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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2582) - 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 (5184) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Dark copper pour with hints of tangerine at its core...fluffy eggshell head. Loads of black pepper, grain, orange peel, and evergreen. Flavor shows the same spiciness but also citrus pith, honey, and sap. Aggressive but the high alcohol is only mildly noticeable. Another decent Stone brew...just would love for them to hit one out of the park!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4669) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Pours pale to deep amber into a Sam glass. White pancake head recedes leaving batter lacing. Sweet tropical fruits and resin aromas. Full with toffee and treacle upfront turning to mango and passionfruit before turning to mild pepper before the lasting pine and grapefruit pith finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tschneider701 (3) - Minnneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012 does not count
Really a nice beer...as advertised nose has strong hop and lemon aroma...pours a dark amber orange with a pillowy white head...medium body, strong hop taste with spicy undertones and citrus... finishes a bit oily with soapy after taste...overall a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - pours a clear amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor is much of the same. Itís not real bitter or astringent. Medium to full body. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a clear amber with a medium ivory head that provides nice lacing. The aroma is mostly tropical citrus. The taste is hard to characterize. I get some of the lemon and some sweetness coming from the malt. The mouth feel is nicely balanced. Iím not sure what to think about this beer. I like but I donít love it. With that said it has grown on me sip after sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Citrusy aroma, shockingly, along with floral, caramel and the faintest bit of rye. The taste is lemon, grapefruit, lime, rye, spicy herbal notes, tropical and marmalade notes. Medium bodied, no heat, average carbonation. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinaMarket (218) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Big hop aroma. Decent head with lots of legs. Big hop flavor, plenty of malt,lots of herbal lemon. Really what I expected, and quite tasty. Excellent IPA with a twist of lemon. Beautiful. Tasted at 50F.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
In a word= delicious! Big citrus aroma lemon zesty zing. Appearance is orange-amber and very clear. Taste is huge on the citrus hop flavors, just fantastic. Full body malt balance and just chewy enough to last. I need to go buy a case of this asap:)

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