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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
RBSG ’05 - a cloudy orange color with a white soapy head. some citrus and pine hops in the aroma, which is pretty much what the flavor profile was as well, but added a base of sweet malts to counter some of the hop bitterness. you could taste that this was a couple years old, and was probably alot better in its prime, based on how good it still was now.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Deep copper color with an off white head, nice hoppy aroma that reminds me of fruit loops. The high ABV is well concealed. This is a fine tasting IPA, almost perfect. The hops are not overpowering, they are just about perfectly balanced with the strong malt character of the beer. Excellent brew, grab a bottle if you find it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle from the 2008 Stone Winter Storm Appearance is clear orange/honey hue, thin layer of creamy bubbles dissipates to a ring, moderate lacing Smell is pine and citrus hops, considerable malts, some sugary fruits and light spices Taste is moderate pine hops with big malts stepping out, light syrupy fruits in the background, finishes oily and bitter, quite delicious Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, syrupy smooth texture, and smooth carbonation Drinkability is high, the 5th has considerably more of a malt presence than the 4th, but both have aged extremely well with good balance and flavors, I look forward to trying this again at the next Storm

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Slightly cloudy orange/amber. Thin but creamy, persistent head and nice lace. Nose of resiny, citrusy hops dipped in caramel. Medium bodied, chewy with resiny hop flavors, orange rinds, thick caramelly malt all balanced nicely when you consider the abv%. A damn good imperial IPA and one that has probaly mellowed since being bottled showing what it must have been when first bottled. Thank you psychprof!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Fills the room with hop aroma when you pop this one. Not very good balance in this though. A little to over the top. But then big IPA’s have never really been a favorite. The bigger is better hop lovers might find this appealing though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2003
It was nice and cloudy with a great head on it. It has a strong immediate hop bite with a sweet aftertaste. Nicely mellow beer that wasn't over the top by any means. Thanks to Volgon for splitting this cellared bottle with me and Dirtymike.

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.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color with off-white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of high hops and a caramel sugar malt. Palet is an excellent balance of heavy hops with a sweet citrus malt. I really like this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Been waiting for this puppy for awhile, and I didn’t find it as scintillating at the Fourth Anniversary version, but its still pretty good. Enormous hoppy aromas that really attacks the nose. Big time bitterness here, start to finish, but the malt won’t completely capitulate the hops. It WILL kick your ass (trust me) so watch out. Re rate: had this a couple times since I first had it, and it gets less impressive every time around. Low drinkability quotient and starts to taste pretty disgusting by the end of a bottle. Dropped quickly from the ranks of the top IPAs.


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