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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5367) - 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 (4281) - 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 (2301) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Frisk doft av tropiskt frukt. Smak av tropiskt frukt, honung lite metallisk med sparsmakad beska med en kryddig chutney känsla i eftersmaken, välbalanserad och därmed väldigt god.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Very nice. I was a little put off by the sweet aroma but the taste was right on. Pours a murky orange color. Small head. The hops are pleasant and provide a peppery citrus flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy yellow. The aroma just explodes from the glass. Lots of tropical fruits. Flavor is dominated by the hops that makes it very bitter. But the sweetnes bring a good balance to this brew. Flavor is flowery, tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. Palate is quite big and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linnet (1442) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2011
Appearance: hazy lemon colour, small white head, lacing. Aroma: Earthy hops, lemon, resin, malts, grapefruit. Flavour: Big aggressive bite, grapefruit, citric, tropical fruits. Mouthfeel: fresh Total: As always Stone has done it again!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1948) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head. Smell: Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs. Taste: Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this. A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation. Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"nice beer for sure. a fusion between a west coast imperial and an english ipa. hops are big, but less floral and fruit, and more pepper. different yet familiar. quite frikkin tasty, though not quite as awesome as last years."

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