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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: 726   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 (330) - 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 (3625) - 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 (1185) - 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 (2644) - , 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2010
22oz bomber. Hazy, cloudy orange-tan with a foamy, soapy white head. Earthy hop tones, reminiscent of APA is a way. Lots of hops, more than enough to leave some dry, sticky residues in the aftertaste. Quite well done, the white malt, assumably, gives this a great clean, toasty malt feel, while the hop dosing is awesome, with lots of bitter, peppery citrus. Quite clean for the big ABV. Really an exceptional IIPA, worth seeking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Poured a 22-oz bottle this showed up as a cloudy golden-orange color with a foamy white head. The nose is full of rich aromas of spices like pepper, on top of floral hops, and citrus. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Favor is spicy with some ripe fruit. Long bitter finish. Quite a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (2306) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Cloudy and orange. White head. Aroma of floral hops, yeast, and lemons. Tastes of hops, oranges, lemons, yeast and some malt sweetness. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, dry, smooth. Very nice.

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