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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 723   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange. Smells of oranges, spice, and apricots. Taste is bitter with lively carbonation. Quite good!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
22oz btl from Nugget Market. Bought in late summer of 10’, been cold in cellar since. Poured into tulip glass. Pours a nicely yellow tinted haziness, looks close to a Hefe. Good amount of white foam at first but dissipates soon after. Big notes of fruit aromas: pineapple, orange, lemon, perhaps banana also. Lots of carbonation on taste, adds a deliciousness to the beer. Flavors much like the aromas with the accompaniment of bold hops. Smooth on the palate but hop bitterness lingers much too after. Good beer for what it is...glad I tried it to have the bottle (pretty much the main reason why I did), but I wouldn’t really buy again if there was ever going to be a chance to. (Yes, there are also big pieces of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Growler from CBX. Pours a cloudy, very light orange/copper with medium amount of head. Smells of grass, resin, maybe a very tiny citrus in the end. Very distinct bitter taste, not the kind I’m used to in most IPAs. Its more sharp, if that makes sense, its a dry bitterness. Get the same kind of feeling after a grapefruit bite, but without the grapefruit taste. Rather interesting beverage.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2010
It’s hard to classify this beer. It kind of tastes like a gumball. Smells hoppy and very fruity. All around an interesting beer but too much for a session.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Robust aroma of resiny pine and citrus hops with a quite earthy yeast and a touch of spice. Light and glowing amber, cloudy with a thick, fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly with minimal lacing. Slight residual sweetness in the beginning with a significant bitterness towards the end. Fairly light bodied with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Very enjoyable. The earthy yeast brings a unique quality that separates it from other IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swong17 (58) - USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange with a very airy white head. Hops dominated the nose with a backdrop of citrus, grassy, and floral notes, along with some pepper. Tastes like an imperial IPA should taste--bitter with the hops up front. Though the hops are dominant, they’re not overbearing like in some; instead it’s nicely balanced and peppery. Tasty and solid, but I prefer some of Stone’s other IPA offerings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rahmdog (55) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Pours a cloudy organge-golden color with a light creamy head that is fluffy and persistent. Leaves tons of foam on the glass. Nose is of pine, similar to rosin for a violin. Taste is complex with a fleeting sweet malt paired with a strange sour. There is a banana taste in there, I through that was a made up taste haha. The bitter at the end is not overdone, I have felt much more in standard IPAs, but this is a good thing and lends the the balanced feel of the beer, stone can do no wrong, and this is a big right. Good Brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
squigs46 (55) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2011
good beer...flying saucer had their stone kick off party celebrating its arrival in missouri and i tried a few beers brewed by stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Reviewed 9-3-10 I just spent 5 minutes reading the bottle. Those cats over at Stone are a trip. Poured into my trusty Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass. Ap: Poured a cloudy, yet bright orange, with about 1/4 inch head and lots of carbonation. Ar: This is not just your average Stone: IPA, Arrogant Bastard, or Ruination fare .... this one is just straight up orange .... the hull, meat, peel .... the whole friggin’ 9 yards! T: Surprisingly, this one is not nearly as hoppy as most of their other IPAs. It doesn’t bite you and is very much like carbonated orange juice. Very strong malt backbone, as opposed to the Ruination (which I still kind of like in a sadistic way). Emperial doesn’t wage war on your taste buds like Ruination. P: Even though I had this in the fridge for several days, it stayed surprisingly warm. After a while, the bitterness starts to hit, but the [orange] citrus (and also maybe honey?) mutes that bitterness. Very pleasant. O: I’m halfway through the bottle and I’m not having any problems. To be honest, I’m not the biggest Stone fan in the world. I get tired of the same type of beers over and over again. But this one is different.... and it may actually be my favorite.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Light orange. Very light for an IPA. Thick frothy head, very small bubbles -- lots of lacing. Hazy. Strong citrus fruit smell. Along with pineapple, pear, and a bready smell. Upfront hops -- citrus tanginess, a little tart. There’s plenty of bitterness but it doesn’t come across as too dry. Pretty juicy. Malts have some sweetness. Also getting a little alcohol. And I’m also getting sort of a slight peppery flavor at the back. Medium body.


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