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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2963) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a long lasting ivory head, with light lacing, over a amber-copper (SRM 15) body......nose is citrus, pine, toffee/caramel, various tropical fruits, mango, cantaloupe ....taste is toffee/caramel, pine, lemon, rye (which is very cardamom like to me), ending with a variety of spices including cinnamon, ginger, pepper and a lingering moderately bitter hop bite....mouth feel moderately heavy, slightly sticky, slight alcohol warmth present, with a light fusel bite, carbonation low. This is obviously a D/IIPA, and is a nice beer. It is very complex in both aromas and flavors, I personally really enjoy dissecting the aromas and flavors of these complex beers. However, I wonder if we are becoming too effete with the use of the 4 original ingredients ( malt, hops, yeast, water) and using too much erudition with others. The myriad modifications of the original four gave us just a few tens of thousands of beers. They were all consumed. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2165) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Big nasty brutus Dipa in this one. Pours golden amber with foamy slight off white head, amazing retention. Scent is a punch of pine, citrus, lemon. Hops smell like a boiling kettle with simcoe hops. Taste is much of the same with plenty of body and bitterness. Slight caramel malt forces in to the picture just to be bitch slapped out by the bitterness. Best anniversary beer from stone in some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1551) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. There’s also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Big DIPA right in the Stone style. Rye adds a nice earthy spicy dimension. Lemon very, very subtle. Smells fantastic as you’d expect. Probably the best anniversary from them in several years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Bottle courtesy of Dan, thank you! Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lemon, pineapple. Taste is bitter lemonpeel and tropical fruit. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
So I was worried about this one with all the lemon but I love Stone, I wanted to give it a try. So I agree with one reviewer that: " Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, nice lemon and oily notes, hints of a slight herbal and grass mixing into some dank notes, finishing fairly sweet, but balanced with a fairly bitter kick."

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldn’t be safe. For my taste buds, it wasn’t. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didn’t help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes it’s okay not to go extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a fairly clear, rust orange appearance with a light tan head that has pretty good lacing. Dank, grapefruity, fairly spicy, cinnamon-like, herbal hoppy, slightly sprucey, caramel aroma. Very spicy (nutmeg/cinnamon), tangy orange/pineapple/grapefruity, somewhat piney/herbal hoppy, toasty malty, light toffee flavor. Alcohol is masked quite well. Really a strange spiciness going on and seems a bit all over the place. Drinkable but not nearly as good as some of Stone’s other IPA releases.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4191) - 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.

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