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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Apricot colored pour. Aroma is all grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor is bitter and delicious. Grapefruit and sour orange peels. Awesome!

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle info includes its abv (8.9%), born on date (June2010), ingredients used and a good disruption of the beer as the motivation behind it. Appearance: The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass. Smell: The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast. Taste/Palate: The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation. Notes: What more can I say I absolutely love this beer and this brewery!!!

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2498) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2011
Bottled
Pours a hazy, deep golden colour with a creamy head. Fruity aroma: orange, mandarine, mango, passion fruit........Citrusy flavor, pine, resin, tobacco....Well balanced and elegant, really good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6498) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a very cloudy deep gold with yellow highlights and a medium-thin white head. The aroma was intense - slight grassiness, lots of grapefruit citrus, and a sublime sweet malt note. The flavor followed the aroma: big citrusy bitterness with amazing sweet caramel malt character - almost like glazed orange rolls. Notes of earthy and grassy hops emerge toward mid-palate, leading into a very bitter - but also malty - grapefruity bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and brisk with a slippery sweet texture. Overall, a wonderful concept - a fantastic big IPA with a definite "twist". Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2010
phenominal. pours cloudy hazy golden apricot yellow. thick two finger white head. nose is dried apricots, leafy foliage, earthy, pungent, beckoning to be drunk. taste is thick hoppy, orange, apricot returning, balanced, slick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. This is the best IPA ive had in a long damn time. really epic stuff. Thanks pops for sharin!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omega (697) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 29, 2011
This beer is so good that I let my pizza burn because I didn’t want to taint my palate. Now I am looking a glass of beautiful liquid gold with a fantastic nose and superbly balance flavours that make this a treat to drink; and a burnt to a crisp pizza. Must finish this magnificent specimen first and eat my charcoal pizza.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass. The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast. The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation.


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