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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 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 (891) - 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 I’ll 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 (2576) - 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 IPA’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy orange amber with a small beige head. Aroma of rye malt, orange rinds, citrus peel, tropical fruits and citrus hops - slight spiciness in back. Flavour is quite forward on the spiciness from the rye which dominates, leaving a citrus hop-forward finish. The more you drink, the more dominating the rye becomes, becoming an intense rye hop bomb. Solid stuff, though perhaps a bit too heavy on the rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2012
yellow orange pour with thick off white head. Aroma is very fruity, pineapple, orange. Flavor is big caramel biscuit, with a more lightly bitter finish than expected from stone, notes of lemon throughout. This is a distinctively sweet IPA with a bigger malt presence than indicated by the description. The lemon is nicely nuanced in a sort of sweet and sour way. Residual bitterness is citrusy in nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a light caramel color, middling white foam that dissipates on the quick side. Aroma is roasty malts, light rye, as suggested by the description, some burnt leaf character (not unpleasant) balanced out by the lemons, also from the description. Taste is a wowza on the front end; spiciness, cinnamon flavors, a combination of sweet citrus, and something like the burnt leaves and wood from a good autumn campfire! Pretty damn impressive. The ABV is masterfully disguised, and the bitterness of the hop palate only serves to complement the flavors mentioned above at the heart of this beer. Flavors last, and the body is just think and creamy enough to hold this thing together. Great, great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (1210) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy sweet. Flavor is great. Lots of hops, with a definite lemon undertone. Just as described. Medium body with tons of flavor. A syrupy texture.A little spice with a bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
On tap at Beer Geeks. Pours a nice golden orange color with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of lemony pine, some orange zest, toffee, grapefruit, some rye. Taste starts with spicy rye and citrus fruits. Finishes with a nice toffee/carmel sweetness along with more lemon and rye. The lemon and the rye work well together in this. Moderate carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Not a bad offering from Stone. Would like to try again without having a big stout beforehand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Aroma is heavy rye, light citrus, mild alcohol, mild maltiness. Color is amber with a nice off white head. Taste is medium lemon, the lemon oil really shows, nice firm hoppiness, light pine, alcohol is well hidden.

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