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Stone 5th Anniversary IPA

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Released September 2001. Brewed to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Stone Brewing Co. An "amped up" version of Stone IPA with many times the hops and cranked up malt profile.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2002
More impressive than the regular Stone IPA IMHO. A deep piney, spicy, citric and earthy hop aroma and flavor finishing with excellent hop bitterness. The malt backbone keeps this from being one demensional. Not quite as balanced as Lagunitas, but still a worthy effort. Alcohol not at all apparent. Fairly typical deep amber color and a minimal off-white head.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonsack3399 (8) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
so far the only IPA I enjoy more the the regular IPA

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Pours a deep amber, beautiful beige head and fair lace. Large hop floral nose, malt under tones barely detectable. Start is malt semi-sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is hugely hops as one would expect, the high alcohol warms the tummy, also a bit dry and a long lasting hop bitter after taste. A great IPA to be sure, and I have a Stone 4th Anniversary, plus a regular stone IPA, and a ’Big Daddy’, WOW, what a line up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
Huge fruit-intense aroma that effectively masks the relatively high alcohol content of this hops-head brew. Short, bitter front. Sweet mid with a very pronounced hop-kick-and-a-jump. Crisp, bitter, lasting finish. Lingering hop palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2001
Soft, smooth, and INTENSELY hopped... makes the eyes water. Piney, grassy, and earthy. Malt is not as discernible. High alcohol is hidden pretty well behind the hops. Somewhat bitter in the finish, but not as bitter as one would think with such a hoppy beer; that’s probably because a lot of the hop flavors/aromas come from the dry hopping (which doesn’t impart much bitterness, if any at all).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Wow, I wish I had the previous 4 years so that I could be prepared for the tremendous amount of hops. Bad news though, this is the last year they are making it. If anyone wants to know what pure hopps taste like have this. Its got more hopps than michael jordan. This is the most powerful beer for taste and smell. They should sell it at dairy queen cause its a freakin treat. Ok, I have a great comparison here. If you have ever tasted the sediment at the bottom of a homebrew , that is kind of what this tastes like, and if you have ever made a homebrew, it smells exactly like it does when you first start cooking the hopps.


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