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Stone 4th Anniversary IPA

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Released September 2000 - both bottles and kegs. Brewed to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Stone Brewing Co. Identical recipe of the always-available Stone IPA, but with 3+ times the hops (we couldn't actually put four times the hops in and still get beer back out...). 100+ IBU's (International Bitterness Units). The human palate can taste up to the 75-90 IBU range.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (773) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2008
At Winter Storm...cloudy apricot-copper color. Floral-hop-earth aroma. Rich, big bite of citrus hops, orange peel, a little funky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
On tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. I thought this was very mello with more malt then hops. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2980) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap @ Stone Winter Storm 2008. Poured a brilliant hazed golden color with an orange hue. Head was off white and small with not much lacing. Aroma was lighter than expected, more citrus dominated. Thick and malty mouth feel, hops more prevalent on the finish, an awesome brew.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap at winter storm at the brewery. Nice thick white billowy head with golden hue. Not alot of floral and citrus on the nose as was expected due to the age. Smooth and creamy on the tongue with moderate bitterness. Good thick malty and resiny sweetness. Very good finish. The IPA is very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm. This was the oldest Anniversary IPA on tap, so I went straight for it as my first beer of the evening. Pours a hazy brilliant yellow color from the tap with a nice white film on top. Very floral hop aroma with lots of mellowed earth and hay tones; it seems the 7+ years of aging have done this one well! The flavor is smoothed and elegant, with a large malt profile and resiny hops finish. I’m glad I got to try this vintage brew.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Big hoppy aroma. Crazy! I’m realy surprized to smell so much hops after 8 years in the keg in the frig. Must have been awesome fresh. A bit of skunk in the aroma, which really isn’t lightstruck, I think it’s more from the variety of hops used. Cloudy yellow color. Some oxidation. Low bitterness. 3.6-3.8

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
ON tap at Stone Winter Storm. Cloudy golden with no head. Strong caramel and grapefruit aroma. Syrupy palette. Sweet fruity, grapefruit taste, and caramel sweet finish. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RiverShark (28) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Good IPA, not as strong an aftertaste as Dogfish Head. Very pleased with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Tasted on draft @ the brewery. I wasn’t expecting such a large hop punch on a 6+ yr old IPA, but this one truly delivered. Nicely hopped w/ a little musty hop flavor due to the aging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
On draft at Bistro during "Winter Storm". Hazy orangey color with a moderate off-white head. This beer was more of a novelty than a great IPA after 6 years of aging, as it had noticible oxidation, and some faint metallic notes. But it still held up quite well, showing nice rich malts and plenty of citrus hops, fruitiness and hints of spice. Full, smooth body and gentle carbonation. Enjoyable overall, but I would have liked to sample this a few years ago!


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