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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.

Re-releaase as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IMtheOptimator (1166) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks go to ceweldre for this beer. Poured a clear dark amber with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy, heavy hops... earthy pine needles and pine cones, bitter and acidic grapefruit, some spearmint mouthwash, and just a slightest touch of candy. Flavor is heavily hop dominated, with earthy notes of bitter grapefruit and pine coming through. Theres a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but its way in the background. Cant really taste the alcohol here. Finishes very bitter with much of the hop complexity preserved. Even several minutes after my last swallow, I still have a bitter taste lingering in the back of my mouth. Stone has really upped the ante with this one... lots of good hop flavor but also massively bitter. This beer is to bitter what Cantillon is to sour. I feel like its ripping apart my insides as I savor every sip. Congrats to Stone for ten years of phenomenal brewing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
WHAT GREAT TIMING FOR MY CENTURY MARK!!! The long awaited has finally arrived on the other coast. Virginias Bon Vivant has 2 left, I have the rest. An opaque, reddish-orange brew with a few tiny bubbles slowly gliding up to the foamy white head. Ahh, a very potent, pineappley sweet, hoppy aroma, like you are in a citrus market. Taste, wow, this medium bodied brew enlightens you with notes of oranges fresh off the tree, with a slight syrup like consistancy as it gently warms your soul. Stone has combined the perfect collection of the most divine, splendid hops, which combine characteristics perfectly to illuminate your senses. A hopheads dream. I wish Stone would celebrate anniversaries more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, light reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is resiny, piney, grapefruity, floral, peppery hops. More tropical fruits and some alcohol come out. As it warms, the alcohol gets to be a bit much. The original whiff was a 10, but the fusel alcohol and mustiness brings it down some.

The flavor is sweet and fruity caramel malts leading to a big peppery hop bitterness. There is a little alcohol bite in the finish, but its masked fairly well. Some of the flavors are a bit harsh, and not well blended. This is a bit of a nitpick - maybe some aging would help smooth it out a bit. The mouthfeel is full and velvety.

Overall, a very good DIPA! I liked this much better than the Ruination. The first few sips were excellent (right up there with Hercules), but as I drank more, it started getting a bit harsh and alcoholic. On the plus side - one of the coolest bottles ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Bomber. Pours with a huge beige frothy head, very impressive. Body is golden brown. Aroma is big juicy grapefruit hops, light honey sweetness. Taste is robust hops, piney and spicy. Lots of bready, toasted malt in this one, helping create a balanced beer that isnt just a hop bomb. Light fruitiness. Finish hints on toasted malt, light bitterness, very clean. Excellent medium body, appropriate for the style I think. Wow. A quite enjoyable IIPA from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 22 OZ bottle from Liq Sol. Pours an semi- clear dark orange color. Average size head. Tons of tiny bubbles work their way to the top. Lots of lace left behind as the head rapidly diminishes. Aroma contains caramels, orange, grapefrut, pine, fresh bread. This begins very sweet and syrupy upfront, then turns to some citrus bitterness, then some pine notes, and a bittersweet crisp dry grapefruit finish. Medium to full body. Sweeter than i would have thought. Rough around the edges, somewhat medicinal tasting, not nearly as good as a couple of Imp IPAs i have sampled over the past week. (Hop Rod Rye & Butte Creek Rev X are much better)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Pours a thick, syrupy amber with minimal whip cream head. Aroma is full of citrus, some pine, malt, some spice and candy. Flavor has a hop rush up front, then some sweetness and then an alcohol burn. Tastes like a kicked up Arrogant Bastard, Old Guardian and a Belgian combined. The ABV got very intense as it warmed. This was great but will be better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 Hazy orange color with a beige head. Citrus hop aroma. Flavor of tangy citrus hops and syrupy malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3130) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I was expecting something out of this world, and well I guess thats what I get. Im not saying this is a bad beer, but...pours out a deep reddish copper color with a very small lacing head. Aroma is of pine and citrus hops. Taste is a nice mouthfeel with a well hidden alcohol content, but it reminds me more of a heavily hopped barley wine. The malts take over the palate with the hops taking the back seat. Citrus and piney hops linger in the taste but a sweet syrupy malty taste domniates. Not a bad beer, but I honestly cant stand when an IPA takes such a lean to the malty side

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Tis like a strong version of Arrogant Bastard. Harsh malts, tanish with nice, off-white head. Aftertaste is sharply bitter, much like AB. The alcohol is nicely masked by the hops, but I wouldnt call this beer balanced. Bottle, 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Both piney and citrus hops flavors. Very bitter, but the complexity makes it somewhat less brutal than the Ruination. Smells great, tastes great. I would like to see this beer stay in Stones lineup.

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