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Weíve 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, itís all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). Weíre 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, itís a Double IPA (can you really say youíre surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the letís-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, weíve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isnít 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
IrishBoy (3909) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bomber from BevMo Valencia. Nose is pineapple, mango, lemon, and bits of caramel. Lightly hazy copper orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is bitter with lots of tropical fruity notes and very lightly caramelized sugar. One of the most "tropical" DIPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
This is an interesting IPA. Pours a classic orange with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is loaded with juicy tropical fruits, oranges and lemon. Thereís a slight malt sweetness and some bready characteristics. The taste starts off nice and bitter, followed by a kick of spices, and hints of grapefruit and lemon. Dry finish. Not too sure if this is balanced that well, but who cares, since I donít taste the 10% abv at all. Nice job and way too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (300) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Aroma is heavy sweet citrus, mango tropical fruit forward, spicy rye, sweet malt. Appearance is hazy copper with medium thick frothy light tan head. Taste is very sweet malt mixed with heavy aroma hopping forward. I notice the lemon oil but probably would think it was aroma hopping if I hadnt read it on the bottle. Spicy rye quite present, possibly a hint of ash. Earthy tones and a bit of vanilla. Palate is meium+, Hint of alcohol warmth warms the tongue. Sweet malt and a smooth but firm hop bitterness lingers. Overall a very nice beer. Complex but it works. A little different from the typical IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA bomber bottle. The IPA pours a murky apple juice amber with a nice beige head of small bubbles that is persisting nicely. Nose is a acidic sweet blend of spruce and citrus hops. Taste is slight citrus on the front that mellows into pine mid taste and mellows nicely into a clinging mix of mild honey and good bitters. Body is lively and a bit tangy. Nice nice beer. I need to find more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
August 30, 2012 bottle at BVeryís tasting. Dark golden pour with some head. Citrus and floral hops with some caramel for aroma and taste. Wish there was more malt to balance this one out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
The aroma is pretty hoppy but it is also reminiscent of floor cleaner because of all the lemon products in there. There is a good hop presence on the palate but it also has an herbal funkiness to it that reminds of old bell peppers and/or licking a Christmas tree trunk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 31, 2012
Not usually that much of a Stone fanatic, but I like this one more than many of theirs. Itís an interesting competitor to DFHís Hellhound-- perhaps a new sub-genre "Lemon IPA." In this case the lemon makes it feel lighter, and really marginalizes the malts, with the actual citrus playing off some citrusy hops. Aroma is pretty minor, considering the taste, and mouth feel is also surprisgingly watery, considering this is a big beer. Itís a good IPA, and surprisingly drinkable considering the full on flavor assault.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Brown orange pour. Aroma of spice, rye, floral hops. Taste is well balanced bitter hops. Dry mouthfeel after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7383) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bomber. Rich reddish orange pour with a white head. Huge floral hop aroma. Sharp floral hop flavor, with some caramel malt - really rich and tasty. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Ah, the Stone obnoxious IPA... crystal clear caramel color with a fat, thick, dense white head that lasts minutes! Plenty of them. More than 23. The aroma is dense lemon peel and an undertone of grain. I canít get over the sheer quantity of bubbles in this beer. Reminds me of Pearlís advertising. The palate is full, bitter hoppy resin. Yeah! After the first 1/4 pint the hops kill all the lemony bullshit. Thank God. I canít even see through the thick white blanket left on the glass by this beer. One of the best looking 3 beers youíve ever seen.

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