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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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
It was nice to able to try this beer, considering it is a retired and very rare beer. A special thanks to Chris for a sample of the brew. I also tried the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anniversary beers last night but those had gone far south, so I didn’t rate them. It was nice to try those beers as well though. Thanks again Chris. I found the 5th anniversary to be a pretty lovely beer overall. Light golden. The aroma had a pleasant buttery, sugary, caramel like malt scent with hints of subdued hops (peach). A nice melded malt flavor has taken shape that gives notes of honey, butter, dough and caramel along with a light hop flavor. Old but still pretty great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Cleveland locals 2-26-05. Golden orange color with a dusty hop nose. Bottle was a few years old. Lost some of the bitterness but still tasty. Thanks Zekenhoe.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle... Almost four years old...RBSG2005... Hazy orange ale with a small, khaki head. Good retention. Although the hops have probably mellowed over the past four years, there are still some wonderful notes of grapefruit, pineapple, evergreen, toffee and orange peel wafting from the glass. There’s still a decent hop bite on the palate, but the caramel malt has seized control. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, mostly sweet, but somewhat bitter finish. Still a great brew, but I bet it was even better in it’s prime.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002
This is wildly hopped and overflow with a West Coast hop aroma of pine and pepper. Despite the massive hopping, it’s still balanced enough to feel some traces of malt though there’s not much residual sugars. The feel is unique -- effervescent on the front and yet very soft at the end, finishing strongly astringent. The alcohol punch at 8.5 is something felt and not tasted -- no small feat for such a big beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3453) - 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).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Deep apricot color; Head was minimal and whispy; caramel nose. Resiny and dry, dry, dry. Puckers the cheeks. Bready- would be great with some grape jam! Smooth across the tongue. Little effervescence. Hint of rye? Surely not.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
For a hop head this is heaven, for anyone else this could be hell. In order to keep this short i will say only one more word: HOPS!!!!!

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Bottle-conditioned, cloudy amber. More head than basically any Stone I’ve encountered. A living proof of the sillyness of some top microbreweries to stop bottle-conditioning their double IPAs... Huge fruity aroma explodes with orange and citrusy flavors, dried apricots. Big malt bill here, almost vinous and slightly earthy. Taste displays a more pleasant than usual for the type citric acidity. It indeed IS vinous, and quite tart at that. Pineapple, grapefruit and melon flavors. Soft yet powerful hop profile marries the sweet malt with class. Long aftertaste has a pleasant alcohol backbone in it. In terms of mouthfeel, I assume it has lost some, but the carbonation is still more than adequate while the body remains medium in size.


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