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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (358) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
I might have to change my favorite style from impy stout to ipa because there are so many so so impy stouts and so mny great ipas out there..this is another model of the ipa form..strong aroma of citrus piney and floral hops with that unmistakabl;e maltiness sort of like a preview of whats to come..gorgeous cloudy amber yellow orange appearance pure white head that lasts and laces..tatse perfectly balanced between hoppy bitterness and malty/yeasty backbone that finishes dry and bitter..not a west coast hop bomb either,just really good..yum..perfectly carbonated substantial and slightly slick mouthfeel..an ipa I would give to someone who has never had one.. very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
One of the prettiest beers I’ve seen in a while. Shining orange gold, hazed, perfect white head. Inviting aroma, floral, lemon citrus, touch of earthiness. Gummy sweet malt flavors give way to lightly citric, floral, and spice accented hops. Great balance between sweet and bitter, long, lingering hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - AUG 2, 2010
Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is hops along with some grapefruit. Flavor is rather hoppy, but not unpleasantly bitter. Not terribly balanced with malt though. Fairly strong grapefruit in the finish. Quite good though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
22 oz – The Wine Source. Hazed gold, creamy white head. Deep pink grapefruit zest and pineapple-mango swirls over softer aromas of earth and caramel biscuit throughout. Bitter tropical-citrus and earthy hop assault rounds very well on a soft herbal peach and toffee-like fade. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. A fantastic take on the style for sure. Great job, Stone! It doesn’t always have to scream Southern California…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2866) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2010
On tap at GBBF ’10 as ’This Beer Tastes Better on Tap’. Amber/gold pour with a white head. Hoppy aromas of peaches, pear, citrus. Caramel, heavy citrus burst. Very hoppy. Crisp, fruity, hoppy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3121) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you’re in the mood for major hops.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Cask at GBBF 2010, 5th Aug 2010, as "This Beer Tastes Better On Tap". Very slightly hazy glowing amber with a bubbly head. Fantastic nose - strong resiny hops and oranges warmed by alcohol. Brings warmth to your cheeks. Delightful mix of all citrus flavours over firm malt bakcbone. Dangerously drinkable for the strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours cloudy pale golden with a moderate white head. Nose is malts, herbal, earthy, grassy hops, and mints. Taste is wonderful. Exploding with tangy, spicy, herbal type hops and pungency the almost stings the palate. Bitterness is smooth and balanced and just a little sweeter than it is dry. Very nice job.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a dissipating white head. Aroma of hops, lemon and citrus. Flavour of citrusy hops, dry malt and some peachy notes. The bitter flavour dissolves into moderate sweetness and finishes dry, peppery, hoppy and a little fruity.

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