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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Pours a golden cloudy color with a white head. Has a very bready and floral aroma to it. Medium bodied. Very bready, doughy, yeasty taste to it, along with a blast of hoppiness that one would expect from a Stone Ipa. Has a dry finish to go along with it. Personally not a big fan, but I think it is a well made beer, just not nearly worth the price of admission.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Cask@GBBF2010 (as Stone This Beer Tastes Better On Tap!). Goldeny orange colour with no head. Aroma is fruits, quite citrusy, earthy and has some mild acidic hppyness to it as well. Flavour is sweet fruits, some mild acidic notes. Brutally hopped and very bitter. Too hoppy acidic for me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theOptimator (346) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Aroma is sweet pineapple and floral. Not as much aroma as expected. Appearance is hazy apricot yellow. Large almost belgian looking thick white head. Taste is earthy, citrus, floral hops. Bitter beer. Also has a sweet malty backbone, but hops are in charge. Palate is medium. Grapefruit bitterness lingers for a long time. Overall, not a bad beer. Same hop overkill American IPA that everyone makes now. Tasty, but boring. Nothing new here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vir4030 (577) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head out of a bomber. Aroma is citrus with a hint of caramel. Flavor is pretty bitter with a bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
[bottle] Sourish pineapple aroma with some cherry and horseblanket. Cloudy yellow under a white ring. Very bitter flavour that is spicy and grainy, with some pleasant, sweet malt. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (887) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
From notes: poured a very cloudy straw color with a small white head. Aroma was surprisingly mild-piney hops mixed with yeast. Very deep palate, with a notable thickness. Found it to be mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuity yeast mixed in. I usually really like Stone’s brews, and reading the other desScriptions in the reviews leaves me wondering if I got a bad bottle...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
The aroma is very hoppy with floral hops and bread like malts. The appearance is hazy gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldbrewky (1534) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bomber: Pours a thick and hazy honey golden. Thin white head with drippy lacing. Nose of whole hop with a light under tone of caramel malt. Hop resin tone is elevated at start and plateaus for duration. Their own definition shows the single dimension of this brew.... HIED or Hop Infused Explosive Device. Fairly one dimensional. It is brewed with British ingredients but lacks the reserve to be anything other than a one off anniversary brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Aroma is intensely pine hops, very sweet, some fartiness, but mostly pine and dank hops. Taste is woah! way too sweet, pine, dankness, lots of milky pine, and more bitterness. Finish is cloying and slightly bitter. Way too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dagimp (859) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
From a bomber into a plastic cup. Pours with a good amount of head that doesn’t stick around too long. Not much lacing but that could just be the cup. Pretty decent aroma, very grassy and bananaey...almost Hefe like. Mouthfeel is medium for an IIPA. Taste is bready, cloves, light lemon and citrus hops... and that banana flavor again. Interesting, but not very. An OK IPA. Not that impressed but at least it wasn’t a total hop bomb like the rest of Stone’s IPAs.

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