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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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RATINGS: 721   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
angolajones (17) - Angola, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Great beer. Got this on at Jungle Jim’s also. Poured nice with a big head. The most remarkable thing about this beer is the flavor that doesn’t stop once you have a drink. There is a lingering that is unique to IPA’s and this one is a supreme bitter taste with hints of fruit. I highly recommend this one to anyone wanting to try a great IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hankchinaski (14) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Not a big fan of British IPA’s to begin with but Stone is one of my favorite brewery and I wanted to like it. Graperfruity and grassy hops with a hint of funk. Very bitter, herby and slightly medicinal. A miss for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nustang70 (12) - USA - SEP 19, 2010
Wow, what a great IPA. The high ABV is masked by strong flavors. Drink slowly and share with a friend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tim13 (11) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
21 ouncer, Old Philadelphia Ale House at 20th & Green (support your local beer dealer). Nice concept. I was psyched when I read the description on the bottle and it didn’t disappoint. Succulent floral smell with a taste to match. Typically awesome offering from Stone.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Captain_Cab (10) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2010
medium bitterness, not overly impressed with this ipa. I usually want a face full of hops but was disappointed with aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zinvegas (10) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Very well balanced with the perfect amount of malt to juxtapose with the hops expected in a double IPA. I am not huge on West Coast IPAs, but I loved this one. Citrus and some sweetness on the tongue. Pours golden and clear, with a nice white foam> medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKS4011 (8) - Black Earth, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
bottle: gentle hop smell, beautiful orange color and stiff white head. Taste was oily and heavy (dense) but in a good way. this is a smooth IPA perhaps because of the English hops not the tannin-like twang of American IPAs. I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theblindshaman (6) - Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2010 does not count
Has a great, herby nose. The surprisingly light mouthfeel helps disguise the 8.9%ABV, though there is a pleasant heat on the the finish. The beer has a particularly thick, opaque appearance, and a nice light caramel color. Not terribly complex, but very easy to drink and enjoy. grass, herbs, golden, cloudy, minimal head, soft carbonation, medium bitterness

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebarracuda (5) - fairfield, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010 does not count
Stone - 14th anniversary Emperial IPA. 8.9% - pours hazy orange with a frothy white head that when poured into the glass looks like unfiltered orange juice with whipped cream on top. Smells very floral and EXTREMELY hopped. Drinks smooth and initally lightly hopped which gives a quick pause to let you enjoy the light sweetness before the hops take over and wash over your tongue. they seem to change flavor by the second as it dries being bitter and yet sweet simultaneously. It leaves a lasting bitterness that begs "drink more". WOW. I REALLY like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beorn7676 (3) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 14, 2010 does not count
Pours a bright golden straw color with a bubbly pure white head. Looks very pleasing. Almost crystal clear. Aroma is piny, citrus, with a touch of yeast. Theirs a earthiness to the nose. Taste is pine, citrus, juniper,and lots of bitterness. Touch of malt sweetness, but it is minimal. Body is a little on the light side, but very refreshing for 8.9 abv.

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