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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - 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 (1970) - 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 (1655) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (408) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bomber to glass mug. Pours a dark yellow with good head. Lots of nice smooth hop flavors with a lemon twang. 10%AVB is subtle to say the least. Tastes light for a double IPA, but great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3444) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2012
bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque, NM-Aug 2012-pours deep orange almost red with a nice fluffy soapy off-white eggshell head. nose is kind of wierd-lots of lemon cleaner notes, tropical fruits, spice (esters), lite alcohol, rye (must be the spice i smell)-as it warmed up a bit, the rye came out more pronounced. flavors are different for a IIPA-lots of lemon/citrus (from both the hops and the lemon added), rye spice, lite toasted malt, lite alcohol heat, and moderate bitterness. not as overly bitter as i was expecting-actually is very pleasant. long finish of the lingering rye spice and piney/spicy hops. a very solid offering from this brewery, which i have come to really not like. however, the last few beers i have had from them have been very solid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Wonderful aroma while pouring. Good taste, has little more of an alcohol taste than hoppy ipa taste. Good beer just a little to much ABV for me. I know, I just cant pass that 10% mark for some reason, after that it taste like hard alcohol. This one came close, it hid the 10% fairly well. My loss I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2631) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bomber. Pours a deep copper with a very decent head and aromas of lemons. Flavor is lemon and caramel malt. Itís decent but an explosion of lemon peel with a little medicinal edginess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (737) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
The beer has a dark amber color in the glass. Aroma of pine and lemon zest. Taste has a nice mild bitterness to it mixed with citrus. There is grapefruit and more lemon. It has a long finish. Good beer.

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