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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6716) - 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 (1199) - Dublin, 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 (721) - 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 (37269) - 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 (1536) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
Bomber at the end of a long party...nice amber, tropical, bubble gum, booze, hops, mod body and carbonation, bitter and fruity on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Appearance: Copper and garnet under a bread crust hued head that fades bubbly into a full layer with sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
Nose: Pine oil and mint – very oily and sticky. Spearmint. A little swampy in the back. Orangey hop oils.
Palate: Mint and spearmint front and center. Sticky oily pine sap and orange oils. Green and herbaceous in the middle. Cucumber. The finish is all pine – like standing amidst a pine forest while licking the pine needles.
Final Thoughts: Another solid IPA from Stone that diverges some from their usual pine and grapefruit hop bombs, which is a good thing. Overall though, for an anniversary beer I was expecting something a little more off the chain or unusual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (3753) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours hazy orange amber with small off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit, citrus and flowers, with notes of hops. Sweetish, malty and fruity flavour, interacting wisely with bitter, hoppy notes, ending on a bittersweet and sourish note. Allright but I am used to better things from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Ulfborg weekend celebration of nothing in particular. Hazy orange with a lasting off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with citrus and peach hops. Sweet malty flavour with citrus and peach hops, a touch of mint and a very bitter finish. Quite a bit of alcohol showing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14259) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours hazy orange with a creamy white head. Lots of caramel and bread - that Stone thing. Citrus hops beneath. Way too malty to be really good.

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