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Weíve 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, itís all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). Weíre 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, itís a Double IPA (can you really say youíre surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the letís-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, weíve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isnít 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of my Secret Winter Santa ]. Clear medium to dark orange colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, herbs, spicy hops, lemen grass, eucalyptus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy hops, peppery, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131123]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18351) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours an orange color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 19th October 2012
THE Sour and Saison tasting. One for the road courtesy of Leighton - cheers mate - was seeking this one out. Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Light palate, crispy. Soft creamy malt with that lovely rye spice. Great hops - deep and rich and marmaladey. The lemon is there and provides extra dimension and citric bitterness. Finishes smooth. Great stuff! 4.0

5th February 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Bottle shared with Frederic, Chris and Dan. Hazy orange - amber beer. Little white head. Palate is light and soft. Lovely floral lemon and not too acid at all. Nice undertone of rich marmalade hops. Finishes with more lovely lemon tang and floralness. Really good idea and superbly executed. Hides the abv very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle from Whole Foods Henderson, NV
Beautiful amber color, medium sized creamy head. Wonderful aroma, fresh resiny hops, some lemon. Lean mouthfeel, very good toffee flavor with huge lemony and resiny hops, light bergamot too, a feeling of Earl Grey. Extreme bitterness, pleasure.
This is how to use hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14703) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Cask at the Stone 17th anniversary festival. Columbus edition. Almost clear, dark golden in color, topped by a small, white head. The aroma is quite sweetish, pine cones and peaches and some resins. Bitter flavor with pine cones and some peaches. Full body, warming and smooth on the palate. Long finish. Pretty decent this one. 130817

Bottle. Had the regular bottled edition a little more than one year after the release. Itís still a fine beer, but itís quite obvious itís been cellared for some time. Anyway, itís a quite pleasant beer, and as the bottle sample was this old, I donít change my rating. Wouldíve added it at 6-4-6-4-13-3.3 if I was to. 131123

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
On tap at Tap East. Clear amber colour thin white head. Big resiny hop aroma. Big hoppy toffee flavour. Lots of grapefruit. Lots of everyrthing with that american empty malt flavour in the middle. Yes lits of hops. Bit of heat on end. Good elements like the grapefruit and it getting me drunk but not quite all together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14468) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14423) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, peach, pine, flowers, caramel notes and malt. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours hazy orange with a creamy white head. Lots of caramel and bread - that Stone thing. Citrus hops beneath. Way too malty to be really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at Craft Heads, Shibuya. Clear amber - white head. Ok bitterness. Fruity. Citrus. Sweet malty. Herbal notes. Lemon. Lemon juice. Oiley lemon. A bit too sweet.

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