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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 2, 2010
22oz bottle. hazy light gold under a large, fluffy, white head. i hate to say it but this smells bad...sweaty socks, mildew aroma. mildewy flavor with herbal/hoppy/citrus and tropical fruit. medium body. the aroma is killing me. weird stuff, i dunno.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2010
On tap at R&H NY
Aroma rather muted for style with alcohol sowing trough, bitterness with malts.6-
Appearance hazed amber-gold with fine carbonation. Fine mid – light top, decent lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Malty body covered in fruity0leafy bitterness, tartness on walls. Mid is lip-smacking brutal bitterness. Finish reminds me of bitter vodka from Poland. Mellower with time with herbal-bitter finish. Still quiet unbalanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2010
This poured a cloudy yellow color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains spices, lemons, grass (not mary jane just lawn grass) and some barnyard funk oddly similar to a saison. The flavor is full of lemons and grass. Very yeasty this one is! This one fights between being extremely sour and bitter with an odd plastic finish. I fear this one is in the Belgian IPA mold which I am not a fan of the style. Overall this kind of sucks.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Captain_Cab (10) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2010
medium bitterness, not overly impressed with this ipa. I usually want a face full of hops but was disappointed with aroma and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle, shared with Tim & Jacob. Hazy orange, white head. Nose is floral, tea-like, medium caramel, some astringency. Flavor is sweet malt/caramel, strange astringent bitterness, catty. Overly bitter/jagged with a huge malt backbone. Manages to be too bitter & cloying at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Wow, who would have thought? Another West Coast hop-bomb that delivers nothing but hops with no malt backbone to even things out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Pours a hazy straw color with a short lived 2 finger head. Looks more like a wheat beer than anything. Aroma and taste are pretty close. The previously mentioned faint grape soda , herbal,slightly earthy ,dryish slightly bitter finish. Not diggin this one. Where are the juicy hops hints of pine and thirst quenching finish? $7 down the drain. Not literally but will steer clear of this one. Again this brewer is one I just don’t "get" all the hype about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours to a strange colored hazy yellow body with a very foamy (big bubbles) white head. The aroma is grassy candied pineapple and orange juice. The taste is extremely bitter grass and some sort of doughy grain. There’s a quite nasty bitter aftertaste that lingers and lingers. This beer is extremely unbalanced and hugely overrated. BLAH!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2011
Gedronken in Brussel in Moeder Lambic. De kleur is helder geel tot lichtgroen. Het rook echt naar zweet en citroen. Verder vond ik erg vies, niet te beschrijven.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
ADawg (1) - USA - JUL 15, 2010 does not count
Another triumph from stone citrus nose nice malt backbone bitter finish notes of caramel good lacing

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