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RATINGS: 688   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.

Jbillhill's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jbillhill (9) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft at flying saucer on a sunny october Saturday afternoon before my night shift at the steakhouse. Yes, there is a god with a satisfactory palate skewed to hop worship. Because she helped make this beer. May the brewers at stone continue to dream the dreams of a free people.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma is sweat bitter. Pour is a dark tan brown. Taste is sweat bitterness. Finish is thick sweat bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1917) - - AUG 15, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2014
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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (454) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwm1034 (688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
From beer fridge....been there too long so most of hops are gone....interesting to get the taste without all the hoppiness,,,,the rye, lemon, and malts leave behind an interesting, tasty brew....don’t recommend it as a usual course but still interesting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is orange, lemon, malt, hop. Flavour is orange, lemon, malt, hop, pine, grass. OK/Nice beer.

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