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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We’ve been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, it’s all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). We’re talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it’s a Double IPA (can you really say you’re surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let’s-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we’ve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn’t quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2014
A dense blond top, atop a clear deep orange golden body. Intense caramel malt aroma, balanced by a rich citrussy and resiny hop nose. Not very full, considering the high abv. Smooth and warm in the mouth. Taste is like the achetypical big US IPA, Bold fruity and resiny hop bitterness, intense and rich caramel-accented malt base. Oh yes, this is a good one. [Shared bottle at larsga’s, 20.08.13]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (555) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2014
From notes. Wonderful fruity aroma, mango, peaches, nectarines, papaya, apricot. Taste is more tropical fruits, grapefruit, bittersweet, caramel malts, alcohol. A very solid beer by stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Golden color, attractive. The hops hold up reasonably well, actually, though I can imagine that they’re still muted as against a fresh bottle. Lemon comes through and once again I’m not a huge fan of the influence of rye. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwm1034 (721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
From beer fridge....been there too long so most of hops are gone....interesting to get the taste without all the hoppiness,,,,the rye, lemon, and malts leave behind an interesting, tasty brew....don’t recommend it as a usual course but still interesting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13591) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is orange, lemon, malt, hop. Flavour is orange, lemon, malt, hop, pine, grass. OK/Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7501) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
(Bottle) Hazy amber colour with lasting, frothy, off-white head, leaving traces of lacing. Fruity, hoppy nose with citrus, tropical fruit, apricots, pine needles, orange marmalade, rye bread, mango, passion fruit and hints of fresh ginger. Malty, fruity hoppy taste with notes of lemon peel, grapefruit, orange marmalade, resin, apricots, pine needles, rye bread, tropical fruit and an impressive citric, resinous bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with soft and chewy malt. Quite sweet. Solid and impressive DIPA (as expected from these guys). Lovely beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Another DIPA from Stone, amazing how they find new ways to brew a big hoppy ale, but they do, credit to them. Nice aroma, massively citrusy, great color and lacing. Tropical fruit is first and foremost in the flavor, really nice, almost New Zealand IPA like. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours orange yellow some fleeting head and lace. Aroma is lemon, pine, starfruit...just OK. Flavor is fairly sweet, light lemon, spicy grapefruit, bracing pith bitter finish. Feel is slick and sticky. Kind of underwhelming though a nicely different hop fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of my Secret Winter Santa ]. Clear medium to dark orange colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, herbs, spicy hops, lemen grass, eucalyptus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy hops, peppery, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131123]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Saw this at the local rosauers. Pours copper and clear with a sheet of white foam. Smells medicinal with sweet lemons, orange peels, peppercorn, tea tree and just a hint of licorice at the end. Flavor is sweet with the lemon oil, alcohol, caramel and very little hops for the likes of stone. Medium bodied with moderate Carb and dry fimish. Not for me. Serving type: bottle 08-13-2012

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