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RATINGS: 690   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3566) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle from Giant Eagle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus particularly lemon oil, caramel malt and some spicy rye on the back end. Tastes of subtle lemon with big hop flavor and a malt back bone that compliments and gives pretty good balance. Definitely medium bodied, oily with a nice stickiness that tends to stay true to the style. Overall not really my bag but respect to Stone for putting together another solid beer. By the way the 10% ABV is REALLY well hidden, drinks like a standard IPA. I shared this with a couple friends and we all had a good little buzz when finished. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22oz bomber shared by Scott. Poured a orange/amber body with a very foamy super light beige head. Aroma is lemon scented furniture polish, woody and oily. The body is woody with a medium body and light carbonation and a dry woody finish. Flavor of earth, dirty citrus rinds, dry resinous hops, lemon citrus. Meh last years was worlds better and the lemon is too much in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5598) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reynolds314 (2797) - 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.

   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....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1426) - 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 -

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1705) - 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.

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