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RATINGS: 694   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5262) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours carmel/amber, stiff white head. Lemon hop aroma, taste is lemon on the fore with some malt then lemon on the back. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
The beer is amber in color with a creamy off-white head. Candied citrus on the nose. Fairly sweet with some toffee notes, light herbal and pine aromas, and a fairly woody character to it as well. The hop profile on the palate is quite herbal. A bit too sweet for my tastes. Lots of toffee and brown sugar on the tongue. Candied citrus/grapefruit peel, a touch of candied ginger, and a mild bitterness on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rogsiu (42) - Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours a light amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of lemon and hops, quite nice. Tastes of lemon, citrus, with some rye and pepper undertones. Lemon is not overpowering and the alcohol is masked well. A good IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (5905) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Draft. Orange copper pour with tab head. Citrus, grassy, and herbal spices fill the aroma. Herbal hoppy, with grassy and earthy finish, less of a citrus tone.

   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 (3270) - 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.

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