jefcon (1505) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s difficult to find a brewery as prolific as Stone. On paper, they ought to be way overextended, but they end up being proof that there is so much good beer to make that sometimes the only solution is to make as much of it as possible. I have always admired the fact that, unlike some breweries that resort to gimmicky recipes, Stone continues to turn out new, interesting, tasty IPAs with regularity.
This IPA is a particularly fine example. It is not sticky, but full of bitterness, a touch spicy in the finish,and drenched in tasty resin. Beers this big have a lot of trouble being even in the palate, but not here. The 16th Anniversary is lasting and friendly, even on the nose, with soapy, piney, unwavering and unstoppable goodness. Bravo.
mrol (108) - - JUN 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours, dark amber color . Aroma of pine and lemon zest. Taste has a nice bitterness to it mixed with citrus. There is grapefruit and more lemon. Long finish. Good beer.
Frozer (203) - Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little head with a yellow body. Decent aroma. Fresh hop. Upfront bitter bite. Clean and light.
slowrunner77 (7091) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Another beer, another hit. The lemon comes out nicely, but subtly, in both flavor and aroma. The citrus hops compliment that, and of course, a little sweetness and a good dose of bitterness. Looking forward to a couple more of these. 9/12 - definitively more perfumey lemon in both the aroma and flavor out of the bottle, for better or worse. I think the trade off cancels itself out, but definitely a different beer on tap.
Lightrider (317) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma is sweat bitter. Pour is a dark tan brown. Taste is sweat bitterness. Finish is thick sweat bitterness.
Darkmagus82 (2005) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-27-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter glass
Appearance – Served an orange colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head was rather thin with it maintaining its composure for only a short time before fading to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweeter fruit smells of tropical fruits as well as a strong presence of some grapefruit and sweeter tangerine hop. Along with the citrus hop is a nice presence of a light pine and light floral hop aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some caramel and light fruit sweetness. There is a lighter citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front. While it is light initially the citrus get quite strong as the taste advances, bittering it quite a bit. More toward the end a pine taste enters the taste. This is accompanied by some caramel flavors which also come to the tongue more toward the end. These flavors all mingle quite well to give a pleasant hopped taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that was a bit below average. Both were quite nice for the hop flavors and bready flavors of the beer as they allowed all the hop tastes to soak into the tongue.
Overall – A rather tasty brew. Decently balanced for a stronger IPA. Well worth a try.
rumproasts (4134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep golden with one finger head. solid malt body with some rye and a hint of lemon. i suspect the hops have faded a bit, but there is still a substantial hop punch. quite good. i wish i had drank this one fresh.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10 % and there is a nice discretion of the beer.
Appearance: The beer has a deep honey amber color with a slight haze. It builds a tall just off white head on top which hangs on well and clings to the glass making lots of cool lacing.
Smell: The aroma is full of loads of bright lemony citrus and well...hops. (Classic Stone IPA)
Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of hops from start to finish. First up are the citrus and tropical notes with a spicy malty bready base. This fades into herbal and pine like hop notes with slow fading bitterness in the finish. Notes: Hang on to the hops roller coaster its going to be a bitter good ride.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dense blond top, atop a clear deep orange golden body. Intense caramel malt aroma, balanced by a rich citrussy and resiny hop nose. Not very full, considering the high abv. Smooth and warm in the mouth. Taste is like the achetypical big US IPA, Bold fruity and resiny hop bitterness, intense and rich caramel-accented malt base. Oh yes, this is a good one. [Shared bottle at larsga’s, 20.08.13]
CpyNPrnT (505) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Wonderful fruity aroma, mango, peaches, nectarines, papaya, apricot. Taste is more tropical fruits, grapefruit, bittersweet, caramel malts, alcohol. A very solid beer by stone.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color, attractive. The hops hold up reasonably well, actually, though I can imagine that they’re still muted as against a fresh bottle. Lemon comes through and once again I’m not a huge fan of the influence of rye. Bottle.