undertones. Starts with pretty good fullness and sticky pale malty sweetness with a resiny lemongrass hop flavor before a drier, lightly bready and bittersweet finish. A pretty unique concept, but I’ll stick with the traditional ESB or American IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
[3547-20110108] 1pt6floz bottle. Citrus pine resin hops aroma. Hazy, light brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Woody citrus resin flavour is quite hoppy. Medium-full body. Very tasty and enjoyable, yum! (8+/4/8/4/17) 4.1
(w/ jerc, tuqueboy)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6927) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bomber. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. A very sweet orange marmalade nose, some lemon. The flavor is a robust orange peel and marmalade both bitter and sweet, some yeast and dryness, lively and easygoing. No heat. Well made. Leaves your palate with bitterness and fruity oranges. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6843) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2011
(Bottle) Hazy golden colour with lasting, off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, honey, tropical fruit and herbal, citric hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with citrus, peaches, pineapple, toffee, honey, grassy herbs and generous amounts of grassy, citrussy hops in a bitter finish. Some alcohol comes through at the end. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Tasty, refreshing and very drinkable for its strength. Stone delivers as expected. Lovely beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6820) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
65 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 12.03.2011
Aroma is rather hoppy with some exotic fruits and caramel. Flavour has rather bitter hops with exotic fruits, grapefruit and some caramel. Really bitter finish. Too sweet but good anyway.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin white head. Spicy/grassy hoppy aroma, with some light fruity sweet notes. Nice spicy and piney hoppy flavor with some lighter grassy notes, light sweetness, and some crackery malty notes. Nice.


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