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Stone 4th Anniversary IPA

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TenjouUtena (2) - Mundelein, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015 does not count
Super old-school bitter beer. Probably pushing what this formula should do. Very nice, very bitter, very big. Enjoy if you can find it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Had on draught at Stuffed Sandwich on July 25th, 2003 - Day 25 of Blake's Beer Month™
This hoppy beer lives up to the name of Stone Anniversary IPA as it features a very hoppy aroma and flavor. Pours with a orange/yellow coloring and a good amount of carbonation. The Head is white and mostly diminishing, but the lacing is good. The flavor is of hops, malt, and a bit more alcohol flavoring than the 3rd Anniversary. Finishes with a hop bite which lingers for a while (a nice feature of the Stone brews). Another nice addition to the Anniversary line, but of the 3rd - 5th Annivesary IPAs, the 3rd is the best...unfortunately, impossible to find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Stone vertical in DavidP’s room, GABF weekend... Poured a cloudy brownish gold color with a large white head and nice lacing on the glass. Spicy, citrus hop aroma. A nice tropical fruitiness in the aroma. Taste was oxidized, though not as bad as the 3rd Ann. Sweet tropical fruitiness (melons) and more bitterness than the 3rd as well. Also just a tad past its peak, but still a rare opportunity to try these!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Semi-clouded copper color with an off-white lacey head. This has a good deal more hoppiness than the year older 3rd Anniversary IPA. Still has some oxidation in the aroma, but has aged quite well. Nice caramel malty body has a good hoppy bitterness and crisp finish. Smooth, enjoyable, and plenty drinkable. Many thanks to cquiroga for bringing this to the GABF RateBeer gathering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 29, 2006
On tap at the new Bistro: Fruity pineapple aroma with a hint of evergreen. Hazy peach color with a small off-white head. Flavor starts fruity and sweet with citrus, well balanced with a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. I’m sure it has mellowed over the years. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Citrus and mild pine aroma with some hints of grass. Poured cloudy orange/red with a medium tan head that didn't last. Flavor was strong citrus and pine with bitter hop trailing. Full thick mouth feel and nice dry hop bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of Chris Quiroga who was more than gracious in sharing his Stone Anniversary series last night. This beer pours a cloudy orangey color with hints of yellow and a thin white head which dissipated quickly enough. The aroma is piney...very piney...like pick the hops from my teeth piney and strangely enough sweet from caramel perhaps? The flavor is heavily piney..i mean really, did ya expect it to change? Significant levels of carbonation here... i cant believe this beer held up so well over the course of time. Very little if any of the 6.9% alcohol presence. Big time bittering tang....hoptacular!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34357) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
[Sampled October 2004, 4 years old] An unclear orange-yellow beer with a yellow head. The aroma is sweet and quite hoppy - a lot more so than the 3rd anniversary - and quite hoppy for a 4 year old beer. The flavor is sweet and somewhat aged, with clear hoppy and grassy notes - nice for a 4 year old beer - would have loved to taste this fresh. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing this rarity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7490) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Poured a straw colored gold from the bomber with a sudsy white heads. Piney, hoppy, citrus aroma. The flavor is dominated by hops with a lemon citrus flavor. Not incredibly astringent and pleasant to drink.

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