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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
another year of stone to enjoy. A bomber to myself. a clear light amber with little head film on the top. Aroma is a unique mix of lemon oil, pepper and a savory spiciness from the rye. Taste has that rye malt at first but some tropical passion fruit comes through and ends with a light bitter film on the tongue. Never had an IPA like this and in no way get a sense of this being a 10abv beer except maybe some booze notes if i smell it very deeply.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle... Poured a nice amber/orange with an eggy, mildly off-white head. Nose had hop resins and citrus. The citrus really came through here. Bitter rind-like tones and definitely some acidity lemon citrus and oil. Quite nice with a big hop bitterness but also balanced enough to mask the high abv. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Tap. Light eggshell head, mostly clear dark amber orange. Lots of lemon that dominates the aroma, lemon oils like the kind found in scented candles, and I do get some lemony hops. Lemon dominate, tea, spIces, drying citric hops in the end. Maybe just too much on the lemon for me bit intersiting. Medium oily body.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sseb69 (1404) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Bouteille 22 oz. Achetée au IGA de Potsdam, NY. Pour mon 1000 rating, on y va avec une beer 16ième de Stone. Couleur jaune foncé, ambrée, mousse blanche, claire. Arôme de pin, conifère, malt, houblon, citrus. Un arôme incroyable...j’en ai vu rarement des semblables. En bouche, ananas, agrumes, citron, meringue, HOUBLONS, amertume...la balance de cette bière m’étonne. Amertume en finale, citrus, malt, alcool, tout bien balancée, la totale. Excellente et plus. I usually wright my ratings in French but because this is soooo good, for my non-French friends, this beer is amazing. You love IPAs.....extreme IPAs...citrus, malt. Seriously this is a great beer. Fresh ? better. Thanks Stone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (454) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Aromatics when in a solid sniffer impart many different scents than a standard imperial glass (silly me for starting in the imperial!). Loads of lemon peel and alcohol both of these elements almost overpower’s the hop base. Appearance is amber/goldenrod in color and a white head that pours about a finger and lingers in a wispy layer. Taste is first hit with hop bitterness, middle is bitterness and then you get a solid grapefruit sweetness on the back finishing end. Palate is medium-thick and very pleasant. Overall, this is a very tasty, palatable beer with a super nice aroma!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mexicelt (14) - - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Deep amber color. Thick four finger head with excellent retention. Deep citrus aroma, pine and floral hops. Sweet and caramel malts . Tastes of lemon,oak woods chips,pine subtle bitter hops linger on the palate. Overall everything great you expect from Stone. Alcohol flavor is suppressed well. Great session beer. Worth every minute.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Smells like Pinesol and lemons. Taste is pretty much the same with the lemon flavor coming out more as the beer warms...not liking this at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Amber with a medium, blond colored head. Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes with pine resins and floral hops atop caramel and sweet malt in the aroma. Taste is strong lemony notes, lemon candy, floral and piney hops, citrus oils, sweet malt, caramel notes and light tropical fruit. Body is medium and chewy with a mild resinous feel and dense creamy carbonation. Ends with more lemon, citrus oils, pine notes, floral hops, light spicy hops tropical fruit notes and big caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a vibrant gold orange. Nice white head. Citrus and creamy. Nice dry finish. really balanced. extremely tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (104) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Very complex, pours a nice rich amber, 1 finger head, off white lacing that sticks around forever. Aroma is piney, yellow grapefruit, resiny, lemon grass and a hint of medicinal. Taste follows the nose, alcohol is not present, more yellow grapefruit, tangerine, medicinal, peppery, spicy rye. Mouth feel is medium, leaning towards full, spicy notes stay around pleasantly. Very nicely crafted beer, more than an ipa!


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