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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2972) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Very odd beer that I have to try from a bottle. Reason? The aroma and taste had mint chocolate chip ice cream all over. There was some pine, lemon and grapefruit rind but that weird flavor/aroma brought too much attention to itself to be ignored. Actually was a decent beer even with that since mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite flavor but I can't imagine that's how this beer really tastes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1055) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Half a bomber into Duvel tulip. Amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma is pleasant, floral, but muted. Flavor is fairly high on hop bitterness but light on hop flavor. I donít get a ton of lemon in this, mostly long after the finish, maybe its a bit of lemon oil that lingers, but its a decent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesnít quite fit in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - AUG 27, 2012
Lemon candy aroma just sweet and aromatic and pretty unique smell wise for me. Amber with ample off white head. Taste is abrasive and full, bitter and imperial. Earthy malt bitter lemon rind and pine. The taste takes some warming up to as it has some subtleties in between some serious assertive bitterness. Intricate beneath it all. I fine effort and a welcome addition to the variety of ipas Iíve had from stone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Has a very subtle aroma of flowers and hops. The taste is a crisp and bitter with a hint of lemon. Appears to be a dark amber with a white head. Finish is amazing and doesnt leave a bitter after taste like some double ipas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bomber from Jubilation. Lemon & rye = yum. Aroma is a bit too cognac-y, especially as it warms. Warming alcohol on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Very dark amber. Huge two and a half finger cream white head. Big pine lemon citrus nose. Easy drinking and balanced for such a huge beer. The pine and lemon play very well with the malts. This is an incredible double IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bright orange tinted copper body with medium carbonation and a tall, long lasting, well laced foam head. Moderately roasted malt body highlighted by some caramel and a touch of spicy rye. Tropical fruit character without being overly sweet. Lemon zest with notes of pineapple and lime. A bit of an herbal quality with light tea essence. Light peppery spice finish. Fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Atom (1690) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bomber pours a clear copper/orange with a large khaki head. Aroma is clean with rye, pine, oranges, and caramel. Taste of spciey rye and hops, with a big hit of herbal lemon and an almost ginger, caramel malt, ending with alcohol. The lemon with the alcohol level really donít do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
August 2012 on the bottle.

A: This is an absolutely stunning beer that fills out my Dogfish Head glass wonderfully. I poured semi-hard and was greeted with a beautiful light tan head taking up the top 1/4 of the glass and even a tad above the top, but not overspilling. The head has excellent retention sitting strong over a minute after the pour and still going. The body is an absolutely crystal clear amber with a moderately paced stream of carbonation in the body.

S: Strong lemon aroma, but neither sour or sweet, and a tropical hop aroma, slight rye in the background. This is a bright and clean smelling beer, moderate presence.

T: This is a lot sweeter than I expected with the lemon flavor leaning sweet rather than tart, but with good presence throughout that lingers for a bit on the finish. Tropical hops provide a mild bitterness and mild fruitiness contributing to some of the sweetness but dry out a bit by the end as the lemon and rye hit. The rye is very subtle, only hints of spice on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: I think this is a nice interesting IPA combining a lot of flavors really well and itís a huge surprise to see Stone make a sweeter IIPA instead of their usual hop assaults. I prefer this to the Enjoy By IIPA for sure.

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