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RATINGS: 686   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Shared a 22oz bottle with friends. Poured a hazy orange color with a large white head. Aroma was big hops, with sweet malt characters, and a touch of lemon and spices. Flavor was nice, citrus hop bomb with plenty of floral notes to it. Nice lemon character - notes of lemon poppy seed muffin notes. Really enjoyed this particular one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Looks good, smells good big lemon taste. Pretty damn good even though super lemony. Stone does awesome masking the high abv on this one. Innovative and excitingly good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a golden straw color with billowing white head. Aroma is citrus, fresh cut grass, light rye. Abrasively bitter and astringent. Not at all pleasant to drink with none of the rye or lemon coming through once your palate is completely obliterated by this bitter mess.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Beautiful orange hue, brilliant clarity, whispy white head with spattered lacing. Nose is spicey rye and lemony zest and overall citrus notes. Flavor is uniquely complex with the rye presence and graininess up front followed by big citrus bursts with lemon overarching, lightly sweet and bouncy, well balanced, not overly warm or hot, the 10% is well-disguised here. One of the originals keeps innovating, gotta tip the hat to another unique anniversary ale from Greg, Steve, and the crew in North County....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1348) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle; Pour is slightly murky dark golden with a nice, fine bubbled off white head in this glass. Sticky lacing, modest retention - the nose is perhaps the highlight, heavy on the tropical fruits, which I was expecting, honestly. There is some bready malts present, with a hint of spice, indeed. Anyway - I think they could have done more with the rye malt addition ; either way - a prototype for a Stone IPA here, with some modest spicing from the rye note. I don’t believe it added much to the equation -

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1498) - Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours hazy orange with a huge three finger head that slowly reduces, nice decorative curtain lacework. The aroma is big on lemon, spicy from the rye, ginger is prominent too, but not seeing if that was added. The taste is more spicy rye with a dryness in the mouth, lemon and again ginger is there too. Hops seem to not be the focal point of this IPA, they were focusing on all the other ingredients and trying something different, which I think is great, you need to try new things, but this is a little heavy on the foo foo side of things, and this is coming from someone who has no problem with fruit beers or fruity IPA’s. This is a Stone Anniversary IPA, what the hell, where’s the hops man. As I sit and drink this, the beer allows some time to breathe, the fruity esters float away and the hops present themselves, I now correct myself in saying this is not a hoppy beer, it is , with a fruity spin. Not by any means my favorite Stone Anniversary, and not even close to my favorite Stone beer in general, but it has it’s place, decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Deep gold with a thing white head. Aroma is super-citrusy, lemon stands out, although not in an artificial way. Flavor strikes a nice, intense balance between moderate, syrupy malt sweetness and Huge lemon-grapefruit, with the bitterness trailing slightly less intense. Sappy resin as it warms. What it lacks in complexity, it recovers in utter deliciousness!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden orange with a fluffy white head. Caramel, lemon, lime, grass, and yeast aroma. Smooth silky palate. Tastes of bitter earthy grapefruit, lemon, straw, and sweet caramel finishing with a strong bitter bite. Excellent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle.Pours transparent amber; thin dense sheet of bubbles on top. resiny nose, with citrus rind, spice, and baby powder notes. Flavors are astringently and abrasively bitter lacking any real malt presence, it hits notes of aspirin, dry and astringent citrus pith, with seemingly unending unpleasant, palate ruining bitterness that won’t go away. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s excessively hot causing me to feel queasy with each sip. I am not sure how this could appeal to anyone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle at home shared with my dad. Pour is deep copper with a huge off-white head and great lacing. Smell is very pine-forward with huge lemon zest, grass, medicinal characteristics, spicy hips, and earth. Taste is very lemony, but I kind-of dig it, with touches of caramel, spicy hops, herbs, basil, and a huge pine needle, bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The lemon is very apparent, but it melds well with the fruitiness and spicy hops, with a great malt-backbone. Alcohol hidden very well; nicely done.


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