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RATINGS: 694   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 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 (2901) - 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 (11469) - 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 (253) - 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 (662) - Oceanside, 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:)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
The brew pours a beautiful golden/burnt color. I poured a off white three finger head into a tulip. Smells great, very lemony citrus. Goes down smooth. The taste resembles the aroma. A great DIPA for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (931) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy rich golden color with frothy white head. Aroma is powerfully citrusy hops. Flavor is hoppy and bitter with just a bit of lemon. Finish is long and bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle from Scott. Aroma was straight up lemon and lemon verbena. We agreed there was a soapy aspect to this one, and I've used lemon verbena soap many a time to know. Palate is great other than the emulsion. Lots of head to boot. Pretty good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Aroma- lemongrass, citrus, spices, hops Appearance- hazy golden orange, pillowy white head, alcohol presence, nice lacing Taste- lemon juice, other varieties of citrus, hop bite, sweet malts Palate- fantastic body and mouthfeel for an IPA, slick and coating Overall- Nearly identical to DFHís Hellhound IMO, which certainly isnít a bad thing. Different from the usual West Coast IPAís that Stone offers.

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