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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1306) - 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.

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4080) - 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 itís quite pleasant, just doesnít 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 itís 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Deep amber pour, good head. Aroma was over the top lemon, piney hops, spicy malt and light booze. Flavors were big and bitter, noticeable lemon pledge presence, left a lingering aftertaste of lemon and bitter hops. Syrupy mouthfeel with standard carbonation. Slick and oily. This just didnít seem to work for me. Unbalanced, too much lemon, way bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1484) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark orange with a frothy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of pine and grapefruit rind mostly with faint notes of lemon zest and faint malts. Delicious bitter hop flavor of pine, wet grass, and light citrus. Fairly balanced and the 10% ABV is nowhere to be found. Great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours with a fluffy head and an orange glow. Bright, lemon-accented nose. Snappy hops are complemented by a nutty, slightly toasted and slightly sweet malt backbone. Subtle notes of caramel and honey linger in the background. Bold bitterness, some alcohol warmth and spicy aromas of flowers, tea, white pepper and lemon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (549) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
The first sip reminded me of the movie Evil Dead 2 (Dead By Dawn). Horror fans will recall that in this movie a gal, against the better wishes of those stuckin the cabin, ran out into the woods to flee the evil. Sadly, she did not realize EVERYTHING was evil, and got caught up in a buch of trees that proceeded to rape her, alone, in the forest. I had a similar experience after finishing off my bomber of Stone 16th. Except the trees were hop vines and they were raping my mouth. Saying this was a prodigious hop experience understates the facts: It looked great in the glass. Almost an orange hue to it. The smell was that of a questionably strong bag of weed. The taste was hop-raping my mouth. Plenty of burn, but in the good sense. Glad I tried it. Wonít be a mainstay, but I know this was a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
On tap at WF Watering Hole in Chandler, AZ. Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Resiny hops with some citrus and lemony zest. Flavor is similar with a pretty good smooth finish. Good stuff!!


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