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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap @ Stone winter Storm 1/28/08, shared with bikesandbeer and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet, hoppy, mellow and bright with a bit of peachy quality to it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Had it Stone’s Winter Storm. Aroma was of pine and citrus hops. Flavor was much of the same; mildly sour flavor. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. This was a touch better than the 3rd anny, but not better than the 2nd. Sweet, dark bread dough aroma, caramelly sweet hop, sweet watery hop flavor. Pissy and dank, the flavor is still kind of there but still old tasting. A bit milky and lactic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Enjoyed this a bit more than the 3rd, as I felt it held up a hell of a lot better. Taste had a bit more fruit to it although after all this time the hops fell. out. I could still taste some grapefruit as well as the bitter hops. Thanks again Chris.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing. This IPA has held up well. Dry, bitter & tasty, I would have loved to have tried it upon its release.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Re-Rate 01/05/02:Well in the last two day’s, I’ve had the 4th and 5th anniversary IPA’s. Didn’t think it would be good to try them side by side, do to the ’Over The Top HOPS’. They are both are excellent IPA’s, but I like the 4th a bit better? Pours that beautiful deep amber, with a generous beige head and adequate lace. Large malt nose, the start semi sweet malts, the middle is medium, the finish is hop laden and has a long lasting after taste. These are not every one’s beers, nor would it be something I’d want every day. High ABV, warms the tummy, and surely will rank 2 and 3 behind ’Big Daddy’, but slightly ahead of ’Sweetwater IPA’, which I hope to re-sample shortly HINT HINT!.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Sickboy hooked this up, gangsta style...with an amber orange pour and a surprisingly thick ass head, this monster put forth a brilliantly aged rumcake aroma with liqour drenched caramel overtones...flavors were wrapped in sweetness and drenched in alcohol...like alcoholic apricots just slightly spiced...still had an evident hoppy flair over the aged malt...the mouthfeel was extremely chewy. This one was meant for aging...This should have been the Vertical epic beer because this one kicks the 02’s ass. (Point deducted, as second bottle did not live up to the first)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Thanks to cquiroga again. This one pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are sligthly sweet yet bitter with a slight tomato sauce note, a little grapefruit and a little pine. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep, almost cloudy, orange body and a tight silky head. Ultra malty with elements of rich, buttery nuts and stone fruit. Little hop presence. I could see this being a very fine beer about two years ago. Different malt profile, but neither better nor worse than Stone 3rd. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing another dinosaur in a bottle.


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