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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of lemon, bread, spice, grapefruit, pine, light orange anmd light tropical fruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lemon, grapefruit, pine, light erarthiness and light spice with a crisp dry bitter lingering lemon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1156) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Draught at rattle n hum. Clear amber, with minimal cap, but a dense ring. Foremost aroma is lemon. Holy shit. This is definitely a different impy. Lemon rind assaults with a gentle tart bitterness. Supreme rye malt flavor, with the lemon poking it's nose about. Steady lacing on the glass. Back to aroma, the rye is there but the strong player is still the lemon. Great lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 S: Lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruit bitterness. Malt presence - toasted rye A: Deep amber with foamy white head with great retention T: Lemon zest - almost Belgian ale spiciness - malt - all well balanced P: Medium-full bodied, creamy and lingers really well - leaves that great hop lining O: Another hoppin’ Stone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1818) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2012
HmmmmK. Props for trying something different. Wasn’t totally sold on it, but enjoyed it at the same time. Big Stoned malt nose, lots of lemon juice hints up front. The body is thick and Stone DIPA, with crushed lemon flavor all up in your grill. For the most part it blends with the DIPA part, but the rye has such a sweet flavor as well, they meet in a bit of an odd way in the middle. It’s like...both the flavors are presented well, and taste great, but maybe just don’t belong together. An off shoot of two beers could be done here. Still yummy and Stone and all that, yah. Woot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
An interesting IPA. Beautiful Copper color, Solid one finger head, scant lacing. Lemon/pine notes up front with unmistakable smell of a big IPA. BUT, something changes and it drinks rather light and carbonated, the big malt backbone you would expect at 10% abv is missing and it drinks much lighter. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber from Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours clear copper with white head. Aromas of intense lemon and pine needles with a bit of sweet malts. Flavor is much subdued compared to aroma. Lemon, pine, resiny hops with a good deal of bitterness. Unique for sure but was not a huge fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1557) - Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle - average size foamy head, medium amber color, lemon citrus hop aroma and flavor with a mild sweet malt bakbone, fair alcohol taste - pretty damn yummy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StormCoat (117) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Picked up a bomber bottle at a Sprouts market in San Diego. Poured it into my favorite tulip glass. Pours mostly clear amber with a finely-textured white head. A really great nose immediately...big lemony aromas, with a kind of yeasty, bready undertone that’s really appealing. Medium-full body...this beer feels pretty rich! Flavors are all caramel-malt, and very citrusy, but also VERY bitter, and I’m immediately reminded of Dogfish Head’s Hellhound On My Ale, which also pits lemon flavors against hop bitterness in a really nice way. This one has such a long, resinous bitter finish, that it’s almost too bitter for me, but the interplay between the bitterness and citrus flavors keep it interesting and make me want to keep drinking. It’s been a while since I had the Dogfish Hellhound, and it’s tough to say which one of the two I like better; they’re even similar in alcohol content. At any rate, this is a very good, rich, complex IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (416) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pours a hazy copper with an off white head that leaves some lacing. Aromas of lemon zest, pine, citrus, and some spice. Taste packs a hop punch with the lemon verbena shining first before some other citrus and spice comes through as well as the rye malts. A lot going on in this one. Has a bit of a dry, spicy finish and some alcohol warmth on the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
22oz bottle, served at around 45F.

Pours clear copper with a three finger off-white head that leaves good clumpy walls of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is citrus, lemon, apricot, some fruity hops, a bit of pine, grass, can pick up the rye and some caramel malt, bread, toffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon, citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, strong malt backbone of caramel and rye, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, strong alcohol bite on the finish. Pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.

This is one big beer. Bigger than I prefer my Double IPAs, bordering more on the American Strong Ale or even Barleywine style. Good, but far from my favorite Anniversary brew from Stone.

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