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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8707) - 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 (629) - 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 (1650) - 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 (2044) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FullObs (134) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bomber. Amber color. A litty spice. Not finding any lemon a but there is a nice piny hop. This is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
poured on tulip. Clear golden body with a long but no very lasting white head. Smells of coriander, lots of hierba buena, mint and citrus. The taste is very unique, the lemon zest comes through very strong, heavy on the bitterness of the hops, yeasty, notes of the rye nut, and it has a light mineral soda texture to it. a medium to light carbonation texture with a citrus finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3498) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Deep amber body. Large foamy white head. Good lacing. Nose is full of lemon, floral notes, ginger, pepper, and rye. The addition of lemon verbana and rye is clear. Comes across as though it could be a hoppy saison. Flavor is a bit muted and conflicted. Lemon verbana and ginger highlight a spicy rye base. Medium bodied, effervescent, mild bitterness in the finish. Spicy aftertaste. Interesting, but not as successful as I had hoped going into it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Aroma of lemon pledge. Pine and lemon zest are very dominant. Pours like an IPA, frothy in all the right ways. Taste is floral and lemoney. A little too much lemon pledge going on.

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