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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mixmasterob (1018) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1735) - Raleigh, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3508) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (590) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1664) - 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4870) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle. It pours super clear dark gold with a large off white head. This looks really nice in the glass despite the fact itís obvious thereís a lot of caramel malt in here. The aroma is pretty good with big sweet lemon tea, caramel malt and a bit of tropical fruit and spice. The flavor is about the same. Sweet, lemony and a rather rough bitter finish. Some spiciness in there, but this is pretty one dimensional. The body, while being pretty oily, actually feels pretty nice going down. I donít normally like IPAís this sweet and oily, but this one for some reason hits the spot. Maybe itís the lemon. Anyway, a pretty decent beer. Get it while itís fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bomber from Highland Beverage- Hiram, GA. Pours deep orange-red with a small white head and intense lacing that clings to the glass. Aroma is dank resiny pine and mild florals. Taste is sweet citrus with a bitter backend that is more pleasant than wrecking. Nice smooth palate that is kind of oily with a mild burn. Very solid Double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3629) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
22oz bottle in Seattle. Typical dipa orange with foamy head. Very smooth body that is hiding the abv remarkably well, though carbonation is almost too reduced. Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus hop, with some lemon zest and grass. Does have a good pinch of lemony tea on top of the robust and rather complex hops. A bit of a chemical-fruit aftertaste. Not terrible, smooth and drinkable and with some nice flavors, but not going to be a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
HonkeyBra (3896) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Deep, reddish amber pour with a medium sticky white head. The aroma smells like my parentís lake house after my parents would sanitize it with this lemon crap. It smells like wood and lemon. Strong lemon. I do get some notes of spicy rye, earth, and dust. Strong lemon dominates the flavor. In case I wasnít clear, Iím not talking about lemony hops I mean straight up I just bit into a lemon. Itís an all lemon show. Lemons are raining down from the sky. The amount of lemon is such a shock to my palate Iím pretty sure I passed out at one point drinking this beer. I woke in a world with yellow skies, yellow clouds. The water from the faucet tasted like lemon juice. It was like that Coldplay song except slightly less terrible. I went to my yellow car and opened the door. I started it with my yellow key and breathed lemon scented AC. But then I wake up with a bitter taste in my mouth. Hereís the thing. I donít really like lemon. Iím not saying I hate it, but as a dominant flavor itís off putting. This tastes a lot like someone stuck a lemon scented Glade air freshener into a beer. Iím not saying this beer is terrible, but itís knocking on the door of terrible. What happened here?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bomber. Clear amber color, with a white head. Bitter, citrusy hops, lemon drops, candy sugar, lightly peppery, and caramel. The lemon is pretty strong, but the beer is too sweet.

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