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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Earthy hoppy aroma. The golden cloudy appearance is almost perfect. This is what a beer should look like. The taste and bitterness seems to fall somewhere in between the Ruination IPA and Stone IPA. Definitely a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
I think I am coming to love "Empirial" IPA’s. I have had several and they have all been good. This one was no exception.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle from the Mustard Seed in Akron, OH. After I opened the bottle, I could actually smell the hops from across the room. Poured beautifully, golden-orange haze with a pale, white head. Hoppy as all get-out. The first sip completely cleared my sinuses. Every sip after that was even more enjoyable. As it gets warmer, it gets even better. A beer best cherished slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Very hazy yellowed orange with a tall, foamy antique white head that falls to a medium egg-white froth. Very pleasant, flowery hop nose (grapefruit, orange rind, peaches, light grasses), with some white pepper spice and vanilla cookie. Flavor starts out moderately bitter but slowly builds to a sharp, citric and resiny bitterness. Finish is a bit woody, lightly sweet,but moderate bitterness lingers. Wonderfully full, pillowy mouthfeel. This imperial IPA somehow delivers the hops without feeling like a sticky, pinecone-soaked beer like so many others. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bomber from Taylors Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a three finger frothy white head. Getting a floral, earth, pepper, citrus mixed aroma. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation of a sort. It’s really fresh. Fruity. Floral. Peppery. Finishes dry with just a touch of fresh stone fruit with hot bits. Man, tell me it’s a saison, and I might believe you. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Pours cloud orange yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is orange juice citrus and a hint of sweet malt. Flavor is oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, heavily citrus with a nice bitter kick. Goodalt backbone not to bitter. Really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Amber pour with a big pillowy, white head. Flavor is huge crisp hops and considerable spice and citrus. Flavor is super smooth crisp and not nearly as heavy as one would expect. Finish is long and dry. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2010
HAd a bottle with pat from Capone’s. Pour is a slightly hazy dark orange. some lacing head. Aroma is a nice hop combo with some hops and barley leaves. Flavor is pine hops and sweet vanilla.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdrinker79 (2047) - Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle- shared with poisoneddwarf- Pours cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a collar around the rim. The aroma is citrusy grapefruit and floral, the aroma also has a hoppy character to it, very impressive in the nose. The flavor is hoppy bite and a sweetness like some kind of melon. The bitterness lingers long after the swallow. Medium carbonation, full flavor adds up to an excellent beer.

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