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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Great IPA. Wish I'd been there for the 4th anniversary. Good luck finding any of this outside of Southern Cal. Light amber color belies the aggressive hop and malt flavors. However, the power of this ale in the mouth still doesn't accurately represent the high alcohol content. A masterful job of balancing high malt and hop contents.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours with a big rocky lacey head. Aroma bursting with chocolate chip cookies, apples, pears, and of course hops. Body is very robust and caramel malty. Great sweet and bitter balance finishes sticky, bitter and dry with some grainy off-flavors. Hides it alcohol well. Good complexity. Everything was great except for the finish, but that could be a result of it not aging as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
Beautiful golden amber in color with a big off-white head. A huge hop nose, can smell from a few feet away. Full rounded mouthfeel. Good balance with nice addition of complex malt. Not so much a citrusy bitterness as a dry, piney one. A good beer from really just run of the mill stuff from Stone. Also their labels are getting really annoying.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Big hop nose. Hops , hops, and more hops throughout, balanced quite nicely with just the right amount of malt. Another hit from Stone.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (pine, resin, grapefruit, flowers), lightly malty (cookie, caramel), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Not much different from any other Stone IPA, pretty much the same cookie cutter characteristics here...sure it's fairly well made, but how many do we really need?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Another good IPA by Stone.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Solid hop nose and flavor. Touch of oxidation which I tried to ignore. Finishes dry. Would like a little more malt to balance , but that's my palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- cloudy orange/copper color, nice thick white head, lace, dry-hoppy aroma, mixed with slightly sweet malt, nice hop-malt mix (blends well), slight astringency that tickles the nose; flavor starts on the tongue with a malty sweetness and then a hop explosion, bitter and dry, flavors blend well but not as much as in the regular IPA, huge hop flavor (impressive that the malt and hops blend as well as they do), smooth with a touch of creaminess

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Unbelievable pungent hop aroma, nostrils filled with piney hops, cedary, smells, an absolute cornucopia of hoppiness, West Coast hops at their finest. Sweet , slick, mind tingling bitter hops, remember the bitter beer face man ? he would scowl at this one,but hops Lovers would rejoice, at this marvel of Hoppteriese. Uniquely sweet and still full of hops, once again Mr.Arrogant Bastard has made a true winner, Good job Greg, ,a Really Good Job,and Thank You for showing us what an IPA is all about, Ok how about sending a few cases to KY,IN,or OH ?. anyway you are doing damn fine job at making the beer we seek, Extremely Remommended, a Definite Winner The only IPA so far that I have had that is hard on Hops and still sweetly complex!!!


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