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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinaMarket (221) - 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 (659) - 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 (52) - 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 (784) - 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 (1124) - 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 DFH’s Hellhound IMO, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Different from the usual West Coast IPA’s that Stone offers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
22. Pours a slightly hazy burnished medium amber. Loose creamy white head. Big sharp lemony nose with lots of spicy peppery presence. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, pepper, and lemon on the mid palate. Long dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Aroma of citrus, bitter orange, peach, and cherry, with pine. Classic deep clear amber color with a light, lacey head. Medium sweet, touch of sour, salt, and strong bitter finish. Full body, lively carbonation, sticky creamy, with a long, piney bitter finish. There’s a lot going on here. Like a complicated woman who is hot and sweet and salty and makes you want to slap her.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bambalanz (14) - temecula, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Well, it is a powerful ipa in the double ipa style. The lemon scent goes nice with the hops. The initial taste is nice lemony pine, backed up beautifully by the malts. The only problem is that the bitterness is carried much further into the aftertaste than I would like. It might be the lemon oil. Regardless, it is an interesting experiment, but the 10th anniversary ruination ipa from stone is far more balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dodgrblu (680) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 22 ounce bottle from Nugget Vacaville. Medium disappearing head, aroma of lemons, taste is soapy lemons

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