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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (391) - 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 (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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 (2536) - 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 (648) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1552) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle from SL... Pours a redish orange, with a nice frosty head that stuck around. Nose of spicey rye malt, flower, piney. Taste is more of a rye ipa in my opinion but doesnt mattter. Hoppy, malty, sweet but not perfumey sweet. Nice spiceyness while holding a piney floral bitternes. Medium body. Easy to drink. Overall: Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lurch88 (11) - - AUG 26, 2012
Stone could put dog shit in an IPA and it would taste great. I was unsure of the lemon at first but it pairs well with the rye malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1041) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bomber pours a clear orange color with a fair off-white head but minimal lacing. Smells like another knockout IIPA with lots of citrus hops. Aroma has the lemons standing out in front of other fruits, and the rye is definitely present. Aroma also includes a bit of floral hops, caramel and toffee malts, and some spiciness, Tastes slightly sweet but not at all boozy, with the expected dry finish. Medium body with perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, An interesting, slightly different IIPA that Iíll try to find again before this one is gone forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4287) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear copper/amber with a large beige head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel and a spicy lemony zest. Flavor is spruce, pine, a note of butter, citrus (orange/lemon), spicy rye. Very bitter beer from start to finish. Finish is warming alcohol (abv otherwise very well masked). Very nice beer, but a bit more complex than I like my IPAís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Sampled on 8/25/2012. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, hints of lemon and some spiciness. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, hints of rye. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Hints of lemon. Some rye spiciness. Nice carbonation. A crisp, clean and dry IPA. Nice balance. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. The lemon verbena, rye malts and citra hops make a nice combination. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, smooth and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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