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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Tap @ Stone Winter Storm ’08: This help up fairly well I have to say. Poured a hazy gold color with an off-white head. Aged sweet malt aroma. Some notes of orange juice but still some hop presence. Citrus aroma and flavor hops. the citrus mixes well with aged malt character in the flavor. Medium bodied with some bitterness still present.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2002
coper in color. huge hop aroma. Extremely hoppy but I wasn’t overpowered with the hops like i was expecting to be. the nice sweet maltas probobly had something to do with this. Hops linger, very nice. Thank you Greg for what you said was the last bottle. I definetly enjoyed!

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.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very resinous and floral beer. mild residual sweetnes. High alpha unastringent bitterness. clean mouthfeel with some metallic notes, pobably an artifact of the hops. Good conditioning and nice bittering finish.

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.

3.7
   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!

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

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.

3.6
   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.


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