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RATINGS: 689   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovemyhops (7) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012 does not count
Pours copper with foamy white head. Strong aroma of citrus and spice. Initial taste is spicy malt and bitter citrus. Mostly lemon peel that seems to come through more as this beer sits for a few minutes and gets a little warmer. Finish is fairly dry, bitter and spicy. This beer is a little heavier than anticipated, but still has a lot of big flavors going on here. Another solid IPA by Stone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Lemon, lemon, lemon and I love it! Strong lemon aroma from both the hops and the lemon oil. The adjuncts compliment the bittering hops perfectly. This is their most impressive annivesary release by far!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
22 oz. Bottle. Tropical fruit, caramel, grass hop scent. Burnt orange pour with a solid white head to ring. Medium bodied, light syrupy feel. Lemon, kind of like the white center of a Lemonhead candy, tropical fruit fronted taste with bitter hop and a little peppery spice on the finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle pours a clear amber color with thick off white top. Scent is big citrus, floral, pepper and herbs. Taste is lemon, herbal, pepper and some rye. 10%? Dangerous :))

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pour is clear copper with a hoppy aroma with considerable lemon. Taste is super smooth, bitter, with the lemon kick. The high ABV is well hidden. Another great brew from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3805) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle. Pretty perfect pour, clear dark copper with creamy white foam. Aroma is really potent, lots of lemon peel, really citrusy hops, spicy, a bit of black pepper. Taste is pretty aggressive and bitter, still conserves a nice spiciness though, and the maltiness is balanced. Palate is heavy, so is carbonation, just generally a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Draft. Poured hazy dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy earthy hop and toasted rye aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Deep orange with a minimal white head that fades fast. Nose of buttery waffles, sweet malt, rotten tropical fruits. Flavor is similar. This is supposed to be an IPA? Fuck. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Tap at Whole Foods Mayo. Pours a clear gold color with a white head. Lots of fresh citrusy notes, lemon, grapefuit and some resin. Flavor is citrusy, a hint of yeast, some resin, lemon notes and the body is so creamy. Really a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Both bottle and draught. This rating is from the bottle. Pours with a crystal clear, slightly burnt gold to lightly orange hued body with a large, foamy, just off-white head. Great lace. Aromas are of citrus, pinesol, air freshener, pine, pomelo, tangerine. Mostly all hops. Grassy, light mint, medium alcohol, lots of lemon. Lightly waxy. Very low malt, medium-low ester. Kaffir Lime. Flavors are of lemon balm, verbena, waxy. Lightly toasted malt, lots of citrus, bay rum, and floral hop notes. Light tropical fruit and some melon like notes. Overall bitterness is medium-to medium high, properly balanced for an IPA, with a medium bitter duration. Some grassy and hay like notes. Warming in the finish with very little alcohol flavor. Zesty finish. Lightly oily. Dry, medium bodied, clean finish. Nice.

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