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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 650. Amber pour, nice head that lasts. The smell isn’t a total punch in the face but it has some good citrus rind. Teh flavor is unique. It is super spicy. Not too much tropical fruit on my palate. Medium to high bitterness, and a bitter finish. It definitely has some herbal notes, some basil, sage, orange, and lemon. It isn’t bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bcb07 (19) - - AUG 24, 2012
This beer is very different. Very smooth, but taste is very different. Not a bad beer, definitely something unique to try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Excellent beer from Stone, these guys know IPAs and put out quality stuff, hoppy, sticky, malty, fruity. Nice dry finish. Very refreshing. I was expecting a little more hops, but all in all I can’t complain.....stone does it again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2090) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
pours a clear amber with a large white head and very good lacing. smell is of citrus, light grapefruit, a touch of caramel, and hops. taste is of grapefruit, some pine, caramel, some malts, and hops. ends smooth and bitter. overall very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a shade or two darker than tangerine, nice cream colored head. Veritably scintillating aromas of tropical fruit and resin. Mouthfeel a tad on the soft side. The malt profile is amazing, toasty, spicy and sophisticated for an IIPA. Awesome tropical fruit, lemon, and pine spice notes. Magnificent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1553) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bright straw yellow with a big foamy and very nice lace. Bright tropical and citrus fruit aromas featuring lemon zest, pine, tea and black pepper. Crisp bitterness with a solid malt base that only hints at the rye. Lots of other "stuff" in the background: pepper, pine, tea, grass, lemon, bread, pears, and the list goes on. Medium body, lively carbonation, smooth texture and a busy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Typical Stone pour with a clear amber color and a full, creamy, frothy, off-white head which settles to a thin froth and leaves drippy, frothy lace. The nose is surprisingly subtle (is this really a Stone beer?); subtle lemon, very floral, fresh herbs (basil, rosemary), subtle toasty notes, some raw hops, light spicy bread, and faint tropical fruit. The flavor is much less subtle; still very floral and herbal, rosemary notes all over, medium high bitterness, mango and papaya, a light lemon acidity, and some spicy rye grains. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, creamy, and slightly oily. The finish is spicy, drying slightly, bitter, subtly acidic still with lemon, some raw hop notes, light fruit left, and strong herbal notes lingering. Not a typical IIPA from Stone but I did appreciate the sublte intricacies and balanced approach to the style. The herbal notes matched with the rye notes were very intriguing and the lemon was used with only enough to add depth without overpowering the flavor or adding too much acidity. Not typical of Stone but still a nice anniversary beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5138) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pour clear copper / orange with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has toasty malt, lemon verbena floralness, some citric hoppiness and some lemon citrus - floral is the main trait here and it’s quite pleasant, just doesn’t seem very IIPA. Medium / full body that is a bit slick with moderately soft carbonation and has some resiny roughness at the end. The beer starts out much hoppier than the aroma with citrus, pine, earth melding with the lemon oil (I think) for a citric abrasiveness that is really pleasant. There is a little bit of toasty malt presence, but it’s overshadowed by the hop onslaught. The verbena from the aroma is not noticeable to me on the taste off the bat. The finish is really dry, lemony and resiny. The 10% is hidden really well and it is really pleasant to drink. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
bomber. Golden hazy ale. Lemon, citrus flavor. Taste is clean, hoppy, citrus ale. Easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours amber and clear with a white head that fades to a sticky lacing film. Aroma blasts citrus juice, bitter citrus rinds, spicy hops, orange, tropical fruits, and sweet toasted bread malts and light caramel. Flavor is lemon nuances but sweet- not even a citric tartness, spicy hops, woodiness, resin, citrus, tropical fruit. Moderately full body and some sticky sweetness on the back end balanced by bitterness. Good and interesting. Glad to try this since last year was a disappointment to me.

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