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RATINGS: 686   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22 oz bottle - pours golden orange with crimson highlights. Huge creamy white head with excellent retention. Big notes of bitter lemongrass, lime, sweet tarts and spice. Taste is fruit forward, bittering finish, citrus notes and a creamy, medium bodied palate. Very little apparent alcohol. Nice and easy, great cold after a long day. Goes well with KISSí Destroyer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (637) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a golden copper-yellow, with mid-sized head. Aroma is very strong--almost like a lemon air freshener. Flavor is dominated by the lemon verbena (they say "subtle lemon," but itís hardly that), but there is a nice combination of hop bitterness and rye underneath it all. Itís another typical, outstanding double IPA concoction from Stone. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Draft to pint at Dutchís. Looks solid; a completely transparent copper with sticky off-white lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops. Tastes BITTER! Itís good, but DAMN! You can definitely pick up the rye in this. Average on the palate. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours an amber orange with a retaining thin cap of white. Leaves behind great lacing. Aroma: Huge grapefruit and wet wood. Pine and mellon rind. Taste: Grapefruit, ginger, earthy spicy bitterness. Finishes dry and hoppy, maybe a touch astringent too. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation. Overall: This beer is very unique to all the other IPAs Stone has released over the years. Still need to get to know this beer better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bomber. Pours dark amber with thick off-white head. Aroma is hops and pinesol? Flavor is a little bit spicy and a little too lemony. Light to medium body with medium mold carbonation. Slight bitter finish. I liked it when I started drinking it but hated it the more I drank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down. Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here. Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass. Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Was excited to try this beer and wasnít disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (597) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Thick, sweet, hoppy, and laced with lemon. A very interesting turn on the many IPAs that lean toward orange and grapefruity citrus notes. This one is directly laced with a lemon-flavored herb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Davis. The aroma has a lot of lemony citrus character present. Becomes a little herbal with wafts of vegetal character, too. Light underlying sweetness. Mostly spicy lemon, though. Transparent copper body with a creamy, fluffy off-white head present. Starts quite sweet, sugary, and citrussy with more lemon character. Maintains its sweet, borderlying cloying back-bone in the middle, with some herbal and spicy character. Finishes with a bit of an ethanolic warming sensation and late earthy hop bitterness. Interesting blend of flavors, but the sweet, sugary, cloying maltiness is just too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Large tan head with good retention and decent lace.Clear copper hued brew. Gentle nose of pine and lemon.Body is med/full, oily on the palate with a gentle carbonation, non resinous. Flavor is of lemon and a bit too much of it. Reminiscent of the lemony furniture polishes. Rye is mild at best with the pine and lemon playing off each other it gets turned into something of a fairly sweet mess.Gets harder to drink as you go along. Lightly sweet finish is a tad astringent. Let down! Thank god Ruination 10th was what a IIPA should be. Should of made more of it. Bomber from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Tap at Freshcraft - lightly hazy copper beer - soapy lace - powerfully citric, lemony aroma with undying notes of spicy rye and sticky sweet malts - a bit of pine mixes with the lemon, but it isnít all that pleasant - more like floor polish - oily mouthfeel - taste is highly resinous and bitter - quite astringent, especially up front - a lot of sticky and fruity sweetness through the middle and finish - a lot of harsh bitterness and lemon, again, more of the floor polish variety - really brutish and hard to enjoy.

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