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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7361) - 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 (708) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3272) - 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 (2520) - 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 (1750) - 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 (1807) - 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 (19928) - 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."

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